Southern Plains 4-H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - Nov. 2, 2021

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Note From Kylie

October was full of celebrations. We recognized achievement application and record book winners in Thayer County, honored Halloween with 3 trunk-or-treat/fall festival events (Superior, Lawrence and Davenport), and generally celebrated renewed opportunities to work with area youth at conferences, in classrooms, and at ag literacy festivals.


4-H Council Elections

Thayer County 4-H Council

The Thayer County 4-H Council had 3 open adult seats and 18 nominees. Elected members will serve a 2 year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023 with the option to renew for a 2nd 2 year term. The ballot closed Friday, October 15 at 12:00 pm.

Congrats to our new Thayer County 4-H Council Members:

Andy Schmidt

Chance Gerdes

Jennifer Brueggemann

Nuckolls County 4-H Council

The Nuckolls County 4-H Council has 2 open adult seats and 3 nominees. Members will serve a 2 year term from January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023 with the option to renew for a 2nd 2 year term. Only one ballot per enrolled Nuckolls County 4-H member, parent/guardian, or volunteer. General public is NOT eligible to vote. You may also vote in person at the Extension office during normal business hours. The ballot closes Monday, November 15 at 12:00 pm.

Please vote here:


Southern Plains Early Beef Weigh-In

This year, Southern Plains 4-H Early Beef Weigh-In is on Saturday, December 4 from 9-11am. It will be held at the Kile Veterinary Clinic located in Superior. To sign-up for a time, use this link:

2022 YQCA Training

We currently have 4 dates scheduled for YQCA training, but 4-H online is still down for maintenance & updates, so please wait until after at least November 15 to enroll in any of these sessions:


December 22 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

December 28 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm


February 7 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm

February 10 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

Enroll in an in-person or online training at this link:

4-H Online is Still Resetting for new 4-H Year

Just as a reminder, 4-H Online is not available to anyone (including county extension staff and state 4-H staff) for system end-of-the-4-H-year updates.


Nuckolls County Premiums Checks That Still Need Cashed

Booster checks from the following individuals have not been cashed:

Cashlie Corman, Sequoia Wulf.

Prompt attention to cashing these checks is requested to prevent them being voided 90 days after they were written. DON’T MISS OUT!

If you have misplaced your check, please contact our office as soon as possible so arrangements can be made. Thanks for your attention in this matter.


Achievement Night Awards Pick-Up

We have several awards and record books/achievement applications from Achievement Night that need to be picked up. If you turned in a book or applied for an award and did not attend achievement night, please swing by the office at your earliest convenience!

Thayer County Food Stand Meat Sale

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Livestock Booster Support Checks

All large animal exhibitors will shortly be receiving a letter in the mail. In this letter, the 2021 livestock booster process will be outlined. You will need to write your thank you(s) to the donor(s) listed on your sheet, return them to the Extension Office with a stamp on them, and collect your check.


Nebraska 4-H is excited to announce the second year of the Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program. This additional opportunity for enrolled livestock project youth, is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 10 via the completion form on the website. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (


Don & Martha Romeo Scholarship

Applications should be submitted to local Extension Offices via hard copy by Monday, November 30, 2021. The 2021 application is available on the Southern Plains 4-H Resources page. Please click here to go to the application.



November 30 - Don and Martha Romeo Scholarship applications due in hard copy to your local extension office.


December 4 - Early beef weigh in at @ Kile Vet Clinic - Superior - 9-11am

December 22 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm

December 28 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm


February 7 - YQCA Training @ Hebron - 7pm

February 12 - Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging @ Kearney - 7am

February 10 - YQCA Training @ Nelson - 7pm


June 22-23 - Premiere Animal Science Events @ UNL East Campus

June 24 - State 4-H Public Speaking Contest @ UNL East Campus

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