4-H Alerts

Nebraska 4-H Foundation Offering Award Plaques
Fri, 10/20/2017

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation is pleased to once again offer all counties three award plaques for 4-H recognition and awards in their county. 

There are 3 plaques available- counties are allowed to order 1 of each design.  Awards available are as follows:

  • Outstanding Member
  • Heart of 4-H Award
  • Outstanding 4-H Alumni 

The only cost that counties are responsible for are engraving and shipping costs-which are optional.  To order these awards, please contact Scott Miller at Rixstine Recognition at (402) 476-3810 x212 or scott@rixstine.com.  There are several choices for these orders:

  • Choose to pick up non-engraved awards at the Fall Conference or arrange to have someone from your county pick them up from Rixstine in Lincoln.  These arrangements need to be made prior to October 31st.
  • Choose Rixstine to engrave and ship the awards to you.  Rixstine will invoice you for those costs.
  • Choose to have alternative arrangements for engraving (or none at all).  Rixstine will invoice you for shipping costs.  

The 4-H Foundation requests that you forward the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of the winners to the 4-H Foundation (pjeffries1@unl.edu) as soon as they are known -- along with the notification of which plaques have been ordered through Rixstine. 

Please note, Nebraska Farm Bureau is the generous sponsor that makes these awards possible.

Author: Stuart Shepherd

Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Shotgun Leader Certification Workshop Offered at Ashland
Fri, 10/20/2017

A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for December near Ashland. It will be held December 9-10 at the Ashland Gun Club near Ashland. The deadline to register for the Ashland session is November 29th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader in the Shotgun discipline. There is a minimum number of participants required to offer this workshop. Workshop participants will learn under expert instruction from members of the Nebraska State 4-H Shooting Sports Training Team.                                                      

The registration fee is $110.00 per person for initial certification or those individuals adding an additional discipline. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Late registration, after November 29th, is $150. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.                                                                                  

Please share this information with volunteers in your county. For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page or contact Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the brochure or individuals can register directly by clicking HERE.

Author: Steve Pritchard

Teens as Teachers
Fri, 10/20/2017

This past summer the Engaging Underserved Youth Issue Team piloted a project aimed at having teens teach youth through series of six club type experiences.  The project paid the teens and provided them with training and curriculum to reach youth in their communities.  The counties involved in the pilot included Hall, Colfax, Madison and Scottsbluff counties.  The experiences were extremely successful and we look forward to making this opportunity available to more counties this spring and summer.  As a result of the success, we chose to make a video to highlight the project.  We encourage you to watch the video and use it with stakeholders to show how 4-H is working to give all youth our amazing experiences.

Nebraska 4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential working and learning in partnership with caring adults. In this video, learn how the Teens as Teachers program has helped two young people achieve their greatest potential as they introduced high-quality youth development experiences into the lives of Nebraska youth and families.  There are several variations of the video and they can be found at: https://unl.box.com/s/906tu1v1mx2e5tj6q01zvs7cwj6lhwv3. The largest file has been uploaded to YouTube at https://youtu.be/pCu18E-LY0A

Author: Lisa Kaslon

Growing Nebraska Interactive Summit
Fri, 10/20/2017

Just a reminder to invite your Extension Boards, 4-H Council members, volunteers and stakeholders to attend  “Growing Nebraska,” an interactive summit focused on building partnerships to find sustainable and creative solutions to critical issues in Nebraska.

Through a series of fast-paced presentations, and interactive sessions, participants will co-create innovative solutions in the following areas:

  • Creating a Better Quality of Life
  • Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders
  • Igniting a Passion
  • Feeding a Growing World

The summit will be held on:

November 8, 2017

8:00 – 4:00pm

Cornhusker Hotel, 333 South 13th St, Lincoln, NE

There is no cost to attend and lunch is included.

To view the detailed agenda and RSVP, go to https://ianr.unl.edu/ianr-fall-conference.

The goal is for this event to foster a robust discussion among external and internal participants. Please forward this email to others who might be interested in engaging in what is sure to be a lively day of discussion.

This event is being hosted by the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Author: Kathleen Lodl

National Western Stock Show Catch A Calf Program
Fri, 10/20/2017

It is time to apply for the 2018-19 National Western Stock Show Catch A Calf Program.  This year, Nebraska has six young people participating after catching a calf in January at the NWSS in Denver, they will be showing their Hereford Steers in January.  This is an excellent learn experience for these young livestock leadership.  It is more than catching and showing, it is learning how to care and raise these steers coming right from the ranch, but also record keeping, tracking progress, building relationships with sponsors, and strengthening life skills. I would like to encourage you to promote this opportunity to 4-H members who are interested in the beef cattle industry.

A news release and application that is due December 1, 2017, can be found at https://unl.box.com/s/mctoc6rucmg0qt5vws1ie3d284uu5den.  Applications are also available online at: http://www.nationalwestern.com/livestock-shows/catch-a-calf-contest.  

Author: Rob Eirich

NU for NE: Shaping Future Nebraska Leaders
Fri, 10/13/2017

From border to border, Nebraska Extension is making an incredible impact on the success of our state. To share the scope of this impact, UNL has and will be sharing video and radio spots related to the economic impact our University has on the people of Nebraska.

Recently, Nebraska 4-H Youth Development has been selected as a focus for these messages that relate to NU for NE: Shaping Future Nebraska Leaders.

Over the past few weeks, a Nebraska-4-H-focused radio spot has been playing through Husker Sports Net, being shared by stations across the state and a few stations nationally. Also, a Nebraska 4-H focused video will be played on HuskerVision during half time of the Nebraska vs. Ohio State Football game.

How can you as a Nebraska Extension staff member contribute to sharing messages related to the economic impact the University has on Nebraskans? Here are a few ways:

  • When posting messages to social media that display how your local 4-H program is preparing youth to be leaders, and display how our programs contribute to the economic development of Nebraska, include the #NUforNE hashtag in addition to #NE4H.
  • Embed the Nebraska 4-H focused video on your web site using the code provided at https://mediahub.unl.edu/media/8545.
  • Share the video during presentations and other appropriate occasions; the mp4 file can be downloaded or viewed on YouTube.  

Thanks for your support!

Author: Tracy Pracheil

Seeking County 4-H Newsletter Feedback
Fri, 10/13/2017

During Koffee with Kathleen this past June, County 4-H Newsletter templates for digital/email and printed newsletters were discussed. In order to determine how we can effectively provide resources related to communications and county 4-H newsletters, please have a representative from your county complete the short survey about your current County 4-H Newsletter at https://goo.gl/forms/QWEKQonrPQfUTCzh1 by Monday, October 23, 2017. Questions? Contact Tracy at tpracheil2@unl.edu or at 402-472-9016. Thanks!


Author: Tracy Pracheil, Danielle Dewees

2018 January Training
Fri, 10/13/2017

The 2018 January Training, “Coping in a Changing World,” will be held January 23-25, 2018, at the Graduate Hotel in Lincoln, Nebraska. The registration fee of $95 is due December 15, 2017. Registration information and an agenda will be available later this month. Questions? Contact Cathy Johnston at 402-472-1762.

Author: Cathy Johnston

4h.unl.edu Content Updates
Fri, 10/06/2017

Below is a list of Nebraska 4-H webpages with recent content updates. Please contact the specific program coordinator for more information. The program coordinator’s information can be found at the bottom of the program webpage.

- Horsemanship Advancement Level I (10/5)


- Horsemanship Advancement Level II (10/5)


- PASE (10/4) https://4h.unl.edu/pase

- PASE Schedule (10/4) https://4h.unl.edu/pase/schedule

- PASE/Life Challenge (10/4) https://4h.unl.edu/pase-life-challenge

- Equine Webinar Series (10/3) https://4h.unl.edu/horse/webinar-series

- Feature Programs (10/2) https://4h.unl.edu/featureprograms

Author: Danielle Dewees

2018 4-H Youth in Action Awards
Fri, 10/06/2017

The 4-H Youth in Action Awards Program is a premier opportunity for your students to share their stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others.

Through this program, four confident leaders will each receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship for higher education
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for National 4-H Council’s Legacy Awards on March 20, 2018
  • Networking experiences with 4-H celebrity alumni and other influencers 
    Recognition as the official 4-H youth spokesperson for the pillar area
  • A customized promotional video showcasing your 4-H impact story
  • An official reference letter from National 4-H Council President & CEO

All applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, October 23, 2017. For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the 4-H Youth in Action Awards website.

Author: National 4-H Council