Morrill County 4-H Update

March/April 2022

Events & Deadlines

March 1 - YQCA @ Bayard High School (6:00 PM)

March 15 - Extension Board Meeting @ Morrill County Extension Office (7:00 PM)

April 1 - Morrill County 4-H Scholarship Deadline

April 3 - YQCA @ PWCC (2:00 PM)

April 15 - PREC Scholarship Due

May 1 - Swine/Sheep/ Goat Weigh-In @ Fairgrounds (3:00-5:00 PM)

May 6 - All Horse ID Papers Due (See link for ID sheets below)

May 6 - District & State Horse Show Entries Due

June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

June 15 - Animal Affidavits Due

June 15 - YQCA Due

Remind App!!!

To receive updates throughout the year in a quick and easy manner, sign up for the REMIND class: Morrill County Fair Updates.


To do that, text @mocofair to the number 81010!

Important YQCA Announcement

The new YQCA program is up and running! Thank you all for your patience with the shutdown and change. For the youth who have completed YQCA already this year and plan to go to state fair or AKSARBEN, you will need to go into the new system, create an account, and upload your certificate from this year that you completed. You can do that here: https://yqcaprogram.org/. If you are planning to attend the in-person training, make sure that you are registered for the training before attending. You will need to go into the new system and create an account before you are able to register! To create a family account, make sure that you create the account under a parent's name, NOT a child's name!


We have one more date coming up for an in-person YQCA training:

  • April 3rd – Prairie Winds Community Center, Bridgeport, NE (2:00 PM)


If you have any questions or need help figuring out the new site, please reach out to the office!

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Livestock Opportunities

Showmanship Clinics, Progress Shows, & Livestock Judging

4HOnline 2.0

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2022 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, click on the button below.


For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/returning-member. Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/new-member. Please note the enrollment fee for Morrill county is $5 per 4-H member/ $0 for Clover Kid member and is paid either online or at our office.


Please contact Katlyn ­­at (308) 262-1022 or krosas2@unl.edu with any questions.

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SCHOLARSHIPS

Morrill County 4-H Scholarship - Due April 1

The Morrill County 4-H Council annually awards three scholarships to high school seniors who have been in 4-H a minimum of three years and who have participated in the Morrill County 4-H program the previous year. This year one scholarship in each of the amounts $1,000; $750; and $500 will be awarded.


Applications are due in the Morrill County Extension Office by April 1, 2022. Please find the PDF version of the application below.

Panhandle Research & Extension Center Student Scholarship

The University of Nebraska – Lincoln Panhandle Research and Extension Center is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for its first annual Panhandle Research and Extension Center Student Scholarship Three scholarships of $1000 each will be awarded. To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Have attended high school in the Panhandle of Nebraska in one of these following counties: Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Cherry, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, and Thomas
  • Be attending any of the Nebraska University Campuses, including Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture
  • Majoring in Agriculture, Agriculture Technology or a related degree emphasizing agriculture
  • Be a graduating high school senior, or in the first or second year of study.


Applications close at midnight MST, April 15, 2022.


If there are questions, please contact Coordinator Emily Stine at estine2@unl.edu or at (308) 632-1230.

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Horse Health & Nutrition Short Courses

Looking for that holiday gift for your equestrian friends? Or for yourself? Check out these two short courses on Horse Health and Horse Nutrition from Extension Horses. They are available from December 15 to May 15. You can start at any time, and each course has 6 lessons from University and industry experts from around the country. At $50 per course, that is less than $10 per lesson. Click here to enroll.https://catalog.extension.org/?category=6&keyword=Hippology+Shortcourse&cond=advand&searchcategory=

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2022 Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique, the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors.


Seeds have been ordered and will be available at the office. Contact the office at (308) 262-1022 if planning on entering the Special Garden Project this year! For more information, go to: https://4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project

2022 Special Agronomy Project

The Nebraska Extension Special Agronomy Project gives 4-H members an opportunity to experience a crop that is grown, was grown or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. Youth participate by receiving seed and resources to grow the crop, research traits of the crop and determine the viability of that crop in the part of the state they live. The project allows 4-H members interested in agronomy to grow something fun, new, and different.


The focus of the 2022 Special Agronomy Project is Broomcorn Sorghum. Broomcorn can be used for ornamental uses in floral arrangements or harvested for broom-use prior to seed maturity. To participate in the Special Agronomy Project, enroll in the project through 4-H Online or call your local extension office to reserve seed.


There are three ways to complete this at the county or state fair. First, an educational exhibit that can be in a poster format can include what you learned. Secondly, let your creativity go wild and create a video-type presentation explaining what you have learned, showing the growing process, etc. Finally, you can enter the crop itself. To do this, cut 4 stalks at the ground level and bound-together with supporting information about the project. For project specifications and details, be sure to go to the Nebraska State Fairbook at https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/rules.

4-H STEM Challenge

This year’s National 4-H STEM Challenge will take students on a Galactic Quest! Activities focus on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration. Students will explore STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture. Kits are now available! Learn more about this year’s 4-H STEM Challenge and how you and your students can get involved at 4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge.

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Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for 2022 Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps! See the full schedule of camp sessions and register now at 4h.unl.edu/summer-camp-schedule.
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Morrill County Extension Office

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see go.unl.edu/nondiscrimination. © 2020

Katlyn Rosas

4-H Assistant / Office Manager

Sarah Paisley

4-H Educator - Morrill/Garden Counties

Tammie Ostdiek

Lead Educator - Morrill County

Extension Educator - Food, Nutrition, & Health