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.
Horse Packet - Information for those enrolled in the Cherry County 4-H Horse Project can be found in the Horse Packet. A schedule and information about upcoming events, County Fair, and District and State Horse Shows, Advancement Levels Testing, and horse IDs is included. Information to help 4-H youth complete a Feeds Chart for Horse Advancement Level II requirements can be found by clicking here.
Horse Affidavit (Horse ID) - click here
Livestock Affidavits (ID) - 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 June 15, 2017. Or, they are available at the office. The only exceptions to this deadline are Horse IDs for District and State Horse Shows, which are due May 12 and Market Beef are due April 15. 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.
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 2017 guidelines are now available. Please contact Jody Dexter if you need additional information.
New QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) - 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 email@example.com. 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.
The Premier Livestock Exhibitor Award - is designed to recognize and honor 4-H members that show a dedication to the agricultural industry. Winners of this award will have demonstrated their passion, hard work and integrity through participation in events related to their livestock projects. 4-H exhibitors must meet the minimum requirements, have the highest score from the point system and show at least one of the species of beef, sheep, swine, goat and/or dairy to qualify. Additional information on requirements, scoring, etc. is available from this link.
Dog, Cat, Companion Animal, and Rabbit projects.
Preparation of exhibits for fair - This helpful publication gives information on how to prepare your photographs for county and state fair entries.
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.
2017 4-H Photography Theme - The 2017 4-H Photography Theme for Units 1, 2 and 3 is RURAL AMERICA! Reflect your definition of RURAL AMERICA! Capture rural living in your Nebraska county through your camera lens! Use your photo to express what rural means to you, why you value rural life or how rural life is changing. This is YOUR story to tell!
"Selecting and Preparing Vegetables, Fruits and Herbs for County and State Fairs" - is a useful guide to help exhibitors prepare their items for entry. It is a free download.
The 2017 summer Shooting Sports schedule is available. It includes instructor’s contact information in case you have questions about any of the disciplines.
Cherry County 4-H Scholarships
The Cherry County 4-H Council provides several $500 scholarships for Cherry County 4-Hers. There are two scholarships for graduated high school students and one for an undergraduate college student. Application deadline is September 15, 2017. Additional information and application procedures are available at the links below. There is also a Kerry Bryant Memorial scholarship available to 4-Hers that have been active in 4-H Shooting Sports, Horse and/or Livestock projects.
Citizenship Washington Focus 2019 Trip
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or printed and delivered or mailed to the Extension Office.