February 4-H Newsletter

Contents:
1) February is Nebraska 4-H Month
2) 2019 County 4-H Calendar & County Fair Schedules Enclosed
3) Enrollment Is Open For The 2019 4-H Program Year
4) Pick Your 2019 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature
5) Order Your New County Official 4-H Tee Shirts
6) Clover Kids
7) County 4-H Speech & Presentation Contests
8) State 4-H Camp & BIG RED CAMP Brochures
9) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2019 Camps
10) N 150 Celebration
11) 8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
12) 4-H Quilts of Valor
13) Next Chapter 4-H Club
14) PASE/Life Challenge
15) 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus
16) Sharp Shooters 4-H Shooting Sports Club
17) Need More Frontier County Shooting Sports Certified Leaders
18) County Shooting Sports Volunteer Needed
19) Sharp Shooters 4-H Club Facebook Page
20) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2019 – Livestock Quality Assurance
21) 2019 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Day Last Chance Is March 2
22) Livestock Tags
23) 2019 Frontier County 4-H Livestock Enrollment Deadlines
24) NE State Fair 4-H/FFA Animal Information
25) Nomination Requirements for all State Fair Livestock
26) Aksarben Stock Show Contact Information and Questions
27) Nebraska 4-H Horse Program
28) 4-H Horse Stampede
29) Horse Advancement Level Testing/ District & State Dates
30) NE Equine Webinar
31) 2019 Frontier County Catch-A-Lamb Application due March 1st
32) 4-H Companion Animal Challenge
33) State Cat Club Free Online Workshops
34) Next 4-H Council Meeting
35) New 4-H Project Manuals Policy
36) Grant Money Available for 4-H Activities/Camps/Events
37) 4-H Youth Workshop Ideas
38) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth Volunteer
39) 2019 Governor’s Agricultural Excellence $500 Award
40) Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week Sponsored by Midwest Messenger
41) Club Notes
42) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
Happy February! Good job to the many families that have already re-enrolled for the 2019 4-H season!!
1) February is Nebraska 4-H Month!! - Tell others why 4-H is important to you & your family.
Frontier County Youth 4-H Council members and Kathy will be going into all 2nd & 3rd grade Frontier County school classrooms this month to promote 4-H and all the fun projects, exhibits and contests youth can do in 4-H!
2) 2019 County 4-H Calendar & County Fair Schedules Enclosed! - Save these papers for very important 4-H dates. Notice some NEW deadlines and contest dates! These will help ENHANCE the Frontier 4-H Program and make it even better than it currently is!!
Leaders, if you have new families please get their names and addresses to extension office so they can begin to receive our monthly 4-H newsletter & get enrolled.
3) Enrollment Is Open For The 2019 4-H Program Year! - We appreciate everyone’s efforts to sign up early! Please ask us at the office if you need assistance or need to use the office computer to sign up! Deadline is April 15th.
WHO: New 4-H members and returning 4-H members are required to officially enroll through 4-H Online each year to maintain membership. Adults: Club, project leaders (any adult working directly with youth) and 4-H Council members must also enroll through 4-H Online EACH year.
WHY: By enrolling, youth have the opportunity to participate in county fairs, the Nebraska State Fair, and
additional statewide programs. (And, all youth participating in a 4-H event have 4-H insurance coverage.)
COST: County dues are $5.00 for regular 4-H’ers and $2.50 for Clover Kids and need paid to your club or directly to the extension office if not in a club by APRIL 15th.
WHERE: Enroll at https://ne.4honline.com
HOW: Instructions are available in the extension office or https://4h.unl.edu/enroll
Enrollment Tips
 Select at least one project at time of enrollment. (June 1st is final project deadline)
 The Health Form is only needed for camp. You may skip this step for now.
 Mark your youth’s tee shirt size when asked online.
 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 1st 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 cell phone
4) Pick Your 2019 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature! - Explore over 150 Nebraska 4-H projects & find ones that fit 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 resources and learning objectives are included with each project. http://nebraska4hprojects.com/ As an added feature, the web-based Pick Your Project contains the same project codes that are shown in the 4-HOnline Enrollment system, making it easier to match the exciting 4-H projects you are learning about in the Pick Your Project with the projects you are enrolling in through 4HOnline.
5) Order Your New County Official 4-H Tee Shirts - In 2019 ALL county 4-H members will receive a new FREE official county tee shirt thanks to our sponsor- Farm Bureau Financial Services! So it is very important that you designate your youth’s current shirt size when registering them on 4-H ONLINE. (The shirts will be the same as the last 2 years, but order a new size for your 4-H members.) IF your family needs extra official Frontier County 4-H tee shirts (short sleeve or long sleeve), you can order & pay directly to Dmilaco’s online site. More details soon.
6) Clover Kids - the officially recognized 4-H program in Nebraska for children under the age of 8. The program is designed to provide 5 to 7 year-olds (by January 1, 2019) a variety of educational and recreational experiences in a non-competitive environment. Frontier County Clover Members can enroll in any project except horse and can bring up to five exhibits to the county fair (which includes bucket calf & other animals) Enroll at https://ne.4honline.com. Make sure you mark tee shirt size for one free county 4-H shirt. Clover Kid dues are $2.50 and need paid to your club or directly to the extension office if not in a club by APRIL 15th.
4-H CONTEST / EVENT OPPORTUNITIES
7) County 4-H Speech & Presentation Contests - will be Tuesday April 2nd at 6:30 pm in Curtis. See enclosed flyer for details. Get your speech, PSA and presentation ready TODAY! Sign up by March 27.
8) State 4-H Camp & BIG RED CAMP Brochures - Included in this mailing is the 2019 4-H Halsey & Gretna camps brochure. See ALL THE FUN CAMPS for our youth to learn new life skills! There is an early bird rate until April 15th. Families should use code “earlybird2019” at checkout, but this should  automatically populate for them when making payment. The discount is 10% off the camp cost. Big Red Camps help high school students explore careers in engineering, film making, Vet Science, Weather/Climate and more! The brochure for grades 10-12 is available at: bigredcamps.unl.edu. Early bird registration is due April 15. Frontier County 4-H Council provides $100 Camp scholarships and there are state scholarships available.
9) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2019 Camps - Applications for camp scholarships are due in the extension office by March 1. These scholarships are given by the Frontier County 4-H Council to any 4-H youth member wanting to attend any 4-H camp. Apply by writing the 4-H council a letter stating why you want to attend camp and which camp you want to attend by March 1st.
10) N 150 Celebration - February 15, 2019 will mark 150 years since the day the state of Nebraska chartered the University of Nebraska. During the upcoming year, Nebraska 4-H will be part of the celebration. More information on the activities available for your 4-H members/leader is at : https://4h.unl.edu/n150.  If you decide to have a special N 150 event there are prizes available in the extension office including table banner, temporary tattoos, pens, stadium & disposable cups. A few activities include:*N150 Stepping Stone Showcase – A special class will be added to our 4-H Fairbook for 4-H’ers to make a stepping stone that represents this milestone. One stone will be selected from each county to be on display at Raising Nebraska during the Nebraska State Fair.
*Flat Herbie will Tour the Town! – Flat Herbie is here to celebrate this milestone! He will be available for you to cut out and make him a part of your community by taking him on a tour of your town. You can snap a picture of Flat Herbie at local events, favorite landmarks or 4-H & Extension activities and upload the pictures to your social media channels with #N150 Herbie or email us at nebraska4h@unl.edu.
*N150 Photography Class – A Level 3 photography exhibit will be available to highlight how the University of
Nebraska has impacted you, your family or community.
11) 8th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge - Do you enjoy being outside? Learning new things about crops? Considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, water or more? Nebraska Extension and the Nebraska Corn Board are offering the 8th Innovative Youth Corn Challenge contest. Open to 4-H members (age 10 & older as of January 1st) or FFA members (in-school members), this contest guides participants through all aspects of corn production, as well as agricultural careers related to corn production. As a team (two or more participants), youth will be challenged to implement a production practice different from normal to determine if they increased their yield. Economics and sustainability of the practice will also be considered. Yields, cropping history, and production information will be collected in the Corn Yield Challenge management summary. Cash prizes and plaques are given. First place receives $1,000, second place receives $500, and third place receives $250. To participate in 2019, youth must complete and return an entry form by March 15th to the Fillmore County Extension Office in Geneva, NE. Forms can be downloaded at https://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth/cornchallenge. Contact Brandy VanDeWalle at 402-759-3712 or brandy.vandewalle@unl.edu.
12) 4-H Quilts of Valor - Civic engagement and community service are a big part of 4-H where youth and adult volunteers do a tremendous amount of benefit in their communities and beyond. 4-H’ers continue to “make a difference” by making a Quilt of Valor that can be entered in the county and Nebraska State Fairs and then donated to the National Quilts of Valor Foundation. Nebraska is the only state in the country with a 4-H Quilts of Valor program. Nebraska 4-H Quilts of Valor Superintendents & Foundation Volunteers are offering a Quilts of Valor training for 4-H Leaders/Volunteers who work with youth or want to work with youth and organize a QOV workshop in their county. The training will be Friday, March 1, 2019 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Adams County Extension Office in Hasting, NE. (2975 South Baltimore, Hastings) Registration is $10 per person including lunch and is due February 15th. Call the extension office to register.
13) Next Chapter 4-H Club - a new program from Nebraska Extension 4-H to help prepare youth to be college and career ready when they graduate from high school. Save April 29 for state celebration in Lincoln. As an 8th grader, you will be receiving information from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln explaining the Next Chapter and will be invited to a spring reception. As a 9th grader, you have the opportunity to take the First Chapter program and as a 10th grader, the Second Chapter program. A First Chapter and Second Chapter program for 9th and 10th graders will be held in North Platte and/or Holdrege on April 22 in the afternoon. If you are interested in knowing more, let Kathy know.
14) PASE/Life Challenge - a two-day event held each year at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln East Campus. The event is made up of the Premier Animal Science Events (PASE) and the Life Challenge Family Consumer Science contests. Both offer career exploration opportunities, tours, presentations, and competitive contests. Save: Monday, June 17 and Tuesday, June 18. Frontier County will be taking teams, so let us know if you are at least 12 years old and interested!
15) 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus - Surrounding counties offer the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) trip. CWF is an experience of a lifetime offered to high school students! See the sights of Washington D.C., attend a youth leadership conference at our National 4-H Center and experience historical sites on your travel to and from the conference. The trip is around 13-15 days. Sites might include: Chicago, Niagara Falls, New York City, Philadelphia and Ohio. Trips are offered by surrounding extension offices and allow Frontier County 4-H’ers to attend if there is room. If interested or for more information, contact the various offices ASAP to get on a waiting list.
*Phelps Gosper/Franklin Counties will travel summer 2019. Contact Linda Dannehl at 308-995-4222.
*Red Willow/Hitchcock/Dundy/Hayes summer 2020- Contact Donna Kircher at 308-345-3390 or Kimberly
Cook at 308-334-5333. (Must be 14 by June 1, 2020 and finished 9th grade. 2017 trip costed $2,800.00/person plus 15-18 meals at own expense.)
*Lincoln/Logan/McPherson Counties summer 2022- Contact Brenda Aufdenkamp at 308-532-2683.
SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS
16) Sharp Shooters 4-H Shooting Sports Club - 2019 Registration, Safety & Orientation Meeting will be March 24, 2019 at 3:00-6:00 pm at the Stockville Fairgrounds for BB Gun, Air Pistol, Air Rifle, Small Bore Rifle .22 Caliber, Archery, Shotgun. Practice times will be various Sundays in April-July. Shotgun practices will be every Thursday April 25-July 25. More details in March newsletter.
COSTS: Club Fee = $15/youth (includes ALL disciplines except shotgun)
Shotgun Club Fee = $30/youth (helps pay for clays)
All 4-H members need to pay $5.00 county dues to their primary 4-H club.
Youth participating in Shooting Sports are required to be enrolled in “4-H Online” and have ALL shooting sports paperwork completed before 1st practice April 7th. Come to the Extension office any time before March 24 to fillout forms or attend March 24 registration event at Stockville fairgrounds.
17) Need More Frontier County Shooting Sports Certified Leaders - Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshops will be offered April 6-7 in Central City. Rifle, archery, shotgun & coordinator areas are available. The early bird registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. For more workshop information and registration link, go to https://4h.unl.edu/shooting-sports/instructor/calendar (Frontier County4-H Council will reimburse registration fee after attending. Must show receipt.)
18) County Shooting Sports Volunteer Needed - to help Kathy organize paperwork and work with certified leaders to organize practice dates, and other related events. A shooting sports parent is welcome! Contact Kathy for more information.
19) Sharp Shooters 4-H Club Facebook Page - For the latest club news and any schedule changes, join the club's Facebook page: Frontier County Sharpshooters. Share this with others!! Have fun learning a LIFE SKILL!
LIVESTOCK & SMALL ANIMAL NEWS
20) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2019 – Livestock Quality Assurance Face-to-face trainings in Frontier County will be:
 February 26 (Tuesday) 6:30-8:30 pm in Eustis
 April 9 (Tuesday) 6:30-8:30 pm in Curtis
 Face-to-face training is $3
 BEFORE attending local face-to-face or web based $12 session - All 4-H exhibitors need to register and
pay online at: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login.
 Use your 4-H Online Account - need credit card or coupon
Nebraska 4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any livestock projects (exhibiting Beef, Sheep, Goats,
Hogs, Rabbits, Dairy, and Poultry at the county fair, state fair, or AkSarBen) are required to complete the YQCA online course annually or test out.
By June 1, 2019 Frontier County 4-H Livestock Exhibitors need to attend either face-to-face session or search online for surrounding counties’ face-to-face dates OR take the web based training OR test out any time before June 1, 2019.
Test Out Option: $36 for Intermediate or $48 for Senior Divisions; will allow youth to test out of their current age division; available online only at: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login. (NO paper tests in extension office)
21) 2019 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Day Last Chance Is March 2 - (Saturday) at NCTA 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
22) Livestock Tags - As you are planning/ purchasing 4-H/FFA Livestock for this next summer here are the ear tags/DNA prices for 2019:
$1.00 county only tags
$3.00 EID tags for NE State Fair and/or AkSarBen
$7.00 DNA envelopes for NE State Fair
23) 2019 Frontier County 4-H Livestock Enrollment Deadlines
April 1 - All market beef ID paperwork
May 10 - Horse IDs and district and state contest entries
May 15 - All market sheep, goat & swine ID paperwork
June 1 - All Breeding Beef, Stocker Feeder, Dairy, Breeding Swine, Breeding Sheep & Breeding Goat ID
paperwork
24) NE State Fair 4-H/FFA Animal Information - Exhibitors will be responsible for submitting their animal information into the Show Stock Manager Livestock Database prior to the nomination deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will mail in the DNA collectors to the Aksarben Stock Show office by the respected deadline. Our office will have the ability to see what families have submitted and will be validating those nominations throughout the nomination process. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or that does not have submitted DNA will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair. Market Beef deadline is April 1st. All other livestock need submitted online by June 1st.
25) Nomination Requirements for all State Fair Livestock - All market and breeding sheep and goats must have a scrapie tag. All market hogs and market beef must have an 840 EID tag and breeding heifers must have a tattoo.  DNA nominations will be $7.00 per envelope. Any DNA nomination sent in from an extension office or FFA Advisor will also be eligible for the Aksarben Stock Show.
 All breeding nominations will have a fee of $2.00 per online entry. Exhibitors will be able to dual nominate an animal as breeding and market if selected and paid for in Show Stock Manager. Families will now receive a receipt that they entered in a breeding nomination.
 Aksarben Only Note: If you have an exhibitor who would like DNA envelopes for only the Aksarben Stock
Show, please go to the website: (https://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/).
26) Aksarben Stock Show Contact Information and Questions - With the Aksarben Stock Show transitioning to a junior livestock format in 2019, youth 9 to 19 years of age are eligible for the competition with no prerequisite of youth organization affiliation. While we will continue to support our 4-H youth, we always want an exhibitor to have the correct and current information. For questions families may have about the Aksarben Stock Show, please recommend the Aksarben Stock Show website (https://www.aksarbenstockshow.com/) or to contact Shelby Leonhard sleonhard@showaksarben.com.
27) Nebraska 4-H Horse Program - 4-H members who have access to or own a horse have many opportunities to participate in shows and events with their equine partner. However, Nebraska 4-H also offers a variety of horse programs that do not require youth to own or have access to a horse. Additionally, there are volunteer opportunities within these programs which are open to both youth and their families. The State 4-H Horse Exposition is held annually at Fonner Park in Grand Island, NE. This year the Expo will be held July 14-18, 2019. The Expo includes the state horse show, hippology contest, and horse judging contest, as well as additional activities. Future State Horse Show Dates: July 12-16, 2020, July 11-15, 2021.
28) 4-H Horse Stampede - This contest will be held on UNL East campus Animal Science building on Saturday, March 30th. Below you will find specific information about both contests. The Horse Stampede is a group of contests for youth interested in horses. These contests do not require youth to have a horse. All they need is to have an interest and be willing to learn some information about horses.
 Contests include: Individual Demonstration Contest (can be done in person or through zoom), Team
Demonstration (can be done in person or through zoom), Speech (can be done in person or through zoom),
Junior or Senior Horse Bowl (team quiz bowl contest), Art Contest (do not need to be present to participate,
you can mail in the entries), and Photography Contest (do not need to be present to participate, you can
mail in the entries).
 If you would like to have lunch or a t-shirt at the contest, please make sure to fill out a lunch or t-shirt order form when registering for contests.
 Entries are due to me by March 1, 2019.
 For more information and registration forms: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede
 Questions? Contact: Dr. Lena Luck (lena.luck@unl.edu)
29) Horse Advancement Level Testing/ District & State Dates - ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2019 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by MAY 10, 2019. Contact Shelly Veldhuizen for county testing dates at 641-891-4675. Horse Identification -A required hardcopy paper ID with identifying photos/drawings and owner affidavit needs to be turned in to local Extension Office by May 10 for district or state contests.
2019 Districts Dates and Sites
June 10 Bloomfield
June 11 Elkhorn
June 12 Ord
June 13 Ogallala
June 14 McCook
2019 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show July 14-18, 2019
30) NE Equine Webinar - Free webinar every 2nd Tuesday of the month. To register in advance for the webinar go to: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series All webinars are recorded along with all previous webinars (nutrition, stampede, horse show trends, genetics or aging a horse by their teeth) at: https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series.
All the sessions are recorded and you can watch at home or at the extension office.
31) 2019 Frontier County Catch-A-Lamb Application due March 1st
1. Must be 8, 9, or 10 years old by January 1, 2019.
2. Must enroll or be enrolled in 4-H in Frontier County by April 15, 2019.
3. Must make arrangements for boarding or have a place to keep the animal before application deadline.
Lambs will be picked up at the end of March/1st of April. More information to come.
4. Must be a new participant in the 4-H Sheep project (excluding Clover Kid experience).
5. Must send TWO letters to the sponsor. See Judging Criteria below.
6. Must complete the Catch-A-Lamb record book.
7. Must show the lamb at either the Frontier County Fair at Stockville or the Eustis Fair & Corn Show in 2019
in Showmanship and the Catch-A-Lamb classes.
8. Must sell the market lamb and return 25% of the sale price to the Frontier County 4-H Council to further
project.
9. May keep ownership of breeding Catch-A-Lamb but must pay 25% of market price of weight at time of fair
to the Frontier County 4-H Council to further project.
10. Application form (Available at extension office) needs returned by March 1, 2019.
Judging Criteria: 20% record book 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% Showmanship ribbon.
32) 4-H Companion Animal Challenge - is a set of contests for youth interested in companion animals. These contests are animal-less and test youths’ knowledge about companion animals. New this year to the contest are a Cat Skillathon and an essay contest. 4-H youth ages 10-18 are invited to participate. Held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Animal Science Complex. Contests include: Demonstration Contest, Dog Skillathon Contest, Cat Skillathon Contest, Essay Contest, Art Contest, and Photography Contest. This event allows youth to apply their companion animal knowledge, but does not require them to have an animal! Entries are due to Lincoln by March 8, 2019. For more information and registration forms: https://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/challenge Questions? Contact: Dr. Lisa Karr (lisa.karr@unl.edu)
33) State Cat Club Free Online Workshops- Any 4-H’er may join the meetings from home to watch and participate in the session. Each month the meeting is one hour and covers a different topic about cats. Worksheets and activities are included. Meetings are the second Thursday of the month at 6 pm CST. Information is available here: http://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/cat-club. All the sessions are recorded and you can watch at home or at the extension office.
FRONTIER COUNTY 4-H COUNCIL NEWS
34) Next 4-H Council Meeting - The next council meeting will be March 18, Monday at 7:30 pm in Curtis. Please contact a 4-H Council member with concerns or suggestions. See you January newsletter for contact information.
35) New 4-H Project Manuals Policy - Manuals are getting very expensive, costing up to $15 each. The council decided each club organizational leader can be issued one free manual/project per club and then additional manuals will cost $5.00/ea. Any 4-H family can come to the office and buy manuals for $5.00/each. The Extension office will keep one copy of each project manual for anyone to look at in the office. Manuals can be checked out with a $5.00/deposit per manual for one week. If manual is returned within the week (in the same condition as given) the office will issue you a check for the deposit.
36) Grant Money Available for 4-H Activities/Camps/Events - The council decided to provide some financial support to 4-H groups and individuals for educational and service learning opportunities such as camps, contests such as PASE/Life Challenge, & other events. In order to receive any funds, clubs and/or individuals need to submit a one-page proposal stating: the proposed date/time frame of the event or project, goals, description, estimated number of participants, amount of other funding, & a budget. Requests need to submitted to Extension Office by the first day of the following months ( March, May, July, Sept, November, January) so the proposal can be put on the 4-H Council’s meeting agenda the 3rd Monday of those months listed.
*****This deadline may require some advance planning.
4-H VOLUNTEER NEWS
37) 4-H Youth Workshop Ideas - Do you have 4-H youth workshop ideas you would like to see taught in Frontier County? Any club or independent 4-H member/parent/leader have a fun educational topic you would like to teach youth next spring or summer? We’ll help promote your youth workshop. Please contact the extension office soon and let us know!!
38) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth Volunteer – 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/workshop/fair or for a club. Many volunteers are needed, so contact the Nebraska Extension Frontier County Office today.
4-H CLUB NEWS
39) 2019 Governor’s Agricultural Excellence $500 Award - The purpose of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation’s Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is to recognize 4-H clubs for the work of the individuals in the club and the community service work of the entire club. All applications must be submitted to pjeffries1@unl.edu by March 1, 2019.
http://ne4hfoundation.org/recognition/fillable-gov-ag-application-2/
40) Nebraska 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week Sponsored by Midwest Messenger - To honor our hardworking Nebraska youth in agriculture, the Midwest Messenger is featuring a new 4-H Club/FFA Chapter of the Week spotlight. Each week, a new club or chapter is highlighted on a sponsored full-page display in the paper, featuring a photograph of current members and a brief biography of the club/chapter’s history and accomplishments. Finally, to boost their organization’s endeavors, the Midwest Messenger is giving each featured group a $50 gift card. Help spread the word about this new recognition program so that all Nebraska 4-H and FFA groups can start taking advantage of this honor. The nomination form can be found on at:  https://www.agupdate.com/midwestmessenger/forms/f4h_club_ffa_chapter_of_the_week/.
The 4-H Club/FFA Chapter spotlight will appear each week in the print edition of the Messenger, as well as
online at www.midwestmessenger.com and their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/midwestmessenger. For any questions about this program or submitting a nomination, please contact Katy Moore at (402) 374-2225 ext. 122, katy.moore@lee.net.
41) Club Notes - Leaders can 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 15th of the month in order to have it appear in the next newsletter.  NOTE: Happy Helpers will be meeting March 4th (1st Monday of the month) at 4:30 pm at the Berean Church in Curtis. New 4-H members and Clover Kids are welcome! Contact club leader Sue Nutt at 367-6366 for more info.
42) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
2019 Fair Dates - Frontier County Fair in Stockville July 27-August 4
Eustis Fair & Corn Show is July 28-August 3
FEBRUARY
23 - Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Judging Contest – Kearney
26 - YQCA – Eustis 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
MARCH
1 - DUE – Applications for 4-H Council Camp Scholarships
1 - DUE – Applications for Catch-A-Lamb
1 - DUE – Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede
2 - Market Beef Weigh-In - NCTA 9-11 am
18 - 4-H Council Meeting– Curtis @ 7:30 pm – Ed Center Rm 129
May 23 Annual West Central Youth Animal Science Youth Field Day in Curtis