Webster County 4-H Newsletter

April 2021 Edition

Hello, April!

Spring is FINALLY here! I don't know about you - but we were ready for it! So many fun and exciting things will be happening in 4-H within the next few months. Be sure to check this newsletter often, because new things will be added weekly! We hope you are all enjoying the rain, sunshine, and nice weather. Happy April!

-The Webster County Extension Office

Important Dates & Events

Important Dates to Remember:

  • April 1: 4-H Scholarships Due to the Extension Office
  • April 1: Market Broilers Orders Due to the Extension Office
  • April 1: Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Registrations Due
  • April 1: Governor's Ag Excellence Awards Due
  • April 1: Nominate a Volunteer Nominations Due
  • April 1: Farrowed and Owned Swine Cohort Registrations Due
  • April 5: Next Chapter Retreat - Holdrege
  • April 7: Webster County Extension Intern Applications Due to Extension Office
  • April 9: Registrations Due for 4-H Dog Clinic -Nelson
  • April 15: Early 4-H Online Enrollment Deadline
  • April 15: NAYI Enrollment Deadline
  • April 17: 4-H Dog Clinic - Nelson
  • April 18: First YQCA Face-to-Face Training - Bladen
  • April 18: Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest - Bladen
  • April 22: YQCA Face-to-Face Training - Hastings
  • April 30: Webster County Extension Office Closed in Observance of Arbor Day
  • May 7: Horse ID Sheets and District Horse Show Entries Due
  • May 16: YQCA Face-to-Face Training- Bladen
  • May 16: YQCA Face-to-Face Training- Adams County Extension Office
  • May 27: YQCA Face-to-Face Training- Bladen
  • May 27: Webster County Extension Board Meeting-Bladen
  • June 9: YQCA Face-to-Face Training- Adams County Extension Office

4-H Scholarships

These 4-H Scholarships are due April 1st to the Webster County Extension Office. You may type in the application or print/write them. Please click on the buttons below to download the scholarships.
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If anyone is interested in entering the Market Broiler Contest at the Webster County Fair needs to order broilers through the office by April 1st. We will put in an order have them delivered to the office.
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Next Chapter

Attention all Freshman, Sophomores, and Juniors -You are invited to participate in a retreat style Next Chapter Program on Monday, April 5th in Holdrege, NE. Next Chapter is a college readiness program offered to high school students. Next Chapter scholars will engage in events, activities and curriculum where they will participate in career exploration, develop research skills and experience a variety of learning methods that will help them transition to and succeed in college. Please review the PDF and/or Photo for more details. Please register your attendance by Wednesday, March 31st at: https://forms.gle/Fsr8d9mY4qwSzAbZ9 If you have questions, please reach out to Beth Janning (ejanning2@unl.edu)
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Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest

The Webster County 4-H Public Speaking Contest will be held April 18th at the Webster County Fairgrounds, beginning at 3:00 p.m. Register below by clicking on the link. Registrations are due April 1st.

The 2021 theme for PSA is "Opportunity 4 All"
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Nebraska 4-H Foundation Governor's Excellence Awards

Attention 4-H Clubs: Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is a prestigious award designed to recognize 4-H clubs for their efforts to serve their communities. This grant is intended to provide funding for 4-H Clubs to complete projects that will have a lasting impact on their communities. Projects should be intentional and impactful, growing club members as leaders and fulfilling a need in their community. We are encouraging Webster County 4-H Clubs to apply for this grant! Applications are due April 1st! Find the application form here: https://www.ne4hfoundation.org/governers-ag-excellence-award/.

Nominate A Volunteer

State-level volunteer recognition nominations are now open! Nebraska 4-H is pleased to offer new recognition opportunities this year, including Outstanding Adult Volunteer Awards, an Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award, and a Multi-Generation Family Volunteer Award. Nominations are due April 1 and can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, or supporter. Know a deserving 4-H volunteer? Nominate them now at 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition.

Congratulations, Libby & Megan!

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Congratulations to Libby & Megan Macklin for a successful day at the 2021 Nebraska 4-H Horse Stampede that was held in Lincoln, NE.


Champion Public Speaking

Champion Art


Champion Public Speaking

Intern Postition Available at the Webster County Extension

The Webster County Extension Office is offering a part-time position for a summer intern from end of May to end of July. The position is typically 30 hours a week with an increase of hours the week of Webster County Fair. Please contact the Webster County Extension Office for an application or for any more questions.

Drop the completed application off at the Webster County Extension Office or send electronically to Beth Janning.

Deadline is Wednesday, April 7, 2021

- Email (elizabeth.janning@unl.edu) by 11:59 pm

- Hand Deliver by 4 pm

Virtual Field Trips

On our next virtual field trip, we’ll join Dr. Nick Ward, Hannah Dorn, and Tatum Pedersen as they take us on a tour of Ward Laboratories. We’ll see the journey that samples take through the lab and understand a bit more of how they generate the data that agriculturalists use to make decisions. Join us on April 7th at 11:00 am CT, and be sure to register at 4h.unl.edu/virtual-field-trips.

Big Red Camps

Big Red Camp early bird registration fees end April 5th! Explore all the sessions, apply for scholarships, and register at 4h.unl.edu/big-red-camps.
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4-H Dog Clinic- Nelson, NE

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 to learn about training your dog for obedience, agility and showmanship.

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 at kylie.kinley@unl.edu
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Enroll for 4-H - Early Enrollment Deadline is April 15th!

4-H Now!

4-H Enrollment is now open! Please do these easy steps to get re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 4-H year!

  1. Log-In at 4honline.com or click on the link provided below
  2. Update all contact information that has changed
  3. Select your projects
  4. Verify the number of years that you have been in 4-H- this must be accurate!

Each member, leader, and direct volunteer must re-enroll in 4-H every year. Log in with the email that you created the account with. If you forgot or do not remember your password, please click on " I Forgot My Password" and a temporary password will be sent to your email. If you have further problems, please contact the Extension Office.

4-H Ages (As of January 1st)

CloverKid: 5-7

4-H Age: 8-18

YQCA Training

If your 4-H’er is planning on showing livestock (beef, sheep, pig, goat, poultry, and rabbit) this year at county and/or state fair, they need to complete the YQCA Program by June 15th. The first YQCA in-person training is April 18th at the Webster County Fairgrounds beginning at 1:00 p.m. There will also be a training April 22nd at the Adams County Extension Office beginning at 4:30 p.m. Youth must pre-register to attend the face-to-face trainings. Coupons are available at the Extension Office for face-to-face trainings ONLY. Call, stop in, or email the office to get your coupon code(s). Youth may also complete YQCA online. Register for the in person training or complete the online training at https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login/.

List of all upcoming trainings - these dates and locations are open to ALL 4-H members:

  • April 18 @ 1:00 pm – Webster Co Fairgrounds
  • April 22 @ 4:30 pm – Adams Co Extension Office
  • May 16 @ 1:30 pm – Adams Co Extension Office
  • May 16 @ 5:00 pm – Webster Co Fairgrounds
  • May 27 @ 3:00 pm – Webster Co Fairgrounds
  • June 9 @ 5:30 pm – Adams Co Extension Office


All families who are registered in 4-H Online for the 2021 4-H year will receive a "I Belong - Nebraska 4-H" yard sign! If you don't have yours yet, stop by the Webster County Extension Office to pick yours up!
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LINCOLN – It’s application time for one of the biggest youth agriculture outreach events in the state—the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Institute (NAYI). This year, NAYI is celebrating 50 years of bringing together high school juniors and seniors to learn more about Nebraska agriculture, network with agriculture leaders and discover the many careers available in agriculture. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) helps sponsor and coordinate NAYI every year.

NAYI will be held July 12-16, 2021, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus and will follow any COVID-19 recommendations in place at the time. Applications for NAYI are available at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted online. Current high school juniors and seniors interested in attending have until April 15, 2021, to apply.

“NAYI is 50 years strong this year and still the longest running agricultural youth program of its kind in the nation,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “NAYI offers networking, career development and leadership activities in creative and fun ways to engage high school students interested in the ag industry. Be sure to encourage the high school juniors and seniors you know to apply to NAYI before the April 15th deadline.”

This year’s NAYI 50th anniversary theme is “Timeless Traditions” and will feature motivational speakers, discussions on agricultural issues and career options, a farm management game, awards presentations and creative opportunities to interact with other participants.

NAYI is coordinated by the Nebraska Agricultural Youth Council, which is comprised of 21 college-aged students selected by NDA for their passion and interest in the ag industry. The Council’s purpose is to provide young Nebraskans with a better understanding of agriculture, including agricultural opportunities available to today’s youth and career choices for the future.

NDA selects students to attend NAYI based on their leadership skills, interests and involvement in agriculture. Applications are available online at nda.nebraska.gov/nayi and must be submitted by April 15, 2021, at 11:59 p.m.

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2021 Webster County Fair Assistant Sign Up

Are you a Webster County 4-Her that is interested in being an assistant for the county fair? We would love for you to sign up! We are asking that you are ages 10 or older to take on this role. This is first come first serve, so sign up as soon as you can! Call or email the office for any questions.
Webster County Fair Assistant Sign Up

Sign up to be an assistant here!

Nebraska 4-H Opportunities

Please click on the link below to check out a list of flyers of upcoming livestock & small animal clinics, shows, and judging opportunities happening in 2021! Be sure to check this often as it will be updated every week.

4-H District & State Horse Show

  • Districts and State Horse Entries Due May 7, 2021
    • Horse ID forms are due to the county office by May 7, 2021
    • Horse Advancement Levels must be completed by May 7th to compete at a District and/or State Horse Show
  • Hippology and Horse Judging Entries are due June 15, 2021

The State 4-H Horse Program would like to notify you to book your hotel reservations soon if you plan to attend/participate at the 2021 Fonner Park 4-H State Horse Expo. This year the Horse Expo (July 10th - 14th) is scheduled on the same dates as the National Jr. Angus Show. Since both events are happening at the same time.

The State 4-H Horse Program has blocked off a limited number of rooms with the Fairfield Inn hotel for 4-H families.

Attached below is the link to make your reservations online. They are also more than welcome to call hotel directly at 308-381-8980.

Book here:

Book your group rate for State 4H Horse Show

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If you missed the webinar on how to enter for District and State horse shows, please watch the video below.
2021 District and State Procedures

2021 Webster County 4-H Culinary Challenge

This year's challenge ingredient is.... honey!
Please register by June 1st by using the button below.
The 2021 Webster County Culinary Challenge is June 24th, 2021 at the Webster County Fairgrounds beginning at 6:30 p.m.. Please see the Webster County Fair Book for more details.

Webster County Sheep & Goat Weigh In

Save the date for the Webster County 4-H Sheep and Goat Weigh in that is happening May 27th from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Webster County Fairgrounds.
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Online Horticulture Judging

Do you know what it takes to pick the best fruit and vegetables out at the grocery store? Or do you know what judges are looking for when they judge your plants at the county fair? Have you ever wondered, what plant is that!?! We are excited to offer the opportunity to learn these and other important horticulture skills through the Online Horticulture Contest. The contest will be available June 4-21, 2021 at: https://go.unl.edu/21onlinehortcontest.

Horticulture judging contest consists of three parts. The first is identification of plant material. Participants identify the plants by common name from a plant list. Specimens may be alive or preserved plant parts like stems, twigs, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits, roots, bulbs, tubers, or plant products.

The second is a knowledge portion, usually in the form of a true/false or multiple choice quiz. Questions will test the contestant's knowledge of cultural practices for horticultural crops, plant science, pesticides, horticultural careers and other topics related to the production, processing and consumption of horticultural crops.

The last portion is judging or placings. This is where four different plants, plates of vegetables, or containers flowers are ranked from best to worst based on a set of criteria. Classes are judged on the basis of condition, quality, uniformity, true-to-type, and size.

More details at: https://4h.unl.edu/online-horticulture-judging-contest

More information about the Nebraska State contest can be found in the Fairbook https://4hfairbook.unl.edu/fairbookview.php/contests/45 .

Project of the Year Kits

2021 Project of the Year Kits are available now but only for a limited time! Kits include everything youth need to complete four hands-on activities that lay the groundwork for a county fair exhibit. These are perfect for 4-H Club projects or new families looking for an easy way to get started. Get yours while supplies last at 4h.unl.edu/project-year.

South Central Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest

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We are excited to share the flyer for the South Central Livestock Judging Clinic & Contest that is happening June 3rd at the Webster County Fairgrounds in Bladen, NE. Please share this with your 4-H friends! See you there!

Register as a Team: https://go.unl.edu/scteam

Register as an Individual Participant: https://go.unl.edu/scindividual

You may also register at the event.

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Webster County Fair Affidavits

Needing to fill out an affidavit for the fair? Click on the link below. You will be able to download and print. All affidavits are due June 15th.

If you are unable to print at home, copies are available at the office.

UNL Extension Newsletter

Check out the UNL Extension Newsletter by clicking on the link below. This newsletter is seperate from the 4-H newsletter and contains information about beef, horticulture, crops and water systems, learning child, and much more!

The Webster County Extension Office and Courthouse will be closed April 30th in observance of Arbor Day.

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Meet Our Team!

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