4-H Friday News Blast for 4.19.2019

Nebraska Extension Cass County

New Educator in Cass County

Good news! Lauren Stohlmann has been hired to be the new Cass County 4-H and Youth Educator. She will start in early June.

Lauren was born and raised on a farm, a couple miles west of Manley, Nebraska. She participated in Cass County 4-H in her elementary and middle school years.

Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Communication from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in May 2017. She will earn her Master of Science degree in Agricultural and Extension Education from the Ohio State University in May 2019. In previous positions, Lauren has been a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio State, a temporary staff member at a Purdue Extension county office, and a communication and marketing intern at the National Corn Growers Association in St. Louis.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and her blue heeler, Bandit, attending country music concerts, cooking with her sister, and cheering on the Huskers.


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A few extra packets of Special Garden Seeds - Red Okra

We have a few extra packets of Special Garden Seeds. If you or your club members are interested in getting some, they are free for the asking (paid for by the 4-H Council). Stop by the Extension Office to get some seeds. We are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.


YQCA face-to-face training here next Thursday

If you are a livestock exhibitor in:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

you need to receive training in YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals). You can do this training on-line at yqca.org or come to the Extension Office for a face-to-face training. The first face-to-face training is this coming Thursday, April 25th at the Cass County Extension Office.

Either way - you need to register and pay on-line at yqca.org

When training is completed, you need to bring your certificate into the Extension Office to be recorded.



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Raise Your Hand

Our friends in the Northern Mariana Islands are working hard! But here in Nebraska, we know it’s not over until it’s over. Help us regain the lead and claim the top prize of $20,000 to help support 4-H disaster recovery here in our state.

100% of any winnings that Nebraska 4-H earns from this year’s Raise Your Hand campaign will be used to support 4-H flood and disaster recovery efforts here in our state! Winnings will be put towards the new 4-H’ers Helping 4-H’ers program which is designed to help 4-H’ers following a major disaster, such as flood, tornado, loss of home due to fire, or serious illness.

Go to https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ and enter your vote for 4-H! Thank you.


Flood Relief Volunteer Opportunity

Note from Jill Goedekin, Extension Educator, Northeast District 4-H Coordinator IANR:

Due to generous donations, we are able to extend our agriculture producer flood relief efforts. Here’s a great opportunity to volunteer and impact a region of agriculture producers affected by the flood.

When: May 1st 10:00 am

Where: Ag Park, Columbus (822 15th Street)

What: Creating kits of fencing materials on pallets. This includes counting and sorting posts, wire and other supplies on pallets to be secured for pick up.

Who: Volunteers (age 13 and older)

Qualifications: Required to sign waiver before volunteering. MUST be able to walk and stand for long periods of time and carry/lift up to 30 lbs.

Details: Must wear jeans and closed toe shoes/boots. Leather gloves provided. Lunch and snacks provided. Producers will be picking up materials on May 2nd and 3rd.

By registering on this survey, you are confirming your availability to volunteer on May 1st. Every individual wanting to volunteer must register separately. Deadline to register is Friday, April 26th. A confirmation email will be sent to those registered to volunteer a couple of days prior to the event, which will include the volunteer release form.


Please contact Jill Goedeken, with any questions: jgoedeken2@unl.edu 402563-4901

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."


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/


4-H Curriculum Sale for 25% off at Shop 4-H - offer good for 10 more days!

The largest 4-H curriculum sale from Shop 4-H runs until April 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 Curriculum Catalog, and view the full Curriculum collection on Shop4-H.org to explore all available items

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 ...


Dairy Goat Show in Clay Center, NE

Dairy Goat Showman - announcing a 4-H Youth Dairy Goat show

When: June 29th, 2019

Where: Clay Center, NE

For all the details, keep reading .....


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 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.

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

June 29 - Chase County Classic 4-H Horse Show in Imperial, 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