Crawford County 4-H Newsletter
In This Issue
- Important Reminders
- Dates to Remember:
- Jr. Leader Meeting
- Science Safari
- 4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
- NEW FDA ANTIBIOTIC RULES APPLY TO YOUTH LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS
- Congratulations Skyler Weger!
- Attention High School Students
- 4-H Carnival
- Spring Leaders' Meeting
- Beef Weigh-In
- On-line Quality Assurance & Ethics….
- Crawford County Livestock Ownership Dates
- Upcoming Clark/Crawford/Edgar Events
- Need Cash for College?
- It’s for the Birds
- New exhibit option in every project in 2017
- Get paid while at 4-H Camp!!!
- Illini Summer Academies
- All new website has information at click of button
- A NEW National 4-H Month of Service
- Think Summer and Register for Camp
- Clark, Crawford, Edgar Food Challenge
- Crawford County 4-H Carnival
- 4-H Horse & Pony Tack Auction - Clark County
WOW - It is February already and that means enrollments have been entered in the online system for our December deadline, and we are working on getting project books to you. We have also been working on compiling a new email contact list of all 4-H'ers. It is very helpful to our office that you provided a good email address so that we can keep you informed as soon as information and opportunities arise in Crawford County and our unit. We have great programs for our 4-H'ers and we don't want you to miss out on all the fun (and the important stuff, too!) If you have not done your re-enrollment online, you must do this IMMEDIATELY. Any new member has until March 1st to enroll. Project add/drop deadline is May 1st. The website for enrollment and add/drop is http://il/4honline.com.
It is important that you remember our Club Meeting Policy: All members are required to attend at least 3 club meetings, 1 county event, help with fair cleanup and if your first time showing livestock, complete the online ethics training to be eligible to show livestock (This includes poster exhibits). LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS: You must complete the ethics training to be able to exhibit at fair. This includes rabbits, poultry and dogs. The web site is http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/ Don't wait until the last minute … take the certification NOW! The unit deadline is June 1st. If you have not completed training by June 1st you will be withdrawn from the project and will not be eligible to exhibit at the county fair! This is if you HAVE NEVER TAKEN THE ETHICS TRAINING.
I would like to WELCOME all of our new members and hope that your 4-H experience is a great one! Let us know what we can do to help you get the most out of being a 4-H member. All of us in Crawford County 4-H want to help you "Make the Best Better".
4-H Program Coordinator
Dates to Remember:
· Feb 6th Youth Committee Meeting 6pm at Extension Office
· Feb. 11—Beef Weigh In 8AM at Travis Millers Cattle Farm
· Feb 28th—Jr. Leaders 6:30pm at Extension office
· March 1 NEW Enrollment Deadline
· March 2 Unit Wide Food Challenge
· March 3rd– Job Shadowing day for Jr Leaders
· March 4th- CARNIVAL at The Robinson Community Center 6-8 pm
Jr. Leader Meeting
When: Tuesday Feb 28
Where: Extension Office
What Time: 6:30pm
The Jr Leaders had a Great Christmas party in December. We played games and enjoyed Caseys' Pizza. Our January Meeting was canceled due to weather. Jr. Leaders will be finalizing plans for the upcoming 4-H carnival and workshops. We will also be discussing more upcoming events and opportunities. Anyone 8th grade and older is encouraged to attend.
We held our Science Safari Thursday, January 12th at the Robinson Community Center. All 7th grade Crawford County students attended and got excited about science! The students were introduced to the many careers available in the field of science through hands-on activities and exposure to unfamiliar experiences which expanded their knowledge of the science field. Stations included Physics, Robotics, Chemistry, Fabrication, Food Science, Animal Science, and Medical Science. A HUGE thank you to the Oblong Robotics Class and Teachers for helping out! Also, a big thank you to Marathon Petroleum for partnering with us to host this event. We would also like to thank all of our presenters for taking a day out of their busy schedules to attend. The kids loved it!
4-H Club Scavenger Hunt for Food Pantry
All Crawford County 4-H clubs are encouraged to participate in a countywide 4-H community service project! We are asking that at your March meeting each 4-H'er bring in a non-perishable food item or paper items (plates, napkins, etc.). The club will need to tally their points and send them to April. We are working on a new and improved point system to use. The club that has the most points will win a pizza party for your April or May club meeting. All items will be taken to your local food pantries in Crawford County. Clubs are responsible for distributing their items to their towns food pantry. This is a wonderful community service project for your club members to learn about "pledging their hand to greater service"!
NEW FDA ANTIBIOTIC RULES APPLY TO YOUTH LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS
For 4-H youth livestock exhibitors, parents and project advisors, Jan. 1, 2017, will usher in major changes in accessing medicated feeds for project animals. That's when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will implement new rules, known as Guidance 209, for antibiotic use in all animals raised for food.
Antibiotics identified as medically important (to human health) will no longer be available for growth promotion
purposes, including for 4-H show animals.
An email from the Extension Office explaining what this means for our 4-H'ers exhibiting livestock was sent out recently. For more info, call the Crawford Co. Extension Office at 546-1549
Congratulations Skyler Weger!
Congratulations to Skyler Weger. Skyler was the winner of the free lamb in the lamb giveaway. Thank you to Vance and Beth Dart for making this great
Attention High School Students
You have the opportunity to participate in a unique learning opportunity—the JOB SHADOWING program. The program allows 4-H'ers to spend one-half or full day with a professional in the career area you plan to pursue.
4-H'ers interested in participation request who they would like to shadow and April will then make arrangements with the business or individual. 4-H'ers are responsible for providing their own transportation. The Job Shadowing program will be held on March 3rd (Casimir Pulaski Day) when all county schools are out. I do ask that those who participate in the program come and give a little report at the March 9th Jr. Leader Meeting.
If you are interested in this program please pre-register by calling the office by Friday, February 17th. This is a great way to explore more about a career that you are interested in.
The annual 4-H Carnival will be held on Saturday, March 4th, from 6-8pm at the Robinson Community Center. Set up will begin at 4:30pm and all clubs should be ready to go at 6pm SHARP! Please call the Extension office to let us know what your club game, activity, and/or food you will be doing and also if you need electricity. Jr. Leaders will be selling hot dogs, soda, and chips. Clubs should also contact the Extension office with the name of their prince and princess candidates. The coronation will be held at 7:45pm. Tickets will be 4/$1.00 or $.25 each.
Spring Leaders' Meeting
Club leaders please mark your calendars for Thursday, March 16th for a spring leaders meeting. We will hold the meeting at the Extension office at 6pm.
When: February 11th
Where: Travis Miller's Farm
What Time: 8:00 A.M.
If you are showing a market steer or market heifer at the 2017 4-H fair, you are required to bring your animal to this weigh-in. Call the Extension office if you have questions. We will once again be placing an Electronic Identification number on ALL steers and market heifers nominated for the IL State Fair. This will be your only opportunity to nominate for the state fair, so please let us know at weigh-in if you are planning to show at the ISF.
On-line Quality Assurance & Ethics….
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, goats, horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, and swine. This is required for members either taking a live project or a poster display. Members who don't 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/ .
Crawford County Livestock Ownership DatesJanuary 1:
Cows - Beef & Dairy
Market Steers & heifers
Market Lambs & Ewe
Animals must be in the possession of the 4-H'er by these dates!!!
Upcoming Clark/Crawford/Edgar Events
Feb 1st- Welcome to the Real World– LTC
Feb 4th—Clark County 4-H Carnival—Casey
Feb 18th—Clark County 4-H Horse and Pony Tack Auction - Marshall
March 3rd—Crawford County Job Shadowing Program—Robinson
March 4th—Crawford County 4-H Carnival—Robinson
March 9th—Crawford County Jr. Leaders Meeting
March 16th– Crawford County Leaders Meeting
May 7th– Sheep and Goat weigh in Crawford County Fair Grounds
Need Cash for College?
Two scholarships are available to college-bound youth who have been 4-H members for at least five years. Both can be used at a 4-year university, community college, or trade school. Applications are due March 1 and open to high school seniors and college freshmen.
The Illinois 4-H Livestock Scholarship is open to members who have demonstrated mastery in the livestock area and plan to continue their education in the area of agriculture. Members must have been involved in the livestock project a minimum of three years. One $1,000 scholarship is awarded each year.
The Legacy of Leadership Scholarship is offered to members who have demonstrated overall mastery and leadership in the 4-H program. Eight $1000 scholarships are awarded each year.
Scholarship applications are available at go.illinois.edu/4Hscholarships. Applications are due March 1, 2017. If you're selected as one of the finalists, you'll be asked to submit a video of your 4-H accomplishments.
It’s for the Birds
Become a 4-H Citizen Scientist with Project Feeder Watch
Four-H members who enjoy bird watching are invited to become a citizen scientist with Project FeederWatch. What is Project FeederWatch? Project FeederWatch lets you become the biologist of your own backyard. Participants identify the birds at their feeders from November – April and submit their observations to the Cornell Lab. You can count every week or only once all season – the time you spend is up to you! Using an easy online data entry, you can immediately see all of your counts and view colorful summaries and graphs. Anyone interested in birds can participate; you do not have to be an expert. All you need is a comfortable chair, a window and an interest in the birds in your neighborhood. There is an $18 fee which provides first time participants with a Project FeederWatch Kit and part of the fee helps to support the continuation of the program which is in its 30th year. Once you register online you can immediately start collecting data at your feeders. 4-H members/families can obtain additional information and sign up online at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website: http://feederwatch.org/.
New exhibit option in every project in 2017
We know that 4-H prepares you for the future… and now, we're adding an exhibit class that lets you show off business opportunities and careers you could have based on your 4-H project! The Ready4Life Challenge class is available in EVERY 4-H project and open to any 4-H member who was at least 11 years old last September.
Here is the exhibit description.
Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields.
Get paid while at 4-H Camp!!!
It may be cold outside now, but eventually, the days will start to warm up, and that means it's time for Summer 4-H Camp.
4-H camps operate across the state and offer teens and young adults both volunteer and paid opportunities to be mentors to young campers.
Applications are now open for camp counselors at 4-H Memorial Camp in Monticello. Download applications @
https://web.extension.illinois.edu/4hmemorialcamp/memorialcamp.cfm, under employment opportunities.
4-H Memorial Camp serves approximately 3,000 youth and adult campers each summer season. Employees receive a one-week paid training session prior to camp.
Illini Summer Academies
Save the date
Illini Summer Academies is expanding… one more day to explore the University of Illinois campus and college life.
NEW DAYS June 25 -29.
NEW ACADEMIES, such as Ag Communications, Journalism, plus advance sessions of Microbiology and Human Development and Family Services.
All new website has information at click of button
We know you want 4-H information every moment of every day … and now, the NEW Illinois 4-H website has everything you need. Go to: 4h.extension.illinois.edu.
New modern look filled with 2,000 photos of ... you & your club members
Easy-to-find information … nothing is more than three clicks from the home page
Easy links to apply for award
Easy links to register for events
More information about 4-H projects
Direct link to 4-H Online enrollment & project selection
Request buttons for programs you want in your county
Easy-to-submit 4-H stories which we'll feature on the site and in social media
Responsive design which will look great on your smart phone or computer
Easy-to-use Donate Buttons let you give back to the program you love
All-in-one library with all the 4-H documents you need.
We'd love to hear what you think of the new site. Send us a note at
A NEW National 4-H Month of Service
Consider what your club can do in April
4-H members have always demonstrated pride in the communities they call home. Whether they live in cities, towns, or rural areas, 4-H'ers strive to find ways to make their communities better.
We are excited to announce that 4-H'ers in every county in the nation will be joining together in April 2017 to celebrate community service and service learning throughout their local communities. Service projects can be scheduled at any time during April, however the celebration of service culminate with a National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 29, 2017.
4-H National Headquarters, National 4-H Council, State 4-H Partners are working with the National 4-H Citizenship Leadership team to provide you with tools to plan service experiences across the nation. Look for a toolkit soon, along with ways for you to report your club's accomplishments.
Think Summer and Register for Camp
Registration for Summer Camp at 4-H Memorial Camp will open January 9. Go online at go.illinois.edu/4Hcamp . Choose from four 5-day camp weeks:
Week 1: June 4-8
Week 2: June 11-15
Week 3: June 25-29
Week 4: June 30 – July 4
Clark, Crawford, Edgar Food ChallengeIt's our own version of "Chopped."
Thursday, March 2
Clark County Extension Office
*Up to three teams may participate from each county. (First come, first serve registration.)
*Teams should consist of 3-5 members. If younger members make up a team, one adult may serve as a member.
*A list of the necessary equipment will be provided to the teams prior to the event. some items will be provided.
*Teams will have a set amount of time to prepare their dish using the provided ingredients. Each team will present their dish to the panel of judges.
Resource materials will be provided to the team prior to the event. Teams may be asked general questions about "MyPlate" nutritional information and food preparation. Judging will also include food appearance and quality and presentation skills of group. Register your team by calling your county Extension Office. Registrations will be accepted until the maximum of three teams per county have been received. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams.
Crawford County 4-H Carnival4-H Carnival
Saturday, March 4
6 - 8 PM
Robinson Community Center
Games - Crafts - Prizes - Popcorn - Drinks
Tickets .25 each or 4/$1.00
4-H Horse & Pony Tack Auction - Clark CountySaturday, February 18
4 PM (IL Time) Doors open at 3 PM
University of Illinois Extension, Clark County 15493 N. State Highway 1, Marshall
New & Used Tack & Misc. Items will be offered
Used tack consigned by Clark County 4-H members. Miscellaneous items donated by area businesses and individuals will be auctioned.
Concessions Available - chili, BBQ, hot dogs, loaded nachos, desserts, drinks & lots more!
Door prizes drawn during the auction. Must be present to win!
Items donated by area businesses & individuals.
For information, contact University of Illinois Extension, Clark County at 217-826-5522.
Proceeds go to benefit the Clark County 4-H Horse & Pony Program.