1) February is Nebraska 4-H Month!!
2) 2018 County 4-H Calendar & County Fair Schedules Enclosed!
3) Nebraska/Frontier County 4-H Policy Reminders
4) 4-H Online New and Renewal Enrollment
5) Pick Your 2018 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature!
6) Clover Kids
7) Volunteer Opportunity for Adults and/or Youth
8) County 4-H Speech Contest
9) State 4-H Camp Brochure & Local 4-H “Make a Splash” Day Camp
10) Next Chapter 4-H Club
11) 7th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
12) NEW 4-H Food Projects
13) Next Council Meeting
14) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2018 Camps
15) 2018 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Day Last chance is March 3
16) Livestock Tags
17) Horse Advancement Level Testing/ District & State Dates
18) Catch-a-Lamb 2018
19) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2018 – Livestock Quality Assurance
20) 2018 Animal Identification
21) Frontier County 4-H Shooting Sports
22) County Official 4-H Tee Shirts
23) Club Leader News
24) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
Happy February! Several families have already re-enrolled for the 2018 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) 2018 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 then 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.
3) Nebraska/Frontier County 4-H Policy Reminders 4-H Clubs need at least 5 youth members from three different families to be a club & need to hold at least six meetings a year. (4-H youth can also be independent members, but there are benefits to club format.)
4-H clubs and/or independent members need to pay NE sales tax if selling food items in single serving sizes as a fundraiser. See office for more details.
County Dues are $5.00/youth & $2.50/Clover Kid. Pay your club leader. Clubs will then send in one check to the extension office. Independent members will need to send their dues to the extension office. All checks need to be made payable to the 4-H Council. This money goes into the Frontier County 4-H account to pay for project manuals, contests & other 4-H programming.
County 4-H Council pays 4-H insurance $1.00/ youth. 4-H Insurance does not cover leaders or adult volunteers. See office for more details.
4) 4-H Online New and Renewal Enrollment - 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 15.
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 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.
COST: County Dues are $5.00 and need paid to your club or directly to extension office by APRIL 15.
WHERE: Enroll at https://ne.4honline.com.
HOW: Instructions available in the extension office or https://4h.unl.edu/featureprograms/4henrollmentnowopen.
- Use previous account if re-enrolling. DO NOT CREATE NEW ACCOUNT.
- 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 unless you are attending a state wide camp.
- 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 and pay $2.50 county dues.
- The enrollment system works best with Google Chrome.
- The enrollment system does not work well from a phone.
5) Pick Your 2018 4-H Projects by Using the Online Search Feature! Explore over 150 Nebraska 4-H projects through the Nebraska 4-H Pick Your Project and find the 4-H projects that will help you grow throughout 2018!
6) Clover Kids is 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, 2018) a variety of educational and recreational experiences in a non-competitive environment. Enroll at ne.4honline.com. Clover Kid dues are $2.50 and need paid to your club or directly to extension office by APRIL 15.
7) 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/workshop/fair or for a club. Many volunteers are needed so contact the Nebraska Extension in Frontier County Office today!
4-H CONTEST / EVENT OPPORTUNITIES
8) County 4-H Speech Contest -will be April 2 (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the NCTA Ed Center.
*PURPOSE: Encourage youth to develop communication skills through public speaking. Youth are given an opportunity to speak before a group.
*RULES AND REGULATIONS: Visual aids are not allowed. There is an illustrated talk and presentation contest where visuals are allowed on June 20. Acknowledge the source of information used in the speech.
*DIVISONS: Clover Kid 5-8 Years old-No longer than 2 minutes. May read a poem, favorite story, or tell of a favorite place they have visited.
Novice 8 to 9 years old- No longer than 2 minutes. For first time speakers. Youth may read a poem, favorite story, or tell of a favorite place they have visited. Not eligible for district competition.
Junior 8 to 10 years old - 1 to 3 minutes in length. Speeches must be original and relate to 4-H.
Intermediate 11 to 13 years old - 3 to 5 minutes in length, must be original and relate to 4-H.
Senior 14 and older - 5 to 8 minutes in length, must be original and relate to 4-H.
Radio PSA’s 8 to 18 years old -60 seconds. Must use the theme, "4-H Grows True Leaders".
Promote 4-H and be general enough to be used anywhere in Nebraska at any time of the year. All 4-H PSA's must include the following tag line within the last 10 seconds of the PSA: "Learn more about the Nebraska Extension 4-H Youth Development Program at 4h.unl.edu." The tag line is included in the 60 second time limit (PSA’s MUST be submitted electronically to the extension office by March 30, 2018.)
9) State 4-H Camp Brochure & Local 4-H “Make a Splash” Day Camp - Included in this mailing is the 2018 4-H camps brochure. See ALL THE FUN CAMPS for our youth to learn new life skills!
NOTICE –Page 7- June 4, 2018 State 4-H Camp staff from Halsey, NE will be holding a “Make a Splash” Day Camp at Curtis City Park for ages 6-12!! Camp cost $30/youth. Register online. Camp scholarships available- refer to brochure for details.
10) Next Chapter 4-H Club is a new program from Nebraska Extension 4-H to help prepare youth to be college and career ready when they graduate from high school. As an 8th grader, you will be receiving information from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln explaining the Next Chapter. If you are interested in learning more, please give us a call! We are anxious to get a Next Chapter group started in Frontier County!! SAVE THE DATE: a statewide celebration on UNL’s City Campus Monday, April 23, 2018. Invitations will be sent soon to students in 8th grade that are enrolled in 4-H.
11) 7th Annual Innovative Youth Corn Challenge
- Can you improve corn yields to meet the growing global demand?
- Open to all 4-H & FFA members
- Over $2,000 in cash prizes awarded!
- Network with agronomic professionals!
- Access to corn resources materials!
- Register by March 15 to reserve your spot!
- http://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth. For more information, contact Brandy VanDeWalle at firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 402-759-3712.
12) NEW 4-H Food Projects - We are excited to announce new 4-H Foods projects for the 2018 year that will replace ALL of the past food projects except cake decorating!
- The new manuals include skill development, science experiments and step-by-step instructions to lots of fun recipes!! Each level includes food and kitchen safety lessons.
- Books are written for use by one 4-H’er or may be used during club meetings.
- New Fair Entries—There will be new foods exhibits for fair in 2018 to highlight the learning in the new
- 4-H Foods Curriculum!! Many of the entries will be similar to 2017, but there are some new, fun entries.
- Skill Levels—Each of the manuals has a skills checklist for 4-H’ers to use as they learn new skills in cooking. As the 4-H’er learns a new skill, they can check that off of their list. The Beginning Level skills are found in Cooking 101, Intermediate skills are found in Cooking 201 while more advanced level skills are found in Cooking 301 and 401. Our State Fair Foods Superintendents strongly urge 4-H’ers to select a foods project level based on the 4-H’ers skills and complete that level before moving to the next level. Each level has enough content that a 4-H’er will want to stay in the same level for 2, 3 or more years!
- We ask that our 4-H’ers select the level of cooking based on skill level and NOT on the fair exhibit.
- It is suggested that the 4-H’er select one, or maybe two levels of Cooking 101, 201, 301 or 401 each year, but NOT all four of the levels as it would be difficult to complete all of the lessons in a given year. Again, please select the project level based on skill level.
- Project manuals are available at the extension office and ready for you to give them a try!!
- Projects to be retired in 2018 from our 4-H Foods list include:
Road to Good Cooking, Fast Foods, Six Easy Bites, Tasty Tidbits, You’re the Chef, Foodworks. These projects will not be offered in 2018 and there will NOT be county or state fair exhibits for these projects.
4-H COUNCIL NEWS
13) Next Council Meeting- Monday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m.
14) $100 4-H Camp Scholarships for 2018 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. Any 4-H youth member can apply by writing the 4-H council a letter stating why you want to attend camp and which camp you want to attend.
LIVESTOCK & SMALL ANIMAL NEWS
15) 2018 Frontier County Market Beef Weigh Day Last chance is March 3 (Saturday) at NCTA 9:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m.
16) 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
17) Horse Advancement Level Testing/ District & State Dates - All county 4-H Horse members can test on Feb 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Curtis Community Center. The written levels tests will be available to complete. Call Shelly Veldhuizen at 641-891-4675 to reserve your test.
Any new people interested in horse are welcome to contact Shelly to get ready for practices that will start in March. ALL Level testing required for participation in the 2018 District 4-H Horse Shows MUST be completed by MAY 10, 2018.
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.
2018 Districts Dates and Sites
June 21th–Central City
2018 Fonner Park State 4-H Horse Show July 15-19, 2018
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 in the Market Sheep project. 2018 must be the first year showing a lamb (excluding Clover Kid experience.) Application and details must be picked up, filled out, and returned to the extension office by March 1, 2018.
19) Youth For Quality Care (YQCA) 2018 – Livestock Quality Assurance
Face-to-face trainings in Frontier County will be:
- May 7 (Monday) 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Eustis
- May 15 (Tuesday) 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Curtis
4-H livestock exhibitors need to attend either session or search online for surrounding counties’ face-to-face dates
OR take the web based training any time before June 1, 2018.
- BEFORE attending local face-to-face session – After April 15, all 4-H exhibitors need to register and pay online at: https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login. Use your 4-H Online Account
- Web Base training is $12 per child
- Face-to-face training is $3 per child
- Need credit card or coupon
- Nebraska 4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete the YQCA online course annually.
- Youth enrolled in any of following projects or project areas will need to complete YQCA training.
- Beef (bucket calf, feeder calf, breeding beef, market beef)
- Dairy Cattle
- Goat (breeding meat goat, dairy goat, meat goat)
- Sheep (breeding sheep, market sheep)
- Swine (breeding swine, market swine)
20) 2018 Animal Identification - As you begin your plans for the 2018 4-H season, make yourself familiar with the following identification requirements for county, state fair, and AkSarBen participation. The regulations have been changed for state fair and AkSarBen in 2018. As we get more information on these changes, we will continue to update all of you.
- All animals (except poultry and rabbits) require a hardcopy paper ID turned into the
- extension office by the 2018 deadlines.
- All 4-H Market Livestock being considered for State Fair or AkSarBen must be identified on the paper ID form. (This is for our county records.)
- All 4-H Market Beef, Market Hogs being considered for State Fair or AkSarBen must have DNA pulled and an EID tag in its ear. The EID tag number will be entered into a website by the 4-H family this year for state fair. Extension staff will mail in the DNA envelopes.
- All 4-H Breeding Livestock being considered for State Fair or AkSarBen must have a tattoo and that information entered into the web based system by the 4-H family.
- All sheep and goats, market or breeding, will use their scrapie tag for state fair and AkSarBen.
- All Market sheep and goats considered for State Fair and AkSarBen must have DNA pulled. The scrapie tag must be entered into the web-based system by the family. Extension staff will mail in the DNA.
- DNA envelopes are returned to the extension office and extension staff will submit DNA envelopes for market livestock.
- Supply your Premise ID to extension office. (County, State and AkSarBen)
- Supply your Youth Quality Assurance number to the extension office. (County, State and AkSarBen)
NEW for 2018 Sheep and Goats
- 4-H Market Sheep and 4-H Market Goats will no longer require a 982 EID tag at State Fair and AkSarBen.
- The scrapie tag will be used for identification of breeding and market sheep and goats at State Fair and AkSarBen in 2018. County will still require a 4-H ear tag.
- The scrapie tag comes from the producer of the animal.
NEW for 2018 State Fair and AkSarBen
4-H families will enter their own animal identification information and pay DNA fees into a web-based system prior to the livestock identification deadlines for State Fair and AkSarBen. More details & handouts coming soon!
2018 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
SHOOTING SPORTS NEWS
21) Frontier County 4-H Shooting Sports - Youth participating in Shooting Sports need to be enrolled in 4-H online and fill out shooting sports paperwork before 1st practice. Sharp Shooters Club dues are $15/youth which includes ALL disciplines except shotgun. Shotgun fee is $30/youth to pay for clays. All 4-H members need to pay the $5.00 county dues to you primary 4-H club. Come to the office anytime to fill out forms or attend special registration dates:
*Registration Schedule FOR ALL Disciplines -
March 12 or 13 9:00-6:00 p.m. both days at Frontier County Extension Office – Shooting Sports Registration/ 4-H Online forms, Parental Release forms, fees paid
March 18 3:00-4:00 p.m. at the Stockville Fairgrounds –
Shooting Sports Registration/ 4-H Online forms, Parental Release forms, fees paid.
* Safety & Mandatory Orientation
- Shotgun-March 8 6:30 p.m. Shotgun Safety & Orientation at Curtis Gun Club (If you have own equipment, bring for approval) **Mandatory Meeting unless special arrangements made with Leader Alan Taylor BEFORE March 8. If you are only in shotgun, plan on attending March 18 Sharp Shooters Organizational Club Meeting in Stockville.
- March 18 4:00-6:00 p.m. Archery, BB GUN, Air Pistol, Air rifle, Small Bore Rifle .22 Caliber, Shotgun - Stockville Fairgrounds- 4-H Sharp Shooters organizational meeting for all 4-H youth members and PARENTS to get organized, discuss fundraising and other club items. Youth will learn/review safety, practice orientation.
Bring ALL bows and guns for equipment check or get fitted with club equipment. (NO shooting this day) **Mandatory Meeting unless special arrangements made with Kathy Burr Extension Educator BEFORE March 18.
4-H Sharp Shooters Shooting Practices (Need to attend AT LEAST 4 practices in EACH discipline area to be able to compete in County Contest. This is for safety reasons.) So plan now which practice dates work for your family!
Discipline Instructors Practice Days/ County Contest Dates
Archery Chad Stengel Following Sundays @ 4:00 p.m. July 21 @ 8:00 a.m.
(308) 362-4319 April 8, April 22, May 6, July 25 @ 9:00 a.m.
Chad Schimmels May 20, June 10, June 24
(308) 325-5723 July 1, July 15 on the
BB Gun/ Donnie Woodring Following Sundays @ 4:00 p.m. July 21 @ 8:00 a.m.
Air Rifle (308) 367-4506 April 8, April 22, May 6, July 25 @ 9:00 a.m.
Nichole Johnston May 20, June 10, June 24
(308) 325-7945 July 1, July 15 on the
Cory Johnston Stockville fairgrounds
Air Pistol/ Donnie Woodring Following Sundays @ 4:00 p.m. July 21 @ 8:00 a.m.
Small Bore Rifle (308) 367-4506 April 8, April 22, May 6, July 25 @ 9:00 a.m.,
.22 Caliber May 20, June 10, June 24 Small Bore Rifle contest
July 1, July 15 on the July 21 at 1:00 p.m.
Shotgun Alan Taylor *March 8 Safety & July 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
Have to be (308) 530-9889 Orientation 6:30 p.m. at at Curtis Gun Club
12 years old by Wyatt Clark Curtis Gun Club
Jan 1, 2018 (308) 520-6750 *Practices 6:30 p.m. at
Curtis Gun Club: March 22,
April 12, April 26, May 10,
May 24, June 14, June 28,
OTHER 4-H NEWS
22) County Official 4-H Tee Shirts –ALL NEW county 4-H members can come to the office to pick up your FREE official county tee shirt. IF your family needs an extra official Frontier County 4-H tee shirt (short sleeve or long sleeve) you can order & pay directly from Dmilaco’s online site and shirts can be picked up at extension office after July 1. Order at: https://frontiercounty4h2017dec.itemorder.com/sale
CLUB LEADER NEWS
23) 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.
Frontier Riders Horse Levels Testing- Feb 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Curtis Community Center. The written levels tests will be available to complete. Call Shelly Veldhuizen at 641-891-4675 to reserve your test. Any new people interested in horse are welcome to contact Shelly to get ready for practices that will start in March.
24) Upcoming 4-H Events/Important Dates
2018 Fair Dates-
July 24-29 Frontier County Fair in Stockville
August 1-4 Eustis Fair & Corn Show in Eustis
1-28 - Nebraska 4-H Promotion Month
1 - Market Beef Weigh-in – NCTA 6:00 p.m.-8 pm
2 - Due – Registration for NE Cattlemen’s Classic Judging Contest
9 - Due – Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede
24 - Nebraska Cattlemen’s Classic Judging Contest – Kearney
1 - Due – Applications for 4-H Council Camp Scholarships
3 - Market Beef Weigh-In - NCTA 9-11 a.m.
10 - 4-H Horse Stampede
19 - 4-H Council Meeting– Curtis @ 7:30 pm – Ed Center Rm 129
27 - Due - Registration for County Speech Contest
SAVE THE DATE-
April 2 4-H Babysitting Clinic in Curtis
May 24 Annual West Central Youth Animal Science Youth Field Day in Curtis!! (NCTA Livestock Judging the day before.)
Click on the Nebraska Extension Frontier County website for the latest dates, news and forms at http://extension.unl.edu/statewide/frontier/.
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