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Twenty-two youth set to compete at 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships

Wed, 05/25/2022 - 12:54

Twenty-two 4-H members will represent Nebraska at the 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships held at the Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Nebraska from June 26 to July 1. The event will bring together 4-H members from across the nation. Approximately 685 competitors from 39 states will convene in Grand Island to compete. The event features competitions across nine shooting sports disciplines including compound archery, recurve archery, air rifle, air pistol, .22 rifle, .22 pistol, shotgun, muzzleloading, and hunting skills. 

The Nebraska 4-H shotgun team, coached by John Lilly, includes: 

  • Syras Boston, York County
  • Sheyenne Morgan, Rock County
  • Andrew Koehlmoos, Holt County
  • Michael Day, Sarpy County

Members of the Nebraska 4-H air rifle team, coached by Darin Gruenke, include: 

  • Keiziah Connell, Dixon County
  • Rachael Thomas, Stanton County
  • Dylan Glendy, Custer County

Youth on .22 rifle team, coached by Todd Knutson, include:

  • Kurissa Mizner, Holt county
  • Risken Dawson, Holt County
  • Kyle Rote, Garden County
  • Maya Knutson, Cedar County

The compound archery team, coached by Matt Carmin, consists of: 

  • Taylor Rath, Douglas County
  • Lilly Hanley, Lancaster County
  • Bo Behlen, Platte County
  • Sam Bissell, Buffalo County

The recurve archery team, coached by Jeff Goble, includes:

  • Parker Walahoski, Dawson County
  • Dylan Naslund, Cherry County
  • Isaac Olsen, Banner County

Members of the muzzleloading team, coached by Mike Erickson, include: 

  • Matt Koehlmoos, Holt County
  • Kelsey Howard, Holt County
  • Kylee Howard, Holt County
  • Justin Warembourg, Hayes County

The 2022 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships are hosted by Nebraska 4-H and the National 4-H Shooting Sports Committee. For more information, visit 4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/national. 

Fifteen youth selected as delegates for National 4-H Congress

Fri, 04/29/2022 - 09:07

Fifteen delegates and five alternates have been selected to represent Nebraska at the 2022 National 4-H Congress. The delegates, who are receiving partial scholarships to attend National 4-H Congress, include:

  • Jacie Wolfinger, Dawson County
  • Matthew Bruns, Lincoln County
  • Jaelin Wolfinger, Dawson County
  • Carter Behnken, Washington County
  • Lexi Johnson, Dawson County
  • Paige Bunn, Dodge County
  • Alexia Dick, Thayer County
  • Ashley Abrahams, Dodge County
  • Kylie Hansen, Lancaster County
  • Madison Enstrom, Burt County
  • Addison Luther, Dawson County
  • Chelsea Potts, Cedar County
  • Elizabeth Blume, Red Willow County
  • Clare Bauman, Lancaster County

The alternates, who may attend National 4-H Congress at their own expense, include:

  • Madison Hirshman, Howard County
  • Adriana Hernandez, Washington County
  • Aubree Siffring, Butler County
  • Casey Wahlgren, Dawson County
  • Jaden Russell, Adams County

National 4-H Congress is the premier leadership event for 4-H members ages 15 to 19. The event brings together youth from across the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences. The goal is to inspire youth to take on leadership roles and make meaningful impacts within their communities. The event is held each fall in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information about National 4-H Congress, please visit 4h.unl.edu/congress. 

4-H volunteers receive state-level awards

Fri, 04/15/2022 - 09:01

Twenty-two adult volunteers, one 4-H member, and a family of volunteers are being recognized with Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Awards.

The Kristy and Dave Hattan Family from Lancaster County is receiving the Multi-Generation Family of Volunteers Award.  Additional family members include:

  • Jill Hattan
  • Tyler Hattan
  • Tammy Wollen
  • Brandy Brock

This award recognizes a family with at least three generations of active 4-H volunteers.

Marlie Mundt, 4-H member in Lancaster County is receiving the Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award. This award recognizes a 4-H member, ages 14-18, who has made a meaningful impact on their local 4-H community.

Eleven individuals are receiving Emerging Adult Volunteer Awards. These awards recognize current volunteers who have served less than three years in their local 4-H community. One individual is recognized for each Nebraska Extension Engagement Zone. Recipients include:

  • Wendy Scheenan, Sheridan County 
  • Krista Thoene, Garfield County
  • Matt Weideman, Lincoln County
  • Mary Ann Whitebear, Phelps County
  • Mercedes Barg, Madison County
  • Joy Harris, Nance County
  • Cathy Hill-Klein, Platte County
  • Hunter Purcell, Dodge County
  • Sadie Hammond, Lancaster County
  • Lisa Paul, Jefferson County
  • Natasha Vavra, Cass County

Eleven individuals are receiving Outstanding Adult Volunteer Awards. These awards recognize current volunteers who have served more than four years in their local 4-H community. One individual is recognized for each Nebraska Extension Engagement Zone. Recipients include:

  • Bill Riggs, Dawes County
  • Jolene Dunbar, Loup County
  • Dean Battie, Buffalo County
  • Jo Teter, Red Willow County
  • Doug McKibbon, Madison County
  • Kathy Gorecki, Howard County
  • Brigen Kinnison, Platte County
  • Kim Jackson, Burt County
  • Kath Conroy, Lancaster County
  • Michael Scholz, Saline County
  • Kim Cawley, Cass County

The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Awards honor individuals who are making meaningful and lasting contributions to their local 4-H communities. 

"All across the state, Nebraska 4-H volunteers do incredible work to provide opportunities for our youth," says Jill Goedeken, 4-H Professional Development and Volunteer Extension Educator. "These volunteers generously give their time, energy, and creativity to help develop the next generation of leaders, and we are thrilled to be able to recognize their contributions." 

Recipients will be celebrated during a recognition ceremony at the 2022 Nebraska State Fair.

For more information about Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Awards, please visit 4h.unl.edu/volunteer-recognition. 

Nebraska 4-H'ers attend 89th National 4-H Conference

Mon, 03/28/2022 - 10:27

Five 4-H members from across the state represented Nebraska at the 89th National 4-H Conference, held March 19-24 in the Washington, D.C. area. Nebraska delegates included:

  • Helen Keiser, Dawson County
  • Abigail Owens, Dawson County
  • Parker Walahoski, Dawson County
  • Spencer Walahoski, Dawson County
  • Paige Wood, Nance County

Held annually, the National 4-H Conference serves to develop the next generation of leaders. The conference provides an opportunity to engage 4-H youth in personal development experiences that will increase knowledge, resources, and skills. The program aims to empower and mobilize 4-H youth to create positive social change in the communities in a meaningful and genuine way. National 4-H Conference provides the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead, and impact their communities, their nation, and their world.

Alongside youth delegates from across the nation, Nebraska delegates attended training workshops, became acquainted with the government, and met with state leaders. Highlights from the conference included meeting the Director of USDA's National Institute of Food & Agriculture, Dr. Carrie Castillo and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack. 

Delegates were accompanied by Tracy Anderson, Lancaster County 4-H Extension Educator, and Brett Kreifels, Douglas-Sarpy County 4-H Extension Educator.

National 4-H Conference is the premier civic engagement event for 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 19. Nebraska delegates are selected each year through state-level Senior Achievement Applications and a thorough interview process. Delegates also receive funding for trip expenses through the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. For more information about National 4-H Conference, please visit 4h.unl.edu/conference.

Walbrecht earns Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award for providing a sense of belonging in the show ring

Tue, 03/08/2022 - 08:59

Allison Walbrecht, Lancaster County 4-H member, has been recognized with a Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award for giving youth with disabilities the opportunity to show livestock at the county fair.

“Providing a “sense of belonging” is one important part of the 4-H program. Allison’s willingness to ensure that all youth have this opportunity showcases her willingness to give back to youth, the 4-H Program, and the future of Nebraska,” said Dr. Kathleen Lodl, Nebraska State 4-H Program Administrator. “Allison truly is an amazing role model.”

Having grown up on a beef cattle operation, Allison observed a gap between agriculture and people with disabilities. She started the Unified Showing program to bridge this gap. The program provides youth with disabilities the opportunity to show a lamb at the county fair. Showmen are paired with a "Buddy" who helps them practice and prepare for the showing throughout the summer. 

“Allison is making a positive difference,” said Tracy Anderson, Lancaster County 4-H Extension Educator. “She is giving young people with disabilities and their buddy a sense of belonging as they learn about and show livestock as members of her Unified Showing 4-H Club.”

Following success in Lancaster County, a new Unified Showing 4-H Club has already been established in Otoe County. Allison hopes to one day expand the program to the Nebraska State Fair.

"Unified Showing's future is very bright," said Allison. "I am excited to continue Unified Showing in the upcoming years."

The Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award celebrates the spirit of service-learning. The program recognizes youth who have made significant and lasting impacts in their community. 4-H members create, coordinate, and implement a service-learning project of lasting impact and significant size or scope.

“Nebraska 4-H Gives Back is an awesome opportunity to celebrate the spirit of service-learning, a pillar of the 4-H experience. We invite youth to submit project proposals that showcase the application of their time and talents in service to their community,” shared Dr. Jill Lingard, Nebraska 4-H Gives Back program coordinator.

For more information about the Nebraska 4-H Gives back Awards program, please visit 4h.unl.edu/ne4h-gives-back.

Sump earns Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award for lake clean-up project

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 16:14

John Sump, Lancaster County 4-H member, has been recognized with a Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award for coordinating clean-up efforts at eight local NRD lakes. 

"John not only gave of his personal time and resources but also helped others see the importance of being a good steward of the land," said Dr. Kathleen Lodl, Nebraska State 4-H Program Administrator.

During the pandemic, John noticed an increased use of local NRD lakes. He also observed a corresponding increase in trash and litter around the recreation areas. With support from representatives at the Lower Platte South NRD and Nebraska Game and Parks SE District Fisheries, John coordinated trash pickups at all eight NRD lakes in Lancaster County. He recruited help from Catfish Crazy Nebraska, Nebraska Kayak Club, Boy Scouts Troop 22, family, and friends.

"I learned how to lead a big event, which involved the organization of several volunteers and the collection of donations," said John. 

While coordinating the lake clean-ups, John discovered that most local NRD lakes did not have fishing line recycling receptacles. After securing donations from local sponsors, John made and installed sixteen fishing line recycling tubes, two at each location. Follow-up visits revealed that the recycling tubes were being used at almost every location. 

“Through his homemade recycling tubes and lake clean-up at all lakes, he is helping provide a better space for all,” said Tracy Anderson, Lancaster County 4-H Extension Educator.

The Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Award celebrates the spirit of service learning. The program recognizes youth who have made significant and lasting impacts in their community. 4-H members create, coordinate, and implement a service-learning project of lasting impact and significant size or scope.

“We invite youth to submit project proposals that showcase the application of their time and talents in service to their community,” says Dr. Jill Lingard, Nebraska 4-H Gives Back program coordinator.

For more information about the Nebraska 4-H Gives Back Awards program, please visit 4h.unl.edu/ne4h-gives-back.

+YD Intern Spotlight - Alyssa Neff

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 13:57

Hometown: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Major: Textile Science

Expected Graduation: 2025

Why did you decide to join the +YD intern program?

As a third generation, Pennsylvania 4-H'er I had the opportunity to do many projects such as Poultry, Rabbits, fiber arts projects, sewing, gardening, woodworking, exchange club, and many other projects. I also had the priveledge of serving as a Pennsylvania 4-H State officer as well. 4-H blessed me with ten amazing years that planted me as a leader and prepared me for my future. I wanted to give back and help out with this program in any way I can, so naturally I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to apply and be a YD intern.

What is your favorite thing about the +YD internship?

I love being able to work on projects and work with my fellow interns. Collaborating and creating even better ideas that 4-H'ers are going to love is fun to see.

What are your plans post-graduation?

My plan after graduation is to hopefully work for a company creating and testing fabrics. Even more specifically, I would love to work developing more sustainable fabrics. I could also see myself potentially starting my own fabric line as well.

What's life like outside work and school?

Outside of work and school, I am probably back in Pennsylvania working in the garden, four wheeling, helping with the animals volunteering, volunteering with my County's fair or 4-H program, hiking, weaving, or hanging with friends and family. I especially love being outside with my two sisters and hunting with my dad. My sisters and I have grown in 4-H together which has made us especially close.

The +YD (Positive Youth Development) Interns develop and deliver educational programs for youth across the state in both in-person and online settings. +YD Interns are guided by Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professionals and participate in training and professional development to ensure a quality educational experience for youth participants. Educational programs delivered by interns focus upon topics related to STEM, leadership, career development, and entrepreneurship.

+YD Intern Spotlight - William Wilton

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 13:57

Hometown: Gresham, Nebraska

Major: Secondary Family and Consumer Sciences Education-Minors in Leadership and Communication, International Studies, Textiles, Merchandizing, and Fashion Design (TMFD)

Expected Graduation: May 2023

Why did you decide to join the +YD intern program?

I have been an active 4-H member since my clover kid days and I have had a lot of opportunities to work with youth in different counties across the state through internships in counties. I enjoy seeing students grow and thrive through different programming and opportunities that they get through 4-H.

What is your favorite thing about the +YD internship?

My favorite thing about my +YD is getting to be involved with different experiences where I can meet and directly engage with youth, whether in virtual STEM Mentoring or at events like FIRST Lego Robotics Competitions.

What are your plans post-graduation?

My plans after graduation are to get into the classroom and teach students the life skills that they need through my FCS classroom.

What's life like outside work and school?

I'm trying to make the most of my college experience so most of my time outside of work and school, I spend hanging out around campus or exploring the city of Lincoln!

The +YD (Positive Youth Development) Interns develop and deliver educational programs for youth across the state in both in-person and online settings. +YD Interns are guided by Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professionals and participate in training and professional development to ensure a quality educational experience for youth participants. Educational programs delivered by interns focus upon topics related to STEM, leadership, career development, and entrepreneurship.

+YD Intern Spotlight - Hailey Olberding

Fri, 03/04/2022 - 13:55

Hometown: Lincoln, Nebraska

Major: Biochemistry

Expected Graduation: May 2025

Why did you decide to join the +YD intern program?

I am very passionate about working with children and STEM, so I thought it would be a cool way to combine those two passions. I also have participated in a variety of mentorship opportunities and have enjoyed them, so this opportunity really caught my eye for that reason as well.

What is your favorite thing about the +YD internship?

I love being able to participate in a wide variety of projects around the office and getting to interact with a wide variety of people who are involved in different things. I also have loved being able to apply my creative thinking skills to develop different ideas.

What are your plans post-graduation?

I plan to go to medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatric gastroenterologist.

What's life like outside work and school?

I love doing yoga and being outside as much as possible. I also am in Gamma Phi Beta, a sorority on campus along with NHRI. I am a volunteer for LAUNCH leadership as well, which has been a large part of my life for a long time.

The +YD (Positive Youth Development) Interns develop and deliver educational programs for youth across the state in both in-person and online settings. +YD Interns are guided by Nebraska 4-H Youth Development professionals and participate in training and professional development to ensure a quality educational experience for youth participants. Educational programs delivered by interns focus upon topics related to STEM, leadership, career development, and entrepreneurship.

Governor's Ag Excellence Awards applications are due April 1

Thu, 03/03/2022 - 14:21

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is accepting applications for 2022 Governor's Agriculture Excellence Awards through April 1. This program recognizes 4-H Clubs with $500 grants. This grant is intended to provide funding for projects that will have a lasting impact on communities. Projects should be intentional and impactful, growing club members as leaders and fulfilling a need in their community. 

Examples of fundable programs include mentorship programs, intergenerational programs, attending educational experiences, hosting workshops/educational events, and service-learning opportunities. Priority consideration will be given to clubs that integrate community engagement and educational components into their projects while furthering the mission of Nebraska 4-H to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults.

Governor's Ag Excellence Awards

Nominations open for Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards

Tue, 02/01/2022 - 10:21

Nebraska 4-H is now accepting state-level volunteer award nominations. The Nebraska 4-H Volunteer Recognition Awards honors adult and youth volunteers, as well as multi-generational families, who have provided meaningful contributions to the 4-H program. One Outstanding Adult Volunteer Award and One Emerging Adult Volunteer Award winner will be chosen for each of the state’s 11 Nebraska Extension Engagement zones. One statewide winner will be named in each of the youth volunteer and multi-generational family categories.

“Our 4-H volunteers go above and beyond to serve Nebraska’s youth every year,” said Jill Goedeken, 4-H Youth Development Extension educator. “This volunteer recognition opportunity debuted in 2021 and we were thrilled at the number of outstanding 4-H volunteers nominated statewide. We are looking forward to another opportunity to recognize 4-H volunteers for their contributions to youth in Nebraska.”

The nomination period runs through March 15. Nominations can be submitted by any 4-H member, family, supporter, or Extension staff member. Nominees must fit the award categories and can be a volunteer for any Nebraska 4-H experience. Some examples may include 4-H club leader, project leader, junior leader, county or State Fair volunteer, special interest volunteer, such as robotics or shooting sports, afterschool club volunteer, or 4-H camp volunteer. 

Winners will be announced virtually the week of April 18, in which Nebraska 4-H will be celebrating the Week of the Volunteer. A special awards presentation will take place at the 2022 Nebraska State Fair.

Volunteer Recognition Details & Nomination Form

Nebraska 4-H'ers participated in the 100th National 4-H Congress

Mon, 01/03/2022 - 08:35

Nineteen Nebraska 4-H members traveled to the 100th National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, GA, held November 26 to 30. This year’s conference theme — “A Century of Empowering Youth” — focused on leadership, citizenship, global awareness, and inclusion.

National 4-H Congress is the premier leadership event for 4-H members between the ages of 15 and 19 years of age. Nebraska delegates are selected for the trip to National 4-H Congress by submitting an Achievement Application for state competition.

Nebraska 4-H members joined youth from 37 other states which brought together over 800 4-Hers from across the country. Youth participated in service-learning projects, international education, and a variety of workshops to expand their skills while being inspired to make an impact on their club, community, and country.

“It was amazing to learn what an impact 4-H can have on the clubs, communities, surrounding countries, and the world. Leadership may be declining statistically, but seeing over 800 other leaders in Atlanta really gives me hope that we can change those numbers,” Aleyna Cuttlers of Lancaster County said. “Being able to experience the National 4-H Congress is a moment in my life I will treasure for a very long time, whether it was the friends I made from all over the states or the leaderships skills I was able to gain from this truly amazing experience.”

The group, made up of high school students and a few college freshmen, attended numerous educational workshops, cultural events, and completed service-learning projects while in Atlanta. Attendees heard nationally known speakers, including Zippy Duvall, president of the American Farm Bureau, and Dr. Carrie Castille, director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture among others. Each speaker challenged the 4-Hers to continue to be leaders and to be a catalyst for change within their communities.

“I had an amazing time at congress making new friends and I learned a lot! I plan to take things that I learned back to my county to inspire and empower youth to become the best leaders and people that they can be,” Paige Wood from Nance County said. “I plan to do so through teaching fun workshops and speaking at 4-H club meetings.”

Hunter Wiese of Dodge County shared about the importance of getting out of your comfort zone and how the National 4-H Congress empowered him to be more confident while building new skills.

“I learned to get out of my comfort zone because the faster you do that the more you get to know people. This has been the best experience I have ever had.”

Highlights of the five-day trip included a tour of Atlanta, visits to the Atlanta History Center, Martin Luther King, Jr. Visitor Center, Georgia Aquarium, Atlanta Zoo, World of Coke, the College Football Hall of Fame, and other attractions.

Youth were accompanied by Nebraska 4-H Extension Educator, Dawn Lindsley, along with Julie Kreikemeier, Colfax County 4-H Extension Educator; Lindsay Shearer, Nebraska 4-H Foundation; and Martin Wiese, a 4-H volunteer from Dodge County.

For more information National 4-H Congress, please visit 4h.unl.edu/congress.

Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program offers new in-depth learning experience

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 10:07

Nebraska 4-H members across the state were recognized as Members of Excellence for their participation in a new livestock program launched in 2021. The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program was designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including beef, sheep, meat goat, swine, dairy cattle, dairy goat, rabbit, and poultry.

At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth applied to participate in the program. Upon acceptance, participants set goals for their 4-H project experience. At the end of the summer, they reported on their accomplishments. Participants were also required to complete their annual 4-H online enrollment process, YQCA requirements, and project record books to receive a Member of Excellence distinction.

In its inaugural year, 26 youth from 20 counties received a Member of Excellence distinction. The youth chose to participate for a variety of reasons, including to learn more about their project and the ag industry, to grow their leadership skills, and to introduce new people to 4-H livestock project areas.

“I think it is great for my daughter to get a better idea about how much [their project] costs and what goes into it,” said a participant’s parent. As part of their experience, many participants chose to educate others through static exhibits or public speaking presentations. One participant stated, “I learned to present information in a way to help educate others,” while another shared, “I also worked through my fear of presenting and talking in front of people.”

4-H members  recognized as Members of Excellence in the beef project area include:

  • Ella Miller, Cass County
  • Everett Funk, Loup County
  • Faith Miller, Hooker County
  • Greyson Hollopeter Swan, Cherry County
  • Lacey Schmidt, Thayer County
  • Logan Schmidt, Thayer County
  • McKenzie VanDeWalle, Fillmore County
  • Trapper Wyatt Wilcox, Antelope County

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the dairy cattle project area include:

  • Kaitlyn Hanson, Saunders County

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the meat goat project area include:

  • Autumn Hoppe (Holt)
  • Brooke Carey (Holt)
  • Miya Carey (Holt)

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the poultry project area include:

  • Anne Nygren, Saunders County
  • Janae Oberg, Frontier County
  • Jon Oberg, Frontier County

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the rabbit project area include:

  • Adriana Hernandez, Washington County
  • Andrew Frain, Lancaster County
  • Elisa Oberg, Frontier County

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the sheep project area include:

  • Ava Myers, Hamilton County
  • Cora Roth, Boyd County
  • Katelyn Dorsey, Valley County
  • Maggie Roberts, Otoe County
  • Arabella Rolfsmeyer, Buffalo County
  • Trapper Wyatt Wilcox, Antelope County

4-H members recognized as Members of Excellence in the swine project area include:

  • Hunter Creech, Scotts Bluff County
  • Kade Goedeken, Platte County
  • Maggie Roberts, Otoe County
  • Olivia Beel, Brown County

The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is now accepting applications for 2022.

Livestock Achievement Program

Applications open for Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection

Wed, 12/08/2021 - 08:39

Nebraska 4-H is pleased to partner with Omaha Fashion Week (OFW) to showcase the work of 4-H members during the Spring Showcase Student Night. OFW Student Night, scheduled for Wednesday, February 23, 2022, exclusively features student designers, including a 4-H collection. The 4-H collection will consist of 10 to 12 garments modeled by the 4-H members who made them.

In order to create a complete and dynamic collection, current 4-H members are invited to apply to participate in the show. Garments must be constructed by the 4-H member. Garments should be fashion-forward, runway appropriate, and display high-quality construction. Creativity and attention to detail are highly scrutinized in garment selection. Online applications are open now through January 3, 2022. 

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2022 4-H Youth Leadership Conference Ambassador team announced

Tue, 11/30/2021 - 15:00

Nebraska 4-H is excited to announce the members of the 2022 4-H Youth Leadership Conference Ambassador team! 

  • Drew Whitney, Seward County
  • Lola Rowse, Thomas County
  • Kaylee Powell, Hall County
  • Isabella Benne, Burt County
  • Payton Smidt, Gage County
  • Chelsa Reardon, Platte County
  • Emily Van Meter, Otoe County
  • Autumn Lindsley, Butler County

These youth will help plan and facilitate the 2022 Nebraska 4-H Youth Leadership Conference scheduled for June 24-26, 2022. The ambassadors will meet monthly to plan and prepare for the conference while developing their own leadership skills. 

4-H Youth Leadership Conference Ambassadors

Nebraska 4-H'ers bring home national awards

Fri, 11/19/2021 - 10:16

Nebraska 4-H teams and individuals claimed top awards in the National 4-H Livestock Skillathon and Quiz Bowl Contests held November 15-16th in Louisville, Kentucky.

The livestock skillathon team from Buffalo County received 1st place overall. Team members included:

  • Taylor Lewis
  • Jaylea Pope
  • Noah Summers
  • Skyler Summers

Team members also claimed top individual awards, including Skyler Summers receiving 1st place overall, Noah Summers with 2nd place overall, and Jaylea Pope receiving 11th place overall. 4-H volunteer, Dean Batie, coached the team.

The livestock quiz bowl team from Dawson County claimed 3rd place overall. Team members included:

  • Emma Peterson
  • Jacie Wolfinger
  • Greg Treffer
  • Spencer Walahoski

Team members also claimed individual awards. Spence Walahoski received 4th place overall, and Greg Treffer received 8th place overall. 4-H volunteer, Shannon Peterson, coached the team.

Loft Gallery features 4-H member's artwork

Mon, 11/08/2021 - 15:15

Twelve talented young artists from across Nebraska have artwork currently on display in the Loft Gallery in the Nebraska East Union.

The show features fourteen drawings, including graphite, ink, charcoal, color pencil, and scratchboard artwork, created by 4-H members. The pieces were selected from hundreds of 4-H visual art exhibits entered at the 2021 Nebraska State Fair.

The exhibition features original artwork by the following 4-H members:

  • Kaila Spieker, 17, Pierce County, Hadar Handy Helpers 4-H Club
  • Addison Zook, 18, Butler County, Always Busy Clover 4-H Club
  • Austyn Rumbeck, 17, Buffalo County, Diamond Willow 4-H Club
  • Aimee Merrill, 18, Hitchcock County, Southwest Shooting Sports 4-H Club
  • Janessa Schmidt, 19, Colfax County Busy Bees 4-H Club
  • Anne Marie Wurtz, 18, Lancaster County, Star City Cornhuskers 4-H Club (2)
  • Piper Dather, 16, Knox County, Northwest Feeders 4-H Club
  • Ashlyn Boeckenhauer, 15, Dixon County, independent 4-H member (2)
  • Hadley Hartman, 11, Johnson County, West Elk Creek 4-H Club
  • Kinsley Oestmann, 16, Nemaha County, Timbercreek 4-H Club
  • Emily Loseke, 19, Colfax County, All-Star 4-H Club
  • Carmen Kosmicki, 18, Howard County, independent 4-H member

Admission to the Loft Gallery is free and open to the public anytime the Nebraska East Union is open. The exhibit will remain in place through December.

4-H is Nebraska’s largest youth development organization–empowering 140,000 young people across Nebraska with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The 4-H visual art projects help young people develop life skills, such as communication, problem-solving, self-esteem, and self-motivation. Learn more at 4h.unl.edu.

4-H Horse Advisory Committee is now accepting applications

Wed, 11/03/2021 - 11:59

The Nebraska 4-H Horse Advisory Committee provides guidance, support, and assistance in carrying out program activities in the interest of the 4-H Youth Development and horse program. This committee is made up of 4-H volunteer leaders and Extension personnel from across Nebraska who are interested in promoting positive youth development and the 4-H horse program.

4-H leaders, parents, and trainers can serve up to a 3-year term on the committee. All members are expected to attend and participate in 75% of meetings in a calendar year of which there are typically 4. Committee members are also expected to serve on a sub-committee which may meet at a higher frequency. Committees include sponsorship and fundraising, awards and apparel, rule book, youth activity, and volunteer relations. Members are also asked to volunteer at one or more state 4-H events. 

Applications are accepted from November 1st through December 3rd at 5:00 PM CT. New committee members are selected based on location, skills, and reasons for wanting to join. Those selected will be contacted directly.

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Fed Steer Challenge applications due Dec. 1

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:52

The Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge is an opportunity for youth interested in learning more about the cattle industry. The program is designed to cultivate the next generation of leaders in the Nebraska cattle industry and enhance the educational value of the traditional 4-H beef projects. The Fed Steer Challenge provides an affordable option that rewards production merit and carcass value of the market animal, along with accurate and complete record-keeping, industry knowledge, and producer engagement. Youth interested in participating in the 2022 Fed Steer Challenge must complete an online application process. Applications are due by December 1, 2021.

Fed Steer Challenge

Livestock Achievement Program returns for year two

Tue, 11/02/2021 - 11:51

The Nebraska 4-H Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership. 

The program recognizes Members of Excellence across all 4-H livestock project areas, including:

  • beef
  • sheep
  • meat goat
  • swine
  • dairy cattle
  • dairy goat
  • rabbit
  • poultry

The program consists of two levels that require 4-H members to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate and project-related accomplishments. For each level, the Livestock Achievement Program provides a list of accomplishments from which 4-H members choose their goals. Each accomplishment is worth a specific number of points. Intermediates, ages 10-13, must complete 100 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Intermediate Member of Excellence. Seniors, ages 14-18, must complete 150 points worth of activities to receive the distinction of Senior Member of Excellence.

At the beginning of the 4-H year, youth must apply to participate in the program. Upon acceptance into the program, participants plan what to accomplish. At the end of the 4-H year, they report on their completed accomplishments. Additionally, participants must complete their annual 4-H Online enrollment process, YQCA requirements, and project record books in order to receive a Member of Excellence distinction. 

Livestock Achievement Program