Saunders County 4-H Smore

June 1, 2018

In this week's Smore...

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

  2. What's 4-H been up too??
  3. 2018 SC Summer Intern
  4. 2018 Online 4-H Fairbook
  5. Ceresco Summer Workshops
  6. SC Summer Workshops
  7. SC Archery Practice
  8. PASE/Life Challenge Entry DEADLINE
  9. Enrollment Deadline
  10. Fremont 4-H Expo Info
  11. Youth Crop Scouting Competition
  12. Nebraska Online Nomination Process
  13. SC Animal ID requirements
  14. QC Supply Prepare for the Fair
  15. Calendar of Events
  16. Animal Clinics, Progress Shows, & Events


TODAY, June 1 Deadline:

June 15 Deadline:

July 2 Deadline:

2018 SC Summer Intern

Please help us in welcoming our 2018 Summer 4-H Intern, Liza Christensen to our office! You will probably be seeing her around quite a bit :)

"I grew on an acreage outside of the city limits of Lincoln and started in 4-H when I was eight years old. I gained my love for the agriculture industry from my Grandpa and am very thankful for that. Throughout my years in 4-H I participated in various static exhibits, showing chickens and rabbits, and developed my love for cattle through bucket calf projects as well as showing beef and dairy cattle. I am an Animal Science major with minors in Agriculture Leadership as well as the Nebraska Beef Industry Scholars Program. Throughout college I have been active in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Block and Bridle, Collegiate Cattlemen, and spent two years as a ambassador for the Animal Science Department at UNL. I plan to graduate college in December 2018, with hopes of attending Graduate School here at UNL and obtaining my Masters in Ag Leadership or Applied Science. My passion lies in the beef industry as well as telling the story of agriculture and educating the public on what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. My dream job is to be an Extension Educator and be able to combine educating the public about agriculture, helping with the livestock side of county fairs, and of course working with 4-Hers."


2018 Saunders County Fairbook

Paper copies in soon!

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Summer Workshop Sign Up Deadline- TODAY!!

New deadline is Friday, June 1

Archery Practice Schedule!

Practices held at Saunders County Fairgrounds in Gayle Hatton Pavililion:

June 4: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

July 2: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

July 16: 6:30pm – 8:00 pm

Please bring your bow!! New members welcome to join!

We will require any RETURNING members (members who competed at 2017 Fair) to have completed 2 practices to be eligible for the 2018 Saunders County Fair shoot.

We will require any NEW members to complete 3 practices to be eligible for the 2018 Saunders County Fair shoot.

·We realize these are different than previous years but with the shortened amount of time we have we want to make sure that our youth still get the opportunity to shoot! There will be different rules next year so please make note of that

PASE & Life Challenge Entry Deadline - JUNE 6

If you are interested in having a Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) or Life Challenge Team, please let our office know by Wednesday, June 6 to get your teams/individuals entered!

For more information on PASE &Life Challenge, please visit:

Fremont 4-H Expo Information

Information on Fremont 4-H Expo found here:

4-H Culinary Challenge pre-entry deadline- JULY 2

4-H King & Queen Contest pre-entry deadline- JUNE 15

4-H Shooting Sports Contest pre-entry deadline - JULY 2

*No pre-entry needed for any other project, area or livestock

Youth Crop Scouting Competition

Nebraska Extension is excited to present the 5th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops have the opportunity to learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

This contest will be held at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on July 26, 2018. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 5-12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate. This event is limited to the first ten teams who sign-up!

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three to five participants.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition in August at Nebraska.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics many include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition is available online at

Register at:

Teams must be registered by July 18. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, DuPont Pioneer, Farm Credit Services of America and Nebraska Extension.

Nebraska Online Nomination for State Fair/AKSARBEN

NEW IN 2018 for families entering livestock for Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben.

An important change from past years is that exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) will be responsible for submitting their animal (market and breeding) information into the AKSARBEN livestock database online themselves prior to the nomination deadline (Market Beef - Friday, April 13). In the past, families turned in DNA envelopes and breeding nominations cards to the office, staff mailed them to AKSARBEN and the entry process was done manually by staff. This led to mistakes, missing entries, missing payments, etc.

The Saunders County Extension Office will still continue to mail in the DNA envelopes to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline (Market Beef – Friday, April 13, 2018). Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the Extension Staff or FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries similar to years past.

The database now has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) as well as payments for the DNA process. The Nebraska 4-H Program staff will provide step by step instructions for doing this once the database is open to accepting entries. The process ensures responsibility on exhibitors (4-H/FFA families) with a number of safeguards in place for Extension staff and the Nebraska 4-H Program staff to monitor success. 4-H/FFA families will have the ability themselves to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline.

Please note for MARKET BEEF, any animal entry not in the database (done by the 4-H/FFA family before Friday, April 13) AND not submitted DNA (to the Extension Office by Friday, April 13) will NOT be considered nominated and will be ineligible for State Fair.

2018 Nebraska Online Nomination Step-By-Step Instructions

Online Nomination:

Saunders County Animal Identification:

Saunders County Animal ID requirements

Information on Livestock/Animal requirements.

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2018 Calendar of Events


1 - County Horse ID Sheets DEADLINE

1 - AKSARBEN Horse ID sheets & Nebraska Online Nomination DEADLINE

6 - PASE/Life Challenge Entry DEADLINE

15 - Enrollment DEADLINE


15 - Livestock Quality Assurance DEADLINE


2 - SC Online Pre-Entry DEADLINE

10 - Fair Superintendent Supper

14 - SC Fair Clean Up Day, Wahoo Fairgrounds

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.