In This Issue
- Upcoming Events for May & June
- Picture Yourself in The Clover
- Like Ag? You'll like this!
- 4-H Grows Here
- 4-H Horse Day Camp
- Be a Livestock Ambassador
- 4-H Riding Clinics
- State Dog Show Moved
- State Fair Age Change means all 4-H Members are Eligible
- State Poultry Judging Moved
- Breaking the rules is the new rule!
- Attention State Fair Sheep and Goat Exhibitors
- New date to celebrate with Illinois 4-H Foundation
- Adams County 4-H News
- Brown/Schuyler County 4-H News
- Pike County 4-H News
- Hancock County 4-H News
Upcoming Events for May & JuneUpcoming Events for May & June
May 4 - Adams County 4-H Federation Meeting
May 7 - Lamb & Goat Weigh-In at Western Illinois Vet Clinic
May 11 - Sign Up Deadline for 4-H Horse Day Camp
May 14 - Adams County 4-H Federation Food Drive
May 14 - Brown/Schuyler Shooting Sports-Archery
May 14 - 4-H Horse Day Camp
May 15 - Registration Deadline for Illini Summer Academies
May 15 - Brown/Schuyler County 4-H Fair Registration Forms Due
May 15 - Pike County 4-H Fair Registration Forms Due
May 22 - Brown/Schuyler 4-H Federation Meeting
May 25 - "Meating" the Need at the Paloma Shelter House
May 31 - Hancock County 4-H Fair Registration Forms Due
June 1 - Application Deadline for 4-H Livestock Ambassador
June 1 - Registration Deadline for 4-H Space Camp 2016
June 7 - 4-H Riding Clinic - Halter Showmanship
June 8 - 4-H Electricity School - Bailey Park, Camp Point
June 11 - Brown/Schuyler Shooting Sports - Archery
June 11 - Pike County 4-H Extension Foundation Golf Tournament
June 14 - 4-H Riding Clinic - English, Western, Pleasure
June 15 - Picture Yourself in Clover Deadline
June 15 - Dog Obedience Refresher for Hancock County
June 16 - Brown/Schuyler 4-H Fair General Show
June 17 - Brown/Schuyler 4-H Fair Livestock/Small Animal
June 21 - 4-H Riding Clinic - Tips & Pointers/Trail
June 21 - Hancock Shooting Sports - Shotgun
June 22 - Pike County 4-H Fair Starts
June 26 - Brown/Schuyler 4-H Federation Meeting
June 28 - 4-H Riding Clinic - Speed Events
Picture Yourself in The CloverPicture Yourself in The Clover
Has your 4-H project changed your life? Does 4-H let you do something you really love? Is your 4-H project something you want to do for a career? We'd like to tell your story in the 2016-17 issue of THE CLOVER. This is what we need from you: Send the following to Judy Bingman @ firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15.
• NAME, AGE, COUNTY, CLUB NAME
• Couple sentences on WHAT YOU LEARNED from your project
• Couple sentences on HOW YOUR PROJECT IMPACTED YOUR FUTURE
• QUALITY PHOTO of you with your project
Like Ag? You'll like this!Like ag? You'll like this!
Space is still available for several popular Academies related to agriculture! Don't miss your chance!
If ag is your bag, then you'll love Ag Business, Agricultural Mechanization, Entomology, and Plant Science. Does science and engineering make you smile? Try Aerospace Engineering, Astrobiology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Electrical & Computer Engineering. Do you love to create? Try Creative Writing and Digital Fabrication and Informatics. Are you fascinated with humanity? Maybe you'll like Anthropology and Human Development & Family Studies.
The conference runs from 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. It is open to any youth (including those not yet in 4-H) who will be at least 14 years of age by Sept. 1, 2016 and has completed eighth grade by the time of the conference.
Check out all the information on our website @ go.illinois.edu/illini4H. Payments made by check must be received within 1 week of registration or the registration will be canceled. Registration closes May 15.
4-H Grows HereShout out the #True Leaders in your life
As part of the National 4-H "Grow True Leaders" campaign, use your social media accounts to "shout out" how proud you are of the #TrueLeaders in your life. Here's how to make a shout out… post a photo or video of an amazing kid doing their thing.
Say why they are amazing, then add two hashtags….. #TrueLeaders and #thats4H. Do it all summer long. Be sure to follow @Illinois4H on Twitter and Facebook to see our Shout Outs, too.
4-H Horse Day Camp4-H Horse Day Camp
Saturday, May 14, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Adams County Fairgrounds
The morning will consist of youth presentations on a variety of projects and a trail ride around the fairgrounds. After a break for lunch we will have our 'fun show'. All events will be timed.
All 4-H members are welcome. This event is sponsored by the Adams County 4-H Equine Committee. All youth must wear a helmet. All youth must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times. Participants must bring their own horse, horses will NOT be provided. It is suggested that you pack a sack lunch, concessions will not be available.
Registration must be made by Wednesday, May 11th online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/. Participants must also complete a medical and assumption of risk forms (this only needs to be done once). Call 217-223-8380 or email email@example.com for questions or more information.
Be a Livestock AmbassadorHelp us tell the story of Illinois Agriculture: Be a Livestock Ambassador
Illinois State 4-H Livestock Ambassadors promote Illinois 4-H and the livestock industry throughout the state at events such as Illinois State Fair, Illinois 4-H Livestock Judging, and the Youth Livestock Conference. Youth must be 16 to 21 years of age as of 9/1/16. Applications are due June 1 to Dan Jennings at the address indicated on the application form. New members will be notified soon after the deadline so they can attend the June 17-19 training in Champaign. Five new members will be selected. The application may be downloaded @ https://uofi.box.com/s/cz4hvzslvtijspgd0h37vfrp1hlilfpe or available from the Extension office.
4-H Riding Clinics4-H Riding Clinics
Come practice for the fair. The Adams Co. 4-H Equine Committee is hosting their annual June Clinics. All clinics take place on Tuesday evenings in June from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Adams County Fairgrounds in Mendon, IL. Rain location is at Hobby Horse Arena. The 4-H Riding Clinics are for every level of riding experience. Everyone will come away with new skills to use. All 4-Hers and their horses are welcome. There is no charge for the clinics, but we do ask that you preregister. Completed Registration, Health and Release Forms signed by parent/guardian are required. If you have attended any of the Come Ride with Us events or Horse Day Camp, these forms have been completed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. A negative Coggins (AGID or ELISA) test conducted within the last 12 months is required for all equine. All youth are required to wear a helmet when mounted.
The clinic schedule for 2016 is:
June 7 – Halter/Showmanship
June 14 – English/Western Pleasure
June 21 – Tips & Pointers/Trail
June 28 – Speed Events
In addition to each evenings topics, participants will have time to ask questions about specific problems they are having and/or practice trail obstacles. Register online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/abhps/
State Dog Show MovedState dog show moved
The state 4-H Dog Contest will be held Saturday, Aug. 27 & Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Dog Training Club of Champaign. The club is located at 2210 E. Ford Harris Road. Obedience classes will be held on Saturday, with check in beginning at 8 a.m. Showmanship classes will be held on Sunday. The show is open to 4-H members only. Members must have a "qualifying score" in their county show in order to compete at state. Read more @ https://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/event.cfm?e=70444 and then check with the local Extension office.
State Fair Age Change means all 4-H Members are EligibleState fair age change means all 4-H members are eligible
Illinois 4-H and the Illinois State Fair Junior Livestock Department have revised the exhibition age so that all 4-H members (youth who were 8 to 18 years of age as of Sept. 1, 2015) can exhibit at the state fair this summer. The Junior Livestock Department has extended its age to 21. Since 4-H age ends at 18, the only way to exhibit at the state fair junior livestock show if you are 19 to 21 is to be an active FFA members as verified by Illinois FFA and in accordance with one of the following program options:
- Maintain active membership on the roster of their local high school FFA Chapter;
- Maintain active membership in a collegiate FFA Chapter in a post-secondary institution of higher education in the State of Illinois; or
- Maintain active membership in an Illinois FFA Alumni Chapter.
State Poultry Judging MovedState poultry judging moved
The state 4-H Poultry Judging Contest will be held June 28 at the Stock Pavilion on the U of I Campus in Champaign. Note: this is a change from the normal time during state fair.
Breaking the rules is the new rule!Breaking the rules is the new rule!
This year in selected projects, 4-H members may choose to exhibit in the INNOVATION CLASS which allows members to decide the BEST WAY to show off what they learned in their project. Your exhibit should be creative, such as a video you made, a website you created, a performance you gave, an app you created, something you made, or anything else YOU choose. A few rules (of course). This is only open to youth 13 and older in the following projects: child development, computer science, crops, geology, health, interior design, leadership, natural resources, photography, robotics, theatre arts, tractor or video. Ask the Extension office for more information. Remember, your exhibit has to be something DIFFERENT than what fits in the normal class exhibit option.
Attention State Fair Sheep and Goat ExhibitorsAttention State Fair Sheep and Goat Exhibitors
All lambs and meat goats to be exhibited at the State Fair MUST be taken to one of the state wide locations for weighing and tattooing. This year Unit 14 will host one of the regional weigh-in sites. Saturday, May 7th, from 1 to 3 pm at Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic, 3910 Wismann Lane, Quincy. Please contact Christine at 217-223-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
New date to celebrate with Illinois 4-H FoundationNew date to celebrate with Illinois 4-H Foundation
The Illinois 4-H Foundation Family Event at the Illinois State Fair will be held on Saturday, Aug. 20. This year, the event will be held in the air-conditioned Orr Building. This will allow our Foundation Hall of Fame winners to be more comfortable and cool, allow visitors to park close to the event, and allow winners to see 4-H project work on display. Each county is currently nominating one recipient to win the Hall of Fame award.
Adams County 4-H NewsAdams Co. 4-H Federation Food Drive
The Adams County 4-H Federation is sponsoring a food drive with all the food being donated to the Salvation Army Food Pantry. Clubs will drop off their donated items at the Salvation Army Food Pantry at 501 Broadway, Quincy on Saturday, May 14th between 1 pm and 2:30 pm. Staff and federation members will be on hand to help unload and count the number of items each club donates. The winning club will be chosen based on the number of items donated per number of members in the club. The winning club will receive $100 in addition to a Kroc Center Day Pass for each member. The second place team will receive $60 and third place team will receive a $40 prize. Any type of non-perishable food items may be donated. A few items the food pantry could really use are: canned fruit, dry pasta, peanut butter, jelly and pasta sauces. Spread the word, let's make this a great success. If you have any questions contact Christine at email@example.com or 217-223-8380.
Adams Co. 4-H Federation
The Adams Co. 4-H Federation will have their next meeting at the University of Illinois Extension Office on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 pm. We will have movie night. Please bring a movie rated PG13 or below and a snack to share. We will vote on which movie we watch. Topics to be covered include: Electricity School, possible summer programming and the fair. RSVP to Christine by Monday, May 2.
Plat Book Cover Photo Contest
The Adams Co. 4-H Federation is working towards getting a new 2017 edition plat book published and ready for the holiday season. We are looking for a photo(s) for the cover of the new plat book. Submissions are due to the Quincy office in digital format by October 1st. Only 4-Hers are eligible to submit entries, limit 2 entries per youth. Photos must not include distinguishable faces. For example, a photo of a silhouette of people at a distance is acceptable or a picture of someone showing an animal, but only the back of the person is visible. Photos should depict life in Adams County and must be taken within the county. Photos may be edited, but cannot have any text added. If you have any questions, please contact Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 223-8380.
Goat Rate of Gain
Members exhibiting market goats will have the opportunity to participate in a rate of gain competition sponsored by local goat producers. This is voluntary and is not required to show in a Market Goat class at the Adams County 4-H Fair. To participate members must bring their goats to Western Illinois Veterinary Clinic, 3910 Wismann Ln, Quincy on Saturday, May 7th from 1 pm to 3 pm. Goats will be weighed and tattooed at that time. Goats will again be weighed on Sunday, July 31 during Check-In/Weigh-In. Winners will be announced during the 4-H Goat Show on Monday, August 1.
Master Showmanship Contest
2016 Master Showmanship Contest will be held on Friday, July 29 starting at 4 pm. The contest will start in the Open Sheep Barn, then move into the Swine Barn and will conclude in the Show Barn. Youth exhibiting must be enrolled in a 4-H livestock project. Youth must be a 4-H member and be 14 years of age or older at the time of the event. The local winner will represent the Adams County 4-H Program at the State Master Showmanship Contest on Friday, August 12th. Youth must supply their own livestock for both the local and state events. If you are interested in participating in the local contest, contact Christine Morey at 223-8380 or email@example.com by Friday, July 15. Five youth must be signed up by this date or the event will be canceled.
2016 Adams County 4-H Fair
Important Dates To Remember
June 30 – Fair Registrations due
July 21 – Fair Clean-Up
July 23 – Pre-fair: Clothing, Public Presentations, Dog and Cat Show
July 26 – General Show
July 27 – Horse Show
July 28 – Rabbit Show
July 29 – Sheep & Dairy Shows, Master Showmanship & Livestock Skill-a-thon
July 30 – Swine Show
August 1 – Goat & Poultry Shows
August 2 – Beef Show
The skill-a-thon is designed to test and build a member's knowledge about animal science and the efficient production of livestock. All 4-H members are welcome to participate. It will be held immediately following the Master Showmanship Contest in the Show Barn on Friday, July 29th. Species to be covered include; beef, dairy cattle, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine. Prizes will be given to the top performers in each age division; however, the main goal is for all participants to learn more about production agriculture. The age divisions are: Junior ages 8-10, Intermediate ages 11-14 and Senior age 15 and over. No prior registration is necessary. Contact Christine Morey for more details at 223-8380 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brown/Schuyler County 4-H News4-H AT THE COUNTY FAIR
4-H will have a presence at the county fair with project displays and games. Please check us out during the Schuyler County Fair (June 29- July 4) and the Brown County Fair (August 2-9). We will also be needing volunteers to help, so please let Melinda know if you would be able to help at 217-322-3381 or email@example.com.
2016 BROWN/SCHUYLER 4-H FAIR
Important Dates to Remember:
May 15 - Fair Registrations due
June 16 - General Show
June 16 - Livestock Weigh In
June 16 - Livestock Judging Contest
June 17 - Swine, Sheep, Goat and Beef Show
June 17 - Small Animal Show
June 17 - Livestock Auction
July 27 - Horse Show-Adams County
FAIR REGISTRATION FORMS
Since you have signed up for general and livestock project areas, Show/Fair Registration forms enroll you in a specific class area. Please make sure you pay attention to the following deadline date for returning your Fair Registration forms back to your local office. Postmarks are accepted. If this date falls on a weekend, please put your forms in the designated drop box at your local office by 8:00 am the next open business day. The deadline date for the Brown/Schuyler fair registration is May 15.
The Schuyler County office has a dark green drop box to the right of the door. For your convenience, you may use this to drop off any paperwork when the office is closed.
We meet on the 4th Sunday of the month at 2:00pm. This is for youth in 7th-12th grade and you can join at any time. We would love to have you!
BROWN/SCHUYLER SHOOTING SPORTS
The Brown/Schuyler Shooting Sports Club will meet the 2nd Saturday of each month at 2:00pm. They are currently doing archery and meet behind the old Bartlow Brothers building in Rushville. Upcoming meetings are May 14, June 11, and July 9. If you have any questions, please contact Melinda at 217-322-3381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't wait until the last minute! Start working on your records today. You will need to update your permanent records and fill out the Project Award Applications (purple papers) for each project. They are due August 30, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time so you aren't in a time crunch at the end of August. Ask your leader if you have any questions.
JUNIOR MASTER GARDENER CLUB
Junior Master Gardener Club started on April 25 and meets every Monday from 3-5pm during the school year and from 8-10am during the summer until August 8. We will not be meeting on Memorial Day (May 30) or on July 4.
Pike County 4-H News2016 Harry Miller Award
There will again be an award in memory of Harry Miller, who was a 4-H supporter and friend. The award is based on a 4-H member's conduct during the 4-H Shows with the following criteria: 1) Courtesy to others 2) Cleanliness of stall 3) 4-H member's appearance 4) Animal's appearance 5) Willingness to help others 6) Positive attitude
Pike County 4-H Extension Foundation Golf Tournament
The Tournament is Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 8:30. 18-Hole event to be held at the Old Orchard Country Club, Pittsfield, IL 62363. To register a team: Contact Cindy Gerard at 217-473-1324 or e-mail email@example.com
May 1st - Horse Lease & Ownership papers due in the Extension Office
May 15th - 4-H Fair Registration forms due for Pike County
May 15th - Barrow ear notch forms due for those showing barrows at the 4-H Swine Show
Recycling Center Schedule
May 7 – Independence Hustlers
June 4 – Country Clovers
Aug. 6 – Barry Farm Hands
Oct. 1 – Griggsville 4-H Club
Dog Obedience training
Monday Nights at 6:30
Call Bonnie Harbison with any questions or to sign up 217-242-5499
If you would like a Shooting Sports Instructor to come to your 4-H club or would like more information about Shooting Sports, please e-mail Bob Lister at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hancock County 4-H NewsWe would like to thank all of our volunteers who serve as leaders, judges, project assistants, superintendents, program instructors, and extra help! Volunteer week was April 10-16, but it's always a good time to thank them for their time, expertise and efforts. So everyone- Let's make sure we give a special thanks to those that help us out so much!
The Hancock County extension office has a drop box for entry forms, etc. It is the black box to the right of the front glass door entrance. It is for the convenience of our members and their busy schedules.
If you would like to sign up for text alerts about deadlines and changes, please call or e-mail Whitney at 217-357-2150 or email@example.com
May 31st: Members must be registered for their 4-H fair classes in order to show at the fair. Registrations received in the mail must be post-marked by this day. NO EXCEPTIONS
Dog Obedience Refresher
The dog obedience refresher will be held on June 15th at 6:30 at the Hancock County Extension Office
Hancock County Shooting Sports- Shotgun
June-September, the third Tuesday of every month.June 21st, July 19th, August 16th and September 20th.
The final class on September 20th will be an in-class competition shoot. Classes will be held from 6:30-7:30 at the Smokin Gun in Hamilton. Ages 10 and up. Cost is $10 for 4-H Members and $30 for non 4-H Members.
State Fair Dates
Mark your calendar- August 20th for Unit 14-Adams/Brown/Hancock/Pike/Schuyler counties!
ATTENTION ALL LIVESTOCK
A certified veterinarian will be at the Hancock County 4-H fair to check livestock health papers. Please have these ready and available for showing. The rules for this are listed in your fair book. If you do not have health papers up to date, you will not be able to show at the fair.
NEW open show for beef
Hancock County Beef Producers will be hosting an Open Beef Show on Tuesday, July 12th, during the Hancock County 4-H Fair. This show is open to all 4-H and FFA members. Check in will be 7:30-9:00 AM on Tuesday the 12th and the show will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday. HEALTH PAPERS WILL BE REQUIRED in order to show and must be presented before showing. Please see the fair book for details or contact Tom Laffey for further details/questions at 217-357-0787.
PQA Plus Training
4-Hers wishing to exhibit swine at the Illinois State Fair must have current PQA Plus certification. Youth can now log in and complete their Youth PQA certification online. Go to www.pork.org/login. Once there they will find two logins. Youth PQA Plus ages 13-19 Register Now will direct youth ages 13-19 to the appropriate course. Parents of Youth PQA Plus Register Now must be used by parents of youth ages 8-12 to get them in to complete their certification. Youth ages 13-19 will need their own email account.