Southern Plains 4-H

Serving Nuckolls and Thayer Counties - MARCH 2020

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Welcome to our new CVI educator!

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Please welcome Jason Tuller to Nebraska Extension! Jason is our new CVI Educator in Thayer/Nuckolls Counties. Jason’s office is located in Hebron and his Accountability Region includes the following counties: Kearney, Franklin, Webster, Adams, Clay, Fillmore, Saline, and Jefferson. Jason’s official start date was Friday, February 28. Tuller is a native of McCook, Nebraska. After graduating from Doane University, he attended the University of New Brunswick in Saint John, NB Canada and received his MBA. Since then he has worked in manufacturing at Valmont in McCook, business development with NBDC in North Platte, and in community development with the City of Imperial. Jason and his family are planning to move to Hebron in the near future.

2020 ENROLLMENT DEADLINE, APRIL 1

Please go to https://ne.4honline.com to register for the 2020 4-H Year.

Please do not wait until the last minute, just in case you have issues. If you need help, you may GET HELP HERE!


As always, the PICK-A-PROJECT Guide is available to assist you in the selection of projects.


Remember that there are project manuals available at the offices, that will assist you in teaching, learning, and creating your exhibits for the fair. Stop by and pick up yours today!

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Curious about what, when and where 4-H grows in Thayer County? Join the Thayer County Extension staff and the Thayer County 4-H Council members for an open house to learn about the impact 4-H has in your community! Pet a chicken, practice quilting, show off your livestock quizbowl knowledge, and roll your own ice cream in a mock ice cream contest! Past, current, future or tentative 4-Hers welcome, and are encouraged to bring friends! We'll demystify the enrollment process while you learn about how 4-H Grows Here!

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

THAYER COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL SCHOLARSHIP, DUE MARCH 15

The Thayer County 4-H Council, Senior Scholarship Application forms are now available and due back to the office by March 15. This scholarship is open to High School Seniors.


Application Form

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY - Nuckolls County ONLY

Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce AGRI-BUSINESS SCHOLARSHIP

Scholarship Deadline: March 13th, 2020. The scholarship is in the amount of at least $500 and will be awarded for the 2020-21 school year. 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. For submission details, please visit the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce website.

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LIVESTOCK PROJECTS & EXHIBITS

ABSOLUTELY NO LATE ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED!!

Market / Feeder Beef: April 15 DEADLINE!

Check-list:

*Livestock Affidavit, to county office.

*EID Tags required, available at office

*State, EID tag info, entered on line by 4-Her, April 15!

Go to Show Stock Manager to enter

Step by Step Instructions for Doing Nominations

*DNA Envelopes, if applicable, April 15, to county office

*Premise ID, on file with county office (if you have done this in prior years, we have them)

*YQCA Training, completed by June 15, Email or bring certificate to the County Office

*Following Veterinary Feed Directives, as outlined here.


Breeding Heifers, ALL Sheep, Hogs, & Goats: June 15 DEADLINE!

Check-list:

*Livestock Affidavit, to county office

*Registration Papers, if applicable

*State, entered on line by 4-Her, June 15!

Go to Show Stock Manager, to enter

Step by Step Instructions for Doing Nominations

*DNA Envelopes, if applicable, June 15, to county office

*YQCA Training, completed by June 15, Email or bring Certificate to County Office


PRACTICES TO FOLLOW:

*All Breeding Heifers Need Legible Tattoo

*Lamb/Goats Need Scrapies Tags

*Hogs, EID Tag Required, notches no acceptable at ID

* Following Veterinary Feed Directives, as outlined here.


ALL LIVESTOCK AFFIDAVITS AVAILABLE HERE!


Sheep and Goat Weigh-in Scheduled

Date: May 19, 2020

Time: 6 to 7 pm

Place: Deshler Fairgrounds

This is OPTIONAL in Thayer County! A must if you want to be considered for Rate of Gain.


Date: May 20, 2020

Time:

Place: Nuckolls Fairgrounds

This is MANDATORY in Nuckolls County! ALL MUST WEIGH IN!

WORKSHOPS

FIRST AID KIT & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS WORKSHOP

DATE: Thurs. March 12, 2020

TIME: 4 to 5:00

PLACE: Nuckolls County Extension Office - Nelson

COST: $15.00

PRE-REGISTER BY: Mon. Mar. 9 by calling the Nuckolls County 402-225-2381. Space is limited to 12 students!


Join Nuckolls County Emergency Manager Nick Elledge and learn how to create a disaster preparedness plan. We'll have all the supplies ready so you can build your own first aid kit.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING, PRESENTATIONS, AND PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS WORKSHOPS

Date: March 23, 2020

Time: 5 to 6:30 pm

Place: Thayer County Clubroom

Register by: March 20 by calling Thayer Office at 402-768-7212


Date: April 20, 2020

Time: 4 to 5:30

Place: Nuckolls County Ext Office

Register by: April 17 by calling Nuckolls Office at 402-225-2381


Want to take your public speaking, presentation, and PSA skills up a notch? Come to one workshop or both - they are both FREE!

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PUBLIC SPEAKING, PRESENTATION, AND PSA CONTEST

DATE: April 27, 2020

TIME: 7:00 pm

PLACE: Deshler Fairgrounds, Deshler


Come one, come all! 4-Hers from Nuckolls and Thayer, will be sharing their talents during this contest event.


PSA 60 second Radio Spot


Speech Divisions:

Novice (10 & under) 4-Her has never competed in a speech contest before. May recite a poem, read or tell a story. Under 3 minutes in length. Not eligible for district competition

Junior (8 to 10) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. Under 3 minutes in length.

Intermediate (11 to 13) Must be original speech relating to 4-H. 3 to 5 minutes in length.

Senior (14 and up) Must be an original speech relating to 4-H. 5 to 8 minutes in length.


Presentations Divisions:

Individual (10 & up) 6 to 8 minutes

Team (two 4-Her's in same division) 8 to 11 minutes


Check the fairbook for more details.

QUILT OF VALOR WORKSHOP

DATE: Mon. April 13, 2020

TIME: 9 to 3

PLACE: Thayer County Clubroom

REGISTER BY: APRIL 3, 2020

COST: Free!


Bring a sack lunch, and come enjoy a day of sewing with the Kaye at the office as we make Quilts of Valor to be donated to the service personnel touched by war. MUST PRE-REGISTER so we have a quilt ready for you to start sewing.

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LIVESTOCK

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SAVE THE DATE

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Sign up and prizes information coming in April newsletter!
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LIVESTOCK SHOW OPPORTUNITIES

Click on the Link for more information about these shows:


Spring Rabbit Show, Lincoln, March 28

Northern Exposure, Steer & Heifer Show, Belleville, KS, April 4 & 5

Washington County Spring Beef Show, Washington, KS, April 25

Fit and Feed Clinic, Pawnee City, NE, May 30

Livestock Judging Camp, Lincoln, NE, June 2 and June 3 to 5th Registration Here

Dog Days Dog Show, McCook, NE, June 20

CHICK DAYS

DATE: Sat. March 14, 2020

PLACE: UNL- Animal Science Dept, Lincoln

TIME: 8 am to 3 pm


Egg Decorating, Poultry Quiz Bowl, Photography Contest, Omelet Cookery Contest, Speech Contest, and all about Chickens!


Get information on event here

2020 Nebraska District & State Horse Show

DUE: May 8, 2020

ALL Level Testing required for participation MUST be COMPLETED!


DISTRICT DATES & SITES, for 2020

June 15, Scottsbluff

June 16, Burwell

June 17, Columbus

June 18, Lincoln

June 19, McCook


STATE DATE & SITE, for 2020

July 12-16, Fonner Park, Grand Island

Get the Show Schedule Here

Companion Animal Challenge Contest Mar. 28, 2020

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 28, 2020 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.

COMPANION ANIMAL AND DOG SHOWMANSHIP VIDEO SERIES AVAILABLE

Here are a couple resources detailing showmanship basics, video examples and descriptions of patterns.


Companion Animals Series

Dog Series

HORSE PROJECT WORKSHOPS

2020 Horse Judging School - Sat. Mar. 7

This school is for horse show judges, aspiring judges, judging team coaches, and youth! We will have classroom demonstrations as well as live classes to judge.

  • This clinic will be held Saturday March 7th, 2020 at the UNL Animal Science Complex
  • Topics include: Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, and Speed Events
  • Presenters: Dr Kathy Anderson, Dr. Lena Luck, and Brooke Parrish

4-H Youth 3 & 4 Advancement Level Workshop - Sun. Mar. 8

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards 4-Hers that have passed their Level 2 and want to move on to levels 3 & 4. During the workshop we will help youth prepare their feed chart, health chart and learn how to work with their horse to prepare for performing advanced maneuvers required to pass their level 3 and/or 4.

4-H Adult/Leader Advancement Level Workshop - Sun. March 8

This Advancement Level Workshop is geared towards helping Adults, Extension personnel, Volunteers, and leaders have a better understanding and knowledge to work with the youth in their area to pass their advancement levels.

INTERESTED in any of these horse workshops? Register at the web site below:

Horse Stampede Contest Mar. 28, 2020

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 28, 2020 at the Animal Science Complex. Registration starts at 8:30am.
  • 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.
  • Entries are due by March 6, 2020.

PLANT SCIENCE

9th 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 ninth 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 are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. Sustainability, crop scouting and “extra mile” awards are also given as cash awards.

To participate in 2020, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded after January 1st at cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu.

ON LINE HORTICULTURE CONTEST 2020

DATES: June 5 through June 22


The on-line horticulture contest will be here before you know it. To start studying and preparing go to the link below for more information.


Horticulture Contest 2020

SPECIAL GARDEN PROJECT - CLASSIC MAGICAL BACHELOR BUTTONS

This years Special Garden Project will be available soon. 4-Her's can call the office and reserve their special seed packets, NOW! Then go to 4-H online and enroll in the Special Garden Project area. The cost will be approximately 50 cents. This is a fun way to introduce kids to gardening. Call the office in Nuckolls or Thayer to reserve your seeds, today!

TRACTOR SAFETY TRAINING

DATE: June 9-10, 2020

PLACE: Geneva Fairgrounds


Youth aged 14 and 15 and working on a farm or ranch other than their own MUST by certified through a Hazardous Occupations Course. Successful completion of the course will allow trained youth to operate a tractor over 20 horsepower, or to connect or disconnect an implement or any of its parts to or from a tractor.

Register Here! 2020 Tractor Safety Training Registration

DO YOU HAVE AN INTEREST IN BEEKEEPING?

Make plans to attend the UNL beekeeping workshops, to learn more about bees! Bee's are an important part of the pollination process.

More information about Workshops


Registration for Workshop HERE


If you want to get started with bees, here is your chance, to write an essay, and win some cash to get you going! It is open to ANY 4-H member, and all you have to do is write an essay! Prizes are $750, $500. and $250. Essay Deadline is APRIL 1.


Details on Essay Here

SHOOTING SPORTS AMBASSADORS NEEDED

Would you like to take a leadership role in the Shooting Sports Program? Check this out!

More about this Program

Application Due, March 9, 2020 Application, to apply

CAMPERS NEEDED!!

Summer Programs at Eastern Nebraska 4-H at Gretna, NE

Summer Programs at State 4-H Camp at Halsey, NE

See Full Program Descriptions or Register Online

Big Red Summer Academic Camps, June 7-12

Open to all high school youth, grades 10 through 12.

Learn more here


Camp Scholarship Application , funds available to attend, apply here prior to registration.

The 4-H Youth Development program abides with the nondiscrimination policies of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the United States Department of Agriculture.