Eve Millar – Interim 4-H Coordinator

As many of you know, Jody Dexter, the long time 4-H Coordinator with Cherry County Extension resigned the beginning of May.  I had many opportunities to work with Jody and will miss her presence in the 4-H Program in Cherry County.

In the meantime, I will be functioning in her stead, until the new 4-H Coordinator is hired.   I am working diligently to learn the many aspects of the 4-H Program and all it entails.  We have a great group of kids in Cherry County with an exceptional support system of family, friends and businesses who support their 4-H Projects.

As the summer begins to get busy with workshops, practices and clinics communication will be key in order for requirements to be met and projects to be completed.  I will be using email, WordPress and Facebook to get the word out about Upcoming Events.  In order to stay in the communication loop

If you have questions or need assistance please be sure to call the Cherry County Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email me at emillar2@unl.edu

You can always stop by our office at 365 North Main St. Suite #3 in Valentine, NE.
Our hours are M-F 8:00am to 12:00 pm and 1:00pm -5:00 pm.

I am looking forward to a great summer with Cherry County 4-H Youth.

~ Eve Millar

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USEFUL LINKS

You will find all the useful links for 4-H Projects 
on our Nebraska Extension in Cherry County site.

https://extension.unl.edu/…/educational-…/cherry-county-4-h/

Schedule of Events and 4-H Alerts: 

https://extension.unl.edu/…/cherry-county-4-h-summer-event…/

Project Resources: 

https://extension.unl.edu/…/cherry-county-4-h-project-reso…/

County Fair Resources:

https://extension.unl.edu/…/cherry-county-fair-events-reso…/

Please browse through all of these resources. You can find Livestock ID forms, and Entry Forms as well as Guidelines and Schedules.

As always if you have questions call the office 402-376-1850.

Get Signed Up TODAY

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GET SIGNED UP TODAY! We have a few workshops coming up this week and next. You won’t want to miss these great opportunities.

Beef & Horse Nutrition Workshop: May 31st. This would be a great opportunity for those in the beef and horse projects. Fee is $10 (includes meal at Peppermill) RSVP May 29th.

Cooking with Liz: June 4th 8:30 am 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. Age 7 and up. $10 RSVP by May 31st

Campfire Cooking: June 4th 2:00 pm 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. $10 RSVP by May 31st

Cook It or Carry It Sewing Workshop: June 5th 9:30 am Youth will complete an apron and backpack which can be used for the STEAM Clothing 1 project. RSVP by June 1st.

Life Challenge Workshop-Practice: June 7th 9:30 am.  The content areas that will be covered are Food and Nutrition, Human and Child Development; Home Environment; Clothing and Textiles: and Personal Finance.  RSVP by June 5th.

See the Cherry County 4-H Alert  https://cherrycounty4halerts.wordpress.com/ for more details or call the Extension office at 402-376-1850.

Attention ALL Livestock Exhibitors

Your Information is NEEDED if you plan to attend Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben.

The Livestock Industry is always changing and progressing.  Due to some changes we need to get a count of youth planning to exhibit their animals at the Nebraska State Fair or Aksarben this year.

If you plan to attend either of these events with Livestock from our County Fair please contact me with the information about the animal you would plan to show.  These animals would include Beef, Dairy, Swine, Sheep, Goats, Poultry and Rabbits.

You can call the office at 402-376-1850 or email me at emillar2@unl.edu.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you and your animals at the fair.

Eve Millar

Nebraska Extension – Cherry County
365 N Main, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-1850 * emillar2@unl.edu
http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h
https://www.facebook.com/UNLCherryCounty/

Life Challenge Workshop/Practice

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Attention All 4-H Members

Now is the time to be a part of the Nebraska 4-H Life Challenge

What: Life Challenge Workshop/Practice
When: June 7, 2018
Where: Cherry County Extension Office 365 N. Main St, Suite 3, Valentine
Time: 9:30am CT to Noon

Sue Pearman the Extension Educator from Thedford will be conducting this workshop.  The event is open to all 4-H’ers 8 years old and up

The content areas that will be covered are Food and Nutrition, Human and Child Development; Home Environment; Clothing and Textiles: and Personal Finance.

Following the individual contest, the youth will divide into teams.  Each team will be given a situation. The teams will analyze the situation, look for problems and opportunities, make a plan on how to address or solve the problems and present their answers.

This workshop prepares youth for the Life Challenge Contest held at Lincoln June 24th-26th.  Last year, one 4-H member from Cherry County attended this contest and then went on to the State Competition with a team from Hooker County. We also had some younger 4-H’ers that attended, had fun and did quite well, so we are prepping them for the future. Our goal this year is to send a team to represent Cherry County at the State Competition.

Life Challenge Event

What is it?

Life challenge is two day event designed to help youth learn about issues related to Family and Consumer Sciences, explore career opportunities, compete with other teens from across Nebraska, and have fun!

When and Where?

June 24 – 26, 2018 – University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s East Campus

Schedule –

June 24 – Drive to Lincoln; Dorm check-in at Massengale Residence Hall;
June 25 – Food & Nutrition Challenge, Design Challenge;
Award Ceremony & Picnic; Dance & Bowling at East Campus Union
June 26 – Human Development/ESI Challenge; Awards Ceremony; Return home

Challenges….

FCS subject matter based challenges are a way for you to apply what you’ve learned in your 4-H projects to real life situation. You will work as a team to solve a problem, and create a presentation on the problem and your solution. Teams may have 2-4 members. In Central Sandhills Area and Cherry County 4-H’ers must have completed 7th grade to compete in the state Life Challenge.

Cost for 4-H’ers ……

$48 – for the dorm room for two nights and two breakfasts
$24 – covers $8 entry fees for each participant for three challenges
$13 – covers two lunches on campus and travel expenses

CSA will provide transportation to and from Lincoln

Total – $85 plus money for Sunday & Tuesday evening meals, and quick shopping trip to the mall!

Contact Sue Pearman – spearman2@unl.edu, or message or call at 308-539-9903 if you are interested in participating in this awesome event.

You can find more information about the Life Challenge Event here:

https://4h.unl.edu/life-challenge

The Life Challenge Packet contains practice questions and situations.  It can be found here:

https://4h.unl.edu/3_4HPrograms/a_StateRegionalNationalPrograms/PASE-LifeChallenge/Documents/2018%20State%20Life%20Challenge%20Packet.pdf

If you plan to attend the Workshop on June 7th please RSVP by June 5th by calling the Extension Office at 402-376-1850 or email emillar2@unl.edu

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Eve Millar

Nebraska Extension – Cherry County
365 N Main, Suite 3, Valentine, NE 69201
(402) 376-1850 * emillar2@unl.edu
http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h
https://www.facebook.com/UNLCherryCounty/

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.