Jody’s farewell

Cherry County 4-H Families,

The past combined 16 years as Cherry County 4-H Assistant have been filled with amazing opportunities and the privilege to work with outstanding youth, leaders, volunteers and community members.

The time has come for me to start a new stage in my life. May 2nd will be my last day as Cherry County  4-H Assistant. Although I am leaving Extension, I am taking the knowledge I gained, and the relationships built, with me to help me be a better person, citizen and volunteer. As we have worked together, so many of you have become great friends, who I will miss getting to see and work with.  Thank you to each of you that have challenged and supported me.

I am not sure when the 4-H Assistant position will be advertised, but if you know of anyone who might be interested please have them contact Jay at the Extension Office. In the interim, Eve Millar will be serving as our county’s 4-H coordinator on a part-time basis this summer. Beginning in mid-May, she will keep families apprised of 4-H events, deadlines and activities. She will be coordinating events as well. With Eve at the helm things will run smoothly!

I am excited for the next chapter in my life and excited for the next chapter of Cherry County 4-H. Change is a good thing and change means the local 4-H program will grow and progress. I ask that you make Eve and the next 4-H Assistant feel welcome and give them as much support as you have given me.


Best Wishes,

Jody Dexter


2018 Shooting Sports Schedule


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Click the below link to find the 2018 Shooting Sports schedule for the spring and summer. This includes the practices and competitions for B.B. Gun, Air Rifle, Archery, .22 and Shotgun.

Shooting Sports schedule 2018 April 18

Cherry County 4-H Horse Packet


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The complete 4-H Horse Packet is available on our website at under Cherry County 4-H Horse Project Information. Be sure to read it thoroughly as District Horse Show deadlines are fast approaching.

Clinics, ride meets and Advancement Levels testing information will be sent out at a later time when they are scheduled.

2018 Design Camp


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Come join the fun for the 2018 Design Camp at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey on June 14 and 15.  This camp is for youth enrolled in “STEAM Clothing 2 – Simply Sewing” or “STEAM Clothing 3 – A Stitch Further” and are 10 years of age or older.

Youth will create their own original design on a yard of fabric, then specifically design fabric for a garment. They will also design a t-shirt learning about Sun Printing and develop their very own Design Portfolio while learning the science behind sewing. By the completion of the two day camp, youth will have learned new skills, designed and made a garment, designed a t-shirt, created a Design Portfolio to enter in Beyond the Needle, and a Clothing Portfolio.

The Cherry County 4-H Council has scholarship funds available for those wishing to attend. Contact the Cherry County Extension Office for details.

Check out the 4-H Design Camp Brochure 2018.

Animal Science Experience



The 2018 Animal Science Experience will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex Commons. The event is open to any high school student interested in Animal Science as a major. During the Animal Science Experience, participants will:

  • meet current Animal Science students and other prospective students
  • tour the UNL Animal Science Complex
  • learn about clubs and extra-curricular activities at UNL
  • eat a delicious meal at the CASNR Week Lunch on the Lawn hosted at the Animal Science Complex
  • attend an actual Animal Science class
  • participate in a hands-on lab experiment with an Animal Science Professor

Check in will begin at 9:30am CT; the day will adjourn at 2pm CT.

Register at before Wednesday, April 11, 2018, as space is limited.

Questions? Contact Alli Raymond at 402-472-0204 or at

Raise Your Hand Between April 1 – May 15 to Help Nebraska 4-H Win $20,000!


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4-H gives youth the opportunity to learn by doing, grow from failure, and develop the skills they need to handle what life throws their way. We are asking you – friends and alumni of Nebraska 4-H — to Raise Your Hand to support 4-H’ers in Nebraska.

Each hand raised is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the three states with the most hands raised. Help bring the high-quality 4-H experience to even more youth right here in Nebraska.

Raise your hand to support youth in your community.

Raising your hand is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

Raise Your Hand: Go to to vote for Nebraska.

Compete for Your State: Raising your hand is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the states with the most hands raised.

Pay It Forward: Tweet, post and share your #4HGrown support and ask your network to raise their hands at

Thank you for your support and don’t forget to Raise Your Hand by May 15!

Makin’ Bacon….and a Whole lot More!


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High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (age 16 and older) who have a pork industry, meats, and/or culinary interest are encouraged to apply for the 3rd Nebraska Youth Pork Conference, “Makin’ Bacon … and a WHOLE Lot More!” hosted by the University of Nebraska Department of Animal Science. The conference will be conducted Wed., May 30 through Friday, June 1.

Youth will evaluate and fabricate pork carcasses into wholesale and retail cuts, learn about value enhancement and processed meats as they’re “makin’ bacon”, and they’ll practice basic culinary procedures on a variety of different pork products.  Youth will also learn about production technology, industry issues, and how to advocate for their industry.  Intermixed throughout, youth will participate in fun and engaging life skills activities, and they’ll interact with industry leaders.

All of this, and there is NO COST to participate!  Other than the youth’s transportation to and from Lincoln, all other costs including lodging, meals, and conference materials are covered!  It’s a really good deal, but we are limited to 32 youth.

Youth may be directed to where they can read more about the program and to apply online.  Online applications (including a reference letter) are due Friday, April 13.

2018 4-H and FFA Market Beef project information


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Please see the below information regarding information for Cherry County and State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben regarding your market beef projects.

Cherry County Only information

Exhibitors will need to tag and have an Animal Ownership Affidavit (ID sheet) turned in to the Extension Office by April 15 to be eligible to show at the Cherry County Fair. 4-H ear tags are available at the Extension Office and will cost $1.25. FFA ear tags can be obtained from your advisor. ID sheets can be found and downloaded at If your animal has a 4-H or FFA ear tag from a stocker feeder project, you do not need to retag.

Ak-Sar-Ben and State Fair information

Exhibitors that plan to show at State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben will need to have the following:

  1. Exhibitors showing market animals at State Fair or AKSARBEN must have a signed and sealed official DNA collector with hair samples for DNA verification turned into their county office by April 15. It is recommended that you make a copy or a photo image of completed envelope you turn in.
  2. Complete the online nomination ( along with submitting payment online by April 15.
  3. Any animal carrying an 840 EID tag will require the exhibitor to obtain a Premises ID. Contact the Extension Office if you don’t already have one prior to April 15.
  4. Exhibitors will be required to complete Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for the enrolled livestock projects by July 16.
  5. Exhibitors will notify the County Extension Staff of any retags that may occur up to time of check-in at either the State Fair or AKSARBEN show.
  6. Exhibitors will select which animal entries they have chosen to show at State Fair on the State Fair pre-entry website. All nominated and validated animals will be automatically listed as a choice option for pre-entry registration.
  7. 4‐H and FFA youth participants will declare which youth organization they will show their animal projects by August 10 in ShoWorks.
    1. If an animal is shown in FFA at the State Fair, it is no longer eligible for AKSARBEN. If an animal is entered in FFA, but isn’t exhibited, that animal will still be eligible to be exhibited at AKSARBEN.
  8. Exhibitors will be required to bring the breed registration association paperwork to check-in at State Fair for animals wanting to show in a breed class. The exhibitors name should be identified on the registration paper.


Luck of the Draw Thank You Drive


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Cherry County 4-H members are needed to join the Thank You drive for businesses and individuals that donated items for the recently held “Luck of the Draw.”

For the Valentine area, everyone will meet at the Extension Office on Tuesday, April 3rd after school at 3:45. From there, we will divide up and personally visit businesses to thank them for their donations. Parents are welcomed and encouraged to help. We will need at least 6 drivers. If you are willing to drive 4-Hers, or have 4-Hers willing to help, please contact Michelle Garwood at or (402) 389-1655.

For the western part of Cherry County Thank You drive, please contact Michelle McNare at 402-322-1438 for a date and time.

If you missed out on “Luck of the Draw” collection, this is a great way to participate and a chance to personally thank those that are great supporters of our 4-H program. Money that was raised during the Luck of the Draw supports Cherry County 4-H awards and trophies, clinics, scholarships, leadership development and project resources.


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.