4-H Friday News Blast for 4.12.2019

Nebraska Extension Cass County

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Cass County has fourteen 4'Hers this year presenting at the Public Speaking Contest on Monday evening, April 15th. Come on out and be part of the audience - it's going to be fantastic!


Disaster Recovery 4-H Volunteer Guide

Disaster recovery efforts are underway following the spring flooding in Nebraska this year. If your 4-H club has been invited to help with a cleanup or recovery project, please look through the following “4-H Volunteer Guide for Disaster Recovery” that aims to help you facilitate a successful event and minimize potential risks for you and your club members. Thank you for your service to our state, county, and communities! https://go.unl.edu/094x

If you club chooses to volunteer in some cleanup or recovery project, wear your 4-H t-shirts!


Here Are updates, new for 2019:

  1. Beef: Blocking Chutes (General rules #15, page 10)
  2. Goats: Costume Class (See goat divisions, page 15)
  3. Dog Show: all events moved to Tuesday only (no Saturday events)
  4. Update to photography classes, including special N150 class to celebrate Nebraska and UNL's 150th anniversaries.
  5. A special Bess Streeter Aldrich Award will be awarded for a heritage project
  6. Special N|150 Stepping Stone class (page 72)
  7. DIVISION 10 - LIVESTOCK STORES (pages 18 and 24) Enter these items in the Photography Division in the 4-H Building on Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The items will be displayed and judged with other static items, but count towards livestock projects for end-of-the-year point sheets. Open to any 4-Her exhibiting any type of large or small animal at the current year's Cass County Fair. Limit one entry per 4-Her per class:
  • B-010-990 Selfie with Show Animals - Take a selfie with this year's show animal and write a story about what you learned from your animal project.
  • B-010-992 - Show Animal Project Care Poster - 14" x 22" poster showing the story of how you care for your animal. Photos encouraged.
  • B-010-CK Show Animal Selfie or Project - Clover Kid entry of "Selfie with Show Animal" or "Show Animal Project Care Poster."


Special Garden Seeds are here!

Stop by the Extension Office if you ordered Special Garden Seeds (Carmine Splendor Hybrid Okra) for 2019. They are here! Reminder: the office is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.


"Fur" Your Information - A Summer Dog Day-Camp!

The Animal Science Department of UNL is excited to introduce a new dog day-camp happening this summer. The camp is three Monday mornings in a row, June 3, 10, and 17, so youth and their dogs can come and learn together.

This camp will offer students the opportunity to learn and practice showmanship, rally obedience, and agility with their household dog.

No previous training knowledge or experience? No problem! So long as your dog knows basic obedience and good on-leash control, students between the ages 8 and 18 are encouraged to enroll.

This camp has it all from practicing basic components of training like animal behavior, positive reinforcement, and motivation .... to learning more about the science behind dog care.

Spots are limited, sign your child up today! For more information and the registration link:



Nebraska N|150 Stepping Stone Showcase

We were asked this week about the N|150 Stepping Stones that can be made for the county fair, and state fair. Go to our website for details on how to make these stepping stones!



Nebraska N|150 Photography Class

4-Hers enrolled in Photography III can make a special exhibit for the county fair to celebrate N|150. Keeping reading here for the details: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/4-hers-help-celebrate-n150/


Cooking with your Clover Kids

The Ohio State University offers great resources for our 4-H Kids ages 5-7. Their newest article is called "Cooking with Cloverbud Math" Check it out: http://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/2019/04/08/cooking-with-cloverbud-math/


4-H Curriculum Sale for 25% off at Shop 4-H

Get ready for the largest 4-H curriculum sale from Shop 4-H of the year! From April 1st-30th, receive 25% off 4-H curriculum and learning products* – no minimum purchase required! Whether you order 1 book or 1000 (or anywhere in between) you’ll receive the same great savings across our curriculum titles, materials kits, digital downloads, and supplemental materials.

Check out the 2018 Curriculum Catalog for a deep-dive into our popular offerings, and view the full Curriculum collection on Shop4-H.org to explore all items, including those that are new since the 2018 Curriculum Catalog was published.

For a Curriculum Planning Worksheet click here.


Phelps-Gosper 4-H Beef Progress Show

This beef progress show is open to all 4-H'ers ages 8-18.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Registration 9:00 am to 10:30 am

Show Time: 11:30

For more details, keep reading ...


Foundation Announces Flood Relief Fund to Support Nebraska Families

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation has created a Flood Relief Fund to support children, youth and families impacted by the recent storms and floods.

There is another fund that may be of interest to your 4-H families and friends. The 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers Fund offers a giving opportunity to 4-H clubs and councils as well as individuals and businesses to support 4-H youth and families.

Information on both funds is available on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website: www.ne4hfoundation.org

If you have questions or need additional information, please call or email Stu Shepherd at sshepherd3@unl.edu

Check the calendars below ...

County 4-H Calendar

Enrollment Website

2019 Cass County 4-H Calendar

Livestock DNA envelopes - now available at the Extension Office

YQCA website open for livestock certification

April 15 .... Cass County 4-H Speech Contest

April 25 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

May 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 3 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Cass County

June 6 .... YQCA Face-to-Face Training at Otoe County

June 15 .... New deadline for beef DNA for state fair

June 15 ... 4-H Day Camp for kids 6-11

July 1-2 ... Tractor Safety Training at Cass County Extension Office

Aug 7-10 .... Cass County Fair 2019


State 4-H Calendar:

Registrations for Summer 4-H Camp - website now open, early-bird deadline April 15th.

CWF 2020 ( Citizen's Washington Focus) - applications still be taken.

April 15 - NAYI applications due

Apr 15 - Early bird registration due date for Summer 4-H Camp 15% off

Apr 27 - Spring Rabbit Show in Lincoln

May 22-23 - NCTA Livestock Judging Camp and Youth Animal Science Field Day in Curtis

May 25-26 - Boone County Beef-A-Rama, Goat-A-Rama, Swine-A-Rama and Sheep-A-Rama

Apr 29 - Next Chapter Statewide Celebration (corrected date from UNL)

May 29 - Horse Judging Contest in Ericson, NE

June 1 - Webster County South Central Livestock Expo for Beef, Sheep and Goats

June 5 - Northeast Nebraska Horse Show

June 5 - 4-H Plant Science Contests

June 29 - Rabbit Progress Show/Clinic in Burchard, NE

July 8-12 - NAYI

June of 2020 - Citizenship Washington Focus in Washington D.C.

Nebraska 4-H Event Calendar

Statewide Events and Opportunities


Ag Information & Other Opportunities:


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, Interim Unit Leader, katie.kreuser@unl.edu

Tracy Ensor, Extension Assistant, tracy.ensor@unl.edu

Sondra Buell, Office Manager, sondra.buell@unl.edu

General Mailbox, cass-county@unl.edu