December 2017 4-H Newsletter

December 2017
1) Youth Food and Nutrition Professional Development Day
2) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth
3) Pick Your Project
4) Enrollment is now open for the 2018 4-H program year!
5) 2018 Special Nebraska 4-H Garden Project
6) Don’t Forget to Write Thank You Notes!
7) State 4-H Club of the Month
8) Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Student Scholarships
9) A Special Thank You 4-H Council
10) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2018 Camps
11) Shooting Sports Registration
12) Horse Advancement Level /District & State Dates
13) Livestock Tags
14) 2018 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Days
15) New Livestock Committee
16) State Cat Club Free Online Workshops
17) National Western Catch-A-Calf
18) Catch-a-Lamb 2018
19) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2018 –Livestock Quality Assurance
20) Pick Up Your Premium Checks
21) Club Leader News
22) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
23) 2017 Special 4-H Edition
2017 4-H Achievement Day - We would like to thank the Happy Helpers & Medicine Creek Wranglers 4-H Clubs of Curtis for hosting. Congratulations to Reid Stout and Leigh-Anne Lehmann, the 2017 4-H King and Queen, the senior attendants, Donald Rohr and Aretta Brennemann, and the junior attendants, Braeden Gale and Ashley Easterday.
Carly Thompson received the Ella Lenz Memorial Award for Excellent Clothing Construction and
4-H Record Keeping. The Donnie Far Memorial Trophy for outstanding showmanship at the Frontier County Cat Show was presented to Jon Oberg. Outstanding 4-H Alumni Award was presented to Kelly Lehmann and the Extra Mile Award went to Billy Bryant. Micky Blender and Leigh-Anne Lehmann were named the Outstanding 4-H’ers of 2017.
The 2017 Project Award Winners were: Aerospace – Kahner Kotschwar; Beef – Layton Sailor; Cat – Elisa Oberg; Citizenship – Nickolas Rohr; Clothing – Ethan Oberg; Community Service – Donald Rohr; Food & Nurtrition – Madison Woehrle; Gardening – Carley Thompson; Home Environment – Jonathan Oberg; Photography – Ashley Easterday; Poultry – Janae Oberg; Sheep – Dillon Heath; Shooting Sports – Ryan Oberg; Swine – Taren Sailor.
ATTENTION: A 9X9X2 Wilson Bake Pan was left and can be picked up at the office.
1) Youth Food and Nutrition Professional Development Day Learn about the new 4-H state-wide Cooking projects on Friday, December 15, 2017, 10:00am – 3:15pm at the Hall County Extension Office – Grand Island. Open to Extension Professionals and 4-H Volunteers. Agenda: Some of the sessions will be offered via Zoom. There is a non-refundable $15 workshop registration fee including lunch. To Register: REGISTER by Friday, December 8th.
2) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth
Volunteer today and create life-changing experiences for youth! Thank you to all our Frontier County Volunteers! You play a vital role in the ongoing growth and development of those in the 4-H Youth Development program. Consider sharing more of your unique talents with Frontier County 4-H. You may be a volunteer for a single event or for a club. Many volunteers are needed so contact the Nebraska Extension Frontier County Office today!
3) Pick Your Project
Find a 4-H project that fits what you are interested in learning. The Pick Your Project is an online project selection guide for finding both county-only and state fair eligible 4-H fair projects and their resources. Users can search by keywords or browse by project area, curriculum area, and experience level. Project re-sources and learning objectives are included with each project.
4) Enrollment is now open for the 2018 4-H program year!
WHO: New 4-H members and returning 4-H members are required to officially enroll through 4-H Online each year to maintain membership.
WHY: By enrolling youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, and additional statewide programs.
Adults: Club, project leaders and 4-H Council members must also enroll through 4-H Online each year.
COST: County Dues are $5.00 and need paid to your club or directly to Extension Office.
WHERE: Enroll at
HOW: Instructions available in the Extension Office or
Enrollment Tips
 Select at least one project at time of enrollment. This can be edited later.
 The Health Form is only needed for camp. You may skip this step for now.
 If you need to make connections with a club, the Extension office is happy to make this introduction.
 Youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1 of the current year may enroll as Clover Kids.
 The enrollment system works best with Google Chrome.
 The enrollment system does not work well from a phone
5) 2018 Special Nebraska 4-H Garden Project
Attention all Youth interested in flowers and gardening!!!! The Special state-wide Garden Project is a way to grow unusual and fun projects in your gardens. This year’s plant is the unique, Delft Blue Nigella named for the famous Dutch Delft blue pottery. They have unique, 1½ - 2" flowers with blue splashes on flower petals in varying shades of blue and gray, and intricate deep-purple centers. Unusual seed pods are also used in fresh or dried arrangements. On average it will take about 65-70 days from seeding date until the plant flowers and about 80-85 days for seed pods.
Order your Delft Blue Nigella seeds by: January 27, 2017 for your summer’s 4-H project by calling or emailing the extension office.
4-H members enrolled in the Special Garden Project will:
• Receive a ‘packet’ of Delft Blue Nigella (one packet per youth) in March/April
• Receive a newsletter about:
o Planting & growing nigella
o Nigella problems & insects
o Harvesting & using nigella
• Be able to exhibit this unique flower at County and State Fair
o State Fair Special Garden Project Educational Exhibit Class G-775-001
o State Fair Special Garden Project Fresh Cut Flowers or Harvested Vegetables G-775-002 NEW
o Other fun county only ways to exhibit this unique flower like a story, poem, or poster.
6) Don’t Forget to Write Thank You Notes!
The 4-H program is successful because of all the volunteers that give their time and talent. Remember to send thank you notes to those that have helped with 4-H this past year. Volunteers appreciate thank you notes.
Livestock exhibitors need to send thank you cards to the buyer(s) that purchased your animals. It is important to say thank you to these people if you want their continued support in future sales.
7) State 4-H Club of the Month
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation provides the 4-H Club of the Month program to all Nebraska 4-H clubs throughout the state. Clubs can nominate themselves by telling why their club should be chosen. A different club will be chosen each month and will be awarded with a certificate and $50 cash card. For more information go to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation website at or e-mail We encourage Frontier County 4-H clubs to apply!!! There is lots of community service and good things happening within our county’s 4-H clubs & independent members!! Brag about yourselves and earn money.
8) Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Student Scholarships
Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference will be held Feb. 22 – 23, 2018 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, Kearney, Neb. This annual conference is one of the longest-running women’s conferences of its kind in the country. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Growing our future, valuing our traditions.” Over 30 concurrent workshops will be hosted over the two-day event that focus on production risk, market risk, financial risk, human risk and legal risk.
Five $125 scholarships (full registration fee) available to University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students.
Ten $62.50 scholarships (half registration fee) are available to Nebraska FFA, 4-H or Community College students. Students receiving a ½ scholarship are expected to pay the remainder of the registration cost during the registration period, or find a local sponsor.
The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight Friday January 19, 2018.
9) A Special Thank You – to Tina Smith & Shelly Wills for serving on the 4-H Council. Their 6 years of service and dedication is very appreciated!!
* New Council Members- Congratulations to Stephanie Hansen & Harris Grunden who were voted as new adult members with 3-year terms. 2018 Adult members include: Katy Snyder, Amy Houser, Janisha Ruda, Beth Buehner, Harris Grunden, and Stephanie Hansen. Appointed Youth Council members for 2018 will be: Leigh-Anne Lehman, Tate Hartley, Jace Grunden, Skyler Oberg, Donald Rohr, and Aretta Brenneman.
*Next Council Meeting- January 15, Monday at 7:30 pm
10) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2018 Camps
Applications for camp scholarships are due in the extension office by March 1st. These scholarships are given by the Frontier County 4-H Council. Youth can apply by writing the 4-H Council a letter stating why you want to attend camp and which camp you want to attend.
11) Shooting Sports Registration
The county’s certified shooting sports leaders are making plans for the 2018 4-H season. Stay tuned for details……
12) Horse Advancement Level Testing/ District & State Dates
Frontier Riders Meeting & Levels Testing Study Session @ Curtis Community Center
December 10, January 14 and January 28 @ 7 p.m. For more information contact Shelly Veldhuizen at 641-891-4675. ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by MAY 11, 2018.
2018 Districts Dates and Sites
June 13th–Ord
June 14th–York
June 20th–Gordon
June 21th–Central City
June 22nd–Curtis
2018 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show July 15-19, 2018
13) Livestock Tags
As you are planning/ purchasing 4-H/FFA Livestock for this next summer here are the ear tags/DNA prices for 2018:
$1.00 county only tags
$3.00 EID tags for NE State Fair and/or AKSARBEN
$6.00 DNA envelopes for NE State Fair and/or AKSARBEN
14) 2018 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Days (3 different dates)
January 27 (Saturday) at NCTA Red Barn 9:00 am -11:00 am
February 1 (Thursday) 6:00-8:00 pm at NCTA Red Barn
March 3 (Saturday) at NCTA 9:00 am -11:00 am
New this year
*If 4-Her wants to compete in Frontier County Fair-Stockville Rate of Gain cattle MUST be weighed January 27 or February 1st
*If competing in Eustis Fair & Corn Show Rate of Gain cattle can be weighed on ANY of the 3 dates
15) New Livestock Committee
A new livestock committee is helping update the county fair book’s livestock policy/procedures for the County Fair in Stockville and will be presenting livestock recommendations to the Frontier County 4-H Council for final approval. The committee will assist Extension Staff with county winter weigh days, Stockville fair check in, weigh in & determining show classes, help with livestock shows/sale& help develop other county 4-H livestock contests.
NOTE: The Frontier County 4-H Council has final approval of 4-H livestock policies /procedures but this team will be able to give expertise livestock advice as decisions are being made. All 4-H small and large livestock will be included. More details in upcoming 4-H newsletters…
16) State Cat Club Free Online Workshops
Any 4-H member may join the meetings from home to watch and participate in the session. Each month the meeting lasts for 1 hour and covers a different topic about cats. Sessions are broken up into about three segments with worksheets or activities to test their learning between each. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 6pm CST. Information is available here:
17) National Western Catch-A-Calf
Nation Western Catch-a-Calf is open to any Nebraska 4-H member between 12-18 years old. NWSS CAC program is an excellent learning opportunity in the beef cattle industry. Go to: for more information.
18) Catch-a-Lamb 2018
Due March 1, 2018. Contact the Extension for application.
See rules below:
CATCH-A-LAMB RULES: 4-H’er must be 8, 9, or 10 years old January 1, 2018. Need to enroll in Frontier County 4-H by April 15, 2018. 2018 must be the first year showing a lamb (excluding Clover Kid experience.) Application must be picked up, filled out, and returned to the extension office by March 1, 2018. Lambs MUST be picked up at Sheep Weigh/Tagging Day, Spring 2018. Lamb must be sold and 25% of sale price MUST be returned to the Frontier County 4-H Council.
Judging criteria: 20% record book 4-H F93 submitted on entry day; 20% two letters to program sponsor – one at the beginning thanking the sponsor, and a progress letter to the sponsor (include a story about your project and what you have learned this year about sheep from this lamb.); 20% rate of gain; 20% class placing and/or ribbon (20 pts – purple, 15 pts – blue, 10 pts – red, and 5 pts – white); 20% Showmanship ribbon (20 pts – purple, 15 pts – blue, 10 pts – red, and 5 pts – white).
19) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2018 – Livestock Quality Assurance
Quality Assurance is required for all 4-H’ers that will be exhibiting Beef, Sheep, Goats, Hogs, Rabbits, Dairy, and Poultry at the county fair, state fair, or AkSarBen . YQCA is the new Nebraska Quality Assurance program. All 4-H/FFA Youth must attend 1 annual in person training per year or web base online training/year. This is an annual training, no exceptions. All 4-H Families will register and pay online at: Use your 4-H Online Account
-Web Base training is $12 per child
- In person training is $3 per child
- Continue to watch the newsletter for up-coming in-person trainings and more information.
20) Pick Up Your Premium Checks
Don’t forget to come into the extension office and pick up your premium check from fair. They will only be released to you or one of your parents. There’s LOTS of 4-H money sitting in our office waiting for YOU!
21) Club Leader News
Leaders -- Please use this newsletter as a way to get information out to your members. You need to submit any news to the extension office by the end of the month in order to have it appear in the next newsletter.
22) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
Market Beef Weigh Days (3 different dates)
January 27 (Saturday) at NCTA Red Barn 9:00 am -11:00 am
February 1 (Thursday) 6:00-8:00 pm at NCTA Red Barn
March 3 (Saturday) at NCTA 9:00 am -11:00 am
Frontier Riders Meeting & Hoarse Levels Testing Study Session @ Curtis Community Center 7:00 pm
December 10
January 14
January 28
2018 Fair Dates-
July 24-29 Frontier County Fair in Stockville
August 1-4 Eustis Fair & Corn Show in Eustis
23) 2017 Special 4-H Edition- The Frontier County Enterprise inadvertently omitted the following article. We apologize for the mistake. Enjoy 4-H thru the eyes of a Frontier County 4-H Horse exhibitor!!
The Frontier County 4-H Horse Show
By Jordy Phillips
When I started to ride my horse last year in 4-H, I was a beginner. I was a little nervous. I did not like it at first. My horse would not always listen. I did not want to go fast.
The more I rode and practiced I learned how to make him listen and do what I wanted. I had a lot of help from my leaders, older club members and other parents. I am not scared to lope now and I like to run the barrels. It is my favorite event.
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Happy Holidays from the Extension Office Staff to you!!!