4-H Enrollment Deadline is Friday, February 1st for Returning Members!!!

4-H Enrollment Deadline is Feb. 1 for Returning Members!!!

Don’t forget, all returning 4-H members must complete the online enrollment process by February 1.  Enrollments are not approved until our office receives $5 per youth for the enrollment fee.  Instructions and links for enrollment are on the Cherry County 4-H website.  Youth may drop/add projects until June 15 and NEW 4-H members are not required to enroll until June 15.

Pick-A-Project and Goal Setting Appointments available

Pick-A-Project and Goal Setting Appointments

If you are NEW or fairly new to 4-H, Michelle encourages you to stop in and visit with her about organizing a successful 4-H year.  Contact her at 402-376-1850 or mgarwood3@unl.edu.  Returning 4-H members can also benefit from coaching on setting goals and timelines for their projects – feel free to set up an appointment any time!  Evening appointments are available for rural youth.

Luck of the Draw Pre-Event Ticket Sales Due February 4th!!!

Luck of the Draw Pre-Event Ticket Sales Due February 4

Once again, 4-H youth will be challenged to sell Luck of the Draw tickets prior to the event on February 9.  Luck of the Draw is Cherry County 4-H’s only fundraiser for the year.  This is a way to generate excitement for the event and increase youth participation.  This year the 4-H Council is awarding the top salesperson with a $200 grant that can be used for 4-H camp OR a 4-H project.  Stop in to the 4-H Office to pick up a sales packet and instructions.  All money and extra tickets MUST be turned in NO LATER than 4:30 pm on February 4 to the Extension Office.    

Luck of the Draw is February 9 at Security First Bank! Help Needed!

Luck of the Draw is February 9 at Security First Bank! Help Needed!
All 4-H families are invited and encouraged to help with Luck of the Draw set-up the evening of Friday, February 8. Please report to the Extension Office at 6:00 p.m. We will transport all the donations down to Security First Bank so many hands and vehicles are needed to make quick work! Help will also be needed to set up all the red ticket boxes that evening.

Luck of the Draw begins at 10:00 am on February 9. Adult and teen leaders are needed throughout the day to help keep the event moving smoothly. Ticket sales end at 4:00 pm and the drawing begins at 4:30 pm. The results of the drawing will be announced at the Vet’s Club. If you are interested in helping, please contact LOD Chair, Tiffany Swanson, at 308-430-1643. Please be sure to share the LOD Facebook Event with your friends! (As always, a list of donated items will be available to review in the Midland News prior to the event.)

Local Cherry County 4-Her, Kate Cox to Model at Omaha Fashion Week!!!

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Kate Cox to Model at Omaha Fashion Week
Omaha Fashion Week features youth designs, including 4-Hers, the evening of February 26, 2019. Cherry County 4-H is proud to announce that Kate Cox has been selected to model her 2018 State Fair outfit for this special event! Congratulations Kate! Several Cherry County youth and FCS committee members will be attending and will go on other Family & Consumer Sciences related tours as part of the trip.

CEA Contest is March 1, Entry Forms Due February 20th!!!! NEW Cowboy Poetry Category!!!

CEA Contest is March 1, Entry Forms DUE February 20.  NEW Cowboy Poetry Category!

Do you sing, dance, act, play an instrument, design computer presentations or like to speak?  Or do you need to sharpen your public speaking skills?  Then the Communications and Expressive Arts Contest is for YOU!  Guidelines and entry forms are available NOW on the Cherry County 4-H website under “Project Resources”.  The contest will be held March 1 starting at 5:00 pm at Valentine High School.  Entry forms are DUE February 20 by 4:30 pm.  Completed PSAs must also be submitted on this day as they are judged prior to the event.  NEW this year, in partnership with the Old West Days Committee, is a cowboy poetry division (county-level only).  Youth in this category will also have an opportunity to perform at Old West Days in October.  Want some guidance or coaching?  Contact Michelle and she will coordinate with the CEA committee to help!  Clover Kids are welcome to participate in any category too. heart and horse poetry


4-H Foundation Meeting and Grant Application

4-H Foundation Meeting and Grant Application Time

The Cherry County 4-H Foundation meeting is scheduled for March 26 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office.  If your creative juices are flowing and you have a project in mind to “make the best better” in 2019, consider applying for a Cherry County 4-H Foundation Grant!  The form is currently available at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/cherry/2019%20application.pdf.  The Foundation typically meets and awards grants annually in March, but additional meetings can be called if inspiration strikes!  Examples of recent projects supported by this grant:

  • 3D Archery Targets & Bows
  • Trap thrower and accessories
  • Family & Consumer Sciences Learning Tour (Lincoln/Omaha area)
  • Horse Clinic

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 training, program development and acquisition of equipment to benefit 4-H and youth.  The applications will be due March 22 by 4:30 pm.

New Hippology Academy Online Short Course

New Hippology Academy Online Short Course for Youth, Adults, Leaders, Extension Personnel

Equine professors working with ExtensionHorses.org are offering a new Hippology Academy, Feb. 11 to March 24, 2019. This short online course is designed for youth, adults, leaders, and extension personnel to gain knowledge and practice on horse hippology content.

Content includes practice tests, slides, and digital stations in six areas in addition to twice weekly lectures. Participants registering for the silver level will have the option to interact with equine professors from across the United States during the lectures. The silver level costs $100 per person and provides the opportunity to ask questions, talk to the professor of the week via asynchronous chat, and includes all materials from the bronze level.

The bronze level includes core features like access to 12 lectures from university professors on anatomy, health, diseases, parasitology, toxic plants, nutrition and more. It costs $50 per person. New lessons will be available starting each Monday for each of the six weeks.

“Youth and leaders are always asking and looking for more ways to get ready for hippology and other contests,” said Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension horse specialist.

“We are super excited to offer this course as it will be jam-packed with all kinds of things to help prepare and be competitive plus simply know so much about horses.”

Registration opens January 15 at www.extensionhorses.org and closes when enrollment reaches 100 participants or February 10, whichever comes first.

For more information, please contact: Kathy Anderson, University of Nebraska Extension horse specialist, at kanderson1@unl.edu; Betsy Greene, University of Arizona Extension horse specialist, at betsygreene@email.arizona.edu; or Colleen Brady, Purdue University Extension horse specialist, at bradyc@purdue.edu.

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference

Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference Scholarships Available to 4-H & FFA Youth

The annual Nebraska Women in Agriculture conference will be held Feb. 21 – 22, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 110 S. 2nd Ave., Kearney, Neb.

The Women in Agriculture Conference allows women to build relationships with each other, attend workshops and gain valuable knowledge that will help them support their farms and ranches. The theme for this year’s conference is, “Take Charge of Change.”

Over 30 concurrent workshops will be hosted over the two-day event that focus on production risk, market risk, financial risk, human risk and legal risk.  In addition to workshops, participants will have the opportunity to hear from Marji Guyler-Alaniz, founder of FarmHer. Marji will discuss the inspiration for and evolution of FarmHer and image of women in agriculture. Other general session speakers include Tim Hammerich of Ag Grad, Joan Ruskamp the Chair of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Board, Jim Robb of the Livestock Marketing Information Center, and Giannella Alvarez of Beanitos.

Five $125 scholarships (full registration fee) available to University of Nebraska Lincoln College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) students.

Ten $62.50 scholarships (half registration fee) are available to Nebraska FFA, 4-H or Community College students. Students receiving a ½ scholarship are expected to pay the remainder of the registration cost during the registration period, or find a local sponsor.

Applicants will need to prepare a 3,000 character essay on “Why do you want to attend the Nebraska Women in Agriculture Conference?” and “How will you use the information in your future studies/career?”

TO APPLY CLICK HERE: https://wia.unl.edu/scholarships

Hotel rooms and additional travel expenses are not covered by student scholarships. The application is now open. Applications must be submitted online by midnight February 1, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified no later than February 8, 2019.