You are probably hearing many things, good and bad, about the changes in University of Illinois Extension. Please be aware that things change daily and not everything that was reported "last week" is the same today. Please feel free to call your local Extension office to find out if what you hear is really true and please be patient as we in the offices do not know exactly what is going on either.
We are here to do our best to support the 4-H programming and to keep it strong. Please help us by supporting local programming and the upcoming 4-H BBQ fund raisers.
Helping to make the best better!
Carol E. Wilcoxen
Unit Educator, Youth & Family
During National Volunteer Week, April 10-16, 2011, University of Illinois Extension, Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit would like to thank the hundreds of volunteers who make outstanding contributions to our youth throughout the year. Without YOU, 4-H programs in Henderson, Mercer, and Warren Counties would not be possible!
"My 4-H Project" Video or Map exhibit will be available to all 4-H members that are not enrolled in a video/mapping project area and would like to share their 4-H project using technology to showcase what they've learned about their project online. Members must be 10 years old by September 1, 2010 to participate. Exhibits DO NOT require a county selection process. Exhibits must be registered by August 1, and posted to the 4-H State Fair Online website by 12 noon on August 12. Judging will be conducted online through the interactive website from August 12-18. In order to help our 4-H members produce a video, local Extension offices have been provided with a FLIP video camera for check-out to individuals. Video cameras are available for check out on a first-come, first-serve basis, and can only be checked out for 4-5 days at a time. For complete details, contact your local Extension office.
1-2 The 4-H Great Debate
6 Dog Obedience Training Begins (M)
9 Showring Success Seminar
9 4-H Family Fun Night (W)
12 Leaders Meeting (H)
13 Club Reports for May Newsletter due
16 4-H State Robotics Competition
16-17 Illinois State 4-H Horse Contests
22 Welding Workshop
26 Leader's Meeting (W)
30 BTC Scholarship Applications due
30 Horse Clinic, Rochelle
1 Add/Drop Project deadline
1 Horse Ownership/Lease Forms due
1 IMGP Scholarship Applications due
7 & 8 4-H Memorial Fish Camp
13 Club Reports for June Newsletter due
14 Horse Clinic, Macomb
14 Premiere Lamb Weigh-ins, Kewanee & Macomb
16 Program Fees due (W)
16 McDonough County PQA Certification Clinic
28 4-H Charity Open Horse Show – Schone Friendship Farm
1 Native Steer Forms due (M)
3 4-H Memorial Camp Registrations due
7 4-H BBQ (W)
9 SF Jr. Horse Show Entries Due to SF Entry Department
9 QA&E Clinic Deadline for HORSE
10 4-H BBQ (M)
13 Club Reports for July Newsletter due
15 QA&E Clinic Deadline for LIVESTOCK
18 4-H BBQ (H)
25 Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show
If showing at the ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, please be aware of the following ownership deadlines:
Premiere Wethers- owned by date of weigh-in; lambed on or after January 1
Premiere Swine- owned by date of weigh-in
Horses- May 1
Market Sheep- May 15
Dairy Calves & Heifer- June 1
Goats; Kids & yearlings not in milk- June 1
Beef Breeding Females- June 1
Breeding Swine- June 1
Barrows- June 1
Dogs - June 1
Rabbits - June 1
Poultry - June 1
Pygmy Goats - June 1
Breeding Sheep- June 25
Available Starting February 1, 2011
If you are planning on exhibiting livestock at the 2011 State Fair, you must complete your Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification by JUNE 15, 2011. State Fair Jr. Horse Show exhibitors must complete certification prior to JUNE 9, 2011. This is the only method of testing for 2011 and future years.
If you have been certified on the site for any species, you will NOT have to test again.
You may access the site beginning February 1st at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec If you do not have access to the internet, you may go to your local Extension Office and use an available computer to complete your certification. Our staff is always ready to help. Please call ahead to make sure a computer is available. Good luck!!
April 9, 2011
Reynolds Feed & Supply and Kistler Prairie Mill presents "Showring Success Seminar" on April 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Reynolds Feed & Supply, 110 S. Front Street, Reynolds. The seminar will feature Bob May of May Cattle Co. in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. Bob is Show Feed Ambassador for Land O' Lakes Purina Feeds. Come learn how to fit your cattle for the show ring from one of the best in the country. Lunch will be available on site. Pre-registration is required by calling 372-4414.
Application Deadline: April 15, 2011
If your club is interesting in setting up a 4-H Promotional Window Display in the Illinois Building at the State Fair from July 30-August 28, please contact your local Extension office. Only 15 window display areas will be available.
Deadline: April 15, 2011
4-H will have a presence in the Exposition Building during the State Fair, August 12-15. Clubs may apply for Club Action Presentations and provide learning opportunities for fair-goers each day. Clubs may earn up to $100 in premiums for each day they provide a presentation. Applications are available from your local Extension office.
Below is a listing of upcoming judging contests in our area. If you are interested in attending any contest, please contact your local Extension Office. Please watch for future dates being added.
· Illinois Central College Livestock Judging Contest; April 23, 2011; Marshall-Putnam County Fairgrounds, Henry, IL.
· Black Hawk East Horse Judging Contest; April 27, 2011; Black Hawk College – East Campus, Kewanee. Pre-registration is required by April 20.
· McDonough County/WIU Livestock Judging Contest; April 20, 2011; WIU Livestock Pavilion, Macomb. Registration deadline is April 18.
· Bits 'N Reins 4-H Club Horse Clinic; April 30, 2011; Rochelle, Illinois. For more information or to register, contact Katie Roush at (815) 393-3169.
· McDonough County Mounties 4-H Club Horse Clinic; May 14, 2011; McDonough County 4-H fair grounds, Macomb. For more information contact Jackie at (309) 313-2826 or Joyce at (309) 333-9387 or visit: www.mcdonoughcountymounties.com
· 4-H Equine Challenge Show; June 11, 2011; Rock 'N A Ranch, Charleston, IL. Registration deadline is May 20. Visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/coles/4hyouth2749.html for registration forms.
Application Deadline: May 1, 2011
The Illinois Meat Goat Producers (IMGP) scholarship is designed to encourage educational enhancement of young goat breeders by awarding $500 annual scholarships. Applicants must be a high school senior or a college student in the fall of the year in which the application is made, and must be an active IMGP member, or immediate family member of an active IMGP member, who has been involved in raising, breeding, or showing goats.
For more information, visit http://www.ilmeatgoat.org/education.html or contact your local Extension office.
May 7 & 8, 2011
4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello
Fish Camp is open to any adult/child "team" interested in learning more about fishing. Each adult may attend camp with up to three youth campers. An adult must attend the entire weekend event with the youth campers. It is recommended that youth campers be at least 8 years of age. 4-H membership is not required.
Pre-registration and payment is required at the time of registration. Camp fills up quickly, so register early! Please contact 4-H Memorial Camp at: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/4hmemorialcamp/specialtycamps.html or your local Extension office for additional information.
June 27-29, 2011
University of Illinois, Urbana
The 3-day academies are open to ANY Illinois youth who is currently in 8th to 12th grade. They must be an incoming high school freshman to graduating senior this summer and must fall within the 14-18 age range as of September 1, 2010. Delegates will live in college dormitories and have opportunities to tour the campus. This is a live-in academy; delegates will not be allowed to commute to the campus for daily activities. The academies will offer 15-hours of interactive looks into potential careers, college courses, leadership development, and much more!
Early bird fee discount runs until April 15, 2011. Registration will close on May 25, 2011 or when an academy is full. To learn more, visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/summeracademies.cfm or contact your local Extension office.
DATE ERROR IN THE FEBRUARY NEWSLETTER
Registrations due Friday, June 3, 2011
Camp: JULY 5-9, 2011
Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit's camp dates at 4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello, will be July 5-9, 2011. Camp registration forms are now available. The brochure and registration form WILL NOT be included in the 4-H Clover Update as in past years. Leaders will be given the forms, and are asked to hand them out at a club meeting. If you do not receive a brochure and registration form, please contact your 4-H Leader or your local Extension office. Registration forms are due to your county Extension office on June 3, 2011. Scholarships are available through the HMW Extension Unit. Please keep in mind that the entire camp fee must be paid by the participant at time of registration. Scholarship monies will be reimbursed AFTER camp is over.
The Illinois State 4-H office is currently recruiting for two statewide youth leadership opportunities.
· Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee 4-H Representatives – Open to 17-19 year olds with an interest in agriculture. Two youth are selected for the August 1, 2011 – July 31, 2012 term. Youth must be able to attend meetings in Bloomington during the week. Details are provided on the application, available at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_ifbye.cfm. Application deadline is June 13.
· Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team – Open to 16-19 year olds who wish to make a difference in the Illinois 4-H program. Two-year terms. Geographic representation from across the state is considered. More information on YLT and the application can be found at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sylt.cfm. Applications will be due June 17 for interviews at Illini Summer Academies or August 1 at State Fair.
AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program to help students learn about careers in animal science, veterinary medicine, agribusiness and plant pathology. This 2-3 week program allows participants ages 12-17 to live on a college campus and learn about Agricultural science from university professors, practicing veterinarians and professionals working for the U.S. Government. Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, field trips and other group and team building activities.
The program is provided through local Universities throughout the United States. There is no cost to attend, accept for the transportation cost to get to and from the program site. Dates range from June 5 – July 29, 2011. For complete details visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery/ or contact your local Extension office.
If you are in need of a 4-H member ID for use in purchasing supplies at a discount, contact your local Extension Office and we will print one for you. Otherwise, ID's will not be available until later this summer due to adjustments needed in the new 4-H enrollment program.
Shotgun will start meeting again this spring near Stronghurst when the weather warms up. The Shooting Sports Enrollment form, Acknowledgement of Risk form, Emergency Medical Information form, and $2.00 insurance fee must be completed before participating. The member's and the parent's signature is required on these forms - forms are not considered complete without all signatures. All members who participated in Shotgun last summer are due to complete a new set of enrollment forms for 2011. Forms are available at all three Extension Offices. Members will be asked to pay range fees ($2 to $3 per shoot). If paying the range fee is going to be a hardship for you, please contact your local Extension office and we will make sure you're able to participate (i.e. scholarships, etc).
Changes to SF animal exhibits; birth, ownership, tattoo dates; and livestock information for the Illinois State Fair Junior Shows are available at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmw/downloads/26123.pdf or from your local Extension office.
...are to be mailed directly to the state Fair. Signatures from local Extension Offices are not required this year, so we will not be handling or mailing entries. Your local Extension office will have a printout of the premium book and printed entry forms once they are available (both are also available at http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/), but exhibitors will mail their entry forms directly to the State Fair. Deadline for entries is: June 9 for horses, July 1 for all livestock, and August 1 for dogs.
Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit's 4-H General Projects will be judged on Saturday, August 13. All project exhibits must remain on display until the posted release time OR whenever judging is completed, whichever is later. For Filmmaking and Geospatial exhibits, public display and on-site recognition will be held on Saturday, August 20. All exhibits in these two classes must be posted for on-line judging by August 12.
NOTE: 4-H members will only be allowed to exhibit ONE General Project (for example…you may NOT participate in the Fashion Revue and exhibit a photograph or a loaf of bread. You must choose one or the other!)
Other changes that may be of interest….
· Due to building deterioration, judging will no longer be allowed in the Jr. Home Economics-Dorm Building. Locations and times will be released to the Extension office at a later date. DORM UPDATE: We will be able to use the WEST WING of the Jr. Department dormitory. SLEEPING SPACE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR AUGUST 9-14.
· Exhibits in the following project areas WILL NOT BE JUDGED: Communications, Electronics, Journalism, and Performance Showcase.
There are many more changes being made to the 4-H General Projects section of the State Fair. Please make sure to read the project requirements in your fair book thoroughly before entering your exhibit!
Do you currently attend or plan to attend the University of Illinois? Do you have 5 years of 4-H experience? If so, then 4-H House is for you! 4-H House is a cooperative sorority where members do their own cooking and cleaning, which enables 4-H House to be one of the most economical places to live on campus.