Burt County 4-H News

Below are posted articles about Burt County 4-H deadlines, information, and events.  If you have any questions or would like to join the fun please call the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929 or E-Mail us at burt-county@unl.edu.

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May 30, 2017

2017 DODGE COUNTY FAMILY LIVESTOCK JUDGING CONTEST

Families are invited to participate in the 2017 Dodge County Family Livestock Judging Contest on June 8, 2017: The Dodge County 4-H Program invites families both inside and outside of Dodge County to the Dodge County 4-H Family Livestock Judging Contest scheduled for Thursday, June 8 at the Masonic Home for Children in Fremont.  4-H Clubs, FFA chapters and individuals are also welcome to take part in this family event!  This is a great practice opportunity for youth participating in PASE.  Registration will be held from 6:00-6:30 p.m., and the contest starts at 6:45 p.m.  The Family Livestock Judging Contest provides a creative inter-generational opportunity involving the entire family.  Family members enter in the various age categories ranging from 5 years old to adults.  Participants competed as individuals as well as on teams.  Teams consist of three or more immediate family members and team total scores consist of the top/highest three scores from each family team.  Prizes are awarded to the top individuals in each category as well as the top teams.

For more information contact: Karna Dam, (402)-727-2775, kdam2@unl.edu

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May 26, 2017

Regional 4-Hers Receive Recognition for Communication Skills

               Several area Burt County 4-H members received special awards at the Northeast Regional 4-H Public Speaking Contest held on May 25, 2017 at the Lifelong Learning Center in Norfolk, Nebraska.

          Sixty youth from 20 counties throughout the state competed in their respective age division in the 2017 Regional 4-H Speech competition including eight from Burt County.  Additionally, thirty-six contestants from eleven counties in the northeast district competed in their respective age division in the 2017 Regional 4-H Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition including eight from Burt County.

          Contestants earn the opportunity to participate in regional competition by winning their age division at the county level.  Contestants may compete in one or both categories.   Contestants are awarded purple, blue, or red awards in recognition of their accomplishments in speech or PSA; in addition, the top four individuals in each division received medals. 

The four winners of the senior division speech and PSA competition are given the opportunity to compete for awards at the State 4-H Public Speaking Contest to be held in Grand Island during the Nebraska State Fair.  All youth competing in state competition and staying for awards will receive special awards. The top two speech and PSA winners in State 4-H Public Speaking Contest receive scholarships.

          Seniors selected to advance to the 2017 state competition from the Northeast Regional Competition in the Speech Category include two Burt County 4-H members:  Rayna Hladky, of Tekamah with her speech titled, “4-H Pledge”; and Faith Roscoe, of Lyons with her speech titled, “Mighty Mini’s.” 

          Also winning top four award recognition in the speech contest was Veona Hladky of Tekamah in the Junior Division.

          Paul Roscoe of Lyons received one of the four top medals in the Intermediate Division of the PSA Contest.

          Ribbon placings are listed for all Burt County contestants in all divisions in speech and PSA. 

Public Service Announcement:

Junior Division – Purple Ribbons to: Madison Enstrom, or Craig; Hope Roscoe and John Roscoe both of Lyons.

Intermediate Division: Purple Ribbon and Winner: Paul Roscoe of Lyons; Blue Ribbon: Elise Anderson of Lyons.

Senior Division: Purple ribbon: Gavin Enstrom, Craig; Blue ribbons: Cody Bachtell of Tekamah and Faith Roscoe of Lyons.

Speech:

Junior Division: Purple ribbon and Winner: Veona Hladky of Tekamah; Purple ribbon: Ashlynne Gramke of Oakland; Blue ribbon: John Roscoe of Lyons.

Intermediate Division: Purple ribbon: Paul Roscoe, Lyons; Blue ribbons: Caleb Schlichting of Lyons and Molly Winn or Tekamah.

Senior Division: Purple ribbon and winners: Rayna Hladky of Tekamah and Faith Roscoe of Lyons.

               Public speaking is a communication with many career possibilities.  Present 4-H members and 4-H alumni have identified communication skills as some of the most important life skills gained through their 4-H experience.  The Nebraska State 4-H communication program is sponsored by the Nebraska Rural Radio Network, which includes KRVN, KNEB, and KTIC.  The Northeast Regional contest is conducted by Nebraska Extension with support from Northeast Community College.

Check out the results here: 2017 Norfolk Regional Speech & PSA Results

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May 23, 2017

Horse & Livestock Identification Deadlines

            If you’re planning on showing Horses in 2017 then we need your ID sheets completed and turned in by 4:30PM on June 1!  PLEASE don’t forget to include all the horses you will be using during the show this year!

            Livestock exhibitors showing Breeding Beef, Bucket Calves, Feeder Calves, Breeding Does, Meat Goats, Rabbits, Breeding Sheep, Market Lambs, or Market Swine – your ID Sheets must be submitted to the Burt County Extension Office by 4:30PM on June 15th.  Please be sure that all forms include members’ names and ages at the top as well as member signatures, parent signature, address, and phone number on the bottom of the ID sheets.  FILL OUT THE FORMS ENTIRELY!  If you have any questions please give us a call at (402)-374-2929.

Tagging Day – June 8

If 4-H or FFA members in your family are planning to show sheep, goats, feeder or bucket calves at the Burt County Fair the tagging day is set for Thursday, June 8 on the Fairgrounds in Oakland. Tagging will run from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 4-H tags will cost $1.00 each and FFA members will need to bring tags from their FFA chapter. ID sheets will be filled out as the animals are tagged so you can sign them and keep a copy. If this date does not work into your plans John Wilson or I can do a “drive-by” identification if you call our office and make sure one of us is available to check them when you park outside the courthouse in Tekamah. June 15 is the deadline for all ID’s to be turned in.

If you plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben you will need to have an EID tag and DNA taken on any market animals. Contact John Wilson if you need more information.

If you have any questions about animal identification methods, dates, etc. please call the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929.

Quality Assurance became Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

The new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at yqca.learngrow.io. You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course – thus you will need to make sure all family members are enrolled or re-enrolled before going to this site.   

All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to help@yqca.org. There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificates of completion and take them to their Extension Office.

The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year. The charge to complete the modules is $12/member. 4-H members who are also FFA members need to be sure to sign up in the LQCA training as a 4-H member. It will also cover you as an FFA member, but in case you want to show at Ak-Sar-Ben (you must be a 4-H member and 4-H certified in LQCA.)

We are able to continue the face to face trainings this year and I will be presenting this training on Thursday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Bill Larson Building on the Burt County Fairgrounds in Oakland. There is no charge this year for the face-to-face training.

FFA members over age 18 will need to either complete a training with a veterinarian or complete the national program. YQCA has an age category for the 18-21 year olds for this purpose.

4-H Adventure Day Camp

The Burt/Cuming County 4-H Adventure Camp will be held June 9th at the West Point City Park.     

If you are 8-11 years old, make sure to mark your calendar! The day will be filled with fun activities including making a bird house and a paint stick flag decoration, canoeing, water relays and lots of fun!  Camp Fee is $30 which includes a t-shirt. Burt County is helping plan and run the camp so the half price opportunity is good on this camp too! Registration deadline is June 1 for this camp.

World Culture Camp

Explore the world without leaving Burt County! Experience the traditions, customs and foods from different cultures around the world and get ready to enter some exciting exhibits at the fair, with some new cash awards offered in this area. The World Culture Camp will be held Tuesday, June 6th at the Tekamah Auditorium from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Camp fee is $20 but Burt County 4-H members may attend for $10.00. Register for the camp by June 2nd. Minimum of 10 participants.

Let’s Get Cooking Funshop! – learn the basics of menu planning, shopping, food prep and table setting at this busy and delicious workshop. The workshop will be Thursday, June 8th in the Tekamah Methodist Church basement from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. 4-H members ages 8-18 are welcome to attend. The workshop ends with a meal the 4-H members have prepared for a family member at approximately 3:30 p.m. (yes, I know it’s early, but there are always ball games to cut our time short!) Make plans now to be part of this Let’s Get Cooking Funshop!

Cost: $10.00 ($5.00 for Burt County 4-H members) meals included. Register by Friday, June 2nd.

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May 11, 2017

Congratulations to our 4-H Graduates!

     It is always great to see our 4-H members graduating from high school and I especially appreciated all of them plus a few previous members noting their 4-H involvement in their activity summaries in the newspaper. Thanks for the great promotion!

However, our 4-H Senior list this year is a short one, but a good one!

Jenna Bromm – Oakland-Craig

Hannah Brudigam – Oakland-Craig

Trenton Elliott – Tekamah-Herman

Jessica Fleischman – Tekamah-Herman

Amelia Schlichting – Lyons-Decatur

     We wish our very best to all of the graduates and especially to our 4-H graduates! We look forward to seeing your post-4-H future open up for you thanks to the great experiences you’ve had in 4-H. We especially look forward to hopefully seeing you on the giving end of the program someday as a 4-H leader, volunteer and/or parent!

Also congratulations to any of our 4-H college graduates! Too widespread of list to name, but we are proud of you all!                                                               

Don’t FORGET…June 1 Deadline for 4-H Enrollment!                                  

4-H on-line enrollment and re-enrollment is up and running! Just go to the Burt County website at www.burt.unl.edu and click on “Burt County 4-H” under Burt County Extension News to get to the re-enrollment or new enrollment pages. We have been told that the Internet Explorer browser does not work well with the 4-H Enrollment – Google Chrome is the preferred browser so you may need to add Google Chrome as your internet browser for this job.

Burt County 4-H Leaders will also do on-line enrollment. The email and password

leaders used last year will work for leader re-enrollment. If you are a new leader, you’ll just go through the steps to enroll. If a 4-H leader is part of a 4-H family their profile needs to be located within that family.

      Give us a call at 402-374-2929 if you have any questions or problems!

Quality Assurance is now Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

You have two options to get the training you need in order to show any livestock in any shows in any fair this year.

Option #1 - We are able to continue the face to face trainings and Mary Loftis will be presenting the final training session on Thursday, June 15 at 1:30 p.m. in Oakland in the Rosen Room of the Oakland Auditorium. There is no charge this year for this method of training.

Option #2 - The new Quality Assurance Curriculum is now called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) and the on-line training is active. Anyone who did not register for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at yqca.learngrow.io. You will use your family 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course – thus you will need to make sure all family members are reenrolled before going to this site.   

All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to help@yqca.org. There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that started their QA training in the LQA site in early March will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office. The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year. The charge to complete these modules is $12/member. 4-H members who are also FFA members need to be sure to sign up in the LQCA training as a 4-H member. It will also cover you as an FFA member, but in case you want to show at Ak-Sar-Ben (you must be a 4-H member and 4-H certified in LQCA.)

Please bring your completed certificate stating you completed your YQCA training as the program may or may not tell us on-line if you completed it! (Still working the bugs out I think!)

FFA members over age 18 will need to either complete a training with a veterinarian or complete the YQCA program as it has an age category for the 18-21 year olds for this purpose.

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May 5, 2017

Spring Deadlines and Opportunities

District 4-H Horse Show

4-H members planning to take part in the District 4-H Horse Show iin June have until Friday, May 12 to complete any horse level testing and to get their entries in for Districts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to compete and learn!

4-H Adventure Day Camp

The Burt/Cuming County 4-H Adventure Camp will be held June 9th at the West Point City Park. Eight to eleven year olds are invited to this day of fun. Activities include making a bird house and a paint stick flag decoration, canoeing, water relays and lots of fun!  Camp Fee is $30 which includes a t-shirt. Some the activities would make great fair exhibits! If you’d like to enter these in the county fair you will want to enroll in Design My Place or Design Decisions and Conservation & Wildlife by June 1.

Burt County is helping plan and run the camp so the half price opportunity is good on this camp thanks to the Burt County 4-H Council! Counselors are also needed for this camp, so if you are 14 or older, please register as a counselor, but the good news is there is no registration fee for you!

Photo Fun!

Photography is a skill you will use the rest of your life. Whether you take pictures on your phone, a 35mm camera or a digital camera there are things you can learn to improve your photos. We might even get you started on the Clover Chase Photography Contest! Bring your camera(s) chargers, and memory cards. Wednesday, May 31 will be the date for the workshop and it will run from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. starting and ending at the Tekamah Library. Registration fee is $10.00 ($5.00 for Burt County 4-H members) which includes lunch and is due Monday, May 29.

World Culture Camp

Explore the world without leaving Burt County! Experience the traditions, customs and foods from different cultures around the world and get ready to enter some exciting exhibits at the fair, with some new cash awards offered in this area. Make sure you enroll in the Seeing i2i project by June 1. The World Culture Camp will be held Tuesday, June 6th at the Tekamah Auditorium from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Camp fee is $20 but Burt County 4-H members may attend for $10.00. Register for the camp by June 2nd. Minimum of 10 participants.

Hoot Gibson Rodeo Queen and Princess Contest

If you’ve ever wanted to be a rodeo queen (or princess) here’s your chance to compete! The Hoot Gibson Memorial Rodeo in Tekamah is looking for candidates. Queen contestants must be between the ages of 14-22 while princess contestants must be between the ages of 9-13.

The contest will be Sunday, May 28 at 1:00 p.m. In order to compete well contestants are encouraged to perfect horsemanship, rodeo knowledge, moving calves, flag carrying and flag etiquette. Contestants must compete on the horse they will ride while representing the Hoot Gibson Memorial Rodeo.

Coronation will be held on the first night of the rodeo, June 2 before Grand Entry.

If interested, please contact Kathy Burghardt at (402)317-8511 or Lisa Burghardt at 402-619-7283

Tagging Day – June 8

If 4-H or FFA members in your family are planning to show sheep, goats, feeder or bucket calves at the Burt County Fair the tagging day is set for Thursday, June 8 on the Fairgrounds in Oakland. Tagging will run from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 4-H tags will cost $1.00 each and FFA members will need to bring tags from their FFA chapter. ID sheets will be filled out as the animals are tagged so you can sign them and keep a copy. If this date does not work into your plans John Wilson or I can do a “drive-by” identification if you call our office and make sure one of us is available to check them when you park outside the courthouse in Tekamah. June 15 is the absolute deadline for all animal ID’s to be turned in to the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County. No late entries.

If you plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben you will need to have an EID tag and DNA taken on any market animals. Contact John Wilson if you need more information.

If you have any questions about animal identification methods, dates, etc. please call the Nebraska Extension Office in Burt County at 402-374-2929.

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April 28, 2017

4-H Speech, PSA Entries

            4-H members selected for the Regional 4-H Speech and/or PSA Contest are reminded to get their paperwork in to the extension office by Tuesday, May 9th so I can get it sent in to the district.

4-H Interview Contest

The 4-H Interview Judging Contest will be held Thursday, May 25 at the Lifelong Learning Center at Northeast Community College Campus, 601 E. Benjamin Ave.  Suite 104, Norfolk, NE.  4-H members that are age 10 and older (as of January 1 of the current year) are eligible to enter this contest. 

What is an Interview Contest?

The Interview Contest is an opportunity for members to practice the real-life skill of applying for a job. The contest involves a set of fictitious job descriptions that the members use to prepare for the process of applying and interviewing for a position. To enter the Interview Contest the member must:

1.Pick one of the three job descriptions for a job the member has a potential interest in pursuing

2.Develop a resume of their education and experiences that they believe make them a

    good candidate for the job selected

3.Write an accompanying cover letter for their résumé Prepare for the interview

4.Fill out job application the day of the contest for chosen position

5.Participate in an actual interview where they are judged on all of the key elements in the process

Contest Resources: Preparing for the Job Search Guide available on the web at http://www.unl.edu/careers/jobsearch/jobsearch.pdf

GENERAL RULES: Each contestant will submit 3 typewritten cover letters and 3 typewritten job resumes to the NEREC District Office byMay 10. Cover letters and job resumes should not exceed one page each.

Each participant’s cover letter, resume and application will be the result of his or her own efforts. If a contestant’s materials are found to not be their own original work, that contestant will be disqualified from the Interview Contest. Participants are encouraged to use examples related to their real 4-H experience whenever possible when preparing their cover letter, resume, and interview.

JOB DESCRIPTIONS

Please prepare a cover letter and resume for ONLY ONE of the job descriptions listed below. Real-life as well as fictitious education and experiences can be used to show that you are a good candidate for the job selected.

A. Cornhusker Animal Clinic

     Position: Veterinary Assistant

B. 4-H Summer Camp

     Position: Camp Counselor

C. Senator Green

     Position: Intern

Contact information:  Kim Bearnes, Ext. Educator Stanton County: 402-439-2231 or Mary Jarvi, ENREC District project manager: 402-370-4021

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April 18, 2017

4-H Public Speaking Contest – Great Success!

          The Burt County 4-H Public Speaking Contest was a great success last Monday evening, April 17th with 22 4-H members competing in 26 events. Topics shared at the contest ranged from exciting fair activities like mutton busting to a discussion on being a “word nerd” as well as learning about bees, Louis Pasteur and Legos to continuing the family tradition of 4-H and much more.

          There were nine in the Public Service Announcement division, two in the 5-7 year old Clover Kid Show and Tell Division and 15 in the Speech Contest.

          The future is bright for this contest and for these contestants as the judges and audience spoke very highly of the quality of speeches and PSA’s, as well as the number of younger brothers and sisters in the audience!

          In the PSA Contest, Junior Division (ages 8-10) Champion was John Roscoe of Lyons; Reserve Champion went to Hope Roscoe of Lyons and third purple was awarded to Madison Enstrom of Craig.

In the Intermediate Division, (ages 11-13) Champion honors went to Paul Roscoe of Lyons with Elise Anderson of Lyons receiving Reserve Champion and the pork award. Miranda Bracht of West Point received a blue ribbon.

Senior Division results found Cody Bachtell of Tekamah earning Champion with Gavin Enstrom of Craig taking home the reserve champion ribbon and the pork award. Faith Roscoe of Lyons gave them a run for their money also earning a purple ribbon.

In the Speech Contest Division the Clover Kids (ages 5-7) did a show and tell as their introduction to the contest. Receiving rainbow ribbons for their efforts were Carsyn Miller of Lyons and Tye Penke of Craig.

The Junior Division (ages 8-10) was the big group of the evening’s contest with eight participants. Topping the group was Ashlynne Gramke of Oakland with Reserve Champion going to Veona Hladky of Tekamah. Third purple went to John Roscoe of Lyons. Linden Anderson of Lyons received a blue ribbon and the pork award. Also receiving blue ribbons were: Tate Penke of Craig, Lily Willing of Tekamah; Hope Roscoe of Lyons and Eli Schlichting of Lyons.

In the Intermediate Division (Ages 11-13) Paul Roscoe of Lyons received Champion honors, while Reserve Champion went to Molly Winn of Tekamah. Caleb Schlichting earned the third purple ribbon while Andrew Schlichting of Lyons received a blue ribbon.

Senior speaking contest results saw Rayna Hladky of Tekamah earning the top award with Ellie Glup also of Tekamah a close second as Reserve Champion. Faith Roscoe of Lyons gave the older girls a run for their money as she earned the third place purple ribbon.

Speakers selected to compete at regional competition in May are:

PSA: John Roscoe, Hope Roscoe, Madison Enstrom, Paul Roscoe, Elise Anderson, Cody Bachtell, Gavin Enstrom and Faith Roscoe.

Speech: Ashlynn Gramke, Veona Hladky, John Roscoe, Paul Roscoe, Molly Winn, Caleb Schlichting, Rayna Hladky, Ellie Glup and Faith Roscoe.

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April 13, 2017

Burt County Babysitting Clinic

The annual Burt County Babysitting Clinic will be held in Tekamah this year at the Tekamah City Auditorium on Thursdays, April 27, May 4 and May 11. Sessions will run after school from 3:45-5:00 p.m. each day. Any student grades 4-7 are invited to attend.

          Sessions will cover readiness to stay alone as well as to babysit, safety issues, reading to children, toys, snacks, safety and health topics and how to handle emergencies. The workshop is free, but we need to know by Wednesday, April 24th how many are attending so nametags, snacks and materials can be made. Call Nebraska Extension in Burt County at402-374-2929 to register. Of course, parents are always welcome to attend.

4-H Snow/Snowless Sculpture Contest Results

         It’s time to wrap up It was a challenging year for the 4-H Snow/Snowless Sculpture Contest, but we had entries from 12 4-H members, families and/or clubs. The Burt County 4-H Council judged the entries at their April meeting and the winners were as follows:

                              Best Message        Most Creative          Greenest

4-H Club:        1st Clover Stars                             ----------                        ----------

Team Group:  1st Enstrom Family                   1st Davis Family             1st  Pearson Family

                        2nd Gramke Family                    Loftis Family                  2nd Gavin Johnson Family

Individual:      1st Cody Bachtell                      1st Connor Davis             1st  Bridgette Braniff

                        2nd Parke Loftis                         2nd Lane Loftis                  ----------

Way to go everyone and thanks for your efforts to promote 4-H!! Start planning now for next year, come snow or shine!

Embryology Time!

          Spring means new life and evidence of that is no further away than your local grade school (and high schools!)

          This year’s 4-H Embryology Project got started early with the Tekamah-Herman Animal Science classes under the direction of instructor, Bailey Kobs. They hatched eggs before Easter in order to provide baby chicks and hatching baby chicks for Spring Fling at Master’s Hand last Saturday.

          Oakland-Craig’s animal science and Introduction to Ag classes set their eggs last week as they started their embryo development unit of study.

          Elementary classrooms across the county started this same project – on a slightly less scientific level just this week. Taking part in the 4-H Embryology Project again this year are:

Lyons-Decatur 3rd Grade with Marti Potadle;

Oakland Craig 4th Grades with Kris Reinert and Lana Hagedorn and

Tekamah Herman 2nd Grades with Pam O’Mara and Pam Tonjes.

          It’s always fun to bring this exciting project to students of any age and as I work with more of the high school classes – I learn more too!

National 4-H Day of Service

The National 4-H Day of Service will be Saturday, April 29, 2017. I encourage all our

4-H Clubs and individual members to make plans to help someone else on Saturday,

April 29. Make sure you take pictures of you and your group helping in your community and then send them to our local newspapers and to me at mloftis2@unl.edu so we can make sure your good deeds get good coverage locally and nationally!

Go to: http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/ to register your event.

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April 7, 2017

Market Beef Exhibitors – ID Deadline

If you are planning to show a market beef animal in 4-H or FFA this year you must have the identification forms in the Burt County Extension Office no later than Monday, April 17. This is the absolute deadline (because April 15 is on a Saturday). If you are considering showing at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben, they must be tagged with an EID tag and have a DNA sample collected in the official envelopes. If they are just going to County Fair or Fremont Fair, then a regular 4-H/FFA ear tag is acceptable. In either case, a completed ID sheet must be returned to the Extension office by April 17. They will not be accepted on April 18 so please don’t ask.

Last Call for 4-H Public Speaking Contest

            Monday, April 17 at Noon is the absolute deadline to enter the 4-H public speaking contest either with a speech and/or a public service announcement. The contest will be held Monday evening at the Presbyterian Church in Tekamah beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone is welcome to attend and I’m still looking for more 4-H members who want to expand their skills in the public speaking area. If anyone needs help with their entry or just wants someone to listen while they practice please give me a call at the Burt County Extension office at 402-374-2929. Also call that number to register for the contest. Please include the title of your speech when you register so I can put it on the program for the evening. If you call after office hours you are welcome to leave a voicemail message. Press 5 after the recording starts to get to my voicemail. Thanks!

Burt County Babysitting Clinic

       The annual Burt County Babysitting Clinic will be held in Tekamah this year at the Tekamah City Auditorium on Thursdays, April 27, May 4 and May 11. Sessions will run after school from 3:45-5:00 p.m. each day. Any student grades 4-7 are invited to attend.

       Sessions will cover readiness to stay alone as well as to babysit, safety issues, reading to children, toys, snacks, safety and health topics and how to handle emergencies. The workshop is free, but we need to know by Wednesday, April 24th how many are attending so nametags, snacks and materials can be made. Call Nebraska Extension in Burt County at402-374-2929 to register. Of course, parents are always welcome to attend.

National 4-H Day of Service

April 2017 is the month to celebrate community service and service learning throughout 4-H. This month of celebration will culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017.

4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H partners, through the 4-H Citizenship Leadership team, are preparing this opportunity. Some highlights will include:

· National marketing and communication highlighting 4-H Service

· Opportunity to plan a 4-H service project around the national theme of “Food Security”

· Opportunity to identify and plan a 4-H service project around a local need

· Opportunity to sign up these local projects to be a part of the National 4-H Day of Service

Go to: http://4-h.org/get-involved/true-leaders-in-service/ to register your event. Then make sure you take pictures so they can be submitted to our local papers as well as to National 4-H!

Nebraska 4-H/Nebraska FFA License Plate

Source: Stuart Shepherd

          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 at http://ne4hfoundation.org 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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April 3, 2017

Ashley Bohannon Chosen to Participate in National 4-H Congress

Ashley Bohannon of Tekamah will traveled to Atlanta, Ga., with other Nebraska 4-Hers to participate in the 2017 National 4-H Congress November 24 - 28, 2017.

National 4-H Congress is the flagship event of the 4-H program. For over 80 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in the youth leadership development conference. Congress provides youth, ages 15-19 a quality educational and cross-cultural experience. It is designed to address the needs and issues of youth while helping to develop capable, competent and caring citizens.

Nebraska youth are selected for this honor based on their leadership, community service and educational activities through 4-H. Ashley received her award by winning the Leadership and Citizenship curriculum area through her 4-H Career Portfolio application.

Congress delegates experienced an awesome educational program including a variety of fun and exciting recreational and networking opportunities. The workshop presenters and speakers motivate as well as shared the most current information in their area of expertise. A cultural evening exposes the youth to a variety of forms of fine arts. The conference emphasizes leadership, youth empowerment, and cultural diversity. Delegates visit venues in the city including the Centennial Olympic Park, The World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the Carter Presidential Center, and the Martin Luther King Center.

All youth ages 5 to 19 can explore their interests and enhance their potential through 4-H.  This University of Nebraska-Lincoln­ Extension youth development program offers projects for nearly every interest, ranging from Web design to rockets, genealogy, animals large and small, woodworking, fashion, photography, and much, much more.

Other Burt County 4-H members applying for this award this year in various curriculum areas were: Cody Bachtell, of Tekamah; Faith Roscoe and Amelia Schlichting both of Lyons.

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Attention Media: For more information about 4-H National Congress, please contact Stuart Shepherd, 4-H Foundation Director at 402-472-9019 orsshepherd3@unl.edu

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March 31, 2017

YQCA Available

We are excited to announce that the new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is now active. Anyone who has not registered for the LQA online course for 2017 should now navigate to the NEW online YQCA course at yqca.learngrow.io. You will use your FAMILY 4HOnline login and password information to access the courses for the ACTIVE youth in your family.  Only ACTIVE members will show in the drop down menu for access to the course.   All registration questions with YQCA should be directed to help@yqca.org. There will not be local support for the YQCA program. All 4-Hers need to use the 4-H tab and not the FFA tab even if they are members of both organizations. There is a button for families that have forgotten their password. 4-Hers that have started their QA training in the LQA site will be able to complete their modules and print off their certificate of completion and take it to their Extension Office. The YQCA site is user friendly and should make it easy for 4-H families to complete their QA training for this year.

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