Hamilton County Headlines

March 2021

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We had a wonderful turnout to our 4-H family movie night! Thanks for supporting Hamilton County 4-H!

4-H Volunteer Recognition

State-level volunteer recognition nominations are now open! Nebraska 4-H is pleased to offer new recognition opportunities this year, including Outstanding Adult Volunteer Awards, an Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, and a Multi-Generation Family Volunteer Award. Nominations are due April 1 and can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, or supporter. Know a deserving 4-H volunteer? Nominate them now by clicking HERE

Door Hangers for Nursing Homes

If you still have your hangers-- we want to cheer up the elderly in the community. Please return the finished door hangers as soon as you can so we can display them in the nursing homes!

Hamilton County Public Speaking Contest

APRIL 5, 2021

6:00 PM

Ag Building- Hamilton County Fairgrounds

Registration is due by Monday, March 29, 2021, by clicking HERE

4-H age divisions:

Clover Kids: ages 5-7, ½ - 2 minutes

Original Speech or Any Reading (poem or story) Participation Ribbons only

Novice (first-time speaker)

Novice Original: ages 8-10, 3 minutes or less

Novice Reading: ages 8-10, 3 minutes or less

Junior: 8-10, 1-3 minutes

Original speech related to 4-H

Intermediate: 11-13, 3-5 minutes

Original speech related to 4-H

Senior: 14-18, 5-8 minutes

Original Speech related to 4-H


• All speeches must be original and include 4-H as the major component of the speech.
• Many speakers in the Public Speaking Contest have given speeches in other contests. This is fine; however previous speeches may not be used verbatim for the 4-H contest. It is okay to use the same ideas from a speech previously delivered in competition, but it must be 4-H related. Enough changes should be made to make that speech new to the speaker and the audience. 4-H public speakers may not use an old speech written by a sibling, another 4-H member, or anyone else.
• Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech. For example, an article from a magazine may be used for reference but should not be quoted directly unless you tell the audience your source.
• Use of visual aids and props are not allowed

• Dress appropriately. Do not wear costumes or special effect clothing. • No team speeches are allowed.


All PSA’s are 60 seconds in length. • The state theme for the 2021 Public Service Announcement is "Opportunity 4 All" and should be incorporated in the PSA.
• All radio PSA’s must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year.
• All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: “Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu.” The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit. The tagline Know-How, Know Now should not be used.
• Sound effects and public domain music may be used. Copyrighted material may not be used. • All PSA’s must be the original work of the presenter. Contestants may not use PSA’s written and provided by the state or national staff.
• No team PSA’s are allowed. • Radio PSA’s will be submitted electronically as a .wav or mp3 format along with 1 copy of the PSA text. (No CDs accepted)

Award will be awarded to the top purple ribbon winner in each division with the exception of Clover Kids.

Hamilton County Public Speaking Workshop

Want to learn how to write a basic speech? Need help getting a jump start on your 4-H speech?

We are hosting an in-person or zoom workshop on March 16, 2021, from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the Extension Office. We will talk about the basics of constructing a simple speech where you will learn tools and skills to apply when writing your speech for the contest.

Register by clicking HERE by March 12, 2021.


  • 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.

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, 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


Jr. Leader Road trip OR Service Project for Jr. Leaders ON April 2, 2021.


2021 Changes to the NE 4-H Horse Program

Take a look at the 2021 changes within the 4-H Horse Program on our Equine Webinar Series. You won't want to miss this.



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.