Premium Checks & Livestock Sale Checks

If you participated in Cherry County Fair events, your premium check from the Cherry County Ag Society was mailed on October 8th. Watch your mail. The only exceptions are Clover Kids as they participate in non-competitive events. Thank you’s for your checks may be mailed to the Cherry County Ag Society at PO Box 365, Valentine NE 69201. Checks from the Livestock Sale were also mailed on the 8th.

Included with that mailing was a poem supplied by Greg Arendt. Greg came by this poem from his daughter and past Cherry County 4-Her, Alena. Alena was given this poem from a co-worker in Iowa and passed it on because, “…it nails what the 4-H experience does.” Alena also remarked, “It reminds me of a lovely childhood.” Next time you see Mr. Arendt, you might let him know that you received and appreciate his efforts.

4-H Shooting Sports

Shooting Sports leader and NRA instructor, John Wilson, will be offering classes and instruction in Air Pistol to interested 4-Hers (ages 8 and up). John will have an informational meeting with youth and their parents. This meeting will help determine if Air Pistol is for your 4-Her, equipment needed, cost involved and to determine the best instruction times for the youth involved in this program. Please respond to Jody Dexter at (402) 376-1850 or email by October 14 if your child(ren) are interested in Air Pistol and which evening during the week of October 21 works best for your family for an informational meeting with John.  

 October 4-H Club of the Month

Applications are being accepted for the October 4-H Club of the Month until Friday, October 18th. Winners will receive a $50 check from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and will be recognized state wide! Applications can be found at

Congratulations to the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club from Madison County for being selected as your September 2013 Nebraska 4-H Club of the Month! The Lucky Clovers 4-H Club recently participated in a community activity called Blessings in a Backpack. They unanimously voted on this project, which helps local children in the community who don’t receive enough food. Sometimes, their only meal is the food they get for lunch at school. Some of the foods they packed were fruit cups, juice boxes, popcorn, instant oatmeal, and more. They packed them into plastic sacks and tied a knot in the sack once they finished putting gone of each item into the bag. When the club finished, they packed 200 sacks in just under an hour. The members of the club felt good about helping other kids in need in their own town. The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors are proud to call the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club of the Month for September 2013. 

Watch this 4-H Documentary, “Why CWF Changed Me…”

How do programs like Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) affect 4-H’ers? We asked delegates to answer this question…

Earlier this summer, we followed around delegations from Nebraska, North Dakota, Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and Tennessee to see how 4-H’ers, coordinators and U.S. Senators could help tell the story of CWF. Watch the video at and see how youth are impacted by their experience at CWF.

Can you spot the Cherry County 4-Hers? CWF is open to all area youth who will have completed 9th grade by June of 2016. Contact the Extension Office for more information or to participate.


Sewing Classes

The after school sewing club got off to a great start in September and will meet approximately once a month.  This is for all skill levels and parents are welcome to learn right along too!  The next two meetings are scheduled for Thursday, October 24 and Thursday, November 14.  Meetings are held in the basement of the Quilting Cupboard in Valentine and run from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.  Participants are encouraged to come a little earlier (if possible) to set up their machines and equipment so the lesson can begin promptly at 4:00.  Arrangements can be made to drop off sewing machines earlier in the day if needed.  For more information, contact Jody Wilson at or Michelle Garwood at 402-389-1655,

 Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium  

The annual Nebraska Youth Beef Leadership Symposium will be held at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Animal Science Complex on November 22-24.  The symposium is designed to introduce youth to career opportunities and current issues in the beef industry, as well as offer education and practice in the use of leadership skills.

November 22-23, 2013  Freshman/Sophomores

November 23-24, 2013  Juniors/Seniors

 The first will be geared toward freshman and sophomore students, held on Friday and Saturday. They will:

  • get more of an introduction to the beef industry
  • interaction with faculty about the current research, meat science, beef quality assurance, and marketing
  • introduction to careers.
  • will have the ability to put their team and leadership skills to work by completing a project
  • will have the opportunity to do an infomercial about beef and the benefits of beef in the diet.

Sunday and Monday’s sessions will be geared toward junior and senior high school students. This will follow the traditional route of NYBLS – more in-depth information about the beef industry, meat science, marketing and the opportunity to work with a professional chef. Teams will take in presentations, but will also have the opportunity to work with the chef to create a new beef dish utilizing some of the beef value cuts. The culmination will be presentations in a “booth” atmosphere where UNL students and faculty can also interact with the groups about their projects.Six $500 CASNR Scholarships will be awarded to junior/senior participants! Room and all meals are provided!  To hold your spot in the Nebraska Beef Youth Leadership Symposium, complete the registration form at and send  along with a check for the $30 registration fee by October  21st.  The registration fee, after October 21st and no later than October 30th, is $50.

Career Portfolios  

The Nebraska 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 an individual’s 4-H career.  The Career Portfolio is required for Cherry Co. youth to be eligible for many county and state awards.  Nebraska will select youth to represent the state at the National 4-H Youth Congress based on achievements outlined in the Career Portfolio.  Information is available at the Extension Office about forms, requirements, awards, etc.  If you need help in completing your Career Portfolio, call Jody at the Extension Office.  Appointments can be made to assist your club or small group with your Career Portfolio.  The portfolios are due to the Extension Office by November 1.Go to to find instructions and a downloadable copy. A great video resource in helping complete the Career Portfolio can be found at

Martha & Don Romeo Scholarship

The Nebraska Association of Fair Managers will award a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H male and a $500 scholarship to one qualifying 4-H female who are graduating seniors in the State of Nebraska and who plan to continue with post high school education.  The scholarship will be awarded at the annual NAFM convention in January. One male and/or female finalist will be selected by each 4-H award committee in the Local Extension Office. Applications are due in the applicant’s local County Extension Office by December 1, 2013. Contact the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email Jody at for an application.

 Denver Catch-a-Calf Contest

4-H members have the opportunity to catch a calf each January during the National Western Stock Show held in Denver. Successful catchers will receive their calf in May 2014 to begin feeding the calf to market finish. Youth must show and sell their calf at the 2015 National Western Stock Show.  The calves used for this contest are bought with money donated by business sponsors. 4-H members from Western Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, and Kansas are eligible to submit applications.  Applications are due to Erin Van Peer (Adams County Extension 4-H; 9755 Henderson; Brighton, CO 80601) postmarked no later than December 1, 2013.  Information about the Catch-A-Calf Contest can be found on the National Western Stock Show website at: