Ben is Back!

I am excited to announce that Ben Shelbourn will again be serving Cherry County 4-H as an intern this summer! Ben is back for the summer from is studies at Chadron State College. Ben will be hosting many of the 4-H events, clinics and contests held over the summer. In addition, he will be assisting with the Valentine Community Garden. During his non-work hours, he helps on the family ranch and coaches basketball. You can reach Ben at the Cherry County Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or by emailing

 4-H Recruitment Event

The Cherry County 4-H Council is sponsoring a 4-H Recruitment Event on May 20th in the 4-H Building at the Cherry County Fairgrounds from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, CT. Current 4-Hers are asked to invite friends and families to this free event. Youth will have a fun-filled evening experiencing the opportunities 4-H has to offer including Healthy Lifestyles, Safety, Horse, Rocketry and Archery. Snacks and a light meal will be served as part of the activities.

Leaders, volunteers and parents will be able to experience 4-H 101, while the youth enjoy their activities. Cathy Johnston, Youth Educator from the Nebraska State 4-H Office, will be on hand to give tips on club management, 4-H resources, safety policies, opportunities for youth and the benefits of being a leader.

 Community Service

Pine View is looking for help from 4-H Clubs with planting and landscaping around the nursing home. If you or your club would be interested in this community service project, contact Tammy Dillon at Pine View at (402) 376-1260.

 Special Garden Project

Youth interested in horticulture and gardening will have a unique opportunity to take part in the 2014 Special Garden Project. This project allows 4-H gardeners to grow something fun, new, and different! All you need to do is call the Extension Office to receive a packet of Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth seeds (one packet per family). We will have 20 packets available on a first come basis. Call the Extension Office at (402) 376-1850 or email right away to reserve your packet. When you get your seeds you will also receive a newsletter about planting and growing Love-Lies-Bleeding Amaranth, problem insects, cutting, storing and exhibiting. There will also be a special class just for these at the County and State Fair.

Shooting Sports

Mark your calendars for the .22 sessions on May 19, June 2 and June 9 and June 16, all starting at 6:00 PM. If you have questions about the program or needed equipment, you may contact Tom Lancaster at or (402) 376-6185.

Trap practices will start in June. Gerry and Jackie Lurz will be hosting practices on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 21. We hope to have a schedule soon for a session or two in Cody. Jackie can be reached at

 4-H Shooting Sports Certification Offered in May

A 4-H Shooting Sports Leader training has been set for May 16-18 near Central City.  This is only available to 4-H leaders/jr. leaders who hold a previous shooting sports certification.  The disciplines offered are Hunting & Wildlife on Friday and Saturday.  Blackpowder & Muzzleloading will be offered on Saturday and Sunday.  The cost for each discipline is $90.  To learn more, visit the 4-H Shooting Sports website at

 Tractor Safety Training

Valentine will be one of the seven sites across the state for the 2014 Tractor Safety Trainings. Any youth 14 or 15 years of age who works on a farm or ranch other than his/her parents’ is required to be certified through a tractor safety course. Extension Educators and field specialists will teach the 2-day courses. The training in Valentine will be June 5 and 6 at the Cherry County Fairgrounds. Cost for the course is $60, which includes all course materials, lunch both days and breaks. Registration is required by May 29th. For details or to register, contact the UNL Extension office at (402) 376-1850.

 Nebraska Youth Range Camp

The 51st annual Nebraska Youth Range Camp will be held June 9-13, 2014, at the Nebraska State 4-H Camp in Halsey

The Nebraska Youth Range Camp consists of a four-and-a-half day dynamic curriculum that appeals to students (ages 14-18) with a wide array of interests including, but not limited to, rangeland management, conservation, ecology, animal science, and wildlife.  With nearly 50 years to perfect and evolve this curriculum, every student, no matter what prior experience they have, will learn substantial information that will help them become more aware of Nebraska’s most prevalent land use; rangelands.

The students that attend this camp will be actively involved with field activities, lectures, hands-on experience, and recreational leadership and team-building activities that are all led by up to 20 of Nebraska’s most respected and dedicated leaders, teachers, and professionals from various agencies, colleges, and universities.  Each student will be sent home with a binder that is filled with educational materials.

Applications are due May 26. For more information or a brochure contact the Extension Office.

Horse, Livestock and Small Animal Shows

The Extension Office has information about upcoming horse, livestock, poultry and small animal shows and clinics across the state. If you would like to receive this information, contact Jody.