4-H Thurs. News Blast for 4.26.2019

Extension Office Closed Friday for Arbor Day

Horse Project Deadlines - May 10th

May 10th is an IMPORTANT deadline for all Horse Project 4-Hers. No late entries will be accepted.

Bring your paperwork into the Cass County Extension Office by close of day, on or before May 10th. This is a firm date.

Want to learn more about the Nebraska 4-H Horse Program? Go to https://4h.unl.edu/horse

New Educator in Cass County

Good news! Lauren Stohlmann has been hired to be the new Cass County 4-H and Youth Educator. She will start in early June.

Lauren was born and raised on a farm, a couple miles west of Manley, Nebraska. She participated in Cass County 4-H in her elementary and middle school years.

Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2017. She will earn her Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from the Ohio State University in May 2019. In previous positions, Lauren has been a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio State, a temporary staff member at a Purdue Extension county office, and a communication and marketing intern at the National Corn Growers Association in St. Louis.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her blue heeler, Bandit, attending country music concerts, cooking with her sister, and cheering on the Huskers.


New 4-H Summer Intern

Meet Harlee Brauckmuller. Harlee has been hired to be the new Cass County 4-H Summer Intern for 2019. She will start in late May and work through mid August.

Harlee grew up on a small farm outside Greenwood, Nebraska. She is attending the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Animal Science.

During her years in 4-H, Harlee was a member of the Fairland Giants 4-H Club. She was also a member and officer of the Ashland-Greenwood FFA Chapter.

Harlee has great memories of participating in the Cass County Round Robin Showmanship contest, and went on to represent Cass County at the State Fair Elite Showmanship Competition. She showed lambs in 4-H and now enjoys helping her brother and cousin with their 4-H lamb projects.


You can also pick up a fairbook at the Extension Office for $2.00.


Swine Jackpot

Swine Project members, you are invited to the Seward County Swine Midwest Jackpot 2019 at the Seward County Fairground, Friday May 31, 2019


4-H Plant Science Contests

Lancaster County is hosting 4-H Plant Science Contests on Wednesday, June 5 at the Lancaster Extension Education Center.


A few extra packets of Special Garden Seeds - Red Okra

We have a few extra packets of Special Garden Seeds. If you or your club members are interested in getting some, they are free for the asking (paid for by the 4-H Council). Stop by the Extension Office to get some seeds. We are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.


Phelps-Gosper 4-H Beef Progress Show

This beef progress show is open to all 4-H'ers ages 8-18.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Registration 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Show Time: 11:30

For more details, keep reading ...


Dairy Goat Show in Clay Center, NE

Dairy Goat Showman - announcing a 4-H Youth Dairy Goat show

When: June 29th, 2019

Where: Clay Center, NE

For all the details, keep reading .....

Cat Club meets May 9

The next on-line Cat Club will meet on Thursday, May 9th. Log on for the meeting at: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club


Big picture

Raise Your Hand

Our friends in the Northern Mariana Islands are working hard! But here in Nebraska, we know it’s not over until it’s over. Help us regain the lead and claim the top prize of $20,000 to help support 4-H disaster recovery here in our state.

100% of any winnings that Nebraska 4-H earns from this year’s Raise Your Hand campaign will be used to support 4-H flood and disaster recovery efforts here in our state! Winnings will be put towards the new 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers program which is designed to help 4-H’ers following a major disaster, such as flood, tornado, loss of home due to fire, or serious illness.

Go to https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and enter your vote for 4-H! Thank you.


Flood Relief Volunteer Opportunity – Register by Friday, April 26th

Flood Relief Volunteer Opportunity – Register by Friday, April 26th

Due to generous donations, NE extension is able to extend our agriculture producer flood relief efforts. Here’s a great opportunity to volunteer and impact a region of agriculture producers affected by the flood.

Thank you to those who already registered, we just need a few more volunteers for this date.

When: May 1st 10:00 am

Where: Ag Park, Columbus (822 15th Street)

What: Creating kits of fencing materials on pallets. This includes counting and sorting posts, wire and other supplies on pallets to be secured for pick up.

Who: Volunteers (age 13 and older)

Qualifications: Required to sign waiver before volunteering. MUST be able to walk and stand for long periods of time and carry/lift up to 30 lbs.

Details: Must wear jeans and closed toe shoes/boots. Leather gloves provided. Lunch and snacks provided. Producers will be picking up materials on May 2nd and 3rd.

By registering on this survey, you are confirming your availability to volunteer on May 1st. Every individual wanting to volunteer must register separately. Deadline to register is Friday, April 26th. A confirmation email will be sent to those registered to volunteer a couple of days prior to the event, which will include the volunteer release form.


Flood Relief Volunteer Opportunity – Register by May 15th

May 23rd, 24th, 25th – start times are TBA.

Please complete this survey: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dopsSxmSGyIiWPj by May 15st, 2019 to match your skills to volunteer positions. By completing this survey, you are confirming your availability to volunteer these day(s). With this information you will be assigned to a worksite prior to work dates. Work locations will be based on ag producer needs and will be announced via email, please check the email you provide in the survey regularly. Thank you for being flexible regarding details of your volunteer assignment! Our planning team will be doing our best to match availability of volunteers to ag producer needs based on weather conditions between now and work dates, in addition to access to work locations. Lunch, snacks and supper will be included for volunteers. Volunteers must be 13 years old. Lodging options are available. For free lodging at Lakeview High School or hotel block information, please contact Catherine Chmelka at cchmelka@lakeview.esu7.org. A volunteer release form will be sent with volunteer assignment details. Please print and complete one for each volunteer in your group prior to arriving to expedite the check-in process. This will be required of ALL volunteers, including a parent signature for minors.

**There are currently 13 ag producers/land owners on this list for volunteer needs. Please share this any 4-H clubs, FFA Chapters or other community organizations that desire to be part of the flood recovery efforts.**


Disaster Recovery 4-H Volunteer Guide

Disaster recovery efforts are underway following the spring flooding in Nebraska this year. If your 4-H club has been invited to help with a cleanup or recovery project, please look through the following “4-H Volunteer Guide for Disaster Recovery” that aims to help you facilitate a successful event and minimize potential risks for you and your club members. Thank you for your service to our state, county, and communities! https://go.unl.edu/094x

If you club chooses to volunteer in some cleanup or recovery project, wear your 4-H t-shirts!


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

May 10 ... All Horse ID's, level testing, and District Entries are due

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


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.

Apr 27 - Spring Rabbit Show in Lincoln

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

May 25-26 - Boone County Beef-A-Rama, Goat-A-Rama, Swine-A-Rama and Sheep-A-Rama

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 5 - 4-H Plant Science Contests

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

June 29 - Chase County Classic 4-H Horse Show in Imperial, NE

July 8-12 - NAYI

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

Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities


Ag Information & Other Opportunities:


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