4-H Friday News Blast for May 10th
Happy Mother's Day
Horse Project Deadlines - May 10th
If your 4-H Club plans to hold a fundraiser this summer, it must be approved by 4-H Council before being advertised to the public. The 4-H Council meets on Monday, May 20th and Monday, July 15th at 7 pm. Please plan ahead for these meetings, and email your proposed flier along with your request to be on the agenda at one of these meetings to Tracy at least 10 days before the requested meeting date. Thank you. email@example.com
Livestock ID's sheets, EID tags, Scrapie tags, DNA envelopes and purebred's registration papers
- You can purchase EID tags at the Extension Office.
- Clover Kid animals must have tags/ear notches/tattoos.
- Sheep and Goats do not need EID tags, they need scrapies tags
- Rabbits need tattoos for identification
- If you have livestock, you will need a premises ID #. Go to: http://www.nda.nebraska.gov/adt/premises.html Bring # to the Extension Office.
- ID sheets can be found on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/livestock-information-for-cass-county/ or you can pick them up at the Extension Office
- DNA envelopes are due June 15th.
Information about all of this can be found on our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/livestock-information-for-cass-county/
NE State 4-H Archery
Sign up for the Nebraska State 4-H Archery 3-D and Outdoor Target Shoot in Grand Island on June 1 and 2, 2019. More details and registration available at: https://forms.gle/z7yvb3qPSAZCBW8s9
Fair Book and Fair Calendar
Take a look. Think about what projects you are taking and look at all the exhibit options. If you want to add a project(s), you can do that up until June 15th and still exhibit at the County Fair.
Scholarship Opportunity for 4-H and FFA Students
Attention all 4-H and FFA students in their junior and senior years of high school! Midwest Messenger has a great opportunity for FFA and 4-H students who plan to attend college to pursue a degree in agriculture, journalism or communications.
Producer Progress Reports Youth Scholarship Program: A 26-week program where youth in 4-H or FFA will report and write Producer Progress Reports for the Midwest Messenger to receive a $500 scholarship, letters of reference and recommendation, and a possible future internship with the Midwest Messenger.
Students in their junior or senior year of high school are eligible to apply for a 26-week writing program where every other week the student will submit an update on a producer’s progress during the farming season. Each term runs for 26 weeks and starts at the beginning of a quarter. The writing term will last 26 weeks (2 quarters) and the student will be responsible for producing a biweekly report of approximately 250 words updating Midwest Messenger readers on the status of the farming operation they plan to cover. Each student will need to have a personal connection with the producer that they will interview and report on (i.e. parent, grandparent, family member, 4-H leader, etc.). The student will interview the producer, make general observations about the operation’s progress and answer questions related the growing season or livestock production cycle.
Two scholarship programs will be awarded every quarter. Student will receive a $500 scholarship following completion of the 13 written reports over the 26-week period. Student will also receive a letter of recommendation and a certificate of completion. If student excels and shows an ability to be a great communicator, the Midwest Messenger may offer select students an opportunity at a paid internship following the scholarship program.
Application will need to be completed along with a sample writing of 250-350 words describing what is currently happening at the operation they plan to cover and why they want to participate in the scholarship program. A three-person panel will review all applications and select two quarterly students to participate. The main criteria for selection will be based on:
1) Participation in FFA or 4-H
2) Connection to a farm operation
3) General interest in agriculture, communications or journalism
4) Ability to write a quality story (with some coaching)
5) Based in Nebraska or Kansas
Students will receive a list of general questions and guidelines to help with the writing process.
Applicants should contact Ashley Olson at 402-374-3018 or Ashley.firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain materials and other information.
Do you have 4-H projects or property affected by the floods?
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.
The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers not only a giving opportunity to help 4-H’ers and their family members, but also provides an opportunity for individual 4-H’ers or 4-H Clubs or Councils to apply for financial assistance to replace 4-H projects or property lost or damaged in the flood.
Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org
If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at email@example.com
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New Staff Members in Cass County Extension
Lauren Stolhmann will be our new 4-H and Youth Extension Educator and Unit Leader. She will begin in early June. Click here to continue reading ....
Harlee Brauckmuller will be our new 4-H Summer Intern. She will begin in mid-May. Click here to continue reading ....
Check the calendars below ...
County 4-H Calendar
Livestock DNA envelopes - now available at the Extension Office
YQCA website open for livestock certification
Okra Seeds for Special Garden Project ... ready for pick up at the Extension Office
May 10 ... All Horse ID's, level testing, and District Entries are due
May 13 ... Equine Webinar Series
May 16 .... Southeast District 4-H Public Speaking Contest
June 3 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County
June 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County
June 15 .... New deadline for beef DNA for state fair
June 15 ... 4-H Day Camp for kids 6-11
July 1-2 ... Tractor Safety Training at Cass County Extension Office
Aug 7-10 .... Cass County Fair 2019
State 4-H Calendar:
Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp - website now open, early-bird deadline April 15th.
CWF 2020 (Citizen's Washington Focus) - applications still be taken.
May 29 - Horse Judging Contest in Ericson, NE
May 31 - Swine Jackpot - Seward County Fairgrounds
June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show
June 5 - 4-H Plant Science Contests
June 16 - Platte County Swine Progress Show
June 29 - Rabbit Progress Show/Clinic in Burchard, NE
June 29 - Chase County Classic 4-H Horse Show in Imperial, NE
June 29 - Dairy Goat Show in Clay Center, NE
July 8-12 - NAYI
June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.
Ag Information & Other Opportunities:
- Changing Lawn Fertilization Recommendations ... May 5, 2019
- New Hort Update Extension Newsletter: Published April 25, 2019
- Ag Line Newsletter ... by Gary Lesoing, Nemaha County Extension Educator
- Flood information ... from UNL
- Staying Connected During Tough Times ... Resources for Nebraska Farmers, Ranchers, and their Families
- Cornhusker Economics - Nebraska Farm Real Estate Values ... updated March 2019
- Recorded session from first Land Management Quarterly
- Beef Watch UNL ... archives
- Workshop - "Made in the Shade - Trees for Nebraska Landscapes" ... June 4th
- Workshops - "Troubleshooting the Landscape" ... June 13th
- Geoscience Field Trip for Nebraska High School Juniors and Seniors (it's FREE!) ... July 12-22, 2019
- Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
Nebraska Extension Cass County
Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, email@example.com
Sondra Buell, Office Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
General Mailbox, email@example.com