March 2021

Calendar of Events

Mar 1 - Shooting Sports Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

Mar 5 - Clover Bud Kit Activity Zoom 10 am

Mar 7 - Panhandle Best Shoot Virtual

Mar 8 - Shooting Sports Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

Mar 10 - G/R After-school Sew Fun Extension Office 1-4pm

Mar 11 - G/R After-school Quilting Extension Office 1-4 pm

Mar 12 - YQCA Extension Office 9 am

Mar 12 - HS After-school Sew Fun Extension Office 1-4 pm

Mar 14 - Panhandle Best Shoot Chadron

Mar 15 - Gordon Clover Buds Gordon Elementary 3:30 pm

Mar 15 - Shooting Sports Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

Mar 15 - 4-H Council Meeting Extension Office 6:30 pm

Mar 16 - Rushville Clover Buds Rushville Elementary 3:30 pm

Mar 20-21 - State BB & Air Rifle Championships

Mar 22 - Gordon After-school (3-5) Rushville Elementary 3:30 pm

Mar 22 - Shooting Sports Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm

Mar 22 - 4-H Foundation Meeting Extension Office 6:00 pm

Mar 25 - YQCA Hay Springs 4:15 pm

Mar 26 - HS After-school Quilting Extension Office 1-4 pm

Mar 27 - Trailer Bash Dawes Co Fair Grounds

Mar 29 - Shooting Sports Practice Rushville Legion 4:00 pm


· YQCA must be completed by June 15th. Online ($12) or in-person ($3) training available.

· Seniors!! The 2021 Sheridan County Memorial 4-H Scholarship will be due April 15th. The scholarship will be available by March 15th on the North Panhandle 4-H website.

· The District Horse Show is in Scottsbluff this year. Level 2, horse id sheets, and registrations are due by May 7th.

Tractor Safety Course

Nebraska Extension and Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health, have announced plans for the annual “tractor safety” training courses scheduled at 5 sites across Nebraska in early June. Students will complete the first day of the course online through the eXtension Foundation Campus website. After successfully completing the online course and testing, the required driving test will be offered at five locations across Nebraska June 7-11, 2021.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices, are encouraged to register for the Course. Anyone under age 14 is not eligible to take the class.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through the course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment.

Susan Harris, University of Nebraska Extension Educator, reports that a common cause of agricultural-related injuries and deaths in Nebraska is overturned tractors and ATVs. She emphasized that this course is designed to train students how to avoid these incidents as well as many other hazards on the farm and ranch.

The online course will cover the required elements of the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program, including quizzes which students must pass to attend the driving portion of training. Once a student is registered, they will be sent a training manual, course paperwork and a link to the online course.

The onsite driving training and exam will include a driving test and equipment operation and ATV safety lessons. Students must demonstrate competence in hitching and unhitching equipment and driving a tractor and trailer through a standardized course. Instructors will also offer education about safe behaviors and laws for ATVs, utility-task vehicles (UTVs), and other off-road vehicles (ORVs).

In order to protect students and trainers, the number of students on site will be limited to allow proper social distancing. All students and trainers will be required to wear a mask at all times during instruction and driving. Masks will be provided along with instructions for proper use. Equipment, steering wheels, control knobs, and hitches will be disinfected before and after each student completes their testing. Students who have had a fever or persistent cough within 10 days of testing will be required to reschedule their driving test. Additional driving tests may be added later in the summer to accommodate students who are unable to attend the scheduled trainings.

Instructors for the course are members of the Central States Center for Agricultural Safety and Health: Aaron Yoder, Ellen Duysen and Risto Rautiainen; and Nebraska Extension educators Troy Ingram, Randy Saner, and John Thomas.

Cost of the hybrid course is $40 and includes educational materials, the online learning link, and supplies.

More information on the 2020 Tractor Safety Course can be found at

Driving dates, site locations, and site coordinator contact information is below:

June 7 – Akrs Equipment, 49110 US Hwy 20 in O’Neill, contact Debra Walnofer, 402.336.2760,

June 8 – Legacy of the Plains Museum, 2930 Old Oregon Trail #8500 in Gering, contact Stacy Brown, 308.632.1480,

June 9 - West Central Research & Extension Center, 402 West State Farm Rd., North Platte, contact Randy Saner or Vicki Neidhardt 308.532.2683,

June 10 – Hall County Extension, 3180 W. Hwy 34, Grand Island, contact Crystal Beissenherz, 308.385.5088,

June 11 – Cass County Fairgrounds, 8420 144th St, Weeping Water, contact Sandy Prall, 402.267.2205,

For more information or to register, contact the appropriate Extension staff member above. Visit for a registration form.

Trailer Bash

Are you in search of a 4-H animal but do not want to travel across the state or pay a ton? Attend the 1st ever Trailer Bash at the Dawes County Fairgrounds on March 27th. At this event at least 30 Hereford pigs, 10 goats, and potentially sheep will be available for silent auction for 4-H members. For more information about this event contact Daryl Scherbarth at 308-360-1881.

Clover Buds

The Gordon Clover Bud workshop will be held on March 15th from 3:30 – 5:00 pm at the Gordon After School program. The Rushville Clover Bud workshop will be held on March 16th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm as a part of the Rushville After School program. The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshop will be held virtually on March 5th from 10-11 am. Please register for the Hay Springs event with Marie Nelson by March 3rd.

Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Speech Contest

Speech date for Sheridan County will be 2:00 pm on May 23rd at the Gordon City Hall. The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H'ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence. The 2021 state PSA theme is “Opportunity 4 All”, and time limit is 60 seconds. Contests are open to all 4-H'ers ages 5-18 (by January 1 of the current year) -- need not be enrolled in a specific project. Speech lengths for: Clover Bud – under 2 minutes, Junior – 1-3 minutes, Intermediate – 3-5 minutes, Senior – 5-8 minutes. Youth may choose to participate in either or both the Speech and PSA contests. If questions, contact Marie Nelson at or 308-327-2312.

YQCA Training

Youth who are interested in participating in a livestock animal project including: rabbit, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, and goat; must complete the Youth for Quality Care of Animals training prior to June 15th. After families enroll online at, they can visit and login with their 4-H Online account information. Youth have the option of completing the training in person or online. The online training costs $12 per person and the in person training only costs $3. The first in person training will be held on March 12th starting at 9 am at the Sheridan County Extension office, and the second in person training will be March 25th at Hay Springs Public School at 4:15 pm. Youth will need to go online to register for the training prior to this date. For help you can email or contact Marie Nelson at

Save the Date - 4-H Horse Camp

Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp is June 10-12. This is for youth and adults. Participants will develop horsemanship skills while exploring the beautiful scenery of Fort Robinson. Participants also get to create a craft and experience the traditional camping experience. The fee for this camp is $50 for youth and $40[MM1] for adults accompanying youth.

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Save the Date - Wilderness Wonders

Come Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast at the 2021 Wilderness Wonders Camp. Test your survivor skills at this summer's Wilderness Wonders Camp! New this year, there will be two one-day camps. On June 2nd, youth in grades 3rd through 5th will be challenged on how they can survive in a group through this hands on camp. This camp will be held from 9 am until 5 pm at Camp Norwesca. The camp is limited to 40 campers with a $40 fee.

June 3rd will be a one-day camp for youth ages 5 to 7 or grades K-2. These youth members will be challenged with their own set of survivor skills from 9 am until 2 pm at Camp Norwesca. This camp is limited to 25 youth and will have a $30 fee. Youth will need to bring their swimming suits and towels to the June 3rd camp. The camp application can be found at

Applications are due to the Nebraska Extension-Box Butte Office at 415 Black Hills Alliance, NE 69301 by May 14th. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

Save the Date - LOG N Camp

Kick off your summer right by joining Panhandle 4-H staff at Halsey State 4-H Camp on May 25-26th. During this camp youth in grades 5th through 7th will get to experience the TRUST course, go canoeing, travel down the zipline while learning valuable leadership skills to take home with them. The fee is $85. Scholarships may be available from the 4-H Council!! Contact Sarah Paisley at for more information.

Upcoming Livestock Judging Contest

The North Panhandle will be hosting two livestock judging contests as a part of the Great Plains Circuit. The scores youth receive at each of these contests will be put into their overall Great Plains Circuit score. The youth who place within the top 5 in both the Senior and Intermediate age divisions will be recognized at the State Fair and will receive awards. The North Panhandle contests will include 4-H members ages 8 to 18. The first will be in Chadron on May 21st, and the final one is June 17th in Hemingford. For the Dawes County contest contact 308-432-3373, and for the Box Butte contest contact 308-762-5616.

Horse Level Testing

This year’s District Horse Show will be held in Scottsbluff on June 14th. To participate youth must complete their Horse level 1 and 2 prior to May 7th. Youth can visit the Extension Office to complete their test. For more information and written test prep materials visit

Design Camp

Are you ready for the next step in Clothing and Design? Challenge yourself to design and sew your own garment at this year's Design Camp. Youth will have the opportunity to Dip Dye and sew a sun dress or shorts, create leather accessories, develop a multimedia art piece, and build your clothing portfolio. Besides clothing design activities, youth will also get to zipline, tube, and eat smores around a campfire. This camp will be held on June 10th and 11th at the Halsey State 4-H Camp for youth who are at least ten years old and at STEAM 2 level in sewing. The fee for the is $125, 4-H Council Camp Scholarships may be available. This camp is limited to 20 youth. Registrations are due May 21st to the Nebraska Extension Box Butte Office at 415 Black Hills Alliance, NE 69301. Registrations can be found at

Multicooker Zoom Workshop

Multi-cookers are one of today's most popular kitchen appliances! They can be used as a pressure cooker, a yogurt maker, a steam, a rice cooker and to sauté or keep food warm. During this 2 hour workshop learn how to successfully and safely operate a multi-cooker while creating quick and safe meals for your family while in the comfort of your own home. If you do not have a multi-cooker this workshop is an opportunity to see if you want one of these handy devices.This zoom workshop will take place on April 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm via Zoom. Please register by April 9th by contacting Melissa Mracek at

Sheridan County 4-H Scholarship - Due April 15th

The Sheridan County 4-H Council is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a senior of Sheridan County who has been involved in 4-H. The application for this scholarship is due on April 15th via email to Marie Nelson at or mailed to the Extension Office at PO Box 329 Rushville, NE 69360. Interested participants need to complete a simple two-page application answering questions about their 4-H experience. The scholarship application can be found at: For more information, please contact the Extension Office at (308) 327-2312.

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