Welcome to Knox County 4-H!
Youth Quality Assurance Program
The 4-H 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. QA Training is required for all 4-H youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in a livestock project which includes beef, dairy cattle, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, and swine. QA Training must be completed to be eligible to exhibit your animals at the county fair. Options available to complete the QA Training are:
Online Course: The QA Online Course has been developed to assist Nebraska 4-H youth with learning about major areas of proper animal care, including: daily care & management; prevention; handling; carcass quality; and medication. Youth 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 (ages 8-10); Intermediate (ages 11-14); and Senior (ages 15-18). Intermediate and Senior level youth are eligible to take a written test to fulfill age level requirements. Contact the Extension Office to make arrangements to complete the written test. Contact the extension office for more information about completing the QA Online Course or it’s available at http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance.
QA Training by Club Leader - Contact the office for a DVD to do the QA Training at your club meeting.
Testing Out - Intermediate and Senior level youth are eligible to take a written test to fulfill age level requirements. Contact the Extension Office to make arrangements to complete the written test.
Knox County 4-H Fairbook
Nebraska State Fair Information
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 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: Empowering 4-H; Community Service with a Food Twist; Keep it Safe At 4-H Club Meetings; Fun with Science at 4-H; Baking It Easy; Developing Leaders for Tomorrow; Youth Corn Challenge; Focus on UNL-Hospitality, Restaurant & Tourism Management
June 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: Diamond Clover Program Provides Focus For Your 4-H Year; Making Food For Me; Decorate Your Duds Ideas; Become A Scientist For The Day; Teaching Ag Literacy In Everyday Life; Statewide Citizenship Opportunities; 4-H is Your Career Connection; Focus on UNL-Applied Science.
May 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: Using the 4-H Emblem; Food, Culture and Heritage; Child Development & 4-H Outcomes; Environmental Science & Outdoor Skills; Entomology; 4-H Hands for Service; Connecting The Dots For Careers; Focus on UNL-Textile, Merchandising & Fashion Design
April 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: The Ages & Stages of Clover Kids; Get Moving at Your Club Meetings; Photography Portfolios; Animal Science; Every Day Is Earth Day In Agriculture; Older Youth At Club Meetings; 4-H Judging Contests 101; Focus on UNL-Environmental Restoration
March 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: Four C’s To Successful Club Projects; Make Healthy Foods Fun For Kids; Clover Kid Fun Is Just A Click Away; Kitchen Science; Five Steps To Organizing A Science Project; Food Security and Hunger Relief; Making The Connection: 4-H Contests & Careers; Focus on UNL
February 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: 4-H and Volunteers; Prevent Food Allergy Reactions; Fads and Fashion; The Power of Wind; Let’s Get Popping!; Focus on Photography Portfolios; Big Red Summer Academic Camps; Focus on UNL
January 2013 (pdf-8 pages) Titles include: Selecting 4-H Projects; Healthy Living Officer; “A Space For Me!” Clover Kids Project; Bringing Science Into Club Meetings; Farm to Table; Parliamentary Procedure at Club Meetings; Entrepreneurship; Focus on UNL
4-H Enrollment Information
Resources for Clubs and Club Officers
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
4-H Public Speaking Contest
Knox County 4-H 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 4
For more information, contact Kevin Millikan at 402-640-3322
.22 & SHOTGUN PROGRAM
.22 & Shotgun Practice/Certification Dates (all held at Hanefeldt's Place by Center). All shooters must attend at least one practice each year to participate in the official contest.
Official Contest - Friday, August 2, 2013 at Hanefeldt's Place by Center
For more information, contact Jerry Hanefeldt at 402-288-4461.
BB GUN, AIR RIFLE, AIR PISTOL PROGRAM
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 7 at the Fairgrounds
For more information, contact the UNL Extension Office at 402-288-5611.
2013 4-H Photography Themes
The 2013 Nebraska Theme classes are structured to encourage 4-Hers to explore potential careers in photography.
• Unit II Nebraska Photography Career Exhibit Print: Explore a career as a Nebraska photographer. The goal of an artistic photographer is to portray a unique or interesting image through their work. Capture photos of Nebraska landscapes where creative composition is the goal.
• Unit III Nebraska Photography Career Exhibit Print: Explore a career as a Nebraska photographer. Portrait photographers specialize in individual or family portraits. Capture photos of individual or groups of people and consider creative locations or props for your photos shoots.
• Knox County Theme Picture Display or Exhibit Print - the theme for 2013 is the color “yellow”.
4-H Club 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.
Bucket Calf Project
Bucket Calf Record Book (pdf-12 pages)
Second Year Bucket Calf Record Book (pdf-12 pages)
Bottle Lamb Project
Bottle Lamb Record Book (pdf-8 pages)