This is my last newsletter note. Due to U of I Extension's reorganization, I will no longer be the Youth Educator for the Unit.
I started in Warren County the day of the 4-H BBQ in June 1991. My, how things have changed since then. The great thing is that 4-H is a quality program that has survived over 100 years with enrollment ups and downs and the types of projects. One of the strengths that I have seen is the improvement in the technology area as far as opportunities for youth. Please participate in those this summer. I will look forward to seeing how the flip camera project presentations turn out. YAY! for that opportunity for any 4-H member.
If you are able to help at the BBQ's, the 4-H General Project, or the livestock shows, please call and let us know. Volunteer help is the only way 4-H stays strong.
Have a wonderful summer of expanding your horizons. I will hopefully see you at the BBQ's.
Thank you again for helping me grow and become a better person because of my experience and contact with you.
Carol E. Wilcoxen
Unit Educator, Youth & Family
Due to U of I Extension's reorganization plan, staff changes will take effect on June 30. The following will no longer be part of the Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit. Please send them a note, an email, or stop by the office on June 30 from 2-4 p.m. to wish them well at an open house in their honor.
Al Kulczewski, County Director
Carol Wilcoxen, Unit Educator
April Ashton, Community Worker, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
Melissa McIntire, Office Support Associate
Diana Dugan, Office Support Assistant
We will greatly miss them all!!!
University of Illinois Extension provides educational programs and research-based information to help Illinois residents improve their lives and communities through a learning partnership that puts knowledge to work.
1 Native Steer Forms due (M)
3 4-H Memorial Camp Registrations due
4 Warren County Livestock Judging Contest
7 4-H BBQ (W)
9 SF Jr. Horse Show Entries Due to SF Entry Department
9 QA&E Clinic Deadline for HORSE
9 Federation Meeting (M)
10 County 4-H Fair Entries due (M)
10 4-H BBQ (M)
10 County 4-H Fair Entries due (W)
13 Club Reports for July Newsletter due
15 QA&E Clinic Deadline for LIVESTOCK
16 County 4-H Fair Entries due (H)
18 4-H BBQ (H)
18 & 25 Woodworking Workshop (M)
20 State Livestock Judging Contest
21 State Horse Judging Contest
21 General Project Show (W)
25 Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show, Monmouth
1 SF Jr. Livestock Entries Due to SF Entry Department
1 HORSE Superior Young Producer Entries due
1 4-H Vet Science Award Applications due
5-9 HMW 4-H Memorial Camp Week
11-16 Mercer County Fair
13 Club Reports for August Newsletter due
18-23 Henderson County Fair
26-30 Warren County Livestock Fair
1 Superior Young Producer Award Entries due
11 State Poultry Judging Contest
12-21 Illinois State Fair
13 HMW State Fair General 4-H Exhibit Show Day
13 Club Reports for September Newsletter due
20 State Dairy Judging Contest
27 State Meats Judging Contest
If showing at the ILLINOIS STATE FAIR, please be aware of the following ownership deadlines:
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
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Warren County Fairgrounds, Roseville
Warren County 4-H will be hosting a Livestock Judging competition at the Warren County Fairgrounds in Roseville on June 4. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. The contest will consist of 3 cattle, 3 swine, 2 sheep, and 1 or 2 goat classes in both Jr. & Sr. Divisions. Team and individual awards will be given for overall and species winners. Cost to participate will be $5.00 per person, which includes lunch. Contact person is Lynn Shimmin 309-224-1469.
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 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.
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. Registration forms are due to your county Extension office by 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.
New Dates Added!
· Youth Fun Show; June 5, 2011; Woodland View Farm, Knoxville, IL. For more information visit: www.rustyspur4-hclub.webs.com or contact Rebecca Curry at (309) 368-7534 or Loretta Brinegar at (309) 221-8385.
· 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.
· Northern Illinois 4-H Horse & Pony Show; June 12, 2011; Diamond G Ranch & Western Store, Rochelle. Registration deadline is June 1, 2011. Contact your local Extension office for entry forms.
· Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show; June 25, 2011; Warren County Saddle Club, Monmouth. For more information visit: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmw/4hyouth2786.html or contact your local Extension office.
· Open Horse & Pony Show; July 2, 2011; Carroll County Fairgrounds, Milledgeville. For more information contact Steven Hollewell at (815) 535-2713 or Jessica Hartman at (815) 238-9457.
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.
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY – MAJOR CHANGES IN TIMES, LOCATIONS, AND FORMATS OF ALL CONTESTS!! For more information on any of the contests, visit the State 4-H website at: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/events/judgingcontest.cfm or contact your local Extension office.
Livestock Judging – June 20, Stock Pavilion, U of I campus, 8:30 a.m. registration
Horse Judging – June 21, Stock Pavilion, U of I campus
Poultry Judging – August 11, Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Dairy Judging – August 20, Livestock Center, Illinois State FairgroundsMeats Judging – August 27, Meats Lab, U of I
Horse entries are due July 1, 2011. All other species entry forms are requested by August 1, 2011.
This program provides five $1,000 college scholarships in each of the five species of beef, dairy, horse, sheep and swine. The contest is open to any youth 14 years of age or older who is a bona fide 4-H member. Age is determined as of September 1, 2010. Participants do not have to be exhibiting animals at the Illinois State Fair.
Entry blanks are available at your local Extension office or on the ISF website at: http://www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium/sypaform.pdf Complete rules and regulations are located in the ISF Junior Department Premium Book.
Deadline: July 1, 2011
Applications for the 4-H Veterinary Science Award program, sponsored by the Auxiliary to the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, are available at your local Extension office. Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 by September 1, 2010 and must have been enrolled in the Vet Science project at least 3 years (including the current year).
July 31, 2011
Join the River Bandits in celebrating and recognizing area 4-H clubs and their contributions to our communities!
For more information, contact Mickey Kirk at (563) 333-2730 or email at: email@example.com
4-H National Headquarters and National 4-H Council are pleased to reveal that the 2011 National Science Experiment is Wired for Wind, an in-depth look at renewable energy technologies in the form of wind-power. Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program, this three-tiered experiment will help 4-H young people to enhance their science, engineering, technology and applied math skills.
This year, 4-H National Youth Science Day will take place on October 5, 2011. On this day, hundreds of thousands of young people across the United States and the world will simultaneously become scientists for a day as they connect important scientific lessons to civic engagement.
4-H youth are a living, breathing, culture-changing movement for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing the country forward to successfully face the challenges of the future. Participation in 4-H National Youth Science Day is meant to help spark an early passion for science, engineering and math and to encourage young people to consider these paths of study and future careers.To learn more about 4-H National Youth Science Day, how you can participate locally, or to download program materials, go to www.4-H.org/NYSD
The State 4-H Office is currently seeking teen and adult workers at the Illinois State Fair. If you are interested in working as a project assistant, livestock crew, dorm crew, or a judge, please contact your local Extension office for complete details.
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.
Premium books and entry forms are available online at www.agr.state.il.us/isf/premium. The Extension Office also has entry forms available and one printed premium book. Entry forms will NOT be processed through county Extension offices this year; signatures from Extension staff are not required on entry forms. Deadlines for entry forms:
· Horse Entries – June 9
· All other Livestock Entries – July 1
· Dog Entries – August 1 (with qualifying score sheet signed by judge)
· General Project Entries – as specified in your county
We do have some good news for the 2011 State Fair – the west wing of the dormitory WILL be open for exhibitors from Tuesday, August 9 until Monday morning, August 15. On-line registration for those reservations will go active July 15 from the 4-H website: http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/fairsandexhibits.cfm. The Jr. Department Dorm Office will have a new location – the Northwest Dorm Wing.
Final locations of project exhibits will be sent to your local Extension offices by mid-July. We do know the following locations at this time:
· Clothing & Textile Judging, Fashion Revue Check-in and Dressing Rooms – Southwest Dormitory Wing (lower level) as in the past.
· The 4-H Fashion Review and Clover Celebration will be in the Illinois Building (Senior Center) Theater each day.
· Foods & Nutrition Judging and Food Demonstrations – lower level of the U of I Extension Building.
· All other exhibits will be divided between the U of I Extension Building Illini Auditorium and Washington Room and the Exposition Building Mezzanine.
Please check with your local Extension office if you have any other questions about State Fair changes.
All breeding and market sheep and goats exhibited in Illinois must have a Scrapie tag number. Contact your local veterinarian for additional information. Tags are available at no charge from the USDA by calling 1-866-USDA-TAG.
All Illinois Equine (horses, ponies, mules, etc.) 12 months and older participating in an advertised equine event ("advertised equine event" means a show, rodeo, exhibition, trail ride or horse fair that is posted or media promoted) shall be accompanied by a negative test for equine infectious anemia/E.I.A (coggins/Elisa) conducted within one year. This includes all horses being sold, traded or leased within Illinois.
All animals exhibited at any Illinois Fair or exhibition must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI), which shows that their animal meets all health requirements for the State of Illinois:
A Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI):
1. Must accompany animals, except as noted, and be available on request by Animal Health Officials;
2. All out-of state animals shall require an entry permit. Permits are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (217) 782-4944.
3. Must show results of required tests and/or vaccinations;
4. Must show name and address of owner or exhibitor;
5. Must be dated and signed by an accredited veterinarian on an official form from state of origin;
6. Must show only one (1) identification per line on the CVI; and
7. Must show the official identification of each animal.
8. For out-of-state livestock, a CVI shall be void thirty (30) days after issuance.
9. For Illinois origin-livestock, a CVI shall be void ninety (90) days after issuance.
10. If animals are from tuberculosis accredited, brucellosis certified, pseudorabies qualified, or brucellosis validated herds, the identifying herd number(s) along with the date of the last herd test(s) shall appear on the CVI.
It's scary to have a judge grade something you've made. You may be afraid the judges will be looking for mistakes or that they will laugh at you or not believe you. These ideas are not true! 4-H Judges grade your project against what a "perfect" exhibit should look like – a "blue rating" exhibit. The judges are not grading YOU!
To help the judges grade the exhibit fairly, they will have you answer questions about the exhibit as it is judged. This is called Conference Judging. Some questions you may be asked are:
· What steps did you do to make the exhibit?
· What tools did you use?
· What ingredients did you use?
· Did you get some help from anyone? (It's OK if you did. Lots of times we need someone like parents or grandparents to help us on the hard and dangerous parts.)
· What did you learn from the project?
· What did you have trouble with in this project?
· What might you do next year in this project?
Even though this public presentation is only with one judge and their helper, think of it as a speech. Speak clearly and plainly so that the judge can hear you. State your answers directly and tell them all that you can to answer the question. Don't be afraid to say, "I don't know." It is important, as with any form of communication, to be HONEST.