Dawes County 4-H Newsletter

January 2016

2016 Project Resource Central Now Available!

    The 2016 Project Resource Central Download is now available.


    Curriculum changes to note:

    • New financial literacy curriculum
    • New career development curriculum
    • New landscape design curriculum
    • Revised entomology curriculum
    • Removal of Take Me Riding project in Clover Kid section

    As more consistency is created across 4-Honline, the State Fair Book and Project Resource Central the following changes have been implemented.

    • Project level identifier changed to match 4-Honline
    • State Fair contests now listed
    • Additional clover kid projects listed
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    Special Edition Articles & Photos Needed by January 8

    Each year the Dawes County 4-H Jr. Leaders, with the help of the Chadron Record, put together the 4-H Special Edition. It is a newspaper insert full of wonderful stories and photos submitted by YOU - Dawes County 4-H Members! It is an outstanding promotional tool and also a fundraiser for the Jr. Leaders. Each 4-H member is asked to submit via email a typed, short article of 200-400 words, along with a digital photo, telling what you like about 4-H, a special project that was completed, or something that happened during the year that made a difference. Clover Kids can even submit a picture they drew!

    ALL SENIORS: We also need a short biography and photo of you! Please submit these to tlemmon2@unl.edu or cyeatts-sprague2@unl.edu by FRIDAY, JANUARY 8! The insert will come out the first week in February in honor of NEBRASKA 4-H MONTH!
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    Ag. Appreciation Banquet January 16, 2016

    The annual Ag. Appreciation Banquet, sponsored by the Chadron Chamber of Commerce, will be held on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at the Assumption Arena. Dawes County 4-H members are asked to help serve beverages and clear tables as a community service project. Please call the office by Monday, January 11, if you are willing to help with this program.

    The photo below was chosen as the cover for this year's banquet by the Ag. Committee during the 2015 Dawes County Fair. Congratulations to Jake Lemmon on this honor.
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    We Need YOU!

    Get ready to start 2016 by giving back to the youth in our community. We need volunteers in a variety of areas:
    1. Leaders - we need organizational (club) leaders and project leaders to share their time and talents with our 4-H members. Not interested in heading up a traditional club? Then try a SPIN Club (Special Interest) and volunteer for a shorter time frame to teach sewing, cooking, woodworking, electricity, etc. All supplies/curriculum will be provided. We are only limited by our imagination!
    2. Committee Members -Each year, Dawes County 4-H has a variety of competitive events, activities, and camps designed to promote positive youth development. These educational opportunities are helping to teach the life skills necessary to build our next generation of leaders while inspiring youth to become the best they can be. This is not a job for one or two, but requires a family of dedicated volunteers. Please join the 4-H Family and be a part of this amazing transformation.


    • Expansion & Review Committee (Required by 4-H Council By-Laws) - Purpose is to assure equal access by all youth and adults to the 4-H programs conducted by Extension in accordance with the Civil Rights Act of 1974 Title VI. Committee will meet before the October council meeting.
    • Public Relations Committee (Required by 4-H Council By-Laws) - Year round committee with special focus for events such as National 4-H Week (October) and Nebraska 4-H Month (February).
    • County Contest Awards Committee - Meet in May to select items to be used for county contest awards and the fair.
    • Communications & Expressive Arts (Speech / Presentation Contests) Committee - Meet in February, April, and May to plan the Speech and Presentation Contests. Committee members will assist in conducting the events.
    • 4-H Program Awards Committee - Meet in August to plan year end award selection and then again in September to help with the selection process. This includes the selection of Achievement Awards from submitted 4-H Career Portfolios and assisting in finding qualified nominees for the special awards given annually at the 4-H Achievement Banquet. Promote the advantages of award applications and recruit volunteers to assist with the judging process.
    • Day Camps - Meet February through June to plan dates and activities for summer day camps. Assist with camps and recruit volunteers to help.
    • Horse Committee - Assist with planning and conducting 4-H Horse Camp (April - June), Horse Level Testing (Spring - Summer), Summer Horse Workshops (May - July), and the Dawes County Fair Horse Show. Commitment for this committee could extend from January to August.
    • Judge Selection Committee - Assist in choosing the judges for county contests including speech/presentation, clothing, and fair events.
    • Pre-Fair Clothing Judging & Fashion Show - Meet in May, June, and July to organize and conduct the 4-H Clothing Judging and Fashion Show.

    New energy and ideas are a must to keep the program fresh and enjoyable so share your talents today!


    • 4-H Enrollment for Members & Volunteershttps://ne.4honline.com. The process is VERY EASY if you were enrolled last year. There is a "help document" available on our 4-H website: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h
      Make Checks Payable to Dawes County 4-H Council:
      ($ 3.00 fee) October 1 - June 1;($13.00 fee) June 2 - September 30
    • 4-H Project Enrollment Deadline June 1
    • 4-H Animal Affidavits (ID Sheets) Deadline June 1: Includes Rabbit, Horse, Beef (Market, Breeding Heifer, Feeder Calf), Dairy, Sheep (Market, Breeding), Goat (Market, Breeding, Dairy), and Swine (Market). Be sure to check out the new large animal identification guidelines document available on the 4-H website.
    • Quality Assurance for ALL Market & Breeding Animal Projects Deadline June 1
    • Dog & Cat Vaccination Forms Deadline (if showing at fair) July 15
    • Dawes County Fair Entry Deadline July 15 (without fee)
    • Dawes County Fair LATE Entry Deadline - July 19 (with fee)


    Volunteer E-Forums Available Online

    The North Central Region Volunteer e-Forums conducted October through December have been recorded and are available online, along with handouts at:

    All were EXCEPTIONAL and highly recommended to both youth and adults!
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    Bordeaux Trappers Show 4-H Pride

    Thank you Bordeaux Trappers 4-H Club and Shellie Johns for organizing a float in the annual Parade of Lights, held Saturday, December 5, in Chadron. The club did an outstanding job on their float as well as handing out stuffed animals to young children along the route. What a great way to give back to the community and show your 4-H Pride!

    Shellie Johns added the following thank you:

    We would like to “Thank” all of the parents and 4-H members that participated in the Christmas Parade. We had a fantastic time and impacted a lot of kids along the way. What a positive experience for all that were involved. To top it all off, we had taken 2nd place in the parade.

    Thanks again to the following 4H Families:

    Tuffy, Karen & Chance Snook

    Kelly, Dusty, & Hannah Walker

    Lisa & Katelyn (Blondie) Briggs

    Jessica, Alex & Kadence Fisher

    Gregg, Jennifer, Caden, & Kayley Galbraith

    Jack & Kaylie Phillips

    Samantha & Ethan Johns

    Terri Lemmon
    Also “Thank You” Chadd Arner for the use of his trailer, Catholic Ladies and Dena Paris for the stuffed animals and all of the 4-H families that had taken the time to provide stuffed animals.

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    Dawes County 4-H Breeding Ewe Scholarship

    The Dawes County 4-H Breeding Ewe Scholarship Program was introduced in October 2015 by Roy Lambert to encourage greater participation in the 4-H Breeding Sheep program. This outstanding opportunity was due entirely to the generosity of the Lambert family who will donate a ewe lamb to a youth currently enrolled in Dawes County 4-H, who meets member age requirements before January 1. The recipient will receive their lamb at the Sheep / Goat Weigh-In and will be responsible for all care after this time. In addition, the youth must show the lamb at the Dawes County Fair in the breeding class before taking it home to start or improve their own herd. In order to help make this program self-sustaining, the recipient will be required to donate back the first ewe lamb born from the scholarship ewe. Application forms are available online at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/dawes/4h/ or in the Extension Office. Submission deadline is the last Friday in March.

    Market Animal Classes!

    Meredith Bremer is compiling some great information and teaching sessions on growing and finishing your market animals during the Livestock Judging Classes this year. In January, the topic was cattle. This information will also be available during Market Beef Weigh-In on February 6. Stay tuned to Facebook for more information on the topic at the January 24 session in Crawford!
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    Temple Grandin to Speak at CSC

    Dr. Temple Grandin, noted animal expert and advocate for autistic populations, will speak at Chadron State College Memorial Hall on Thursday, January 28, from 7 to 8:30 pm. A special seminar directed at FFA and 4-H members interested in the proper care and treatment of animals and livestock will be held earlier in the day from 2 to 3:30 pm in the Student Center. Both sessions are free of charge.
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    4-H Animal Mortality Insurance Available

    Farm Bureau Financial Services offers a short-term livestock ownership animal mortality insurance policy especially for 4-H and FFA members. Applications are available in our office.

    Nebraska Cattlemen's Classic Livestock Judging Contest

    Source: Brad Bennett

    The 2016 Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Livestock Judging Contest is to be held on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. This is a great learning opportunity for youth as they progress through their judging careers, and an exceptional “warm-up” for State Contests to be held later this year. The Cattlemen’s Classic is a huge supporter of everything youth-related, especially judging and they have graciously funded over $5,000 in awards. We would highly encourage anyone and everyone to attend. More information can be found at http://cattlemens.org/youth/judging_contest.html.

    We will have 8 classes of cattle and will split into two divisions. Juniors (ages 8-13) and Seniors (ages 14-19). These ages are as of January 1, 2016. You’re more than welcome to move a Junior contestant up to the Senior division to make a full team, if necessary.

    If you have questions, please contact Brad Bennett at bbennett8@unl.edu or at 402-472-8834.

    Companion Animal Challenge and 4-H Horse Stampede

    Companion Animal Challenge:

    The second 4-H Companion Animal Challenge will be held on March 12, 2016, at the Animal Science Complex on UNL’s East Campus. It provides youth a chance to participate in a variety of contests that do not require animals, but allow youth to learn more about their dog or other companion animals. Entries are due February 19. Contests include:

    · Demonstrations (a presentation where youth demonstrate how to complete a task or related to the care of their companion animal)

    · Photography and art contests (open to all companion animal projects)

    · Dog Skill-a-thon

    · Dog quiz bowl

    The youth who participated in the event last year said that it was fun and they learned a lot. Youth do not need to be experts to participate in the event.

    More information available at: http://go.unl.edu/4hcac

    4-H Horse Stampede:

    Being held the same date, March 12, 2016, at the Animal Science Complex on UNL’s East Campus. Entries are due to county offices on February 12. Contests include:

    · Demonstrations (individual and team)

    · Public speaking

    · Quiz bowl

    · Photography and art contests

    More information available at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-4-h-and-youth#tab32

    If you have questions, please contact Lisa Karr-Lilienthal (lkarr-lilienthal2@unl.edu) about the Companion Animal Challenge and Lena Luck (lena.luck@unl.edu) about the Stampede.

    Cow Horse Fundamentals

    Back by popular demand, Kirk Hall is coming to Chadron on March 12-13, for another Cow Horse Fundamental Clinic. The clinic is limited to 12 participants. Contact Marlena Griesse at 308-668-2428 for more information or to register.
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    Large Animal Identification Guidelines for 2016

    There have been some changes at the state level concerning the guidelines for identifying large animals that will show at the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben. On the county level, our guidelines will remain relatively the same. The guideline handout is now available on our 4-H website under "Animal Affidavits." Large animal exhibitors are highly encouraged to print this off for future reference.
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    Special Garden Project

    The Special Garden Project

    Source: Elizabeth Killinger

    The Special Garden Project is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens. This year it is focused on the colorful, Jazzy Mix Zinnia. This cultivar comes in shades of burgundy-red, red, yellow, and orange with cream, red, or yellow tips. The 1-2” blooms are fully-double and semi-double. These zinnias are a great cut flower that can get 20-26” tall. On average it will take about 75-85 days for the plants to bloom.

    4-H Members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

    * Receive a ‘packet’ of Jazzy Mix Zinnias (one packet per youth) in March

    * Receive a newsletter about:

    · Planting & growing zinnias

    · Zinnia problems & insects

    · Harvesting & using zinnias

    · Exhibiting zinnias

    *Be able to enter this unique flower at County and State Fair (Youth must be enrolled in the Jazzy Mix Zinnia 2016 Special Garden Project to exhibit)

    Our office will be glad to order seeds for all members who are interested, but we need to know by FEBRUARY 1! Please call 432-3373 to reserve your special seeds!
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    4-H Culinary Challenge Contest

    The 4-H Culinary Challenge Contest is a great way for youth to demonstrate healthy decision making through nutrition, menu planning, food preparation, and food safety. The state contest will be held on August 27, 2016, at the Nebraska State Fair. Youth ages 10-18 who are properly enrolled in a 4-H Foods & Nutrition Project is eligible. The following flyer will provide more information. The "challenge ingredient" for 2016 is squash!
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    Innovative Youth Corn Challenge

    Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the fifth 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, 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 2016, 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 cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/activities. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu, Aaron Nygren at anygren2@unl.edu or Amy Timmerman at atimmerman2@unl.edu.

    Get Ready for Public Speaking!

    The 2016 Public Service Announcement theme is 4-H Grows Confidence so as you are writing your PSA, be sure to incorporate this idea into it. In addition, all PSA's must include the following tag line within the last 10 seconds:
    "Learn more about Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu."

    For more information on how to develop your PSA or speech, please refer to the state website at: http://4h.unl.edu/publicspeakingrules. The only difference will be the addition of Clover Kids for the county contest only. Watch for a flyer in the February newsletter.

    It is not too early to get started as the 2016 Dawes County contest is right around the corner, scheduled for March 28, at Chadron High School Auditorium!
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    Take Time to Say "Thank You!"

    Let's take a moment to recognize a few people who went out of their way in December to "Make the Best Better!"

    Did you know:
    • Shellie Johns took the lead on organizing a float for both Fur Trade Days and The Parade of Lights? With the help of the Bordeaux Trappers and other 4-H members, our program was well represented and promoted during these community events. Great job!
    • Sam Dyer and Roy Lambert have been working diligently to provide quality information on livestock judging and animal selection. Along with Meredith Bremer, they are working very hard to educate our youth on all aspects of production agriculture.
    • Jodi Sellman and Bob Vahrenkamp have volunteered to lead the Dawes County 4-H Jr. Leaders. Thank you for stepping up to advise this amazing group of young leaders.

    Stay Informed by Signing up for Dawes County 4-H Remind!

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    Calendar of Upcoming Events

    YEAR AROUND Small Engine Repair - 7 pm, Wahlstrom Ford OR Henkens Roberts Building, Fairgrounds. EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING. Contact Roger Eaton.

    January 5 - Dawes County Ag. Society Meeting, 6 pm, 4-H Building

    January 8 - 4-H SPECIAL EDITION DEADLINE! - Articles, photos, and ads all due! We need lots of stories and photos so send them to Terri or Christi TODAY!
    January 11 - State Career Portfolios due into the Extension Office
    January 11 - Dawes County 4-H Executive Council Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Conference Room
    January 16 - Ag. Appreciation Banquet, 6 pm, Assumption Arena in Chadron (4-H members are asked to help)
    January 17 - Sheridan County 4-H Shooting Sports Competition, 8 am, Rushville American Legion
    January 24 - Livestock Judging / Market Animal Workshop, 2 to 5 pm, Crawford TBA
    January 24 - Panhandle Best Shooting Sports Competition, Mitchell, NE
    January 29 - Donated items for the First Baby of February due into the Extension Office
    January 30 - Black Hills Stock Show 4-H Youth Day, Rapid City, SD
    February 6 - Market Beef Weigh-In, 9 am to Noon, Crawford Livestock Market
    March 6 - Livestock Judging / Market Animal Workshop, 2 to 5 pm, Vetter Building, Fairgrounds
    March 12 - Companion Animal Challenge and Horse Stampede, East Campus, Lincoln
    March 12-13 - Cow Horse Fundamentals, Fairgrounds in Chadron LIMITED REGISTRATIONS!
    March 28 - Dawes County Public Speaking Contest, Chadron High School Auditorium

    Market Beef Weigh In Dates in our Area:

    Market Beef Weigh In Dates: Youth are encouraged to weigh animals in Dawes County, however, if an emergency arises, they may go to Sheridan or Box Butte Counties. If you do weigh at another county, you must pick up your tag from the Dawes County office to take with you.

    Dawes County - February 6, 2016, 9 am to 12 pm, Crawford Livestock Market

    Box Butte County - February 27, 9-11 am, Hemingford.

    Sheridan County - January 31, 2 to 4 pm, Sheridan Livestock Market.


    Animal Science Youth Field Day In Curtis, NE NCTA Campus Thursday May 26, 2016

    Open to all youth ages 8-18. Variety of workshops will expose youth to various animal care, production; Quality Assurance; other livestock teaching stations

    Sprint Startup Your Business in Curtis , NE NCTA Campus Thursday- Saturday May 26-28, 201. Forty-eight hour workshop for 17 & 18 year old motivated & determined students to launch a business. Learn startup skills in a hands on environment with entrepreneurs your own age. Students will learn ideation, team formation, customer discovery and how to pitch their business.

    Be sure to check our Facebook page and website regularly for any changes or additions to our calendar. New activities are added as a volunteer steps forward or when a need is uncovered. Don't miss out on the fun!

    Dawes County 4-H Executive Council

    President - Clint Phillips
    Vice President - Suzanne Davidson
    Treasurer - Kerri Wild
    Secretary - Maribeth Moore-Cogdill

    Members at large: Adult - Jera Boeselager, Karen Lewin, Jodi Sellman; Youth - Madison Cogdill, Jake Lemmon, Cody Madsen.

    These people are YOUR voice! Please contact any of them if you have an idea for a new or existing event or activity, have concerns with the program, or just want to have input in the decision making process.

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