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Nebraska 4-H is participating in the National 4-H Annual Index, a national 4-H study designed to help us evaluate the positive youth development experience and 4-H program impacts experienced by youth across the country. If your youth are in the target age range (13-18 years old) and were enrolled in 4-H in 2021, you will receive an e-mail invitation from Nebraska 4-H at the email address provided in your enrollment profile.

We encourage your participation in telling the 4-H story! Please contact us  at 402-267-2205 if you have any questions!


The Cass County 4-H Council seeks to promote and support positive youth development and club experience for youth in Cass County through offering grants to support club efforts. Grant applicants are encouraged to identify needs of the county, club, members, leaders, and/or volunteers. Grant applications can be found here:


If you, or you know of a farmer that has been discussing applying for one of the SARE Farmer/Rancher Grant, there may be an opportunity to receive some funding to investigate an idea they have for their farm or ranch. Funding has increased to $15,000 for a single farmer or farm and up to $30,000 for two or more separate farmers or farms that are working together or experimenting together on a project. If someone has been thinking of a project or has an idea, there is still time for them to submit for this grant - the deadline to apply is December 2, 2021. The success rate for these type of grants is about 25%.

 Citizenship Washington Focus Conference

Nebraska Extension in Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Richardson counties, together with their respective 4-H Councils are again sponsoring a Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) experience in 2023.  

For over 50 years, CWF has enriched young people’s lives by providing opportunities for them to:

 Broaden appreciation and practice respect for themselves and others in the world.  Increase individual commitment to citizen involvement.

Otoe County would like to invite the youth from surrounding counties to participate in our upcoming Livestock Judging Clinic on May 1. Blaine French and the UNL Livestock Judging Team will be hosting this clinic in Syracuse, Nebraska. Please contact the Otoe County Extension Office if you have any questions.

Nebraska Extension, Otoe County

620 1st Street

Syracuse, NE 68446


Lawn Tips for Late Winter 

Wow, it’s great to see the sun, feel the warmth and lose the heaps of snow in my front yard! Although 70 plus degrees in early March could result in problems later this spring, if plants come out of dormancy too soon. But, since there isn’t a great deal we can do about the weather, let’s focus instead on a few questions I’ve been getting from you in the last week. I can tell many of you are excited to get outside! Let’s start with the lawn.  

Too Early for Grub Control

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