Webster County 4-H Newsletter

January 2022 Edition

Happy January

Happy New Year!! We made it to 2022. 2021 flew by, now we are ready to start the new year! We hope everyone had a great Christmas, New Year's, and school break. We can't wait to see what 2022 brings!

-The Webster County Extension Staff

Important Dates & Events

  • January 3rd: Omaha Fashion Week Applications Due
  • January 4th: BRAG Applications Due
  • January 16th: Webster County Jr Leaders Meeting
  • January 17th: Office Closed in Observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • February 11th: YQCA Training - Blue Hill
  • February 11th: YQCA Training - Red Cloud
  • February 12th: Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging
  • February 15th: Webster County Youth Council 4-H Scholarship Due
  • February 15th: Lyle Niemeyer 4-H Scholarship Due
  • February 1st: Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort Application Due
  • February 1st: Start of National 4-H Month
  • February 21st: Office Closed in Observance of President's Day
  • February 26th: Last 4-H Beef Weigh In - Red Cloud
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BRAG (Big Red Ag Growers)

Attention all 12 to 15 year olds who are interested in learning more about Nebraska agriculture. This is for youth in Webster County to 1) learn more about modern agriculture production practices, 2) develop communication skills allowing them to confidently advocate for production agriculture, 3) recognize the diversity of Nebraska agriculture, and 4) given the opportunity to tour a wide variety of operations and gain knowledge from producers across the state. To apply to be part of the Adams/Webster BRAG Class in 2022, complete and submit the application by Tuesday, January 4, 2022 to the Extension Office. The application may be found below. Class size will be limited and open to any youth in Adams/Webster counties involved in 4-H, FFA, or interested in agriculture.

State Level Achievement Applications

Need more time to put the finishing touches on those state-level Achievement Applications? Well, we've got good news for you! The deadline has been extended to February 5th!

The Achievement Application is the standard application form used for the selection of county and state award winners, including Nebraska delegates to National 4-H Congress and National 4-H Conference, as well as Nebraska 4-H Foundation scholarship award recipients. Only Senior Achievement Applications (ages 15-18) are accepted for state-level awards and recognition.

Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/achievement-application
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Last Webster 4-H Beef Weigh in for the Year!

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2022 YQCA In Person Training Dates

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***March 4th YQCA training has been cancelled due to changes in school calendars.
Register for YQCA

Register for any of the YQCA Trainings listed above by clicking on this link. Register under the 4-H Online Sign In. Ask the office for a code!!

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Spring 4-H After School Program

We are excited for the 4-H After School Program starting this spring! This program is open to any youth that is in 3rd-6th grade. If you participated previously and want to participate in the spring sessions, you are required to fill this form out for the spring session. Attached is the flyer for the Red Cloud After School Program. Flyers for the Red Cloud After School program will be handed out at school. It will now be held in the library at the elementary school. Please register below by January 27th.
    • Save the Dates for Silver Lake and Blue Hill After School!
      • Silver Lake: March 1st, 8th, and 15th. Registration link and flyer to come!
      • Blue Hill: April 5th, 12th, and 26th. Registration link and flyer to come!

4-H Online 2.0 and Open Enrollment

We are excited to announce the new 4-H Online enrollment system! This new system is much more simple for both you and our office. You will use your same account log in and password from last time. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions. We encourage you to go through the steps of enrollment below as this is totally different than the old system. Parents who are volunteers only will enroll. Do not enroll if you are just a parent that does not volunteer (club leader, superintendent, project leader, etc.)
Steps to Enroll on 4-H Online 2.0

Click here to learn how to re enroll as a member, enroll as a new member or family, and a volunteer.

Click on the video below to watch a walk through on how to enroll on the new system of 4-H Online.

Omaha Fashion Week

Nebraska 4-H is pleased to partner with Omaha Fashion Week to feature the work of 4-H members during their Student Night on Feb. 23rd. The 4-H Collection will consist of 10 – 12 garments modeled by 4-H members who made them. 4-H members are invited to apply to participate in the show by Jan. 3rd. Apply now at 4h.unl.edu/Omaha-fashion-week.
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Livestock Judging

Save the date of February 12, 2022 for the Cattleman’s Classic Beef Judging Competition in Kearney, NE. This is a Beef Animal judging contest only for youth ages 8 to 18. Please let Beth or Alexa know if you are interested by January 15th to create teams for the event. Learn more by visiting - https://cattlemens.org/winter-edition/judging-contest.php

Horse Health and Horse Nutrition Short Courses.

Looking for that holiday gift for your equestrian friends? Or for yourself? Check out these two short courses on Horse Health and Horse Nutrition from Extension Horses. They are available from December 15 to May 15. You can start at any time, and each course has 6 lessons from University and industry experts from around the country. At $50 per course, that is less than $10 per lesson. Click here to enroll.https://catalog.extension.org/?category=6&keyword=Hippology+Shortcourse&cond=advand&searchcategory=


Please check out the scholarships available to Webster County 4-Hers below.

Livestock Achievement Program

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including: beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence. The Plan and Reports, linked on the webpage, show examples of the project related accomplishments they can choose, or they can identify their own with approval of their local educator.

Applications/Sign up are due June 15th through the application form link on the website. Plan and Reports, as well as Project Records will be due August 10 via the completion form on the website. Youth completing the achievement program and receiving member of excellence recognition in the various species will be recognized during the Parade of Champions, 4-H weekend at the Nebraska State Fair.

For more information or to apply, go to: Livestock Achievement Program | Nebraska 4-H (unl.edu)

Ashley Benes ashley.benes@unl.edu

Brett Kreifels brett.kreifels@unl.edu

Cole Meador cmeador2@unl.edu

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Congratulations to Libby Macklin!

Libby Macklin of Blue Hill recently competed in the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colorado. This event is held each year in conjunction with the National Western Stock Show. Participation is open to both 4-H and FFA member delegates, approved by their respective state offices. Youth participate in one or more contests and have the opportunity to attend workshops and a career fair. Competition is for both individuals and teams. There is a broad array of contests and the event draws over 1,000 attendees. The Western National Roundup provides a place for youth to compete nationally while encouraging teamwork and self-confidence and focusing on the 4-H Mission mandates: science, engineering, technology, mathematics, healthy living, and citizenship. Libby was eligible to compete in the National 4-H Horse Classic Western Division Horse Public Speaking Contest. She qualified to compete by winning the public speaking contest last March at the Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. Her speech was titled: Wild Horses - History, Management, and Challenges. She received second place individual in the Horse Public Speaking Contest at the Western National Roundup.

Libby is the daughter of Joel and Sara Macklin and is a member of the Webster County Wranglers 4-H Club and Blue Hill FFA Chapter.

Horse Stampede

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede offers a variety of 4-H horse contests that do not require live animals, 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. The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's event will be held Saturday, March 26, 2022. All order forms must be submitted to the Extension Office by March 4th. Check out more information and entry forms here: https://4h.unl.edu/horse-stampede

4-H Horse Stampede Art Contest

Want to showcase your creative talents? 4-H Horse Stampede has art as one of its contests! Interested? It's easy to compete. Follow these easy steps...
Be an enrolled 4-H youth member for the 2022 year
Do you fall under these age divisions? 8-11 yrs. old, 12-14 yrs. old, 15-18 yrs. old as of January 1st
Fill out the Entry Form
Artwork must be original and equine related
Art media may include watercolor, oil, acrylic, pencil, chalk, charcoal, pen/ink, crayon, or pastels.
Artwork must be matted with suitable matting board with a maximum 3” border. Matting may be black, white, or colored. No glass or frames allowed.
Artwork must be complete and matted by March 26, 2022
We look forward to seeing you at Stampede!

Special Agronomy Project

The Nebraska Extension Special Agronomy Project gives 4-H members an opportunity to experience a crop that is grown, was grown or has the potential to be grown in Nebraska. Youth participate by receiving seed and resources to grow the crop, research traits of the crop and determine the viability of that crop in the part of the state they live. The project allows 4-H members interested in agronomy to grow something fun, new, and different.

The focus of the 2022 Special Agronomy Project is Broomcorn Sorghum. Broomcorn can be used for ornamental uses in floral arrangements or harvested for broom-use prior to seed maturity. To participate in the Special Agronomy Project, enroll in the project through 4-H Online or call your local extension office to reserve seed.

There are three ways to complete this at the county or state fair. First, an educational exhibit that can be in a poster format can include what you learned. Secondly, let your creativity go wild and create a video-type presentation explaining what you have learned, showing the growing process, etc. Finally, you can enter the crop itself. To do this, cut 4 stalks at the ground level and bound-together with supporting information about the project. For project specifications and details, be sure to go to the Nebraska State Fairbook at https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/rules

Special Garden Project

The 2022 Special Garden Project will be the Rubenza Cosmos, whose flower petals change color as they age. What is the Special Garden Project? This project gives youth the resources to try growing a new or unusual plant. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/sgp.

Farrowed & Owned Swine Cohort

The Nebraska 4-H Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort is an opportunity for 4-H members interested in learning more about the swine industry. Participants engage in learning opportunities throughout the year, gain knowledge related to their 4-H swine project, practice good record-keeping related to swine management and basic care, and exhibit their farrowed and owned swine project animal at the Nebraska State Fair. Applications for the 2022 Cohort are open now through February 1st. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu/farrowed-owned.

Nebraska 4-H Month

February will be here before you know it, and you know what that means, right? Time to celebrate Nebraska 4-H Month! Don’t forget to mark your calendars and make plans to celebrate with us: 4-H Spirit Day on Feb. 2nd, 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day on Feb. 9th, 4-H Service Learning Weekend on Feb. 12th – 13th, 4-H Sponsor & Donor Appreciation Day on Feb. 16th, and 4-H Professionals Appreciation Day on Feb. 23rd.

Summer Camp Registration

Registration is now open for 2022 Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps! See the full schedule of camp sessions and register now at 4h.unl.edu/summer-camp-schedule.

SOAR Dog Workshop

We are excited to present our SOAR workshop series in conjunction with Platte Valley Kennel Club! Learn from experienced clinicians provided by Platte Valley Kennel Club! This workshop series will have a total of 3 to 4 sessions throughout the spring/ summer months (dates to come). Handlers will gain greater success in participating in each workshop as it provides action steps for youth to move forward and builds upon the skills learned from previous sessions. We do encourage others to join any of our workshops even if you cannot go to all of them.

Along with building skills with your dog(s), youth will also learn more about other events and organizations they can participate in to immerse themselves in dog related activities.

To register: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5nf7WHgYttOeWoe

Date: February 19th, 2022

Time: 1:00-4:00pm

Address: Companion Dog Club of Omaha and Council Bluffs

10803 N 72nd Street, Omaha NE 68122

Early Registration fee: $15 (per workshop) by February 11th, 2022

Day of Registration fee: $25 ( vaccination forms must be present)

Please make checks payable to: UNL and mailed/postmarked by February 1st. Please include the Participant's name with the payment envelope.
Mail to:
Grace Kim-C204g
PO Box 830
Animal Science-University of Nebraska
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908

Additional information provided in the registration link

For further questions about registration contact Grace Kim at: (402)472-6085 or grace.kim@unl.edu or workshop details, Gisele Olney at gcolney@aol.com

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UNL Extension in Webster County Newsletter

Check out what is happening in Nebraska Extension in this area and across the state. This is separate from the 4-H Newsletter.
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4-H Leader/Parent Meeting

Save the date as we would like to invite you to attend the 2022 annual Leader/Parent meeting! This is open to all 4-H leaders, parents, and volunteers. This will be held at the Webster County Fairgrounds on March 29th from 6:30-8:30 pm. Please RSVP to the office.

Happy Birthday to those celebrating in January!!!

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The Webster County Extension Office and Courthouse will be closed Monday, Jaunary 17th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Meet Our Team!

Alexa Pedersen

Office Manager

Alexa Pedersen is the Office Manager for the Webster County Extension Office. Alexa provides help in assisting clientele with questions that can be forwarded to a specific educator. She assists educators in programs that are put on in Webster County, such as pesticide training, and beef programs. She also provides knowledge in the 4-H world by helping families with any 4-H questions that come in. She is skillful in 4-H Online, ShoWorks, and helps prepare for 4-H programming, county fair, and state fair.

Katie Bolte

4-H Programming Assistant

Katie Bolte is the 4-H Programming Assistant for the Webster County Extension Office. Katie is at the extension office on Mondays and Tuesdays. Katie provides programming in school enrichment, after-school programs, and 4-H workshops. She is knowledgeable when answering any 4-H questions that comes in and helps prepare for programs, county fair, and state fair.

Beth Janning

4-H Youth Development Extension Educator in Adams/Webster Counties

Beth Janning is a 4-H Youth Development Extension Educator. She provides programming in school enrichment, after-school, and traditional 4-H Programs. Her topic areas include but not limited to animal science, science, engineering and volunteer development.

Photo and Bio from UNL Extension
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