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2020 Serve Safe face to face trainings have been canceled until farther notice.  Please contact Pierce County Extension Office for questions about other options.

If you will be 14 and not older than 18 on or before December 31, 2020, you are eligible to participate in the trip. This trip is a multi-county trip of 4-Hers in the Northeast Extension District. The tentative dates of the trip are Thursday, June 10 through Saturday, June 19, 2021. These are tentative as schedules may change, but based on trips we have taken in the past, we try to book similar dates every three years.

The Pierce County Public Speaking Contest will be held on April 13th Via Zoom.

Please Register by April 9th by calling 402-329-4821 or emailing Pierce-County@unl.edu with your name, whether doing a speech, PSA or both, the title of the speech, and age division. See the flyers below for more information.

*Updated* Demonstration Contest

*Updated* Speech/PSA Contest

Does your child, age 14-15, work on someone else’s farm or acreage nearby? Or do you employ a young person on your farm or acreage?

If the answer is yes, this little-known information is vital. Federal law prohibits youth under 16 years of age from using specific equipment on a farm unless parents or legal guardians own the farm. Certification received after a course provided by Nebraska Extension 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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has declared the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic. Nebraska Extension has canceled all in-person training, including chemigation and pesticide applicator training, starting March 16, 2020. The following website (https://pested.unl.edu/covid-19-information) will serve as a hub for PSEP-related information during the interrupted training season. We will continue to update this page as things develop and more information becomes available.

Enroll in Pierce County 4-H at https://www.4honline.com/ by April 15th!

Dues need to be paid in the Extention Office by April 15th-$5 per 4-H'er and $2 per Clover Bud

Enrollment Instructions can be found at the following.

New Member Instructions: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/new-member

Returning Member Instructions: https://4h.unl.edu/enroll/returning-member

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