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Market Beef Weigh-in
Market Beef Weigh-ins will be held on Saturday, January 31 from 1 pm to 3 pm @ the UNL Feedlot (snow date Feb 14) OR Saturday, February 28 from 1 pm to 3 pm @ the UNL Feedlot (Snow date Mar 7) Market Beef exhibitors will need to attend one of these weigh-ins.
The UNL Feedlot is located north of Scottsbluff off of Experiment Farm Road. Call 632-1480 if you need directions!
Tags are $1 each and we will have all the paperwork needed.
If you are interested in showing Market Beef at Ak-Sar-Ben or State Fair, you MUST submit a DNA kit for these animals. DNA Kits will be available at the weigh-in for $6 each and are due to the UNL Extension Office by April 1.
Public Speaking, PSA & Presentations Contest
The County Public Speaking & Presentations Contest will be held on Sunday, March 29 at 4:00 pm at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in the Blue Stem Room. Please park in the south parking lot and enter through the south doors by the metal stairs.
Categories are Speech, Public Service Announcement, and Presentations. There are three sub-categories for presentations: Presentation using Audio Visual; Presentation using Posters; Multimedia Presentation.
Speech and PSA contestants have the opportunity to advance to the Regional Contest on April 25.
Presentation contestants may advance to the State Contest at State Fair.
For more information or registration information, contact the Extension Office. Registrations are due March 20.
The UNL Project Resource Central web page helps youth, parents, and leaders select projects. It identifies project areas, career choices and exhibits and includes related, additional curricula resources. The 2015 Project Resource Central Publication (pdf) lists project resources (printed manuals, CD, DVD, or online) available for Nebraska 4-H members, families, and volunteers.
Hello 4-H Families! As we embark on a new 4-H programming year, we are excited to introduce you to a new on-line enrollment system. All 4-H families will enroll in clubs and projects through 4HOnline at ne.4honline.com . We will be discontinuing the use of our previous online system, ACCESS 4-H. You will need to create a new family account and profiles for each 4-H member at ne.4honline.com to participate in the 2015 program year.4HOnline is a web-based enrollment system that will allow families to enroll in 4-H on your personal computer or mobile device. If you do not have internet access at home, feel free to stop by the UNL Extension office and use our computers. You'll be able to complete all of the information necessary to join 4-H online, including 4-H code of conduct forms and health forms. There will be no paper forms to submit for enrollment. Coming soon, you'll also be able to register for events, pay enrollment fees on-line and more!
Members may enroll at any time during the year, but to be eligible for County Fair and State Contests these enrollment deadlines need to be met:
Re-Enrollment - If you were enrolled in 4-H in 2014, enroll online and pay the $5 fee to the Extension Office by February 1. You may have until May 1 to add or drop 4-H projects for County Fair.
New Enrollment - Youth who are joining 4-H for the first time are encouraged to enroll online and pay the $5 as soon as possible and no later than May 1 to be eligible for County Fair.
For more information contact the UNL Extension office at 632-1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you have questions as you enroll, please let us help you!Shooting Sports Parental Release Form (pdf 1 pg)
Adult Volunteers - Re-enrollment forms are to be turned in by February 1. Volunteers must re-enroll each year to retain status in years of service and for UNL insurance.4-H Volunteer Code of Ethics (pdf 1 pg)
Volunteer Screening Forms (pdf 2pgs)2015 Volunteer Enrollment Form (pdf 1pg)
Volunteer Project Enrollment (pdf 1pg)
Governor's Excellence Award
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) are pleased to again offer the Governor's Agricultural Excellence Awards sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) which recognize 4-H clubs for individual work and community service. Since 1997, twenty-five clubs have been recognized each year. Recognition in the form of $500 checks are issued to the club's treasury to be used as described in the award application. A public presentation of the checks will be made to the winning clubs during the PASE/Life Challenge Event on UNL East Campus on Monday evening, June 29, 2015.
Clubs may use the award dollars for many different programs including: community workshops or conferences, club trips or tours, community improvement projects, campus visits, fair grounds enhancement, inter-generational programs, and the development of a youth council. While the majority of the clubs choose a project that benefits many others in their community some have chosen to celebrate their success by providing more experiences for club members.
2015 Governor's Agricultural Excellence Award application deadline is March 2, 2015. Email applications to Desirae TePoel at the 4-H Foundation office at email@example.com. Please indicate in the subject line that it is a Governor's Ag Excellence Application.
Quality Assurance Training
Deadline June 15
Quality Assurance Training is required for all 4-H members showing RABBITS, POULTRY, BEEF, GOATS, SWINE OR SHEEP at County or State Fair. Members have three options for receiving training.
ONLINE: Complete three modules in the Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course. To enroll in the self-directed online course, Internet access and an email address are required. (Each 4-H youth will need their own unique email address to register.) If you do not have access to the internet, you may complete the course at the UNL Extension Office. Please call ahead to make sure the computers are available. The course can also be completed on many mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets. NOTE: The Online QA system is now charging a $5 fee to complete the course online. Thanks to the Scotts Bluff County Farm Bureau, the 4-H Council will reimburse you the $5. More reimbursement info will be available later.
To facilitate youth on-line QA registrations, there is a handout and a video.
CLUB TRAINING: Attend a club training. If your club is not conducting any trainings or you are an independent, you may attend another club's training.
TEST: If you are an intermediate or senior (12 or older), you may be able to test out. If you pass the test, you do not have to attend training. This is not difficult! Contact the UNL Extension office to take the test.
Members must be Quality Assurance certified by June 15 to be eligible to compete at the County Fair. No trainings will be held after June 15.
Nebraska 4-H Foundation Scholarships
The Nebraska 4-H Foundation offers a number of scholarships to 4-H graduating seniors. Selection is based on the following factors: 4-H background, leadership abilities, interst and desire for further education, and scholastic achievements. Scholarships will be awarded to the candidates whose applications earn the highest overall scores from the judges. Contact the Extension Office or visit the 4-H Foundation webpage for application information. There are several statewide scholarships including:
- Murdoch Ranch & Home Supply Scholarships ($1000 each awarded to two individuals residing in Scottsbluff and Morrill Counties)
- 4-H Legacy Scholarship ($1000 each awarded to three individuals)
- Rose and Guy Richard McDonald Scholarship ($2000 each awarded to two individuals)
Deadline for Application is March 2, 2015.
Nebraska Assoc. of County Extension Boards
The NACEB scholarship program for 2015-2016 includes one $1000 scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) or in the College of Eductional and Human Sciences (CEHS) for an incoming student (freshman or transfer) and one $500 scholarship for a current student (sophomore or higher) enrolled in CASNR or CEHS. Applications must be received by March 15, 2015.
Gerald & Velma Applebee Scholarship
The Gerald & Velma Applebee Scholarship Fund, Inc. is offering one $300 scholarship to an outstanding student who has been in 4-H within the last four years and who is interested in continuing their education. Payments will be made directly to the school of the recipient's choice. Application Deadline is April 15, 2015.
2015 Photography Career Exhibit Print Themes
UNIT II: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as an editorial photographer. Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story. Let's tell a story about why we love our Nebraska communities. Capture editorial photos that tell a story about your Nebraska Community. SF86.98(2)
UNIT III: NEBRASKA PHOTOGRAPHY CAREER EXHIBIT PRINT: Explore a career as a commercial photographer. Commercial photographers take pictures that are used for promotional purposes. Commercial photographs are often used in print and online communication materials (advertisements, brochures, flyers, web sites, social media banners, direct email messages, etc.). Capture commercial photos that tell the story of 4-H in your Nebraska community; photos should show the Nebraska 4-H Program in action. Photos may be used to promote the UNL Extension 4-H Youth Development Program. SF86.98(3)(6)
4-H Club Year End Reporting
Nebraska 4-H policy requires all 4-H clubs to submit an End of the Year Financial Report to account for the dollars received and expended in the name of 4-H.
Most 4-H clubs raise money to support club activities through the collection of dues or by holding specific fundraisers. Because 4-H is an educational organization authorized through the USDA, several procedures must be followed when working with a club treasury. The key point to remember is the ability to show and prove proper accountability of how club funds have been received and expended. 4-H money is public money and we are responsible for its appropriate use. Year End Club Reports – Due February 15
Year end reports letter (pdf)
The Nebraska 4-H Career Portfolio is the annual record-keeping system used by Nebraska 4-H youth; it is a composite of all 4-H and non 4-H projects/activities throughout the individual's 4-H career.
The 4-H Career Portfolio includes a:
- pre-printed tab dividers
- application and curriculum Forms
- 4-H career portfolio
- 4-H curriculum story
- supporting material (4 photo pages, 2 non-photo pages)
You can take a look at the instructions and print the pages from the State 4-H Website, or pick up copies at the Extension Office.
Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program
Encourages Youth to Engage in a Variety of Projects and Activities
The Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring and contributing citizens. The program consists of six levels that require a 4-H member to plan and report a broad range of age-appropriate accomplishments. The program is designed to enable every 4-H member willing to exert the effort an opportunity to be recognized, regardless of how they are involved in 4-H. Participation in this program is optional.
Anyone with Adobe Reader can fill-in, save and print the pdf files. Check out Nebraska 4-H Diamond Clover Program for more information, or contact the UNL Extension Office at 308-632-1480.
Program Benefits (pdf)
Accomplishments from Which to Choose:
Level 1 - Amethyst Plan & Report
Level 2 - Aquamarine Plan & Report
Level 3 - Ruby Plan & Report
Level 4 - Sapphire Plan & Report
Level 5 - Emerald Plan & Report
Level 6 - Diamond Part 1
Level 6 - Diamond Part 2
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Scotts Bluff County Archived Newsletters:
January 2014 (6 pgs)
2014 Year End
December 2014 (7pgs)
September 2014 (6pgs)
July Pre-Fair Newsletter 2014 (4pgs)
July 2014 (7pgs)
June 2014 (9pgs)
May 2014 (7pgs)
April 2014 (9pgs)
March 2014 (7pgs)