York County 4-H Blast

December 20, 2017

Happy Holidays from York County Extension!

Reminder: Our office will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 for the respective holidays. We will have limited staffing in the office during the week of the 25th, which means that our office may be closed over the lunch hour. Please plan accordingly.
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UNL Mock Livestock Judging Contest

On alternating years, the University of Nebraska hosts a mock livestock judging contest for collegiate teams preparing for the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The contest will be held on January 7, 2018, at the Animal Science Complex on East Campus.

We are excited to invite and 4-H or FFA teams that would like some extra practice to attend. The contest will consist of 12 classes of cattle, hogs, sheep, and goats. We will designate at least 3 of these classes as reasons classes for 4-H and FFA youth and have collegiate judging coaches available to give reasons to and receive feedback from. The cost to enter is $10/student and simply covers the cost of lunch.

A registration form is found at https://go.unl.edu/qpu5 and is due January 1, 2018. Also found in this folder is information regarding a workout with the Wisner-Pilger FFA chapter on Saturday prior to the mock contest.

Questions? Contact Brad Bennet at 402-472-8834 or at bbennett8@unl.edu.

2018 Ag Leaders Scholarships

If you can answer yes to the following statements, you are eligible for the AKSARBEN Ag Leaders Scholarship:

  • I am a High School Senior, graduating in the Spring of 2018.
  • I am planning to attend a fully accredited 2 or 4 year college/university in the Fall of 2018.
  • I have participated in the AKSARBEN Stock Show for 3 years or more.
  • I have never participated in the AKSARBEN Buyer's Club Purple Ribbon Auction.
  • I have not received any previous AKSARBEN scholarships.
  • I have never been disqualified for any reason from the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • I have an interest in a career in an agriculture related field or professional career in rural communities.
  • I understand I am only eligible for one $2,000 scholarship award.

Application Deadline is December 31, 2017. Click here to fill out the application form. http://www.aksarben.org/p/scholarships/agleadersscholarship/301

Ag Innovators Opportunity

In 2018, 5,000 youth from across these states will participate in the “Monarch on the Move Challenge”, an educational activity focusing on the importance of biodiversity to agriculture, specifically as related to monarch butterfly habitats. The Monarch on the Move Challenge will engage youth as researchers as they simulate the needs of a caterpillar identifying the many factors that play a role in their reproduction and survival. Then, using given land plot samples, teams will design effective agricultural practices that promote biodiversity. Teams will be challenged to provide evidence to support their strategies. When possible, learning venues will engage participants in a seed planting, exemplifying how everyone can contribute to biodiversity which, ultimately, helps secure food production for a growing world population.

In Nebraska, we are looking for 20 teens (we can take more) to help us teach this program across the state to reach our state goal of 1000 youth. Let Megan or Tanya know if you would like to participate!
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Volunteer Opportunities for FIRST LEGO League

Have you heard of FIRST LEGO League? FIRST LEGO League introduces students in Grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FIRST LEGO League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

The FIRST LEGO League program is well underway for the 2017-2018 "HYDRO DYNAMICS” Season. In this season’s challenge, the human water cycle describes the ways people find, transport, use, and dispose of water in order to meet a specific need or desire.

For the Project teams will need to:

  • Identify a problem within the human water cycle.
  • Design a solution that makes this problem better.
  • Share the problem and solution with others.

So are you interested? Because we would love to have you volunteer for one of our events! More information can be found at https://4h.unl.edu/first-robotics/volunteer.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Feb. 22 – 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Kearney, Neb.

The Women in Agriculture Conference is one of the longest-running women’s conferences of its kind in the country. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Growing our future, valuing our traditions.” 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.

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? How will you use the information in your future studies/career?"

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2gdxBcTI8sDQggB

Hotel rooms and additional travel expenses are not covered by these scholarships. The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight Friday January 19, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than January 26, 2018.

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