Morrill County 4-H Update

January/February 2022

Events & Deadlines

January 17 - Office Closed (MLK Day)

January 18 - Extension Board Meeting @ 7:00 PM (PREEC)

January 29 - First LEGO Competition @ Scottsbluff

February 1 - Start of National 4-H Month

February 12 - Beef Weigh-In @ 8:00-10:00 AM (Flatwater Vet Clinic)

June 15 - 4-H Enrollment Deadline

Remind App!!!

To receive updates throughout the year in a quick and easy manner, sign up for the REMIND class: Morrill County Fair Updates.


To do that, text @mocofair to the number 81010!

4HOnline 2.0

It’s time to get enrolled in 4-H for the 2022 4-H year! Nebraska 4-H has transitioned to 4honline 2.0. To enroll, click on the button below.


For returning families, please do not create a new account; rather use your log-in credentials for 4honline used in previous years. Instructions can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/returning-member. Enrollment instructions for new families can be found here: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/new-member. Please note the enrollment fee for Morrill county is $5 per 4-H member/ $0 for Clover Kid member and is paid either online or at our office.


Please contact Katlyn ­­at (308) 262-1022 or krosas2@unl.edu with any questions.

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Council News...

The mission of 4-H is to assist youth and volunteer staff, through informal education, to acquire knowledge, develop like skills and values that enable them to become increasingly self-directing, productive, contributing citizens.


We would like to welcome our new 4-H Council Volunteers as well as those who are continuing their membership!


Adult Members:


Mike Cerny

Heather Daniels

Aaron Drinkall

Tina Dueker

Tyler Nichols

John Oliverius

Heather Spalding


Youth Members:


Laura Albro

Bethany Nichols

Madison Oliverius

Jordan Wagner

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2022 Special Garden Project

The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. The 2022 Special Garden Project is focused on the tasty Rubenza Cosmos. The flowers of the Rubenza are unique, the petals change color as they age. Pollinators and beneficial insects are attracted to the blooms all summer long. These cosmos make great cut flowers. Be sure to enjoy a bouquet of Rubenza indoors.


Seeds have been ordered and will be available at the office. Contact the office at (308) 262-1022 if planning on entering the Special Garden Project this year! For more information, go to: https://4h.unl.edu/special-garden-project

2022 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.

4-H STEM Challenge

This year’s National 4-H STEM Challenge will take students on a Galactic Quest! Activities focus on the mysteries and adventures of space exploration. Students will explore STEM topics ranging from physics and engineering to computer science and space agriculture. Kits are now available! Learn more about this year’s 4-H STEM Challenge and how you and your students can get involved at 4-h.org/parents/4-h-stem-challenge.

Horse Health & 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=

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.

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.

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:


  • Feb. 2 - 4-H Spirit Day
  • Feb. 9 - 4-H Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • Feb. 12-13 - 4-H Service Learning Weekend
  • Feb. 16 - 4-H Sponsor & Donor Appreciation Day
  • Feb 23 - 4-H Professionals Appreciation Day
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Morrill County Extension Newsletter

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Morrill County Extension Office

The University of Nebraska does not discriminate based upon any protected status. Please see go.unl.edu/nondiscrimination. © 2020

Katlyn Rosas

4-H Assistant / Office Manager

Sarah Paisley

4-H Educator - Morrill/Garden Counties

Tammie Ostdiek

Lead Educator - Morrill County

Extension Educator - Food, Nutrition, & Health