4-H Events and Activities

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Paper Clover Week -April 26-May 7

Tractor Supply Paper Clover Week
The Next Paper Clover Week to support 4-H is
4-H Spring Paper Clover – April 26-May 7

See if your club can set up a booth to show what we do!! Making the Best.. Better!.  Contact your local Tractor Supply today to see about working with them on the booth. Sale hot dogs, cookies, etc.

2017 Texas 4-H Photography – Senior Division only.


It is time to start snapping those pictures for the 2017 Texas 4-H State Photography contest.  All photographs need to have been taken between January 1, 2016 and the time of the entry.

Theme: The theme is “Reflections”.  A photo shot of any natural or artificial reflective surface. A well-executed shot can show perfect symmetry or a slightly distorted shot.  Examples include images of a lake, a window pane, a mirror, or a polished/waxed car.

All photos must be print quality resolution (300dpi). Size must be 8”X10”( portrait) or “10x8” (landscape). Photo may not be larger than 5120KB (5MB).  Entry period through 4-H Connect is April 1, 2017 to April 15th, 2017. 


For more information contact the Extension office for 2017 Photography rules or you can go to http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/photography-video/

Horse Project Validation Reminder Deadline

Horse Project Validation

Validation will be open March 1st – May 1st, at $10 per validation until April 15th and $20 from April 16 until May 1.  Please remind your horse families that:
·         horses must be validated in 4-H Connect every year.
·         Only one validation per horse each year is necessary (horses do not need to be validated under each siblings name)
·         If the horse is registered then the registration papers must be uploaded during validation.  The uploaded papers must be legible and the owner must be listed as the 4-Her, or a member of the 4-Hers immediate family (parent, sibling, grandparent, legal guardian).  A bill of sale or a signed transfer request will NOT suffice.  Families should apply for and receive the corrected papers prior to uploading in 4-H Connect.
·         If the horse is grade (unregistered) then the field designated for the upload of registration papers should be left blank. 

·         Pictures need to be a visual representation of the horses color and markings (head and legs must be visible in right and left profile images and lighting should be sufficient to determine coat color)

State Fair Validation Notices

Validation Reminder Time

MAJOR STEER VALIDATION AND HEIFER REGISTRATION VERIFICATION
  • EARLY ORDER DEADLINE for Steers and Heifers  TO THE COUNTY OFFICE IS APRIL 12TH
  • EARLY ORDER FEE IS $15 PER TAG.
  • AFTER EARLY ORDER DEADLINE, THE FEE GOES TO $25 PER TAG TO OFFICE IS JUNE 14TH



MAJOR MARKET LAMBS AND MARKET GOATS VALIDATION UPDATES

  • EARLY ORDER DEADLINE for State Fair Market Goats and Market Lambs  TO THE COUNTY OFFICE IS APRIL 12TH
    • EARLY ORDER FEE IS $15 PER TAG.
  • AFTER EARLY ORDER DEADLINE, THE FEE GOES TO $25 PER TAG TO OFFICE IS JUNE 14TH
    • Last day to order late tags is June14th
  • Single Validation TAG and Validation Form for sheep and goats
    • State Fair Market Lambs and Market Goats will use the same RFID validation tag
Validation order will be combined total number of market Lambs and market goats.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spring Livestock and Horse Validation Updates

Good morning,
As we gear up for another great validation season, please note some very important changes noted below for the Horse Project, State Fair Market Goat and Market Lamb, Major steer and Fall heifer validations.

HORSE PROJECT VALIDATION UPDATES

Please pay attention to the instructions for the 2017 Horse Validation process are attached. Some of the fields within the system have been updated, so families with existing horse profiles will need to update some of their information when validating. Validation will be open March 1st – May 1st, at $10 per validation until April 15th and $20 from April 16 until May 1. Please remind your horse families that:

=horses must be validated in 4-H Connect every year.
=Only one validation per horse each year is necessary (horses do not need to be validated under each siblings name)
=If the horse is registered then the registration papers must be uploaded during validation. The uploaded papers must be legible and the owner must be listed as the 4-Her, or a member of the 4-Hers immediate family (parent, sibling, grandparent, legal guardian). A bill of sale or a signed transfer request will NOT suffice. Families should apply for and receive the corrected papers prior to uploading in 4-H Connect.
=If the horse is grade (unregistered) then the field designated for the upload of registration papers should be left blank.
=Pictures need to be a visual representation of the horses color and markings (head and legs must be visible in right and left profile images and lighting should be sufficient to determine coat color)

MAJOR STEER AND HEIFER VALIDATION UPDATES

• EARLY ORDER DEADLINE for Steers and Heifers TO THE COUNTY OFFICE IS APRIL 12TH
o EARLY ORDER FEE IS $15 PER TAG.
• AFTER EARLY ORDER DEADLINE, THE FEE GOES TO $25 PER TAGFFICE IS JUNE 14TH
• Last day to order late tags is June 14th

*As a note, heifers will continue to be charged per animal submitted online (they pay when we verify papers BUT I need to know how many you are wishing to validate)
* whereas steers will be charged a validation fee based on how many tags are ordered.
MAJOR MARKET LAMBS AND MARKET GOATS VALIDATION UPDATES

• EARLY ORDER DEADLINE for State Fair Market Goats and Market Lambs TO THE COUNTY OFFICE IS APRIL 12TH
o EARLY ORDER FEE IS $15 PER TAG.
• AFTER EARLY ORDER DEADLINE, THE FEE GOES TO $25 PER TAGFFICE IS JUNE 14TH
• Last day to order late tags is June14th
• Single Validation TAG and Validation Form for sheep and goats
• State Fair Market Lambs and Market Goats will use the same RFID validation tag
• Validation order will be combined total number of market Lambs and market goats.

The Texas 4-H and FFA Livestock Validation Program has been successfully confirming ownership and ensuring exhibitor engagement with their livestock projects for the past several decades. In the past 10 years, the complexities of the livestock project have changed, along with society, to require more specialized support to exhibitors from people other than AST/CEA and designated volunteers. The addition of breeding sheep, goats and heifers, along with the validation website to manage exhibitors and projects, has dramatically increased the human resources needed to effectively execute the program. Below are the expected outcomes of changing the fee structure of the validation program:
• Increased enforcement of continuous care
• Establishment of validation support teams
• Development of website linking all validation systems together and integration with some major livestock show entry systems
• Development and implementation of livestock volunteer management system
• Development of Texas FFA Association SAE and Livestock Specialist position
• Addition of Sheep and Goat Validation website manager and other personnel
• Addition of Swine Validation support position
• Reduce enforcement responsibilities from educators
• Streamline the entire validation process and reduce the workload of CEAs/ASTs

*Please note – much more information will follow on the initiatives above.
To provide additional support to the validation program, each species will increase the validation fee from $8-10 to $15 per animal validated.
We realize that the validation fee increase may cause added questions regarding the validation program. Please help families understand they are not purchasing a UIN or ear tag, rather they are investing in a system to protect the integrity of the youth livestock program and ensuring a level playing field for all.

Look to your 4H Connect Family Page for the Order Form

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Texas 4-H Horse Show

The 2017 Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules and Regulations are attached to this email.  The rules and other information for the 2017 State 4-H Horse Show can also be found at this link: http://animalscience.tamu.edu/livestock-species/equine/state-4h-show/ or you can simply go to horse.tamu.edu and click on the show link.  The significant rule changes for this year are:
  • At District and State Shows, a horse may be ridden by only one 4-H’er per Class.  Separate age groups do NOT count as separate classes.  Example: a horse may be ridden in barrels by one 4-Her and Stakes by another 4-Her, provided that the 4-H’ers are siblings, the ownership requirements are met, and the horse has been properly Validated as a 4-H project (see validation rules). Exception: Drill and precision riding.  Futurity horses may never be ridden by more than one person.
    • Previously horses could only be ridden by one 4-Her per division.  This has been changed to one 4-Her per class, so that families with limited horses and multiple siblings can more easily participate.    
  • Lower fence heights have been set for Juniors in the over fences classes. 
  • Juniors will have an extended time (45 seconds) to complete their run in the roping division. 

We are working to finalize the show schedule for this year and as soon as that process is complete, the schedule will be available on the website.  We will also be posting updates on our Facebook page “Texas 4-H Horse” https://www.facebook.com/texas4hhorse/.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and as always, Thank you for all that you do.

NEW!! Texas 4-H Explore Project Resources

The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program greatly values the project learning experiences that take place at the local level, helping youth increase knowledge of a specific topic while building leadership and life skills. In order to further support such project experiences, 12 different Explore Project Books have been developed. These can be used not only by County Extension Agents, but volunteers and older youth when leading and implementing project learning experiences.

Attached is a promotional piece that highlights the 12 books that are currently available, as well as additional books to be developed and released some time in 2017. In addition to six lessons, each book also contains an evaluation instrument that can be used to ascertain knowledge gained and support in-depth program plans.

We hope you find these Explore Project Books to be useful in equipping volunteers and enhancing the project experiences for youth. And, we welcome your feedback as we continue to develop 4-H youth development resources.

Thanks for all you do for Texas 4-H! 

Texas Equine Ambassador Program

I find it hard to believe the Equine Ambassador Program is entering year 6 of existence. In that time, horse enthusiasts from across our great state have traveled to Gainesville for an exceptional training.  Equine Ambassadors have been busy assisting his/her County Extension Agents with equine programming and advocating for the industry. I am pleased to report that these exceptional leaders have represented Texas 4-H, the equine industry and animal agriculture with distinction and purpose. Equine Ambassadors have been at the forefront of advocacy efforts at the local, state, national and international levels.

New for 2017:
The course will still be headquartered in Gainesville, however a portion of the training will be held in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the NRHA Derby. Selected applicants will be treated to a behind the scenes educational experience of this storied event. Due to the difficulty in selecting applicants based on written information, 2017 applicants will submit a 2 minute video introduction and justification video along with their application.

2017 Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course:
Location: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat, Gainesville, Texas
Dates: June 25 – June 29 , 2017
Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:
·         Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her horse projects
·         Students with a profound interest in equine science and the horse industry in Texas
·         Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
·         Top 25% class rank

Application Process:

  • Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
  • CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  • Applications are due May 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified by early June, 2017 regarding the application result
If you have any questions regarding the program please feel free to contact me.  Cell: 940-886-7129.

Best regards,

Billy

Billy Zanolini, PhD
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Youth Livestock and Agriculture
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Texas Livestock Ambassador Program

The Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program is coming off of a truly groundbreaking year. In 2016, our program added West Texas A&M University and they graciously hosted our group along with Texas Tech University. The addition was an unquestioned success and WT has agreed to host the Livestock Ambassadors again in 2017. In August 2016, 19 Ambassadors boarded a plane in Houston headed for South America. We traveled to Uruguay and Argentina on an international agricultural experience. With visits to family farms, historic ranches, feedlot tours, major agricultural research institutes and various production facilities, Ambassadors were able to immerse themselves in cultural experiences exclusively found in these countries and develop new perspectives of international agriculture. As rewarding as it was for our Ambassadors to be recognized internationally, the program is successful only because of outstanding work you lead locally.

County Extension Agent support and coordination has been the driving force behind this successful program. Please consider approaching potential Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassadors in your county and recruiting he/she to the program.  Our hope is when they return from the course, you will find them to be eager to assist you with educational programs.  Below are the 2017 details and application link. Attached,  you will find a Texas 4-H Ambassador promotional document.

2017 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:

Texas A&M University July 17-20, 2017
              Cost: $250

Texas Tech University/West Texas A&M University July 24-27, 2017
              Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:

•             Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
•             Students with a profound interest in animal science and animal production
•             Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
•             Top 25% class rank

Application Process:

•             Applicant goes to: http://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0JPBcTafCz8b52J

·                Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent

·                CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
•             A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants per university
•             Applications are due June 2, 2017. Applicants will be notified by June 16, 2017 regarding application result


If you have any questions regarding the program please feel free to contact me by any means listed.  Cell: 940-886-7129.

My best,

Billy

Billy Zanolini, PhD
Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist
Youth Livestock and Agriculture
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
4180 State Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845
Tel. 979.458.0466<tel:979.458.0466>
Fax. 979.845.6495<tel:979.845.6495>
www.texasyouthlivestock.com<http://www.texasyouthlivestock.com/>
wfzanolini@ag.tamu.edu<mailto:wfzanolini@ag.tamu.edu>

2017 4-H Outdoor Challenge Contest

The state Outdoor Challenge committee is sending you the attached announcement flyer and contest handbook (includes rules, guidelines, and resources) for the 2017 Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge.  This year’s contest will be held June 16-18, 2017 at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center.  Registration will open on 4-H Connect May 1 and close on May 29.  No late team registrations.

The rules have been updated for 2017, and a new event, mountain biking, has been added.  Please share this information with your group(s),  and feel free to post on your local social media outlets (the flyer is attached as 2 JPG images for your convenience). 

They are looking forward to a fun-filled, challenging weekend!

Capital Farm Credit’s 2nd Annual “What Agriculture Means to Me” Video Contest to help celebrate National Ag Day.

Capital Farm Credit’s 2nd Annual “What Agriculture Means to Me” Video Contest to help celebrate National Ag Day.

They will begin accepting :30 second videos from now until March 20, so they can announce the winners on National Ag Day (March 21.)  Attached is a screen shot of the sign up page.

Contest Rules:

·        Video must address the question “What does Agriculture mean to me?”
·        Entrants must hold membership in a Texas 4H or FFA chapter AND be considered a High School student (current Freshman to Senior).
·        Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Instagram first. Paste the video URL when entering contest.
·        Video can be raw footage or edited.
·        Preferred video length is 30 seconds or less.
·        One entry allowed per entrant.
·        Videos become the property of Capital Farm Credit.
·        Entrants certify they have permission of all adults shown in each video and the permission of parents for all minors shown in each video. (as applicable)
·        The deadline to submit (and vote) is March 20, 2017. (hint- the earlier you post, the sooner you can start promoting your video)

Prizes:
·        Winners will be announced March 21, 2017, based on number of votes. Voting is open to the public, one vote per user per day.
·        TOP FIVE VIDEOS: Individuals receive $1,000 scholarships. Their 4H or FFA chapter receives $500 donation.
·        TOP VIDEO: Individual receives additional $1,500 scholarship ($2,500 total). Their 4H or FFA chapter receives additional $1,000 donation ($1,500 total).

How to promote:
·        Share the link to your specific video on personal social media and email channels.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Kaufman County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Kaufman County Farm Bureau Scholarship

Kaufman County Farm Bureau is awarding up to 3 scholarships to deserving and outstanding youth in Kaufman County.  The scholarships are for $1000 each and will be awarded on April 27, 2017. 

ELIGIBILITY OF APPLICANT
To be eligible, a student must:
·          Be a family member of Kaufman County Farm Bureau for at least one (1) year prior to applying for the Scholarship.
·          Be a 2017 graduate of a high school/Private School/Homeschool in Kaufman County.
·          Have been an active member in a school organizations (ie- member of Honor Society, 4-H/FFA/FCCLA)
·          Meet entrance requirements of a Texas college, university, or technical school.
·          Enroll full-time in a Texas college, university, or technical school in the Fall of 2017.
·          Plan to major in an Agriculture or Family and Consumer Sciences related field.
·          Submit SAT and/or ACT test scores.  (May be provided on transcript.)
·          Submit FAFSA
·          Attach an official copy of high school transcript. 
·          Submit the completed application and attachments by March 31, 2017. 

AVAILABILITY OF APPLICATIONS
Applications will be available through the following methods:
·          Contact a County Farm Bureau Agent in any of the Farm Bureau offices in Terrell, Kaufman or Forney.
·          Kaufman County Texas A&M AgriLife webpage:  http://kaufman-tx.tamu.edu/
·          Contact:  Kaufman County Farm Bureau – 972-962-2116.

DEADLINE
The completed application and attachments must be postmarked by March 31, 2017 and mailed to the following address:
                Kaufman County Farm Bureau
                Attn:  Robert Dobbs

                2477 N. St Hwy 34, Kaufman, TX  75142

Thursday, February 02, 2017

District IV 4-H Fashion Storyboard

Fashion Storyboard
April 1 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
$10.00

CONTEST INFORMATION
Date. Storyboards must be turned in to your County Extension by February 21st.
Location. Storyboards will be displayed with awards on the same day as district fashion show, April 1. No attendance is required.
Schedule.
Contestants must be registered through 4-H Connect by midnight March 3, 2017.
Completed storyboards must be turned in to the county office by February 21st.
Storyboards displayed on April 1 at district Roundup.
Registration. Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the $10 contest registration fee. Registration will open on February 3, and close at midnight on March 3, 2017. Agents, please ensure all information on 4-H Connect is correct before certifying on the county level. Storyboards submitted without a Connect entry will not be judged. Each entry must have the contest label securely mounted on the back of the board.

For More Detailed Information -
http://d44-h.tamu.edu/event/fashion-storyboard/

District IV 4-H Share the Fun

Share the Fun

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - April 1 @ 7:00 pm

$10.00
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CONTEST INFORMATION
Share the Fun will be split into two groups.  Share the Fun 1, which will take place on Friday, March 31 will consist of Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, and Solo/Band categories.  Share the Fun 2 will take place on April 1 and will consist of  Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Dramedy, and Choreographed Routines.

Registration.  Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10.00 per contest registration fee.  Registration will begin on February 10 and close at midnight March 10, 2017.
  • Contestants may enter 1 Share the Fun category from each column below.
  • Seniors may qualify in 1 category from each column below.

State Roundup
Wednesday
          
State Roundup
Thursday
Choreographed Routine
Celebrate 4-H
Dramedy
Musical/Instrumental
Poetry/Prose
Solo/Band Performance
Vocal
For More Detailed Information - 
http://d44-h.tamu.edu/event/share-the-fun/