4-H Friday News Blast for 3.29.2019

Nebraska Extension Cass County

Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship

High School Seniors - here is another local scholarship we encourage you to apply for:


The Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship - a local Cass County Scholarship sponsored by the Weeping Water Whiz Kidz 4-H Club. Please send or deliver a completed application form to the Cass County Extension Office no later than April 1, 2019.

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Enter the 4-H Public Speaking Contest Deadline to register is April 8th

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Cass County 4-H Public Speaking and PSA Contests deadline is April 8th

The Nebraska 4-H Public Speaking and PSA (Public Service Announcement) Contests helps youth learn and practice skills that are beneficial for a lifetime in their personal and professional lives. Developing self-confidence and effective public speaking skills are two goals of the public speaking contest.

A chart outlining the Cass County Age Divisions, Time Guidelines, Specials Guidelines and Awards will help give your direction when planning your speech or PSA.

4-H members in all project areas are encouraged to give speeches to their 4-H clubs and to participate in county, regional, and state contests. Participants prepare and deliver an original speech about 4-H and/or tape a 60 second radio Public Service Announcement (PSA) using the theme: "Inspire Kids To Do."

Go to the State Website http://4h.unl.edu/publicspeakingcontest for:

    • Guidelines for writing great speeches,
    • How to prepare a 4-H Radio Public Service Announcement,
    • Specific rules, or
    • Score sheets for the contests


The top three winners in each age division in both Speech and PSA categories of the Cass County Speech Contest advance to the Southeast Regional Competition in Lincoln. At the Regional Contest, Senior division speech and PSA winners will compete for the opportunity to advance to the State Speech Contest at the Nebraska State Fair in Grand Island, NE.

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4-H Curriculum Sale for 25% off at Shop 4-H

Get ready for the largest 4-H curriculum sale from Shop 4-H of the year! From April 1st-30th, receive 25% off 4-H curriculum and learning products* – no minimum purchase required! Whether you order 1 book or 1000 (or anywhere in between) you’ll receive the same great savings across our curriculum titles, materials kits, digital downloads, and supplemental materials.

Check out the 2018 Curriculum Catalog for a deep-dive into our popular offerings, and view the full Curriculum collection on Shop4-H.org to explore all items, including those that are new since the 2018 Curriculum Catalog was published.


For a Curriculum Planning Worksheet click here.

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Companion Animal Challenge at UNL

The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's event will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019. The Companion Animal Challenge offers a variety of 4-H companion animal contests that don't require live animals, including a Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. Youth have the opportunity to display their companion animal knowledge through these contests both as individuals and as part of a team.

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4-H Horse Stampede at UNL

The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019. This event offers a variety of 4-H horse contests that don't require live horses, including public speaking, demonstration, quiz bowl, art, and photography contests. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as an individual and as part of a team.

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NCTA Livestock Judging Camp AND Youth Animal Science Field Day

Can you believe our youth have these kinds of opportunities in 4-H? It's true! Mark your calendar and plan your trip to Curtis on May 22-23, 2019.


Learn more about animal science and meet others who share your interests! Develop critical thinking and problem solving skills with hands on learning.


There will be FUN hands-on workshops with a wide range of topics: Animal Science Careers, Agriculture in Rwanda, Horse Hippology, Dog-Care/Stock Dogs, Beef Reproduction, Animal Management, and more!


To learn more about this opportunity go to: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/ncta-livestock-judging-camp-and-youth-animal-science-field-day/

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Pawnee Rabbit Progress Show

The Pawnee Rabbit Club is having a Rabbit Progress Show/Clinic on Saturday June 29th at the Burchard Fire Hall located in Burchard, NE.


This Show will feature Rabbit Classes including Fancy, Commercial, Pee Wee Class, and Showmanship. The Clinic will feature a Rabbit Quiz, Breed ID, Showmanship, and Judging.

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4-H Sponsorship

Have you watched a 4-Her at a contest or at the county fair as he/she won a trophy, a medal, some monetary prize, a cash award, or a ribbon? It’s heartwarming. These awards are very special and are usually proudly displayed in a 4-Hers room, in the home, and many times at graduation parties, because they mean a lot!


You could be a part of helping raise this sense of accomplishment, pride, and satisfaction in our young people by becoming a 4-H sponsor. Every person and/or business who supports the Cass County 4-H program is truly appreciated, and will be recognized at the county fair and in our publications. We would like to invite you to that list of sponsors.


Cass County has three ways to sponsor; see below:

1. Friends of 4-H Sponsor: Donate an amount from one of the tiered donor levels (see graphic above). These donations sponsor educational opportunities and scholarships for our 4-H youth throughout the year, as well as the cost of trophies and awards for the county fair. Donors who choose this option are recognized year-round with their sponsorships listed on all 4-H event programs.


2. Specific County Fair Awards Sponsor: County fair trophies are $20.00 each; medals are $10.00 each; and there are some cash prizes. Sponsors who choose this method have their name/business printed on a trophy plate, and are listed in the fair’s show program(s) that correspond with their sponsored award. Please note, we have some unsponsored awards. Contact the Extension Office at 402-267-2205 if you wish to select one/some from this list.


3. Combination Sponsorships: Be a Friends of 4-H sponsor and a specific awards sponsor.


Interested in becoming a sponsor? Do you know someone who would like to sponsor 4-H? Contact the office at 402-267-2205 or email Sondra Buell at sondra.buell@unl.edu

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The Storm Chasers Game is Back on......

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Important Update for State Fair Market Beef DNA Deadline

Due to the widespread flooding and challenging winter weather across the state, the State Fair Market Beef nomination deadline has been extended to June 15 to coincide with all other species. This deadline will be for all 4-H and FFA State Fair animals. We hope this change will help support many of our families whose decisions may be in flux during the recovery.


A note from UNL Educator - Brandy Wagner Schultze: Our hearts go out to those affected by the last week. We are hopeful that state fair livestock shows can provide an opportunity for normalcy and hope for our families.

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YQCA Training Sessions: Face-2-Face Training or On-line Training

For YQCA information, visit our website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/yqca-youth-for-the-quality-care-of-animals/


4-H members, age 8 and up, who take livestock projects which produce food products (Pigs, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Market Rabbits, and Poultry) need to receive certification in these areas each year. Deadline to complete this certification is June 15th.


Go to www.yqca.org and sign up for a face-to-face training (Brett Kreifels will be teaching again this year) or do the training on-line. Dates are listed on the YQCA link. For the face-to-face training, juniors will begin at 6:00 pm and Intermediates & Seniors will begins at 7:30 pm.

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Kids K9 Clinic - April 6

A UNL student and former 4-H member is holding a 4-H dog clinic in April for free to complete a project at UNL. Her name is Ivy Dearmont. Ivy has experience training dogs and runs her own training business. 4-H members who would be interested need to sign up with Ivy as she has a cap on the registrations. The "Kids K9 Clinic" will be held in Lincoln on April 6, 2019. There is no cost for this clinic.

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2019 Big Red Summer Academic Camps

2019 Big Red Summer Academic Camps are led by Nebraska 4-H Extension and UNL Faculty

The 2019 Big Red Summer Academic Camps, to be held June 9-14, 2019, are just around the corner! New camp for 2019 is Animation! Also offered for this summer are: Engineering, Outdoor Nebraska, Unicameral Youth Legislature, Filmmaking, Teaching, Veterinary Science and Weather and Climate Science.


Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Youth will have the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where campers will showcase their achievements.


Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Partial and Full scholarships available!!! FULL SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for the Discover Teaching Camp! Early Bird registration ends April 15th!

More information about Big Red Camps is also available online at https://4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps


If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Big Red Summer Academic Camp or Scholarship Information please contact Katie Zabel at kzabel2@unl.edu or 402-472-2743.

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


April 1 .... Deadline for Summer Intern Applications

April 1 ... Deadline for Weeping Water Whiz Kidz Scholarship

April 5 ... Shooting Sports Instructor Update (deadline to register March 27)

April 6-7 .... Shooting Sports Leader Certification (deadline to register March 27)

April 8 ... 4-H Leader & Volunteer Training at Otoe County, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

April 15 .... Cass County 4-H Speech Contest

April 25 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

May 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

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

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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.



Mar 30 - Companion Animal Event at UNL

Mar 30 - Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede

April 5 - Shooting Sports Instructor Update (deadline to register March 27)

April 6 - 4-H Dog Clinic called "Kids K9 Clinic" in Lincoln

April 6-7 - Shooting Sports Leader Certification (deadline to register March 27)

April 13 - Beef Progress Show in Grant

April 13 - Calf Classic in Seward CANCELED DUE TO FLOOD

April 15 - NAYI applications due

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp 15% off

Apr 27 - Spring Rabbit Show in Lincoln

May 22-23 - NCTA Livestock Judging Camp and Youth Animal Science Field Day in Curtis

Apr 29 - Next Chapter Statewide Celebration (corrected date from UNL)

May 29 - Horse Judging Contest in Ericson, NE

June 1 - Webster County South Central Livestock Expo for Beef, Sheep and Goats

June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show

June 29 - Rabbit Progress Show/Clinic in Burchard, NE

July 8-12 - NAYI

June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.


Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities

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News from FEMA ...

Residents who sustained losses in Butler, Cass, Colfax, Dodge, Douglas, Nemaha, Sarpy, Saunders and Washington counties can now apply for FEMA assistance at http://www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621-FEMA/1-800-462-7585 between 7 am-10 pm. #NebraskaStrong #NebraskaFloods


Our hearts go out to all who need assistance. If we can help you in any way, please let us know.


For additional flood recovery resources, please go to www.flood.unl.edu

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Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, 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