Saunders County 4-H

March 24, 2017

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Special Garden Project

SEEDS ARE IN! If you ordered seeds for the 2017 Special Garden Project please come pick them up at the ARDC here in Ithaca!

4-H Enrollment - DEADLINE = APril 1st!!

  • 4-H Enrollment for 2017 is open! Enrollment must be done via computer at There are information guides for enrolling new members, as well as re-enrolling and can be found on our website:
    • There is a $10 per 4-H member fee for those 8 (prior to January 1) and older. Clover Kids have a $5 enrollment fee (that are 5, 6, 7 prior to January 1). All enrollment fees will need to be paid online in the 4-H Online system.
    • However, since the program cannot specify different enrollment fees for different aged youth, you will be charged $10 regardless of age. If your Clover Kid attends one of the Clover Crew sessions or the Clover Kid Day Camp, we will adjust the payment. For example, you would not have to pay for one of the Clover Kid sessions or the Day Camp would be $5 cheaper.
    • If we do not receive your forms and fees, you will not be enrolled in 4-H for 2017 and will not be able to participate in the Saunders County Fair.
    • If you are still pending in the system, or do not show as "active" in the system, but you think you are enrolled, please call the office to find out if there was an error with your profile!

Volunteer Re-Screening

As many of you know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteer applicants are screened in order to:

  • assure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program.
  • provide protection for the child, the volunteer, the educator, the 4-H Council, the Extension Board, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Screening Rotation
Initial screening of volunteers and staff will occur when they sign up to volunteer or are employed as an Extension professional. Screening for all volunteers will be done every four years by district, regardless of when the original screening was completed.

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:

In order to be approved as a 4-H Volunteer, you must be re-screened!

Please let me know if you have any questions!


Sunday: March 26th, 4:00-6:30

  • Cattle judging at Ohnoutka's place - Valparaiso

Please contact Dan Wolfe if you are interested in Livestock Judging and he will add you to the group email. Dan Wolfe: 308-440-9797;

4-H Horse Show- Sunday, June 11

For more information about the 4-H Horse show held at the Fairgrounds in Wahoo please visit

Catch-a-Critter Sign-Ups

April 1st is the deadline to sign up for the Catch-a-Critter Project! This year, we will have:

  • Catch-a-Lamb Project
  • Catch-a-Goat Project
  • Catch-a-Pig Project

Numbers are limited based on the available livestock, so it is a first come first serve basis! There is a waiting list for Pigs and the others are filling up quickly.

More information on the date to pick up the animals will follow!


Clover Crew - April 20!

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Friends of Saunders County 4-H and Extension Foundation Silent Auction Fundraiser

  • Rain Barrel Silent Auction Fundraiser
  • Each Club can make one to donate to the Silent Auction at the Fair!
  • Rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses
  • Clubs can construct (or purchase premade barrels) to prime and paint them as well

What are the benefits of rain barrels?
  • Rain water is naturally soft, oxygenated, and more acidic than tap water.
  • Rain water is free of chlorine, fluoride, salts, and other minerals from tap water.
  • Saves water for dry spells.
  • Reduces runoff and stormwater pollution.
  • Can reduce your water bill, especially in the summer.

  • Darker colored barrels are better suited, because algae can grow given sunlight. The barrels also need to be food grade or have never held harmful chemicals. The finished barrel can be painted using spray paint for plastics such as Krylon or Rust-Oleum.

2017 Horse Show Judging Guide

The new 2017 version of the Horse Show Judging Guide is now available for purchase.

4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event starts March 1st!

Nebraska 4-H, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, is celebrating the Nebraska Statehood 150 with the 4-H Clover Chase!

Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase.

Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at

Fremont 4-H Expo News

*Different dates than what is printed in your pocket calendar!

Fremont Fair Schedule

State Fair Entry Fees- NEW

2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

On December 9, the Nebraska State Fairboard voted to add a bedding fee onto the entry fee for all livestock exhibitors; the fee will be $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine. The Fairboard also voted to add a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing. These costs are in addition to the existing entry fees that will stay the same for 2017.

The Nebraska State Fair continues to be supportive of FFA and 4-H and values all that youth and families bring the Fair; however, escalating costs for bedding, bedding removal, etc. have forced them to reassess their fees. They are also aware that there are other costs for families including DNA sampling and EID tags. While this does add a financial burden; hopefully, by knowing early, families can make appropriate decisions about nominating animals and their plans for exhibiting.

Based on 2016, the 2017 entry fees will be:

  • Market Beef - $18 now $36
  • Breeding Beef - $18 now $33
  • Dairy Cattle - $10 now $25
  • Market Meat Goat - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Meat Goat - $5 now $10
  • Market Sheep - $5 now $13
  • Breeding Sheep - $5 now $10
  • Market Swine - $5 now $13

Premise ID Number

If you are showing at State Fair or AKSARBEN, please email your Premise ID Number to the office!

Premise ID Information

Youth Livestock Projects and VFD

Please take a look at the Veterinary Feed Directive for the newest information!


We are excited to announce that Nebraska is part of a national team introducing a new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The YQCA course will be available online 24X7 and we anticipate that the new course will be available on or about March 1st. For additional information on the YQCA program you can go to the Animal Care Wednesday Zoom session at:

  • The YQCA program has not done a full launch yet, so you can continue to use the current LQA online course. THIS WILL NOT LAST MUCH LONGER. As in the past, youth completing the LQA online course will need to complete three new modules with an 80% or better. Youth must print and deliver module certificates to their local Extension office. The cost of the LQA course will remain at $5.00 as in the past.
  • Note: For youth already in progress toward attaining the 2017 LQA module prior to March 1, youth will be able to continue their work and complete the required three modules.
  • At the point when the new YQCA course comes online (March 1), the old LQA course will not accept new 2017 participants. Instead, youth will enroll in the new YQCA. The cost of the new YQCA course will be $12.00 for the online course and will be accessed through 4-H online. For counties that have a sponsor for the cost of the online training a code can be purchased and used by 4-Hers that do the online training.
  • A complete list of training sessions can then be found at:

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop in Albion

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April in Albion. It will be held April 1-2 at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion. The deadline to register for the Albion session is March 22nd.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Albion Workshop - rifle, hunting skills, shotgun, and archery. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

Shooting Sports Policy Change

The Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory approved the following policy that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.

“All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline”.

To assist 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in collecting their data that will enable them, or Extension staff to complete the on-line electronic system, a form is available on the 4-H Shooting Sports web site under the “Instructor Resources” tab. Every instructor must submit an Annual Report. Completion of the on-line data collection system is due by October 15th each year. A web link allowing instructors or other individuals to access the on-line electronic form will be provided at a later date.

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4-h Projects Online Search Feature!

Select 2017 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
The NEW interactive, web-based Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project can be found online at! This project selection guide is accessible through the Nebraska 4-H website on the club, volunteer, and parents/youth resource pages. Using the Pick Your Project, youth, volunteers, and parents will be able to search for projects by keywords, project areas, curriculum areas, experience levels, and projects that contain State Fair and/or County Fair eligible entries.

NAYI Application Due April 15th!

Ag Science Expo – A Free Family Event at Raising Nebraska, located in Grand Island, NE

Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems. Sessions include:

  1. 3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.
  2. Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.
  3. Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.
  4. Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.
  5. Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and conducting surgery.
  6. Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.

This is a great family and friend affair! Register your family or entire youth clubs (ex. 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.) at Pre-registration is preferred by Friday, April 21st, but walk-ins are welcome. Recommended age is for 8 year olds and older, but all ages are welcome!

Location: Raising Nebraska, inside the Nebraska Building

Nebraska State Fairgrounds

501 E Fonner Park Road

Grand Island, NE 68801

Contact for Questions:

Phone: 308.385.3967


Out of County Workshops and Events!

MAKIN’ BACON…AND A WHOLE LOT MORE! Applications DUE April 1st!

4-H Roping Clinic - April 1st and 2nd, Grand Island

Horse Judging School - April 22nd

4-H Poultry Judging Clinic - April 22nd!

Northeast Nebraska 4-H Horse Show - June 1st (registration May 26)

Oxbow Animal Health Junior Veterinary Camps

Saunders County Babysitting Basics- May 31 & June 1, ARDC in Ithaca

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Saunders County Fair Dates

July 23-30, 2017

July 22-29. 2018

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.