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We would love to have you join the 4-H family in Hall County!  For more information on what 4-H has to offer, check out our 4-H welcome packet (pdf).

To find out what's happening in Hall County 4-H, take a look at our monthly newsletter, located on our 4-H Youth Member Resources page.

HPAI is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily among birds through nasal and eye secretions, as well as manure. The virus can be spread in various ways from flock to flock, including by wild birds, through contact with infected poultry, by equipment, and on the clothing and shoes of caretakers. Wild birds can carry the virus without becoming sick, while domesticated birds can become very sick.

Symptoms of HPAI in poultry include: a decrease in water consumption; lack of energy and appetite; decreased egg production or soft-shelled, misshapen eggs; nasal discharge, coughing, sneezing; incoordination; and diarrhea. HPAI can also cause sudden death in birds even if they aren’t showing any other symptoms. HPAI can survive for weeks in contaminated environments.

Federal law prohibits children under 16 years of age from using certain equipment on a farm unless their parents or legal guardians own the farm. However, certification received through our course grants an exemption to the law allowing 14- and 15-year-olds to drive a tractor and to do field work with certain mechanized equipment. Teens 14 or 15 years of age who work on farms or others who are interested in learning about safe farming practices are encouraged to register for the course.

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Looking for a fun adventure this summer? Consider attending 4-H Camp! Camp is a great place to meet new friends, try something for the first time, and build memories to last a lifetime!

To explore all of the camp sessions offered this year, go to: https://4h.unl.edu/summer-camp-schedule. Camps are offered for youth ages 8-18. There is something for everyone!

Enjoy these hands-on 4-H activities @ home with your family!

Make homemade bath fizzies, learn all about birds, watch baby chicks hatch, learn about starting your own business, play bicycle safety Kahoot, and more!

Bitmoji Classrooms are sweeping the nation with their engaging digital content. Nebraska 4-H jumped into the Bitmoji Classroom craze and developed Check the DECK! (Digital Engagement Classroom Kits). By creating technology-based digital experiences, and utilizing relevant educational resources, youth engagement and learning excelled to new heights.      

Striving toward Nebraska Extension’s key practice of innovation, the newly created digital curricula blends virtual & hands-on learning experiences and fosters active and engaging youth learning opportunities.

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