The 4-H Update

January 13, 2023

Our office is closed January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Many come together on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to practice community service, including many of our 4-Hers.

Community service projects are an important activity for 4-H members. These projects give youth valuable opportunities to develop positive relationships in their community as well as enhance personal growth and satisfaction. Learn more

New Information for This Week

Changes for State Fair

With each new State Fair season, brings new possibilities and opportunities for 4-H families.

The decision has been made to change the age of eligibility in 2023 to be 9 years of age before January 1 (of the current year) for all in-person events* (livestock, contests, fashion shows).

*This does not include horse or shooting sports.

Wish of a Lifetime

Nebraska 4-H is working with Wish of a Lifetime from AARP to connect older adults and youth to build relationships across generations. Youth participants will be paired with an older adult from St. Joseph Villa to conduct interviews about their life experiences, accomplishments, struggles, and passions. Ideal participants are interested in giving back to the people in their community and building leadership and communication skills.

Youth are committing to four in-person meetings with Extension staff and three interviews with the adult they get paired with, for a total of seven meetings. All resources will be provided during the in-person meetings and the program is FREE. Youth will meet with their paired adult on their own schedule. The four in-person meetings will be held in the evenings on February 15, March 9, March 29, and April 19 at the Douglas-Sarpy Extension Office. All ages are encouraged to participate.

If you're interested in participating, please fill out this short form: Fill out the survey by February 3.

Contact Katherine at with questions.

Feature of the Week

4-Her of the week -Owen Reeves

This week's 4-Her of the week is Owen Reeves! His photography project received Judges Special Award and was selected for state fair. The photography project is to establish basic to advanced knowledge of and abilities in using photographic equipment, lighting, and composition to capture images, express feelings, and communicating ideas. Participants can work through the three project levels progressing from basic to advanced photography skills and techniques. Learn more at

Project of the Week - Cowboy Cookies

This is a fun recipe to have kids adapt and create something new.

Try adding different types of dried fruit, nuts or flavors of baking chips.

Check it out at

See more 2023 4-H project ideas at

Upcoming Information

Market Beef Weigh Day -January 28

Date: January 28, 2023*

Located at Cooper Farm (8602 Mormon Bridge Rd, Omaha)

Time: 9 am-11 am

Weighing of Market Beef participating in the Sarpy County Fair Market Beef Rate of Gain Contest

EID Tags and County-Only tags will be available. EID Tags are required for Market Beef and Feeder Calves being exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair or the AKSARBEN Stock Show

DNA Hair Samples will also be pulled for all Market Beef, Breeding Heifers and Feeder Calves being exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair and/or AKSARBEN

(Breeding Beef and Feeder Calves do not need to be brought to the Beef Weigh Day unless you’d like a weight or to pull DNA hair Samples)

Tags will be free this year!

*snow day February 4, same time and same place. Check our Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Facebook page for announcement that morning of January 28th if the date will need to be changed due to snow.

New 4-H Member Zoom Meeting -Jan. 31

When: January 31, 2023, 6-7 PM

Where: Zoom link will be sent after you register in advance at:

Want to know more about 4-H? Youth and parents are invited to attend this free Zoom meeting to learn about Douglas-Sarpy 4-H and the ways you can get involved. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to start your family's 4-H story. Questions? Email Katherine at

Join the Paddock Possee, A Horseless Horses Club

Interested in Horses but don't have a horse? Not a problem! There is a new club geared towards youth that want to learn about horse topics such as level testing and horse care and basics.

Please come and learn about horses and horse basics!

February 3, 2023

Time: 5 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

RSVP with Alaina Kauffman,

2023 Special Agronomy Project is Tepary Beans - Sign up by Feb. 15

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 2023 Special Agronomy Project is Tepary Beans. Tepary beans can be used like dry edible beans, forage, or hay. To participate in the Special Agronomy Project, enroll in the project through 4-H Online or call Mary at 402-444-7804 to reserve seed by February 15.

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 6 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

4-H Rabbit Show, March 18

The 4-H Spring Rabbit Show will be held on Saturday, March 18, 9 a.m. at the Lancaster Event Center Fairgrounds – Exhibit Hall. Open to all youth ages 8–18, with a Clover Kids class for youth ages 5–7. This is a great opportunity for youth to talk to other 4-H’ers about where to purchase a good rabbit for a 4-H project, and to learn and practice showmanship. Rabbit Quiz and Breed Identification contests are free for youth to enter! New this year: the knowledge contests are open to adults for a minimal fee!

Show flyer will be posted at For questions, contact Kate Pulec at or 402-441-7180.

See an showmanship example at

Companion Animal Contest

When: April 15

Time: 9 am

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

For 4-Hers 5 and up.

The companion animal contest will include cats, small mammals (hamsters, rats, ) reptiles, snakes, fish, birds and insects.

This year's contest will include a short (under 5 minute presentation). Watch future newsletters for a speech template. See a cat show guide here.

Connect with our experts for this contest at the Nebraska 4-H companion animal page. This page offer opportunities for youth to develop life skills and obtain knowledge of companion animals. The focus of the Nebraska 4-H companion animal programs is the total development of the young person. The companion animals contests, shows, and related activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development.

Local Events

Enroll in 4-H

To enroll in 4-H for 2023, click here.

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: Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here:

Please note the enrollment fee for Douglas-Sarpy counties is $10 per member and is paid online. Enrollments are due June 15, 2023.

Please contact Mary Dierks at with any questions.

New 4-H Volunteers for Douglas-Sarpy 4-H will need to be screened and have a background check done. Volunteers may not work with youth until volunteer enrollment and screening is complete. To begin the screening process visit and enroll via 4-H Online.

4-H Quilt Club

When: Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Where: Celtic Quilter, 5080 S. 108th Street, Omaha

For more information, contact Club Leader Stephanie at (

*This club usually meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

Clover Kid Club

Parents and children ages 5-7 are invited to be a part of the Douglas-Sarpy 4-H Clover Kid Program. January programming will be all about Houseplants and growing things!

Clover Kid Dates: Feb 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2.

Time: 6-7 pm

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to preregister with Rachel at

Jewelry Making Workshop

When: February 9, 2023

Time 5:30-7:30 PM

Cost: $15

Where: Nebraska Extension Douglas-Sarpy Central Office, 8015 W Center Rd. Omaha

During the workshop, youth will learn jewelry making basics. Youth will be guided through the jewelry making process and get hands-on experience using tools of the trade. Youth will design, create, and take home their own necklace or bracelet!

Registration Deadline: January 27, 2023

Registration link:

This workshop is for youth ages 10-18. 4-Hers ages 8-9 can participate if they have an adult stay with them for the workshop.

Start a Club Informational Zoom Meeting

Interested in starting a 4-H club? Attend a FREE Zoom meeting to learn how you can start a club in your community. This meeting will provide you with the resources you need to get started. Registration is required to get the Zoom link.

Date: February 16, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Date: May 10, 2023

Time: 6-7 PM


Livestock Information

Sign Up By Feb. 25 for 4-H Farrowed and Owned Cohort

We are now accepting registrations for the 2023 Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort! This opportunity is designed to enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H swine project by focusing on swine production, accurate record keeping, and industry knowledge and engagement by the 4-H member. Registration closes Wednesday, February 1. To learn more and register, visit

Nebraska State Fair and AKSARBEN Stock Show Changes for 2023

All Breeding Beef, Breeding Sheep, Breeding Swine and Breeding Goats MUST have hair pulled and DNA sample submitted along with being nominated in Show Stock Manager by June 15th, 2023.

All Feeder Calves must also have hair pulled and DNA sample submitted and the animal must be nominated in Show Stock Manager by June 15, 2023.

All Market Beef, Market Swine and Feeder Calves must still have an 840 EID

For more information, contact Brett Kreifels, Urban Program Coordinator at

YQCA Training Dates

YQCA Training Dates:

Tuesday May 16th at 6:30 here at the office and

Tuesday June 6th at the Fairgrounds at 6:30 pm.

This year there will be a before and after the course for both in person and online YQCA Trainings.

The following videos have been developed to help walk families through the process:

Help Video: Web-Based Training

Help Video: Instructor-Led Training

  1. The help desk is your best option for any issues related to the platform. Please be patient as they get back to you on your requests. These have been responded to quickly over the past couple of weeks but know that as trainings increase, so do help desk tickets.

Statewide Opportunities

4-H Month

Mark your calendars and make plans to celebrate 4-H Month this February! Wear your favorite 4-H shirt on Tuesday, February 7. Put your hands to larger service on Saturday, February 11, or Sunday, February 12. Show our 4-H volunteers some love on Tuesday, February 14. Thank our donors or sponsors on Tuesday, February 21. And don’t forget to show our local 4-H professionals some appreciation on February 28

Mark your calendars–Big Red Camps will be June 11-16, 2023.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the Nebraska campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with our university faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.

More details will be coming soon!

2023 4-H Camp

Registration for the 2023 4-H camp season is open! There are a limited number of spots available this year, so we recommend that families register as soon as possible. Session information and registration can be found at

2023 4-H Dates

  • 4-H Quilt Club, January 17 from 6:30-8:30 pm

  • Market Beef Weigh Day, January 28th from 9 am-11 am, Cooper Farm

  • Swine Project Sign up, Feb. 1, online
  • Clover Kid Club, Feb. 7 from 6-7 pm
  • Jewelry Making Workshop, February 9, from 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Interested in 4-H Zoom, Feb. 16, 6-7 pm
  • Agronomy Project Sign up due - online, Feb. 15
  • Clover Kid Club, March 7 from 6-7 pm
  • Cooking Basics March 16, from 9 AM- 12 PM
  • Lancaster Rabbit Show, March 18

  • Speech Workshop: March 23*

  • Chick Days: March 25

  • Companion Animal (including Cat show). April 15

  • Speech Contest: April 27, 2023 3:00 PM-8:00 PM*

  • Interested in 4-H Zoom, May 10, 6-7 pm

  • Presentation Workshop: May 18, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Table Toppers Workshop: May 30, 2023, 6:30-7:30 PM*

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Competitions June 2, June 3, and June 10*

  • Rocket Launch Workshop - Beginners: June 13, 2023, 1-2:30 PM

  • Discover Ancient Egypt June 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Presentation Contest Entries due: June 13, 2023, 5 PM*

  • Rocket Launch Workshop - Advanced: June 14, 2023, 1-3:30 PM

  • Art for Relaxation/Mindfulness June 21 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Presentation Contest: June 22, 2023*
  • June 21 and Thursday, June 22, 2023 - Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • State 4-H Communications Event (including State 4-H Presentations and speech contest) -June 23, 2023 at University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus
  • Wildlife Conservation June 27 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Rocket Launch forms due: July 5, 2023, 4:30 PM

  • Rocket Launch: July 12, 2023, 3:30-7 PM

  • Discover Art Around the World July 13 from 9 AM-12 PM*
  • Engineer an Empire: Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome July 20 from 9AM-12 PM*
  • 4-H Table Toppers Contest: June 29, 2023 starting at 3 PM*

  • August 2-6, 2023 - Sarpy County Fair
  • Aug. 25 - Sep. 4, 2023 - Nebraska State Fair

*subject to change