Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Great Article - Give it a Read!!

Take a few minutes to see how 4-H impacted these folks. Click here to enjoy the article.

National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia over the Thanksgiving holidays (Nov. 23-28).  The program combines a variety of fun and exciting educational, recreational and networking opportunities. The program combines sessions, seminars, discussion groups, and a service learning experience. The nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers, and educators present the most current and timely information available.

The program's goals are to improve the ability of teen 4-H members to express themselves in written and verbal forms of communication that are necessary and important “life skills” for today and in the future, and to increase the awareness of the importance of Leadership, Citizenship, and Community Service in 4-H Youth Development.

The program is open to 4-H'ers in grades 9-12 (in Nov.) who possess the maturity to interact with other youth from different regions, cultures, experiences and beliefs.  Deadline to apply is Sunday, April 16thClick here for more info.

Contest Opps at Texas 4-H Roundup!

Texas 4-H Roundup (June 6-8, in College Station) includes most state-level qualifying 4-H contests as well as awards presentations, a trade show, workshops, dances, a concert and tons more fun!  There are also 16 invitational contests, meaning any intermediate (grades 6-8) or senior (grades 9-12) 4-H'ers can participate - no qualifying required.  Click here to get more details about these great contest opportunities!  You can also visit the Texas 4-H Roundup site for complete info about Texas 4-H Roundup.  The deadline to register for Roundup is May 16th.

One of the invitational contests is the Vet Science Skillathon, which will take place on Thur., June 8thClick here to find out more.  If you are interested in participating, you must click here and complete a survey by April 13th.  

Essay Contest

Tractor Supply Company is inviting 4-H and FFA members to participate in their "Great Neighbor" essay contest.  Members are asked to respond to the following essay question:   What does 4-H/FFA mean to you, and how has your organization allowed you to be the best neighbor you can be in your community?   Deadline to submit essays is Monday, April 24thClick here to find out more and submit your essay.  

TSC is hosting their Mobile Fair Tour--a 19-stop journey across the US this summer and fall.  Tour stops in Texas include the Titus County Fair (Mount Pleasant) and the State Fair of Texas (Dallas).  They will select 5 winners for each of the 19 fair stops which will be recognized during a special ceremony during the fair.  Winners will be presented with a commemorative certificate and TSC gift pack.

Pick up your LCYLS T-shirt

For those of you who ordered Leon Co. Youth Livestock Show t-shirts, please stop by the 4-H concession stand during the show to pick up your order.  We ordered a total of 163 shirts.  We did order 20 extra shirts, so let us know asap if you would like to purchase some of these.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Congrats & Best Wishes!!

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in our County 4-H Spring Contests!!  We had 29 4-H'ers who participated in clothing, public speaking and/or photo contests.  You can click here to view the Co. 4-H Photo Contest entries.

Best wishes to the following who are advancing to their District 8 Contests:

- Chelsea Harter - Sr Buying Fantastic Fashions Under $25
- Natalie Uptmor - Sr Construction Theatre/Costume & Cotton Natural Fibers

Public Speaking/Performance Arts:

- Team of Skylar Williams, Rayna Roddey, Darren Edwards, Aubree McAllister, Katelynn Dunn, Bryanna Hutherson and Avery Shaw - Jr Share the Fun Vocal
- Ashley White - Jr Share the Fun Vocal
- Quannah Dudley - Jr Share the Fun Musical/Instrumental

- Caroline Dudley - Int Public Speaking
- Quentin Parrish - Int Share the Fun Solo/Band Performance
- Anthony Banda - Sr Share the Fun Vocal and Share the Fun Solo/Band Performance

Pictures by the following are advancing:  Skylar Williams, Quannah Dudley, Drew Ellen Stewart, Levi Scoma, Rylee Morton, Callie Powell, Lindsey Hardin, Emily Banda, Mikayla Swallow, Stephanie Vandegriff and Megan Green. Others who participated in the county contest also included:  Grace Hulzing, Riley de la Garza, James Bodine, Adriana de la Garza, Caroline Dudley and Paiton Carter.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and parents for helping these young people!!

We need volunteers to judge at District 4-H Fashion Show and Roundup (public speaking), so please contact our office to sign up ASAP.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Another Way to Help Victims of Panhandle Wildfires

If you would like to make a monetary donation to the Panhandle Wildfire efforts, please send to: 
Lipscomb County Firefighters Association
First Bank Southwest – Booker
Attn: Pam Sanders 

PO Box 636
Booker, TX 79005 

Please let them know this donation is being made through the 4-H Community Service Project. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Time to Order Major Livestock Show Steer and Heifer Validation Tags

Even though we are not quite through with the livestock show season, it is time to order steer and heifer validation tags for major livestock shows.  Tag orders will be due to the Leon County Extension Office by Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  Each tag ordered will be $15.  Validation tags ordered after the April 18 deadline will be $25 per tag.   Validation will take place sometime in June.  Once those details are finalized, those exhibitors ordering validation tags will be sent an email with the details.  Please use the attached order form when making an order for validation tags. 

The major livestock show steer tags will validate animals for the following livestock shows:
                State Fair of Texas
                Fort Worth Livestock Show
                San Antonio Livestock Show
                Houston Livestock Show
                Rodeo Austin Livestock Show
                San Angelo Livestock Show 

This validation tag will also be recognized by the Leon County Livestock Show as long as a hair sample was pulled at time of validation.  Otherwise, the steer will have to be brought to Leon County Steer Validation in November to have a hair sample taken.   

Payment for major livestock show steer validation tags must be made when the validation tags are ordered.  There is no refund for tags that an exhibitor orders and does not use. 

With a registered heifer project, once it is validated under the major livestock show validation process, it is validated for life, unless the animal changes ownership.  So in most instances, heifers only need to be validated once in their show career.   It is important to make sure that at the time of validation that the heifers are registered in the name of the exhibitor and that any brands or tattoos indicated on the registration paperwork are on the heifer.  Only registered heifers can be validated under this program.  Payment for validation will be made at validation, not sooner.  We will do another heifer validation in October.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Polo Available

We have a navy blue, men's medium Leon Co. 4-H polo shirt available for $25.  If you are interested, please contact the Extension office at 903-536-2531. 

4-H Horse Project Validation

If you have a horse project that you are wanting to exhibit in the District and/or State 4-H Horse Show, it must be validated on 4-H Connect.  Horse Validation will be open from March 1 through May 1.  Please click here for more details and instructions on how to validate your horse on 4-H Connect.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

TSC 4-H Paper Clovers!!

Mark your calendars and have your 4-H clubs plan something special at the Buffalo store during the upcoming Tractor Supply Company 4-H Paper Clover Promotions:
- Spring:  April 26-May 7
- Fall:  October 4-15
It's a great time to showcase our great 4-H'ers, help TSC customers and raise funds for Leon Co. 4-H. For every $1 4-H Paper Clover sold at the local store during these periods, Leon County 4-H receives 75% of the sales.  Thank you to everyone who has supported previous 4-H Paper Clover Promotions!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Texas 4-H Outdoor Challenge

This contest allows 4-H members to participate in a series of activities such as archery, kayaking and fishing.  It will take place June 16-18, in Seguin.  Register on 4-H Connect May 1-30.  Click here for more details.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador - Apply Today!

2017 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:
  • Texas A&M University July 17-20; Cost: $250 
  • Texas Tech University/West Texas A&M University July 24-27; 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 clicks here
  • Student completes the application and enters 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 2nd. Applicants will be notified by June 16th
  • regarding application result

Click here to get more information about the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

State-wide 4-H Community Service

The 2016-17 Texas 4-H Council invites you to participate in their 2016-17 statewide service project, supporting your local first responders.  You could provide care packages or host a fundraiser.  Care package items could include energy/protein bars, peanuts, gatorade, water, tissues, encouraging notes, etc.

They also ask that you report your efforts - click here to share what you have done to support local first responders.  Please report your efforts by May 31.  Results will be compiled and showcased during Texas 4-H Roundup.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Scholarship Resources

The Leon County Extension Office has compiled a list of scholarships and scholarship resources.  They can be found by clicking here.  Don't wait until the last minute to start the application process.  Get started today!  There is a lot of money to be awarded to deserving students.  The only way you can be considered for any of it is to apply for it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

4-H Robotics Project Update

We have hosted 2 county-wide 4-H Robotics project meetings over the last few months.  In order to better serve local communities, we are looking at starting 4-H Robotics groups in the Oakwood and Centerville areas.  Other areas can also start the program - all you need is interest from kids and leadership of volunteers.  This could be done as a weekly afterschool activity or whenever your group can get together.  We have EV3 robotics kits that may be checked out for use with your project group.  If interested in helping with 4-H Robotics, please contact Laura Petty.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Multi-County Youth Horse Show

There will be a youth horse show held on April 22 and 23 at the Limestone County Fairgrounds in Groesbeck.  This show will provide an opportunity for horse project members to improve and exhibit their project skills in the show ring.  A show bill and entry form can be attached by clicking here.  Any questions related to this show can be directed to Annette McCloskey at 254-730-0822 or by email at

4-H Livestock Exhibitor Sign

Do you need a 4-H sign to proudly identify your livestock project as yours?  You can download the attached 4-H exhibitor card, fill in your name and 4-H club, print it off and display it with your project.

Click here to download Leon County 4-H Exhibitor Card

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Howard College Lamb and Goat Camps

Howard College, in Big Spring, is once again hosting their annual Lamb and Goat Camps.  Lamb Camp will be held June 4-6; Goat Camp will be held June 11-13.  The cost for each camp is $85.  Click below for more information on each camp.

Lamb Camp Advertisement
Lamb Camp Information Letter
Lamb Camp Registration Form

Goat Camp Advertisement
Goat Camp Information Letter
Goat Camp Registration Form

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Successful 4-H Council Fundraiser!!

Just wanted to give a quick update about the Leon Co. 4-H Council fall fundraiser, which was a drawing for a lifetime hunting and fishing license, valued at $1,800.  A total of 570 tickets were sold and Council profited $2,760.  Congratulations to all of our 4-H clubs for earning money for selling tickets:
     - Buffalo 4-H sold 137 tickets and will receive $274
     - Centerville 4-H sold 180 tickets and will receive $360
     - Leon 4-H sold 123 tickets and will receive $246
     - Normangee 4-H sold 53 tickets and will receive $106
     - Oakwood 4-H sold 77 tickets and will receive $154

A big thanks to everyone who sold/bought tickets!!  Congratulations to Mr. Matt Clark for being the big winner!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Summer Job Opps

Know any college students looking for summer jobs?  The Texas 4-H Conference Center has its summer job applications available.  Click here to find out more about  

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Texas 4-H Explore Guides

Texas 4-H has launched several of their "Explore" books which were developed to support volunteers, County Extension Agents, and even 4-H members, in leading project experiences for youth. There are six lessons in each book that follow the “do, reflect, apply” model of learning, providing guidance for hands-on exploration and learning about a specific topic.  As of 12/16, 11 guides are available: Clothing & Textiles, Consumer Education, Food & Nutrition, Housing & Home Environment, Leadership, Global Exploration, Theater & Performance Arts, Personal Development, Photography, Rabbits and Science.  Click here to view (and download) the books.  They are listed under the "4H Explore Guides" heading.

Congrats to our D8 4-H Food Contest Participants!!

Leon County was very well-represented during the District 8 4-H Food Challenge and Food Show on Dec. 7th in Belton.  

Food Show Placings:
Callie Powell-2nd place in Int Grains
Chelsea Harter-5th place Sr Protein

Food Challenge results:
Team (The Divas) of Skylar Williams, Evelynn Landry, Olivia Ross, Mia King and Rayna Roddey placed 2nd in Jr Nutritious Snacks
Team (Cuisine Queens) of Sasha Duck, Graci Kelley, Callie Harter and Annika Stevens placed 1st in Int Fruit & Vegetable
Team (Sizzling Supremes) of Chelsea Harter, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in Sr Main Dish, which qualified them to advance to Texas 4-H Roundup, they also won Team Spirit Award
Team (M&M's) of Alexis Manaham, Anthony Banda, Kelsi Corgey, Jacey Knippa and Megan Green placed 4th in Sr Nutritious Snacks

Megan Green also participated in Food Show.  Other Food Challenge participants included Austin Light, Richard Ross, Anfernee Evans, John Landry and Colter Accord, Kayla Saenz, Emma Adams, Abby Brewer, Avery Best and Lindsey Hardin.

Special thanks to Debby Johnson, Spring Powell, Sarah Adams, Kandace Stevens and Julie Uptmor for volunteering as judges and group leaders today - we could not run the contests without you!!