March 2017 4-H Newsletter

Contents
1) Reminder! Enrollment is due April 15th
2) Select 2017 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
3) 4-H Online New and Renewal Enrollment
4) Nebraska /Frontier County 4-H Policy Reminders
5) County 4-H Speech Contest
6) State & Local 4-H Outdoor Camps & State Big Red Camps
7) 2017 Life Challenge Contest & PASE Contest
8) Next Chapter Program
9) 4-H Clover Chase
10) Garden and Flower 4-H Exhibitors
11) 2017 Nebraska Extension Horticulture Webinar Schedule
12) NE Agricultural Youth Institute 2017- July 10-14 UNL East Campus
13) Barn Quilt Community Service Project
14) Next Council Meeting
15) Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program
16) Shooting Sports
17) Livestock Tags- County Prices For 2017
18) Quality Assurance In-Person Trainings
19) State Cat Club Monthly Webinar
20) Frontier County 4-H Horse Show Date Change
21) 2017 Annual 4-H Horse Stampede & Companion Animal Challenge
22) New 2017 State Fair Livestock Rule & Fees
23) Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!”
24) 2017 Fair Dates
25) Save the Date-West Central Youth Animal Science Field Day will be May 25th
26) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
27) Club News
1) Reminder! Enrollment is due April 15th
New & current 4-H members must enroll online. Dues are to be paid to your club treasurer or if you are an independent, sent to the extension office. County dues are $2.50 for Clover Kids and $5.00 for regular 4-H’ers. 2017 4-H enrollment and dues need to be paid by April 15, 2017 to participate in the 2017 county fairs!
2) Select 2017 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
Let the Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project help connect you with projects that fit your interests and skill levels! The NEW interactive, web-based Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project can be found online at http://nebraska4hprojects.com! This project selection guide is accessible through the Nebraska 4-H website on the club, volunteer, and parents/youth resource pages. Using the Pick Your Project, youth, volunteers, and parents will be able to search for projects by keywords, project areas, curriculum areas, experience levels, and projects that contain State Fair and/or County Fair eligible entries.
As an added feature, the web-based Pick Your Project contains the same project codes that are shown in the 4HOnline enrollment system, making it easier to match the exciting 4-H projects you are learning about in the Pick Your Project with the projects you are enrolling in through 4HOnline.
Explore over 150 Nebraska 4-H projects through the Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project app and find the 4-H projects that will help you grow throughout 2017!
3) 4-H Online New and Renewal Enrollment
We appreciate everyone’s efforts to sign up early!
Please ask us at the office if you need assistance! Each year 4-H youth and organizational & project leaders must re-enroll.
New members can join today!
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.
Browsers best compatible with 4H Online are Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox. 4H Online will NOT work on Internet Explorer, Safari or most cell phones.
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, you may come in to the office and use a computer. The deadline for enrolling is April 15th, but enroll today!
4) Nebraska /Frontier County 4-H Policy Reminders
4-H clubs need at least five youth members from three different families to be club & need to hold at least six meetings/ year. (4-H youth can also be independent members, but there are benefits to club format.)
4-H clubs and/or independent members need to pay Nebraska sales tax if selling food items in single serving sizes as a fundraiser. See office for more details.
County dues are $5.00/youth & deposited in the Frontier County 4-H Council account. (dues pay for project manuals, contests & other 4-H programming.)
Frontier County 4-H Council pays 4-H insurance $1.00/ youth. 4-H insurance does not cover leaders or adult volunteers. See office for more details.
4-H CONTEST / EVENT OPPORTUNITIES
5) County 4-H Speech Contest
The 4-H Speech Contest will be April 3 at 6:30 pm at NCTA Ed Center. See enclosed flyer for details and pre-registration deadline.
6) State& Local 4-H Outdoor Camps & State Big Red Camps
June 13th the State 4-H Camp staff from Halsey, NE will be holding a Day Camp in Curtis for ages 6-12!! Camp cost $25/youth. The 4-H Council might be offering scholarships for this June 13th camp. More details after the March 2017 4-H Council meeting.
Go to: http://4h.unl.edu/summer-camp for other camps across the state.
7) 2017 Life Challenge/PASE Contests
The 2017 Life Challenge/PASE Contests will be held June 26-27, 2017 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln East Campus Union. The Life Challenge contests encourage youth to explore and study family and consumer sciences project manuals and other government related resources. Youth will then apply their knowledge to the various Life Challenge contests. The main purpose of this event is to help young people apply their knowledge of family and consumer sciences to everyday situations to enable them to be capable citizens. The following areas are components of family and consumer sciences:
• Foods and nutrition
• Clothing and textiles
• Design/housing/home environment
• Child and human development
• Personal finance
Contact the Extension Office if you are interested in any of these events or if you are interested in helping lead a State Life Challenge/PASE team.
8) Next Chapter Program
Nebraska 8th graders currently enrolled in 4-H received 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. Contact Kathy for more information or questions.
• Make sure you check “Next Chapter Club-Frontier County” when enrolling on 4-H Online.
• April 10, 2017: Celebration for all new Next Chapter students and families at West Central Research & District Center in North Platte, NE
• April 25, 2017: Statewide celebration for all Next Chapter students and their families in Lincoln
9) 4-H Clover Chase
Nebraska 4-H, in partnership with the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, is celebrating the Nebraska Statehood 150 with the 4-H Clover Chase! Between March 1 - August 15, 2017, Nebraska 4-H will be hosting a photo scavenger hunt for all 4-H members. Using an app, participants will complete challenges and submit photo entries on social media using #NE4HChase. After submitting photos and earning 150 points, participants will be eligible to receive a commemorative water bottle from their local Nebraska Extension Office and will be entered into a drawing to win a drone with video capability.
Complete details about the 4-H Clover Chase can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/clover-chase. Celebrate Nebraska’s Statehood, and Nebraska 4-H, by participating in this fun-filled opportunity with your friends, club, or family!
10) Garden and Flower 4-H Exhibitors
Remember you can show at either fair. This year with Stockville being early you might want to bring 4-H horticulture exhibits to Eustis Fair & Corn Show.
11) 2017 Nebraska Extension Horticulture Webinar Schedule
Nebraska Extension Master Gardener / Horticulture classes have been going on since January. A few upcoming classes might be interesting to 4-H members and parents. The classes are open to the public and held in NCTA Ag Hall Room #1 at 6:30 pm.
Tuesday, April 18th Butterfly and Beneficial Gardening David Lott
Tuesday, April 25th Beginning Beekeeping David Lott
Tuesday, May 9th Identifying and Displaying Insects Mike Eskelson
For more information or to reserve your spot call Nebraska Extension-Frontier County at
308-367-4424 by the Friday before desired workshop date.
12) NE Agricultural Youth Institute 2017- July 10-14 UNL East Campus
NAYI is a five-day conference for high school juniors and seniors to learn about career opportunities within agriculture. Apply online at www.nda.nebraska.gov/nayi by April 15.
13) Barn Quilt Community Service Project
Any 4-H families, 4-H clubs, community organizations, school/church groups or individuals who are interested in painting barn quilts for permanent display at the Frontier County Fairgrounds in Stockville this summer are encouraged to contact Marcia Owens at 308-367-4418 or Kathy Burr, Extension Educator Nebraska Extension –Frontier County Office 308-367- 4424. This activity would be a great community service project!
4-H COUNCIL NEWS
14) Next Council Meeting
The next Council Meeting will be March 20 at 7:30 pm. Please contact a 4-H Council member with concerns or suggestions. 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. For their contact information, go to http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/frontier/2016-4-h-council.
SCHOLARSHIPS/MONEY OPPORTUNITIES
15) Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program
Application due March 17, 2017.
The NACEB Scholarship Program for 2017-18 academic year includes the following:
• One $1000 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 $1000 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS. https://form.jotform.com/CASNR/naceb
SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS
16) Shooting Sports
The Frontier County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club held their organizational meeting Sunday, February 26. If you did not make this meeting or have questions please call Organizational Leader- Dana Lueth at 308-367-7088.
NOTE: Participants have to attend at LEAST 4 scheduled Sharp Shooters Club practices to compete in county contest. (This is for SAFETY REASONS).
LIVESTOCK & SMALL ANIMAL NEWS
17) Livestock Tags- County Prices For 2017
• $1.00 county only tags
• $3.00 EID tags for NE State Fair and/or Aksarben
• $6.00 DNA envelopes for NE State Fair and/or Aksarben
• $2.00 breeding nomination card (Make sure ewe lambs have scrapie tags)
18) Quality Assurance In-Person Trainings
In person trainings for QA 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!
What is Quality Assurance (QA) & Who is required to complete Quality Assurance?
Livestock Quality Assurance is a course designed for youth ages 8-18. Participants learn about good production practices and producing quality food products that come from livestock.
4-H and FFA youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete three (3) modules in the NE Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course annually, or attend an in-person training or test out. Any youth who enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete Livestock Quality Assurance annually for County Fair, State Fair and/or Aksarben.
• Beef
• Sheep
• Swine
• Rabbit (State Fair Only)
• Poultry (Only Production Broilers and Turkeys for County Fair or any for State Fair)
• Meat Goat
• Dairy Goat
• Dairy Cattle
The online course has been divided into three age levels:
• Junior - 4-H youth ages 8-10
• Intermediate - 4-H youth ages 11-14
• Senior - 4-H youth ages 15-18
Youth are required to complete three modules within their age level. As of right now, youth can still work ahead and complete all modules within their age level, so they are done with QA requirements until they reach the next age level.
Nebraska Online Quality Assurance
To access the Nebraska Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course and complete (3) modules, follow the instructions listed on website: http://4h.unl.edu/quality-assurance . This site will be inactivated March 1st when Nebraska is transitioning to a national online Quality Assurance program.
National QA Program (YQCA)
Nebraska Extension will be transitioning to a new national online Quality Assurance program starting March 1, 2017. Nebraska Extension is part of a national team introducing a new Quality Assurance Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The YQCA course will be available online 24/7 and we anticipate that the new course will be available on or about March 1. The new national YQCA online program will replace the current Nebraska online Livestock Quality Assurance program. We will send more information to you about how to access the YQCA online course as it is released.
In-Person Training
In-person Livestock Quality Assurance Training will still be offered for free in Frontier County on March 27, in Eustis at 6:30pm and/or April 11 in Curtis at 6:30 pm. but starting in 2018 we will start using the new in-person YQCA curriculum however there will be a fee to attend.
Testing Out
Intermediate and Senior age levels still have the option to test out of the current NE Livestock Quality Assurance Program at no cost. Youth may stop by the Frontier County Extension Office to take the test. Test must be completed in the office, and must be passed with an 80 percent or higher score. To study for this test, youth may practice online through the Livestock Quality Assurance course at: campus.extension.org. Youth will need to have or create an account to be able to access the practice tests.
19) State Cat Club Monthly Webinar
The State Cat Club Monthly Webinar will be the second Thursday of every month through June 6:00-7:00 pm. Come join other county 4-H families at Frontier County Extension Office.
20) Frontier County 4-H Horse Show Date Change
Due to July 8th Frontier County Fair nightly entertainment, the 4-H Council voted to change the 2017 4-H Horse Show to July 5, Wednesday starting at 1:00 pm at Stockville arena.
21) 2017 Annual 4-H Horse Stampede And Companion Animal Challenge
The Annual 4-H Horse Stampede and Companion Animal Challenge will be held April 1, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science building, East Campus. Combined event is open to youth ages 10-18 years old. Youth can compete in demonstrations, horse and dog quiz bowls, dog skill-a-thon, art, photography, and speech contests. Speech contests can be done from a distance through Adobe Connect. Great opportunity for youth to gain valuable life skills and participate with other youth in animal related contests where you do not actually need an animal to participate.
For more information on 4-H Horse Stampede, contact Lena Luck at 402-472-9098 or lena.luck@unl.edu. Contest rules and entry forms are available at http://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede. Entries are due March 10 to the county office.
Contest rules and entry forms are available at http://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/challenge. Mail in your 4-H Companion Animal Challenge entries by March 10th to Lisa Karr, University of Nebraska Lincoln, C204e Animal Science, Lincoln, NE 68583-0908.
22) New 2017 State Fair Livestock Rule & Fees
All 4-H and FFA MARKET animals carrying an EID tag are required to have a Premises ID. (This includes any that may show at only the county level as well).
Your Premises ID number can be obtained through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. Only one (1) Premises ID is necessary for a family with multiple exhibitors (provided livestock are housed at the same location). Only one (1) Premises ID is necessary for an exhibitor that shows multiple species (provided livestock are housed at the same location).
Any exhibitor who has completed PQA (Pork Quality Assurance) should have a Premises ID. They can call the Nebraska Department of Ag to verify if they believe they have one. The Premises ID number should correlate to the location in which livestock are kept/housed permanently.
Since breeding animals do not carry EID tags, this is not a requirement for those exhibitors at this time.
You will need to report the Premises ID number to the extension office for input into 4-H Online.
In order to show at the Nebraska State Fair, a Premises ID must be on file for a market animal exhibitor.
The bedding fee for all livestock exhibitors showing at the Nebraska State Fair is $15 for beef and dairy and $5 for sheep, goats, and swine. There will be a $3 per head fee for 4-H & FFA market animals to help defray the costs of drug testing.
23) Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!”
Nebraska Youth Pork Conference will be held Wednesday, May 31 through Friday, June 2. Youth who have an interest in the swine industry, food or meat science, and/or culinology need to apply. Intermixed throughout the conference, youth will be engaged in interactive activities to enhance life skills including leadership and communication. There is no cost for any youth participants, as the conference is 100% funded by the Nebraska Pork Producers Association, the Nebraska Corn Board, and the Nebraska Soybean Board in addition to Animal Science and UNL Extension! Apply online at http://www.nepork.org, by April 1.
OTHER 4-H NEWS
24) 2017 Fair Dates
Frontier County Fair in Stockville July 5-9
Eustis Fair & Corn Show is August 2-5 for 4-H events/contests.
NE State Fair August 25-September 4, 2017
Aksarben Stock Show Sept 28-October 1, 2017 moved to Grand Island!!
25) Save the Date-West Central Youth Animal Science Field Day will be May 25th
Learn more about animals and have fun with friends! Develop critical thinking problem solving skills with hands-on learning. More details in April newsletter!!
26) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
MARCH
4 - Market Beef Weigh-In - NCTA 9-11 am
4 - 4-H Shotgun Sports Fun & Registration Day 1-4pm
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 County Speech Contest
27 - Livestock Quality Assurance Training – Eustis 6:30 pm
APRIL
1 - 4-H Horse Stampede
2 - DUE – 4-H Market Beef ID's
3 - Speech Contest – 6:30 pm Curtis – NCTA
7 - DUE - Registrations for Panhandle Regional Speech Contest
11 - Livestock Quality Assurance Training – Curtis 6:30 pm
10 - 1st Chapter Celebration in North Platte 7-8 pm
14 - DUE – Registrations for West Central Regional Speech Contest
15 - DUE – 4-H Enrollment due online
15 - Early Bird Registration for Nebraska 4-H Summer Camps - Save 10% & Big Red Camps
Click on the Nebraska Extension Frontier County website for the latest dates, news and forms at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/frontier/educational-programs/frontier-county-4-h. Like us on Facebook & then SHARE with others!
27) Club News
Happy Helpers 4-H Club is looking for new and current youth & families wanting the 4-H Club experience in the Curtis area. Ages 5-18. Co-leaders Susan Nutt and Amy Houser. Varied projects and community service available along with club meetings. Contact extension office by March 24 if interested in joining or learning more.
The Western Frontier 4H Club will be having Don Brockmeier give a presentation about common Nebraska birds at our March meeting. The meeting will be on March 12 at 2pm at the Maywood Fertilizer Building (at the 83 junction). We invite anyone who wants to learn more about birds and their houses and feeders to attend. Meeting is open to any 4H member wanting to come. Questions call Katy 737-1642.


P.S. Found a pair of leather gloves size large with black fabric on top portion. Left on the table at Market Beef weigh-in. They can be picked up in the Extension office.