Thurston County 4-H News

May 2018

Upcoming Dates

May 1 - Drop/Add 4-H Projects DUE

May 10 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest Registration DUE

May 11 - Horse: County ID DUE & District & State Entries DUE

May 14 - Rabbit Tattoo Party

May 14 - Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

May 24 - Northeast Regional 4-H Speech Contest @ Wayne (2 pm)

May 28 - Office Closed - Memorial Day

May 30 - Dakota-Thurston Sheep & Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (6-8 pm)

June 8 - Ponca Day Camp Registration DUE

June 11 - Joint 4-H Council Meeting @ Pender (7 pm)

June 13 - District Horse Show - Ord

June 14 - District Horse Show - York

June 15 - All Livestock Affidavits DUE

June 15 - YQCA Deadline

June 15 - Aksarben/State Fair Sheep, Swine, Goat & Feeder Calf DNA/Nominations DUE

June 18 - Ponca Counselor Training

June 19 - Ponca Day Camp @ Ponca State Park

June 20 - District Horse Show - Gordon

June 21 - District Horse Show - Central City

June 22 - District Horse Show - Curtis

June 25-26 - PASE/Life Challenge @ UNL

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

Member Information

Summer Workshops

Mark your calendars! Summer is just waiting for us! Sign up here for our summer workshops!

Babysitting Clinic - May 23rd

Fashion Fingerprint - May 29th

Wearable Technology - May 30th

Young Entrepreneur Camp - June 4th-7th

Design Decisions Workshop - June 12th

Surprise Workshop - June 14th

Ponca Day Camp Counselor Training - June 18th

Ponca Day Camp - June 19th

Let's Paint Run-A-Ways - June 20th

Clover Kid Camp - June 21st

Let's Get Cooking #1 - July 2nd

Let's Get Cooking #2 - July 3rd

Come Join Us At Ponca Day Camp!!

Come get a taste of camp in your own backyard at this year's 4-H Ponca Day Camp. It will be held at Ponca Stat Park on Tuesday, June 19th. All 4-H members and their friends, ages 8-11, in Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Thurston, and Wayne counties are invited to attend this hands-on camp. We will be learning about Citizen Science, Monarchs on the Move, Let's Track Who Tracks, Archery, and getting to Swim!! For complete registration and health information contact the Extension office or go to Registrations are due by Friday, June 8th.

We are also in need of Ponca Day Camp Counselors. These 14 year old + 4-H members also need to fill out an application at the above website. Please join us in making this a memorable summer experience for these youth.

Workshop Scholarships for 4-H Members

The Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to continue to provied to pay $15 toward a 4-Her's attendance at summer workshops after filling out a sort form. Which can be found at:

County Fair Info

Entrepreneurship Challenge

We’d like to share with you a brand new state fair class in the entrepreneurship project (ESI)- an Entrepreneurship Challenge! The challenge is open to 4-H’ers enrolled in any of the three units of ESI. 4-H members will create an exhibit showcasing what they learned from the challenge and enter it at the fair. Through the challenge, we are encouraging kids to be entrepreneurial in their thinking and consider entrepreneurship as a career option.

Family Fun Packs

The Dakota Thurston County Fair Board is pleased to announce that "Family Fun Packs" will be on available for purchase at the Fair Manager's Office on Clean-up day Saturday July 21st as well as during Fair week Sunday July 29 thru Friday August 3rd.

Each Family fun pack costs $40 and consists of:

  • 2 Tickets to Impact Pro Wrestling - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Dueling Pianos - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Laser Tag - Friday
  • 2 Tickets to Kids Day - Saturday

This is a $60 value which will be sold for $40!

Family & Consumer Sciences

4-H Culinary Challenge Contest

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Plant Science

2018 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging Contest

The 2018 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from 8:00 am Friday, June 8th through 8:00 am Monday, June 18, 2018. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. It is open to all 4-H youth, as well as adults, and even Extension individuals. No password needed, the link listed below will take you directly to the contest. The link to participate will be

The youth need to fill in all of their information completely. The online contest should only be taken once by each participant. No study materials are to be used. The contest will allow an opportunity for the participant to review the answers prior to submitting. Once submitted, the participants will see their score, but they will not be able to see which questions they missed. After the contest has completed on June 18th, the participants or the county(ies) can request to see the scores and answers.

Study Materials for the Online Horticulture Judging Contest and the State 4-H Horticulture Judging Contest held during State Fair are the same and they can be found at:

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension also offers the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. This contest is at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26th, 2018. The event includes indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 7-12th grades) are invited to participate.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams are eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams are expected to know basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics may include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at

Teams must be registered by July 16th. This program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Nebraska Extension.

Animal Science

Upcoming Livestock Shows

May 21 - 4-H Poultry Clinic - Cuming County Fairgrounds

May 26-27 - Boone County Arama - Boone County Fairgrounds

June 2 - 4-H Beef Progress Show - Phelps County Fairgrounds

June 2 & 3 - Nebraska Jr. Beef Expo - Northeast Community College

June 10 - Hustler 4-H Progress Show - Cuming County Fairgrounds

June 10 - 4-H Horse Show - Wahoo, NE

June 16 - Stanton FFA Progress Show - Stanton County Fairgrounds

June 28 - Wisner Junior Livestock Show 4-H/FFA Horse Show - Wisner River Park Arena

Rabbit Tattoo Party

We will be holding a rabbit tattoo party on May 14th from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm at the Extension Office. Anyone wishing to have help tattooing their rabbits is asked to make an APPOINTMENT during this time.

Winners Unlimited Judging Camps

Held June 5-7 and June 11-13. The cost is $250 and covers participants’ lodging, meals, and all materials associated with the camp. Like we have done in the past, there will be an experienced and novice division as a part of camp, so we will tailor the experience to the participants knowledge base.

Livestock judging is a great way to install scientific principles and STEM learning using animals as the vehicle, and most importantly, is an event built around strengthening soft skills like communication, problem solving, and confidence. Please forward this information along to anyone you think may be interested. Thanks! Registration is to be postmarked by May 18.

Tractor Safety Training 2018

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 a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or is connect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

Cost for the training is $60.

Closest training is Wayne Fairgrounds, June 19 & 20.

Find it online here.

NEW Quality Assurance = YQCA

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops. This is what Nebraska 4-H/FFA have adopted this year and so we will be using the new system.

Requirements: Online - 3 modules @ $12 total

OR Face-2-Face training @ $3 total Scheduled for June 1st @ 9:30 am, Pender Fire Hall

OR Test Out for Intermediate & Senior @ Free

Thurston County 4-H Council has voted to provide scholarships for these fees after youth fill out a short form. Found here:

Here are some quick Log In Instructions:

1. Go to from your computer browser and select Sign In/Register Tab

2. Sign in and register using the 4-H Online box

3. Select the name of your organization from the pick list Nebraska 4-H Youth Development

4. Use your 4-H Online user name and password to start the process

5. Select the member name taking the course

6. Select the age of the member in the appropriate box

7. When the age is selected the appropriate courses will be selected

8. Select online choice (Instructor led class will be developed by your local instructor)

9. Select payment method credit card or if you have received a coupon code from your Extension Office you will enter it at this time to purchase the courses

10. After completing the three courses be sure to save and print out a completion certificate and take it to your Extension Office

11. For swine exhibitors the number on your completion certificate will be used as the number that will be asked for by swine buyers

12. If you encounter problems you can contact

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Submitting Animal Information into AKSARBEN Livestock Database

An IMPORTANT CHANGE from past years is that exhibitors will be responsible for submitting their animal information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline. In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc. The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors as well as payments for the DNA process. We will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. We are excited for this process to be in place as it ensures responsibility on exhibitors and families with a number of safeguards in place for you and us to monitor success. Your families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will still continue to mail in the DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline. You will also have the ability to see what your families have submitted and you will still be validating those nominations throughout the nomination process. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or had not submitted DNA will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair.

2018 State Fair & AKSARBEN Livestock Identification Requirements

Family Responsibilities:

1. Exhibitors will be required to enroll in 4-H and the required projects by the county deadline in 4H Online.

2. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office and have completed the online nomination ( along with submitting payment online by the appropriate deadline listed in the table. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the local Extension Office for details. (It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn into your county.)

3. Exhibitors showing breeding beef, breeding sheep and breeding does at State Fair or AKSARBEN will need to complete an online nomination ( by the June 15 deadline.

4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by the county deadline.

5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.

6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.

7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.

a. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.

8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.

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2018 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

All entries due to county office by May 11, 2018. Note: ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by May 11, 2018.

Reminder: All Entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 11, 2018.

2018 4-H Horse Show Dates and Sites

  • June 13th - Ord
  • June 14th - York
  • June 20th - Gordon
  • June 21st - Central City
  • June 22nd - Curtis
  • July 15-19 - State Horse Show - Fonner Park, GI

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Nebraska Elite Showman Competition

The Nebraska Department of Agriculture along with the Rural Radio Network will be hosting the 13th Annual Elite Showman Competition on Saturday, September 1st at the Nebraska State Fair.

by popular demand we have added goat showmanship into the mix.

For more information:

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