Southern Plains 4H Newsletter

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - March 1, 2021

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Note From Kylie

4-H enrollment season is in full swing!

Make sure you enroll for the 2021 4-H year before April 1. Enroll in all projects areas that you could possibly want to take to fair. If you have any issues with 4-H Online, please email or call your local extension office! We do not want tech frustrations to make this difficult.

4-H Online home page:

We're excited for our spring 2021 plans for workshops, clinics, and judging contests. Train your dog, learn to make a blanket fort recording studio, and try out some new static projects via our local online workshop offerings. Keep reading for details!

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4-H Club Leader Training Mar. 11 and Mar. 15

Do you have an interest in starting a club or taking more responsibility in your current club, but you are not sure where to start or how much time and energy you would need to commit?

Let us help with Club Leader Training!

We will:

1) Go over Nebraska and national 4-H expectations for club leaders

2) Demonstrate how the 2021 volunteer screening process works

3) Share some best practice tips with each other

This will be an informal, conversation style meeting just to help our 4-H club volunteers regroup and reenergize after 2020 was full of disruption and upheaval.

RSVP to your county office and let us know you're coming!


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4-H Dog Clinic Sat. Apr. 17

Whether you're a seasoned dog show exhibitor, new to 4-H, or new to the 4-H dog project, this clinic is perfect for you and your dog! Join us at the Nuckolls County Fairgrounds on Sat. April 17 to learn about training your dog for obedience, agility and showmanship. Experienced 4-H dog show judge Susan Littlefield will be our guest clinician.

No dog project experience required; you will leave with a "doggie bag" packed with everything you need to show your dog in 4-H! This will be an indoor/outdoor event, so please dress accordingly.

$25 per 4-Her and their dog or $40 per family; RSVP to Nuckolls Co. Extension by Apr. 9


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Horse Judging May 26

Email Kylie ( and let her know if you are interested in this horse judging contest at the Pitzer Ranch. We have a few youth who have reached out already, so we might have enough for a team!
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4-H Horse Judges Certification & Training

We are excited to announce our annual 4-H Judges Certification & Training will be virtual this year! This workshop will include Equine Industry experts, University faculty, and carded judges going over our various topics (Ranch Pleasure, Showmanship, Western Riding, and Hunt Seat Equitation).
For the month of April, our virtual meetings will be held at 6:00pm CT on April 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th. AND participants will receive Judging Kits! Sign up today for only $40 to learn from experts and receive your judging essentials!

Our Experts
Clay Cavinder- Mississippi State University
John Pipkin- West Texas A&M University
Kathy Anderson- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lena Luck- University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sarah Schobert- Texas A&M University


YQCA Certificate instructions

Have you attended a YQCA training? Awesome! You have completed 1 of 2 steps. The 2nd step is to submit your certificate number to the extension office. We cannot look this up for you. You MUST log in to your YQCA account and email us the certificate or the certificate number.
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Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 18 5-7 p.m. at Deshler

Market Lamb/Goat Sign Up Genius - May 19 5-7 p.m. at Nelson

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2021 Great Plains Livestock Judging Circuit

Open to current Nebraska 4-H and/or FFA members that are in good standing and age 10-18 as of January 1, 2021. Contestants will be split into two divisions based on 4-H age: Senior (age 14-18) and Junior (age 10-13). To be eligible for the All-State Team and be recognized at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair, contestants must compete in 2 eligible contests, plus the State 4-H Contest (PASE).

*PASE is a REQUIRED contest in order to be on the All-State Team*

Nuckolls-Thayer is hosting a contest date on May 15. Stay tuned for details as we get closer to the contest date!

2021 Tractor Safety Training

All youth aged 14 and 15 who work on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST be certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course to obtain a Farm Husbandry Permit or “farm permit” without further testing.

Successful completion of this training in Nebraska will allow youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, and connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor. Students of any age over 13 may complete the driving course in any of the locations on this flyer after successful online class completion:

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March 21 Public Speaking Workshop Info

Curious about public speaking but nervous about speaking in front of people or not sure how to start writing your speech? Do you feel IDK about doing a PSA?

Join us for a public speaking workshop on March 21 in Deshler. Cost is FREE! Please RSVP to the Thayer or Nuckolls extension office by Mon. March 15 so Kylie can get supplies.

What to bring:

1 blanket (twin size or bigger) to make your recording studio blanket fort

1 type of recording device (a smart phone, a hand held recorder, an iPad - ask Kylie if you have questions)

2-3 ideas for a speech or a PSA that fits the 2021 Nebraska 4-H PSA theme "Opportunity 4 All". Or bring NO ideas. That's fine, too, and we'll brainstorm.

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Thursdays in April 2021 - try out a new project or practice current skills with our ONLINE workshops from Fillmore, Clay, Nuckolls and Thayer Extension. Full Schedule, times, and registration link coming soon!

Thurs. Apr. 8 - Grandma's Honey Muffins *Culinary Challenge* (Clay County)

Thurs. Apr. 15 - Bring Back the Butterflies (Nuckolls County)


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Camp Venture and Camp Renegade Registration Forms

Camp Counselor Application Form Link

Camp Renegade Registration Form Link

Camp Venture Registration Form Link

All money is to be sent to Jefferson County. Checks are payable to: Jefferson County 4-H Council.


Hastings Chamber of Commerce Agri-Business Scholarships

Students eligible for this award are: Any high school student in his/her senior year who averages a "C" grade or equivalent and planning a major in any agriculture field (Ag Econ., Animal Science, Ag us., Agron., etc.). The student must attend an accredited 2 or 4-year college approved by the state wherein located. The counties eligible for this award are Adams, Clay, Nuckolls and Webster, Doniphan-Trumbull school, Giltner School. The recipient will receive a one-year scholarship of $500.00 and submissions are due March 12, 2021. For submission requirements, please visit the Hastings Chamber of Commerce web site here.

Thayer County 4-H Council Scholarship Due March 15

Please return the application info page (find fillable info page here), current resume, and essay (as 3 pdf attachments) via e-mail to no later than 5 p.m. CST on March 15. Applications will be reviewed by the 4-H Council awards committee. Kylie would love to help you build an awesome resume or edit the one you have! Just let her know.



Tues. Mar. 2 - YQCA In Person Training 7 pm @ Nelson

Thurs. Mar. 11 - NC Leader Training 7 pm @ Nelson

Mon. Mar. 15 - TC Leader Training 7 pm @ Hebron

Sun. Mar. 21 - PSA/Speech Workshop 4 pm @ Deshler Public Library


Sat. Apr. 10 - State 4-H Indoor Archery Shoot @ Columbus

Sat. Apr. 17 - Dog Agility Workshop 9am - noon @ Nelson

Mon. Apr. 19 - Nuckolls-Thayer Public Speaking Contest 7 pm @ Deshler


Sat. May 15 - Nuckolls-Thayer Livestock Judging Contest @ Nelson

Tues. May 18 - TC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Deshler

Wed. May 19 - NC Market Lamb/Goat Weigh In 5-7 pm @ Nelson


Wed. June 9 - Bonanza Day @ Nelson

Mon. Jun. 28 - Wed. Jun. 30 - State Speech/PSA Contest and Premier Animal Science Events @ UNL Animal Science Complex in Lincoln (Meat Judging, Livestock Judging, Quizbowl, etc)


July 10-13 - Nuckolls County Fair 2021


August 11-15 - Thayer County Fair 2021

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