Youth Loans



The Farm Service Agency makes youth loans of up to $5000 to eligible youth between the ages of 10 to 20 to finance income-producing, ag related projects. The projects must be educational and developed and carried out by youth participating in 4-H or FFA.

For more details visit or contact the Valentine Farm Service Agency at 402-376-1712.


Hog Weight Requirements


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There will be a favorable change in the Cherry County Fair 4-H Market Hog weight requirements for 2018.

Market Hogs should weigh 230 to 320 pounds for the market classes. Hogs weighing less than 230 pounds must show in the progress hog class and will not be eligible for the Livestock Sale. Hogs weighting over 320 pounds will be eligible to show but will not be eligible for the Livestock Sale.


Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop Offered in Scottsbluff


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A Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Leader Certification Workshop is scheduled for April 21-22 at the Panhandle Research & Extension Center in Scottsbluff. The early bird registration deadline is April 11th.

Volunteers have the opportunity to become certified as an adult (21 years and older) or apprentice (14-20 years old) leader. Seven project areas will be offered at the workshop – rifle, pistol, muzzleloading, archery, shotgun, hunting skills, and a new discipline, coordinator. The new certification being offered in Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports, Coordinator, is for individuals who work with certified shooting sports leaders, 4-H club leaders for shooting sports projects,

4-H volunteers managing shooting sports events/competitions.

Coordinators will explore and learn more about the different disciplines in 4-H Shooting Sports, how to support the different types of coaches, structuring a budget, designing a fund-raising plan, build an overall plan focused on positive youth development, practice handling conflict, discover how to manage and recruit volunteers, best practices for managing events and competitions, teaching more than just shooting with science and healthy lifestyles, and work within your county’s 4-H structure.

There is a minimum number of participants needed to offer these disciplines at the 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 and those individuals adding an additional discipline except for Coordinator. The special early bird registration fee for Coordinator is $80 for this workshop. This fee includes meals, supplies and program materials. The registration fee after April 11 is $150. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. Registration on Saturday runs from 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarships available for Cherry County leaders. Contact the Extension Office if you are interested.

For more workshop information and registration link, go to the 4-H Shooting Sports web page.  Or contact your local Nebraska Extension Office or Steve Pritchard at (402)395-2158 or (308)536-2691. Registration is available only online at the link provided in the attached brochure or register directly by clicking HERE.


Cherry County 4-H Club & Project Grants


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Cherry County 4-H Youth Project Grant

4-H club members or independent members in good standing with their club or the 4-H Council may apply for funding to assist in a 4-H project from the Cherry County 4-H Council.  This grant is provided as 4-H project assistance to Cherry County 4-Hers, ages 8 to 18. Applications are due May 1, 2018. The 4-H Council has $500 in funding available to assist 4-H members.

To fill out and submit an application go to


Cherry County 4-H Club Grant Application

The Cherry County 4-H Council seeks to promote and support positive youth development experiences for youth in Cherry County. Organized 4-H Clubs in good standing may apply for up to $100 to assist with club projects and club expenses that carry out the 4-H mission. Application deadline is May 1, 2018. Grant requirements include:

  1. Have a club exhibit at the Cherry County Fair and/or participate in the Cherry County Fair Parade.
  2. Club Officer(s) will give a short presentation about the club at the Fall Festival (traditionally held the third Sunday afternoon in October).

Go to fill out and submit an application.

Volunteer Screening



Thank you for being a volunteer for Cherry County 4-H.

2018 is the year for all Cherry County volunteers, Council members, Foundation members and committee members to complete the Volunteer Screening Form. This screening takes place every four years. This means filling out and submitting the form even if you just filled it out last year. All new volunteers must be screened regardless.

I want to remind you to make sure the form is filled out completely:

  • Use the new form with the bar code on the top and bottom of the form.  You can find the form at .
  • Every form must have a signature from an employee in the extension office or be notarized.
  • In addition, quickly scan the form to make sure all boxes have been filled in.  Use N/A or None if a box is being left blank.
  • If the volunteer is under the age of 19, Section C must be completed by a legal guardian.
  • Each form must have a social security number.

All forms are returned to the volunteer that are not completely or correctly filled out. So please give the form a quick look over to make sure it is complete.

Please complete the form by March 15. When you stop at the Extension Office for a signature we can mail the form for you or you may do so on your own.

Again, thanks for taking the time to ensure the safety of our youth as well as the volunteers of Cherry County and to provide liability insurance to you as a volunteer.


Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant


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If you or your club has an idea for a program or project that would improve the 4-H experience for Cherry County members, apply for a Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant. The Cherry County 4-H Foundation offers funding to clubs, independent members or groups that would like to develop and carry out a program that would enhance 4-H programming in Cherry County.

Examples of past projects that have been funded include: Landscape project at the Cherry County Fairgrounds, CWF sponsors, horse clinics, die cut machine, fans for livestock barn at County Fair, B.B. guns, archery equipment, dog agility equipment and trap equipment.

If you would like an application, email or call the Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Applications can be found on our website under “4-H Project Resources” at Grant applications are due by 5:00 P.M. on March 9, 2018.

The purpose of the 4-H Foundation is to act as an integral support system of 4-H programs and youth in Cherry County.  The goal of the foundation is to develop leadership and to stimulate interest in lifelong learning, while encouraging the betterment of Cherry County and its communities.  Funds generated by the Cherry County 4-H Foundation are to be used for adult and youth trainings, program development and acquisition of equipment to benefit 4-H and youth.

2018 Nebraska 4-H Month – Share Your Story! 


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What does being a Nebraska 4-H member look like? We want to know!

February is Nebraska 4-H Month, and we want to hear your 4-H story! Maybe it’s showing a rabbit. Interview judging. Or zooming down the zipline. Share a short video or photo that shows your 4-H experience. Videos or photos may be shared through social media using the #NE4H and #TrueLeaders hashtags. Or, if your story involves a community service project, submit your project on the 4-H Community Service Project Map at and the project will be shared through the Nebraska 4-H social media channels!

We look forward to seeing your 4-H story this February during Nebraska 4-H Month!

2018 Cherry County 4-H Communication & Expressive Arts Contest


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The 2018 Communication & Expressive Arts Contest will be held on Friday, March 2 at 5:00 PM CT, in the auditorium of the Valentine High School. The important life skill of being able to speak before a group or to perform before a crowd can be strengthened by taking part in the 4-H CEA Contest.

Divisions include speech, public service announcements, presentations, music and talent. This year’s PSA theme is “4-H Grows True Leaders.” Age divisions include Clover Kid, Junior, Intermediate and Senior. Guidelines, details and entry forms can be found at under “Cherry County 4-H Events Information.” Deadline for registration is February 21. If you prefer a hard copy of these documents, stop by the Extension Office to pick them up or call us at 402-376-1850.

Luck of the Draw


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The Cherry County 4-H Council will be hosting the annual 4-H “Luck of the Draw” fundraiser during the Heart City Bull Bash on February 10. Local 4-H youth and leaders will connect with the community to raise funds for the Cherry County 4-H program.  This is the only annual fundraiser for Cherry County 4-H. Money raised supports 4-H programming, trophies, awards, scholarships, grants, exhibitor t-shirts and project resources.

Tickets may be purchased during the Luck of the Draw event on Saturday, February 10th from 10:00 am to 4 pm at the Veteran’s Club on Main Street. Please make note of the new location!

Tickets may be pre-purchased beginning January 22 through February 5 from Tiffany Swanson at Security First Bank in Valentine or Michelle McNare at Erin Heath’s CPA office in Cody. 4-H members that have volunteered to sell tickets will also have them available.

Ticket prices are 10 tickets for $10.00 or 30 tickets for $25.00. Choose from the many items you would like to take home and place your tickets in that item’s draw pot for a chance at winning. Ticket sales close at 4 pm and winners will be announced beginning at 4:30 pm at the Veteran’s Club.