Dodge County 4-H Blast

February 19, 2016

~~Dodge County 4-H News~~

Today is the Last day to Submit Agenda Items by 4:30!

Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2016
7- 9 pm

Nebraska Extension Office - Dodge County

The purpose of the meeting is for 4-H members, leaders, parents, volunteers, staff and 4-H Council to discuss new ideas and possible changes that will improve upon the current program. This meeting is open to any 4-H member, parent, leader or volunteer who is interested in the Dodge County 4-H Program. The Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting will allow you, as a 4-H Council member, to hear ideas and concerns directly from the Dodge County 4-H member, leaders, parents and volunteers and to make informed, official decisions by voting on necessary items upon discussion.

You too are encouraged to submit agenda items that you believe will provide a positive impact on the Dodge County 4-H Program during 2016. Please only submit agenda items that pertain to the Dodge County 4-H Program. All items submitted will be included on the 2016 Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting agenda. Completed forms are due to the Nebraska Extension – Dodge County Office (OR submit online at the following link: by FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2016.

Do not forget to also bring your creative ideas!

Proposed Agenda Items Form

2016 Dodge County 4-H Program Planning Meeting Due Friday, February 19, 2016

Fifth Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Contact Nathan Mueller by Tuesday March 1, 2016

Entry Form Due: Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fifth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team, youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards will also be given, each worth $200.

To participate in 2016, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at

For more information, contact
Nathan Mueller

2016 Online Enrollment

The process is the same as last year for members. NEW: 4-H leader enrollment will be completed using the online system. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. June 15, 2016 We encourage you to enroll by May 1 so not to miss out on important 4-H updates and dates.

2015 Quilts of Valor On NET

Last year Iowa Public Television came to York, NE and Nebraska State Fair to videotape Nebraska 4-Hers who were working with Quilts of Valor. Several of our 4-Hers, leaders, and Extension Staff were interviewed and showcasedQuilts of Valor II Documentary will be broadcasted on NET (1) on Sunday, March 6 at 12:30pm CT. It is also scheduled on NET Create (3) on March 7 at 11:00am CT and March 12 at 2pm CT.

~~Nebraska 4-H News~~

4-H Companion Animal Challenge & Horse Stampede

Will be held on Saturday March 12th at the Animal Science Complex.

Entries are due Today!

For more information and registration forms click below.

4-H Companion Animal Challenge

Horse Stampede

2016 4-H Beekeeping Essay, Nebraska State Submission February 29th

Submissions for the 2016 4-H Beekeeping Essay (, sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc., are currently being accepted. Nebraska submissions for the topic of “Bees and Pollination. How Important Is It?” must be submitted to Judy Wu-Smart, Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, Department of Entomology, PO Box 830816, Lincoln, NE 68583-0816, by February 29, 2016.

Nebraska State Fair 4-H and FFA Beef Shows to be NO-Fit in 2016

The State Fair 4-H and FFA beef shows will be no-fit in 2016. Both 4-H and FFA certainly respect the talent and passion many have for the fitting process, this decision was made based on feedback from staff and families as well as the success of the blow and go showmanship contest at the 2015 Nebraska State Fair. Families were largely in favor of the change, specifically, they cited: (1) A reduction in the cost of supplies and products; and (2) The need for fewer blocking chutes needed and help expedite the unloading process. This change will be included in this year’s premium list.

Nominate your club for 4-H Club of the Month

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors have joined together to start a program which recognizes 4-H clubs throughout the state of Nebraska. Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to be the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month before the club will be the Club of the Month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and their story will be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation's Facebook, Twitter, and website along with the State 4-H website and Facebook and in their local newspaper.

Please email nomination forms to:

Or send to:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
210 Mussehl Hall East Campus
PO Box 830719
Lincoln NE 68583-0719