Saunders County 4-H Smore

October 26, 2018

In this week's Smore...

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

  1. ENREC Agriculture Literacy Festival
  2. S.C. 4-H Educator Position Open
  3. Career Portfolio/Achievement Application - NEW
  4. 4-H Council & Ambassador Applications - November 1
  5. 2019 4-H Enrollment Open
  6. SC Achievement Celebration
  7. 4-Her & Volunteer award list
  8. Shooting Sports Instructor Report
  9. Clover Crew
  10. Archery Club Practice
  11. Ashland Shotgun Shooting
  12. Fed Steer Challenge
  13. Learning Child Eduator
  14. GROW by FarmHER
  15. Midwest Messenger Club/Chapter of the Month
  16. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events

ENREC Agriculture Literacy Festival

We thought you'd like to know about one of the bigger programs we just organized and hosted! Our ENREC Agriculture Literacy Festival.

We had 870 fourth grade youth attend, 210 of those were SAUNDERS COUNTY youth!

Just one of the MANY "non-fair" things that we do throughout the year!

UNL Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension

Saunders County 4-H Educator position open

The 4-H Educator position is now open for Saunders County. It can be found here:

Career Portfolio - NEW in 2018 - Annual Achievement Application

Nebraska and Saunders County 4-H are excited to announce the new Achievement Application ( form that will be used as an alternative to the Career Portfolio and is available to youth this fall as a pilot.

The Achievement Application will be used for awards in the county and will also be used at the state level to selection winners for 4-H Congress, Conference, scholarships, and other leadership opportunities that arise statewide.

For the 2017-2018 reporting year (due NOVEMBER 1, 2018), youth can opt to use either the new Achievement Application or the current Career Portfolio. To access the Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application, go to: (

4-H Council and Ambassador Applications-NOW AVAILABLE!

Want to get involved with Saunders County 4-H? Be an influencer of this program or maybe you know a youth who would be interested in being an ambassador for our program?

We are currently taking applications for SAUNDERS COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL and SAUNDERS COUNTY 4-H AMBASSADORS until November 1!

Find more information and applications here:

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Shooting Sports Instructor Report

Please make every effort to submit your report by October 15th or sooner. The electronic reporting form will close after October 15th.

You can access the on-line reporting form by going to:

Please note effective October 1, 2017

· All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline(s) every year.

· Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report (on-line format) to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline.

· Enroll in their respective 4-H Shooting Sports project(s) area in their county. Instructors should also complete leader release form and code of conduct.

It is important for the Nebraska and National programs to be able to show the level of involvement of our volunteer instructors. Last year, volunteer 4-H Shooting Sports instructors contributed more than 43,425 hours towards the five categories of youth involvement with over 32,087 youth contacts across Nebraska.

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Saunders County Archery Club Practice

Thinking about wanting to shoot archery?

The Saunders County Archery club will be meeting on:

October 22

November 5

from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the pavillion building at the fairgrounds in Wahoo.

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:

Nebraska Fed Steer Challenge

The University of Nebraska Extension wishes to “Pilot” a new Animal Science offering titled the “Nebraska Fed Steer Challenge.” The primary goal of the Fed Steer Challenge is to enhance the educational value of traditional 4-H beef projects by providing an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, combined with accurate and complete records, industry knowledge, and producer engagement.

Youth will receive a Nebraska bred and raised steer at market price. The goal is then for youth to feed that steer to maximize growth performance and carcass merit. Cattle will be shown in a special class at the 2019 Nebraska State Fair. Cattle will be harvested and carcass data collected. Throughout the project, educational programming will be provided by Department of Animal Science faculty and other industry professionals. Upon conclusion of the project, youth will interact with Nebraska Beef Producers at the 2019 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Convention where they will have an opportunity to showcase their project and knowledge gained. Awards will be provided to emphasize the importance of growth performance, carcass merit, and record keeping. In addition, the exhibitor who provides the best “Project Showcase” detailing what they did and learned throughout the year as they interact with Nebraska producers will be recognized.

If you believe there is merit in development of this type of project designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders for the Nebraska Cattle Industry, encourage your youth to apply. The application deadline has been extended to November 1, and more information may be found at If you have someone in mind that you think needs a little “nudge”, let us know, and we’ll send them an email to also encourage them to apply. Questions? Contact Bryan Reiling at 402-472-8960 or at

Learning Child Events and Trainings

Lisa Poppe is a Learning Child Extension Educator for Dodge, Burt, Cuming, Saunders and Washington County. She provides Child Care Professional's Training and Classes that you can find here:

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

To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card.

As this is a new program, we are hoping to lean on our state Extension agents and ag advocates to help spread the word about this recognition to 4-H leaders — and FFA educators, whenever applicable — within their counties, so that all Nebraska 4-H and FFA groups can start taking advantage of this honor. Please consider forwarding this information to your local ag youth leaders, and any other contacts who may be interested in nominating a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter for this accolade.

The nomination form can be found on our website at

The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as online at and our Facebook page,

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

Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of Nebraska’s ag youth — the next generation of America’s proud farmers, ranchers, and ag advocates.

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.