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4-H Newsletters


2014 Knox County Fair Carcass & Gain Contest Results

4-H Curriculum

Selecting & Preparing Vegetables, Herbs & Fruits for Exhibits (pdf-24 pages)

Preparing Cut Flowers for Exhibts (pdf-11 pages)

Knox County 4-H Fairbook

 2014 4-H Fairbook

Livestock Quality Assurance Program

The 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Program teaches youth about the quality of meat and food products that come from livestock. Quality assurance for livestock producers means making a promise to the consumers, or the people who consume the meat, milk and dairy products, and eggs that come from livestock poultry. The promise made is that products from livestock will be the highest possible quality and producers will do everything possible to make these products safe to eat.  A complete listing of all Livestock QA resources, including an Instruction Sheet with FAQs, can be found at
Options available to complete the QA Training are:
■ Online Course:  The Livestock Quality Assurance Online Course has been developed to assist Nebraska 4-H youth with learning about major areas of proper animal care, including:
• daily care and management
• prevention
• handling
• carcass quality
• medication

To enroll in the self-directed online course, Internet access and an email address (each 4-H youth will need their own unique email address to register) is required.
4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in a livestock project (beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine), are required to complete three modules in the Livestock QA Online Course by June 15 of the current year in order to complete that year's QA requirements. The online course has been divided into three age levels:
• Junior (4-H youth ages 8-10)
• Intermediate (4-H youth ages 11-14)
• Senior (4-H youth ages 15-18)
Upon completion of each module, youth will be able to print a certificate of completion to give to the extension office or just contact the office that they have completed. The Livestock QA Online Program can be found at

■ Testing Out - Intermediate and Senior age youth are eligible to take a test-out test to fulfill QA age level requirements. Practice test-out tests are available through the online course, however, the actual test must be taken at the extension office. A score of 70% is passing with the test-out test option.

■ QA Training by Club Leader - Contact the office for resources to help do the QA Training at your club meeting.

Nebraska State Fair Information

Click here for information regarding the 2014 fairbook, State Fair schedule, State Fair score sheets and additional 4-H State Fair information

Premier 4-H Science Award
Premier 4-H Science Award Description
Premier 4-H Science Short Answer Form
Premier 4-H Science Scoresheet

4-H Presentation Contest, Food Revue, and Cook-Off Contest

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5:30 p.m.
Center Community Hall
Pre-register by July 15th

Flier on Presentation Contest
Flier on Food Revue Contest
Flier on Cook -Off Contest
Table Setting Contest Guidelines
My Plate
4-H Communication Series on Presentations
Eye-Catching Visual Aids for Presentations
Hints For Writing a Perfect Menu

Spotlight on 4-H Newsletter

 A resource for club leaders and volunteers with ideas for club meetings and projects. Click on the links below.

July 2014 (pdf-6pages) - Titles include: The Essential Elements & 4-H; 10 Ways to Motivate Leaders; Hints for Healthy Baked Products; Importance of Herdsmanship; Shopping In 4-H Style; UNL Family & Consumer Science Education

June 2014 (pdf-6 pages) - Titles include: National Science Day & 4-H; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Rejoice; Hints for Writing A Perfect Menu; Healthy Snacks; Connecting With Your Dog; UNL  Golf Pro Management

May 2014 (pdf-6 pages) - Titles include:  Sportsmanship and 4-H; Career Portfolio Hints & Helps; Food Apps as Teaching Tools for Club Meetings; Marketing at Farmer's Markets-Entrepreneurship; Feel The Pull of Stylish Zippers!; UNL Ag Economics/Ag Business

April 2014 (pdf-6 pages) - Titles include: Parental Involvement in 4-H Club Meetings; What About Woodworking?; 4-H Interview Contest-Preparing Tomorrow's Professionals; Preparing Your 4-H Cat For The Show; Design and Elements for Home Environment Exhibits; Live, Learn, Connect in UNL Learning Communities

March 2014 (pdf-6 pages) - Titles include: 4-H Policy; Virtual 4-H Field Trips; 4-H Presentations/Multimedia Contest-The Show & Tell of 4-H; Fun With 4-H Fairy Gardens; Repurposed, Reclaimed! Upcycled, Upscaled!; UNL Agronomy Opportunities

February 2014 (pdf-6 pages) Titles include: Clover Kid Resources; 4-H...I Pledge My Hands to Larger Service; Seeking 4-H Public Speaking and PSA Contest Participants!; Economics of Animal Science Projects/Record Keeping Essentials; Introducing....New Clothing Projects!; Focus on UNL-The Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. 

January 2014 (pdf-6 pages) Titles include: Clover Kid Kaleidoscope; 4-H...Your Career Connection in Nebraska; Diamond Clover Program; All "Ewe" Need to Knox About Showing Sheep!; A Space For Me...and Some Clover Kids!; Focus on UNL - A National Leader.

Click here for Past Issues of the 4-H Spotlight

Resources for Clubs and Club Officers

Officer's Guide
Secretary's Record
Reporter's Handbook
Treasurer's Handbook
Year-End 4-H Club Treasurer's Report
4-H Club Management Information
Using the 4-H Name and Emblem

Animal Resources and Ownership Affidavit Forms

Animal Care Resources
Animal Ownership Affidavit Forms
Breeding Beef
Breeding Doe
Breeding Sheep
Bucket Calf
Dairy Goat
Feeder Calf
Market Beef
Market Goat
Market Lamb
Market Swine
Back Page for All Animal Affidavit Forms

 Knox County 4-H Shooting Sports Shooting Sports

Archery Practice/Certification Dates: Practices will be held every Monday night in June and July at the Bloomfield Airport.
All shooters must attend at least two (2) certification practices with a Knox County 4-H certified leader during the current competition year.
Official Contest - Sunday, August 3
For more information, contact Kevin Millikan at 402-640-3322

.22 & Shotgun Practice/Certification Dates and Location TBA. All shooters must attend at least one practice each year to participate in the official contest.
Official Contest -  TBA
For more information, contact the UNL Extension Office at 402-288-5611 or Steve Ives at 402-668-2684.

BB Gun practice dates have been set. It is strongly suggested that shooters attend at least one of the practice sessions, but  it will not be required  to participate in the official contest. Contact the office for targets to practice at home. Practices will be held at the Verdigre Gun Range located on the northeast corner of the Verdigre football field. All practices will start at 6:30 p.m.
Official Contest - Wednesday, August 6 at the Fairgrounds
For more information, contact the UNL Extension Office at 402-288-5611 or Steve Ives at 402-668-2684. 

Click here for more information on the Nebraska 4-H Shooting Sports Program

 2014 4-H Photography Themes

The 2014 Photography Career Exhibit Print Themes are structured to encourage 4-Hers to explore potential careers in photography.

  • Unit II Career Exhibit Print: Explore a career as a pet photographer. Pet photographers know just how much pet owners love their animals and capturing pets in print is a great way to honor that relationship. Capture photos of your favorite pets and consider creative locations and whimsical props for your photo shoots.
  • Unit III Career Exhibit Print: Explore a career as an editorial photographer.  Editorial photographers take pictures that highlight the topics being written about in books, magazines, and newspapers. Editorial photos should be creative, powerful images that tell an intriguing story. Capture editorial photos that tell Nebraska's story.
  • Knox County Theme Picture Display or Exhibit Print - the theme for 2014 is "Babies, Babies, Babies".

4-H Enrollment Information

2014 4-H Pick-A-Project Guide (pdf-26 pages). A Curriculum Resource Guide for 4-H Projects and Activities.
2014 4-H Youth Enrollment Form
2014 4-H Calendar of Events
Clover Kids Brochure (pdf-6 pages)

4-H Public Speaking Contest

Public Speaking Contest Guidelines
A Guide To Making Great 4-H Speeches
How to Prepare a PSA
Public Speaking Scoresheet
PSA Scoresheet

Scholarship Information

Knox County Ag Society Scholarship

NACEB Scholarship

4-H Club of the MonthClub of the Month

The Nebraska 4-H Foundation and Nebraska 4-H Ambassadors have joined together to start a new program for Nebraska 4-H Clubs. Any 4-H club can nominate themselves to be the "Club of the Month". Each month, a winner will be chosen and will receive a $50 cash card from the Nebraska 4-H Foundation and a certificate which can be displayed. Also, the Club of the Month's story will be displayed on the 4-H Foundation's website. Nominations are due by the second Friday of the month.

Nebraska Club of the Month information and application form.

  Bucket Calf Project

  Bottle Lamb Project