Thurston County 4-H News

February 2019

Nebraska Extension - Thurston County

Jennifer E. Hansen, Extension Educator,

Stacey Keys, Extension Assistant,

Rebekah Potter, Office Assistant,

Upcoming Dates

February 2 - Snow Date for Beef Weigh-In

February 3 - Thurston County 4-H Kick-Off @ Pender Lanes (1-4pm) *DATE CHANGE*

February 11 - Joint 4-H Council @ Dakota City (7pm)

February 15 - 4-H & Volunteer Enrollment DUE

February 18 - Office Closed - Presidents' Day

February 25 - Butter Braid Sales begin

March 1- Horse Stampede Entries DUE

March 11-Thurston County 4-H Council Meeting

March 15- All Contest Day Registration DUE

March 23 - All Contest Day @ St. Lukes, Emerson (9:30am)

Need to Know

Busy Programming - Out of the Office

Seems that we are always busy. Either programming or more programming, so we might see the youth at some of our different events. To make sure we are in the office when you need us, we suggest calling or contacting us to make sure we will be around.

Days we know that we'll both be out of the office are:

Feb- 20

Feb- 21


Member Info

Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party

The Thurston County 4-H Kick Off Party will be on Sunday, Feburary 3rd from 1-4 pm at Pender Lanes, in Pender. All Thurston County 4-H'ers, their families and friends are invited to attend. You will be able to enjoy an afternoon of FREE bowling followed by a pizza party. Invite your friends to show them what 4-H is all about.

Congratulations to your 2019 Thurston County 4-H Council

We want to thank these people for being willing to represent their county.


  • Paula Bonneau
  • Amber Zvacek
  • Jake Olson
  • Anne VanKirk
  • Ashley Coons


  • Rylie Bonneau
  • Colton Sanderson
  • Tyra Bonneau
  • Logan Mosser
  • Codi Olson

Butter Braid Sales

Thurston County 4-Hers will again have the opportunity to sell Butter Braids this year!

What is a Butter Braid? A Butter Braid is a frozen pastry dough that you thaw, let rise, bake and frost. It is a mouth watering, delicious, homemade pastry.

Butter Braids are available in a variety of flavors. Thurston County 4-Hers will be taking orders from Feburary 25-March 26, orders will be delivered to the 4-Hers on April 11th at 5 pm at the Thurston County Extension Office. Proceeds from this fundraiser help fun 4-H activities throughout the year.

4-H Online Enrollment & Re-Enrollment

NOTHING'S CHANGED!!! But since it's a new year we need you to re-enroll at There are step by step sheets at For both new families and families that already have profiles. If you already have a profile make sure you DO NOT make a new profile.

If you are a VOLUNTEER for our program we also need to you to re-enroll in our online database. Again step by step information can be found at

If anyone of you has questions please call the office and we'll do our best to work through any issues.

All Contest Day

All Contest Day will include Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, and Presentation Contests. It will be held on March 23rd at St Luke's Church in Emerson @ 9:30 AM where all the contests will take place. So if you would like to participate in Speech, Music, Favorite Foods, or Presentation Contests we'll see you then. Pre-registration is due by March 15th to the Extension Office. Come express yourself and show off your amazing talents.

Ideas for 4-H Workshops

Next summer seems so far away as we're freezing away, but we're already looking to see how we can help you accomplish the projects that you plan on completing for fair. We are working on organizing our 4-H Workshop opportunities for 2019. Please share your ideas and possible resources with us. If you saw an exhibit at the fair this summer and think this is would be a great workshop topic, we are always open to suggestions!

Club of the Month

Each month a 4-H club is chosen as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month by the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. In order to be chosen, 4-H clubs must nominate themselves by filling out the applications found at The club that is chosen as Club of the Month will be acknowledge for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Good luck!

County Fair

Fair Book Changes

Animal Science

An exhibitor (4-H or FFA) is limited to two market animals (1 entry per class) & two breeding heifers (1 entry per class)

Market Beef - animals must be registered by the official breed association to be exhibited in breed classes

901.Angus Steers

902.Shorthorn Steers

903.Hereford Steers

904.Crossbred Steers

905.Angus Heifers

906.Shorthorn Heifers

907.Hereford Heifers

908.Crossbred Heifers

909.Club Pen of 3

Breeding Beef

901. Commercial Breed Heifers

902. Limousin Breed Heifers

903. LimFlex Breed Heifers

904. Maine-Anjou Breed Heifers

905. Maintainer Breed Heifers

906. Red Angus Breed Heifers

907. Shorthorn Breed Heifers

908. Shorthorn Plus Breed Heifers

909. Simmental Breed Heifers

910. Foundation Breed Heifers

911. AOB (All Other Breeds) Breed Heifers

912. Angus Breed Heifers

913. Charolais Breed Heifers

914. Composite Charolais Breed Heifers

915. Chianina Breed Heifers

916. Gelbvieh Breed Heifers

917. Balancer Breed Heifers

918. Hereford and Polled Hereford Breed Heifers


· The written (only) Level 1 test must be completed by the fair pre-entry deadline (mid-July) for all youth meeting the minimum equine intermediate age level of 12 as of January 1st of the current year.

· If the written (only) Level 1 test has not been completed, intermediate age and up youth will not be allowed to participate in the Dakota-Thurston County 4-H Horse Show.

· Written Level 1 test will be administered by either a certified Level 1 or 2 horse leader or by the local Extension Office. Testing appointments will be required by the Extension Office.

Information about what will be covered on this test can be found at

Fair Book Notices

Cow-Calf Project

No embryo transfer calves, as class is based upon genetic transfer from mother to offspring.

Feeder Calf

If one of your feeder calves is out of your Returning Cow (First Calf-Cow/Calf Pair), then you would be allowed to have 2 entries in either the Feeder Calf Steer class or Feeder Calf Heifer class.

Continuing Education

The Women in Agriculture Conference

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture conference will be held Feb. 21 – 22, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 S. 2nd Ave., Kearney, Neb.

The Women in Agriculture Conference allows women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge that will help them support their farms and ranches. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Take Charge of Change.”

Over 30 concurrent workshops will be hosted over the two-day event that focus on production risk, market risk, financial risk, human risk and legal risk. In addition to workshops, participants will have the opportunity to hear from Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer. Marji will discuss the inspiration for and evolution of FarmHer and image of women in agriculture. Other general session speakers include Tim Hammerich of Ag Grad, Joan Ruskamp the Chair of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, and Giannella Alvarez of Beanitos.

Five $125 scholarships (full registration fee) available to University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students.

Ten $62.50 scholarships (half registration fee) are available to Nebraska FFA, 4-H or Community College students. Students receiving a ½ scholarship are expected to pay the remainder of the registration cost during the registration period, or find a local sponsor.

Applicants will need to prepare a 3,000 character essay on "Why do you want to attend the Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference?” and “How will you use the information in your future studies/career?"


Hotel rooms and additional travel expenses are not covered by student scholarships. The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight February 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than February 8, 2019.

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Thurston County 4-H Council Senior Scholarship

The Thurston County 4-H Council is now offering a $150 scholarship to applicants that meet the following criteria.

Applicant Criteria:

  1. Applicant must be a current High School Senior.
  2. Applicant must currently be an enrolled member of the Thurston County 4-H Program. And have been enrolled in 4-H for at least the past two years.
  3. Applicant must have completed and turned in their 4-H Career Portfolio for at least the past two years.
  4. Application must be completed and returned to get proper signatures to the Club Leader by April 1st of the current calendar year. Club Leaders will then turn all collected applications to Nebraska Extension in Thurston County. After submission, applications will not be returned.

Scholarship Information:

  1. One $150 will be awarded to all applicants who meet the criteria.
  2. Scholarship will be awarded after receiving written notifications of scholarship recipient's second semester enrollment. For those students enlisting with the military, notification of basic training completion will be the equivalent.
  3. Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the scholarship winner.

This application is due to your 4-H leaders by April 1st. We hope you consider participating. This process and application will be reviewed by the 4-H Council in two years to re-access needs. The application can be found here:

Mrs. Chloe Jarvis Memorial Scholarship

($500— Fall 2019/Spring 2020—non renewable)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: postmarked by March 15, 2019

1. Female born high school graduate (or soon to be) OR a UN-L student who has not resided at Love Memorial Cooperative Residence Hall (LMH) OR an undergraduate transfer student from another college or university pursing any major for an undergraduate or graduate degree.

2. Applicant must be or been a member of 4-H or FCCLA or FFA (minimum of two years) or have taken a minimum of three semesters in Family & Consumer Sciences classes and live in or attend school in the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Arthur, Banner, Blaine, Box Butte, Boyd, Brown, Cedar, Chase, Cherry, Cheyenne, Custer, Dakota, Dawes, Dawson, Deuel, Dixon, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Garden, Garfield, Gosper, Grant, Harlan, Hayes, Hitchcock, Holt, Hooker, Keith, Keya Paha, Kim-ball, Knox, Lincoln, Logan, Loup, McPherson, Morrill, Perkins, Phelps, Pierce, Red Willow, Rock, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, Sioux, Thomas, Thurston, Wayne, Wheeler. (Map on page 3)

3. Must have applied (minimum) or been accepted (preferred) to University of Nebraska -Lincoln.

4. Must have requested residency in LMH, a cooperative residence hall on East Campus. Resi-dents rotate responsibilities for cleaning a portion of the Hall and planning/preparing meals

(around 2-4 hours per week; more time during a week when responsible for food preparation). The cost of living in LMH is less than half of what is charged for all other traditional dorms. Over a four year period this amounts to a savings around $13,000. More information about LMH is found at: Students may change housing preference by submitting a written request to the Housing Office.

Family & Consumer Sciences

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Plant Science

8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Do you want to help figure out how to feed our world’s growing population in a sustainable way?

Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the sixth Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. This contest, open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of Jan. 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production.

As a team (2 or more participants), youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different than normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary.

Cash prizes and plaques will be given to the first, second, and third place teams. First place will receive $1,000, second place will receive $500, and third place will receive $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards will also be given, each worth $200.

To participate in 2019, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at For more information, contact Brandy at or 402-759-3712.

Animal Science

UNL Companion Animal & Wildlife Career Day

The Department of Animal Science and the School of Natural Resources will be hosting their Companion Animal and Wildlife Career Day on March 6th. It is open to students interested in learning more about careers and majors in these industries. Students can register via this link: Once they’ve registered we’ll send a detailed schedule and parking information. I’ve included a rough schedule below for your information. Space is limited to 50 participants with preference given to high school students.

Check-in: 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Overview: 9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Animal Science Sessions: 9:50 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Lunch & Career Panel: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Wildlife Sessions: 12:50 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Wrap-up: 2:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

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Lincoln, Neb., Jan. 15, 2019 – Equine professors working with are offering a new Hippology Academy, Feb. 11 to March 24, 2019. This short online course is designed for youth, adults, leaders, and extension personnel to gain knowledge and practice on horse hippology content.

Content includes practice tests, slides, and digital stations in six areas in addition to twice weekly lectures. Participants registering for the silver level will have the option to interact with equine professors from across the United States during the lectures. The silver level costs $100 per person and provides the opportunity to ask questions, talk to the professor of the week via asynchronous chat, and includes all materials from the bronze level.

The bronze level includes core features like access to 12 lectures from university professors on anatomy, health, diseases, parasitology, toxic plants, nutrition and more. It costs $50 per person. New lessons will be available starting each Monday for each of the six weeks.

“Youth and leaders are always asking and looking for more ways to get ready for hippology and other contests,” said Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension horse specialist.

“We are super excited to offer this course as it will be jam-packed with all kinds of things to help prepare and be competitive plus simply know so much about horses.”

Registration opens January 15 at and closes when enrollment reaches 100 participants or February 10, whichever comes first.

For more information, please contact: Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension horse specialist, at; Betsy Greene, University of Arizona Extension horse specialist, at; or Colleen Brady, Purdue University Extension horse specialist, at

Extension is a Division of the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln cooperating with the Counties and the United States Department of Agriculture.

University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension educational programs abide with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.

4-H Horse Stampede

The horse stampede is a group of contests for youth interested in horses. These contests do not require youth to have a horse all they need is to have an interest and be willing to learn some information about horses.

  • The 4-H Horse Stampede will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Contests include: Individual Demonstration Contest (can be done in person or through zoom), Team Demonstration (can be done in person or through zoom), Speech (can be done in person or through zoom), Junior or Senior Horse Bowl (team quiz bowl contest), Art Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries), and Photography Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can mail in the entries).
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Companion Animal Challenge so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.
  • If you would like to have lunch or a t-shirt at the contest please make sure to fill out a lunch or t-shirt order form when registering for contests.
  • Entries are due to Dr. Lena Luck by March 1, 2019.
  • For more information and registration forms:
  • Questions? Contact: Dr. Lena Luck (

4-H Companion Animal Challenge

The Companion Animal Challenge is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are a Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate.

  • The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Animal Science Complex.
  • Contests include: Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest.
  • This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge, but does not require them to have an animal!
  • It will be held the same day as the 4-H Horse Stampede so that youth can compete in both events if they choose. We will ensure there are not schedule conflicts.
  • Entries are due to Dr. Lena Luck by March 8, 2019.
  • For more information and registration forms:
Questions? Contact: Dr. Lisa Karr (

2019 Nebraska District 4-H Horse Shows

2019 Districts Dates and Sites

  • June 10 - Bloomfield
  • June 11- Elkhorn
  • June 12- Ord
  • June 13- Ogallala
  • June 14- McCook

Reminder: All entries are due to the county office by May 10, 2019. All Level testing required for participation in the 2019 district 4-H Horse Show MUST be completed by May 10, 2019.

All entries for the State Horse Show must be mailed by May 10, 2019. These include Showmanship, Halter, All Cattle Classes, Hunter Hack, Dressage, Advanced Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Western Pleasure and Horsemanship, Trail, 2 year old and 3 year old Western Pleasure and Working Ranch.

2019 Fonner Park 4-H Horse Show July 14-18, 2019

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Northeast Nebraska 4-H Horse Show

Make plans now to attend the Northeast Nebraska 4-H Horse Show on June 5th starting at 4:00 pm. The show will be held at the Ridge Ranch Arena (Ray and Dorla Hermelbracht) near Homer, Nebraska. This show will feature a clinic like atmosphere with one on one interaction with the judge, and ribbons will be awarded to all riders. Roping and working ranch classes will begin at 4:00 pm with pleasure, horsemanship, reining, pole bending and barrel racing starting at 5:30 pm. A pre-registration fee of $10 per horse and rider and $5 for the roping and working ranch horse events is due by May 30th. Registrations will be taken the day of the show at $15 per horse and rider and $10 for the roping and working ranch horse events. For more information or a registration forms go to or contact the Nebraska Extension in Thurston County at 402-385-6041.
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