4-H Alerts

Youth Safety Policy Training
Fri, 01/13/2017

It is time again to think about youth safety as we plan youth activities for the year.  All faculty and staff who will work with youth in any manner are ask to review the UNL Youth Safety Plan that can be found at http://police.unl.edu/campus-youth-activity-safety-policy

When you are finished with the review, go to http://go.unl.edu/youthsafetypolicytraining to register that you have completed the training.  You only have to do this if you have not register here before.  The list of people that have registered in 2015 and 2016 can be viewed at https://unl.box.com/s/dmmae7pz0strppvb0b5nlhwvntty8ciu.  If you are not on the list and you will have contact with youth as part of your work, you must complete this training.  This includes support staff, educators and specialists who do not have youth appointments.  If you are working with youth in any work capacity you need do this training. 

In the training module they refer to a activity registration form.  The good news is, if you are doing a 4-H activity you do not have to do this.  We have asked for and received a blanket approval for all 4-H activities for 2017.   Any  youth programming done by extension staff will be considered as a 4-H program.  Please label it as such.

If you have any questions, contact Cathy Johnston at 402-472-1762 or at cjohnston1@unl.edu.

Author: Cathy Johnston


Nebraska State Fair EID Tags
Fri, 01/13/2017

As you may have realized, there was an error in the sheep, goat and swine tags that were received in December/January. Due to an Allflex system mapping issue, the tag types were switched  - sheep for swine, and swine for sheep.  We kindly ask that you set these tags aside and do not use them.  The cattle tags are fine; this only pertains to sheep/goat and swine.   Please see the letter from Andy Dorn with Allflex at https://unl.box.com/s/wt2lmvichlilmh8it9brm9403qlmmrwi.  To correct this mistake, we will be asking you to return the sheep, goat and swine tags you received during January In-service.  A replacement order will be received in the next 30 days.

There will be a staffed table set-up on January 24th at registration.  Please turn in the tags to the person at this station, so we can document the return.  If you are not able to attend January In-service, you can deliver the tags to Lisa Spilker at the State 4-H Office by the end of January. 

We appreciate your cooperation in this exchange and apologize for the inconvenience.  If you have any further questions, please contact Brad at 402-472-8834 or bbennett8@unl.edu.

Author: Brad Bennett


Youth and the Veterinary Feed Directive
Fri, 01/13/2017

A flyer at https://unl.box.com/s/yh3d8kb5r5mvbi4v6v3re8b18lg8tidv has been created to explain the VFD and how it relates to youth programs.  Our Extension Team worked with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to develop a simple flyer to help youth and their families.  The VFD Regulation will affect all food producing animals (sheep, goat, swine, poultry, beef cattle, dairy cattle) in relation to medicated feeds.  Currently, there are no feed antimicrobials labeled for rabbits. There are web addresses and contact information for questions in the flyer.

Author: Rob Eirich


Dairy Project Member - Scholarship Opportunity - To Include in Your Fairbooks
Fri, 01/13/2017

For your county fair books….

SUMPREME & RESERVE SUPREME JUNIOR CHAMPIONS – ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITY

  • Youth exhibiting the ____________ County Fair Supreme and Reserve Supreme Junior Champion Dairy Heifers (a female dairy animal that has not had a calf) of all dairy breeds are eligible to compete with their champion heifers in the Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show held at the National Cattle Congress in Waterloo, Iowa in September.
  • This show is designed for youth from Iowa and all surrounding states (including Nebraska) who receive supreme and reserve supreme junior champions at their county fair to come together and meet others with similar interests. The hope is for youth to enjoy their experience, share and learn from one another, and most importantly have FUN!
  • Exhibitors must be a member of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter.
  • Exhibitors must be from Iowa or surrounding states (includes Nebraska).
  • Last year, the Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show awarded $3,500 in college scholarships to the top three heifers (Supreme, Reserve & Honorable Mention) of the show.
  • Upon awarding the ________ County Fair Supreme and Reserve Supreme Junior Champion Dairy Heifers, the exhibitors will receive certificates and forms to be completed and returned (by the exhibitor) to the National Cattle Congress Office in ordered to be entered in the Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show. Once all entries are received, the National Cattle Congress Office will mail out exhibitor information and fair passes.
  • There will be no entry fees for this particular event, but participants are encouraged to enter in the other classes at the National Cattle Congress Youth Dairy Show.

For your management …

MANAGEMENT

  • For the certificate/form and more information, please contact: Danielle Kiefer (319-234-7515 or dmkiefer06@gmail.com) or the National Cattle Congress Office (319-234-7515 or http://nationalcattlecongress.com/contact-us/)
  • The event committee will be meeting soon and will have more details confirmed (including the updated certificate) for the 2017 event. The event is scheduled for September 14-17, 2017.
  • 2016 National Cattle Congress Schedule 
    • Friday, September 16      
      • 7:00 pm Check In
      • 8:30 pm Youth Pizza Party
  • Saturday, September 17
    • 8:00 am Novice Show (5-9 years old)
    • 8:30 am Congress Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show
    • 9:00 am Youth Dairy Show
    • Once all entries are received (last year’s entry deadline was August 24, 2016), the National Cattle Congress Office will mail out exhibitor information and fair passes.

 

Dairy Project Member - Scholarship Opportunity

Below, I have included an opportunity for 4-H and FFA dairy project members in Nebraska. The Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show is designed for youth receiving supreme and reserve supreme junior champions at their county fair. Youth from Iowa and all surrounding states are included. Last year, $3,500 in scholarships were awarded to the top three of the show.

I am encouraging you to add Supreme and Reserve Supreme Junior Champion as a selection at your county fair. If your county fair is not interested in adding more awards, I suggest that you have the judge make the selection in order for the youth to be eligible for the scholarship show with no additional trophies/plaques given. If your county fair only has one breed at the dairy show, the junior and reserve junior champions could be acknowledged as the supreme and reserve supreme champions.  If your county fair has 4-H and FFA showing separately, you will need to have the judge select the overall champion from those shows.

This is a great opportunity for our 4-H and FFA dairy project members. Please consider adding this to your county fair premium book. Also, please pass this information on to the FFA Advisors in your county.

If you have any questions, please feel to ask me. As I get or find updated information, I will forward to all of you.

Tracy

 

Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show

National Cattle Congress Fair

Sep 14 – 17, 2017

Waterloo Iowa

What Is It

Wells Fargo sponsors the Iowa Supreme Junior Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show at the National Cattle Congress fair in the fall.  Wells Fargo, National Cattle Congress and the National Cattle Congress Dairy Committee believe this is a way for youth from Iowa and its neighboring states (including Nebraska) to come together and meet others with similar interests. The hope is for youth to enjoy their experience and share and learn from one another and most importantly have FUN!

Over the past five years, National Cattle Congress had held this as an annual event for the youth involved with dairy projects through 4-H and FFA. Wells Fargo/ NCC places to crown an event Supreme Junior Champion Dairy Heifer, as well as a Reserve and Honorable Mention. The winners will receive scholarships for college.  Eligible participants for this particular event must be a member of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter and must have won their county Supreme Junior Champion or Reserve Supreme Junior Champion of all the exhibiting dairy breeds.  (Each County must crown an Overall Champion of the breeds to qualify.)

How It Will Work

County Fairs

  • Each county fair is asked to crown a Supreme and Reserve Junior Champion Dairy Heifer* or Overall Champion Heifer of all dairy breeds exhibited. Note: A Heifer is defined as a female cow that has not had a calf.
  • The champion and reserve will be given a certificate and asked to fill out a form with their information.  The form is to be returned to the National Cattle Congress Office so they can be entered and fair passes sent out.  There will be no entry fees for this particular event, but participants would be encouraged to enter in the National Cattle Congress Youth Dairy Show.
  • The event committee will be meeting shortly after the first of the year and will have more details confirmed (including the updated certificate) for the 2017 event,

National Cattle Congress (Schedule EXAMPLE from 2016 – 2017 details will be confirmed at a later date.)

  • Once all entries are received (entry deadline August 24th, 2016), NCC will mail out exhibitor information and fair passes.
  • Schedule:
    • Friday, September 16                      7:00 pm Check In
    • Friday, September 16                      8:30 pm Youth Pizza Party
    • Saturday, September 17  8:00 am Novice Show (5-9 years old)
    • Saturday, September 17  8:30 am Congress Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer Scholarship Show             Saturday, September 17  9:00 am Youth Dairy Show

 On Saturday September 17, in a special show, before the start of the Youth Dairy show, NCC will crown a reigning Wells Fargo Iowa Supreme Champion Dairy Heifer as well as a Reserve and Honorable Mention. The winners will receive scholarships to be used at the college of their choice. Since the age of exhibitors have the possibility of greatly varying, these scholarships will be put into a trust until their recipients have completed their first semester of college.  Previous winners will be eligible to compete again.

Scholarships:

               Supreme Champion                                        $2,000

               Reserve Supreme Champion                        $1,000

               Honorable Mention                                       $500

 

For more information, please contact: 

Danielle Kiefer

(319) 234-7515 (Office)

Fax (319) 234-8865

Email dmkiefer06@gmail.com

 

The National Cattle Congress Office

Phone (319) 234-7515

Fax (319) 234-8865

Author: Tracy Behnken


Dairy Presence at Ag Literacy Festivals
Fri, 01/13/2017

I wanted to send an email to the Nebraska Extension Educators and let you know that for the second year the Midwest Dairy Association is sponsoring a Nebraska Dairy Ambassador program. This program is for Nebraska college students to promote the dairy industry in Nebraska. Part of the ambassador responsibilities including providing education to next generation leaders – 4-H, FFA, elementary students – and consumers throughout Nebraska.  As you plan your 2017 Ag Literacy Festivals, keep in mind that there are dairy ambassadors in Nebraska to present and educate about dairy. 

If you are in need of a dairy presence at your event or program, please send me an email with the dates, location and program details. I can be reached at 402-472-6065 or at kimclark@unl.edu.  I am working with the Midwest Dairy Association to coordinate the dairy ambassadors and the dairy programs. 

Author: Kim Clark


True Leaders in Service Event
Fri, 01/13/2017

Please see the note from Doug Swanson below announcing a 4-H National Day of Service.  National Council will soon be sending out a website with marketing materials, registration and final report links plus more to help 4-H clubs participated in this event celebrating service learning around the country.  Please feel free to announce this event to your 4-H’ers and watch for more from National Council in the next couple of weeks.

Thanks

Cathy

 

April 2017 will be a month to celebrate community service and service learning throughout 4-H.  This month of celebration will culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017

4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, and State 4-H partners, through the 4-H Citizenship Leadership team, are preparing this opportunity.    

Some highlights will include:

  • National marketing and communication highlighting 4-H Service
  • Opportunity to plan a 4-H service project around the national theme of “Food Security”
  • Opportunity to identify and plan a 4-H service project around a local need
  • Opportunity to sign up these local projects to be a part of the National 4-H Day of Service

Additional support information and opportunity details will be coming in the next few weeks.  For now, save the date and encourage creative thinking around this endeavor.

 

Author: Cathy Johnston


4-H Horse Stampede and Companion Animal Challenge
Fri, 01/13/2017

The University of Nebraska—Lincoln Extension is pleased to announce its annual 4-H Horse Stampede and Companion Animal Challenge, April 1, 2017, at the UNL Animal Science Building, East Campus.

This combined event is open to youths ages 10-18 years old. Youths can compete in demonstrations, horse and dog quiz bowls, dog skillathon, art, photography, and speech contests. Speech contests can be done from a distance through adobe connect.

“These contests are a great opportunity for youth to gain valuable life skills and participate with other youth in animal related contests where you do not actually need an animal to participate,” Lena Luck, Youth Extension Equine Specialist, said.

Registration for 4-H Horse Stampede begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program commences at 8 a.m. For more information on 4-H Horse Stampede, contact Luck at 402-472-9098 or  lena.luck@unl.edu. Contest rules and entry forms are available at: http://4h.unl.edu/horse/stampede. Entries are due March 10 to the county office.

Registration for 4-H Companion Animal Challenge begins at 8:30 a.m. The program commences at 9 a.m. with quiz bowl followed by demonstrations and contests. Contest rules and entry forms are available at: http://4h.unl.edu/companion-animal/challenge. Mail in your 4-H Companion Animal Challenge entries, by March 10, to Lisa Karr, University of Nebraska Lincoln, C204e Animal Science, Lincoln, NE 68583-0908.

A webinar recording highlighting these events can be found at https://unl.box.com/s/b20s2ufm2daooaz2mza4yo9vctsf01ua. Please contact Lena, Becca, or Lisa if you have any questions!

Stampede: Lena Luck lena.luck@unl.edu or Becca Gunderson horseintern@unl.edu

Companion Animal Challenge: Lisa Karr lisa.karr@unl.edu

Author: Lisa Karr and Lena Luck


Microsoft Outlook Nebraska 4-H Staff Organizational Calendar
Fri, 01/13/2017

Microsoft Outlook Nebraska 4-H Staff Organizational Calendar

Source: State 4-H Office

The Nebraska 4-H Staff Organizational Calendar was designed to provide an easy place to find all state level events, deadlines, professional development opportunities, as well as alerts/reminders.

To add the calendar to your Microsoft Outlook, follow the appropriate steps below depending on your operating system.

PC 

  • Open Microsoft Outlook and navigate to your Calendar
  • Click on the “Open Calendar” button
  • Select “Open Shared Calendar” and enter “Nebraska 4-‐‐H
  • Select OK

Mac

  • Open Microsoft Outlook and navigate to your Calendar
  • Under the “Home” tab, select the “Open Calendar” button
  • In the User box, type “Nebraska 4-‐‐H” and be sure the type setting is set to calendar
  • Select OK

If you have suggestions for additional statewide dates to be added to the calendar, please contact your district coordinator.

Author: State 4-H Office


#ChooseHealth in 2017
Fri, 01/06/2017


We are encouraging the 4‑H community to show the healthy choices that they’re making in 2017! Post photos of you making a healthy choice to social media channels using the hashtag #ChooseHealth now through January 31, 2017. We will be compiling the photos to make a photo collage highlighting all of the great healthy choices made by 4‑H’ers in the New Year. Use the toolkit to get started!

Author: National 4-H Council


2017 Fairbook Changes
Thu, 12/22/2016

The 2017 Fairbook will be posted in Employee Resources on Friday, December 23, 2016.  You will find two links to Box, one illustrating the track changes and one with the changes accepted. The link to the Employee Resource page: http://4h.unl.edu/employee/state-fair. The public view of these pages will be made available on the website in February.

Author: Phil Onwiler


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