Friday, April 13, 2018

County 4-H Camp!!

Southeast District 8 County 4-H Camp is set for July 6-8, in Palestine.  Deadline for registration is Thur., May 31st, so be sure to submit your registration form, release form, medication form, money and Teen Leader application, if applicable.

For campers and adults, click here for a camp packet which includes the promo flyer, registration form, elease form and medication form.  Adults, please join us for camp - it's a lot of fun and we need more chaperones!!

For 4-H'ers in grades 9-12 who are interested in serving as a Teen Leader (serve as group leader or present a workshop), click here for a camp packet including the Teen Leader application form.  Also note that if you are planning to be a workshop leader, you will need to participate in the Teen Leader Training on Mon., June 11th in Waco (transportation provided).

Friday, April 6, 2018

4-H Memorabilia

Cool story about 4-H in the March issue of County Living magazine.  Click here to view.  If you ever come across 4-H memorabilia and want it to go somewhere, drop it off at our office.  We display a great 4-H collection in our foyer.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

National Anthem Singers Needed

Texas 4-H Roundup will showcase 3 4-H members or groups of 4-H members each day for the singing of the National Anthem during the General Assemblies.  The deadline to apply is Mon., April 23rd. Click here for details.  This link also has the latest and greatest about Texas 4-H Roundup, so check it out!!

Youth Ag Tour


The Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (YALL) Tour is set for July 15-20.  Participants will tour South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley area, and have the opportunity to witness agriculture production and issues related to agriculture production including everything from immigration to hurricanes to fever ticks.  Open to 4-H'ers in grades 10-12, and limited to the first 30 participants.  Application deadline is June 18thClick here for more info and an application.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Host Youth or Chaperones from Japan


Texas 4-H will sponsor 20 youth and 2 adult chaperones from Japan this summer as part of the States 4-H International Exchange Program.  Would you be interested in serving as a host family for one of them?  If so, find out more and/or apply by clicking here.  Once the application is completed, families will be contacted by the State 4-H office to arrange an In-Home Visit and Orientation.

4-H Vet Science Skillathon

Interested in Vet Science?  Then check out this opportunity.  The Vet Science Skillathon tests a 4-H member's vet science knowledge and skills.  The contest, conducted on June 14th and open to all intermediate and senior 4-H'ers, is one of the many invitational contests offered during Texas 4-H Roundup.  If interested, you must complete an application and email a PDF version to joe.mask@ag.tamu.edu before April 16th.  Click here for more details - under Contest Resources, see Vet Science Skillathon.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Great Opportunity!

National 4-H Congress (Nov. 23-27, in Atlanta) brings 4-H folks from across the country together for a variety of fun and exciting educational, recreational and networking opportunities.  The program combines sessions, seminars, discussion groups, and a service learning experience.  Click here for more details!  Application deadline on 4-H Connect is April 20th.

Get your TSC 4-H Paper Clovers April 11th-22nd

It's time once again for our TSC 4-H Paper Clover Promotion!!  For every paper clover purchased at the Buffalo store, 75% comes back to Leon Co. 4-H to support leadership camps.

You can support the Paper Clover Promotion at the Buffalo store by purchasing clovers at the register, donating with online purchases and/or by calling TSC Customer Solutions at 877-718-6750.

In addition to the paper clovers, 4-H clubs are also encouraged to host a special event, display, etc. at the store.  Doing this also provides your club the opportunity to win 1 of 75 $100 TSC gift cards. Click here for more details.

Also, mark your calendars for the fall promotion:  Oct. 4-15.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Get Your Raffle Tickets

Want a chance to win a Lifetime Hunting & Fishing License, valued at $1,800? Leon Co. 4-H Council is selling chances, with the drawing planned for Fri., April 20th, just prior to the LCYLS auction. Either contact a Council member or our office to purchase your tickets!!

4-H Spring FCS Contest Report

Congratulations to all of our 4-H'ers who participated in the County 4-H Spring Contest!  Now we wish the following well as they advance to the district and state contests.

Clothing Contests (district contest is April 17th in Belton):
★Jaidynn Childress, Normangee 4-H - Jr Fashion Show Buying - Everyday Living
★Natalie Uptmor, Buffalo 4-H - Sr Fashion Show Buying - Semi-Formal to Formal
★Mia King, Normangee 4-H - Jr Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Grace Hulzing, Normangee 4-H - Jr Fashion Storyboard - Pet Clothing
★Brackyn Frederick, Normangee 4-H - Jr Fashion Storyboard - Non-Wearable
★Robyn McKinney, Normangee 4-H  - Int Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Rylee Morton, Normangee 4-H - Jr Fashion Storyboard - Jewelry
★James Bodine, Centerville 4-H - Int Fashion Storyboard - Wearable
★Rylie McKinney, Normangee 4-H - Int Fashion Storyboard - Non-Wearable

Public Speaking/Performance Arts Contests (district contest is May 5th in Riesel):
★    John Landry, Normangee 4-H - Jr Share the Fun - Vocal - “National Anthem”
★    Quannah Dudley, Centerville 4-H - Jr Public Speaking - “Does Social Media Make People Better Informed”
★    James Bodine, Centerville 4-H - Int Share the Fun - Poetry/Prose - “Casey’s Revenge”
★    James Bodine & Caraline Dudley, Centerville 4-H - Int Health Educational Presentation - “The Digestive System”
★    Anthony Banda, Normangee 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Vocal - “My Way”
★    Skylar Parrish - Sr Safety & Injury Prevention Educational Presentation - “Life Jackets”
★    Quentin Parrish - Sr Open General Educational Presentation - “Fishing Basics”
★    Nathan Barrett - Sr Public Speaking - “Agriculture Impacts Even You”
★    Samantha Bowers, Normangee 4-H - Sr Share the Fun Solo/Band - “Going Home”


Photo Contest:
We had 165 photos submitted by 22 4-H'ers!  Click here to see all the photos and what awards everyone received.  We have 40 photos advancing to the district contest, which will be conducted in April.  We also have 10 photos headed to the state contest.
 
Special thanks to all of our 4-H adult volunteers and parents for helping these 4-H'ers!!  Also, a big thanks goes out to our photo contest judges!!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Ag Product ID Contest

There is a contest opportunity associated with the Leon County Youth Livestock Show that does not require the raising or exhibition of an animal project. It is the Ag Product ID contest. With this contest, individuals and teams attempt to identify a total of 20 agricultural products and answer questions related to those products. It is a great contest to support a livestock project, a food and nutrition project, or even a gardening and horticulture project! 4-H and FFA members can participate in this contest even if they are not in any of these projects. This will be the second year for the Leon County Youth Livestock Show to have this contest. This year's contest will be held on the afternoon of Monday, April 16.

Contest Information can be found by clicking here.

Rules for this contest can be found by clicking here.

If you are interested in the contest, you can access study resources by clicking here.

In addition to the Leon County Youth Livestock Show contest, there is also a state 4-H Invitational Contest that Intermediate and Senior 4-H members can participate in at Texas 4-H Roundup in June. This is a great opportunity for 4-H members to participate in the Leon County Youth Livestock Show. Start working on getting your team together today! If you have any questions about this contest, please contact Richard at the Extension Office.

Monday, March 5, 2018

4-H Concession Stand!!

We are preparing to host a great 4-H concession stand at the upcoming Leon Co. show, and we need everyone to sign up for your shift.  Proceeds from the concession stand impact every 4-H member and adult volunteer here in Leon County, so please get involved!

Everyone is asked to sign up using Signup Genius so everyone can keep up with the most recent schedule.  The general schedule is listed below.  If you are not able to work when your club is assigned, please sign up for a time when you can work.
  • Mon., April 16th, 10 am-5 pm - Co. 4-H Council
  • Tue., April 17th, 2-8 pm - Normangee 4-H
  • Wed., April 18th, 8 am-2 pm - Leon 4-H
  • Wed., April 18th, 2-8 pm - Buffalo 4-H
  • Thur., April 19th, 8 am-2 pm - Centerville 4-H
  • Thur., April 19th, 2-8 pm - Oakwood 4-H
  • Fri., April 20th, 7:30 am-1 pm - Co. 4-H Council
  • Fri., April 20th, 3:30-9:30 pm - 4-H Archery & Rifle Project Groups

LOTS of Opportunities!

Here are some great leadership opportunities for our older 4-H'ers.  Let us know if you have any questions about any of these.
This opportunity to also open to adult volunteers:

More Opportunities

Here are a few more to highlight...

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, February 28, 2018

4-H Horse Validation

If you plan on participating in the District and/or State 4-H Horse Shows, you must have your horse validated!  This can be done on 4-H Connect until May 5th.  Cost of validation is $10 per horse (until April 15th),  $20 (April 16th-May 1st), and a late fee of $250 (May 2nd-5th). There will be absolutely no validations accepted after May 5th.   If you have a registered horse, make sure that you apply for and receive any necessary transfer of ownership with the breed association.  The owner listed in 4-H Connect must match the owner of record on the horse’s registration papers, and appropriate relationship status selected between the horse owner and the 4-Her.  You can find instructions on how to get your horse validated by clicking here.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Time to Order Steer and Heifer Validation Materials for Major Livestock Shows

Even though we are right in the middle of major livestock show season, it is time to begin thinking about getting animals validated for the 2018-2019 show season.  The Leon County Extension Office will be collecting orders for steer and heifer validation tags until April 11.  Validation will take place sometime in June.  The date and location has not yet been set.  These validations will qualify steer and heifer projects to compete in the following livestock shows:  State Fair of Texas, San Antonio Livestock Show, Houston Livestock Show, Star of Texas Livestock Show, San Angelo Livestock Show, Fort Worth Livestock Show.  For steers, we can also pull hair for Leon County Livestock Show purposes during validation if the exhibitor wishes us to do so.

Payment for steer validation tags must be made at the time of ordering.  Validation tags are $15 per animal.  No refunds will be given for unused tags.  All unused tags stay in the possession of the validation committee. 

If a heifer has already been validated under the major livestock show validation process, there is no need to re-validate the heifer unless the heifer has changed owners or changed breed registries.  Payment for heifer validation will be made at the time of validation.  It will be $15.  It is very important to ensure that the heifer registration paperwork is in the name of the exhibitor by the time of validation and that any brands or tattoos recorded on the registration paperwork are reflected on the animal.  A copy of the original registration paperwork will need to be brought to validation in order to be scanned.  Prior to validation, emailed copies of registration paperwork can be emailed to Richard at re-parrish@tamu.edu .

Please use the following order forms to order your validation materials:

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador

The Texas 4-H program is once again accepting applications for the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program.  This program provides an in-depth look at the importance of Texas agriculture and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to become advocates for Texas agriculture.  There are 2 courses to choose from:  Texas A&M University, July 16-19 or Texas Tech University/West Texas A&M University, July 23-26.  The cost is $250.  More information about the Livestock Ambassador Program can be found by clicking here.

The deadline to apply is June 1st. Applicants must be a senior age (14-18) 4-H member that has exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects.  They must have a profound interest in animal science, animal production and advocacy.  They must have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others.  They must also be in the top 25% in their class rank.  To apply to be a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador, click here!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

4-H Club Manager Training Series

Laura Huebinger, our District 8 4-H Specialist, is conducting this series for 4-H Club Managers, potential Club Managers, Project Leaders, etc.  This series is online during the lunch hour, and will give volunteers a chance to can ask questions, get questions answered, share ideas, and hopefully learn something new!  Trainings are set for: Feb. 20th, March 20th, April 24th, May 15th and July 31st, 12:00-1:00 pm.  Click here to find out more and access the trainings.  Each training will be recorded so you can go back and watch them at your convenience.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

For at least 2 years, we have been compiling and sending the weekly 4-H Monday Memo to help keep you informed about 4-H activities.  The MM is sent to all e-mail addresses associated with active profiles on 4-H Connect.  Since some folks are not getting the weekly messages, we are now also uploading each MM to our website.  At any time, you can click here to access recent MM's.  Just another way we are trying to keep everyone up to date.  Please let us know if you have any suggestions for improvements.  Thanks!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Travel Opportunities

Texas 4-H offers some fantastic travel opportunities, so listen up...

GLOBE (Global Leadership Opportunities Beyond Education) - June 26-28, 2018; program that provides a Global Village simulation with Heifer International

International Exchange Programs - July 20-August 18, 2018 (tentative); host youth or chaperones from Japan for 4-week summer immersion homestay

Outbound Exchange Program - 4-week summer homestay in 2019 to Japan, Costa Rica and Norway

International Study Trip - July 5-14, 2019; for 4-H'ers age 14-19, group travel to Athens, Florence and Rome

Click here for more details.