4-H fair books have been printed and will be distributed in May. Take some time to mark all your project areas in your book. You will then know what the guidelines are for your projects you will be exhibiting at the 4-H county fair show and at the Illinois State Fair in August. There are new and great opportunities this year. Please check them out.
If you have completed 6th - 8th grades, watch for the invite to attend GEAR-Tech 21 Camp being held in June at Monmouth-Roseville High School.
Sell those 4-H Barbeque tickets!!! It helps with all areas of local 4-H programming and will make a great difference in the year ahead.
Congratulations to all 4-H'ers whose names have been in the paper in the last few months in recognition for what they have done 4-H related, as well as in the community or school programming. Keep up the great work!
Have a great end of the school year and move into an active productive summer.
Helping to make the best better!
Carol E. Wilcoxen
Unit Educator, Youth & Family
The Henderson-Mercer-Warren Unit offices will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day.
"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 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 be checked out for 4-5 days at a time. For complete details, contact your local Extension office.
1 Add/Drop Project deadline
1 Horse Ownership/Lease Forms due
1 IMGP Scholarship Applications due
7 & 8 4-H Memorial Fish Camp
9 PQA Certification Clinic – Aledo
13 Club Reports for June Newsletter due
14 Horse Clinic, Macomb
14 Premiere Lamb & Meat Goat Weigh-ins, Kewanee & Macomb
16 Program Fees due (W)
16 PQA Certification Clinic – Macomb
21 PQA Certification Clinic – Stronghurst
28 4-H Charity Open Horse Show – Schone Friendship Farm
30 HMW Extension Offices Closed
1 County 4-H Fair Entries due (M)
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
10 4-H BBQ (M)
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)
21 General Project Show (W)
25 Western Illinois 4-H Horse Show, Monmouth
1 SF Jr. Livestock Entries Due to SF Entry Department
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
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
All Illinois 4-H clubs are encouraged to participate in promoting June Dairy Month activities sponsored by Midwest Dairy Association. Clubs must order their June Dairy Month kit through their local Extension office as soon as possible. The Extension office will send for the actual kits for the entire county. Contact your local Extension office to receive more information on promoting June Dairy Month.
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 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!!
New Dates Added!
· 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.
· 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.
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!
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. Scholarships are available through the HMW Extension Unit.
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.
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, except 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.
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).
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.
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
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 the Warren County Extension Office 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
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 (see your county 4-H fair book for complete details).
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.