Latest 4-H News Blast

March 17, 2017

Check out https://www.smore.com/85g31 for more information (and a more fun way to read) about these topics!

4-H KICK-OFF AND ACHIEVEMENT NIGHT
When: March 20, 2017
Where: ARDC
Time: 6:30
What: Minute to Win It Activities, Guest Speakers, 4-H Info, and Awards (Career Portfolio, Diamond Clover, Scholarships, Clubs of Excellence, Member Years (1st & 14th members)

4-H ENROLLMENT – DEADLINE = APRIL 1ST!!
4-H Enrollment for 2017 is open! Enrollment must done via computer at ne.4honline.com. There are information guides for enrolling new members, as well as re-enrolling and can be found on our website: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/basic/.

There is a $10 per 4-H member fee for those 8 (prior to January 1) and older. Clover Kids have a $5 enrollment fee (that are 5, 6, 7 prior to January 1). All enrollment fees will now need to be paid online in the 4-H Online system (this is a change from how it was previously paid).

However, since the program cannot specify different enrollment fees for different aged youth, you will be charged $10 regardless of age. If your Clover Kid attends one of the Clover Crew sessions or the Clover Kid Day Camp, we will adjust the payment. For example, you would not have to pay for one of the Clover Kid sessions or the Day Camp would be $5 cheaper.

If we do not receive your forms and fees, you will not be enrolled in 4-H for 2017 and will not be able to participate in the Saunders County Fair.

• If you are still pending in the system, or do not show as "active" in the system, but you think you are enrolled, please call the office to find out if there was an error with your profile!

VOLUNTEER RE-SCREENING
As many of you know, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension 4-H Volunteer application process includes a volunteer screening. All volunteers and staff who work directly with youth are required to complete the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form. Be assured the volunteer screening process is confidential.

Volunteer applicants are screened in order to:
• assure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all youth involved with the Nebraska 4-H Youth Development program.
• provide protection for the child, the volunteer, the educator, the 4-H Council, the Extension Board, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension.

Screening Rotation
• Initial screening of volunteers and staff will occur when they sign up to volunteer or are employed as an Extension professional. Screening for all volunteers will be done every four years by district, regardless of when the original screening was completed.

Saunders County Volunteers are up for re-screening this year, so every volunteer must fill out the Youth Volunteer Protection Screening Form! This form can be found here:
https://unl.app.box.com/s/gy1edwjyvt8o9f49ztltu4v9idhv08sb

In order to be approved as a 4-H Volunteer, you must be re-screened!
Please let me know if you have any questions!

SPEECH & PRESENTATION CONTEST INFORMATION – MARCH 28TH!
Please call the office to REGISTER for each contest by Wednesday, March 22nd! 402-624-8030
• Public Speaking Contest Info: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/2017%20Speech%20Flier.pdf
• Presentation Contest Info: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/2017%20Presentation%20Flier.pdf

4-H CLOVER CHASE: A NEBRASKA 150 EVENT STARTS MARCH 1ST!
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. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit!

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!

CATCH-A-CRITTER SIGN-UPS
April 1st is the deadline to sign up for the Catch-a-Critter Project! This year, we will have:
Catch-a-Lamb Project
Catch-a-Goat Project
Catch-a-Pig Project
Numbers are limited based on the available livestock, so it is a first come first serve basis! There is a waiting list for Pigs and the others are filling up quickly.

More information on the date to pick up the animals will follow!

ONLY TWO ANIMALS CAN GO IN SALE TOTAL (INCLUDING MARKET AND/OR CATCH-A-CRITTER)

LIVESTOCK JUDGING WORKOUTS
Sunday: March 26th, 4:00-6:30
• Cattle judging at Ohnoutka's place - Valparaiso
Please contact Dan Wolfe if you are interested in Livestock Judging and he will add you to the group email. Dan Wolfe: 308-440-9797; dan.wolfe@boehringer-ingelheim.com

2017 HORSE SHOW JUDGING GUIDE
The new 2017 version of the Horse Show Judging Guide is now available for purchase.
https://marketplace.unl.edu/ne4h/4h373.html

TRANSITION FROM LQA TO YQCA
We are excited to announce that Nebraska is part of a national team introducing a new QA Curriculum called Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). The YQCA course will be available online 24X7 and we anticipate that the new course will be available on or about March 1st. For additional information on the YQCA program you can go to the Animal Care Wednesday Zoom session at: http://animalscience.unl.edu/Extension/AnimalCareRes/PPT2016/2016.Dec.07-ACWW-Kuber-YQCA.mp4

• The YQCA program has not done a full launch yet, so you can continue to use the current LQA online course. THIS WILL NOT LAST MUCH LONGER. As in the past, youth completing the LQA online course will need to complete three new modules with an 80% or better. Youth must print and deliver module certificates to their local Extension office. The cost of the LQA course will remain at $5.00 as in the past.
• Note: For youth already in progress toward attaining the 2017 LQA module prior to March 1, youth will be able to continue their work and complete the required three modules.
• At the point when the new YQCA course comes online (March 1), the old LQA course will not accept new 2017 participants. Instead, youth will enroll in the new YQCA. The cost of the new YQCA course will be $12.00 for the online course and will be accessed through 4-H online. For counties that have a sponsor for the cost of the online training a code can be purchased and used by 4-Hers that do the online training.
• A complete list of training sessions can then be found at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wJzA8R2F9OrB87ksWd91EUhy3onkmvi7zj0cNiEs3Qo/edit?usp=sharing

CLOVER CREW – April 20, 2017!
We had a ton of fun learning about rain last night – and even got to make our own rain using water and shaving cream! In April, we will be learning all about recycling and making our own compost!
WHEN: April 20, 2017
WHERE: Wahoo Library
TIME: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
WHO: Youth ages 5 - 7
WHAT: Hands-on activities, crafts, and snacks will be provided!
FEE: $5/youth/day
RSVP's Required - limited to 20 youth/date. Call the office - 402-624-8030 or aleimer2@unl.edu

NEBRASKA 4-H SHOOTING SPORTS LEADER CERTIFICATION WORKSHOP – ALBION
A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April in Albion. It will be held April 1-2 at the Boone County Fairgrounds in Albion. The deadline to register for the Albion session is March 22nd.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Four project areas will be offered at the Albion Workshop - rifle, hunting skills, shotgun, and archery. There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification and those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.

To Register: http://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor/calendar

SHOOTING SPORTS POLICY CHANGE
The Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory approved the following policy that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.

"All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline".

To assist 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in collecting their data that will enable them, or Extension staff to complete the on-line electronic system, a form is available on the 4-H Shooting Sports web site under the "Instructor Resources" tab. Every instructor must submit an Annual Report. Completion of the on-line data collection system is due by October 15th each year. A web link allowing instructors or other individuals to access the on-line electronic form will be provided at a later date.

PREMISE ID NUMBER
If you are showing at State Fair or AKSARBEN, please email your Premise ID number to the office.

Premise ID Information: http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/Livestock_Premises_ID.pdf

4-H PROJECTS ONLINE SEARCH FEATURE
Select 2017 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
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.

Ag Science Expo – A Free Family Event at Raising Nebraska, located in Grand Island, NE
Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29th from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems. Sessions include:

• 3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.
• Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.
• Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.
• Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.
• Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and conducting surgery.
• Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.

This is a great family and friend affair! Register your family or entire youth clubs (ex. 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.) at http://go.unl.edu/agscienceexpo. Pre-registration is preferred by Friday, April 21st, but walk-ins are welcome. Recommended age is for 8 year olds and older, but all ages are welcome!

Location: Raising Nebraska, inside the Nebraska Building
Nebraska State Fairgrounds
501 E Fonner Park Road
Grand Island, NE 68801
Contact for Questions:
Phone: 308.385.3967
Email: raisingnebraska@unl.edu

FRIENDS OF SAUNDERS COUNTY 4-H AND EXTENSION FOUNDATION – RAIN BARREL SILENT AUCTION
• Rain Barrel Fundraiser
• Each Club can make one to donate to the Silent Auction at the Fair!
• Rain barrel is any above ground container modified to receive, store, and distribute rooftop runoff for non-drinking uses
• Clubs can construct (or purchase premade barrels) to prime and paint them as well
• What are the benefits of rain barrels?
o Rain water is naturally soft, oxygenated, and more acidic than tap water.
o Rain water is free of chlorine, fluoride, salts, and other minerals from tap water.
o Saves water for dry spells.
o Reduces runoff and stormwater pollution.
o Can reduce your water bill, especially in the summer.
Note:
• Darker colored barrels are better suited, because algae can grow given sunlight. The barrels also need to be food grade or have never held harmful chemicals. The finished barrel can be painted using spray paint for plastics such as Krylon or Rust-Oleum.
• http://lincoln.ne.gov/city/pworks/watershed/rain-barrel/#s

FREMONT 4-H EXPO NEWS
*Dates are DIFFERENT than what was printed in your pocket calendar!!*
Fremont Fair Schedule: http://bit.ly/2khb0c4

YOUTH LIVESTOCK PROJECTS AND VETERINARY FEED DIRECTIVE
For updated information, please check out:
http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/saunders/Nebraska%20Youth%20VFD%20Flyer.pdf

MAKIN' BACON...AND A WHOLE LOT MORE! Applications DUE April 1st!
http://www.nepork.org

HORSE JUDGING SCHOOL – SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND
http://animalscience.unl.edu/horse-judging-information#tab4

OXBOW ANIMAL HEALTH JUNIOR VETERINARY CAMPS
www.oxbowvetcamp.com

2017 4-H HORSE CAMP
Get ready to saddle up and hit the trail at the 2017 4-H Horse Camp on June 8-10, at beautiful Fort Robinson State Park! A brochure outlining all the camp offerings and registration forms will be available on our 4-H website by April 15.