Final Notice to Complete 4-H Enrollment

Spring is here and it is time to start planning for summer activities.  4-H is a great opportunity to grow and develop lifelong skills.  According to our records, there are still some who have enrolled in 4-H but not paid the enrollment fee.

If you still plan to participate in 4-H events this year you will need to pay your enrollment fee.

The enrollment fee is $15 per child.

Please drop your enrollment fee by the Extension Office or mail your payment to:

Nebraska Extension-In Cherry County
365 North Main St Suite #3
Valentine, NE 69201

*Please make checks payable to “Cherry County 4-H Foundation”

If we do not receive your payment by June 1st we will assume you do not plan to continue your participation in Cherry County 4-H and we will remove your name from our mailing and Nebraska 4-H enrollment lists.

If you are unsure if you are paid in full or if you need help or have other questions, please contact the Extension Office at 402-376-1850.

Thank you for your prompt attention.

Eve Millar- 4-H Coordinator


Cook It or Carry It Sewing Workshop

Cook It or Carry It – Are you ready to learn the basics of sewing? Join Sue Pearman, CSA 4-H Educator, for one or two sewing sessions on Tuesday, June 5th. Location is the 4-H Building.

Cook It – Beginning at 9:30 CT – 4-H’ers will make an apron pattern using instructions in the Nebraska 4-H sewing curriculum, Maker’s Guide. Please bring 1 yard of cotton fabric, and matching thread, sewing tools, and a sewing machine if you have one. Sue will supply the freezer paper for the pattern.

Carry It – At 1:00 we will start on backpacks. For these you will need 1 yard of 45” or ¾ yard 60” wide Home Decorating, Canvas, Denim, or Twill fabric, ½ yard contracting fabric for the flap, and thread. Sue will provide webbing, D rings, and cording for $5.00 or you may purchase 4 D rings, 1 ½ yard webbing and 2 ¼ yards of cording on your own.

Both projects may be entered and modeled in the Cherry County Style Revue in the STEAM Clothing 1 – FUNdamentals project. You must be a regular 4-H member. (Not for Clover Kids). If you need a sewing machine please let the Cherry County Extension Office know, as Sue has five sewing machines she can bring and will have extra sewing tools along, also. Also bring along a parent, grandparent or friend if one is available to provide assistance, especially when using the machines. Please register by calling 402-376-1850 no later than June 1.

Feeding for Optimal Production and Performance in Beef Cattle and Working Horses

Program: Feeding for Optimal Production and Performance in Beef Cattle and Working Horses

 The University of Nebraska –Lincoln Extension will host Feeding for Optimal Production and Performance in Beef Cattle and Working Horse workshop May 31, at The Peppermill Restaurant, Valentine, NE at 6 PM CT.

4-H and FFA members, beef producers, and horse owners of all types should check out this new workshop series. Speakers will be Karla Jenkins, Cow/Calf Specialist for the University of Nebraska at the Panhandle Research and Extension Center in Scottsbluff and Kathy Anderson, UNL Extension Horse Specialist, Lincoln, NE.

Topics include:

  • Evaluating Feed Costs in the Cowherd – Providing the Right Feed at the Right Stage of Production is Critical for Optimal Performance – Cows vs. Heifers, Gestation vs. Lactation
  • Moving Cattle from Forages to Grain – How to feed a beef project to be market ready by fair
  • 4-H and FFA students – come learn how the ruminant animal is adapted to a grain diet and why
  • Is your project horse eating what it needs?
  • Maximizing your working horses with sound feeding and management – We will address best practices for the everyday working horse plus hauling down the road for all types of competition.

The cost per person is $10, which includes dinner. Please RSVP to Cherry County Extension office by May 29 at 402-376-1850.

4th Annual Cooking with Liz


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Foods and nutrition workshops will be held on June 4 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds and June 13 at the Nenzel Community Hall. 4-H Leader, Liz Ravenscroft, will be leading lessons covering the new foods curriculum, 4-H Cooking 101, 201, 301, 401 and food preservation.

June 4 – for 4-Hers 7 and up. This is for participants enrolled in 4-H Cooking 101, 201 and 301. The day will begin at 8:30 for 4-Hers in the 201 and 301 levels. Beginning 4-Hers in level 101 should arrive at 10:00.

4-Hers will learn the basics of measuring, menu planning, My Plate and food safety. 4-Hers will be introduced to, and learn about, the Special Foods contest that will be held July 2. Everyone will take part in preparing and get to enjoy a tasty meal. The workshop will conclude by 1:00 to allow everyone to participate in the Campfire Cooking workshop that is being held in the Valentine City Park at 2:00 (see earlier Alert).

Register by May 31 by calling the Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Cost of the workshop is $10 payable to the Cherry County 4-H Council.

June 13 – for older 4-Hers. This is for 4-Hers enrolled in 4-H Cooking 301, 401 and Food Preservation. In addition to reinforcing the basics, participants will be learning new skills. This workshop will focus on pastry and food preservation. 4-Hers will be introduced, to and learn about, the Special Foods contest that will be held July 2.

Participants will need to bring a sack lunch. They will get to enjoy the tasty treats they make. However it will not be a meal.

Register by June 6 by calling the Extension Office at 402-376-1850. Cost of the workshop is $10 payable to the Cherry County 4-H Council.

Campfire Cooking


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A Campfire Cooking class will be held on June 4 at the Valentine City Park near the covered picnic area from 2 – 5 PM, CT. Pat Jones, BKR Extension Educator, will be leading the class.

All youth ages 5-18 are welcome (do not need to be 4-H members) to attend. Children under 10 need to bring an adult to assist.

The cost is $10 per person eating. Register by calling the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 no later than May 31. A minimum of 8 participants is needed to hold the class.

Campfire Cooking will fulfill 4H Projects Healthy Living Cooking 101, 201, 301 and 401.

Cooking 101: cutting vegetables.

Cooking 201: electric grill cooking vs. charcoal vs. wood burning.  Thawing meat, cutting vegetables, using thermometers, using different knives, roasting vegetables.

Cooking 301: marinades grill meat, vegetables & and fruit.  Practice outdoor cooking fire safety.

Cooking 401: prepare meats using dry or moist heat (camp cooking and meal program science), calibrate a thermometer. Prepare a tough cut of meat so it is tender-moist heat.


Nebraska Extension in the Panhandle is launching a special, area-wide 4-H group in the Panhandle and north-central Nebraska to help members in grades 7 and 8 develop leadership skills while meeting other 4-Hers throughout the region.

The group is known as Leadership Opportunities for Growth in Nebraska 4-H (LOG N 4-H). A kick-off event is being planned for May 30-31 at the state 4-H camp at Halsey, where members will develop a service leaning project and create a leadership skill plan. They also will participate in a variety of fun traditional camp activities designed to build leadership skills and group trust.

The cost to attend is $100 and applications are due by May 1. To apply, contact the Cherry County Extension office at (402) 376-1850 or email Applications are either essay or video format. Scholarships are available for Cherry County applicants, through the Cherry County 4-H Foundation.

LOG N Application-Essay 2018

Livestock Judging Camp


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Livestock judging is a great way to install scientific principles and STEM learning using animals as the vehicle, and most importantly, is an event built around strengthening skills like communication, problem solving, and confidence.

The Winners Unlimited Judging Camps are being held for 4-H and FFA members, 12 and older, on June 5-7 and June 11-13 at UNL’s East Campus. The cost is $250 and covers participants’ lodging, meals, and all materials associated with the camp. There will be an experienced and novice division as a part of camp, so the experience will be tailored to the participants knowledge base.

Winners Unlimited Judging Camps 2018

Registration must be postmarked by May 18.





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

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.