White County 4-H News
In This Issue
- Pork Chop Supper Time
- Mark Your Calendars
- Kids Helping Kids Blog
- 2018 Livestock Ownership Deadlines
- Federation meeting
- 4-H Project Grants Available
- Area hunters can earn certification
- Test Your Knowledge at the Unit 24 Trivia Night
- Learn more about women in agriculture
- 4-H Pork Chop Dinner
- Last Call for 2018 Legislative Connection Invitations!
- Seeding Workshop
- Small Animal Clinic
- Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a Thon
- Online ethics certification
- 2018 4-H Day With the Cardinals
- So IL 4-H Summer Camp
- University of Illinois Extension
Pork Chop Supper TimeEven though we are a couple of days short in February, it flew by. This newsletter is FULL of upcoming events, DEADLINES, and scholarships. Read it carefully!!!
The Cloverbud program kicked off on February 1 with 10 members and a few more signing up at the next meeting. The leather workshop series was a huge success. Every 4-H'er that attended left with a leather project - another 4-H project completed.
We are also coming to just a few weeks left for selling Pork Chop Supper tickets for March 10. If you need more, come by the office and pick up some. Sell, sell, sell! Lets make this year the best ever!!!
Extension Program Coordinator/4-H
Mark Your CalendarsMarch 2018
March 1 Cloverbuds 3:30-4:30pm—Southern Illinois Custom Aerial/Airport; Federation Meeting –5:15pm
March 6, 8, & 10 Hunter Safety Course- 6-8, 6-8, and 9-3.
March 8 Unit 24 Trivia Night - 6:00pm Hamilton Co.
March 10 Pork Chop Supper 4-7pm at the Fairgrounds
March 15 Cloverbuds 3:30-4:30pm—Extension Office; KHK Meeting—4:30 EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND
April 5 Cloverbuds 3:30-4:30pm—Extension Office; Federation Meeting—5:15pm
April 7 Swine Weigh-in—9:00am White Co. Fairgrounds - Fixing the north side of the barn for the scales—all help is needed
April 19 Cloverbuds 3:30-4:30—Extension Office
April 21 Unit 24 Livestock Skill a Thon - 9:00am - McLeansboro
April 24 Livestock Committee Mtg. - 5:00pm; Support Committee Mtg. - 6:00pm
May 3 Public Presentations - Wabash Christian Village - Supportive Living
Kids Helping Kids BlogThe KHK walk is going to move to the spring. We, as a KHK group, felt that there would be more participation if we had it in the spring. Columbus Day seems to be used for appointments and also interferes with the 4-H Discover Chicago trip. A meeting, March 15, is planned for a KHK kickoff to do something for the new date. Possible ideas could be pork burger sale or change collection at 4-way or even new ideas the 4-H kids may have. Remember being on the KHK committee is part of your records and counts as points. Hope to see you at the meeting.
2018 Livestock Ownership DeadlinesBirth, Ownership and Tattoo Dates for Illinois State Fair Junior Show and White County. If you are interested in State Fair, please ask for more specific guidelines.
- Regular Barrows
o Farrowed on or after January 15, 2018 and must be the property of the exhibitor by June 1, 2018.
Swine weigh-in is April 7 @ 9am @ the Fairgrounds
(All Male & Females will be weighed and/or tagged)
- Premiere Barrows
o Farrowed on or after February 10, 2017 and must have been the property of the exhibitor by June 1, 2018
o Weighed and Tattooed February 10 to April 15, 2018
o Tattooed within 35 days of birth and not weigh more than 1.0lbs/day of age
o Junior exhibitors can purchase nominated barrows
- Both Premiere & Live Show Wethers
o Lambed on or after January 1, 2018
o Ownership Date – May 15, 2018
o Weighed, Tattooed & Tagged – between March 15 and May 16, 2018.
Sheep & Goat weigh-in is May 5 @ 8:00am @ Browns Feed Store in Carmi.
(All Male & Females will be weighed and/or tagged)
- Weigh/Tattoo procedures for Open & Jr. Premiere & Live Show Wethers:
All lambs and meat goats to be exhibited at the State Fair MUST be taken to one of the statewide locations for weighing and tattooing. Each lamb will be tagged with an electronic ID tag, tattooed, weighed, and recorded on Lamb Nomination Forms from Dan Jennings.
Specific information regarding each of the weigh-in locations & procedures will be forthcoming.
MEAT GOATS: (ALL MEAT GOAT WETHERS MUST BE TATTOOED AT REGIONAL SHEEP PROCESSING SITES).
- Wethers – Born on or after October 1, 2017
- Tattooed in name of exhibitor only by May 15, 2018
- Ownership dates for Kids & Yearlings not in milk – May 15, 2018
Registration forms will be given at weigh-ins. They are to be returned to the Extension Office by May 15th, or you will be unable to sell at the auction.
HORSE: Ownership deadline—May 1, 2018
It's time to turn in ownership / lease information for your horses. In order for a 4-H or FFA member to exhibit at the Illinois State Fair Junior Horse Show, ownership and/or lease paperwork must be placed on file at the local University of Illinois Extension office or with their Vocational Agriculture teacher by May 1. In addition to the ownership/lease papers, two photos, one of each side of the animals will be mandatory for all horse and ponies, grade and registered animals. We strongly encourage members, if they own or lease more than one horse, to file paperwork on ALL potential exhibit horses by the deadline. If a horse is injured or dies, it may be replaced ONLY by a horse whose paperwork is already on file by the deadline. A horse may only be owned or leased to, and exhibited by ONE 4-H or FFA member at the State Fair Junior Horse Show. Download the form @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/members/projects/horse .
CloverbudsYouth 5 - 7 years of age can join 4-H as a 4-H Cloverbud!
The meetings will be tentatively scheduled for 3:30-4:30 PM on Thursdays - Mar. 1, Mar. 15, Apr. 5, Apr. 19, May 3, May 17
All meetings will be held at the U of I Extension Building in Carmi, unless stated otherwise.
Federation meetingThe next regular Federation business meeting will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 5:15pm at the Extension Office. Everyone is invited.
4-H Project Grants AvailableThe White County Farm Bureau is pleased to offer White County 4-H'ers the opportunity to apply for a Farm Bureau 4-H Project Grant. A total of $1,000 in grants are being offered for 2018. The goal of this program is to encourage young 4-H'ers to begin new projects by eliminating potential cost burdens they may have; as well as encourage new individuals to become active in the White County 4-H program. Individual grants will range from $25 to $150 per 4-H'er. Applicants must be between the ages of 8 and 14, and currently enrolled in the project that they are applying for. Applications must be completed by the 4-Her, and signed off by a parent/guardian and the 4-H Club Leader. Not all project supplies are eligible for the grant, and not all applications will be funded. Applications are available through the White County Extension office, the White County Farm Bureau office, or they can be downloaded at www.whitecfb.com or web.extension.illinois.edu/ghhpsw. Applications are due March 1, 2018. If you have questions about the White County 4-H Grant, please call (618) 382-8512.
Area hunters can earn certificationArea residents will have an opportunity to learn basic principles of safe hunting at the Illinois Department of Natural Resources hunter safety certification course. Participants must attend all 10 hours of instruction and pass the test to receive their certification. The workshop times are Tuesday, March 6 & Thursday, March 8 from 6-8pm and Saturday, March 10, 9am-3pm at the U of I Extension office in Carmi. The course is geared toward youth, but older hunters are also encouraged to attend the classes since many states now require out-of-state hunters to show proof of certification. A 1996 Illinois law requires that all hunters born after Jan. 1, 1980 must successfully complete the hunter education course before they can receive their first hunting license. Participants completing the course receive a hunter education certification card which verifies they have passed the course. The ten-hour course includes instruction in wildlife management, firearms safety, hunter ethics, game identification, first aid, survival techniques and regulations. The lead instructor will be Bobby Lamp. Pre-registration is not required, but would be helpful. To register, one may call the Extension office at 382-2662 by March 6.
Test Your Knowledge at the Unit 24 Trivia NightThe Hamilton County Barbwire Gang 4-H Club will host a Unit 24 4-H Trivia Night on March 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the courthouse basement. All clubs are invited and you can enter as many teams as you like. A $5.00 fee will be charged per team of 4 players and CA$H prizes will be awarded. All ages are encouraged to play along. There will be many different categories and you may be surprised by the amount of useless knowledge you have stored in your brain. There will be many different topics and categories. Please contact the office at 618-643-3416 by March 3 with your entries. A meal will be provided. We will try to be finished by 8:30 p.m.
Learn more about women in agricultureRegistration for the 2018 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture Conference is now open! Register @ womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com. Registration fee for students is only $15. The conference will be March 9 at the Activities and Recreation Center at University of Illinois in Champaign. There's even a chance for you to attend BOTH this conference and EXPLORE ACES! Discounted hotel room rates are available. Groups are encouraged to attend!
4-H Pork Chop DinnerMarch 10, 4-7 PM - White County Fairgrounds
The 4-H Pork Chop Dinner Fundraiser will be Saturday, March 10 in the Floral Hall at the fairgrounds. The dinner will include pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread, homemade dessert, & drink. Leaders will be asking you and your families to work during the dinner so it can be a success. Your leaders will have tickets for you to sell starting in mid-February. Please try to sell as many tickets as possible. BE SURE TO SIGN EACH TICKET YOU SELL. We'll have a drawing of all the sold tickets turned in at the door and one lucky winner will win a CASH PRIZE! The more tickets you sell, the more chances you have to win! Each club is asked to set up a display at the dinner. Each year the Support Committee gives money from the Pork Chop Dinner to Extension. That's the money we use to buy awards, fund trips and workshops, and provide project manuals. THIS IS THE MAIN FUNDRAISER OF THE YEAR. Please do all you can to make it successful!
Last Call for 2018 Legislative Connection Invitations!If you always wanted to speak about 4-H at the State Capitol, you have one more chance to get trained: 10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday, April 28 at the Montgomery County Extension office in Hillsboro. Speaking for Illinois 4-H teaches you to tell your story to legislators, donors, 4-H volunteers, and civic groups and show the impact 4-H makes on the world. Training is conducted by Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team members. Those who complete this training are invited to attend the May 22-23 4-H Legislative Connection event at the state capitol in Springfield. Registration opens Monday, March 5 and closes Wednesday, April 18. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Go to our Speaking for Illinois 4-H page for more information and to register: go.illinois.edu/4Hsfil4H.
Seeding WorkshopLed by Bronwyn Aly
March 15, 2018 - 5:30 pm, Pope-Hardin County Extension office, 354 State Hwy 145 North, Simpson IL
RSVP by March 9, 2018
email@example.com or 618.695.6060
Small Animal ClinicChickens, Goats, Rabbits, Sheep
Clinic is open to everyone! Non 4-H members are welcome!
Door prizes will be provided.
March 24, 2018, 10:30 am to noon
Brad & Mandy Curry residence, 1668 State Hwy 145 North, Stonefort IL
Workshop will be instructed by Teresa Steckler, Extension Educator, Commercial Agriculture
Teresa will be instructing on basic nutrition, water and shelter requirements, and how those requirements change as the animal grows. She will also provide tips on how to tell if the animal is healthy.
Unit 24 Livestock Judging Contest and Skill a ThonAre you interested in livestock, meeting new people who share your interests and increasing your livestock knowledge?
Saturday, April 21 - 9:00 a.m. - Hamilton County fairgrounds - McLeansboro.
4-H members will compete in 5 - 6 livestock judging rings, one questions class, feed ingredient identification, breed identification and equipment identification. There will also be educational livestock presentations. Any youth interested in teaching an educational workshop should contact the Hamilton County Extension Office. One or two will be selected.
A $5.00 fee will register each member in all classes and cash prizes will be awarded in several categories to junior and senior participants. Lunch will be provided by Farm Credit.
Please contact the Hamilton County Extension office at 643-3416 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to sign up by April 13.
Online ethics certificationOnline ethics certification required for everyone taking 4-H animal projects.
All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online Quality Assurance and Ethics course one time in order to stay enrolled in an animal project area. The certification must be done if you are enrolled in one of the following projects: beef, dairy, cats, dogs, small pets, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. Members who do not complete the certification before the show will be removed from the project and not be allowed to show. Anyone who has already taken the certification does not need to retake the test. The local office has a list of those already certified. The website is located online at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ . This rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals AND poster exhibits. White County deadline will be May 1! Get it done now, it's not hard!
2018 4-H Day With the CardinalsSaturday, May 19, with a 1:15 p.m. start time
The St. Louis Cardinals are facing the Philadelphia Phillies that afternoon, and with a 1:15 start time, 4-H families should plan to arrive at Busch Stadium by 11:15-11:45 for the pre-game celebration! Tickets for the game are $25.00 each which includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front. 4-H members, leaders, alumni, and their families who purchase 4-H Day with the Cardinals tickets have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield. Pre-game ceremonies annually include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. Tickets for the event must be ordered on the 4-H Day with the Cardinals order form. Ticket order forms are available at the U of I Extension Office. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 9, 2018. Tickets usually sell out before the order deadline so families are encouraged to order early. 4-H Clubs, counties, or groups of families who want to be seated together must send their orders in the same envelope.
So IL 4-H Summer CampJune 17 to 20 or June 20 to 23
We will be looking for you!
Live in cabins for four days while you spend the day swimming, fishing, making crafts, and hanging with new friends.
Location: DuBois Center in DuBois IL
Ages: Open to youth age 8 to 16 years.
Registration and Scholarship information available at your Extension office