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2017 4-H & FFA Weigh-in/Tagging Dates
- January 7 1:00-2:30p.m. UNL Feedlot (call Extension Office for directions)
- February 11 1:00-2:30p.m. UNL Feedlot (call Extension Office for directions)
Market Sheep/Market Swine/Goat
- May 7 3:00-5:00p.m. Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
- May 11 6:00-8:00p.m. Scotts Bluff County Fairgrounds
Youth Livestock Projects and
the 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.
Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels. These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.
The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian. Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for. If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian.
Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds. Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nebraska 4-H Foundation
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation supports 4-H in many ways, there are several statewide Nebraska 4-H
Foundation scholarships including:
- Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to two individuals residing in Scottsbluff and Morrill Counties
- 4-H Legacy Scholarships - $1,000 each awarded to three individuals
To view information and requirements and to download applications, please go to the following link at: http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/. All applications must be received by March 3, 2017. Contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.
Gerald & Velma Applebee Scholarship
The Gerald & Velma Applebee Scholarship Fund, Inc. is offering one $300 scholarship to an outstanding student who has been in 4-H within the last four years. Payments will be made directly to the school of the recipients choice. Application deadline is April 15. Contact the Extension Office for an application.
National Assoc. of County Extension Boards Scholarship
The Nebraska Association of County Extension Boards (NACEB) Scholarship Program 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.
Applications are being accepted on-line this year on the NACEB website. Application materials must be received by March 17, 2017.
Scotts Bluff County Homemaker Clubs
The Scotts Bluff County Council of Homemaker Clubs is offering two $300 scholarships to any Scotts Bluff County resident enrolled in Agricultural, Human Resources, Nursing, and Family Sciences curriculum.
Applicants can be graduating high school seniors or college students planning to attend college in 2017. The scholarship is paid to the school after completion of the 2017 fall semester. The student must maintain a C average or the scholarship will be forfeited. The winner will be announced and honored at the Spring Tea in April 2017. Pick up the application at your local school or contact Donna Weitzel, 1543 SC Road, Mitchell, NE 69357. The application must be postmarked by April 15, 2017.
The Tom Holman Scholarship
A $250.00 award will be given to one Scotts Bluff and one Morrill County 4-Her annually in remembrance of Extension Educator Tom Holman. The 4-Her must complete the scholarship application available at hhttp://ne4hfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/THE-TOM-HOLMAN-SCHOLARSHIP.pdf. Applications are due by September 23. The recipients will be announced at the annual 4-H awards event in their respective county. The scholarship will be paid directly to their college/university upon successful completion of their first semester.
Market Livestock Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H members showing RABBITS, POULTRY, BEEF, GOATS, SWINE OR SHEEP at County or State Fair. Members have three options for receiving training.
ONLINE: Stay tuned for more information after March 1! We are transitioning into a national QA online program.
Until then, you can still complete three modules in the Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course. Course instructions can be found at this website: http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance. To enroll in the self-directed online course, Internet access and an email address are required. (Each 4-H youth will need their own unique email address to register.) If you do not have access to the internet, you may complete the course at the UNL Extension Office. Please call ahead to make sure the computers are available. The course can also be completed on many mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. NOTE: The Online QA system is now charging a $5 fee to complete the course online.
CLUB TRAINING: Attend a club training. If your club is not conducting any trainings or you are an Independent, you may attend another club’s training.
TEST: If you are an intermediate or senior (12 or older), you may be able to test out. If you pass the test, you do not have to attend training. This is not difficult! Contact the UNL Extension office to take the test.
LEADER TRAINING - If leaders plan to conduct a training at their club, it is required that they attend the QA Leader Training on March 6 at 6pm at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center. Please enter through the doors on the south side of the building by the metal stairs.
Members must be Quality Assurance certified by June 15 to be eligible to compete at the County Fair. No trainings will be held after June 15.
The Nebraska on-line 4-H Pick-A-Project web page helps youth, parents, and leaders select projects. It identifies project areas, career choices and exhibits and includes related, additional curricula resources. The 2017 Project Resource Central Publication (pdf) lists project resources (printed manuals, CD, DVD, or online) available for Nebraska 4-H members, families, and volunteers.
Hello 4-H Families! As we embark on a new 4-H programming year, we are excited to continue using the 4-H Online enrollment system. All 4-H families will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline at ne.4honline.com .
If you are a returning member, go to ne.4honline.com. Choose "I have a profile" and log in with your email address and password. If you have forgotten your password, choose "I forgot my password" and the system will send you an email to reset your password. Once logged in as a family, you can update and add members and member information along with projects and clubs. Remember from last year that the system can record LOTS of information, but not all is required. Required fields are marked with red asterisk. If you are new to 4-H, you will need to create a new family account and profiles for each 4-H member at ne.4honline.com to participate in the 2017 program year.
4HOnline is a web-based enrollment system that will allow families to enroll in 4-H on your personal computer or mobile device. If you do not have internet access at home, feel free to stop by the Nebraska Extension office and use our computers. You'll be able to complete all of the information necessary to join 4-H online, including 4-H code of conduct forms and health forms. There will be no paper forms to submit for enrollment.
Members may enroll at any time during the year, but to be eligible for County Fair and State Contests these enrollment deadlines need to be met:
Re-Enrollment - If you were enrolled in 4-H in 2015, enroll online and pay the $5 fee to the Extension Office by February 1. You may have until May 1 to add or drop 4-H projects for County Fair.
New Enrollment - Youth who are joining 4-H for the first time are encouraged to enroll online and pay the $5 as soon as possible and no later than May 1 to be eligible for County Fair.
For more information contact the Nebraska Extension office at 632-1480 or email@example.com. Also, if you have questions as you enroll, please let us help you!
Shooting Sports Parental Release Form (pdf 1 pg)
Adult Volunteers - NEW! Volunteers will enroll electronically. Returning leaders: If you have children in 4-H, log into your family account at ne.4honline.com and update your information. Volunteers with out children in 4-H should go to ne.4honline.com, enter the email you have used in the past with 4-H and choose, "I forgot my password". A new password will be emailed to you. If you have any questions or concerns, let the Extension office help you!
Re-enrollment forms for adult volunteer leaders are to be entered by February 1. Volunteers must re-enroll each year to retain status in years of service and for UNL insurance. Contact the UNL Extension office for more info.
4-H Club Year End Reporting
Nebraska 4-H policy requires all 4-H clubs to submit an End of the Year Financial Report to account for the dollars received and expended in the name of 4-H.
Most 4-H clubs raise money to support club activities through the collection of dues or by holding specific fundraisers. Because 4-H is an educational organization authorized through the USDA, several procedures must be followed when working with a club treasury. The key point to remember is the ability to show and prove proper accountability of how club funds have been received and expended. 4-H money is public money and we are responsible for its appropriate use. Year End Club Reports Due – January 15, 2017.
Year end reports letter (pdf)
The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth; it is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout the individual's 4-H career.
The 4-H Career Portfolio includes a:
- pre-printed tab dividers
- application and curriculum Forms
- 4-H career portfolio
- 4-H curriculum story
- supporting material (4 photo pages, 2 non-photo pages)
You can take a look at the instructions and print the pages from the State 4-H Website, or pick up copies at the Extension Office.
Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program
Encourages Youth to Engage in a Variety of Projects and Activities
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. Participation in this program is optional.
Anyone with Adobe Reader can fill-in, save and print the pdf files. Check out Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program for more information, or contact the Nebraska Extension Office at 308-632-1480.
Program Benefits (pdf)
Accomplishments from Which to Choose:
Level 1 - Amethyst Plan & Report
Level 2 - Aquamarine Plan & Report
Level 3 - Ruby Plan & Report
Level 4 - Sapphire Plan & Report
Level 5 - Emerald Plan & Report
Level 6 - Diamond Part 1
Level 6 - Diamond Part 2
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The Scotts Bluff County February Newsletter (9pgs) is now available!