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Nebraska 4-H'ers compete in national 4-H film festival

Thu, 08/06/2020 - 12:04

Following their dreams in an age of pandemic, 4-H youth from 17 states gathered online for the national 4-H film festival. The 10th annual FilmFest 4-H was held on August 1-2. FilmFest 4-H is a national film festival for youth filmmakers, visual artists, actors, as well as any 4-H'ers interested in learning more about the film industry and meeting other creative people from across the country. FilmFest 4-H helps youth become producers, not just consumers, of digital media. Now in its 10th year, FilmFest 4-H celebrated its decade-long run with the film industry workshops and youth-produced films it has become known for. 

Two Nebraska 4-H members were recognized for their films.

  • Riley Peterson (15) of Lancaster County was awarded 2nd Place Documentary for his video titled Inspiring 4-H Archers.
  • Andrew Donlan (12) of Lancaster County received 2nd Place Animation with his stop-motion film, Journey in July.  

The 2020 FilmFest 4-H was open to youth ages 11-18, and participants hailed from Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Video categories included Animation, Documentary, Narrative, One Minute Movie, Promotional, and Voices of 4-H History.

In addition to submitting their own digital video creations, participants also engaged in educational film industry workshops over the weekend. LA-based actress Linara Washington shared strategies from her career working on tv series like NCIS and Grey's Anatomy, and in films alongside Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini. From New York, Emmy winning producer Matthew C. Mills helped youth understand film industry roles ranging from interns to executive producers, sharing career advice from his work with companies like HBO, MTV, CBS, and Food Network. Producer Chad Freidrichs taught youth how to secure archival footage for documentaries, using methods that are both professional and legal. This year also featured the first FilmFest 4-H Screenplay Challenge, with youth submitting scripts that were evaluated by LA-based writer-producer Mariana Hope (Friday Night Lights, The Kicks). 

2020 FilmFest 4-H Winning Films

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease and the State Fair 4-H Rabbit Show

Tue, 07/28/2020 - 09:47

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus Type 2 (RHDV-2) has been identified in the southern and western states in the United States. The State Veterinarian, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), Nebraska 4-H, and the Nebraska State Fair are in on-going communication to determine how this disease will impact the State 4-H Rabbit Show.

At this time, RHDV-2 has not been diagnosed in Nebraska; we will continue to watch closely for any cases and stay updated with the NDA. The NDA is also collaborating and staying in close contact with the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission to increase awareness and surveillance if needed should the NDA receive any reports indicating an increase in deaths in our wild rabbit populations in the state.

With the increased concern of RHDV-2, all 4-H rabbits exhibiting at the 2020 Nebraska State Fair must have a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) within 15 days of the exhibition. The CVI must list the Nebraska State Fair as consignee and will need to have the official identification (ear tattoo) listed on all rabbits being exhibited during the State Fair. The health papers will be checked by a representative of the State Veterinarians' Office.

Each CVI must:

  • Be issued by an accredited licensed veterinarian.
  • Show name and address of own or exhibitor.
  • Show that the rabbit does not have signs of RHDV-2.

The NDA has created a link for rabbit owners to review information, guidance, and links for public knowledge to increase awareness and provide guidance regarding this disease. For more information, please visit Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (NDA).

Additionally, the 2020 State Fair Rabbit Show format will follow the NDA's biosecurity recommendations.

  • Exhibitors will arrive the morning of the rabbit show (Sunday, August 30) and bring their own carrier(s) to keep their rabbits housed through the morning/afternoon. Rabbits will not be housed not he fairgrounds as they have in the past.
  • Exhibitors will show their rabbits and go home after the exhibition.
  • Bring your own carpet square to place your rabbit on during the show.
  • All rabbits should be quarantined for 30 days after returning from the show and all equipment and cages should be sanitized once you return home. 

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep exhibitors apprised of any other changes that need to be made.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Design (NDA)

Congratulations to the 2020 State Public Speaking Contest Participants

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 10:24

Congratulations to all 158 Nebraska 4-H members who participated in the virtual 2020 State 4-H Public Speaking Contest. The contest included speeches and public service announcements that were selected at county-level contests to advance to the state competition. Entries were submitted and judged virtually. Medal winners were awarded for intermediate and senior age divisions, and Champion senior participants were also recognized. Congratulations to the Senior Division Champions:

  • Emma Luther of Dawson County, Senior PSA Champion
  • Abbie Owens of Dawson County, Senior Speech Champion

Senior PSA medal winners:

  • Emma Luther of Dawson County
  • Ella Hendrickson of Lancaster County
  • Emily Brodd of Dodge County

Senior Speech medal winners:

  • Abbie Owens of Dawson County
  • Audra Nolting of Cuming County
  • Macy Moravec of Butler County
  • Sydney Hutchinson of Cuming County

Intermediate PSA medal winners:

  • Chelsea Potts of Cedar County
  • Jaden Hunke of Dawson County
  • Kathryn Picton of Washington County
  • Morgan Thieman of York County

Intermediate Speech medal winners:

  • Alexa Brodd of Dodge County
  • Ava McFarland of Knox County
  • Carson Reiman of Dawson County,
  • Eden Hamel of Dodge County
  • Ella Brennemann of Frontier County
  • Greta Rickertsen of Dawson County
  • Kara Brockman of Gosper County
  • Luke Syliaasen of Saunders County
  • Riley Farnstrom of Thayer County
  • Tucker Robinson of Fillmore County
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2020 Nebraska State Fair Updates

Wed, 07/01/2020 - 13:53

The Nebraska State Fair Board announced that the 2020 Nebraska State Fair will be a celebration of 4-H and FFA youth! While the State Fair will look different than it has in the past, we are excited to see the support for young people and to showcase the projects they've been working on throughout the year. 

Some key highlights and updates for 4-H Exhibitors:

  • The 4-H contests and 4-H livestock shows will all be held on the first weekend (August 29-30). 
  • 4-H static exhibits will not be re-judged at State Fair. Static exhibits will receive special recognition, and best of show awards will be selected. Static exhibits will remain on display throughout the fair.
  • The Youth Dairy Show and Dairy Judging Contest will be held on the second weekend (specific dates TBD).
  • The FFA livestock shows will be on the second weekend (September 5-6).
  • By having the shows on separate weekends, there will be more space in the barns; hence, 4-H livestock entry limits will remain the same.

Please stay tuned to for more updates as details are finalized.

4-H at the Nebraska State Fair

State 4-H Horse Show Update

Mon, 06/08/2020 - 15:47

The safety of youth and their families is our highest priority. We were hopeful and preparing to offer an in-person Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Expo. With continued uncertainty about COVID-19 in Grand Island and whether or not we would get approval from the Health Department coupled with concerns from volunteers and staff and the ability to offer a high-quality experience for youth, we have decided to cancel the in-person show for 2020. Instead, a modified virtual show will be hosted allowing youth to compete from home. This will allow all 4-H'ers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and effort they have put into their horse project. This virtual opportunity will also include 4-H Horse Stampede contests. More information can be found on the Fonner Park State 4-H Fun Horse Show. 

We understand the disappointment this decision will cause, but we hope this will be a new way to introduce youth to a trend that is increasing in popularity across the country. We appreciate the work of the Horse Advisory Committee, representatives from Fonner Park, and the City of Grand Island for all their support in this difficult decision. 

Fonner Park State 4-H Fun Horse Show

NEW Virtual 4-H Camps!

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 16:29

We've made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 face-to-face summer camp sessions, but that doesn't mean all 4-H Camps are canceled! Nebraska 4-H Camps are offering a variety of fun hands-on learning opportunities that youth can participate in from home. And, when we say "hands-on," we mean it! Our 4-H camp opportunities are designed for active learning by doing. 

Choose from a variety of exciting, live, online programs that you can participate in from home! Participants will meet and interact with other youth who have similar interests, and learn from Nebraska 4-H Camp professionals, University of Nebraska–Lincoln faculty, and industry professionals. We have a variety of special topic sessions available throughout June. Register now before sessions fill up!

Virtual 4-H Camps

State Fair Livestock Nomination Deadline Extended

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 09:25

Nebraska 4-H and FFA, in consultation with the Nebraska State Fair Livestock Committee, have decided to extend the State Fair livestock nomination deadline from June 15 to July 1. Exhibitors will be required to submit their DNA envelopes to their county Extension offices and have completed their online nomination and payment through by 11:59 PM CST on July 1, 2020.

An Important Announcement from Nebraska 4-H Camps

Fri, 05/15/2020 - 09:50

Dear Friends of 4-H Camp,

We are announcing the cancellation of our summer 2020 programming. This decision was not taken lightly, and we tried every possible scenario to continue our programs this summer. After receiving guidance from a variety of sources, the decision ultimately came down to this question – can we carry out our mission, and can we keep our campers safe? The answer is we don’t know and that’s not good enough for us. We are committed to doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 and being a part of the solution.

The summer of 2020 had much promise and excitement around it. Our registration was on track to be the largest camps we have held in the recent past and the program we have developed was spectacular. This is a huge testament to the trust that you have placed on the Nebraska 4-H Camping Program. For this, we say “Thank You”. Thank you for putting your trust in us as we work every day “To Make the Best Better” in all that we do at 4-H Camp. We look forward to the day when we can be together again enjoying uncontrollable laughing and silliness, learning new skills at one of your activity times, creating spaces to build new friendships and connecting with one another, and crying at the closing campfire after reflecting on our awesome week together at camp!

As we reflect and move forward, we are filled with hope for the opportunities to continue our mission and connect with you this summer. We will be providing NEW Virtual 4-H Camp experiences during June and July! Check out our self-guided experiences through our 4-H Camp in a Box and a week of real-time virtual summer camp June 1-5! Registration will open soon for numerous real-time, week-long, special interest virtual camps that you can join from anywhere! More information about these experiences will be made available at

Information about several other FREE, real-time educational experiences, as well as many self-paced opportunities, can be found at Nebraska 4-H looks forward to learning with you this summer in new ways – right from your home!

As you can imagine, this decision has also had a great financial impact on our program. Much of our operating revenues come from the summer camp experience. In these unprecedented times, if you are able, please consider a tax-deductible gift to support the Nebraska 4-H Camps mission. Give securely on the Nebraska 4-H Foundation Website or mail to NE 4-H Foundation PO Box 4500, Lincoln, NE 68504.

Thank you again for your trust and support of the Nebraska 4-H Camps! We hope to see you soon at one of our 2020 virtual experiences and can’t wait till the day we can be together at camp again!

Supporting Young People Through Change

Tue, 04/14/2020 - 08:35

The last month has been a challenging time, to say the least. It feels like it was a hundred years ago that we could high five youth in an afterschool program, get a haircut, or buy toilet paper whenever we wanted. No doubt you have experienced feelings of confusion, grief, disappointment, and loss over the past month. We know that it is the same for the young people that we educate. Indeed, our world as changed.

As a leading youth development organization in the state, Nebraska 4-H Youth Development is offering a series of articles addressing the social-emotional well-being of young people. The articles are designed to help youth development professionals and parents in this challenging time. The series, Supporting Young People Through Change, will include five articles:

  • Comfort in a Changing World
  • Connecting in Changing Times
  • Coping in Changing Times
  • Creating Your Plan in Changing Times
  • Contributing in a Changing World

Articles will be released weekly throughout April and early May. Visit the link below to access all the available articles, and stay tuned for new releases.

Supporting Young People Through Change

Join us for Virtual Field Trips!

Mon, 03/30/2020 - 08:06

Join Nebraska 4-H each Tuesday at 11:00 AM CT/10:00 AM MT as we go on-site to learn more about science, agriculture, technology, and more! Virtual Field Trips offer facility tours, educational experiences, and additional resources for teachers. Virtual Field Trips are perfect for youth in 9th-12th grades. Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

Register now!

Join Us for Boredom Buster Challenges!

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 19:09

Tune in every Monday and Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT for Nebraska 4-H's Boredom Buster Challenge! Each week, youth will be given a problem to solve using materials found in their home. Through these hands-on virtually guided challenges youth will learn about entrepreneurship, healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will be recorded and made available for on-demand viewing. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate. 

Register now!

Join Us for Living Room Learning!

Mon, 03/16/2020 - 15:44

Tune in every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at 2:00 PM CT/1:00 PM MT for Nebraska 4-H's Living Room Learning! Each day, youth will participate in a hands-on virtually guided activity where they will learn about healthy living, science, technology, and more! Each session will focus on a new activity that can be done with materials found at home. Youth do not need to be 4-H members to participate.

Register now!

COVID-19 Response

Sun, 03/15/2020 - 13:36

Nebraska 4-H takes the health and safety of our community very seriously and we are carefully monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation.

As United States and global health officials continue to address the spread of the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 infection, health and emergency preparedness officials at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln are monitoring the situation in collaboration with our university and governmental partners. In doing our part to be responsible for convening large groups of people, we are carefully reviewing calendars and determining how we proceed with each scheduled event. This will be a fluid process as we continue to monitor all available information in the days and weeks ahead. In doing our part to be responsible about convening large groups of people, we are carefully reviewing calendars and determining how we proceed with each scheduled event. This will be a fluid process as we continue to monitor all available information in the days and weeks ahead.

Presently, we have made the decision to cancel all events scheduled for March 16-29. While this was an extremely difficult decision, we are putting the health and well-being of our staff/families/youth at the forefront. From March 30 - May 9, Nebraska 4-H programming will resume in a virtual format. This includes all scheduled educational programs, competitive events, and meetings hosted by Nebraska 4-H.

For up to date information regarding Nebraska 4-H's response to COVID-19, including state-level event cancellations and postponements, visit

Nebraska 4-H COVID-19 Response Website

4-H Event Postponement

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:28

Due to concerns surrounding the spread of COVID-19, Nebraska 4-H has decided to postpone the following upcoming events:

  • 4-H Chick Days, originally scheduled for March 14, 2020
  • 4-H Horse Stampede, originally scheduled for March 28, 2020
  • 4-H Companion Animal Challenge, originally scheduled for March 28, 2020

Please stay tuned to specific program pages for more information and details regarding rescheduling.

4-H Chick Days4-H Horse Stampede4-H Companion Animal Challenge

4-H Photography Showcase - March

Wed, 03/11/2020 - 10:24

Windmill by Lauren Burhman (15), Cuming County

"This photo was taken at my home in Northwest Cuming County. I like how it shows the beauty of Nebraska with the corn, sky and windmill. I received purple ribbons on this photo at the Cuming County and the Nebraska State Fair."

Flaunt your photography, and submit your favorite photo for a chance for it to be showcased online by Nebraska 4-H!

The NEW 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. 4-H'ers are invited to submit their favorite photos through the online submission form. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year. Each month, a new photo will be selected from the submissions and showcased online by Nebraska 4-H. 

Submit Your PhotographyView Past Showcase Photography

Nebraska 4-H Members Show at Omaha Fashion Week

Mon, 03/09/2020 - 15:31

Congratulations to Nebraska's most talented student designers! Omaha Fashion Week kicked off with a Student Night on Tuesday, February 25. Over 50 looks by high school student designers were shown on the runway as OFW kicked off its spring 2020 season at the Omaha Design Center. Over 1000 students and guests were in the audience to watch the runway show and pre-show panel discussion.

Emcee Waverle Monroe of KETV NewsWatch 7 brought the show to life! Lights dimmed and the show began with Joslyn’s Fashion Arts Mentor Program in partnership with Yates Community Center, full of creative looks in floral and iridescent prints. Omaha South High School kept the show going with clean lines and tailored pieces. Nebraska FCCLA hit the runway, mixing minimalist looks with euphoric pieces. Joslyn Art Museum’s Kent Bellows Mentoring Program finished out the first half of the show with bold patterns and statement pieces on the Allure Med Spa Runway to Beauty.

Develop Model Management models styled by the Omaha Fashion Week Beauty Alliance lined up backstage, ready to present breathtaking collections during the second half. Collections from Omaha Central High School captured the audience’s attention with edgy pieces and pops of color. Nebraska 4-H mixed classic business pieces with shimmery formal wear. The final collection from Burke High School closed the show, with funky streetwear and dramatic pops of red!

Nebraska 4-H members applied to participate in the 4-H collection. Garment entries were to be fashion-forward, runway appropriate, and display high-quality construction. The collection features garments with high-level skill and creativity.

The 4-H collection consisted of twelve garments from across the state and featured the following 4-H members:

  • Kiersten Preister of Humphrey – Platte County
  • Matalie Wallin of Imperial – Chase County
  • Amber Gonzalez of McCook – Red Willow County
  • Mariah Dather of Bloomfield – Knox County
  • Karla Herrarte of Lexington – Dawson County
  • Saidi Ringenberg of Lexington – Dawson County
  • Sydni Ringenberg of Lexington – Dawson County
  • Audrey Glaubius of Wisner – Cuming County
  • AnnaLiese (Anni) Reha of Hampton – Hamilton County
  • Ellie Babcock of Waverly – Lancaster County
  • Addison Zook of David City – Butler County
  • Mackenzie Sudbeck of Wynot – Cedar County

In addition, Omaha Fashion Week panels select one winning designer each night of fashion week. This year was extra special because one of our 4-H’ers won the designer prize of the night! Congratulations to Amber Gonzales on her $500 prize for the best Student Night design!!

4-H Photography Showcase

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 12:58

Reggie by Mahayla Allred (14), Dawes County

"I got a new puppy for Christmas. His name is Reggie and he is so funny. I think this shows his personality. I took this picture the day after Christmas with a Nikon D850. I did add a poster Edge filter on Adobe Photoshop to make the blacks of his body separate a little more."

Flaunt your photography, and submit your favorite photo for a chance for it to be showcased online by Nebraska 4-H!

The NEW 4-H Photography Showcase offers a project exhibition opportunity beyond traditional print media. 4-H'ers are invited to submit their favorite photos through the online submission form. Through this opportunity, youth are encouraged to practice and apply skills learned in their photography projects throughout the year. Each month, a new photo will be selected from the submissions and showcased online by Nebraska 4-H. 

Submit Your Photo

4-H Chick Days

Tue, 02/04/2020 - 10:18

The NEW 4-H Chick Days offers state 4-H contests and educational opportunities focused on poultry and food science. The event will be held at the Animal Science Complex on the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus on Saturday, March 14th, 2020. 4-H Chick Days offers a variety of contests that don't require live animals, including:

  • egg decorating,
  • poultry quiz bowl,
  • photography,
  • omelet cookery, and
  • speech contests.

Youth have the opportunity to display their poultry and food science knowledge through these contests both as an individual and as part of a team. The contests are designed to encourage youth to explore what poultry and food science industries have to offer.

Scholarships and cash prizes will be awarded to senior champions of each contest. The senior champion team of the  Poultry Quiz Bowl Contest will win a scholarship of $2000. The team will also qualify to participate at the National Contest. The champion senior in all other contests will win a $50 cash prize. All age divisions champions will win other special awards such as ribbons, rosettes, and medals. 

Entry forms must be submitted by March 1, 2020 to:

  • University of Nebraska–Lincoln
    Dept. of Animal Science
    C/O Dr. Sheila Purdum
    PO Box 830908
    Lincoln, NE 68538

In addition to 4-H contests, Jodi Holmes, Nutrena Feed Rep., will be presenting a fun interactive seminar. Jodi will share how to successfully raise a backyard flock. Educational booths and activities will also be available throughout the day. Lunch will be provided free of charge for 4-H participants (and parents/guardians) in the 4-H Chick Days contests.

Learn More about 4-H Chick Days

Share Your Adventure for Nebraska 4-H Month

Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:56

February is Nebraska 4-H Month! We want to see what 4-H is like from your perspective! Whether you're a 4-H professional, volunteer, member, parent, or even alumni - if you have a 4-H adventure to share, we want to see it! Share your story on social media with a photo or video, and be sure to tag @Nebraska4H and #NE4H. 

Consider hosting a Nebraska 4-H Instagram Takeover during Nebraska 4-H Month! The goal of our Instagram takeovers is to help tell the stories of 4-H. Ideas for takeovers include:

  • a day in the life of a 4-H volunteer, parent, professional etc.
  • behind-the-scenes of a 4-H project, contest, event, etc.
  • 4-H community service projects

Announcing Omaha Fashion Week 4-H Collection!

Mon, 01/27/2020 - 12:53

Check out Nebraska's most talented student designers! Omaha Fashion Week is kicking off with a Student Night on Tuesday, February 25. View collections from Nebraska 4-H, Burke High School, Omaha South High School, Omaha Central High School, Nebraska FCCLA, Joslyn Art Museum's Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, and Joslyn's Fashion Arts Mentor Program in partnership with Yates Community Center! Before the Show, OFW producer Brook Hudson will how a Q&A panel discussion on careers in creative industries such as fashion, beauty, design, and more! 

Thirty-six Nebraska 4-H members applied to participate in the 4-H collection. Garment entries were to be fashion-forward, runway appropriate, and display high-quality construction. The collection features garments with high-level skill and creativity. Congratulations to the 14 4-H members who were selected to show their garments on the runway at Omaha Fashion Week on Tuesday, February 25!

  • Kiersten Preister, Platte County
  • Matalie Wallin, Chase County
  • Amber Gonzalez, Red Willow County
  • Mariah Dather, Knox County
  • Karla Herrarte, Dawson County
  • Saidi Ringenberg, Dawson County
  • Sydni Ringenberg, Dawson County
  • Audrey Glaubius, Cuming County
  • AnnaLiese Reha, Hamilton County
  • Ellie Babcock, Lancaster County
  • Addison Zook, Butler County
  • Amma Haszard, Lancaster County
  • Abigail Haszard, Lancaster County
  • Mackenzie Sudbeck, Cedar County

Omaha Fashion Week will take place at the Omaha Design Center (near TD Ameritrade Park). Doors open at 6:00 PM. The Fashion Show begins at 8:00 PM. 

Omaha Fashion Week provides a professional platform to showcase the work of regional independent fashion designs on a bi-annual basis. Omaha Fashion Week has become the Midwest's largest fashion event. Student Night partners include Develop Model Management, the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program, Omaha Public Schools, FCCLA, Xenon Academy, and 4-H!

Tickets are required for all attendees. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchase direction from Omaha Fashion Week. Due to the popularity of the event, it is recommended to purchase tickets as early as possible. 

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