Dawes County 4-H


Jenny Nixon, Extension Educator/Unit Leader   jnixon@unl.edu
Jamie Goffena, Extension Educator                        jgoffena2@unl.edu
Leah Gremm, Extension Educator                           lgremm2@unl.edu
Jack Arterburn, Extension Educator                       jack.arterburn@unl.edu
Terri Lemmon, Extension Assistant-4-H               tlemmon2@unl.edu
Ali Briggs, Office Manager                                          abriggs4@unl.edu

Facebook:  Nebraska Extension Dawes County

Post Fair Positive Improvement Meeting NOTES from 8/15/17

4-H Fair Results 2017

2016-2017 4-H Calendar of Events
(updated 06/23/2017)

4-H Enrollment Information and Project Resource Central:

4HOnline - Enrollment System


4-H Enrollment for Members and 4-H Project Enrollment Deadline - June 1

4-H Animal Affidavits (ID Sheets) Deadline - June 1:  Includes Rabbit, Horse, Beef (Market, Breeding Heifer, Feeder Calf), Dairy, Sheep (Market, Breeding), Goat (Market, Breeding, Dairy), and Swine (Market). 

Formerly known as Livestock Quality Assurance - June 1 (Includes Poultry, Rabbit, Beef, Dairy, Goat, Sheep, and Swine).  New site is ready - Youth for the Quality Care of Animals

Dog & Cat Vaccination Forms Deadline - July 15

Dawes County Fair Entry Deadline - July 15 (without fee)

Dawes County Fair LATE Entry Deadline - July 19 (with fee)


YEAR AROUND Small Engine Repair - 7 pm, Wahlstrom Ford OR Henkens Roberts Building, Fairgrounds. EVERY WEDNESDAY EVENING. Contact Roger Eaton.

Livestock Evaluation Classes:

  •       Classroom - 3rd Thursday at 5:30 pm, Extension Office
  •        Field - 2nd Sunday at 1:00 pm, Fairgrounds

August 21:  4-H Career Portfolio Workshop, 6 pm, Extension Office Conference Room
August 22:  State Fair Perishable Entries Due to the Extension Office by 10 am!
August 25 - September 4:  Nebraska State Fair!
September 4: OFFICE CLOSED - Labor Day
September 15:  Club of Excellence Applications Due to County Office
September 18:  4-H Career Portfolios/Record Books / Diamond Clover due to the Extension Office by 4:30 pm
September 18:  4-H Executive Council Meeting, 6 pm, Extension Office Conference Room
October 1-7:  NATIONAL 4-H WEEK!
October 4-7: 
Western Junior Livestock Show, Rapid City

2016-2017 Dawes County 4-H Executive Council:

Clint Phillips, Suzanne Davidson, Maribeth Moore-Cogdill, Kerri Wild,
Jera Boeselager, Karen Lewin, Jodi Sellman

Youth Members - Madison Cogdill, Clayton Vahrenkamp, Cody Madsen




Dawes County 4-H Council Constitution & By-Laws


Active Dawes County Clubs

Bordeaux Trappers - Roger Eaton Leader                                                             Chadron
Corn Valley - Justin & Tami Tollman, Leaders                                                    Crawford
Dawes County Jr. Leaders, Jodi Sellman & Robert Vahrenkamp, Advisors  Chadron/Crawford
Happy Hustlers - Suzanne Davidson, Leader                                                       Chadron
Highland Huddlers - Jodi Sellman, Leader                                                           South of Chadron
Ponderosa Pals - Bill Cogdill, Leader                                                                      Chadron

Small Engines - meets all year on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m.  Roger Eaton Instructor
Hound Dog U - meets Tuesday evenings from October to November.  Professor Roger Eaton Instructor
Shooting Sports - meets Saturday or Thursday evenings from November to March.  Roger Eaton Instructor


Nebraska 4-H Club Resources
Nebraska 4-H Guidelines for Leaders
Nebraska 4-H Policy & Procedure HandbookNebraska 4-H Council Financial Handbook - TO BE USED FOR CLUB FINANCES TOO!
4-H Club Tax Exempt Information
Volunteer Information
Dawes County 4-H Handbook
2017 Veterinary Feed Directives Information
Livestock Premise ID Information


  • Dawes County 4-H Foundation - Financial Assistance Form.  Providing financial assistance for 4-H related activities and educational opportunities which occur outside of county lines.
  • FSA Youth Loans - FS2301.  Helping 4-H and FFA members purchase livestock, feed, and supplies for their projects.
  • White River Feed in Chadron 4-H Feed Program.  No interest and no application.  4-H members may charge their feed and pay after they sell their 4-H project animal.
  • Farmer's Co-Op in Hemingford 4-H Feed Program - Application.  Helping 4-H members finance their livestock feeding needs.
  • Kickstarter is a website where people post descriptions of their projects and anyone can chip in to help. Some pledge a few bucks, others preorder the product by contributing above a certain level.  It’s quite simple. You have a project you want to fund. You set a minimum amount to be raised. If you hit that target within 30 days of posting, everyone who pledged money gets their credit cards charged. You get the money and move forward with the project. If you do not reach the funding goal, nobody pays and you find another way to fund your project.  Crowdfunding: Supporters, prospective customers collectively contribute money needed to get a product to market. Not a new concept; think of it as a glorified tip jar or a formal loan—not funded by a bank, but by people.

4-H Newsletters:

August Update 2017
July 2017

June 2017 - ONLINE ONLY
May 2017
April 2017

March 2017
February 2017
January 2017

December 2016
November 2016

October 2016
September 2016
July 2016
June 2016

Animal Affidavits / Project Books:
NEW - NE 4-H County Fair Website with Affidavits!


Career Portfolio Information
Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio Website
County Award Application for Project Pins
Clover Kid Record Book
Diamond Clover Awards

Project Records - Scroll to bottom of the page for list

  • NE4H9010- Nebraska 4-H Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9020- Nebraska 4-H Animal Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9030- Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Project Record  doc
  • NE4H9040- Nebraska 4-H Junior Leader Project Record  doc


Nebraska 4-H Website
Nebraska 4-H Horse Information
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
UNL Marketplace - Order 4-H Curriculum Here!
4-H Mall - Order 4-H Curriculum and More Here!
4-H Judge's Resources