4-H Friday News Blast for May 10th

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Horse Project Deadlines - May 10th

Horse ID's, level testing, and District and State entries are due today. Bring your paperwork into the Cass County Extension Office. Note: If you don't make it to the Extension Office before close, you can put your id sheets in the drop box by the front door. Thank you!



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. tracy.ensor@unl.edu


Livestock ID's sheets, EID tags, Scrapie tags, DNA envelopes and purebred's registration papers

Duedate for livestock tags and paperwork is 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

The Cass County Fairbook is ready. You can pick up a copy at the Extension Office for $2.00, or go on-line at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/fair-and-contests/

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.olson@lee.net 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 sshepherd3@unl.edu


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New Staff Members in Cass County Extension

We will be welcoming two new staff members to Cass County this summer:

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

Enrollment Website

2019 Cass 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

May 24 ... Bridle and Saddle 4-H Club hosts Horse Fun Day at the fairgrounds

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




Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu