January 2017 4-H Newsletter

January, 2017

Contents


 1)  4-H Enrollment

2)  Summer Robotic Workshops

 3) State Cat Club Monthly Webinar

 4)  4-H Speech Contest

 5)  Next Chapter Program

 6)  Special Garden Project

 7)  Next Council Meeting

 8)  4-H Camp Scholarship

 9)  Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship

10) Shooting Sports

11) Livestock Tags

12) 2017 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Days

13) Quality Assurance Announcement

14) Youth Livestock Projects and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Regulation

15) 2017 Horse Stampede

16) Catch-A-Lamb 2017

17) 2017 State Fair Livestock Fees

18) 2017 Fair Dates

19) Frontier County 4-H Website & Facebook

20) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates

21) Club Notes


1) 4-H Enrollment Is Open Today! – For instructions on how to enroll online, go to http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/frontier/4-h-enrollment/.  If you do not have access to the Internet, call the office for help.  County membership dues are $5.00 payable to your club.  If you are not in a club, send a check to the Extension office payable to the Frontier County 4-H Council.  The deadline for enrolling is April 15th, but enroll today!

2) Summer Robotic Workshops – coming this summer and the opportunity to rent robotic kits for fair exhibits. More information later…..

3) State Cat Club Monthly Webinar – 2nd Thursday of every month January-June 6:00-7:00 pm. You can watch at Frontier County office or watch online at: https://connect.unl.edu/catclub. This statewide program is taught by UNL staff and gives youth the opportunity to learn more about cat care & management. Hands on activities included. Contact office if you are interested in attending. The first webinar will be January 12, 6:00-7:00 pm in NCTA Ag Hall room #1.

4) County 4-H Speech Contest – The 4-H Speech Contest will be April 3 at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars. More details later….

5) Next Chapter Program – Nebraska 8th graders currently enrolled in 4-H (and those enrolled as 7th graders last year) will receive a letter pre-admitting them to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. With this, they will have the opportunity to participate in Next Chapter, a unique partnership between Nebraska 4-H and University Admissions that connects students statewide with the resources of the University!

This also means that students that meet academic requirements will be admitted after high school. Next Chapter also grants students access to personnel and resources like never before. Highlights will include: 

  • Insightful conversations with 4-H alumni regarding campus life 
  • Discussions with UNL professors about opportunities and expectations in college 
  • Access to admissions and financial aid office personnel  
  • Step-by-step lessons to prepare students for college throughout their high school career 
  • Real-world connections between content and 4-H projects 

All 8th graders that were enrolled in 4-H last year will be admitted to the Next Chapter program. Any new 8th grade student that enrolls in a traditional 4-H program will have the option to join Next Chapter at no additional charge. For those enrolling in Next Chapter only, standard 4-H fees will apply.  Students will need to re-enroll annually, and successfully complete the current year’s program to advance to the next level. As 8th graders, we will continue to provide information as the year moves on, but there are a few dates to look forward to now: 

  • Now through February 15, 2017: enroll in 4-H Next Chapter program 
  • March 2017: live online question and answer sessions with University students and professors will begin; tentatively scheduled to hold one per month 
  • April 10, 2017: Local 4-H district celebration for all new Next Chapter students and families at West Central Research & Extension Center in North Platte, NE
  • April 25, 2017: Statewide celebration for all Next Chapter students and their families in Lincoln.      

Contact Kathy for more information or questions.

6) Special Garden Project – This is a way to offer 4-H members the chance to grow unusual and fun projects in their gardens.  2017 will be Sunburst Summer Squash. 4-H Members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:

    • Receive seeds of Sunburst Summer Squash
    • Receive a newsletter and evaluation about:
    • Planting & growing squash
    • Squash problems & insects
    • Harvesting & using squash
    • How to exhibit squash
    • Be able to enter this unique vegetable at County and State Fair

Youth should enroll for the Special Garden Project through 4-H Online– Once enrolled in 4-H Online, please call the Extension office to order the seedsby January 31st. By enrolling through 4-H Online, youth will have access to the box folder with the educational materials including the growing newsletter & evaluation.  The cost of the project should be around $0.50/seed packet

4-H COUNCIL NEWS

7) Next Council Meeting – January 16 at 7:30 pm. Members of the 2017 4-H Council are Janisha Ruda, Beth Buehner, Tina Smith, Amy Houser, Shelly Wills & Katy Snyder.  Youth Representatives are Rachel Lashley, Micky Blender, Aretta Brennemann, Tate Hartley, Tristin Smith, and Leith-Anne Lehmann.

SCHOLARSHIPS/MONEY OPPORTUNITIES

8) 4-H Camp Scholarships – Applications for camp scholarships are due in the extension office by March 1st.  These scholarships are given by the Frontier County 4-H Council.  You can apply by writing the 4-H Council a letter stating why you want to attend camp and which camp you want to attend.

9)  Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship – Due March 17, 2017.  The NACEB Scholarship Program for 2017-18 academic year includes the following:

  • One $1,000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Education and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshmen or transfer student).
  • One $1,000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS.
  • For the application form go to https://form.jotform.com/CASNR/naceb.

SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS

10) Shooting Sports – For 2017, our county is fortunate to have 10 certified shooting sports leaders!!  Six of them just got certified in the past 2 years to help teach our county’s 4-H shooting sports youth. Make sure you tell these awesome volunteers THANKS for donating their time and talent so youth can learn new LIFE SKILLS!  And tell the Frontier County 4-H Council THANK YOU for helping pay the state training certification fees!

Frontier County Shooting Sports will start February 26, Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Frontier County Fairgrounds in Stockville-  North Building. This is a MANDATORY Organizational meeting to sign up, fill out release forms, pay fees and safety instructions lesson. IF you cannot make this meeting or have questions, please call Organizational Leader- Dana Lueth at 308-367-7088.

**4H Online ENROLLMENT needs to be completed before attending February 26 meeting. (See directions on first page of this newsletter on how to enroll in 4-H.)

FEES – $15.00/youth) payable to Sharp Shooters 4-H Club (helps pay for supplies and equipment replacement.  There will be an additional $5.00 county dues.  If you are a member of more than one club, you only have to pay this, once not to each club.

NOTE – Participants have to attend at LEAST 4 scheduled practices to compete in county contest. (This is for SAFETY REASONS).

Shotgun: There will be two different practice times available for shotgun only.  2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month starting March 9th at Curtis Gun Club taught by Alan Taylor.  Intermediate (12-15 year olds by January 1st) 5:30 pm, Seniors (16-18 year old by January 1st) 6:30 pm        OR       2nd & 4th Sundays 4:00 pm, fairgrounds in Stockville starting May 14 2017 taught by Donnie Woodring & Jeff Lueth.

 Discipline

Instructors

Practice Days/ Time/Location

County Contest Dates

Archery

Ted Lashley

Chad Stengel

Nathan Lashley

2nd & 4th Sundays 4:00 pm, fairgrounds in Stockville

Starting Feb 26, 2017

July 1 8:00 am

July 5 9:00 am

BB Gun /Air Rifle

Katy Snyder

Cory Johnston

Nichole Johnston

Donnie Woodring

2nd & 4th Sundays 4:00 pm, fairgrounds in Stockville

Starting Feb 26, 2017

July 1 8:00 am

July 5 9:00 am

Air Pistol

Donnie Woodring

 

2nd & 4th Sundays 4:00 pm, fairgrounds in Stockville

Starting Feb 26, 2017

July 1 8:00 am

July 5 9:00 am

Shotgun

Have to be

12 years old by

Jan 1, 2017

Alan Taylor

 

2nd & 4th Thursdays

Curtis Gun Club

starting March 9th, 5:30 pm Intermediate

Ages 12-15

6:30 pm

Seniors Ages16-18

July 1 2:00 pm at Curtis Gun Club

 

Shotgun

Have to be

12 years old by

Jan 1, 2017

Donnie Woodring

Jeff Lueth

2nd & 4th Sundays 4:00 pm, fairgrounds in Stockville

Starting May 2017

July 1 2:00 pm at Curtis Gun Club

 

Organizational Leaders

Dana Lueth

 

 

 Shotgun Fun Day & Additional Registration Day – March 4, Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm. All are invited to the 4-H Shotgun Fun Day at the Curtis Gun Club shooting range east of Curtis. If you are only interested in 4-H shotgun and cannot attend the February 26 organizational meeting, then come March 4 to shoot and sign up! Or if you just want to see what 4-H shotgun is all about and have FUN plan to attend!  (Must be 12 years old by Jan 1, 2017). More information later…..

 LIVESTOCK & HORSE NEWS

11) Livestock Tags – As you are planning/ purchasing 4-H/FFA livestock for this next summer here are the ear tags/DNA prices for 2017:

  • $1.00 county only tags
  • $3.00 EID tags for NE State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben
  • $6.00 DNA envelopes for NE State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben
  • $2.00 breeding nomination card (Make sure ewe lambs have scrapie tags)

 12) 2017 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Days

  • January 21 First Market Beef Weigh in NCTA 9-11:00 am
  • March 4   Second Market Beef Weigh in NCTA 9:00-11:00 am

 13) Quality Assurance Announcement – Quality Assurance is required for all 4-H’ers that will be exhibiting Beef, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Dairy, Rabbits, and Poultry at the county fair, state fair, or AK-SAR-BEN. As the past, there are three options for completion:

  • Quality Assurance In-Person Training – in Frontier County will be: March 27, in Eustis at 6:30pm and/or April 11 in Curtis at 6:30 pm. Mark your calendars now!
  • Quality Assurance Online Training – You can still access and complete the current Online Quality Assurance modules at http://campus.extension.org up until March 1, 2017. As of March 1, 2017, the current Quality Assurance Online Training will not be available due to the transition to a national QA program.  If you complete QA online, we strongly recommend that you do so by March 1, 2017, as the new national system has an increased fee associated with it.
  • Testing Out – You must be 12 years old (4-H age) before you can test out.  To test out, you need to make arrangements to come into the Extension office and take the test.  Youth 12-14 years old will take the Intermediate Level and must get a grade of at least 70%.  This will allow them to not have to take additional training until 4-H age of 15 when they will have to take the Senior Level test.  Once the Senior Level has been passed, they are finished with quality assurance training for the rest of their 4-H career.

 14) Youth Livestock Projects and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) Regulation – Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock. For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at: http://bqa.unl.edu/veterinary-feed-directive   Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at: reirich2@unl.edu

 15) 2017 Horse Stampede – Mark your calendars! The 2017 4-H Horse Stampede has been scheduled for Saturday-April 1, 2017.  Contestants -- all entry forms must be returned to the extension office by Friday-March 10, 2017. If you are not familiar with the 4-H Horse Stampede, this is when the state contests for Horse Bowl, Horse Public Speaking, Horse Demonstrations and Horse Art are held.  More information and contest rules can be found at: http://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede.

 16) Catch-A-Lamb 2017 – Your 4-H Council decided to extend the Catch-A-Lamb application to March 1, 2017 to help more new 4-Hers be able to participate. Contact the Extension for the application.

CATCH-A-LAMB RULES:  4-H’er must be 8, 9, or 10 years old January 1, 2017.  Need to enroll in Frontier County 4-H by April 15, 2017, and it must be the first year showing a lamb (excluding Clover Kid experience).  The application must be picked up, filled out, and returned to the extension office by March 1, 2017.  Lambs MUST be picked up at Sheep Weigh/Tagging Day, Spring 2017.  Lamb must be sold and 25% of sale price MUST be returned to the Frontier County 4-H Council. 

Judging Criteria:  20% record book 4-H F93 submitted on entry day; 20% two letters to program sponsor – one at the beginning thanking the sponsor, and a progress letter to the sponsor (include a story about your project and what you have learned this year about sheep from this lamb.); 20% rate of gain; 20% class placing and/or ribbon (20 pts – purple, 15 pts – blue, 10 pts – red, and 5 pts – white); 20% Showmanship ribbon (20 pts – purple, 15 pts – blue, 10 pts – red, and 5 pts – white). 

 17) 2017 State Fair Livestock Fees – Nebraska State Fair Board voted to add a bedding fee onto the entry fee for 4-H’ers exhibiting at State Fair. The fee will be $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine.  The Fair Board also voted to add a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing.  These costs are in addition to the existing entry fees that will stay the same for 2017. 

Escalating costs for bedding, bedding removal, etc. have forced the fees. The NE State Fair Board hopes, by knowing early, families can make appropriate decisions about nominating animals and their plans for exhibiting. Contact Kathleen Lodl at klodl1@unl.edu or at 402-472-9012 with concerns or questions.

 OTHER 4-H NEWS

18) 2017 Fair Dates

  • Frontier County Fair in Stockville July 6-9 (with a few 4-H contests happening July 5 also)
  • Eustis Fair & Corn Show is August 2-5 for 4-H events/contests.
  • NE State Fair August 25-September 4, 2017
  • Ak-Sar-Ben Stock Show Sept 28-October 1, 2017

 19) Frontier County 4-H Has A New Website! – Click on the Nebraska Extension Frontier County 4-H website for the latest dates, news and forms at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/frontier/educational-programs/frontier-county-4-h.

There you will find enrollment instructions, who’s on the 4-H Council, 4-H newsletters, project catalog (Project Resource Central), the Frontier County Fair Book, Career Portfolio information and other record books used for the Cow/Calf Project, Bucket Calf Project, and Catch-A-Lamb, plus various forms needed for fair entry and livestock tagging.

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 20) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates

January

       16 - 4-H Council Meeting – Curtis @ 7:30 pm – Ed Center Room #129

       21 - Early Market Beef Weigh-in – NCTA 9-11 am      

February

    1-28 - Nebraska 4-H Promotion Month

         3 - Due – Registration for NE Cattlemen’s Classic Judging Contest

       25 - Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Judging Contest - Kearney

March

         1 - Due – Applications for Camp Scholarships

         4 - Market Beef Weigh-In - NCTA 9-11 am

         4 - 4-H Shotgun Fun Day – 1-4 pm

       10 - Due – Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede

       20 - 4-H Council Meeting– Curtis @ 7:30 pm – Ed Center Rm 129

       27 - Due - Registration for Speech Contest

       27 - Livestock Quality Assurance Training – Eustis 6:30 pm

 21) Club News

Sharp Shooters – Frontier County Shooting Sports will start February 26, Sunday at 4:00 pm at the Frontier County Fairgrounds in Stockville-  North Building. This is a MANDATORY Organizational meeting to sign up, fill out release forms, pay fees and safety instructions lesson. IF you cannot make this meeting or have questions, please call Organizational Leader- Dana Lueth at 308-367-7088.