Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Major Livestock Show Information

It is time to begin thinking about making entry into the Spring 2018 Major Livestock Shows. 

Leon County 4-H entries into the Fort Worth Livestock Show are due to the Leon County Extension Office by November 3.
Fort Worth Livestock Show Premium Book
Fort Worth Livestock Show Entry Form

Leon County 4-H entries into other 2018 spring major livestock shows are due to the Leon County Extension Office by November 17.  As materials are released, the links will become active.

San Antonio Livestock Show Premium Book
San Antonio Livestock Show Entry Form

San Angelo Livestock Show Premium Book
San Angelo Livestock Show Entry Form

Houston Livestock Show Premium Book
Houston Livestock Show Entry Form

Rodeo Austin Livestock Show Premium Book
Rodeo Austin Livestock Show Entry Form

Monday, September 18, 2017

Clover Kids

We've had some questions about the Clover Kids program that 4-H offers.  Here's some info that might help...

To be eligible to enroll in 4-H, a youth must be at least in 3rd grade (and 8 years old).  4-H does offer a program opportunity called Clover Kids for kids in grades K-2nd.  Clover Kids can learn about 4-H, develop skills and enjoy some fun learning experiences.  Rather than Clover Kids just enrolling and attending club meetings, the Clover Kids program is intended to be an organized experience with age-appropriate activities facilitated by enrolled adult volunteers.  A Clover Kids group can be formed within an existing 4-H club or as a separate group.  I’ve seen them done both ways with success.  Often times Clover Kids are younger siblings of 4-H members, so the club format works best in this situation.  There is also no fee for Clover Kids to enroll whereas 4-H members pay a $25 ($20 until Oct. 31st) fee when they enroll in 4-H on 4-H Connect.  Clover Kids can participate in club activities (when part of a 4-H club).  Clover Kids can be gathered in a separate area during a portion of the 4-H club meeting in order to do an activity that is more age appropriate for them.  We have many ideas and resources that can be utilized with Clover Kids.  Clover Kids can also participate in our county 4-H contests such as 4-H Food Challenge, Food Show, Fashion Show, Photography, etc.  They are simply recognized for their participation, they do not compete.  I have also attached the page out of the current Texas 4-H Rules and Guidelines that outlines Clover Kids.  This will provide more info about projects and activities for Clover Kids.

As of right now, we do not have any Clover Kids groups, but groups can certainly be formed within a club or outside a club.  There would need to be 1-2 adult volunteers (enrolled on 4-H Connect) who provide leadership for a Clover Kids group.  If you are interested in organizing a Clover Kids group, please contact the Extension office.

Get Your Texas Strong T-shirts

Here's a way to show off your Texas and 4-H pride and help with disaster recovery. Click here for the t-shirt order form.  All orders are due to our office by Mon., Sept. 18th, so don't delay!!

National Youth Science Day Workshop

We are excited to offer a workshop to explore this year's NYSD (National Youth Science Day) project, Incredible Wearables!  The workshop is set for Wed., Oct. 4th, 6-8 pm, at the Leon Co. Extension office.  Students in grades 4-10 are invited. Click here to see a promo flyer.  To sign up, please call our office at 903-536-2531.  The workshop is limited to the first 20 kids who sign up.

You can also check out last year's NYSD project, Drone Discovery - You can view a highlight video of the 2016 National Youth Science Day experiment by clicking here.

Any schools, clubs, etc. who are interested in any of the current and/or past NYSD projects can contact our office for more details.

Order Your 4-H Polo Shirt!!

Now is your chance to order your Leon Co. 4-H polo shirt to wear to various contests and activities.  Deadline to order is Mon., Sept. 25th. Cost is $25 for adult (Additional $2 for 2x and up) and $20 for youth.  Click here to go to the online order form.

Volunteer Opportunities for 4-H'ers

- 4-H members are needed to help with the Extension Education Association’s Fall Sale on Sat., Sept. 30, at the Expo Center. Help is needed with concessions, garbage/clean up, deliver items to booths, help customers carry items to cars, etc. Volunteers are needed 8:00-11:30 am and 11:15 am to 3:00 pm, so sign up for one or both shifts.
- 4-H middle and high school students are needed to help with the Health Fair on Tue., Oct. 3rd, 8:00 am-2:30 pm, at the Expo Center. As part of the Health Fair, we will also have all 6th graders there to experience several 20 minute sessions to help them be safe. There are lots of jobs so click here to sign up.
- The Veterans Appreciation Luncheon is set for Sat., Oct. 21st, at the Expo Center. 4-H’ers are asked to help set up, serve food, clean up, etc. Help is needed from 10 am to 2 pm. We also need 4-H’ers to do pledges to US and Texas flags.
- Ag Fair (Wed., Nov. 8th, Expo Center) will involve all 4th graders who will be learning about how agriculture impacts our daily lives. 4-H middle and high school students are needed to serve as group leaders, help with set up and clean up, and give presentations. Help will be needed from about 8:00 am to 2:30 pm.

If you are interested in helping with any of these events, please contact the Extension office at 903-536-2531. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Leon County Livestock Show Rules

Rules and schedules for the 2018 Leon County Livestock Show have been released.  If you did not pick up a copy of the rules at your 4-H club meeting or if you have misplaced your rulebook, you can download a copy of the rules and entry forms by clicking here.

Improving Beef Cattle Genetics Workshop

Attention Beef Project Members!  Here is a workshop that might be of interest to you.  On September 19, Dr. Jason Cleere from Texas A&M University will present a workshop on the importance of good genetics in your beef herd.  In addition to Dr. Cleere, representatives from Hwy 75 Cattle Services and Trans Ova Genetics will be on hand to discuss the reproductive services that they provide.  More information can be found by clicking here.

Time to Order Broiler Projects for Houston Livestock Show

Any Leon County 4-H member wanting to order broilers for the Houston Livestock Show:  it is time to order broiler projects!   Orders are due to the Leon County Extension Office by September 22, 2017.   Click here for an order form. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Leon Co. 4-H Handbook/Calendar

Click here to view/download the 2017-18 Leon Co. 4-H Handbook & Calendar.  A hard copy will be provided for each 4-H family during your upcoming 4-H club meetings.  Use your handbook/calendar to provide you some great info.  Dates in the calendar are subject to change, so be sure to visit the 4-H website and attend your club meetings to be kept up to date.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Time to Order Heifer Validation Materials for Major Livestock Shows

It is time to order heifer validation tags for spring major livestock shows.  Tag orders will be due to the Leon County Extension Office by Friday, September 15, 2017.  A validation fee of $15 will need to be paid for each heifer validated.  Payment will be made at validation.   Validation will take place sometime in October.  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 heifer tags will validate animals for the following livestock shows:
  • Fort Worth Livestock Show
  • San Antonio Livestock Show
  • Houston Livestock Show
  • Rodeo Austin Livestock Show
  • San Angelo Livestock Show
  • 2018 State Fair of Texas
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 or breed registry.  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.  A copy of the original registration paperwork will need to be brought to validation.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Enroll in 4-H for the 2017-18 Year

It's time to enroll for the 2017-18 4-H year!!  4-H Connect is our online 4-H enrollment and event registration system.  On the log in screen, you can click on the "Download 4-H Family Help Sheet" as a guide to enrolling.  Please complete your enrollment (both 4-H members and adult volunteers), and let us know if you have any questions.

If you were enrolled for the 2016-17 4-H year, your enrollment status is now “inactive.”  ALL youth and volunteers who want to re-enroll for 2017-18 will need to log into their family profile and re-enroll.   

If you are new to 4-H, you can also enroll by creating a family and individual profiles on 4-H Connect.  All 4-H members (not volunteers or Clover Kids) are assessed the $25 Texas 4-H Participation Fee, which you will pay by credit card on 4-H Connect.  

Attention all 3rd graders!!  Please wait until after Sept. 1st to enroll in 4-H.  Otherwise, you may not be properly enrolled. 

We encourage all parents and other adults who are involved in our 4-H clubs to enroll on 4-H Connect.  All 4-H adult volunteers are assessed a $10 volunteer fee, but this will be covered by the “Leon Co. 4-H Volunteer Scholarship” (you’ll see the discount listed in the payment section).  Also, as you enroll, there are 2 volunteer trainings you must complete.  These must be completed every 2 years, and don't take long, but are an important part of serving as a volunteer.

Not sure what 4-H is all about?  Click here to view a "What is 4-H" overview.

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 6 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 8/17, 15 guides are available.  Click here to view (and download) the books.  They are listed under the "4H Explore Guides" heading.

Monday, August 7, 2017

County 4-H Awards Banquet

Congratulations to all of our 4-H award winners!  Our 4-H Banquet (July 31st) was a great way to wrap up the 2016-17 4-H year.  Thank you to everyone who helped make it a success!  Click here to see the awards slide show.

A few awards to mention:
Rookie Award - Quannah Dudley, Centerville 4-H
Bronze Star - Travis Barrett, Normangee 4-H
Silver Star - Caraline Dudley, Centerville 4-H 
Gold Star - Nathan Barrett, Normangee 4-H and Zoie Stevens, Oakwood 4-H
Courage to Change Award - Zoie Stevens, Oakwood 4-H
Leadership Award - Annika Stevens, Oakwood 4-H

Friend of 4-H:
Carter Services
Mr. Mitchell Pate
Mr. Gilbert Garcia

Congrats and thank you again!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

4-H Club Officer & Club Manager Workshop

Thanks to everyone who participated in this workshop!  I hope you feel better about, and are prepared for a great 2017-18 4-H year. Special thanks to our Co. 4-H Council members for helping to present some topics!  If you were not able to attend, and would like handouts, please contact us.  We'll also soon have some of these available online, so check back soon. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

4-H'ers Complete SURGE

Congrats to our Leon County 4-H members who participated in District 8 4-H SURGE (also known as Leadership Lab): Nathan Barrett, Megan Green, Callie Harter, Chelsea Harter, Jennifer Moran, Skylar Parrish, James Rodell, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor.  They were joined by 160 other 4-H members, Extension staff and adult volunteers from across District 8 which includes 21 counties.  Activities included educational workshops, service projects, challenge games, District 4-H Council officer elections, dances and ceremonials.  Participants strengthened their leadership skills so they can provide programs and facilitate activities for other audiences.  James Rodell completed his term as a District 4-H Council officer, and Nathan Barrett was elected to serve for the 2017-18 year.  Special thanks to Centerville ISD and Mr. Jimmy Richardson for providing transportation.

Congrats Chelsea & Nathan!!

Congratulations to Chelsea Harter for being selected as a Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador!!  In this role, Chelsea will provide educational programs focused on how to live a healthy lifestyle.  We wish her the best in this endeavor!  She'd do a great job in presenting a program during 4-H club meeting.

Congrats also to Nathan Barrett for being selected as a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador!!  Nathan will develop and practice advanced leadership skills related to mentoring other youth, and to become advocates for animal agriculture.  Best wishes!  Another great resource for your 4-H club meeting program.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Texas 4-H Roundup Report

Congratulations to all of our Texas 4-H Roundup participants:

  • Rifle Match - team of Colton Adams, Kassidy Bell, James Rodell and Justin Vann took 12th place
  • Ag Product ID (invitational) - Senior team of Justin McGuire, Skylar Parrish, Annika Stevens and Zoie Stevens received 10th place
  • Livestock Skill-a-thon (invitational) - Nathan Barrett participated as a Senior
  • Fashion Show - Natalie Uptmor placed 1st in Construction Theatre/Costume and  qualified for the national contest
  • Archery (invitational) - Madeleine Phillips was 9th in Intermediate Compound Aided and Adriana de la Garza took 7th in Intermediate Barebow
  • Food Challenge - team of Chelsea Harter, Zoie Stevens and Natalie Uptmor placed 10th in Fruit and Vegetable
  • Healthy Lifestyles (invitational) - Justin McGuire was part of a multi-county Intermediate team that placed 8th, and he was 6th high point individual
  • Livestock Judging (invitational) - Senior team of Nathan Barrett, McKinzie Hamilton, Zoie Stevens and Justin Vann earned 5th place and Annika Stevens also participated as an Intermediate
  • Photography - Megan Green brings home a blue ribbon with her Landscape picture
  • Texas 4-H Scholarships - Charlee Cockrell and Natalie Freeman each received $20,000 scholarships from Houston Stock Show and Candace McGuire was awarded a $10,000 Wallrath scholarship
  • James Rodell did a great job serving on Texas 4-H Council this year
Special thanks also to all of our parents who participated in Roundup!  Kuddos to Mrs. Jana Barrett, Normangee 4-H Club Manager.  She provides overall leadership to Texas 4-H Roundup, working tirelessly throughout the year to ensure it is a quality experience for everyone.  We are so proud of her!!

Click here to view all of the Roundup results (at the bottom of the page).  You can also learn about various contests and activities that you can look forward to participating in next year.  You can also click here to view photos from Texas 4-H Roundup (via flickr). 

Friday, April 28, 2017

TX 4-H Archery Results

Congratulations to our 4-H’ers who participated in the Texas 4-H Archery Match!  Special thanks to all the coaches and parents!!  Placing in the top 10 of their class were:
  • Joshua Embry - 9th place Sr 2 Compound Aided
  • Trey Noack - 4th place 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
  • Jake Cadenhead - 5th place 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
  • Kaeli Walker - 1st place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Brendon Bellah - 3rd place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Memphis Fouse - 7th place 1st yr Jr Compound Unaided
  • Adriana de la Garza - 7th place 1st yr Int Barebow
Others who participated included:
  • Karson Bearden - Jr Compound Aided
  • Katherine Powers - Int Barebow
  • Madeleine Phillips - Int Compound Aided
  • JoBeth Eddings - Sr 1 Compound Aided
  • Aiden Robinson - 1st yr Jr Compound Aided
Complete results are available here.  Click on the "contests" tab and look for 2017 Indoor Archery Match Results.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Highlights from the Leon County Ag Fair

On October 19, the Leon County Extension Office hosted an Ag Day at the Leon County Expo Center.  This event was designed to educate 4th grade students of the importance of agriculture in Leon County and how agriculture impacts their lives.  Thank you to the Leon County 4-H members that assisted with this event.

You can view a highlight video from the Leon County Ag Day by clicking here.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Leon County Health Fair

A huge THANK YOU to all of the Leon County 4-H members who assisted with the Leon County Health Fair on October 4.  It was such a great educational event for the students that participated as well as the general public that attended.  You can view two videos that highlight the events of the day.

2016 Health Fair - an overall summary of the Leon County Health Fair
2016 Student Health Fair - a summary of the activities that the participating 6th grade students got to experience.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Memorial Contributions

Leon County 4-H gratefully acknowledges the receipt of memorial gifts.  If you would like to honor family or friends with a memorial to Leon County 4-H, contributions may be made payable to Leon County 4-H and mailed to the Extension Office at PO Box 188, Centerville, TX 75833.  Thank you!!