Saunders County 4-H Smore

April 5, 2019

In this week's Smore...

** Did you know that new items added are BOLDED?!?

  1. Market Beef Deadline Extended
  2. Saunders County Flood Recovery Assistance
  3. UNL Flood Resources
  4. Foundation Flood Relief Fund
  5. Wellness in Tough Times
  6. Leader & Parent Information Night RECORDING & Fair Changes
  7. Top Curriculum Exhibitor Contest
  8. 2019 4-H Activity Calendar
  9. Superintendents for 2019 NEEDED!
  10. SC Shooting Sports Practices
  11. Daisy 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship
  12. SC Livestock Judging
  13. SC Archery Practice
  14. Nebraska Agriculture Youth Institute (NAYI)
  15. SC 4-H Foundation Fundraiser
  16. Clinics/Classes
  17. 2019 4-H Enrollment Open
  18. Culinary Challenge
  19. Nebraska Charter Year - Photo
  20. Ashland Shotgun Shooting
  21. 8th Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
  22. Pick Your Project Listing
  23. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events
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Saunders County Flood Recovery Assistance List

We have started to compile a list of any Saunders County Families that either WOULD LIKE ASSISTANCE cleaning up after the flood or those who WOULD LIKE TO OFFER THEIR ASSISTANCE to others to help. If you contribute to this list, your information will not be shared publicly, we will work to put together volunteers and those needing help! Thank you!!

UNL FLOOD RESOURCES - Resources for Flood recovery

Some of the Agriculture topics include:

- Feedyard Webinar Series

- Flood soaked Feed and Forage

- Holding Pond Management

- Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) released

- Fencing and resolving fencing disputes

- Cattle Producers Post-Flood Checklist

- Feeding Cows After the Flood

- Online Rural Resource List- Staying Connected During Tough Times

- Hay and Fencing Donations


The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website:

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at


Wellness in Tough Times for Farm and Ranch Families webinar to be offered by Nebraska Extension

Farmers and ranchers have many stressors in their lives. Weather challenges and disasters like many Nebraskans have recently experienced have led to uncertainty in their crop and livestock operations. Machinery breakdowns, debt loads, volatile markets, sleep deprivation, changing regulations, and the stress of holding onto a multi-generational farm/ranch all play a part of the stress and mental health of a farmer or rancher. Farmers and ranchers know the importance of planning and talking about their financial health to bankers, financial planners, spouses, etc. but might not realize how important it is to spend time on their mental health.

A free webinar will be offered April 23 via the web for farm and ranch families. The webinar will take place at noon (CST) and can be accessed at Wellness in Tough Times will be presented by Nebraska Extension Educators Glennis McClure and Brandy VanDeWalle starting at 12:00 p.m. (CST). This free webinar is available for farm and ranch families to participate and will provide strategies for dealing with the stress of farming or ranching in today’s difficult economic environment.

Participants will learn: How to recognize the signs and symptoms of stress; understand the role stress plays in our lives; and strategies and resources to manage stress.

For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at or (402)759-3712.

Dates and locations for a separate workshop available to agribusiness professionals and service providers working with farmers and ranchers will be released soon: Communicating with Farmers Under Stress. For more information on this workshop contact Susan Harris-Broomfield

2019 Fair Changes


It will give in depth description of changes!


Non-terminal show.

- Only Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion overall market swine will go to harvest.

•Breeding Gilt Show added

-Maximum entries: FIVE TOTAL, 4 Market, 2 Breeding

Entry limit for Dairy Cattle & Dairy Goat = FIVE ANIMALS

Sunday, August 4

• BBQ start at 12 NOON

4-H Livestock Auction start at 2:00 p.m.

Static Exhibit Release Time = 12 Noon – 2:00 PM, Sunday, August 4

Best Dressed Critter – 7:00 p.m., August 1st

Favorite Foods Contest – 12:00 Noon July 28

Fashion Show – 6:00 PM July 29

State Fair Static Exhibits (non-perishable) will be KEPT AT FAIRGROUNDS between county fair and state fair. - NEW

* You have the option to take the items home from the fair if you'd like, however drop off times will be the same as perishable items.

•Perishable items will be asked to be brought to Extension Office August 19 between 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and August 20 8:00 a.m. - 12 Noon.

Static Entry Interview Judging sign ups posted at outside entry table of 4-H building

Top Curriculum Exhibitor Contest


We are still needing superintendents in the following areas for the 2019 Saunders County Fair:



COMMUNICATION (photography)




Saunders County Shooting Sports

The SC Shooting sports (BB and Air Rifle) program has a new leader, Chad Lechtenburg.

Shooting Sports Practices are done for now up until right before the county fair.

Any questions, feel free to email chad at

SC Livestock Judging

To all youth interested in attending Livestock Judging practices:

If you are interested in attending workouts please email myself ( or Caitlin Coulson ( to make us aware of your interest.

Coaches: Ryan Coulson

Caitlin Coulson

Dan Wolfe

Saunders County Archery Practice

Archery Practices will be the following mondays, held from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the Gayle Hatton Pavillon at the fairgrounds.

April 15, 29

May 13

June 10, 24

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2019 SC 4-H Foundation Fundraiser

2019 Silent Auction “Keep Saunders County Rolling” will be the slogan for this year’s silent auction. o Cole will direct 4-H clubs (via email) to construct a project that somehow uses wheels of some sort or something that puts things into motion or that has been used to keep things in motion (ie: fiber optics, wagon wheels, tires, etc). The auction items will be on display and up for bidding during the fair.

o A “Buy Now” option price will be set upon the 4-H Club’s suggestion. Bidding will continue on items that haven’t been purchased through the “Buy Now” option and will be finalized through a Live Auction Sunday evening prior to the Livestock Auction

2019 4-H Enrollment Open

Enrollment is due JUNE 15!

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Nebraska Charter Year

February 15, 2019 marks 150 years since the day the state of Nebraska chartered the University of Nebraska. This means that on February 15, 1869, the University of Nebraska became a part of the fabric of our state. Nebraska Extension is perfectly positioned to take this celebrations state-wide. So you will see some new ACTIVITIES in 2019 to celebrate this. One of them will be the following photography class at the fair:

State Fair Photography Class

• 4-H members enrolled in Mastering Photography Unit 3 are invited to celebrate N|150 by exhibiting in the Theme Print (Class B182060) at their local counties fairs. The top exhibit(s) from each county will be selected to advance to the Nebraska State Fair. February 15, 2019 marks 150 years of history to appreciate, impact to unpack, and stories to tell. How has the University of Nebraska impacted you, your family, or your community? How can you tell this story through photography?

4H Shotgun Shooting

Female and Male Youth, grades 6 thru 12, interested in trapshooting are encouraged to contact Ashland Gun Club 4H. We are wanting to establish 5 person, Female and Male, Middle and Senior High School Teams for the 2018-2019 school year. No experience necessary! Hunter Safety Required!

For more information, please contact Ashland 4H: Email: Website:

8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the 8th Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

To participate in 2019, youth must complete and return an entry form by APRIL 1 (Exteneded deadline due to flooding) to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at

Searchable, Web-Based 2019 Pick Your Project Now Available

The Pick Your Project, available at, has been updated for the 2019 program year. Like last year, the printable, 2-page 2019 Nebraska 4-H Project Listing is available and can be distributed to 4-H members, volunteers, and parents. This printable 4-H Project Listing shares a link to the Pick Your Project. Both of these resources can be publicly accessed at

Midwest Messenger, 4-H Club or FFA Chapter of the Week

The nomination form can be found on our website at

For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122,

Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, and Events

Companion Animal Challenge, Horse Stampede, etc....

Saunders County Extension

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.