Jane Esau News Column

For the latest 4-H news in Gage County from Jane Esau, 4-H Coordinator


Nebraska Extension in Gage County                        

Jane Esau, Gage County 4-H                                                                       

May 18, 2018   

4-H for Youth

            4-H members say it best:  4-H grows happy, healthy youth, families and communities.  4-H helps youth learn life skills.  Kids meet new friends, try new things and new projects.  4-H offers many opportunities and experiences in community and leadership while making a difference.  Youth care for and show animals and ride horses.   4-H members get comfortable speaking in front of people.  With 4-H, kids are enrolled in fun.

Regional 4-H Speaking Contest

            Congratulations to Gage County 4-H members competing at the Regional 4-H Contest in Lincoln on May 17: Purple ribbon: Sydney Brauer, Ashtyn Humphreys, Braeden Humphreys, Shelby March, Maddy Yocum, Faith Oldemeyer, Clara Stuckwisch;  Blue ribbon: Melina Kostal.

Livestock Quality Assurance

            Livestock projects offer education, along with a wide variety of experiences, for 4-H and FFA youth.  Just a reminder that all youth exhibiting beef, sheep, swine, dairy, goats, llama, poultry or rabbits at the Gage County Fair, Nebraska State Fair, or Ak-Sar-Ben must complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) on-line training by June 1. Website: http://yqca.learngrow.io/

Livestock & Horse I .D. Deadlines    

            The deadline to submit I.D. sheets for horses is June 1.  June 15 is the deadline to submit I.D. sheets for beef, bucket calves, sheep, swine, dairy, goats, llama, and State Fair rabbits.

            4-H and FFA families are reminded that you will enter livestock for State Fair and/or Ak-Sar-Ben online by June 15:  www.showstockmgr.com.  Pick up DNA envelopes and EID tags ($2.00) at the Extension Office.

Workshops Offer Life Skills and Fun

            4-H workshops extend the fun and learning into the summer for 4-H youth.  Contact the Extension Office for times and availability of these upcoming workshops: 

            May 23 - Kids Banking Class, Teresa Faxon, First National Bank

            Bread & Pie Workshop - May 27, Emily Rempel & Sharon Lottman

            4-H Cares Workshop - May 31, Jetta & Margee Jane Harvey, Ryan Sand, Claire McGrury

            Cake Decorating Class - June 5, Carolyn Schlake

            Fashion Creation & Modeling 101 - June 13, Jetta & Margee Jane Harvey, Ryan Sand, Claire McGrury

            Orange Owl Classes - June 15 & 22

Summer 4-H Camping 

            Kids, ages 8-10,  don’t miss your first over-nite camping experience this summer at Camp Jefferson near Fairbury, June 19-20.  At Camp Renegade, youth will enjoy outdoor fun and education, canoeing, swimming, nature, creative projects, shooting sports and more.  4-H membership not required.  Fee: $40.00. Registration deadline: June 16. 

            Summer camps are also scheduled at the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center, Gretna, and the State 4-H Camp, Halsey.  Website: 4h.unl.edu/camp.  Get 4-H camp  in your kids’ summer schedule!

Post-High School Scholarship

            Vernon R. Mulig Scholarship will be awarded to two  4-H or FFA students who exhibited at the Gage County Fair their senior year and have completed one year of post-high school education.  Application deadline June 1; scholarship sponsored by Gage County Ag Society.

Gage County Fair & Expo               

            Come Home to the Gage County Fair, July 25-29.  All roads lead home to the fun and excitement of the fair.  We feature homegrown kids, hometown values, homemade talent.  Pick up your fairbook at the Extension Office and area businesses; we want your best exhibits in 4-H and Open Class.  Home is the place you grow up wanting to leave - and grow old wanting to come back to.  Mark your calendar, July 25-29, come home to Beatrice, Nebraska.

Quote of Note:   The #1 predictor of success... GRIT.  The ability to persevere, overcome and move forward in spite of challenges, failures and obstacles.  4-H kids, families and volunteers learn grit - and success.