Jefferson County 4-H

December 2019

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University of Nebraska is Celebrating 150 Years!

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Newsletter Contents

  • 4-H Highlights!
  • Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events
  • Animal Information
  • Special Opportunities
  • Calendar of Events

4-H Highlights!

4-H Online Enrollment is Open Now

Enrollment is open for 2019-2020 Jefferson County 4-H. NOTE AGE CHANGE: All 4-H youth (ages 8-18) as of January 1, 2019 are required to enroll online every year. Enrollment deadline is APRIL 1. We encourage all members to enroll using a computer and not your mobile device. Enrollment instructions for new members can be found at the Extension Office or online at Call the office 402-729-3487 with any enrollment questions.

4-H Online Enrollment Link:

New 4-H Member Enrollment Instructions Link:

Re-Enrollment Instructions Link:

Clover Kids Enrollment Online

4-H enrollment is required for Clover Kids (ages 5-7) online at Enrollment deadline is April 1. Youth should select "Clover Kids" as their club and must select at least one Clover Kid project to complete enrollment. Selection of multiple projects online is not required to exhibit multiple projects at the county fair.

Enrollment Link:

4-H Club Year End Treasurers Reports Due!

Organizational leaders and club treasurers, please remember that the 2019 Club Treasurer’s Report is due January 15th. The form is required to be completed even if you have a zero balance all year. If you have any questions please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487.

Jefferson County Farm Bureau Student Mini Grant!

Once again the Jefferson County Farm Bureau is offering the Student Project Grant program.

The grant is offered to all Jefferson County FFA & 4-H students.

The application can be found on our website at:, the deadline is January 15, 2020 and they will interview each applicant on January 26th. Call the office with any questions!

Diamond Clover Program

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of programs, projects, and activities that will enable youth to acquire skills and abilities that will prepare them for success in the future.

The program consists of six levels that require a young person to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. For each level, the Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H youth choose their goals. The accomplishments increase in quantity and difficulty for each level. At the beginning of the 4-H year, participants plan what to accomplish and at the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Successful completion of a level's Plan & Report form results in a 4-H youth earning that level of the Diamond Clover program.

Diamond Clover Forms can be downloaded at Forms are due to the Extension Office April 1, 2020.

4-H Council

We will be electing new members to the 4-H Council and are looking for interested adults and youth. The council is composed of 6 adults and 6 youth members. Adult members serve a 3-year term, while youth members serve a 1-year term and can serve 3 terms. We would like to invite anyone who’s interested in serving on 4-H Council to contact the office. Youth members need to be at least 13 years old by January 1, 2020.

Please contact us by Friday, December 20th at 5 pm to be considered.

4-H Discover Washington Trip Interest Form

We are requesting that 4-H families complete this form to serve as a planning tool for the Saline, Gage and Jefferson county 4-H Discover Washington trip. Please specify an approximate date your child(ren) may be interested in attending the 4-H Discover Washington trip. Completing the form and giving us an approximate date does in no way obligate them to attend a trip. We are wanting to use the information in planning future trips.

Please fill out the form here:

Upcoming Workshops, Contests & Events

Holiday Baking Workshop

On January 2nd, we will be hosting a baking workshop. We will be learning the basic techniques for cookie decorating and bread making. We are working out the details of exact time and our helpers. This will be a half day workshop. Location TBA. Look for further details to be posted on our Facebook page or give the office a call.
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Animal Information

Livestock Quality Assurance Training

We will hold a face to face training on Tuesday, December 31st from 10:30 - 11:30 am at the Extension Office in Fairbury for youth ages 8-18 as of that day. Youth 19-21 will have to complete the course online. If you want to attend the face to face training, please pre-register by December 27th. This training will meet your requirements for the the 2020 fair. There will also be face to face training in Wilber on Monday, December 30th at 11:00 am and then again at 2:00 pm. Call our office to sign up for Wilber class.

Go to to register for the training titled Jefferson County Extension Office. To log in, create an account at or login with your 4-HOnline credentials. Select this training and make the $3 purchase using a credit card or coupon code. On January 3, 2020, the course trainer will go online to mark attendees complete. You may login after that date to access your YQCA certificate.

Horse Advancement Level Testing

Winter months are a great time to work on Horse Advancement Levels. Information and study materials are found in the Horse Project Member Manual and Advancement Level Manual at the Extension Office. We also have the Nebraska 4-H Horse Show & Judging Guide available.


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4-H Cat Club

A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th:

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

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Special Opportunties

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New Statewide Youth Leadership Opportunity

The Nebraska Extension Leadership Youth Team is excited to announce a new opportunity for Nebraska High School Youth (Grades 9-12). We are searching for youth (possibly you!) to join us in planning a statewide Youth Leadership Conference for 2021. The purpose of this conference is to fulfill the following needs:

  • Opportunities for youth voice
  • Connection with UNL faculty and staff
  • Familiarization and comfort with the UNL campus
  • Leadership skill development and practice
  • State level opportunities for youth leadership

Our bold idea is to develop a state level leadership development program, a Nebraska Youth Leadership Conference, that is co-created by a team of youth. Would you be willing to serve on this team? This program will allow youth voice in our capitol by preparing young leaders to express the youth perspective on emerging issues. Youth will also develop and practice leadership skills that they will be able to take back and use in their own communities.

We would like to invite High School aged youth who are interested in helping plan this Youth Leadership Conference, to participate in a Zoom Meeting on Thursday, January 2, 1:00 p.m. for more information and how to apply to be on the Youth Leadership Advisory Council which will help develop and implement this conference.

Please contact our office for the link if you are interested!

Workshop Ideas

We are looking for ideas for workshops in and 2020. We would like to hear ideas of what you would be willing to attend. We would also like to hear from you regarding what times would work best for most people, after school, 1⁄2 days when school is out, etc. Please contact the Extension Office 402-729-3487 and let us know what YOU are interested in.


Just as a reminder, check out our Facebook page! The page name is "Jefferson County Extension & 4-H Youth Development". Along with our newsletter, we will be using this page to update our members about upcoming events, activities, and deadlines. We also hope to use this page to provide information about community outreach opportunities, scholarships, and research that is important to our followers. The staff will do our best to keep this updated and inform you all of what is going on at the office, Jefferson County, and in Nebraska.

Calendar of Events


24 - Christmas Eve, Office Closed at Noon

25 - Christmas, Office Closed

30 - QA training in Wilber

30 - Cooking Workshop, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury

31 - QA training in Fairbury, Extension Office


2 - Holiday Baking Workshop, Fairbury

3 - Cooking Workshop, Jefferson Community Health & Life, Fairbury

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