Twenty-five 4-H clubs in Nebraska were honored at the Governor’s Agricultural Excellence Awards on Monday, June 25. The event, sponsored by the Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation, was held in the R.B. Warren Arena in the Animal Science Complex at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, East Campus.

Winning clubs received a banner and $500 to complete a community service or club project. The awards are given to 25 clubs annually by NIFA. This year, a total of $12,500 was awarded to club winners. Since 1997, NIFA has provided over $199,000 for the 4-H program.

The following community members were at the event to present awards: Governor Pete Ricketts; Steve Wellman, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture; Dr. Jill Lingard, extension specialist; Dr. Beth Doll, interim dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences; Dudley Beyer, Ag Programs manager of NIFA; and Stu Shepherd, executive director of the Nebraska 4-H Foundation.

The emcees for the night were Maricela Paramo-Reyes, Grace Turner and Jacob Jones.

After the event, awards were presented to youth participating in the PASE/Life Challenge programs.

The following clubs received $500 Governor’s Ag Excellence Awards this year:

-Bit and Spurs – Red Willow County

-Blazing Saddles – Lancaster County

-Bourne Equestrian – Lancaster County

-Cedar Creek 4-H Club – Antelope County

-Cheyenne County 4-H Robotics Club – Cheyenne County

-Dryland Toughies 4-H Club – Cheyenne County

-Eager Achievers – Hamilton County

-Future Producers – Washington County

-Horse Lovers Club – Washington County

-Hunters Pride – Lancaster County

-Lancaster County 4-H Teen Council – Lancaster County

-Monster Hares – Cass County

-Nance County Robotics – Nance County

-Needles & Nails 4-H Club – Cedar County

-Oconto 4-H Club – Custer County

-Platte County 4-H Robotics – Platte County

-Prairie Star 4-H Club – Lancaster County

-Pride of the Prairie 4-H Club – Gosper County

-Rabbits R Us – Lancaster County

-Round ‘Em Up Cattle Club – Sarpy County

-Shamtastic Clovers – Lancaster County

-Sheridan County Robotics Club – Sheridan County

-Silver Creek 4-H Club – Otoe County

-Sumner Livestock – Dawson County

-Trailblazers – Nance County