It is with great sadness that I must say goodbye to you all as your 4-H Coordinator. I am grateful to have been given the opportunity to work with the 4-H youth, families, and volunteers. My time with Elko County 4-H has been filled with many wonderful memories. I have learned many interesting things about Elko County, and have met many great people along the way. I hope you all will continue to help and encourage those who are new to the position. If you ever need help, I am just a phone call or email away.

Sincerely, Brianna Bright

The 4-H program is offering many workshops and events. We hope that everyone will take advantage of these educational opportunities and get the most out of the 4-H experience.

One thing we ask is for everyone to pre-register for an event, workshop, class, etc. They can call the office at 738-7291 or do it online at 4HOnline.com, whichever is most convenient. By doing this we can be prepared for the events, workshops, activities, etc., with the correct number of handouts, snacks or whatever may be given out.

If we all make the effort to do this, we will be able to offer more fun activities and educational events for everyone!

Now that the Shooting Sports Safety classes are finished, it’s time to start testing and practicing at the Elko County Rifle Range.

The first practices (February-May) will only have two disciplines. Starting in June we will have all disciplines. The final day for testing will be Saturday, May 5th. You must also have 2 field practices done by this date. No testing will be done after this date so make sure you have tested and passed each discipline you wish to compete in.

DATE/TIME DISCIPLINES

  • Mar. 10, 9 am‐Noon Shotgun & Muzzleloader
  • Apr. 7, 9 am‐Noon Archery & Rifle
  • Apr. 21, 9 am‐Noon Air Pistol & Shotgun
  • May 5, 9 am‐Noon Muzzleloader & Rifle
  • May 12, 1‐4 pm BBQ for Bullets
  • Jun. 2, 9 am‐Noon All Discipline
  • Jun. 5, 6 pm‐Dark All Disciplines
  • Jun. 16, 9 am‐Noon All Disciplines
  • Jun. 19, 6 pm‐Dark All Disciplines
  • Jul. 7, 9 am‐Noon All Disciplines
  • Jul. 10, 6 pm‐Dark All Disciplines
  • Jul. 21, 9 am‐Noon All Disciplines
  • Jul. 24, 6 pm‐Dark All Disciplines
  • Jul 28‐29, 6 am‐2pm Elko Shooting Sports Field Day
  • Sept. 29 State Match, Las Vegas

All 4-H members are welcome to join Jessica Dyk on March 10 and March 24 as she explores and teaches the amazing science behind circuits and LED’s! Jessica will be at GBC in McMullen Hall, room 222, beginning at 9 a.m. Don’t forget to register for the workshop online at www.4honline.com or call the Extension Office to sign up, 738-7291.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth 8-21 with a focus on three core pillars:

  1. Food safety
  2. Animal well-being
  3. Character development

YQCA certification is being accepted by many livestock shows and fairs that require youth quality assurance certification.

YQCA includes information for youth showing the following food animals:

  • Pigs
  • Beef Cattle
  • Dairy Cattle
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Market Rabbits
  • Poultry

YQCA is available as an online program for youth everywhere in the United States. YQCA in-person workshops may be available to youth where state 4-H or FFA offices or state/national livestock organizations have partnered to have qualified trainers offer in-person workshops.

The YQCA organizational Board of Directors adopted the following goals for the YQCA training and certification program:

  • Ensure safety and well-being of animals produced by youth for showing and for 4-H and FFA projects
  • Ensure a safe food supply to consumers
  • Enhance the future of the livestock industry by educating youth on these very important issues so they can become more informed producers, consumers and/or employees in the agriculture and food industry
  • Maximize the limited development time and budgets of state and national youth program leaders to provide an effective quality assurance program
  • Offer livestock shows a valid, national quality assurance certification for youth livestock exhibitors

For more information, go to http://yqca.org/.

Beef project leaders, are you looking for new and innovative ways to teach your 4-H members? Try the webinars below…

The next Animal Care Wednesday Webinar will be on Wednesday, March 7th, 11:00 am CST / 10:00 am MT. Ben Weinheimer, Vice President – Texas Cattle Feeders Association, will be discussing Sustainability’s role in animal care and health – where are we at?

Sustainability has been a buzz word throughout animal agriculture in recent years. Tune in for an update on how the beef industry has been working to address this challenging topic.

Join the webinar:
https://nebraskaextension.zoom.us/j/950423108
Recorded webinars are archived at:
http://animalscience.unl.edu/animal-care-resources.
Or connect by iPhone one-tap (US
Toll): +14086380968,950423108# or
+16465588656,950423108#
Or Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646
558 8656 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 950 423 108

Rules and Information
The first 4-H photo contest deadline is drawing near! The overall winners in each category will have their photo permanently displayed at the Extension office, so be sure to start taking photos!

All entries must be submitted or postmarked NO LATER THAN March 16, 2018 – Remember the office closes at 4:30 p.m.

  • This exhibit is open to all Elko County 4-H members ages 9-19.
  • Participation is NOT limited to just those 4-H’ers enrolled in photography projects.
  • Each entrant may submit only one photo that relates to the theme “4-H in Action”.
  • All photographs must have been taken by the 4-H member between October 1, 2017, and the entry date, March 16, 2018.
  • Please attach an entry form to each photo.
  • Photos may be in color OR black-and-white.
  • No computer-enhanced photos will be allowed, this includes but is not limited to using computer graphics, color alterations, red eye reduction, and watermarks.
  • All entries must be entered in a photo matte- but not a frame. Any photo not entered with a matte will be disqualified. The overall photo size will be between 5” x 7” and not larger than 8” x 12”

Awards will be held at GBC on March 29, 5:30 – 6 p.m., McMullen Hall room 221.

Entries will be accepted by mail if they are postmarked by March 16, 2018 and include an entry form, which can be picked up at the Extension Office. Please contact kevanc@unce.unr.edu with any questions or concerns.