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Agsplosion!

The second and third grade classes went on a field trip Wednesday, May 5th to Agsplosion in Bridgeport, Nebraska. We had a great hands-on learning experience about the importance of agriculture and learned about the farm to table process with beef, potatoes, swine, beans, irrigation, corn, machinery, dairy and wheat.

4-H News

Clover Buds
The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshop will be held virtually on March 5th from 10-11 am. Please register for the Hay Springs event with Marie Nelson by March 3rd. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Speech Contest
Speech date for Sheridan County will be 2:00 pm on May 23rd at the Gordon City Hall. The Speech and Public Service Announcement (PSA) contests provide 4-H’ers the opportunity to learn to express themselves clearly, organize their ideas and have confidence. The 2021 state PSA theme is “Opportunity 4 All”, and time limit is 60 seconds. Contests are open to all 4-H’ers ages 5-18 (by January 1 of the current year) — need not be enrolled in a specific project. Speech lengths for: Clover Bud – under 2 minutes, Junior – 1-3 minutes, Intermediate – 3-5 minutes, Senior – 5-8 minutes. Youth may choose to participate in either or both the Speech and PSA contests. If questions, contact Marie Nelson at mnelson82@unl.edu or 308-327-2312.

YQCA Training
Youth who are interested in participating in a livestock animal project including: rabbit, poultry, swine, beef, sheep, and goat; must complete the Youth for Quality Care of Animals training prior to June 15th. After families enroll online at ne.4honline.com, they can visit https://yqca.learngrow.io/Account/Login and login with their 4-H Online account information. Youth have the option of completing the training in person or online. The online training costs $12 per person and the in person training only costs $3. The first in person training will be held on March 12th starting at 9 am at the Sheridan County Extension office, and the second in person training will be March 25th at Hay Springs Public School at 4:15 pm. Youth will need to go online to register for the training prior to this date. For help you can email help@yqca.org or contact Marie Nelson at mnelson82@unl.edu.

Sewing Workshops
Start working on your clothing/quilting projects for fair now! Free sewing workshops at the Extension Office:
March 12th 1-4 pm
March 26th 1-4 pm

Sheridan County 4-H Scholarship – Due April 15th
The Sheridan County 4-H Council is sponsoring a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a senior of Sheridan County who has been involved in 4-H. The application for this scholarship is due on April 15th via email to Marie Nelson at mnelson82@unl.edu or mailed to the Extension Office at PO Box 329 Rushville, NE 69360. Interested participants need to complete a simple two-page application answering questions about their 4-H experience. The scholarship application can be found at: https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/scholarship-opportunities-sheridan-county/. For more information, please contact the Extension Office at (308) 327-2312.

Horse Level Testing
This year’s District Horse Show will be held in Scottsbluff on June 14th. To participate youth must complete their Horse level 1 and 2 prior to May 7th. Youth can visit the Extension Office to complete their test. For more information and written test prep materials visit https://4h.unl.edu/horse/district-shows.

Save the Date – Wilderness Wonders
Come Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast at the 2021 Wilderness Wonders Camp. Test your survivor skills at this summer’s Wilderness Wonders Camp! New this year, there will be two one-day camps. On June 2nd, youth in grades 3rd through 5th will be challenged on how they can survive in a group through this hands on camp. This camp will be held from 9 am until 5 pm at Camp Norwesca. The camp is limited to 40 campers with a $40 fee.
June 3rd will be a one-day camp for youth ages 5 to 7 or grades K-2. These youth members will be challenged with their own set of survivor skills from 9 am until 2 pm at Camp Norwesca. This camp is limited to 25 youth and will have a $30 fee. Youth will need to bring their swimming suits and towels to the June 3rd camp. The camp application can be found at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/northernpanhandle/4-h-event-calendar/.
Applications are due to the Nebraska Extension-Box Butte Office at 415 Black Hills Alliance, NE 69301 by May 14th. Please contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

4-H News

🍀Happy #Nebraska4HMonth!🍀

🍀As we celebrate the impact and memories we’ve experienced with 4-H, this year’s theme is #IBELONG We want to show others that they can belong to this amazing organization too!🍀

🍀4-H, the nation’s largest youth development and empowerment organization, cultivates six million confident young people who tackle issues that matter most in their communities right now.🍀

🍀So during the month of February, have your youth work on this BINGO card. Share a picture of your BINGO accomplishments with the extension staff, and receive a surprise at the office by February 26th!🍀

Clover Buds
January 5th, 10-11 am – Zoom. Register for this meeting by calling the office at 308-327-2312. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Start working on your clothing/quilting projects for fair now! Free Sewing Clinics at the Extension Office:
February 12th 1-4 pm
February 26th 1-4 pm

4-H News

Enrollment is open
4-H enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year is now open. Youth can enroll by visiting ne.4honline.com. Members need to enroll prior to participating in Shooting Sports practices. There is a $5 membership fee that can be paid online or at the Extension Office. If you will not be in Rushville, feel free to mail the payment to the 4-H Council at PO Box 23 Rushville, NE 69360.

Clover Buds
January 8th, 10-11 am – Zoom. Register for this meeting by calling the office at 308-327-2312. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Start working on your clothing/quilting projects for fair now! Free Sewing Clinics at the Extension Office:
January 8th 1-4 pm
January 22nd 1-4 pm

Market Beef Weigh-In
January 24th 1-3 pm at the Sheridan Livestock Market in Rushville.

4-H News

Enrollment is open
4-H enrollment for the 2020-2021 4-H year is now open. Youth can enroll by visiting ne.4honline.com. Members need to enroll prior to participating in Shooting Sports practices. There is a $5 membership fee that can be paid online or at the Extension Office. If you will not be in Rushville, feel free to mail the payment to the 4-H Council at PO Box 23 Rushville, NE 69360.

Holiday Kits

Clover Buds
December 4th 10-11 am – Zoom. Register for this meeting by calling the office at 308-327-2312. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2021. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2021 Sheridan County Fair.

Sewing at the Extension Office has been canceled for December due to COVID recommendations.

4-H News

Sep 11 After School Sewing Workshop #1 Extension Office 1-4 pm
Sep 25 After School Quilting Workshop #1 Extension Office 1-4 pm
Oct 9 After School Sewing Workshop #2 Extension Office 1-4 pm
Oct 23 After School Quilting Workshop #2 Extension Office 1-4 pm

Free sewing classes will be starting soon, held at the Extension office in Rushville from 1-4pm! Beginning sewers will be learning the fundamentals and skills needed to create and design beautiful projects! Limited space is available, as there is room for 5 students at each session. So please let the office know soon at mnelson82@unl.edu or 308-327-2312.

After School Sewing Class – STEAM 1

September – Gain interest in sewing, start your sewing portfolio, and learn basic sewing skills
October – Learn about color schemes, sewing machine parts, and practice sewing a decorative stitch picture
November – Create a fabric scrapbook, and practice sewing a wrist pincushion
December – Id fabrics, and practice sewing a pillow or pillowcase
January – Determine which fabrics has an electric charge, and practice sewing a drawstring backpack
February – practice sewing a D-ring belt and scrunchie
March – Learn how to take measurements, and practice sewing a spring table runner
April – Learn how to read/cut out a pattern, and practice sewing a pair of shorts or skirt
May – Finish up STEAM 1 portfolios, and practice sewing pajama pants

After School Quilting Class

September – Starting Block: learn about tools and supplies
October – Design the Block: using a quilting software, design your own quilt
November – Design the Block: using a quilting software, design your own quilt
December – Build the Block: learn how to assemble
January – Build the Block: sew your pieces together
February – Build the Block: sew your pieces together
March – Build the Block: sew your pieces together
April – Build the Block: sew your pieces together
May – Preserving the Block: finishing you work

4-H News

Edit: Corrected dates on the County Wide Project and the Baking Basic.

Clover Buds
The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshop will be held on March 19th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Please register for the Hay Springs event with Erika Gaswick by March 17th. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2020. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2020 Sheridan County Fair.

County Wide Project
The County Wide Project will be held on March 20th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. At this workshop, youth are invited to create a project for Design Decisions and enter at the 2020 Sheridan County Fair. Please register by March 18th, by contacting the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312. This event is open to anyone interested in weaving.

Baking Basics
The Hay Springs February Baking Basics will be held on March 27th. At this workshop youth will prepare pizza. The youth will also continue to work on their sewing projects. Participants will need to pack a lunch. The fee for this workshop is $10. Please register by March 25th, by contacting the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312. This event is open to anyone interested in baking and sewing projects.

YQCA in person training
Youth for the Quality Care of Animals training must be completed by June 1st for any 4-H member who is planning to take a livestock project (beef, goat, sheep, swine, rabbit, or poultry). Youth can complete the training online at yqca.learngrow.io with their family 4-H online login for $12 or register online for an in person training for $3. Melissa will be conducting in person trainings on March 2nd at the Hay Springs school after school that day, March 11th at Extension Office at 1 pm, and at the Extension Office on April 13th at 9 am.

4-H News

Baking Basics
The Hay Springs February Baking Basics will be held on February 21st. At this workshop youth will prepare double crusted pies. The youth will also continue to work on their sewing projects. Participants will need to pack a lunch. The fee for this workshop is $10. Please register by February 19th, by contacting the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312. This event is open to anyone interested in baking and sewing projects.

Clover Buds
The Hay Springs Clover Bud workshop will be held on February 20th from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Please register for this event with Erika Gaswick by February 18th. Clover Bud members are youth between the ages of 5 and 7 as of January 1st, 2020. These youth will experience teamwork, social interaction, and decision-making skills while participating in hands on activities. Upon participating in these workshops, youth will have Clover Bud projects to display at the 2020 Sheridan County Fair.

4-H Family Movie Night
It’s Nebraska 4-H Month! And in celebration of our 4-Hers, there will be a showing of Spies in Disguise on February 16th at the Gordon Theater at 4:00pm! The 4-H Council is sponsoring the event and the first 50 kids get in free! Parents, Community Partners, and Youth are welcome!

County Wide Project – Design Your Space
The County Wide Project will be held on February 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm. At this workshop, youth are invited to create a project for Design Your Space and enter at the 2020 Sheridan County Fair. Please register by February 10th, by contacting the Nebraska Extension Sheridan County office at (308) 327-2312. This event is open to anyone interested in design projects.