Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - April 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

I was privileged to spend 2 days in Lincoln teaching and learning with four of our Nuckolls-Thayer 4-H ambassadors (pictured left). They networked with other county 4-H ambassadors, toured both city and east campuses (including the animal science complex), and worked on their elevator pitches and personal branding (from social media to professional dress) to better advocate for agriculture and 4-H. I'm excited to see what they do next with the skills they gained March 26-March 27.

Enroll in Nebraska 4-H TODAY April 1

Nebraska 4-H priority enrollment is due TODAY!

Make sure you enroll for the 2021 4-H year before the end of TODAY, April 1 for priority enrollment. Enroll in all projects areas that you could possibly want to exhibit at fair. If you have any issues with 4-H Online, please email or call your local extension office! We do not want tech frustrations to make this difficult. After you enroll by the end of today for priority enrollment, you can change project areas in 4-H Online until May 1.

4-H Online home page:

We're excited for our spring 2021 plans for workshops, clinics, and judging contests. Train your dog, practice your livestock judging skills, and try out some new static projects via our local online workshop offerings. Keep reading for details!

Welcome, Haley, new 4-H Thayer County Extension Aide!

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Enter the 2021 Public Speaking Contest by emailing or calling the office with student names, classes, and the title of their speech by Fri. Apr. 16 at noon.

Resources may be downloaded at 4-Hers may participate in both the PSA and Speech divisions. All speeches/PSAs must be original in include 4-H as the major component of the piece.


Novice- (10 & under) 4-Her has never competed in a speech contest before. May recite a poem, read or tell a story. Under 3 minutes in length. Not eligible for state competition.

Junior- (8 - 9)- Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. Under 3 minutes in length. Not eligible for state competition.

Intermediate- (10-13)- Must be original speech relating to 4-H. 3-5 minutes in length.

Senior- (14 & older)- Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. 5-8 minutes in length.


For the PSA division of public speaking, 4-Hers must create and present a 60 second PSA which theme is “Opportunity 4 All. and should be incorporated in the PSA. All radio PSA’s must promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year. All 4-H PSA’s must include the following tag line within the last ten seconds of the PSA: Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at PSA’s must be submitted electronically as a .wav or .mp3 format before county contest date.

Junior (8-9) Not eligible for state competition.

Intermediate (10 to 13)

Senior (14 & older)

2021 4-H Kick Off

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Want to know more about opportunities in Nuckolls-Thayer 4-H? Come visit us and check out previous projects, pet some animals, and make a craft at our enrollment kick off on Monday, April 19 from 4-6 pm at the Thayer Co. Fairgrounds in Deshler.

**Enrollment for 2021 will still be available at this event!**


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Nuckolls-Thayer Dual Shooting Sports Contest

In order to offer the best facilities and most positive youth development experiences possible, Nuckolls-Thayer will be hosting a dual shooting sports contest in 2021. Archery competitors will shoot at the brand-new archery range in Hebron on Mon. July 5 at 6 pm, and trap shooting contestants will shoot at the trap house in Nelson on Sun. July 11 at 3 pm.

Archery Age Divisions:

Junior 8-11

Intermediate 12-14

Senior 15-18

Shotgun Age Divisions:

Junior – 10-13 years

Senior – 14-18 years

Each 4-H member must attend a required six practices in each discipline with a certified instructor to compete in that discipline at the county level. Contact your local extension office for more information.

If interested in Republican Valley Trap Shooting, please contact Beth Himmelberg.

Local Certified 4-H Shotgun Instructors:

Pete Kiefer

Local Certified 4-H Archery Instructors:

Jeanie Kiefer

Brian Lukert

Nik Statz

Alycia Watts


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4-H Dog Clinic Sat. Apr. 17

Whether you're a seasoned dog show exhibitor, new to 4-H, or new to the 4-H dog project, this clinic is perfect for you and your dog! Join us at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds on Sat. April 17 to learn about training your dog for obedience, agility and showmanship. Experienced 4-H dog show judge Susan Littlefield will be our guest clinician.

No dog project experience required; you will leave with a "doggie bag" packed with everything you need to show your dog in 4-H! This will be an indoor/outdoor event, so please dress accordingly.

$25 per 4-Her and their dog or $40 per family; RSVP to Nuckolls Co. Extension by Apr. 9

Dogs should be up-to-date on their vaccinations to attend the workshop - you can find the vaccination form (which will also be good for the 2021 fair) here.


Mock Horse Judging Contest March 15-April 15

Judge classes and answer questions just like in a contest; but without the pressure of awards and placings. Practice the classes as many times as you want!

Running online March 15-April 15, 2021

6 classes

Halter & performance

Questions on every class

Official placings and cuts will be provided

No awards will be given

Cost: $20


Brought to you by Extension Horses

To register:

2021 Fonner Park 4-H State Horse Expo - book rooms ASAP

The State 4-H Horse Program would like to notify counties and their 4-H families to book their hotel reservations soon if they plan to attend/participate at the 2021 Fonner Park 4-H State Horse Expo. This year the Horse Expo (July 10th - 14th) is scheduled on the same dates as the National Jr. Angus Show. Since both events are happening at the same time, we HIGHLY recommend families are notified about the limited hotel availability during the state horse show. We would like to give families plenty of warning so they are not struggling to book hotels closer to our event.

The State 4-H Horse Program has blocked off a limited number of rooms with the Fairfield Inn hotel for 4-H families. They are also more than welcome to call hotel directly at 308-381-8980.

Extension Horses “Revitalized” HALTER courses

This a progressive series of four lessons is designed to offer equine science information, student activities, and techniques to foster positive youth development. Each level builds on the previous one. Once each level, is completed and the associated requirements, you will receive a certificate of completion!

This is an excellent tool for anyone working with youth and horses. Please note – this does NOT replace the Horsemanship Advancement Level Certification to become a Nebraska Advancement Levels tester.

Horse Judging May 26

Email Kylie ( and let her know if you are interested in this horse judging contest at the Pitzer Ranch. We have a few youth who have reached out already, so we might have enough for a team!
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4-H Horse Judges Certification & Training

We are excited to announce our annual 4-H Judges Certification & Training will be virtual this year! This workshop will include Equine Industry experts, University faculty, and carded judges going over our various topics (Ranch Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Riding, and Hunt Seat Equitation).
For the month of April, our virtual meetings will be held at 6:00pm CT on April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. AND participants will receive Judging Kits! Sign up today for only $40 to learn from experts and receive your judging essentials!

Our Experts
Clay Cavinder- Mississippi State University
John Pipkin- West Texas A&M University
Kathy Anderson- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lena Luck- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sarah Schobert- Texas A&M University

Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp

Fort Robinson 4-H Horse Camp will take place on June 10-12 at Fort Robinson State Park in Crawford, NE. All individuals, ages 8 and older, are welcome to attend with activities for junior, intermediate, and senior / adult. The 4-H code of conduct will be in effect but membership is not mandatory. All the forms can also be found at:


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Loup River Beef Preview Progress Show May 22 - St. Paul, NE

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Register at for your last chance for 2021 county in-person YQCA training. Attend one of these 2 trainings or you will have to do the training online for 2021.
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YQCA Certificate instructions

Have you attended a YQCA training? Awesome! You have completed 1 of 2 steps. The 2nd step is to submit your certificate number to the extension office. We cannot look this up for you. You MUST log in to your YQCA account and email us the certificate or the certificate number.
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Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 18 5-7 p.m. at Deshler

Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 19 5-7 p.m. at Nelson

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2021 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

Open to current Nebraska 4-H and/or FFA members that are in good standing and age 10-18 as of January 1, 2021. Contestants will be split into two divisions based on 4-H age: Senior (age 14-18) and Junior (age 10-13). To be eligible for the All-State Team and be recognized at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair, contestants must compete in 2 eligible contests, plus the State 4-H Contest (PASE).

*PASE is a REQUIRED contest in order to be on the All-State Team*

Nuckolls-Thayer is hosting a contest date on May 15. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the contest date!

2021 Tractor Safety Training

All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or “farm permit” without further testing.

Successful completion of this training in Nebraska will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the locations on this flyer after successful online class completion:

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Online 4-H Horticulture Contest June 4-21

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 4-21, 2021 at:

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at:


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Thursdays in April 2021 - try out a new project or practice current skills with our online workshops from 6-7 pm! Join your friendly area extension offices (Clay-Fillmore-Nuckolls-Thayer) as they showcase project ideas for the 2021 fair season.

Not enrolled in 4-H? No problem; this is a great way to try out some programs. If you're an experienced 4-Her, you can practice your skills through some experiential learning. Register at

Thurs. Apr. 8 - Grandma's Honey Muffins *Culinary Challenge* (Clay County)

Thurs. Apr. 15 - Bring Back the Butterflies (Nuckolls County)

Thurs. Apr. 22 - Photography (Fillmore County)

Thurs. Apr. 29 - Corny with Kernels (Fillmore County)


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Camp Venture and Camp Renegade Registration Forms

Camp Counselor Application Form Link

Camp Renegade Registration Form Link

Camp Venture Registration Form Link

All money is to be sent to Jefferson County. Checks are payable to: Jefferson County 4-H Council.


Kelby Mumm Selected as a 4-H Achievement Application Winner

Kelby Mumm, a 13-year Thayer County 4-H member, has been selected as a Nebraska 4-H Achievement Application Winner. Mumm will have the opportunity to represent Nebraska 4-H at the National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia from Nov. 26-30, 2021. This is one of 4-H’s highest achievements.

“To be selected, I had to write my achievement application,” says Mumm. “Then, I had to do really well with my record books and projects over the year.”

The National 4-H Congress is an award program that recognizes the outstanding performances and high achievements of 4-H youth. The purpose of this program is to provide youth with high-quality educational and cultural experiences, respond to individual states’ diversity needs, and allow youth the chance to plan and implement this program. Participants must complete an Achievement Application and are selected by a team of 4-H extension educators and assistants from across the state of Nebraska. Twenty-three winners are selected and granted a partial scholarship to help them attend the event.

“I hope to gain new insight on how to become a better leader and role model,” says Mumm. “I think it is really important since not everyone has a role model to look up to.”

Additionally, Mumm is still in the running as an Achievement Application finalist for National 4-H Conference Selection. She will potentially be representing Nebraska at the virtual National 4-H Conference in 2021.

The National 4-H Conference gives 4-H members from Land Grant University 4-H Departments the opportunity to present their prepared briefings about relevant topics to federal officials in Washington, D.C. Participants are able to work together for four weeks before presenting their presentations to the officials. Two delegates are selected each year to represent Nebraska at the National 4-H Conference.



Sat. Apr. 10 - State 4-H Indoor Archery Shoot @ Columbus

Fri. Apr. 16 - Enter public speaking contest by noon by calling or emailing your local extension office.

Sat. Apr. 17 - Dog Agility Workshop 9am - noon @ Nelson

Mon. Apr. 19 - 2021 4-H Enrollment Kick Off 4-6 pm @ Deshler

Mon. Apr. 19 - Nuckolls-Thayer Public Speaking Contest 7 pm @ Deshler


Tues. May 11 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Deshler

Mon. May 17 - YQCA 7-8 pm @ Nelson

Sat. May 15 - Nuckolls-Thayer Livestock Judging Contest @ Nelson

Tues. May 18 - TC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Deshler

Wed. May 19 - NC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Nelson


Wed. June 2 - Cloverkid Camp @ Hebron

Wed. June 9 - Bonanza Day @ Nelson

Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - State Speech/PSA Contest and Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln (Meat Judging, Livestock Judging, Quizbowl, etc)


July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021


August 11-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.