4-H Alerts

Save the Date: Nebraska 4-H Marketing Training Series
Fri, 03/17/2017

Last December, many of you participated in a Marketing Survey. Based upon these survey results, a Nebraska 4-H Marketing Training Series will be held in April, covering topics identified by you as priorities.

On April 18, 19, and 20, from 10-11am CT each day, a Nebraska 4-H Marketing video conference will be held via Zoom. The following topics will be covered and will be helpful as we all continue to encourage Nebraska alumni to raise their hands during the Raise Your Hand promotion that is taking place through June 30:

  • Developing Marketing Strategies
  • Web and Social Media Presence
  • Using Volunteers to Market Your Program

Stay tuned to future issues of 4-H Alerts for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Pracheil at tpracheil2@gmail.com. Thanks!

Author: Tracy Pracheil, Danielle Dewees

Spring 2017 Paper Clover Fundraiser, April 26 - May 7, 2017
Fri, 03/17/2017

Two times a year, National 4-H Council partners with the nation's leading rural lifestyle retailer, Tractor Supply Company (TSC), to host a national Paper Clover Promotion! 

The Paper Clover Promotion is a consumer-driven fundraising promotion where customers at your local Tractor Supply can support 4-H by purchasing a paper clover for $1 at the checkout. The Spring Paper Clover Promotion will be held from Wednesday, April 26, through Sunday, May 7, 2017. 4-H Clubs are encouraged to participate in store during the event to help increase fundraising dollars and be entered into the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes. During the semi-annual event, we invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at checkout in stores to contribute to scholarships that send kids in your state to 4-H camp and other leadership experiences.

This spring, 90% of the funds raised in our state will be given back to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation. The funds given to the Nebraska 4-H Foundation will be used for scholarships to support 4-H youth from all areas of the state who will be attending camp or other leadership activities.

A promotional toolkit is available at the National 4-H Marketing Online Resource Center at http://4-h.org/professionals/marketing-resources/paper-clover-toolkit. Learn more about 4‑H’s partnership with Tractor Supply, including how to win incentives and year-round fundraising opportunities, at www.tractorsupply.com/4-h.

Author: National 4-H Council, Nebraska 4-H Foundation, State 4-H Office

4-H Clover Chase Water Bottles
Fri, 03/17/2017

The 4-H Clover Chase has been available for less than two weeks, and already 100 players from across the state are registered!

As participants complete the chase and collect 150 points in the app, they will be eligible to receive a 4-H Clover Chase commemorative water bottle. Everyone who receives a prize for completion will also be put into a drawing to win a drone with video capability. The Nebraska Extension Office with the highest percentage of participation wins a free National Youth Science Day kit.

Participants will be coming to your office to get their water bottle and to be entered to win a drone. To prepare for these visitors:

1)      Pick Up Water Bottles
Starting this Wednesday, the 4-H Clover Chase: A Nebraska 150 Event water bottles (10 for each county) will be available for pick up from the IANR Media Distribution Warehouse 2. If you have a staff member coming to campus, please encourage them to pick up these items. Please note that the Warehouse is typically closed between 12-1pm. A small amount of additional water bottles will be housed at each district office for distribution as needed. District Coordinators will be responsible for these.

2)      Enter Drawing for Drone
When participants come to your office, make sure to complete the brief form at http://go.unl.edu/cloverchaseparticipant (asks for county name, Clover Chase User ID, and Clover Chase Participants’ Names) in order to enter them into the drawing for the drone. 

Thanks for your promotion of this 4-H opportunity!

Author: Megan Burda

State Fair Webinar Moved to March 22
Fri, 03/10/2017

Our State Fair schedule is still tentative at this point, our March webinar has been pushed back to 1:30 CT on March 22 to allow this to be finalized and provide more complete, accurate information. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Author: Phil Onwiler

PASE Life Challenge Webinar Recording
Fri, 03/10/2017

If you were unable to join us last week for the PASE Life Challenge General Information webinar, you can watch the recording here:


Author: Brandy Wagner

Suggested List of Static Exhibits for Communications Module 1
Fri, 03/10/2017

This past year, National 4-H revised their curriculum focused on Communications; the Express Yourself series is no longer available for purchase, and the current curriculum is now referred to as Communications Module 1, 2, and 3.

This curriculum change has led to static exhibit changes in the State Fairbook for Communications Module 2 and 3. If you are interested in offering county-only static exhibits for Module 1 of this new curriculum, a suggested list of static exhibits can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/county-fair/scoresheets; you may also choose to provide the former Express Yourself Levels 1-3 exhibits as county-only entries, and these lists of exhibits are also found on this page.

The new Communications Modules 1-3 also contain resources/activities for 4-H’ers interested in preparing for Public Speaking and Presentations events. More information about the curriculum will be shared during the State Fair webinar on March 22. Questions? Contact Tracy Pracheil at tpracheil2@unl.edu or at 402-472-9016.

Author: Tracy Pracheil

4-H Shooting Sports Policy Change
Fri, 03/10/2017

The Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Advisory approved the following policy that will go into effect on October 1, 2017.

“All instructors must teach youth or assist in instruction of youth, a minimum of four hours in their respective discipline every year. Instructors must also complete and submit their annual instructor report to the state coordinator to remain a certified instructor in their respective discipline”.    

To assist 4-H Shooting Sports instructors in collecting their data that will enable them, or Extension staff to complete the on-line electronic system, a form is available on the 4-H Shooting Sports web site under the “Instructor Resources” tab. Every instructor must submit an Annual Report. Completion of the on-line data collection system is due by October 15th each year.  A web link allowing instructors or other individuals to access the on-line electronic form will be provided at a later date.

Author: Steve Pritchard

National 4-H Day of Service
Fri, 03/10/2017

Every day, 4‑H’ers across the nation pledge their hands to larger service. And every day, 4‑H’ers are rolling up their sleeves and putting their pledge into action – leading positive change that empowers their peers and their communities.

Please think about promoting the 4-H True Leaders in Service campaign in your county.  True Leaders in Service, a month-long community service activation, will officially kick-off the first day of April, and culminate with the National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29.  The website is live and has many resources along with a tool for registration your service activities. http://4-h.org/true-leaders-in-service/

The website has a planning guide, many promotional tools to use and a registration site.  As your clubs and 4-H members plan service learning events please encourage them to register; there event and then post pictures of your events.

Author: Cathy Johnston

Stall Cards and Back Tags
Fri, 03/10/2017

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation, with funding provided by Farm Credit Services of America, will provide stall cards and back tags at no cost to Nebraska 4-H! This is the 12th year of this partnership with FCSA.

Please contact Peggy Jeffries  pjeffries1@unl.edu with the numbers and types of cards/tags needed:
1) Blank Stall Cards,
2) Preprinted Stall Cards, (printed with: Breed, Date of Birth, Owned By, Address, County, Club) 
3) Back Tags.

This information is needed by April 7, 2017.

Stall Cards and Back Tags will be mailed directly to Extension offices by Farm Credit Services of America by the end of May.


Author: Nebraska 4-H Foundation

Ag Science Expo at Raising Nebraska
Fri, 03/10/2017

As a part of the Nebraska Science Festival, Nebraska Extension STEM Careers Issue Team and Raising Nebraska partner together to present Ag Science Expo. Please share the information and attached flyers with your 4-H Families.

Ag Science Expo – A Free Family Event at Raising Nebraska, located in Grand Island, NE

Spend the afternoon on Saturday, April 29, from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm engaging and interacting with science! See new technology and challenges up close while you solve problems.  Sessions include:

1)      3-D Sand: Understand topography maps by playing in the sand.

2)      Nutrients for Soil: Discover the nutrients that let plants grow.

3)      Electric Flower: Build a circuit to make your flower glow.

4)      Print your Fix: Design and print your solution to a problem.

5)      Laparoscopic Surgery: Complete the challenge by designing a tool and

6)      conducting surgery.

7)      Code your Name: Use binary code to make a name bracelet.

This is a great family and friend affair!  Register your family or entire youth clubs (ex. 4-H, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, etc.) at http://go.unl.edu/agscienceexpo.  Pre-registration is preferred by Friday,

April 21, but walk-ins are welcome. Recommended age is for 8 year olds and older, but all ages are welcome!

Location: Raising Nebraska, inside the Nebraska Building, Nebraska State Fairgrounds, 501 E Fonner Park Road, Grand Island, NE 68801


Contact for Questions: Phone: 308-385-3967, Email: raisingnebraska@unl.edu

Author: Beth Janning