Washington County 4-H Update

February 12, 2016

Thanks to all who attended and helped with the Kick-Off & Recognition Event!!

Thanks to everyone who came to the event and a huge thanks to those who brought past projects to show the potential new 4-Her's all the cool things that our current members are doing! If you would like to see pictures from the event on Sunday please check out our Facebook page!

Nebraska State Fair 4-H and FFA Beef Shows to be NO-FIT in 2016

The State Fair 4-H and FFA beef shows will be no-fit in 2016. Both 4-H and FFA certainly respect the talent and passion many have for the fitting process, this decision was made based on feedback from staff and families as well as the success of the blow and go showmanship contest at the 2015 Nebraska State Fair. Families were largely in favor of the change, specifically, they cited: (1) A reduction in the cost of supplies and products; and (2) The need for fewer blocking chutes needed and help expedite the unloading process. This change will be included in this year’s premium list.

2015 Quilts of Valor on NET

Last year Iowa Public Television came to York, NE and Nebraska State Fair to videotape Nebraska 4-Hers who were working with Quilts of Valor. Several of our 4-Hers, leaders, and Extension Staff were interviewed and showcasedQuilts of Valor II Documentary will be broadcasted on NET (1) on Sunday, March 6 at 12:30pm CT. It is also scheduled on NET Create (3) on March 7 at 11:00am CT and March 12 at 2pm CT.

4-H Foodsmart Youth Ambassador Oppurtunity-PAID



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Nominate your club for 4-H Club of the Month

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors have joined together to start a program which recognizes 4-H clubs throughout the state of Nebraska. Any 4-H club may nominate themselves to be the Club of the Month. Nominations are due the second Friday of the month before the club will be the Club of the Month. The club who is chosen to be Club of the Month will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and their story will be showcased on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation's Facebook, Twitter, and website along with the State 4-H website and Facebook and in their local newspaper.


Please email nomination forms to:


Or send to:

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
210 Mussehl Hall East Campus
PO Box 830719
Lincoln NE 68583-0719

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2016 Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Award

The purpose of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards, sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is to recognize 4-H clubs for the work of the individuals in the club and the community service work of the entire club.


Horse Judging Clinic

Nebraska 4-H’ers Included in Omaha Fashion Week Collection

Congratulations goes out to the 12 4-H’ers who have been selected to show their garments on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week on Tuesday, March 15!

You are invited to see what the event is about and set your goals to apply for next year! Omaha Fashion Week will take place at the brand new Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park). Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the Fashion Show starts at 8:00 p.m.

Ticket Information:

To purchase tickets go to https://omahafashionweek.ticketleap.com/2016-student-night/dates/Mar-15-2016_at_0600PM

Cost: $10 each plus fees

Eastern NE 4-H Center Campership Dinner – Donation Request

The Eastern NE 4-H Center will be holding their 6th annual Campership Dinner on March 8, 2016. Over the past five years this dinner has raised over $40,000 which provided over 140 full or partial scholarships for children who otherwise would not have been able to afford a camp experience. The Eastern NE 4-H Center is asking for support of this worthy cause. Whether it’s a financial contribution or an item for our silent auction, your contribution would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for considering a donation. If you have anything you would like to donate, contact the Fundraising Chair, Taren Petersen at tpetersen@regionsix.com

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4-H Companion Animal Challenge:

a. The second 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on Saturday March 12th at the Animal Science Complex.

b. Contests include: Dog Skill-a-thon, Dog Quiz bowl, Companion Animal Demonstration Contest, Companion Animal Art and Photography Contests.

c. This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge but does not require them to have an animal!

d. It will be held the same day as the 4-H Horse Stampede so that youth can compete in both events if they choose.

e. Entries are due to me by Feb. 19th.

For more information and registration forms: http://animalscience.unl.edu/ansc-4-h-companion-animal-challenge

Paws On 4-H Dog Workshop

a. A one day dog workshop held at the Greater Lincoln Obedience Club in Lincoln, NE on April 2 from 9AM – 3PM

b. This is a hands on workshop where youth can learn about training their dog and improve their dog knowledge.

c. The flyer/registration form can be found here: http://animalscience.unl.edu/Extension/Companion/PawsOn%20Day%20RegistrationFlyer2016.pdf

Canine Companions for Life: Nebraska 4-H Dog Expo

April 22-23, 2016

Canine Companions for Life - Nebraska 4-H Dog Expo is designed to provide youth from all across the state several opportunities to meet other youth, to exchange ideas in a fun environment, to learn more about their dog(s) as well as provide an opportunity to work with their dog(s). Educational sessions are also planned for adult volunteers and parents assisting with 4-H Dog programs. Adults are also invited to sit in on the youth workshops.The registration form, cover letter, and additional information are posted to the web at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/canine-companions-life-4-h-expo

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