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Nebraska State Fair 4-H App

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 13:37

Keep up-to-date with everything Nebraska 4-H has to offer at this year's Nebraska State Fair by downloading the Nebraska 4-H at the State Fair app. Get access to the latest updates, schedules, show programs, results, and more! Even keep up with #NE4H on social media. You won't miss a minute of the fun with everything this app has to offer.

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Club of the Month

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 10:26

This month we would like to congratulate the Middle Loup 4-H Club for being awarded the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month for July 2017. This Club from Sargent, NE, in Custer County, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The Middle Loup 4-H Club is very active in almost every area of 4-H. Its current membership is one-third of the local school system. At many meetings, the club tries to visit a business in the area. Members have visited a cattle feedlot, a club member’s swine operation, the school greenhouse, and a dairy farm.

The Middle Loup 4-H Club sold the most premium book ads in Custer County this year with a total of 71 ads with 17 of them being new ads. To thank their sponsors, the club has always given them a plate of cookies. This year, in order to raise money for the Custer County Fairgrounds, the club voted to have a pancake feed with an auction to follow. Premium book sponsors were each given tickets to get in free. The rest of the community was invited and were asked to give a free will donation to eat. The auction items were provided by generous donors from businesses in Custer County. The event was a huge success, and the club raised over $4,500 for the fairgrounds.

Another project that was started to help with the fairgrounds is aluminum can recycling. Donated cans can be left in a horse trailer parked in town. 4-H families take turns hauling the cans to be traded in for money. Around $200 dollars was collected to add to the fairground donation and this will be an ongoing fundraising opportunity.

The club gives back to the community in several ways. In the spring, businesses have the opportunity to purchase planters made especially for them by club members. Members learn about picking out plants, plant care, and plant arrangement. At the Chokecherry Fair in the summer, the club has a food booth allowing them to encourage people to come to the park to eat and visit with others. The club is also able to raise the money needed to keep club activities going. One of the most educational items the club was able to buy is an archery target with a resealable screen and a software program that gives members a chance to shoot at wildlife and different sizes of targets. The funds they have raised have also made it possible for us to give a donation for shrubs to be put around a Veteran’s Memorial project being completed in downtown Sargent.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information please visit the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or e-mail ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com

State Fair 4-H Live Animal & In-Person Contest Registration

Mon, 07/10/2017 - 09:01

4-H'ers planning to exhibit a live animal or participate in an in-person contest at the Nebraska State Fair must register in ShoWorks by August 10 at 5:00 pm. This includes youth participating in any of the following shows or contests:

  • Beef
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Meat goats
  • Poultry
  • Rabbits
  • Dog
  • Dairy Judging Contest
  • Dog Skillathon
  • Livestock Premier Exhibitor
  • Presentations Contest
  • Public Speaking Contest
  • Fashion Show
  • Culinary Challenge Contest
  • Insect ID Contest
  • Tree ID Contest
  • Horticulture ID Contest
  • Weed & Grass ID Contest

Registration must be completed by the family and must be paid for using a credit card. There are no other options for payment. For help entering, please review the 4-H/FFA Registration Instructions or watch our tutorial video. For more information about exhibiting in 4-H at the State Fair, please visit the State Fair 4-H Exhibitor page.

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Club of the Month

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 15:03

Congratulations to the Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club from Sheridan County for being selected at the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month! This Club from Hay Springs, NE, has truly made a difference in its community. The club is dedicated to building strong citizenship and teamwork through various activities.

The Hooves and Hearts 4-H Club has only been in existence for only two years but has been up and running from the start and rapidly growing! This club has made it their top priority to help the community they live in. In November, they finished creating books for the local nursing home and delivered them to the residents. In October, they picked up trash around town and created tie blankets for the local hospital. Its members are well informed and very active in the sewing group, horse camps, rabbit project, cooking projects, swine project, and rockets.

Since the club’s existence, it has invited a presenter to help members prepare a 4-H Speech for the County Speech Contest and had members attend classes to learn about chickens and rabbits. Through the classes, the members completed Quality Assurance, made rabbit hutches, learned how to care for their animals, and practiced showmanship. The club members continually set up to help at the county-wide events. This club has grown from seven members to almost 35 in only two years! It will be exciting to see what this club conquers next.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen as Club of the Month. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website or at ne4hclubofthemonth@gmail.com.

County Fair!

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 12:19

It's county fair season in Nebraska! County fairs are events held throughout the state of Nebraska that involve 4-H by giving youth an opportunity to develop their 4-H skills. At county fairs, 4-H members are able to exhibit the knowledge and ability that they have developed in their 4-H project areas, whether it is showing a bucket calf or displaying their photography. Members can showcase their work and accomplishments from 4-H through county fair shows.

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PASE & Life Challenge

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 08:37

PASE/Life Challenge is a two-day event held each year at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. This year's event will be June 25-27, 2017. The event is made up of the Premier Animal Science Event (PASE) and Life Challenge. Both offer career exploration opportunities, tours, presentations, and competitive contests. Youth do not need to be enrolled in the animal science or family and consumer science projects to participate in any contests. 

The registration deadline is June 5th. To register for a contest or find a team in your area, please contact your local Extension office.

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Club of the Month

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:29

Congratulations to the Webster County Wranglers 4-H Club from Webster County for being selected as your April 2017 Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!

The Webster County Wranglers club members are enrolled in a variety of projects, but the club specializes in the horse and dog projects. Club members participate in a variety of workshops that are available in their region, including the dog expo, horsemanship clinics, sewing clinic, and a barn quilt workshop. The Wranglers have organized and hosted an open horse show at the beginning of summer that enables local 4-H’ers to prepare for district and county shows.

The “Webster County Classic” has been held in Bladen each year for over 25 years. The club picks up trash each year along a section of highway that leads to our fair grounds. Club members have a food stand during a regional judging clinic that is held on our fair grounds each summer. The club also holds fun and educational club meetings during the winter and spring months. At those meetings, members have completed club projects that have included making sock bunnies, string art projects, and cooking and baking activities. Members learn about horses and dogs through member and club leader presentations.

Weekly dog and horse practice sessions are held during the late spring and summer months at the fairgrounds. Members ride their horses and lead their dogs through the 4th of July parade in Blue Hill each summer. The club puts together a table that highlights project areas completed by members at the annual 4-H Jr. Leader Soup Supper. The Webster County Wranglers is a fun and energetic club that strives to serve its club, community, county, and world.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for the next Club of the Month. All clubs are encouraged to apply to be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

Shooting Sports Program

Mon, 04/24/2017 - 09:25

Breaking clays, punching paper, flinging arrows and counting X's are all part of the 4-H Shooting Sports project. Safety first - but a lot of fun! The Shooting Sports project includes many options for 4-H members. Youth learn safe gun handling skills, and sound fundamentals of shooting under the guidance of caring and knowledgeable adult volunteers.

4-H Shooting Sports is a youth development educational program. It uses the skills and disciplines of shooting to assist young people and their leaders in obtaining knowledge and developing skills. Development of skills within the discipline of shooting and "life skills" is implicit in the program curriculum and explicitly stated for volunteers. It appeals to young people and volunteers from a wide range of urban and rural backgrounds. 4-H Shooting Sports promotes positive youth-adult interaction and peer leadership.

The focus of the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports program is the total development of the young person. The shooting sports and related natural resource activities are utilized as a vehicle for human growth and development. The shooting sports program attracts new audiences as well as enhances the traditional 4-H club program. Project choices for youth include:

  • Archery
  • Shotgun (9+ years old)
  • Air Rifle/BB Gun
  • Smallbore Rifle - .22 caliber
  • Air Pistol
  • Smallbore Pistol - .22 caliber
  • Muzzleloading (9+ years old)
  • Hunting & Outdoor Skills
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Nebraska 4-H & FFA License Plate

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:44

Take your support of “Making the Best Better” and “Learning to Do” wherever you go with the new license plates showcasing Nebraska 4-H and Nebraska FFA! The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska FFA Association in cooperation with the Nebraska FFA Alumni, have teamed up to create the first ever license plate supporting the two largest youth organizations in Nebraska. Similar to other organizational specialty license plates, there must be 250 applications received before the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles will begin issuing this organizational plate. Order yours today by filling out the application form and mailing it along with the $70 fee to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. Be one of the first 4-H and FFA license plate owners and show the world you are an advocate of these outstanding youth organizations. Show your support of using your “Head, Heart, Hands and Health” to promote “Premier Leadership, Personal Growth and Career Success”.

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Big Red Summer Academic Camps

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:37

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp offered has a specific number of openings, please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Sessions for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty members in various academic areas across campus.

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Club of the Month

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 08:58

Congratulations to the Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club of Cedar County for being selected as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month!

The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club has 43 members and continued its club learning experiences through the community by making first aid kits at their February meeting. Working with the 3 Laurel EMTs, members learned about CPR and first aid at the meeting and then went on to create first aid kits. EMT Melissa Graham took members onto one of the Laurel ambulances and showed them around the ambulance and discussed what information they would need to tell the 911 operator in an emergency. They also discussed what to do if an adult tooth was knocked out, and what to do in case they or someone they knew came in contact with poisons.

EMT Jodi Thompson showed 4-Hers how to do CPR and had them practice proper chest compressions and informed them how to treat burns, bites and stings and how to care for someone that is suffering from heat exhaustion. EMT Steph Urwiler talked to 4-Hers about fractures and what they could do if they ever had a situation where someone had broken an arm or leg. She reviewed treatment for bleeding and shock and talked to members about items in the first aid kit and the purpose of each item.

The Laurel Bit and Bridle 4-H Club decided to cover the cost of supplies for the first aid kits so that each member would have a first aid kit that they could have on hand. After entering their first aid kit in the fair, members plan to keep the kit in their vehicle that goes to 4-H activities so that it would be available to use if anything ever happened at club meetings, horse practices or the County Fair.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for Club of the Month. Clubs are encouraged to apply for next month and be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

4-H Summer Camp

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 09:07

Nebraska 4-H Youth Development offers a variety of day and overnight camps, which provide unique experiences that focus on life skills, including:

  • science exploration 
  • leadership and citizenship skills 
  • future career opportunities 
  • healthy decision-making 
  • natural resources education

Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps are offered at two 4-H Camp Centers: Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna and Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey. A variety of both day and overnight camps are available to youth ages 5-18. Each location offers a variety of themed camps, such as robotics, creativity, animal care, outdoor skills, and more! Each location also offers team building and challenge courses, shooting sports, aquatics, GPS, and more! Scholarships are available.

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Raise Your Hand

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 13:12

This spring, Nebraska 4-H is asking alumni to raise their hands!

We believe that every child deserves the chance to succeed. If you're a 4-H alumni or know someone who is, we're asking for your help in spreading the word. Together we can help 4-H provide the hands-on learning that empower kids across America with the skills to hands what life throws at them.

It's easy:

  1. Raise Your Hand: Go to http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ to show your pride as a 4-H alumni.
  2. Compete for Nebraska: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000, or $5,000 award for the states with the most alumni hands raised. In Nebraska, this award will be used to reach more youth through science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.
  3. Pay it Forward: Tweet, post, and share your #4HGrown and #NE4H experience or support and tag fellow alumni asking them to raise their hands for their state at http://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/.

Help kids learn responsibility, compassion, respect, and the value of hard work by supporting 4-H. Together we can grow the next generation of true leaders. 

Raise Your Hand

Horsemanship Advancement Levels

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 09:05

The Horsemanship Advancement Levels program is designed to serve as a guide for instruction and evaluation of each member's progress. The correct handling of horses is emphasized from the beginning level to the most advanced level. Each level has particular emphases to assist in developing 4-H member's self-discipline, patience, self-reliance, responsibility, and pride of accomplishments. 

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Companion Animal Challenge

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:15

The 4-H Companion Animal Challenge is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2017. The Companion Animal Challenge offers a vareity of 4-H companion animal contests that don't require live animals, including a Demonstration Contest, Dog Quiz Bowl, Skillathon Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as individuals and as part of a team. There is a $5 entry fee per contestant. A Brown Bag Lunch is available through a pre-order form. T-shirts need to be pre-ordered in order to secure a shirt.

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4-H Horse Stampede

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:12

The 4-H Horse Stampede is held annually on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. This year's 4-H Horse Stampede will be held Saturday, April 1, 2017. This event offers a variety of 4-H horse contests that don't require live horses, including public speakingdemonstrationquiz bowlart, and photography contests. Youth have the opportunity to display their equine knowledge through these contests both as an individual and as part of a team. Registration is required in order to participate in the Stampede and must be completed through local Extension offices by March 10, 2017. There is a $10 entry fee per contestant. A Brown Bag Lunch is available through a pre-order form. Along with lunches, T-shirts will also need to be pre-ordered in order to secure a shirt. 

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Nebraska 4-H Month - Share Your Story!

Thu, 01/19/2017 - 09:55

What does being a Nebraska 4-H member look like? We want to know! February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and we want to hear your 4-H story! Maybe it’s showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Or zooming down the zipline. Share a short video or photo that shows your 4-H experience. Videos or photos may be shared through social media using the #NE4H and #TrueLeaders hashtags. Video shared as a #NE4H Video View may also be shared at the Nebraska State Fair and through state 4-H social media networks. We look forward to seeing your 4-H story this February during Nebraska 4-H Month!

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Diamond Clover Program

Fri, 12/09/2016 - 08:42

The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover program encourages 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as a competent, caring, and contributing citizen. The program's overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience. The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed for all ages of 4-H members.

The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. 

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Cat Club

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 08:48

Cat Club is a monthly webinar series offering educational information about caring for and showing cats in 4-H. Cat Club is a great resource for anyone whether you have one now or not! Webinars are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm CT. Youth interested in participating should join from one of the host locations. Youth do not need to be enrolled in 4-H or in the 4-H cat project to participate. Youth of all ages are welcome to join. Webinar topics change each month. 

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Club of the Month

Wed, 10/19/2016 - 11:59

Congratulations to the Clever Clovers 4-H Club for being selected as the Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month in December 2016.

The Clever Clovers 4-H club has just kicked off their 3rd year in existence! Their membership has remained steady and their 4-Her’s are active! The club had a great year end celebration/ new year kick-off potluck. They reflected on the multiple accomplishments of their club members in the 2015-2016 year which included 11 of 12 members attending a 4-H lock-in, multiple members participating in Clover College, 4-H camp, speech at county and district level, demonstrations at county and state level, three members identified as top exhibitors at County Fair, and two members having static exhibits at State Fair, just to name a few.

The club had a great time once again working in the Lancaster County Fair food booth to help raise money for scholarships within the county. They offered their time and talent and planted flowers at Tabitha Health Care to give back to their community, as they offer the club a free meeting place. Sewing pillowcases for the Foster Care program was also a great way to practice their sewing skills and to add a bright spot in someone’s life.

The Clever Clovers Club opened a Facebook page this year to share photos and information. Members of the 4-H club recently promoted 4-H during National 4-H week by wearing a 4-H t-shirt to school and posting photos to social media using the hashtag #TrueLeaders.

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for Club of the Month. Clubs are encouraged to apply for next month and be acknowledged for their achievements, service projects, and awards! Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized statewide! Applications can be found at http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/.

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