Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - June 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

We had a great month in May 2021. We wrapped up our butterfly life cycle school enrichment lessons, and the Husker Mobile Beef Lab visited 3 local schools and reached around 260 youth and teachers with ruminant nutrition information and the opportunity to stick their arms inside a fistulated steer. We had 33 youth compete in the Nuckolls-Thayer Great Plains Circuit Livestock Judging Contest, 2 successful county sheep/goat weigh ins, and a first place junior team at the 2021 Pitzer Ranch 4-H Horse Judging Contest. Keep reading for more competition, workshop and fair prep events happening in June.

PASE & Life Challenge 2021 Recruitment

We are still recruiting 4-Hers age 10 and up to compete in PASE 2021!

Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) and Life Challenge Contests are a GO this summer in Lincoln. If your 4-Her is interested in any kind of animal science or food/nutrition/health, these contests are an excellent opportunity for our Nuckolls-Thayer 4-Hers.

You can find more information here for PASE:

And you can find more information here for Life Challenge:

Registration closes on Mon. June 14 (and the office must register PASE teams), but please let your local extension office know interest ASAP so we can arrange car pools, housing, and (hopefully) coaching/practice opportunities.

Benefits of PASE:

-Practice important life skills related to animal science and home environment

-Connect with 4-Hers from across the State of Nebraska

-Stay in Massengale Hall, one of UNL's newest residence halls (if you decide to stay overnight)

Mon. Jun 28

Meats Judging

Poultry Judging

Livestock Skillathon

Livestock Quizbowl

Life Challenge - Foods and Nutrition / Design

Tues. Jun 29

Livestock Judging

Life Challenge - Resource Management

Enroll in Nebraska 4-H TODAY

June 15 is the 2021 Nebraska 4-H enrollment deadline. This is the first year Nebraska 4-H has had a statewide enrollment deadline. If you wait until this deadline, you will miss out on many of our local events the first 2 weeks in June.

Enroll in all projects areas that you could possibly want to exhibit at fair. If you have any issues with 4-H Online, please email or call your local extension office. We do not want tech frustrations to make this difficult.

Nebraska 4-H Online home page:


Nuckolls and Thayer County Fair Livestock & Horse Identification Affidavits Due June 15

2021 Livestock and Horse ID Affidavits are due to your local extension office June 15. You can find online forms here:

Note: These are not fair ENTRIES. These are IDs. Nuckolls Fair Entries are also June 15 - these are completed via HARD COPY on your "green sheet."

Thayer County Fair Entries are due Mon. August 2 by 4:30 pm via an ONLINE PORTAL that opens July 1.

Nebraska State Fair Livestock Identification/Nominations Deadline June 15

Nebraska State Fair Livestock Exhibitors will be required to submit their DNA envelopes to their county office or FFA Advisor and have completed their online nomination through by June 15.

Please note that completing the state identification requirements does not automatically enter the animal or exhibitor for the Nebraska State Fair. The exhibitor must still complete the separate online State Fair entry process. Animals that are not identified and nominated using the appropriate state requirements by the deadlines below will not be eligible to be entered or shown at the Nebraska State Fair.

Please visit the Nebraska State Fair Livestock Identification, Nomination & Entry web site for more information.


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The first 2021 summer workshop in Thayer County will be on June 8 at 1pm! Lucky Stradley, the owner of Something Lucky, will be coming in to help the kids make their very own pottery project for the fair. It costs $20 a child and will be at the Thayer County Extension Office!

The registration cut-off is June 1st and to sign-up, email Haley Sutterby at You can pay at the event and make the checks out to Lucky Stradley. We can't wait to see you there!

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On June 17, the Thayer County Extension Office is hosting a Quilt of Valor Workshop. It will be from 8:30am-4:30pm and a meal and snacks will be provided! This workshop is free of charge and the completed quilt will be presented to a veteran on Veteran's Day this year. There will be limited space available. To register, email Haley Sutterby at


Tales of Tales Coming to Superior, Deshler, Bruning, and Davenport Libraries

Superior - June 2 and June 16 - 4th-6th grade

Deshler - June 14, June 21, June 28, (none July 5), July 12, July 19, and July 26 - 4 years old to 4th grade

Bruning - July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 @ 10 am - 4 years old to 4th grade

Davenport - July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 @ 3 pm - 4 years old to 4th grade

Join us for some "Tales of Tails" during the Summer 2021 summer reading program! We are partnering with four county libraries to read books, play games, make crafts, and learn about animals from all over the world. Unearth the Amazing World of Animal Habitats with us! Call your local library to RSVP; walk ins also welcome.

Want to peruse some of the books so you know what stories to get excited about? Visit the Nebraska Extension summer reading web site.


Thayer Co. Archery is Recruiting Members for 2021

If you're interested in learning to shoot a bow and learn archery in Thayer County, text 4-H certified archery instructor Brian Lukert at 402-768-1790. The group usually practices on Sunday evenings at the archery range in Hebron. Bows and arrows can be provided.
  • Must be at least 8 yrs old 4-H age.
  • Must be actively enrolled in 4-H.
  • Must attend at least 6 practices to shoot at 4-H shoot July 5, 2021.
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Nuckolls-Thayer Dual Shooting Sports Contest

In order to offer the best facilities and most positive youth development experiences possible, Nuckolls-Thayer will be hosting a dual shooting sports contest in 2021. Archery competitors will shoot at the brand-new archery range in Hebron on Mon. July 5 at 6 pm, and trap shooting contestants will shoot at the trap house in Nelson on Sun. July 11 at 3 pm.

Archery Age Divisions:

Junior 8-11

Intermediate 12-14

Senior 15-18

Shotgun Age Divisions:

Junior – 10-13 years

Senior – 14-18 years

Each 4-H member must attend a required six practices in each discipline with a Nebraska 4-H certified instructor to compete in that discipline at the county shoots. Contact your local extension office for more information.

Local Certified 4-H Shotgun Instructors (Updated as of 5/2/21):

Pete Kiefer (Nuckolls County)

Travis Pofahl (Nuckolls County)

Jason Funk (Nuckolls County)

Kylie Kinley (Nuckolls/Thayer County)

Mike Holes (Jefferson County / Fairbury Trap Team)

Local Certified 4-H Archery Instructors:

Jeanie Kiefer (Nuckolls County)

Brian Lukert (Thayer County)

Nik Statz (Nuckolls County)

Alycia Watts (Nuckolls County)

Students interested in practicing shotgun shooting will need to practice with Republican Valley Trap Club in Webster County or Fairbury Jr./Sr. High Trap in Jefferson County because they have the facilities, certified instructors, and a regular practice schedule.

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If you would like to take charge of the meal during the Archery Contest on July 5 as a fundraising opportunity (for a club or your CWF trip) please let the office know!


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YQCA Information

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Check out this link to see a collection of the flyers advertising progress shows and clinics across Nebraska

Courtesy of Alexa Pederson, Webster County Extension Office manager

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Keep developing your livestock judging skills in Bladen, NE on Thurs. June 3 at 8 am. This event is a contest AND clinic, so 4-H youth of all ages and abilities are welcome to learn and compete. This is the CLOSEST livestock judging contest to our counties, and they have lots of spots left. Registration is open until the time of the contest, but register ASAP so they have a count for lunch!

Register as a Team:

Register as an Individual Participant:

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2021 Tractor Safety Training

All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or “farm permit” without further testing.

Successful completion of this training in Nebraska will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the locations on this flyer after successful online class completion:

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Online 4-H Horticulture Contest June 4-21

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 4-21, 2021 at:

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at:


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Youth Crop Scouting Competition - Connecting Youth with Crops

Looking for a fun club project? Want to unite your club members? Running out of ideas for club meetings? If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way! Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the 8th annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops can learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

Don’t know a lot about crops? Ask a local agronomist to assist by providing a short lesson on crop production. You can have the agronomist meet with youth a little during each meeting or outside of the meeting. This is one way to engage those youth interested in crops.

This contest will be held at the Eastern Nebraska Research & Extension Center near Mead, Nebraska on August 3, 2021. The event will include both indoor and outdoor events. 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. An adult team leader must accompany each team of students. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc.

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition held virtually this year.

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 and instructions on how to register a team are available online at Register at:

Teams must be registered by July 15. This program is sponsored by Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association, Ward Laboratories and Nebraska Extension.


Dog Obedience Practices to start in Nelson

4-H Volunteers Linda Reed and Patty Martin want to start a weekly 4-H dog practice in Nelson. Their first session will be Tues. June 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the tennis courts in the park by the pool in Nelson. RSVP to Linda (531-207-7446) is encouraged but not required. Bring water/water bowl, treats, current vaccination records, training collar, regular collar, 6 ft leash of leather or nylon, and humans should wear comfortable clothes with close-toed shoes (but no boots). Do not feed dogs before you come. Youth must be enrolled in 4-H to participate.


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Camp Venture and Camp Renegade Registration Forms

Camp Counselor Application Form Link

Camp Renegade Registration Form Link

Camp Venture Registration Form Link

All money is to be sent to Jefferson County. Checks are payable to: Jefferson County 4-H Council.



Wed. June 2 - Cloverkid Camp @ Hebron

Wed. June 9 - Bonanza Day @ Nelson

Tues. June 15 - Nuckolls County Fair entries due on the "green sheets."

Tues. June 15 - County Fair Animal IDs due for BOTH counties. Nebraska State Fair nominations and animal IDS due. More information here.

Tues. June 22 - Nuckolls Co. Fair Superintendents 2021 Fair Info Meeting @ Nuckolls Fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m.

Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - State Speech/PSA Contest, Life Challenge Contest, Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln


July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021 (p1 of linked schedule)

Tues. July 27 - Thayer Co. Fair Superintendents 2021 Fair Info Meeting @ Thayer Fairgrounds, 7:30 p.m.


August 2 - Thayer County 2021 Fair Entries Due @ 4:30 pm

August 11-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021 (p2 of linked schedule)

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.