Come out and join the Delaware 4-H Program on August 14th for “4-H Day” at a Wilmington Blue Rocks 1pm baseball game in Frawley Stadium.
This will be a fun and great social time for all who attend, and we join together to cheer on the Blue Rocks team to a victory! Any 4-H member, volunteer, family member or friend is welcome to purchase tickets and be part of this event. Let’s let them know Delaware 4-H is in the stadium!
Tickets are $15 per person.
Registration at www.udel.edu/009619
Don’t miss out on the best part of summer- camp!
Week 1: Monday June 13, 10:30 AM – Saturday, June 18, 10:00 AM
Week 2: Monday June 20, 10:30 AM – Saturday, June 25, 10:00 AM
The State Camp experience provides lasting memories and the chance to make lifelong friends. Surrounded by nature, campers can disconnect from technology and focus on developing healthy living habits. Campers are assigned to a people group for afternoon and campfire activities.
2022 Camp Fee: $375.00
Campers must be 10 years old and not more than 19 years old on 6/1/22 to attend this camp.
Friday, June 10, 3:00 PM – Sunday, June 12, 10:00 AM
This experience allows campers to explore basic soil and environmental science information through hands-on discovery. Getting your hands dirty, exploring the forest, and looking for critters was never so much fun.
A variety of classes related to the environment will be available. Classes are taught by University of Delaware undergraduate and graduate students. Previous camp classes included topics such as “Is River Water Safe to Drink? and “Digging Up the Dirt on Soil Microbes.” New classes are developed every year. Each afternoon provides time for recreation, such as swimming and canoeing. You will be assigned to a group for afternoon and campfire activities.
2022 Camp Fee: $145.00
Campers must be 8 years old and not more than 12 years old on 6/1/22 to attend this camp.
Please see the below newsletter for more info about camp:
Registrations Now Open!
NCC Cloverbud, Newark and CIT Day Camps
June 20-24, 2022
Animal Science Camp – August 1-4, 2022
These trainings are offered to anyone, unless otherwise noted.
You must attend a session if you want to participate in the State Contest.
Youth may attend any of the opportunities listed below.
You will need to indicate on the form if you are new to archery or if you have attended an archery meeting/training in the past. This will give us an idea about attendees who plan to attend so we can offer the assistance needed.
*Parents/Responsible Adults are asked to remain on site during the duration of the event, unless otherwise arranged.
New Castle County
April 10, and May 22 both shoots will be 2 pm
Ebling Farm: 997 Caldwell Corner Rd Townsend DE 19734
Instructor: Laura Campbell
Contact: Jenny Trunfio, email@example.com
Each Date will have 2 options, you may sign up for one option per date.
April 14 5:00pm or 6:00pm
April 15 10:00am or 11:00am
April 22 10:00am or 11:00am
April 23 10:00am or 11:00am
All dates will be held 583 Shady Bridge Rd, Marydel, De
*Participant parents will be asked to complete a hold harmless on behalf of the property owner at arrival
Instructor: Gary Utley
Contact: Kristin Cook, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 27 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm. (5-6 members each hour)
April 24 – Safety Training and Shoot – Anger Residence. 2:00-5:00 pm. (5-6 members each hour)
May 9 – Safety Training at Sussex 4-H Office at 7:00 pm (Bo Waller)
May 21- Archery Practice (for those who have safety training) at Sussex 4-H Office during Links Spring Fair
Contact: Jill Jackson, email@example.com
The Goal of a Delaware 4-H State Teen Officer:
“Foster the development of youth and the 4-H program.” As a role model for youth and a representative and spokesperson for the 4-H program, your job is to uphold the high ideals, values and moral standards of the Delaware 4-H program.
- Officially represent 4-H to legislators, University of Delaware officials and other decision makers.
- Function as a team member to plan and carry out leadership and community service projects, which involve 4-H membership at the club and county levels.
Term of Office
The candidates selected for the 2022-2023 cycle will serve in office from August 2022 through July 2023.
The purpose of the interview is to make sure the candidate is making an informed decision regarding candidacy and the office sought. This session is mandatory for all candidates and may also be done over teleconference, if necessary. Interviews will be held in early July 2022.
The candidate will be selected by a committee of 4-H professional staff and/or other designated individuals from the
county and state level. Candidates will be notified of their selection by mid-August 2022.
Delaware 4‐H Legislative Day promotes Delaware 4‐H. It is an educational opportunity to learn about Delaware’s government and an opportunity to express appreciation to our legislators for their continued support of 4‐H.
4-H’ers can participate in Legislative Day for more than one year as we offer different programs for different year’s participants. We encourage your participation this year!
Legislative Hall – Dover, DE
Wednesday, May 4, 2022
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
This event has a cost of $10 per participant
Checks and cash only. Sorry, no refunds can be processed.
Checks payable to the ‘University of Delaware’ should be sent or delivered to:
Carvel Research and Education Center
c/o Kaleb Scott – 4-H Legislative Day
16483 County Seat Hwy.
Georgetown, DE 19947
Applications due by Friday, April 22
Join us in this pilot program for Walk across Delaware April 4th – May 27th!
Register HERE today!
National Drug Facts week is observed in March to link people to the facts that shatter the myths about drug abuse. To get the facts out there, we are having a drawing/graphic design, video, and poem/spoken word contests. Look below for details about the contests. Winners designs will be posted on our website and announced on DE 4-H social media during the week of National Drug Facts Week, March 21-March 27, 2022.
Drawing/Graphic Design Contest
Scientific facts and figures don’t have to just be spoken, use your creative illustration skills to bring these words to life!
-Must be 8.5 x 11 paper
-Two key prevention facts
-Must have a specific theme
-Appropriate for age category -Take a picture of drawing to submit
Poem/Spoken Word Contest
Express the data or emotions in a powerfully vivid and imaginative style. Voice recording is recommended but optional
-Must be appropriate length for age
-Make it well thought out and powerful
-Two key prevention facts
-Appropriate length for age category
Lights. Camera, Action! Be the director and film a video that features the information on drugs and alcohol.
-Length 30 seconds or less
-Two key prevention facts
-Appropriate for age category
-Grab the attention of the viewer
-Acting is encouraged!
10-12 years old
13-15 years old
16-18 years old
Due Date March 15, 2022
1st place $50
2nd place $25
3rd place $15
For more information or questions, feel free to reach out to Lindsay Hughes.
Call for Questions!
Do you have a question about eating disorders OR addiction? Submit your questions anonymously using the link HERE!
Sponsored by the Delaware Farm Bureau
1. This event is open to all enrolled 4-H and FFA youth. Youth that are enrolled in both the 4-H and the FFA program are only eligible for one award per species of livestock. Cloverbuds are not eligible to participate in this contest.
2. All animals must be weighed at the weigh-in for their county and at the final weigh-in for their specific species during the Delaware State Fair.
2022 County weigh-in dates are as follows:
· May 7th- Cook Farm- Newark 9 am-11- New Castle County
· May 15th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 9 am- 11 am- Kent/Sussex County – this is a Sunday!
· May 24th- Delaware State Fair Harrington 5pm -8 pm- Kent/Sussex County (Final DSF Tagging Date)
3. All animals must be weighed on a scale certified or evaluated for this activity by the Delaware Department of Agriculture. An official weigh master and recorder will be designated at each weigh-in. The weigh master cannot have a child participating in the event. The recorder will obtain the following data: name of youth, complete mailing address, tag number of animal, gender of animal, breed of animal, along with weight. The recorder should forward all information to Susan Garey within one week of weigh-in.
4. Animals must make weight (minimum and maximum) for the specific species as outlined in the Delaware State Fair Exhibitor’s Handbook to be eligible for these awards. They must participate in their respective market show during the DSF.
5. Young people who are members of a 4-H club in one county and a FFA chapter in another county must choose one tagging/weigh date to attend. You are not permitted to weigh at more than one location. This means that you are designating which organization (4-H or FFA) and county Rate of Gain contest you are eligible for.
6. All participants must submit a record sheet to Susan Garey by August 15, 2022 to be eligible for this activity. The entry form must be actually signed by the member and all requested authorized parties in order to be eligible.
7. Should there be less than two animals in a species, animals must make the following minimum daily weight gain: lambs – .30 lb.; goat – .2 lb.; steer – 1 lb.; swine 1.25 in order to be eligible to receive the rate of gain award for their respective county.
8. The Delaware Farm Bureau will recognize the young person owning the animal with the best rate of gain in market goat, market lamb, and steer projects in each county with categories for both 4-H and FFA members. County winners will be recognized at their respective County Farm Bureau banquet.
Saturday July 30, 2022
Delaware State Fair 4-H Centre
General Rules, Regulations and Entry
For special accommodations in accessing this event please notify the extension office one month prior to the event.
1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility
A. Any 4-H club may enter one or more teams that can consist of two (2) to four (4) members each. A single competitor does not constitute a team and may not compete as such.
B. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and may not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1 of the current year. There is only one division in this event.
C. Contestant and team entry and eligibility must be certified by the club and/or organizational leader
D. Entries must be made online through the Delaware State Fair website www.delawarestatefair.com by June 1. Teams should be entered once under the club name.
2. Questions will be from: National 4-H Avian Bowl Manual 2016 version
Teams should order the manual through the Clemson University bulletin room. The cost is $15.00 per copy and may be ordered online using either a VISA or Mastercard by going to:
Dillard Building 105 Klugh Avenue Clemson, SC 29634 (864) 656-0281 (phone); (864) 656-0687 (fax); Attn: Shannell Mathis firstname.lastname@example.org
Order online from Clemson University: https://secure.touchnet.net/C20569_ustores/web/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCTID=1587&SINGLESTORE=true
2022 Study Sections:
All questions and answers will come from the following material in the 2016 version of the Avian Bowl Manual: · Poultry judging – Online National Poultry Judging Manual (Past production hens printable pdf, pages 1-2 only)
· Understanding food prisoners (All)- pages 17-20
· Avian systems (Reproduction only)- pages 35-38
· Breeds, varieties, and strains (Mediterranean through AOSB only)- pages 75-80
· Raising game birds (Disease control through Laws only)- pages 94-99
· Eggcyclopedia (Partnership for food safety through Zeaxanthin only)- pages 139-151B
· Raising your home chicken flock (All)- pages 151C-161
· Biosecurity (All)- pages 179-180
· Avian influenza (All) – Pages 181-182
3. Method of Play
There will be three types of questions used:
· Regular questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. If a regular question is answered incorrectly, it is then offered to the other team for a chance to answer.
· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) to which any member of either team may respond. [The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.]
· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); all parts of the bonus question must be answered before any points will be awarded. No part of the bonus question will be repeated, nor will any additional information be given to the contestants relative to the questions. Any member of the team winning the toss-up may provide answers to bonus questions. Contestants on the same team may confer with each other prior to answering a bonus question. If a bonus question is answered incorrectly it is not offered to the other team for a chance to answer.
There will be no spelling questions. Points will not be deducted for incorrect answers. The decision of the judge as to the acceptability of an answer will be final.
If a question is interrupted during the reading of it, the moderator will stop reading as soon as a buzzer is activated. The contestant has five seconds after being acknowledged, to begin their answer. If the answer given is correct for the way the question was written, it will be accepted. If the answer given is correct for only the portion of the question heard, but wrong for the way the question is written, the answer will not be accepted. If the question was interrupted, the judges will not be allowed to ask for any type of clarification of the answer given.
The Delaware State Fair will award premiums to the top three teams in competition.
Team Awards: 1st 2nd 3rd
$100 $50 $25
For additional information please contact Susan Truehart Garey, Extension Agent Animal Science, email@example.com or (302)730-4000.
1. Entries must include the image of a horse or horses, ponies, donkeys or mules.
2. Artwork and photographs must be the original work of the entrant. The work must have been completed during the current 4-H year (since Sept. 1, 2021)
3. Contestants may submit more than on entry. Each entry must have a separate entry form when submitted.
4. Artwork must be fully completed and dry when submitted.
5. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee respectfully requires the permission of the artists to reproduce their entries in future promotional publications or articles which advertise the winners, promotes future contests or 4-H equine activities.
6. The Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee will make every effort to protect the artwork while on display, however the artwork will be displayed in a public venue and 4-H members enter their artwork at their own risk.
1. Contestants must be 4-H members that are currently enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program.
2. 4-H members must be between the ages of 5-19 years old as of January 1, 2022.
3. Age divisions (age as of Jan 1, 2022) are as follows:
– Cloverbud (5-7 years old) – Intermediate (12-14 years old)
– Junior (8-11 years old) – Senior (15-19 years old)
4. Awards for 1st-6th place will be presented for each category in each age division. A Best in Show Champion and Reserve Champion will also be chosen and presented with rosettes and medallions. Cloverbuds will receive participation awards only.
5. A maximum of 2 entries per individual, per class will be accepted.
6. Entries that do not comply with entry specifications will be disqualified.
Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest Classes:
1. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.
2. Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil – REALISTIC. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.
3. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.
4. Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8”x 10” and no larger than 11”x 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on a mat board which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper) and must be protected with plastic wrap or cellophane to prevent smearing.
5. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – ABSTRACT The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).
6. Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor – REALISTIC The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).
7. Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” X 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).
8. Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film The same photograph may not be entered in both the Color and BW category. Photos should be 5” x 7” or smaller and mounted (backed) on mat board not to exceed 6” x 8” total dimensions (no foam core board or construction paper).
9. NEW! Cartoon- Single frame or Strip Artwork done in any medium. Must tell a short story or make a point. Exhibitor must use his/her own illustrations. The artwork itself may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper).
10. NEW! Mixed, Altered Media, Other – Collage, Paper, Paint, Fun Foam, Felt, Metal, Wood, Leather, Combined Mediums, Altered Horse items, etc. Artwork combining several types of mediums. Artwork that does not fit any other category. Use your imagination! If artwork is to be hung, it may be no smaller than 8” X 10” and no larger than 11” X 17”. Must be mounted (backed) on mat board, which is available at most craft stores (no foam core board or construction paper). If artwork is for tabletop, it may be no smaller than 6” x 6” x 6” and no larger than 11” x 17” x 17”.
Entries must be brought to county offices by Monday, May 9, 2022. Entries will be displayed and judged in Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware by May 16, 2022. Entries will remain on display for the month of May and first week of June and will be returned to county office for pick up by the middle of June.
Online Competition Conducted Between April 15-24, 2022
Preregistration Required- Registration Open 3/21/22-4/8/22
(Registration link at bottom of post)
General Rules, Regulations and Entry
1. Selection of Teams, Contestants, and Eligibility
A. Youth must be currently enrolled members of the Delaware 4-H Program. Youth can compete in both the individual and team categories. The same score will be utilized for both categories.
B. Team entries must consist of three (3) to four (4) members each. Teams may be comprised of members from multiple 4-H clubs and/or across counties. We will do our best to create teams for those members who wish to compete as part of a team and do not have a team within their club.
C. All contestants must have passed their 8th birthday and must not have passed their 19th birthday as of January 1st of the current year.
D. Contestants may not have participated in a previous National Horse Bowl Contest as an official member or alternate.
E. Contestants must be entered in the appropriate age division (as of 1/1/22): 8-10, 11-13, 14-19.
Any team whose members come from two age groups must compete in the older group.
2. Questions may be from:
· 4-H Horse Manuals (blue cover 2015 version)
“Giddy Up and Go”, “Head, Heart and Hooves”, “Stable Relationships”, “Riding the Range,” “Jumping to New Heights,” “Horse Project Helper’s Guide.,” and 4-H Horse curriculum corrections found on-line at www.n4hccs.org. 2015 version 4-H Horse Manuals
Cooperative Extension Education in Agriculture and Home Economics, University of Delaware, Delaware State University and the United States Department of Agriculture cooperating. Distributed in furtherance of Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30,1914. It is the policy of the Delaware Cooperative Extension System that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, sex, disability, age, or national origin
· In addition to the 4-H Horse Project manuals:
Age 8-10: Horse Care for Kids, by Cherry Hill
Age 11-13: Your Horse, a step-by-step guide to horse ownership, by Judy Chapple (and age 8-10 material).
Horses and Horsemanship – by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council
Age 14 and older: Storey’s Horse-Lover’s Encyclopedia, edited by Deborah Burns (and age 8-10 and 11-13 material).
Horse Science- by Ray Antoniewicz, National 4-H Council
Questions will be comprised from the following three categories:
· Regular questions (worth 1 point each).
· Toss-up questions (worth 1 point each) The only difference between a regular and a toss-up question would be that toss-up questions would have a bonus question attached to each and, in general, would be somewhat more difficult than the regular questions.
· Bonus questions (worth a pre-determined 1-3 points); Bonus questions will be offered only if a toss up question is answered correctly.
The Qualtrics online platform will be used to administer the contest and will be open for completion between April 15-24, 2022. The system will close at midnight on the 24th. Youth may only complete the contest one time. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (adults, other youth, the internet, reference books etc.)
Youth must be pre-entered to compete in the contest. Entries must be made online via the University of Delaware IdLoom system and will be open between March 21 and April 8.
A valid email address that is used regularly should be used at the time of entry. This email address will receive the contest information and link.
There will be no entry fee for the 2022 contest.
Teams must be preregistered in order to compete in the 4-H Horse Bowl. Entries will not be accepted during the contest. If you have registered for the Horse Bowl, you will receive an email confirmation prior to the start of the contest.
Individual scores will be calculated based on the number of correct answers Team scores will be calculated by adding the top three scores from a four-member team and dropping the lowest score. In a three-member team, no low score will be dropped.
Awards will be presented to the top placing individuals and teams in each category. The Danish system will also be utilized to present individual awards beyond the top placing individuals. Danish system awards will be based on the following scale:
· Blue (90% or greater correct)
· Red (75%- 89% correct)
· Yellow (74% and below correct)
A. Youth must complete their own work without any outside assistance (from parents, leaders, other members and teammates, internet searches, reference books, etc.) If special accommodations are needed to complete the contest in this virtual format, please contact Susan Garey firstname.lastname@example.org or (302)730-4000.
B. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, participants will not be able to return to questions.
C. In order to assist with creating a sense of competition in a virtual format, the questions will auto advance to keep participants from lingering too long on a single question. Youth will have a maximum of two minutes to answer each question before it auto advances.
If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event so that we can make alternate arrangements
While this specifies “new” leaders, all club or county volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to attend as a refresher.
Congratulations to Heavenly Hooves’ Daisy and Savannah Timney for placing in several categories of the Equine Art Contest. Well done!!
Delaware 4-H members of all ages recently participated in a statewide Equine Art Contest sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee, a group of volunteer 4-H Equine Project Leaders. Entries from budding artists from across the state were submitted for the contest in the following categories:
· Drawing- Pastels/Charcoal/Graphite/Colored Pencil (Abstract or Realistic)
· Drawing- Pen/Ink/Markers/Crayon (Abstract or Realistic)
· Painting- Oil/Acrylic/Watercolor (Abstract or Realistic)
· Photography- Color digital or 35 mm film
· Photography- Black and White digital or 35 mm film
· Cartoon- Single Frame or Strip
· Mixed Media
Entries were divided into age groups for judging. Awards were given to the top six entries in each category and age group. A Best in Show Champion and Best in Show Reserve Champion overall were also chosen from all of the entries. Annual Art Contest entries were submitted to an online virtual art gallery.
Drawing- Pastels, Charcoal, Graphite, Colored Pencil- Abstract- Intermediate Ages 12-14
1. Savannah Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
Drawing –Pen, Ink, Crayon, Markers-Abstract- Senior- Agues 15-19
1. Daisy Timney, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
Color Photography- Digital or 35MM- Senior- Ages 15-19
2. Daisy Timey, Heavenly Hooves 4-H Club, New Castle County
Congratulations to all our NCC 4-H members who submitted Fair entries and participated in Fair competitions!
Eason Li, Blue
Victoria Fuller, Blue
Addison Vitusky, Blue
Cole Simpson, Blue
Bruce Patrick, Blue
Clothing and Textiles:
Katie Campbell, Blue
Eason Li, Blue
Gabriel Trunfio, Blue
Matthew Trunfio, Blue
Anna Schaedler, Blue
Cole Simpson, Blue
Elizabeth Handlin, Blue
Victoria Fuller, Blue
Makayla Bradley, Blue
Sydney Phipps, Blue
Liam Phipps, Blue
Isabella Zurzolo, Blue
Elizabeth Handlin, Blue
Daisey Timney, Blue
Evelyn Witte, 1st pl.
Alexis Wolff, 3rd pl.
Melanie Witte, 2nd pl.
Age 8-12 Talent Acts:
Evelyn Witte, 3rd pl.
Age 13-19 Talent Acts:
Eason Li, 3rd pl.
Matthew Trunfio, 4th pl.
Stump Corner, 1st pl.
Clover Quest, 2nd pl.
Heavenly Hooves, 3rd pl.
Emily Campbell, 9th pl.
Paige Green, 2nd pl.
Bruce Patrick, 9th pl.
Jacob Green, 1st pl.
Compact Tractor Driving:
Bruce Patrick, 1st pl.
Delaware 4-H Dropbox Entries:
|Brandon Tang||Digital Slide Show||162||1st|
|Eason Li||Excel – Income and Expenses||78||1st|
|Liam Aber||4-H Project||82||1st|
|Liam Aber||Digital Slide Show Junior||161||1st|
|Eason Li||Digital Slide Show Senior||162||1st|
|Tobi Tang||Digitial Slide Show Junior||161||1st|
|Tobi Tang||4 Seasons||155||1st|
|Tobi Tang||4-H Flyer||79||2nd|
|Tobi Tang||Beginning to End||157||1st|
|Tobi Tang||What Green Means to me||156||1st|
Savannah Timney, Blue Division Champion
Daisy Timney, Blue Division Champion
Healthy Food Selection:
Evelyn Witte, Blue Division Winner
Elizabeth Handlin, Blue Division Winner
Liam Aber, Blue Division Winner
Alexis Wolff, Blue Division Winner