Thurston County 4-H News
April 1 - Horse Stampede @ UNL-East Campus
April 6 - Butter Braid pick up @ Extension Office (5:00 p.m.)
April 10 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Dakota City (7:00 p.m.)
April 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben Market Beef DNA Nominations DUE
April 15 - Nebraska 4-H Camp Early Bird Registration DUE
April 23-29 - National Volunteer Week
April 28 - Office Closed - Arbor Day
May 1 - Drop/Add 4-H Projects DUE
May 4 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest Registration DUE
May 8 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting
May 11 - Favorite Foods & Presentation Contest @ Pender (7:00 pm)
May 11 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest Registration DUE
May 12 - Horse: County ID DUE & District & State Entries DUE
May 25 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest @ Norfolk (2:00 pm)
May 29 - Office Closed - Memorial Day
May 31 - Dakota-Thurston County Sheep & Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (6-8 pm)
June 9 - Ponca Day Registration DUE
June 12 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Dakota City (7:00 pm)
June 12 - District Horse Show - Lexington
June 13 - District Horse Show - Taylor
June 14 - District Horse Show - Wayne
June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE
June 15 - Quality Assurance Deadline
June 15 - Ak-Sar-Ben Sheep, Swine, Goat & Feeder Calf DNA DUE
June 19 - Ponca Counselor Training
June 19 - District Horse Show - Hemingford
June 20 - Ponca Day Camp @ Ponca State Park
June 20 - District Horse Show - Lincoln
June 26-27 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL
Need to Know
4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event Starts March 1
Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!
Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/clover-chase. Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!
4-H Shooting Sports Policy Change
The Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory approved the following policy that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.
“All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline”.
To assist 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in collecting their data that will enable them, or Extension staff to complete the on-line electronic system, a form is available on the 4-H Shooting Sports web site under the “Instructor Resources” tab. Every instructor must submit an Annual Report. Completion of the on-line data collection system is due by October 15th each year. A web link allowing instructors or other individuals to access the on-line electronic form will be provided at a later date.
Dakota-Thurston County Fair UPDATES!
The Exhibit Hall will have AC this year.
The Fair Board is also looking to set up a schedule for each 4-H Club or Staff to do a short shift in the information window of the Fair Office. Let the Extension Office know if you're interested.
Save the Date for Ponca Day Camp
Add-Drop Project Deadline
Favorite Foods Revue Contest
Please pre-register if you want to participate by calling the office (402-385-6014) or email Stacey (email@example.com) by May 4th.
Please pre-register by calling the office (402-385-6041) or email Stacey (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information by May 4th.
4-H Age (as of January 1, 2017)
Title of Presentation
Type of Presentation (Poster, power-point, multi-media)
Check attached flyer for more information.
National 4-H - "Raise Your Hand"
- Raise Your Hand – Complete the form at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand to show your pride as a 4‑H alum.
- Compete for your state – Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised.
- Pay it Forward – Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4‑H.org/RaiseYourHand.
With every alumni hand that is raised, Nebraska 4-H has the opportunity to receive $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 from National 4-H Council.
4-H Camps and Centers Camperships
Once again this year the Nebraska 4-H Foundation has graciously donated funds to allow us to provide camperships to individuals that would not be able to afford camp otherwise. Camperships are available in the amount of $100 and must be requested prior to registering for camp. Below is the information that I will need in order to award a campership to an individual.
To apply for a campership, please submit the following information to Lindsay Shearer by email or mail. Allow 7-10 business days for response to campership request. Please note that single day camp sessions are not eligible for Camperships. *Campership requests must be received and approved prior to registration for a camp session.
- A request for campership support from the parent/guardian. Please be sure to include the name, age, and gender for each camper and the session each camper would like to attend.
- A brief statement from the parent or from the camper expressing why they would like to attend camp this summer.
Once a request for a campership has been approved you will receive notification from Lindsay and receive an authorization code for registration that can be entered online or documented on a mail-in registration form. Following any campership support, we do ask that the camper send a thank-you note to donors sharing a highlight from their summer camp experience. Thank you notes can also be sent to Lindsay Shearer either by mail or email.
Request can be sent to:
State 4-H Office
114 Agricultural Hall
Lincoln, NE 68583
Or via email to:
National 4-H Day of Service
We are excited to announce that April, 2017 will be a month to celebrate community service and service learning throughout 4-H. This month of celebration will culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H partners, through the 4-H Citizenship Leadership team, are preparing this opportunity.
Some highlights will include:
· National marketing and communication highlighting 4-H Service
· Opportunity to plan a 4-H service project around the national theme of “Food Security”
· Opportunity to identify and plan a 4-H service project around a local need
· Opportunity to sign up these local projects to be a part of the National 4-H Day of ServiceAdditional support information and opportunity details will be coming in the next few weeks. For now, save the date and encourage creative thinking around this endeavor.
Citizenship Washington Focus Trip - 2018
If you will be 14 and not older than 18 on or before December 31, 2017, you are eligible to participate in the trip. This trip is a multi-county trip of 4-Hers in the Northeast Extension District. The tentative dates of the trip are Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, June 16, 2018. These are tentative as schedules may change, but based on trips we have taken in the past, we try to book similar dates every three years.
Please indicate you are interested in participating in this trip by completing the bottom portion of the Registration/Information Sheet (found here: http://go.unl.edu/uein) and returning it to the Nebraska Extension Office in Wayne County on or before June 1, 2017, along with a check for $350 made payable to University of Nebraska - Lincoln. We are estimating the total cost the best we can based on airfare and bus rates.
This trip includes stops in many historical places on the East Coast as well as a six night stay at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. 4-Hers learn about our National government during workshops at the National 4-H Center and will visit most of the popular sites in the Washington DC area.
Consumer & Family Sciences
2017 Life Challenge
The 2017 Life Challenge contest will be held on June 26-27, 2017, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union.
The Life Challenge contests encourage youth to explore and study family and consumer sciences project manuals and UDSA/ NIH/CDC or other cooperative extension websites and other government related resources . Youth will then apply their knowledge to the various Life Challenge contests listed below. The main purpose of this event is to help young people apply their knowledge of family and consumer sciences to everyday situations to enable them to be capable citizens.
The following areas are components of family and consumer sciences:
- Foods and nutrition
- Clothing and textiles
- Design/housing/home environment
- Child and human development
- Personal finance
2017 Culinary Challenge Contest
Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships 2017
All scholarship applications must be submitted to email@example.com.
2017 Scholarships Available:
- Tom Holman Scholarship (due September 23)
More information can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.
Midwest's Biggest Plant Sale
Spring Affair, the Midwest’s largest plant sale and gardening event, will be Saturday, April 22 at the Lancaster Event Center in Lincoln from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than 700 different varieties of perennials, herbs, grasses, trees, shrubs and other plants will be available. They are selected for regional suitability, uniqueness, demand and provided by Bluebird Nursery, Inc., of Clarkson, Neb. It is sponsored by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum as an educational tool, fundraising event and to promote regional plants.
For plant information and inspiration, the following plant talks will be held. The half hour presentations will be followed by a “walk-about” through the plant sale to highlight recommended plants.
10-10:30. “Tough Plants,” by Mark Canney, Park Planner and Urban Designer for Lincoln Parks and Recreation
11-11:30. “Gardening 101: I’ve got my plants, now what?” by Justin Evertson, Green Infrastructure Coordinator for the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum
12-12:30. “Brighten the Corners of Your Landscape with Container Gardening” by Terri James, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dept. Agronomy & Horticulture, Nebraska Extension Educator
Admission to the sale is free. The plant sale; plant talks by noted plants people; educational booths; and vendors of garden art, sculptures, furniture and other items are all under one roof in Pavilion I, on the northeast edge of the Lancaster Event Center. Plenty of parking is available north of the building.
For best plant choices, the Spring Affair Preview Party is Friday night, April 21. This is a ticketed event from 6-9 p.m. that gives plant lovers an opportunity to meet friends, enjoy a sit-down meal, live music and a chance to purchase plants with a wine glass in one hand and a basket in the other, before the Saturday sale. Tickets range from $35 for Arboretum members to $46 for non-members. Register for the Preview Party at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nsa-spring-affair-preview-party-2017-tickets-30223290676?aff=Website
For more information, visit http://plantnebraska.org/
Youth Horticulture ID Contest
The Northeast Nebraska Master Gardeners will be hosting a Youth Horticulture ID Contest at their annual Plant Fair & Market. All youth ages 8-18 are encouraged to participate. Participation is free but all participants must preregister by April 21 by contacting the Nebraska Extension office in Madison County 402-370-4040. Prizes will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers in each of the age brackets. Contestants will be required to sight ID horticultural plants to the accepted common name. The list of possible plants and study guides are available at
Date: Friday, April 28, 2017
Time: Competition begins 6:15 PM, Awards Presented 7:30 PM
Location: Chuck Pohlman Ag Complex, Northeast Community College, Norfolk
- 1st Place - $25 cash AND $25 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths
- 2nd Place - $10 cash AND $15 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths
- 3rd Place - $10 gift certificate for the Master Gardener Plant Booths
The ages for brackets are broken down as follows:
- Junior – 8-11 years old
- Intermediate – 12-14 years old
- Senior – 15-18 years old
Youth Volunteer Opportunity
19th Annual Seward Calf Classic
Seward County Fairgrounds
8:00 - 9:00 a.m. ~ Check-in
10:30 a.m. ~ Show
Pre-Registration Form due by April 5.
More information can be found at: http://go.unl.edu/qi3t
Nebraska Beef Ambassador Contest
Age Divisions: (by January 1)
- Senior - 14-18 years old
- Collegiate - 19-24 years old
The Competition: Both divisions contestant will compete in three different areas.
- Consumer Promotion - A mock consumer promotion event will be set up for contestants. Mock consumers will approach the contestant and ask questions testing the contestant's knowledge, capacity to perform in the field and ability to present the different cuts of beef in a positive light.
- Media Interview - Contestants will participate in a mock media interview. The interview will have pre-determined questions to ask each contestant with the option to ask follow-up question to extrapolate additional knowledge or clarify a point. Contestants will be judged on their knowledge, articulation, poise, and ability to tell the "beef production story" in a positive light.
- Issue Response - Each contestant will be provided with a recently published negative news article regarding the beef industry. Contestants will be give 30 minutes to write a brief (250 words or less) response to the article. The article will be judged for accuracy, message, and ability to send the correct message for the industry.
Prizes and Awards:
Cash prizes will be awarded as follows:
- Senior Division - 1st-$125, 2nd-$100, & 3rd-$75
- Collegiate Division - 1st-$200, 2nd-$150, & 3rd-$125
Custom Belt Buckles will be awarded to division winners.
Upon completion of the requirements, the Collegiate winner will receive a scholarship from the Nebraska Cattlemen's foundation in the amount of $1200.
Dakota County - Poultry & Rabbit Workshop
April 19th, 2017 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Please register by calling the Dakota County Extension Office (402-987-2140).
4-H Poultry Judging Clinic
Are you interested in learning how to judge production poultry? Wanting to compete in the Poultry Judging Contest at the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE)? Come join us for a fun day learning how to judge production poultry.
Where: UNL Dept. of Animal Science, Room D107
Cost: $10 (Checks Payable to: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
During the clinic you’ll learn how to:
- Judge live hens for egg production
- Give a set of oral reasons on production hens
- Candle and grade eggs
- Grade and evaluate broiler chicken carcasses, etc.
- Participate in a mock judging contest
What to bring:
- A Lunch (Name that Breed Contest during lunch)
- The National 4-H Poultry Judging Manual, *The judging manual may be purchased from your local extension office or may be purchased the day of the clinic for $7.45 (Checks payable to: University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
- A Note pad
- Pencil or Pen
Dr. Sheila Purdum, Extension Poultry Specialist, 402-472-6451, firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Kreifels, Douglas-Sarpy Counties 4-H, 402-444-7896, email@example.com
Registration can be found at: http://go.unl.edu/xqru
Horse Judging School
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is pleased to announce its 2017 Horse Judging School, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., April 22, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science Complex, on East Campus.
This horse show judges school is a must for current judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth. UNL Extension Equine Specialist Kathy Anderson said the judges school is also perfect for exhibitors because it is the best way to learn how one is being judged, so exhibitors can do a better job when in the arena.
The Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Judging Certification test will be offered at no additional cost for those needing to be re-certified, or desiring to become new 4-H Horse judges.
A great addition to this year’s school is not only will there will be classroom sessions, but there will be live classes in the arena to practice. Horsemanship, trail, ranch riding, halter, and how to conduct oral reasons the collegiate way will be the focus of this year’s school.
Speakers include: Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension Equine Specialist
Lena Luck, UNL Extension Equine Specialist for youth
Rebecca Gunderson, UNL equine graduate student
The cost per person is $30 for youth, ages 10 -18 years old, and $40 for adults, ages 19 years and older.
Please register at http://go.unl.edu/hyjc to reserve your spot. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s Horse Judging School.
Please feel free to contact Kathy Anderson for more information at 402-472-6414 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit: http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse. For more information on the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show Judge Certification test, visit: http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-judging-information#tab4.
Ag Science Expo - A Free Family Event at Raising Nebraska, Grand Island
Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems. Sessions include:
1. 3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.
2. Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.
3. Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.
4. Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.
5. Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and conducting surgery.
6. Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.
This is a great family and friend affair! Register your family or entire youth clubs (ex. 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.) at http://go.unl.edu/agscienceexpo. Pre-registration is preferred by Friday, April 21st, but walk-ins are welcome. Recommended age is for 8 year olds and older, but all ages are welcome!
Location: Raising Nebraska, inside the Nebraska Building
Nebraska State Fairgrounds
501 E Fonner Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
Contact for Questions:
More information can be found at: http://go.unl.edu/teb5
Nebraska Youth Pork Conference
The Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2. Attached, you’ll find a flyer that you can be used to promote the event. We conducted a pilot of this program in December of 2015, and the youth who participated were extremely complimentary and excited about the program. I hope you will be willing to advertise this conference through your various newsletters and encourage your youth to apply, particularly those who have an interest in the swine industry, food or meat science, and/or culinology. Intermixed throughout the conference, youth will be engaged in interactive activities to enhance life skills including leadership and communication. There is no cost for any youth participants, as the conference is 100% funded by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, and the Nebraska Soybean Board in addition to Animal Science and UNL Extension! As a result, we do ask that all potential youth participants apply online at http://www.nepork.org, then under the “youth” tab, select “Makin’ Bacon ..” Applications are due April 1, and we will notify those individuals selected to participate no later than April 15.
Tractor Safety Training 2017
All youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate an approximately 20 PTO horsepower tractor, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Cost: $60
Kearney Fairgrounds - May 30 & 31
Auburn Fairgrounds - June 1 & 2
Valentine Fairgrounds - June 6 & 7
North Platte WCREC - June 13 & 14
Gering Legacy Museum - June 15 & 16
Wayne Fairgrounds - June 19 & 20
Gordon Fairgrounds - June 22 (Day 1 is online)
McCook Fairgrounds - June 23 (Day 1 is online)
Grand Island College Park - July 10 & 11
Advance registration is required. More information can be found at: http://go.unl.edu/va72
3rd Annual Papio Valley Broiler Show
Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute 2017
Applications Due April 15
NAYI is a five-day conference for high school juniors and seniors to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. This includes:
- Engaging speakers
- Workshops and panels
- Agriculture education
- Professional development
- Leadership experience
- Fun and new friends
- Networking with peers and industry leaders
All of these experiences come free of charge, thanks to our generous sponsors!
Apply online at www.nda.nebraska.gove/nayi
Ak-Sar-Ben Moving to State Fairgrounds in Grand Island
AKSARBEN says they will move the classic 4-H livestock show to Grand Island in order to have more space to grow the 89-year-old event.
This year, it will be held September 28 through October 1 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, in the facilities built for the Nebraska State Fair.
We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at yqca.learngrow.io. You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family. Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to email@example.com. There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office. The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year.
Youth Livestock Projects and the VFD Regulation
Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or directive from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds. The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.
Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels. These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.
The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian. Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for. If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian.
Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds. Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.
For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at: http://bqa.unl.edu/veterinary-feed-directive Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All State Fair exhibitors will be required to obtain a Premise ID for 2017. This will not be required for county-only exhibitor unless the county chooses to do so. Further education, in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture will be coming out by January 10th for counties to use in print form via email blasts and newsletters. These resources will explain the reasoning behind both EID and Premise ID while also giving families a step-by-step process for obtaining the Premise ID.
While that is being developed, what follows is a brief explanation on why Premise ID will be required in 2017. Also attached to this email is a rough document going through the process of obtaining a Premise ID. This document is for your reference only and a more complete resource will come out by January 10th that can be easily disseminated to youth.
- In 2016, through our partnership with NDA, we were able to obtain an exemption from USDA that did not require each exhibitor to obtain a Premise ID. Thus why each county extension office or fairgrounds has a Premise ID number.
- That exemption will not be renewable for 2017, thus requiring this step. The Premise ID Application process can be completed online. That URL will be available in the coming resources.
- Swine exhibitors, through completion of PQA, already have a Premise ID so they have already completed this step. They can continue to use the Premise ID generated through that program for other species as well.
- Cattle, Sheep, and Goat exhibitors who do not have a Premise ID will need to obtain one. In some cases, a farm or ranch may already have a Premise ID in the parents (or other relative’s name). As long as the livestock are being housed and cared for at that location, the existing Premise ID should be used.
We are well aware that there may be some not willing to comply with the Premise ID step; however, this process is vital in our youth understanding the shape of the agriculture landscape and the world economy as it is changing. Source verification programs are becoming critical, and as the world population becomes more interested in where their food is grown, Premise ID will play a major role in our youth’s future in agriculture.
While acquiring Premise ID is the choice of a family/exhibitor, those who choose not to get the Premise ID will not be able to show at State Fair or AKSARBEN. Exhibitors can contact me (email@example.com) and I can help to answer their questions.
2017 State Fair Livestock Fees
Species Fees Total
Breeding Beef $18+$15 $33.00
Market Beef $18+$15+$3 $36.00
Dairy $10+$15 $25.00
Market Sheep $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Breeding Sheep $5+$5 $10.00
Market Meat Goat $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Breeding Meat Goat $5+$5 $10.00
Market Swine $5+$5+$3 $13.00
Entry Fee: Beef-$18, Dairy-$10, Sheep/Goat/Swine-$5
Bedding Fee: $15 Beef/Dairy, $5 Sheep/Goat/Swine
Drug Testing Fee: $3
2017 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows
Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 12, 2017. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.
2017 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites
- June 12th - Lexington
- June 13th - Taylor
- June 14th - Wayne
- June 19th - Hemingford
- June 20th - Lincoln
- July 16-20 - 2017 State 4-H Horse Show - Fonner Park