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2016 Nebraska State Fair 4-H Fairbook

2015 Nebraska State Fair FFA Fairbook

2015 Nebraska State Fair Results



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Market Sheep, Goat, and Swine Tag-in

All market sheep, and goats (meat and dairy market) must be tagged and weighed on Thursday, May 12 or Thursday, May 19  from 6–8 pm at the fairgrounds. Note: This second weigh in date has been changed from previous newsletters.  Both weigh-in dates are on Thursdays.  All market animals exhibiting at the Scotts Bluff County Fair must be tagged in by May 19. Swine may be tagged in at this event.  Animals will NOT be unloaded.  Staff and volunteers will enter trailers to tag and disinfect equipment between trailers.  If you have concerns about bringing your swine to a central tag-in you may pick up tags and tag in info from the Extension Office.  All pigs need to be tagged by May 19. Tags are $1 each.  Market Sheep and Market Goats (meat and dairy market) will be tagged and weighed at the Red FFA Barn located north of the Pavilion. Sheep and goats should be led to the southeast corner of the barn.   Swine will be tagged on the south side of the Event Center. If you plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben, you must submit a DNA sample from your animal and use an EID tag. Ask for a DNA kit at tag-in. Kits are $6 and due to our office by June 1. If you have any questions, please contact us at 632-1480. If we have to postpone due to weather, we will have KNEB announce it.

New Scotts Bluff County Drug Affidavit

One of 4-H’s main goals is to teach youth life skills.  In the animal projects, we also aim to introduce youth to the livestock industry.  Record keeping is an important life skill and is vital to every part of the livestock industry.  To help youth with this process the Livestock Committee is requiring a Scotts Bluff Drug Affidavit be turned in for each animal at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.  These forms are the place to record all medications given to your animals.  Deworming treatments, antibiotics, vaccinations, etc.  should all be listed on this sheet.  Even if the drug withdrawal time has expired by fair time, it is still important to document the treatments given.  When in doubt, record the medication on this sheet!
These forms are due when your animal crosses the scale at the Scotts Bluff County Fair.  If you do not have this form, your animal cannot be entered in the fair!
If you have any questions, please contact the Nebraska Extension Office at 308-632-1480 or  

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.QA logo transparent
ONLINE: Complete three modules in the Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course. Course instructions can be found at this website: 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.  Thanks to the Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau, the 4-H Council will reimburse you the $5.  More reimbursement info will be in next month's newsletter.
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.
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.

Summer Camp Opportunities

Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers

The Summer Season is approaching fast! We are thrilled to invite all youth to enjoy summer camp with the Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers at our sites - Nebraska State 4-H Camp near Halsey and Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center near Gretna.

The summer programs offered at our 4-H camping locations provide all youth a place to discover, learn, and grow. Also, your child does not have to be a member of 4-H to attend. At the Nebraska 4-H Camps and Centers, we believe strongly in promoting the mission of Nebraska 4-H, which encourages all young people to reach their full potential, by working and learning in partnership with caring adults. Amidst the beauty of the Nebraska National Forest and prairie, we are able to do what we do best: provide a life-changing summer camp experience for all youth! 4-H is education for life and focuses on helping young people explore the science in their everyday lives, grow leadership and citizenship skills, explore future career opportunities, and make healthier decisions.
More information is available at Nebraska 4-H summer camp or you can contact the Extension Office.

Big Red Summer Camps

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are residential, career exploration camps held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. By participating in a camp youth get the opportunity to explore the UNL campus, meet people from across the country, spend time investigating an interest or potential career, and have a lot of fun! During the week-long camps, participants will work with UNL faculty to explore the topic of their particular camp, like filmmaking or crop science. After spending several fun-filled days on campus, participants' families are invited to attend a special capstone event where youth showcase their achievements.

Big Red Summer Academic Camps are open to all youth grades 10th-12th including recent high school graduates. All housing and food is provided for participants throughout the duration of the camp. Space is limited and camps will fill on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each camp offered has a specific number of openings, please see Big Red Summer Academic Camp Offerings for a list of camps offered this year, descriptions, participant limits, costs, and scholarship opportunities. Camps are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and UNL faculty members in various academic areas across campus.

Senior Scholarship

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. 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. Contact the Extension Office for the application form or for more information.

ENROLLMENT4-H Join today

The UNL Project Resource Central web page helps youth, parents, and leaders select projects. It identifies project areas, career choices and exhibits and includes related, additional curricula resources.  The 2016 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 .

If you are a returning member, go to 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 to participate in the 2016 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. Coming soon, you'll also be able to register for events, pay enrollment fees on-line and more!

4-H Online enrollment new family instructions pdf
4-H Online member re-enrollment instructions pdf

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 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 and update your information.  Volunteers with out children in 4-H should go to, 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 –“ February 1.

Year end reports letter (pdf)

Year end 4-H Club treasurer's report (pdf)

Year end 4-H Club general report (pdf)

4-H Club Fundraising Proposal Form

Career Portfolio

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:

  •    cover
  •    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)Diamond Clover Transparent
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 April 2016 (9pgs) Newsletter is now available!

Scotts Bluff County Archived Newsletters:
February 2016 (7pgs)
December 2015 (6pgs)
November 2015 (3 pgs)
September 2015 (7pgs)
Prefair Newsletter 2015
June 2015 (10pgs)

May 2015 (6pgs)
March 2015 (6pgs)

Spotlight on 4-H - Leader Newsletter     

2016 Scotts Bluff County 4-H Calendar (1pg)

Revised 4-11-16