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Thank you for your interest in joining 4-H in Buffalo County. 

4-H is open to ALL YOUTH, of ALL ABILITIES ages 5 to 18.  Youth can join 4-H at any time of the year.  However, in order to enter exhibits at the Buffalo County Fair, the deadline is June 15 of each year. 

The enrollment process is done online and needs to be done every year for both, Youth and Volunteers.  Please see the links below to help guide your way.  If you have any questions, please call the Buffalo County Extension Office, 308-236-1235.

Stay up to date on what's happening with Buffalo County 4-H.  Information on this page is continually being updated.  2023 Buffalo County 4-H Calendar

All Livestock Exhibitors in beef, dairy cattle, goats, sheep, swine and market poultry (including production turkeys) are required to complete YQCA training to be eligible to show at the Buffalo County Fair.  To complete your training, visit www.yqcaprogram.org.  Participants MUST do a pre-test and a post-test to complete the training and generate your certificate. The YQCA system will not prompt you to do the pre- and post- tests.  The cost of the online training is $12. Once your training is complete, please submit your certificate to the Buffalo County Extension office.

Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms, or others who are interested in learning about tractor and farm equipment safety practices, can register for a safety training course offered at seven locations across Nebraska from May 22 through June 8.  Students will complete the first day of the course by attending a hands-on event at one of two locations or online through the Extension Foundation Campus website.  After completing the hands-on event or the online course and testing, the required driving test will be offered at seven locations across Nebraska from May 23 through June 8.  Federal law prohibits children under 16 from using specific equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm.

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New - Wildflower Week is June 5-11.  Check out Elizabeth's new article and embrace wildflowers and native plants of Nebraska.

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