Southern Plains 4-H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - Oct. 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

October is election season for our 4-H Councils, harvest season for many of our 4-H families and stakeholders, and record book judging season for our extension staff. I hope you take the time to vote for council members who will help shape the direction of positive youth development in Nuckolls-Thayer 4-H programming for the next 2-4 years. And, good luck with harvest!

4-H Council Ballots

Thayer County 4-H Council

Only one ballot per enrolled Thayer 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. Ballot closes Friday, October 15at 12:00 pm.

The Thayer County 4-H Council has 3 open adult seats and 18 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. All 5 current youth council members have renewed for a second 1 year term and there are no open youth seats at this time.

Thayer County Ballot Link:

Nuckolls County 4-H Council

The Nuckolls County 4-H Council has 2 open adult seats and 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. A ballot link will be sent at a later date.

Drone Zone Workshop Oct. 23 in Grand Island

Kylie is partnering with other drone enthusiasts in Nebraska Extension to help teach a drone workshop in Grand Island. Explore Unmanned Aerial System best practices, FAA certification how-to, and career opportunities in a workshop-style setting with on Sat. Oct. 23 from 9-12 noon at the Hall County Extension Office. Beginners are welcome!

Limited spots available; ages 13-18

Registration required by Oct. 8


$10 supply fee; make checks to UNL Extension & bring check with

College Park, 3180 West Hwy 34, Grand Island, NE 68801

Questions? Call Doug Anderson - 308-745-1518

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

Starting October 8th, 4-H Online will not be available to anyone (including county extension staff and state 4-H staff), for approximately two weeks for system end-of-the-4-H-year updates. If you anticipate you will need any 4-H Online information in those two weeks, please take screenshots or ask one of your extension staff to pull a report for you.


Nuckolls County Premiums Checks That Still Need Cashed

Premium checks from the following individuals have not been cashed:

Preslea Adams, Hadley Schoneberg, Avery Ostdiek, Cashlie Corman, Bella Henderson, Sequoia Wulf, and Maya Fanning.

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.


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.

Pick Up Your Cake Auction Checks ASAP

The 2021 Cake Auction was very successful. The 4-H Council raised in $6700.00. Half of these proceeds stay with the 4-H Council to facilitate events and activities. Half of these proceeds are returned to the 4-Hers who helped raise this money with their cakes.

Here's how it works:

The office has checks ready for each family who furnished a cake.

If you need to know who purchased your cake, call the office.

Please bring a stamped thank you to the office, ask for the pre-printed mailing label for your sponsor, and pick up your check.

Fair Items need to be picked up

We have a few items still lingering from the County or State Fair. Please come pick them up as soon as possible! If your name appears here, please come in at your earliest convenience:

Aydrian Meyer, Jolie Flint


Thayer Co. 4-H Achievement Night Oct. 24

Thayer County's 2021 4-H Achievement Night will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 @ 6pm. The event will be at the Thayer County Fairgrounds. The night will be spent celebrating this year's 4-Hers' accomplishments. After the ceremony, there will be a s'mores bonfire!


Become a 4-H Youth Ambassador for Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Conference

Nebraska 4-H is recruiting exceptional 4-Hers to help plan the 2nd Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Conference in the role of ambassadors.

As a part of the Youth Leadership Conference ambassador group, you can be a voice on the youth perspective, develop & practice leadership skills that you can take back to your communities, and collaborate with Extension Staff and 4-Hers across the state to plan & implement the 4-H Youth Leadership Conference.

The deadline for applications for the Ambassador team is Friday, October 15th, 2021! Apply here:

If selected, the first meeting will be Sunday, November 7th, 2021 at 4-6pm CT (via Zoom). They will then meet monthly to create an amazing experience for high schoolers across the state.

The 4-H Youth Leadership Conference will be held June 24th-26th, 2022 at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey, NE. If you have questions or would like to know more please contact Julie Kreikemeier ( or Stacey Keys (!

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.



October 1 - 2021 Achievement Applications and 2021 Livestock Record Books due to Thayer Co. Office in hard copy by 4-:30 p.m. Templates and rubrics to help you can be found here:

October 23 - Nebraska Extension 4-H Drone Zone Clinic @ GI CCC, 8:30-12 p.m. (Kylie is teaching)

October 23 - Davenport Trunk or Treat - 5-7 p.m.

October 24 - Thayer County 2021 4-H Achievement Night @ Deshler Fairgrounds, 6 p.m.


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


December 4 - Early Beef Weigh In @ Kile Veterinary Clinic in Superior

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