Dodge County 4-H Blast

May 6, 2016

May/June Newsletter

May/June Newsletter will only be sent out electronically more details below.

Communication Request

The Dodge County Newsletters will only be sent out electronically. If you would like to be put on the hard copy newsletter list, you must call the Office or Click Here. Thank you to everyone being patient with us in this change!

Hard Copy List (May 6, 2016): Myron Anderews, Ann Brodd, Hope Bunn, Pamela Cech, Keegan Fischer, Jill Francis, Lori Franzluebbers, Robin Harms, Faith Hemme, Cindy Judds-Krenk Sara Ness, Landon Olson, Chris Ondracek,Lois Palmer, Rachel Purcell, and Joan Ruskamp.

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We would like to congratulate all those who competed in our Public Speaking and PSA contest Thursday night! We are proud of all the hard work our 4-H'ers put into this contest!

Novice Division-Speech ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Junior Divsion-Speech

Gold: Ariana Pitterson ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gold: Paige Bunn

Silver: Seth Pitterson~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Silver: Joseph Blaha

Bronze: Chase Hartman

Intermediate Division-Speech ~~~~~~~~~~~ PSA:

Gold Emily Brodd ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Junior: Gold-Alexa Brodd

Silver: Dalton Blaha ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Intermediate: Gold-Emily Brodd

Bronze: Evan Hartman

Blue Ribbon Winners

Senior: Taylor Gregory

Intermediate: Kaden Gregory

Novice: Alexa Brodd, Ashely Abrahams, & Olivia Buresh

Clover Kids: Josiah Pitterson, Kelsey Bunn, and Hallie Mottle

~~Dodge County 4-H News~~

Horse Level Testing Deadlines

Level testing & ID forms and entries are due May 13th into the office for State and District shows. Level testing & ID forms must be completed by June 1 for youth only competing at the County level.

Our area District Horse Show will be held in Leigh on June 16, but youth are able to attend other district shows.

Livestock Quality Assurance Information - DUE June 15

Livestock Quality Assurance: All 4-H members exhibiting Beef, Sheep, Swine, Dairy, Dairy Goats, Meat Goats, Rabbits and Poultry will need to complete their Livestock Quality Assurance for 2016. This is an online course that you need to complete three modules within your age division. For step-by-step directions on how to complete your registration for this course go to: and go to Quality Assurance Moodle Course Guide. If you have been in the course previous years, please use your same email and password to re-enroll. This will allow you to see which modules you have completed in previous years.

2016 Online Enrollment

The process is the same as last year for members. NEW: 4-H leader enrollment will be completed using the online system. ENROLLMENT DEADLINE. June 15, 2016 We encourage you to enroll by May 1 so not to miss out on important 4-H updates and dates.

~~Nebraska 4-H News~~

Startup Sprint

The Youth Entrepreneurship Issue Team is piloting a new program for high school Juniors and Seniors called Startup Sprint. It is modeled after of the 3 Day Startup concept and is an intensive experience for motivated, entrepreneurially-minded students. It will be held on May 26th through May 28th at McCook Community College (they stay in the dorms) and costs just $20. Click for more information.

2016 Online Horticulture Judging Contest - Open to 4-H Youth & Adults!

The 2016 Nebraska 4-H Online Horticulture Judging contest is just around the corner. This year the contest will be available from June 10th at 8:00 a.m. until June 20th at 8:00 a.m. It is composed of three parts; general knowledge questions, plant part and seed identification, as well as a judging portion. More information about this event!

Livestock & Small Animal Clinics, Workshops, and Programs

  • District Horse Show
    • June 16th - Leigh
  • P.A.S.E & Life Challenge June 19-21 - Registration Due June 1
  • The 2016 Nebraska State Horse Show will be held on July 10-14 at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE.

Complete list of all upcoming events.

Nebraska Mystery Foods Event

Raising Nebraska, the agricultural literacy exhibit open year-round at the Nebraska State Fairgrounds, is hosting a competitive food preparation event for youth ages 10-18. The Nebraska Mystery Foods Event will be at 1p.m. June 3, 2016 at the exhibit in Grand Island.

Science Saturday's- Free and open to the Public

May 14 – Pollinator Power by Doug Golick

June 11 – Create a Backyard Habitat by Terri James & Elizabeth Killinger

July 9 – Selling your Beans designed by NE Extension Economists

For more details about the Science Saturday program, visit or contact Beth Janning at 308-385-3967 or