Cherry County 4-H

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Cherry County 4-H Alerts

Current news about Cherry County 4-H activities is e-mailed as information becomes available.  You will find all of the Alerts here.

2017 CEA Contest

 The 2017 Communication & Expressive Arts Contest has been rescheduled to Friday, March 24th at 6:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School. The important life skill of being able to speak before a group or to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest.  Divisions include Speech, Presentations, PSAs, Digital Video Pro and Music and Talent.  Detailed guidelines and information are available.  The entry form may be filled in and returned to the Extension Office, or you may call in your entry.  The new entry deadline is March 15.

2017 Cherry County 4-H Enrollment


Cherry County 4-H members are encouraged to consider their areas of interest, and then determine the 4-H projects they would like to enroll in.  To help in project selection, please refer to the 2017 list of projects available in Cherry County.    Clover Kids (4-H age 5-7) may select only projects listed on the Clover Kids Curriculum list.   More detailed information about projects may be found at Project Resource Central.

2017 4-H enrollment for youth currently enrolled in Cherry County 4-H or for new members  is now open.  Deadline is April 3.    Enrollment will be done via ne.4honline.com.    The Health Form part of the enrollment does NOT have to be filled out.   Please make sure you properly select the "Correspondence Preference" to indicate if your family wants to receive the Cherry County 4-H Alerts newsletter by mail or e-mail.   Please be careful to select from the drop down menu of CloverKid projects only those shown in the Cherry County Clover Kids Curriculum list as available in Cherry County.  Independent Club members need to select Cherry County Independents as their club.  There is a $5 enrollment fee payable to Cherry County 4-H Foundation-Council for each 4-H member.  The enrollment status will remain "pending" until the fee is received at the Extension Office.  You may either drop off or mail the enrollment fee.  

Leader, Committee Members, and Volunteer enrollments must also be submitted no later than April 3 via ne.4honline.com . 
Step by step instruction are available, if needed, to help with the enrollment process.
          NEW 4-H member enrollment
          Member RE-enrollment
          Leader/Volunteer with EXISTING family profile
          Leader/Volunteer enrollment with NO CURRENT family profile  

4-H Project Manuals

A limited number of manuals for 4-H projects are available at the Extension Office.  Once supplies are depleted, families will need to purchase their  manuals at marketplace.unl.edu.  Others will have to be ordered from National 4-H Mall.

Cherry County 4-H 2017 County Fair Premium Book

The County Fair Premium Book contains all the guidelines for the projects that can be entered in the 2017 Cherry County Fair.  Please refer to it for each class you intend to enter in the fair.  

Citizenship Washington Focus 2019

Formation of a new group for the next CWF trip that is scheduled for May-June 2019 has begun.

Learning workshops prior to the trip, and seminars and field trips during the trip, combine to provide a unique opportunity for using the nation’s capital as a classroom, and learn about all levels of government from the inside. This trip is much more than a sight-seeing tour. It becomes a living and learning experience in citizenship and stimulates youth to search for solutions to contemporary issues, practice leadership skills with other youth from all over the nation, and plan for meaningful involvement with community programs when they return home.

In addition to a stay at the National 4-H Center in Washington, D.C. and visits to all of the usual sites in D.C., the bus trip will included stops, with touring and activities, in Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York City, Gettysburg, and Philadelphia at an approximate cost of $2700. The trip is open to all youth that will be age 14-19 when they arrive at the 4-H Center in 2019.

In the past, parents and participants have formed an organization that can voluntarily work at money raising projects over the three years to help pay the cost of the trip. There will be several fund raising opportunities become available this summer, therefore it is recommended that youth sign up as soon as possible so they can participate in these activities. Parents of interested youth are encouraged to call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 as soon as possible to get detailed information and to register their children. Registration forms may also be accessed, saved and e-mailed to cherry-county@unl.edu or printed and delivered or mailed to the Extension Office.  

 

Livestock Identification Guidelines

To verify information about deadlines, types of animal ID forms required, ear tags, Breeding Nomination Cards, DNA requirements, etc. check out this chart and detailed information.  All Livestock/Animal Ownership Affidavits can be opened and filled in from this link.  They can then be printed and sent to the Cherry County Extension Office by April 15, 2017.  The only exception to this deadline is Horse IDs for District and State Horse Shows, which are due May 12.  If you are planning to exhibit at State Fair or AkSarBen, pay close attention to guidelines about the DNA, Breeding Nomination Cards and EID tag requirements.  

Photography Project Data Sheets

Nebraska 4-H has implemented new data sheets for photography exhibits entered at fair. These are to be attached to the back of each photo entered.  They are different for the specific class entered.  The sheets may be accessed and filled in or printed and filled in by hand.  Photography Unit I Data Tag, Photography Unit II Print/Display Data Tag, Photography Unit II Showcase Data Tag and Photography Unit III Data Tag.  

Cherry County Sandhills Production Beef Class

The purpose of the Sandhills Production 4-H class is to encourage youth to understand and implement the production side of a beef project. It is intended to motivate members to become involved in the cow/calf industry that is prevalent in the Sandhills. Youth will have an understanding of the industry that is important to Nebraska’s economy. 4-Hers will understand and implement a recordkeeping system and be able to communicate key elements of raising cattle in the Sandhills and the production practices unique to the Sandhills area. Through this project youth will be motivated, upon completing their educational career, to live and produce cattle in the Sandhills.  The updated 2016 guidelines are now available.  Please contact Jody Dexter if you need additional information.