4-H Alerts

PASE Results
Thu, 06/23/2016

The results for the 2016 PASE Livestock Judging, Meats Judging, and Poultry Judging contests have been posted to the PASE website for your review (http://4h.unl.edu/pase-life-challenge/results). Please direct your coaches, volunteers, parents, and participants to this website for in depth results.

Thanks to all of our staff and volunteers for making this year’s event so successful. We could not offer these opportunities to youth without your dedication at home and support of our events in Lincoln.

Author: Brad Bennett

Youth Crop Scouting Competition - Connecting Youth with Crops
Wed, 06/22/2016

Looking for a fun club project? Want to unite your club members? Running out of ideas for club meetings?  If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, help is on the way!  Nebraska Extension is pleased to present the second annual Crop Scouting Competition for Nebraska youth. Youth interested in crops have the opportunity to learn about crop growth & development and basic crop scouting principles.

Don’t know a lot about crops?  Ask a local agronomist to assist by providing a short lesson on crop production. You can have the agronomist meet with youth a little during each meeting or outside of the meeting. This is one way to engage those youth interested in crops.

This contest will be held at the ARDC near Mead, Nebraska on August 2, 2016. The event will include both indoor and outdoor events. Teams of junior high and high school students (those completing 7-12th grades) from across Nebraska are invited to participate.

Clubs or other organizations may enter a team composed of three or four participants. An adult team leader must accompany each team of students. Team leaders could be FFA advisors, crop consultants, extension staff, coop employees, etc. 

Top-scoring teams win prizes: $500 for first, $250 for second, $100 for third place.

Teams will be expected to know the basics of scouting corn and soybean fields. This includes crop staging; looking for patterns of crop injury; disease, insect and weed seedling identification; etc. Other topics many include but are not limited to, pesticide safety, nutrient disorders, and herbicide injury.

More information about the crop scouting competition and instructions on how to register a team are available online at http://cropwatch.unl.edu/youth. Click on the link that says, “Crop Scouting Competition”. Top two teams will be eligible for regional competition in late August at Iowa.

Teams must be registered by July 18. Registration is $50/team; the fee will be refunded when the team attends the competition. Payment by check is due along with the registration form by July 15. This program is sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, the Nebraska Soybean Board, Nebraska Independent Crop Consultant Association and Nebraska Extension.

Author: Brandy VanDeWalle

UNL Social Media Avatar
Wed, 06/22/2016
The new Nebraska “N” is available for use starting Friday, July 1. In preparation for this campus wide update, we have updated the requirements for Social Media Avatars/Profile Pictures and made them available for creation in the lockup factory (http://lockups.unl.edu/).

The new guidelines are provided in more detail below. Please review these guidelines and share with anyone in our college/department/unit who is involved with managing social media accounts.

Your account(s) profile picture/social avatar should represent UNL and be either your social lockup created in the lockup factory or another image that accurately represents your college/department/unit. Individual units are NOT APPROVED to use the Nebraska "N” by itself on any background or in any
other format for the purpose of a social media or digital avatar.
  • The Nebraska "N" with a white background is reserved for the Athletic Department (@Huskers).
  • The Nebraska "N" with a red background is reserved for the University main account (@UNLincoln).
If you have any questions specific to social media avatars please contact Tyler Thomas . If you have additional questions about the Nebraska “N” transition, please contact Marcelo Plioplis .

Author: Tyler Thomas, UNL Communications

4-H Web Site Updates
Mon, 06/20/2016
Updates continue on 4h.unl.edu. The pages below have recently been updated
and/or created.
Upcoming Changes
A refresh of the 4h.unl.edu website will be made later this summer. For a
sneak peek of upcoming changes, please see the webinar recording from Friday,
June 17, 2016. Key points shared during the webinar include:
  • A new site navigation will be published August 15-ish. If you have a concern regarding this scheduled publish date, please email Danielle Dewees at ddewees@unl.edu.
  • Employee resources will be accessible through the red bar navigation and will be password protected. There will be one password for everyone which will be shared closer to the publish date.
  • A new web-based project selection app is being developed to replace the online Project Resource Central.
  • Some URL’s across the site may change with the new navigation and old URL’s may not work after the publish date. This may affect browser bookmarks or links on your county websites.
Web Management Resources
The Web Managers Network gives IANR web managers an opportunity to share ideas, give feedback, and learn simple techniques to enhance their sites. This group meets on the third Thursday of each month. Meetings are recorded and live streamed using Adobe Connect. Additional resources are available at:
The UNL Web Developer Network (WDN) is an open-invitation group of web developers and site administrators working together to build UNL’s websites. Monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month in the Nebraska Union. Meetings are recorded and live streamed using Adobe
Connect. Additional resources are available at: http://wdn.unl.edu.  The next WDN meeting is scheduled for July 12 at 2:00 pm in the Nebraska Union.

Author: Danielle Dewees

Entry Tag and State Fair Pin Pick-Up
Fri, 06/17/2016

Entry Tag paper and State Fair Pins are in the office and ready to be picked up. Invoices will be with your orders and those who requested emailed copies should have received those. You can pick them up in our office at 114 Ag Hall or contact Kim Novotny at knovotny5@unl.edu or 402-472-9017.

Author: Kim Novotny

Nebraska State Fair 4-H Volunteers
Fri, 06/17/2016

The 2016 Nebraska State Fair 4-h volunteer jobs with descriptions, as well as a printable version of the volunteer registration form, can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/state-fair/volunteer.

Author: Cathy Johnston

Volunteer Salute to Excellence
Fri, 06/17/2016

As you work through your busy season with your volunteers, please think about who you will nominate for the Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year and Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

  1. The Volunteer of the Year Award (VOY) is for currently serving 4-H volunteers who have served as 4-H volunteers less than 10 years at the local, county, district or state level.
    1. The Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award (OLV) is for current or former 4-H volunteers who have served 10 or more years at the local, county, district or state level.

The nomination form and submission form can be found at https://unl.box.com/s/aoqesdqchfg13sb3d4760316p5hydiik. I know that you have volunteers who are uniquely qualified for these awards, please take the time to nominate them.  The Nebraska winners will be considered for regional and national honors.

Each application needs:

  1. Nomination Packets must be submitted by a nominator to the nominee’s state 4-H Program by the state’s published deadline.  – Nebraska Deadline -- September 19, 2016
  2. A completed nomination will consist of a nomination resume of the applicant’s 4-H and relevant community volunteer experiences and three (3) letters of recommendation. Please use the attached template when developing the nomination packet.  A packet missing any of the four components (resume and 3 letters of recommendation) will be eliminated.
    1. Letters of recommendation must should be no longer than 2 pages in length, in 12-point font with 1- inch margins.  Letters of Recommendation should be written by individuals who can best describe the nominee’s qualifications for the award such as a 4-H youth participant, another volunteer, etc.

Please take time to recognize two volunteers from your program.

Author: Cathy Johnston

2016 State Make It With Wool Contest
Fri, 06/17/2016

Enter the Make It With Wool Contest! The object of the contest is to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabric and yarn; to encourage personal creations in sewing, knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving of wool fabric; and to recognize creative skills. State information can be found at https://unl.box.com/s/l9gpvkqw0h3co9b8u8y9usrjt1bn8vkx.            

The 2016 State Make It With Wool Contest will be November 19 at the Dawson County Extension Office in Lexington, Nebraska, beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Public fashion show is at 1:00 p.m. The divisions determined by age as of January 1, 2016 (national rule change), are as follows:

  • Preteen – age 12 and under
  • Junior – age 13 to 16
  • Senior – age 17 to 24
  • Adult – age 25 and over
  • Made For Others

For more information, contact the Nebraska State Director Alice Doane, 17705 Bluff Road, Waverly NE 68462 (phone 402-786-3555); Entry Coordinator Andrea Nisley, P.O. Box 757, Lexington NE 68850 (phone 308-324-5501) anisley1@unl.edu or the district directors. District directors include:

  • District I – Rosalene Tollman of Marsland, 308-665-2415 and Doris Rush of Scottsbluff, 308-635-0156
  • District II – Sandi Ericson of Funk, 308-263-4721
  • District III – Diane Bolin of Eagle, 402-781-2304 or Laura Grundman of Talmage, 402-264-4825.

Entry forms, fees, wool samples and wool testing fees are due October 15, 2016, to Entry Coordinator Andrea Nisley.

More information is available on the new National Make It With Wool website (http://www.nationalmakeitwithwool.com).

Earlier this year, the 2015 state contest winners competed at the 2016 National Contest in Scottsdale, Arizona where Marie Bolin of Eagle placed third in the Senior Division and Camille Anderson of Lexington received 1st runner-up and Exemplary Construction winner in the Junior Division. Another Nebraska representative was Merna Hanson of Juniata in the Adult Division.

The National Make It With Wool also has a Fashion Design Competition for college students who are currently enrolled in a college-level fashion or apparel design program. Entry deadline is November 1. Information criteria, how to enter and deadline information is given on the National Make It With Wool website.

Author: Andrea Nisley

Refresh of the State 4-H Web Site
Fri, 06/10/2016

The True Leaders campaign has successfully launched here in Nebraska! As we continue to shout out our True Leaders through social media using the #NE4H and #TrueLeaders hashtags, we also look forward to fair season and the significant opportunity it provides to share more about the 4-H story and involvement with 4-H here in Nebraska.

With this in mind, a refresh of the 4h.unl.edu web site will be made later this summer. To share what this refresh will look like, a webinar will be led by 4-H Communications Coordinator Danielle Dewees next Friday, June 17, 2016, at 2pm CDT/1pm MDT using Adobe Connect at http://connect.unl.edu/nebraska4h. Topics to be covered include a web site sneak peak, employee resources revisions, the web-based program app, and more. Additional marketing resources that will assist you with promoting 4-H at your county fairs will also be shared during the webinar. These include a 4-H True Leaders photo frame, a print piece, and more!

The webinar will be recorded and made available at http://4h.unl.edu/webseminars. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Tracy Pracheil at tpracheil2@unl.edu or Danielle Dewees at ddewees@unl.edu. Thanks!

Author: Tracy Pracheil, Danielle Dewees

2016 PASE Volunteer Search
Fri, 06/10/2016

As you are aware, the 2016 Premier Animal Science Event is quickly approaching. The two day contest filled event also requires numerous volunteer roles. Please review the roles and schedules below to see if you would be interested in helping us this year!

Consumer Meats Judging Contest
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 7:30 AM-10:00 AM

  • Role: Group Leader. Group Leaders will oversee a group of youth contestants. They will ensure that there is no talking amongst contestants, collect judging cards, and move their group from one class to the next.

Livestock Quiz Bowl
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 9:30 AM-3:00 PM

  • Role: Moderator. As the moderator you will be the announcer and ask the questions. You will also approve the answers.
  • Role: Judge. You will make the final rule or decision on answers that are referred by the moderator.
  • Role: Timer
  • Role: Scorekeeper

Livestock Skill-a-thon
Date: Monday, June 20
Time: 9:30 AM-4:30 PM

  • Role: Station Monitors. Station Monitors will pass out the worksheets, provide instructions, and score contestants’ work (will be given answer key). 

Livestock Judging Contest
Date: Tuesday, June 21
Time: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

  • Role: Group Leader. Group Leaders will oversee a group of youth contestants. You will ensure that there is no talking amongst contestants, collect judging cards, and move their group from one class to the next.
  • Role: Livestock handlers/stirrers. You will be asked to stay with one class of livestock and move them around the pen so contestants can see the animals.

If any of these roles interest you, please contact Brandy Wagner at bwagner5@unl.edu.

Author: Brandy Wagner