4-H Alerts

Your Next Chapter Webinar
Fri, 10/21/2016

During the fall of 2015, Your Next Chapter was launched. This pre-admitted all 8th grade students enrolled in 4-H to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  Thanks to the work of members from the Career and College Readiness and Underserved Audiences issue teams, and UNL Admissions, Your Next Chapter has grown!  Eighth grade 4-H members will continue to be pre-admitted to UNL and engage in Your Next Chapter in order to increase college readiness, learn how to meet university admissions requirements, and engage in skill development to successfully transition to education beyond high school.  If you would like to learn more about Your Next Chapter, a webinar will be held on Monday, October 24 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.  You can join using the following information:

    Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:


    Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,397661204# or


    Or Telephone:

          Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

          Meeting ID: 397 661 204

          International numbers available:


     Or an H.323/SIP room system:

          H.323: (US West) or (US East)

          Meeting ID: 397 661 204

Author: Maria Walker

4HOnline Update Webinar
Fri, 10/21/2016

Please join me on Wednesday, October 26, at 10 AM Central for a webinar to update you on the changes which have taken place within 4HOnline since shutdown.

The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend.

Time: Oct 26, 2016 10:00 AM (GMT-5:00) Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/459566818

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,459566818# or +16465588656,459566818#

Or Telephone:

Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)

Meeting ID: 459 566 818

International numbers available: https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/zoomconference?m=hYm2-37SALPD5b9dzsTBe3UQ0U3-qekR

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

H.323: (US West) or (US East)

Meeting ID: 459 566 818

SIP: 459566818@zoomcrc.com

Author: Katie Pleskac

Register for National Youth Summit Series
Fri, 10/21/2016

The National Youth Summit Series brings together some of the best and brightest students to focus on maker, healthy living, and agri-science. Designed for high school students (grades 9 – 12), the Summits provide opportunities to learn technical skills, participate in hands-on activities, workshops and learn from leaders in the field. All summits are held at the home of 4-H, the National 4-H Conference Center located right outside of Washington, D.C. We are pleased to announce registration is open for all the summits!

2016-2017 National Youth Summits

Maker: November 10-13, 2016
** Only two weeks left before registration closes! 

Agri-Science: February 2-5, 2017

Healthy Living: February 17-20, 2017

Space is limited and we are expecting to sell out, so get your group registered today. We look forward to seeing you at the Center soon!

Author: National 4-H Council

Save the Date: 2017 4-H PASE/Life Challenge
Fri, 10/21/2016

Based on the survey results, the dates have now been set for the Premier Animal Science Event and Life Challenge. Please save the dates in your calendar to participate and volunteer. The event will be held June 26-27, 2017.

Author: Brandy Wagner

Click2Science Training
Fri, 10/21/2016

The STEM Career's Issue Team is scheduling a Click2Science Train-the-Trainer day. Please use the following link to choose which day would work best for your schedule as well as your location so we can set that accordingly: http://doodle.com/poll/vd5e4whm4wve73q7.  Doodle will close October 31. For more information about Click2Science please visit: http://click2sciencepd.org.

Author: Sarah Polacek

2017 4-H Youth in Action Awards: Applications Open
Thu, 10/13/2016

National 4-H Council is now accepting applications for the 2017 4-H Youth in Action Awards to be presented at the eighth annual Legacy Awards in Washington, D.C. on March 21, 2017.

As the highest honor National 4-H Council awards to 4-H youth, the 2017 awards will recognize one remarkable 4-H’er within each pillar area: Agriculture; Citizenship; Healthy Living; and STEM.

Each of the four 4-H Youth in Action Awards pillar winners will receive:

  • Scholarship: $5,000 scholarship for higher education.
  • Public Recognition: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to be recognized at Council's Legacy Awards on March 21, 2017.
  • Spokesperson Opportunities: Serve as the National Youth Spokesperson for their recognized pillar area.

In addition, one National 4-H Youth in Action Award winner will be selected from the four pillar winners and receive an additional $5,000 scholarship for higher education.

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, October 24, 2016.

For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the 4-H Youth in Action Awards website.

Author: National 4-H Council

National Western Stock Show Catch A Calf
Thu, 10/13/2016

The 2017 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest held at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, is open to interested 4-H youth in Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming counties.  This year it is open to applications from any Nebraska County. The Catch-A-Calf Contest provides an opportunity for 4-H members to participate in a practical beef feeding program and become acquainted with business sponsors. 

To apply, applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2016 and be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application.  Applicants must have parental as well as Extension Educator consent in order to submit an application.  Selected 4-H member applicants will be sent details regarding participation before January 2017. 

Successful catchers must have adequate facilities available to house a calf.  Successful catchers are also responsible for the care, feeding, and handling of their calf for the entirety of the project.  Successful catchers are to remain an active 4-H member through the 2017 4-H year.  Any 4-H member who has previously caught a calf in the 4-H Catch-A-Calf Contest is not eligible to apply. 

Youth who catch a calf are to pick up the calf at the National Western Livestock Center in May of 2017, and start the calf immediately as a 4-H project.  Calves must be exhibited and sold at the 2018 National Western Stock Show.  (Calves the past two years have came from Nebraska Sandhill Ranches.)

Applications are due to Amy Kelley (Cheyenne County Extension, PO Box 395, Cheyenne Wells, CO 80810) postmarked no later than December 1, 2016.  Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: http://nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/. Questions may be directed to Rob Eirich at (308) 632-1230, reirich2@unl.edu .

Application Form:



The National Western Stock Show Catch-A-Calf Program is designed to promote youth development and understanding of the cattle industry. Youth who choose to participate in the contest may have a range of experiences raising, feeding and showing beef cattle, all are encouraged to apply. To apply applicants must be between the ages of 12 and 18 as of December 31, 2016 and be enrolled in 4-H at the time of application. Successful catchers must have adequate facilities available to house their steer as they are responsible for the care, feeding, and handling of their animal. The applications to participate in this year’s Catch-a-Calf program at the NWSS are now available on line at http://nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest/. Applications must be postmarked by December 1, 2016!

Author: Rob Eirich

National 4-H Council, 4-H Professionals News and Notes
Thu, 10/06/2016

National 4-H Council distributes a regular email newsletter called 4-H Professionals News and Notes. Valuable information from 4-H at a national level can be found in this resource. Subscribe to this newsletter at http://4-h.org/newsletters

Author: State 4-H Office

Meet Lindsay Kretchman: New Admissions contact for Extension
Wed, 10/05/2016

In August, Amber Williams, director of admissions, named Lindsay Kretchman as the Community Outreach and External Relations Manager. In this role, Lindsay will be responsible for the Office of Admissions’ participation in Extension and 4-H events, Next Chapter at NEBRASKA, and Nebraska Now.

Lindsay is a native Nebraskan who grew up on her family farm (cattle, hogs, beans and corn), just north of Columbus before moving to Omaha to attend the University of Nebraska Omaha. She has a B.S. in Communications and worked in the Welcome Center and New Student Orientation Office as a federal work/study student, while at UNO. After graduation, Lindsay was hired in the Admissions Office at Iowa Western Community College, as an Admissions Advisor/Recruiter, and then promoted to Coordinator of Recruitment. After two and a half years at IWCC, Lindsay moved to North County San Diego and worked as the Student Activities Coordinator in the Student Affairs Office at Palomar College (a large community college; predominantly low income/first generation Hispanic-serving institution) in San Marcos for six and a half years. Lindsay moved back to Nebraska in September with her 2-year-old son, Connor, to be closer to her family, who all live in Nebraska.

You may remember that Micaela Rahe, Lindsay’s predecessor, spent a lot of time on the ground attending events in the state. Lindsay’s role is slightly different. Lindsay will serve as the Office of Admissions’ primary contact for recruitment-related activities and issues within Extension and 4-H but, all recruitment staff will be assigned to attend Extension-related events. We hope this new model will enhance the knowledge and capacity of the Admissions’ staff. 

Lindsay has already being working with the College and Career Readiness Issue Team and will be attending Fall Conference on Tuesday, November 8.  She will be teaming up with Extension staff for the carousel presentations, so please stop by to meet her there.  She is also attending several other events throughout the state and is looking forward to meeting everyone soon. 

Welcome to Linsday, are looking forward to working with her!

Author: Kathleen Lodl

Experience the Power of Red
Tue, 10/04/2016

The College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources is hosting our annual Experience the Power of Red Visit Day on Saturday, November 5. 

During this event, students will learn how CASNR prepares students for careers in everything from animals to plants, soil to climate, golf to business, mechanization to leadership and food to forensic science. Guests will meet faculty, staff and current students to get the scoop on what life at UNL is really like. Explore campus in person and get a true sense of the UNL CASNR experience.

There is no charge to attend this event. More information is available at: casnr.unl.edu/visitday.

Author: Sue Ellen Pegg