Hamilton County Headlines

February 2021


4-H Leader Training NEW DATE!!!

If you are a 4-H Volunteer in Hamilton County, we are having a Leader/Volunteer Training.

WHEN: Thursday, February 11, 2021

TIME: 6:30 PM - Dinner at 6:30 PM with the Training starting at 7 PM

WHERE: The Ag Building, Fairgrounds (zoom will be available if needed)


(there is also an in-person training available to you in Merrick Co. on February 22nd, also at the same times covering the same material.

Jr. Leader Banquet

Sunday, February 7, 2021, 1:00 p.m., 4-H Building

RSVP by Thursday, February 4 by clicking HERE

All 4-H teens (age 13-18) and their parents are invited. A light lunch and dessert will be served, along with recognition of 2021 seniors, installation of officers, a fun parents vs. teens jeopardy game, and initiation of new members. We also have a message from a 4-H alum to kick off our 2021 theme: Role Model That!

Please Note:

1) Facial Coverings will be required.
2) You can also attend by zoom when you register.
3) Families/household members will be sat together.


Check out the calendar and look at the fun things to do throughout the 4-H month!

Door Hangers for the Elderly

Celebrate 4-H Month with a citizenship project for our local nursing home residents!

We will have wooden clover cutout kits available for youth to pick up and decorate, some plain and some with an initial of a resident from East Park Villa, Memorial Community Care, or Westfield Community Care.

Kits will be available at the Extension Office Friday, February 12th and would need to be returned to the office or at the movie night on Friday, February 26th!

Kits will include

  • a wooden cutout
  • paint- green and white
  • paintbrush
  • wire or twine for the hanger

You may add other colors, ribbon or other decorations as you want!

Email hillary.fuhrman@unl.edu to reserve your hangers.

Family Movie Night

Hamilton County Movie Party to celebrate 4-H Month!

Come join us in the AG Building on the Hamilton County Fairgrounds to celebrate NE 4-H Month on February 26, 2021. Everyone welcome! We will be serving supper from 5:30-6:15 PM. Please register below!

We will be showing the "Bee Movie" starting at 6:15 PM. There will be popcorn as well.

**masks are required**

**families will be seated together**

Each family is responsible for bringing their own seating, whether that be lawn chairs, or blankets to set on the ground. If you want something else to drink besides water, please bring that as well.

Click HERE to register by February 18th, so we can have enough food!


  • Do you have a child who is 4-H age 8-11?
  • Do they want to have a fun camp experience locally?
  • Not ready for a full-week camp experience, but ready to have them go camping for a couple of days to learn new skills, develop friendships, and lifelong memories?

Jr. Camp at Whispering Pines in Genoa is the perfect place for your child!

When: June 2-4, 2021

Who: Youth who are 4-H age 8-11 (12-year-olds will be accepted if there is available space)

Cost: $85

How to register: Click HERE

For a printable copy of the flier: Click HERE

Camp Counselors Needed!

Are you 4-H age 16-18? Do you love serving youth? Do you love to camp?

We could use you as a camp counselor for our 4-H Jr. Camp this summer!

Click HERE to register as a counselor!

Questions? email deborah.fahrnbruch@unl.edu for more information.

Hamilton County Beef Weigh Day: Saturday, February 27th

Come weigh and tag for the Rate of Gain Contest and NEW this year-if you want to be put in the Hamilton County Raised Category must come to weigh and tag!

As always can weigh, tag and pull DNA for any State Fair Beef!

WHERE: Aurora Vet Clinic (1704 Q St. Aurora, NE)

WHEN: Saturday, February 27th, 10 AM- NOON

Any questions email Hillary at hillary.fuhrman@unl.edu

Horseless Horse- Stampede Spin Club

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 6pm

1784 Fairgrounds Road

Central City, NE

Would you like to learn more about horses? You are invited to learn more at the Horseless Horse – Stampede Spin Club for 4-H and FFA members ages 10-18 years. This no horse needed class will explore the horse from the outside in and everything in between. Bring a friend interested in horses, with you!

• Merrick County 4-H Building (1784 Fairgrounds Rd, Central City)
• 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, February 9
• Tuesday, February 16
• Tuesday, February 23
• Tuesday, March 2
• Tuesday, March 9
• Tuesday, March 16
• Tuesday, March 23
• *Optional Saturday, March 27, Stampede – State 4-H Horse Quiz Bowl Contest at University of Nebraska – Lincoln

To register, click on the link https://forms.gle/GB7uQk1aaE15qdJF9 or use the QR code on the attachment.

For more information, please contact the Merrick County Extension Office 308-946-3843 or email kwells5@unl.edu.

New 4-H Dog Achievement Program

4-H Dog Achievement Program

The program consists of levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments.

For each level, the Dog Achievement program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals.

The accomplishments increase in the quantity and difficulty for each level.

At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Dog Achievement program.

More information can be found at https://4h.unl.edu/dog-achievement-program

For any questions, contact Grace Kim at Grace.kim@unl.edu

It is recommended on the program page that Plan & Report Forms should be to county offices at least 1 month prior to the county awards night for youth to be recognized.


YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) Face-to-Face Trainings

Sunday, March 21, 2021

2pm at the 4-H Building

Sunday, April 18, 2021

2pm at the 4-H Building

Watch our Facebook page for more class opportunities!

Nebraska 4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete YQCA annually either Face-to-Face or online. The deadline to complete and email in your annual YQCA certificate to Hillary is Friday, July 9, 2021.
Youth enrolled in any of following projects or project areas will need to complete YQCA training.
• Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
• Dairy Cattle
• Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat and pygmy goat)
• Poultry
• Rabbit
• Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
• Swine (breeding swine, market swine)

Online Login Instructions:
For those youth who would rather complete YQCA online, visit the YQCA login page to begin https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login. Select "Sign in with 4HOnline" and select "Nebraska 4-H Youth Development" from the dropdown. Use your family 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the active 4-H members in your family. Only active members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course. All 4-H members will need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations.
All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to help@yqca.org.

• Your club may also set a date for face-to-face training with Hillary
Call the Ext. Office 402-694-6174


Nebraska Extension Special Gardening Project lets 4-H members try their hand at growing unusual vegetables and flowers. The project allows experienced 4-H gardeners to grow something fun, new, and different while letting those new to gardening get their feet wet in this project area.

This project is open to all youth of 4-H age and it will give them the opportunity to learn about growing, harvesting, and exhibiting a tasty vegetable; obtain the tools necessary to be successful gardeners, and learn about the wide range of plant-science related careers. Last year over 1700 4-H members were enrolled in the project.


The 2021 Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty Hakurei Turnip. These are not your grandmother’s turnips. Hakurei is a white salad turnip that is smooth, round, and at its best when harvested under 2”. The roots can be eaten raw or cooked and the tops can also be cooked.

Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online. Once enrolled in 4-H Online, youth are to call our office to sign up for the project (order the seeds). Our office ordered 20 seed packets. So the first 20 registered will get them!

By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the OneDrive folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.

Youth Tractor Safety Courses

Click HERE to see all the details of the youth tractor safety courses offered around the state.