4-H Alerts

Nebraska State Fair Livestock Schedule is Available!
Fri, 05/20/2016

The 2016 Nebraska State Fair Livestock Schedule is now available on the Nebraska State Fair website at http://www.statefair.org/p/getinvolved/270.   

Along with the livestock schedule, you can also find the following documents available:

  • Livestock Rules and Regulations and General Information
  • Health Requirements
  • Arrival/In Place Schedule

I have also made these documents available on the Nebraska State Fair Employee Resources page at http://4h.unl.edu/employeeresourcenebraskastatefair

Author: Brandy Wagner

2016 Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic
Fri, 05/20/2016

The 21st Annual Nebraska Livestock Judging Classic (NLJC) is being held on Friday June 10, 2016, in Kearney at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds. Information can be found at http://www.unl.edu/nljc. Please share this information with the Extension staff and/or volunteer(s)in charge of the county's 4-H Livestock Judging program. Teams and individuals will soon be able to register online. We would like to encourage teams/individuals to register by June 8th and the cost for each participant is $15.00. 

If you’re not already bringing some of your 4-H'ers, and you want to help with the contest, please feel contact me and consider volunteering a couple of hours with us at the NLJC.   We’re always looking for additional help and this year is no exception. I also want to remind you this is an excellent opportunity to get both your senior and intermediate county team(s) seasoned for the state livestock judging contest during PASE. It's also small enough to send younger members to compete and get some valuable experience, recognition and great prizes.

If there are any question regarding the event, please contact Brian Bosshamer, Extension Educator in Buffalo County at 308-236-1235 or email me at mailto:bbosshamer1@unl.edu

Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your livestock judging team coaches and 4-H families who have an interest in the 4-H youth livestock judging program. This contest is being held in conjunction with the Winners Unlimited Livestock Judging Camp in Lincoln.  The NLJC has proven time and time again over the years to give county teams and 4-H youth a greater opportunity for success when attending the state livestock judging contest during PASE on June 21.  Hope to see you and your team(s) in Kearney on Friday, June 10!

Author: Brian Bosshamer

4-H Camp Counselors Needed
Fri, 05/20/2016

We are looking for outstanding leaders to assist at both of our 4-H Camps this summer.  Youth ages 15-18 are an integral part of our program.

If you know of youth in your counties that have great leadership skills and are looking for opportunities to grow their skills while working with younger youth, encourage them to become a camp counselor.  Being a camp counselor is a great opportunity to refine and gain new leadership skills, as well as, build lasting friendships, gain confidence, and experience the outdoors all while having a fun experience. 

We do not need a summer long commitment from counselors, counselors can sign up for the sessions that fit their schedule.  Both the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey and the Eastern Nebraska 4-H Center in Gretna are accepting counselor applications.

Camp Counselor and Leader training takes place at both locations May 31 - June 4, 2016.  The training provides counselors with knowledge and skills to be a successful counselor while at camp.  Youth will learn valuable youth development concepts, leadership skills and how to handle difficult and emergent situations.

Please do not hesitate to contact Lindsay Shearer at lshearer2@unl.edu or at 402-472-2846 if you have additional questions!

Author: Lindsay Shearer

Community Service Map
Fri, 05/20/2016

Please remind your club leaders and 4-H youth to brag about their community service accomplishments by posting to the 4-H Community map.  They can connect at http://4h.unl.edu/4hcommunityserviceprojectmapsubmission

Please encourage them to fill out completely with the total number of hours worked for all volunteers and others, number of volunteers  estimate of the dollar value of items donated and a short description of the activity.

Author: Cathy Johnston

State Fair Newsletter #2, Operations Handbook, Superintendent's Handbook
Fri, 05/20/2016

The State Fair Newsletter #2 – Operations Handbook, and the Superintendent’s Handbook, are now available at http://4h.unl.edu/employeeresourcenebraskastatefair

 4-H State Fair Schedule should be out early next week so please watch your email for that announcement. Please contact Kim Novotny at knovotny5@unl.edu or at 402-472-9017 if you have any questions. Thanks!

Author: Kim Novotny

State Life Challenge Information
Fri, 05/20/2016

In a month, youth from across the state will be participating in the state Life Challenge event held in Lincoln.  This contest is for youth interested in the family and consumer sciences content areas such as foods and nutrition, clothing and textiles, child and human development, personal finance, and interior design.  More information about the contest can be found at http://4h.unl.edu/lifechallenge0. Please, encourage your youth to attend.  It is a great opportunity for youth to meet other 4-Hers, become familiar with campus, practice public speaking, problem solving, and critical thinking, and work as a team.  If you have any questions about the event, please contact Michelle Krehbiel at mkrehbiel2@unl.edu or at 402-472-9020. I  look forward to seeing you and your youth in June on campus.

Author: Michelle Krehbiel

4HOnline/ShoWorks Webinar
Fri, 05/13/2016

I will be hosting a 4HOnline/ShoWorks webinar on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, at 10 am Central Time. Send me your questions/ problems.

The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend. Please join the webinar at http://connect.unl.edu/kpleskac2

Author: Katie Pleskac

EID & ShoWorks Training
Fri, 05/13/2016

To assist all of you in integrating EID technology into livestock projects at the county level, and further understanding the benefits of EID and ShoWorks paired together, we will be hosting a training on May 25, 2016, from 1-4pm at the Animal Science Building on East Campus.

We are fortunate to have folks from Allflex (our tag supplier), ShoWorks (our show management system), and the group that works with ShoWorks to develop applications all in Lincoln that day to assist in this training. We understand that this date and time may not work for everyone, so all presentations will be recorded and posted to the 4-H website shortly after the program.

We will also attempt to set this up via Webinar to elicit questions and interaction from those not able to attend in person. Details on that will follow shortly.

Please refer to https://unl.box.com/s/hkgeurz1cbmujodp44dqgr32xzzxm94a for speakers and approximate timeline. Also, if you will be attending in person, please complete the Qualtrics survey by May 20:

2016 EID Training Survey: https://ssp.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dp3kuP7dwOdzSHX

Any questions you may have can be directed to Brad Bennett at 402-472-8834 or at bbennett8@unl.edu. We look forward to helping you in this process and truly appreciate all the work our system has done to this point to make this a seamless transition for 2016.

Author: Brad Bennett

PASE/Life Challenge Registration OPEN
Fri, 05/13/2016

The PASE/Life Challenge Registration within 4HOnline is now open and ready for registrations! Please remember that you need to do this for your families as it is only open to County Managers to register youth. Questions? Contact Katie Pleskac at 402-367-7410 or at kpleskac2@unl.edu

Author: Katie Pleskac

2016 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference
Fri, 05/13/2016

The 2016 Nebraska Pork Youth Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” will be held October 16-18, 2016. The conference is sponsored by the Nebraska Pork Producer’s Association, Nebraska Extension, and the UNL Department of Animal Science.  The program is limited to 32 high-school aged youth. Online applications will be available between August 15 – September 9, 2016. Those applications will be reviewed and conference participants selected.  

Additional application reminders will be shared; however, we would like for you to inform your youth about this opportunity, and to encourage those youth who have an interest and are actively engaged in swine projects to apply.  Other than the youth’s transportation to/from Lincoln, there will be NO COST to them; all lodging, meals, and conference materials are covered. The conference will be conducted from Sunday afternoon, October 16 through approximately noon, Tuesday, October 18.  Thus, those selected will miss two days of school, but based on our pilot, most of the school administrators (and coaches) were actually very willing to work with those youth selected to participate.

Participants will evaluate market animals, grade carcasses, fabricate carcasses into wholesale and retail cuts, and exercise basic culinary methods on a variety of different pork products. Throughout the program, a conscientious effort will be made to highlight and discuss, within the context of other material, related industry and/or consumer issues. Additional lab activities to be incorporated in 2016, in response to the 2015 pilot evaluations, include a hands-on genetics lab, a food safety lab, and a biosecurity and animal health activity. Not only will youth learn about pork as a wholesome food product, but they will also learn how the pork industry is using science to address many significant challenges. Finally, various and engaging life skills activities will be intermixed throughout the program that focus on development of communication, leadership, and networking skills. Upon conclusion of this workshop, our youth will have a more thorough understanding of the product we produce, the consumers who purchase those products, and will have greater confidence in their ability to effectively communicate with one another regarding the many issues and challenges facing the pork industry.

More information will be forthcoming, but for now, please make your youth aware of the dates, and encourage your high-school aged students who may have an interest to apply. If you have questions, feel free to contact Bryan Reiling at 402-472-6362 or at breiling2@unl.edu.

Author: Bryan Reiling