4-H Friday News Blast for 8.23.2019

State Fair App

If you're attending the Nebraska State Fair this year, be sure to download the state fair app for instant access to the fair schedule, show programs, the 4-H building map, real-time updates on results and more!



Individual Point Sheets

It's time for the year-end counts!

County point sheets are now available for each individual 4-Her! These are in a new format this year – fill out the correct form based on if you exhibited:

  • Only Livestock at the fair,
  • Only Static (non-animal exhibits) at the fair, or
  • A combination of Livestock and Static.

Please apply for the County Awards as well! Located on the back of the point sheets, these awards generally require a short essay telling about your 4-H experience. See the sheet for specific information and requirements on each award.

All sheets and awards are judged out-of-county, and prizes are given to the winners in each category at the annual Achievement party. Please note the new due date is September 15th for all submissions!


Club Point Sheets

Each 4-H club can also complete a year-end club point sheet. Please note that the club point sheet has a separate application section that allows for state-level recognition, and overlaps in most areas with our county point sheet! Apply for both awards! Due date is September 15th.


Website page for all Point Sheets

You can read all about the Point Sheets and access all of them on our County Extension Website at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/4-h-resources/#tab3


Diamond Clover Awards

Diamond Clover is another way to plan and achieve growth through 4-H. There are 6 levels that 4-Hers can progress through as they accomplish goals throughout the year. See details and find all the forms here: https://4h.unl.edu/diamond-clover.

If you have completed levels in the past, your 4HOnline profile should show which levels have been previously completed (under Participation, then Awards tab). Final reports are due September 15th.


Items to pick up ...

These 4-Hers have items from the county fair to be picked up at the Extension Office. The office is open 8:00 to 4:30 pm.

Abigail Masonbrink

Abigail Pankonin

Ayzlee Haertel

Bagrielle Langley

Bella Peterson

Brady Bornemeier

Brian May

Brooke Goudie

Brooklyn Justus

Brylee Peterson

Charlie Korytowski

Conner Flanagan

Emery Stohlmann

Haylee Roberts

Hill Brothers

Husdon Reierson

Jakob Hannum II

Joslyn Stamp

Kendall Murdoch

Kinley Dorr

Layton Bornemeier

Lily Berggren

Madison Lambert

Micah Langley

Miciah Price

Nataley Freel

Peyton Lutz

Selea Rikli

Tanner Ahrens

Tatum Backemeyer


Thank you from SENCA

This week Cass County 4-H received a nice thank you note from SENCA - the organization where we give our community service projects:

Cass County 4-H,

On behalf of my team, I want to express our sincere appreciation for the donation you recently made to SENCA. Your donation of meals in a jar, blankets, scarves, and pillowcases will be given to families in need in Cass County. Thank you again for your support.

Very sincerely,

Brooke Berning

Family Development Associate

"Investing in our neighbors through education and partnerships to improve lives and build strong communities in Southeast Nebraska"

Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership



Cass County Volunteer Recognition

We are honored to recognize the valuable 4- H leaders and volunteers we have right here in Cass County! Adult volunteers may be nominated by other adults or youth, and may nominate themselves. Please send, email, or drop off your nomination form(s) at the Extension Office; due date is September 15th.The county level award winners will be selected by our local 4-H Council from the pool of nominations forms we receive, and will be awarded at our annual 4-H Achievement Program.

  • The Olga J. Livers Outstanding 4-H Leader Award
  • Meritorious Service Award
  • Tribute of Leader Excellence Award
  • Heart of 4-H Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award

You can read about each award at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/volunteer-recognition-nominations/


A message for all cat interested youth:

Do you like cats? What about learning how to care for or show them? Maybe you have heard about the 4-H Cat Club in the past and wanted to join, but couldn't make the monthly meetings.

Do we have good news for you, or what? We are pleased to introduce this year's self-paced Cat Club! No more being bummed that you missed the hour long meeting every second Thursday. You will now have access to monthly lessons and activities that you can complete on your own time. The first lesson can be found here on September 5th: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club

If you are interested, please stay tuned and register today!

Dr. Lisa Karr

Animal Science Department Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator
Companion Animal Specialist

My office has changed locations:
A214c Animal Science
Lincoln, NE 68583-0908
Phone: 402-472-6458
Fax: 402-472-6362
E-mail: lisa.karr@unl.edu
Website: companionanimal.unl.edu



The responsibility for making proper AKSARBEN entry rests entirely upon the exhibitor. DNA has already been collected. All entries must be submitted online through the online process via aksarbenstockshow.com. Online registration closes on August 31st at midnight Central Time.


2019 County Fair Results

FYI - county fair results can be found at the bottom of the fair webpage at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cass/fairs-and-contests/


County 4-H Calendar

  1. State Fair - August 23-Sept 2
  2. AkSarBen pre-entry due - August 31
  3. Volunteer Recognition nominations due - September 15
  4. Point Sheets and Diamond Clover due - September 15
  5. 4-H Council Meeting - September 16
  6. National 4-H Week - October 6-12
  7. AkSarBen Stock Show - Sept 26-29
  8. 4-H Achievement Program - November 3
  9. Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium - Nov. 8-10 in Lincoln
  10. 4-H Council Meeting - November 18
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Ag Information & Other Opportunities:

  1. Hort Update ... Update for August 19
  2. Recorded Webinar and info on "Hunting Leases" with vital information for landowners
  3. Nebraska Extension Publications ... online Library
  4. Southeast Nebraska Diversified Ag Tour ... Friday, September 6, 2019 SE Nebraska

  5. Community Food Systems Workshop and Certification ... September 12, 2019, Omaha, NE

  6. Local Food Leader Workshop and Certification ... September 11, 2019, Omaha, NE

  7. Become a Master Gardener ... for 2020 program, register by January 17, 2020


Nebraska Extension Cass County

Lauren Stohlmann, Extension Educator and Unit Leader, lauren.stohlmann@unl.edu

Katie Kreuser, Extension Educator, 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