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Agent’s Letter – June

Dear 4-H Families,Summer

As we dive into the month of June, the craziness of the “4-H Summer” is right around the corner. I hope you were able to secure all of your registrations for the Delaware State Fair and 4-H summer camp!

While everyone is gearing up for the busy months to come, I am also busy gearing up, but for a different adventure. After five incredible years serving as the New Castle County 4-H Extension Agent, I have decided to pursue a new path in my life. I will be joining my husband in our family business to work in the fitness and nutrition industry. This is a very bittersweet time for me and certainly was not a decision that was made easily.

4-H came into my life at the young age of 7, when I joined the Westville 4-H Club as a Cloverbud member. I became instantly attached to the program and knew I would be a lifelong 4-Her. I can truly say that after being a 4-Her, summer camp counselor, and most recently a 4-H agent, the term “bleeding green” could not ring more true. The 4-H program and community will always hold a very big piece of my heart and I look forward to the opportunity to volunteer with 4-H in a variety of ways. I can assure you, my departure from the NCC 4-H position does not equate to my departure from Delaware 4-H.

As I sit here reminiscing about the past five years, I am instantly reminded of the wonderful relationships that have been formed with parents, 4-H members, and volunteers. Each person that I have met in my capacity as the 4-H Extension Agent has played a special role in my life. I am grateful for the opportunities that have been bestowed upon me in my current role and I look forward to continuing these friendships that are bonded through 4-H.

Thank you for allowing me to spend the last five years with you as a 4-H Extension Agent. I will hold tight to these wonderful memories.

I show you this Benjamin Franklin quote to remember to “Learn by Doing”, the 4-H way.

Ben Franklin quote 1

 

Sincerely,

Mallory Vogl

Updates & help needed: Delaware State Fair

DSF

The 2016 Delaware State Fair is right around the corner! This year, the fair will be held Thursday, July 21 through Saturday, July 30. We are in need of volunteers to assist with pre-fair activities: set-up, exhibit drop off, judging, display, and building duty during fair.

Please review the schedule below and let us know if you will be available to assist. E-mail Serena Conner with the dates you wish to help. You can also call the NCC 4-H Office with any questions at (302) 831-8965.

Fair Help

NEW THIS YEAR!!!!!!!! We are looking for 4-H members to serve as HOSTS and HOSTESSES for the 2016 Delaware State Fair in the 4-H building. This year, you can register for slots online. Each slot is for 2 hours. Please click on the link below to visit the sign-up page.

Host/Hostess Sign-up Page

Exhibit Information

Each club leader will receive Fair Tags in early July. It is the responsibility of the leader to distribute these tags to all members. The County 4-H Office is NOT responsible for distribution of Fair Tags to individual members.

All exhibitors wishing to drop off their 4-H Fair Exhibits to the county office must drop them off by 3pm, Friday July 15. All tags must be attached prior to drop-off.

**VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION**

Fair Tags:

Do NOT remove the bottom portion of your fair tag. This is NOT a claim check! This section is used for recording the placing of each exhibit.

Demonstration Make-up Day

New Castle County 4-H will be hosting a Demonstration Make-up Day on Tuesday, June 28,  at 6:00pm. If you would like to compete at the Delaware State Fair in the Demonstration Contest, but were unable to make either of the spring dates, please use the registration form below to register by June 23, 2016.

2016 Demonstration Make-Up Registration

2016 Demonstration Categories

**Please note, the following categories are FULL:

Team – RABBITS

Individual – FOOD PREP, POULTRY

All other categories are available.

2016 Cow Camp – Registration due Friday!

Picture1Cow Camp 2016- Registrations Due June 10th

Youth and adult dairy volunteers are beginning to plan for Cow Camp 2016 which will be held on Saturday, July 2nd and Sunday July 3rd at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  The day will begin with registration at 9:30 am. Participants should bring their own calf if they have one.  If a child wishes to participate and does not have access to a calf, one can be provided for them.  The schedule will provide ample opportunities for great hands on learning experiences as well as time for socializing and fun.  Activities will be scheduled throughout the camp to give participants experiences with fitting and showmanship as well as an introduction to some dairy science related topics.

Participants of all skill levels are welcome.  Campers and their calves will work in small groups, each led by a former Cow Camp Champ.  There will be time for fitting of individual animals and showmanship practice.  These activities will be age and experience appropriate with some doing more clipping and others just giving it a try.

Participants should bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday are included in the registration fee.  Participants are not required to stay overnight if they do not wish to.  Saturday’s planned activities include a small show and will conclude with a family picnic.   Please indicate on your registration form how many family members will be attending the Sunday picnic so we can plan accordingly.

A current 4-H Health/Code of Conduct Form is required for participation.  If you are enrolled in 4-H through 4-H Online, there is no need to send an additional health form.  If you are an FFA member or junior dairy exhibitor you must fill out and submit a 4-H Health and Code of Conduct Form.  Cloverbuds are welcome to participate; however, an adult needs to attend with them.  Any parent wishing to stay overnight with their child must have completed the Delaware 4-H volunteer screening process.

Registration forms and the $15.00 registration fee are due by June 10th.  Please make checks payable to the Delaware Holstein Association.  Please mail registration form, Health Form, and fee to Cow Camp, 69 Transportation Circle, Dover, DE 19901.  For more information, please contact Susan Garey or (302)730-4000.

Additional funding for this activity is being provided by a grant from the Chuck Busker Endowment with the Delaware 4-H Foundation and the Delaware Holstein Association.  Once you have registered, additional information will be provided.

2016 Cow Camp Registration Form

Do More 24 Movement – June 2, 2016

Do More 24

United Way of Delaware is joining forces with local non-profit organizations (including 4-H) to sponsor Do More – 24. This campaign will take place on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

June 2 is your chance to GIVE where you LIVE. Visit the Do More 24 – Delaware website on June 2 to donate to 4-H. 100% of the proceeds from all donations will go to the non-profit of your choosing.

Here is more information about this campaign:

Do More – 24 is a local movement that is leveraging the power of the crowd to support our state’s non-profits through focused, online giving. It is all happening on June 2 – one day only!  Use this day as an opportunity to give to your favorite local non-profit agency. See how you can get involved and join in the community of people working together to make a difference.”
We hope you consider donating to Delaware 4-H through the Do More – 24 movement!

Agent’s Letter – April

SpringDear 4-H Families,

We hope “April Showers” hold off and allow for all of our exciting 4-H events to happen in the coming months. Be sure to check out the calendar pages to see what’s new in New Castle County 4-H

Upcoming Events & Registrations:

  • Statewide Clothing Showcase – April 9
  • AG Day – April 30
  • Legislative Day – May 4
  • Science Saturday “The Soil Rainbow” – May 7
  • Livestock Show Registration Forms due – May 13
  • Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for NCC Exchange – May 14

Please refer to the postings within this blog to access detailed information about each event!

Don't Miss

2016 Delaware State Fair!

Registration for the 2016 Delaware State Fair opened on April 1 and will close on June 1. Click here for the 4-H State Fair webpage and information.

We are about 6 months into the transition from a traditional newsletter to the blog format. There has been a slight hiccup from time to time, but overall we have heard great feedback. To continue making things easier for the viewer, we have added in a Table of Contents post that will be sent out with each blog. Please CLICK HERE to access the Table of Contents for April.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

 

 

Table of Contents for June

Table of Contents

This page will be updated each month and provide links to the various postings for the month. There is a clickable archives section on the right-hand side of the blog, but some pieces are overlooked from time to time. This new section should assist with visibility of the various monthly contents.

April Animal Science Updates

Kent County Jackpot Show

The Kent County 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee is hosting its 19th Jackpot Show on May 21, 2016 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a market preview show for steers, market goats, market lambs, and market hogs.  Entry information is posted on the State 4-H animal science page

Entries must be postmarked by May 2 or entry fees double.

PQA Certification

All Junior Market Hog Exhibitors are required to have a current PQA certification in order to exhibit a market hog at the Delaware State Fair.  There are currently three options for obtaining PQA certification. The class certification option is open to any age but youth under the age of 8 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) must have a parent attend the class with them as national program guidelines do not permit a child under 8 to hold their own certification.  Certification received through the classroom option is valid for one year.

For more information and to complete your certification online, please CLICK HERE!

Classroom Training dates

  • April 12, 2016 – Sussex County PQA Classroom Training- Carvel Center 6:30-8:30 pm
  • April 19, 2016 – NCC PQA Classroom Training- New Castle Country Extension Office 6:30-8:30 pm
  • June 6, 2016- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

Walk-in Test dates

  • May 5, 2016- Sussex PQA Open Testing- Carvel Center- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • May 10, 2016- NCC PQA Open Testing- New Castle County Extension office- 4:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • June 9, 2016- Kent County PQA Open Testing- Kent County Extension Office- 4:00pm-6:00 pm

You may attend class or testing in any of the locations. If you plan on attending any of these sessions, please RSVP to Susan Garey (302)730-4000 or via e-mail, at least three days prior so that there will be adequate materials. Please contact Susan Garey if you have any questions or concerns in regards to PQA certification needs.

Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest

 

Calling all young artists!  With categories encompassing painting, pastels, charcoals, photography, pencil, pen and ink and even crayons and markers for younger youth there is something for everyone in the Delaware 4-H Equine Art Contest. Entries are due to county offices on or before April 8, 2016 and will be put on display for the month of May at Chick’s retail store in Harrington, Delaware.  Contest guidelines and entry information is posted on the State 4-H website.

5th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show- entries due April 8th

The Delmarva Goat Association will host their Fifth Annual Delmarva Classic on April 22nd and 23rd. It will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.

 

Friday, April 22- 6:00 pm – Open Jr. Boer Breed and Showmanship followed by the First Annual Delmarva Goat Association Sale

 

Saturday, April 23- 9:00 am- Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second Open Sanctioned ABGA Boer Goat Show

 

For more complete rules and entry forms please visit the DGA website at

http://www.delmarvagoat.com/news—events.html

 

Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award

 

The Delmarva Goat Association is very excited to announce the DGA Youth Herdsman Award for all youth 21 and under that are members of the DGA. There are two categories Senior and Junior with a monetary award and a jacket. This award is an accumulation of a youth’s work with the goat industry for a year. They will need to keep records of what and where they were involved in goat activities. This award will be presented at the Delmarva Classic Show in May.  For more information please visit the DGA website at  or call (302)242-3464.

Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

 2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 2.  Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair.  This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Click here to access the 2016 Dairy Lease.

National 4-H Dairy Conference Applications Due May 2

 The 2016 National 4-H Dairy Conference is September 25-28, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin.  The conference is for 15 to 18 year-olds who have participated in the 4-H Dairy Program for at least three years, who are currently enrolled in 4-H and have an interest in the dairy industry.  The Delaware 4-H Foundation provides funding for two delegates and one chaperone each year.

The conference will be held concurrently with the World Dairy Expo.  National 4-H Dairy Conference delegates may not participate in the National 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest or exhibit cattle at the World Dairy Expo due to time constraints.  You may not have previously attended National 4-H Dairy Conference.  For more information on National 4-H Dairy Conference please visit Click Here!

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at Here! This application is due to Susan Garey by May 2.

 Final Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity Payment Due May 2

The third payment for futurity animals entered for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy Futurity is due May 2 to volunteer Charmayne Busker.  Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor. Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.  For more information please consult the 2016 entry form posted on the State 4-H animal science page by clicking here! You can also  email Charmayne Busker cpbusker@gmail.com

Online Livestock Judging Training Resources

As we get closer to judging season, there are many good online resources available to 4-H members and leaders to help strengthen your livestock judging skills.  Please visit the state 4-H animal science webpage for a list of descriptions and links to websites that you can utilize any time and are current, useful and best of all free! Click here to access these resources.

 

2016 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair

 The two performance classes in the 4-H Horse Judging Contest this summer at the Delaware State Fair will be Western Pleasure and Reining.  The Reining Pattern will be provided to contestants via your county extension office in advance of the contest and by June 15th.  Participants may bring the pattern with them to the contest.

Summer Camp registration now open!

4hcamp_with_clover4-H Summer Camps are an ideal way to spend a portion of your summer. Whether you choose an overnight, residential camp or an exciting day camp, we have various opportunities to fit every need.

Residential 4-H Camps

State 4-H Camp is just about full, but we are still accepting registrations for Week 1. If you would like to be put on a waiting list for Week 2, please e-mail Joyce Witte today!. If you would like to register for Delaware State 4-H Camp, please click here!

  • Week 1: June 13-18, 2016
  • Week 2: June 20-25, 2016

Environmental Camp is for youth ages 8-12 and will be held June 9-11. There are still spaces available for this shortened overnight experience. Click here to register!

4-H Day Camps

New Castle County 4-H offers several specialty day camps throughout the summer.

Here is an overview of NCC Day Camps

June 20-24

  • Cloverbud Explorers 4-H Camp, Ages 5-7
  • Young Explorers 4-H Day Camp, Ages 8-12
  • All Aboard the LeaderSHIP! – Intro to Counselor in Training, Ages 13-15

June 27-30

  • 4-H Shooting Sports Day Camp, Ages 10 and up

August 8-12

  • 4-H Animal Science Day Camp, Ages 8-12

For additional information about day camps, or to register, please Click Here!

Call (302) 831-8965 or e-mail Serena Conner with questions.

 

 

 

Delaware State Fair 2016 – Registration now open!

Delaware_State_Fair.svgApril 1 was the first day to register for the 2016 Delaware State Fair. Registration will stay open through 11:59pm on June 1. 4-H members will use their 4-H Online registration information to sign up. To register, CLICK HERE!

There are several updates and links regarding the Delaware State Fair on the State 4-H Webpage.

4-H State Fair Newsletter

Remember, you must be a member in good standing with Delaware 4-H (by March 1, 2016) in order to exhibit in the 4-H department at the Delaware State Fair.

 

 

15th Annual NCC 4-H & FFA Livestock Classic

New Castle County 4-H and FFA livestock volunteers are hosting the 15th annual 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 4, 2016. This livestock show will be held  at the Delaware State Fair.  This event is open to any 4-H or FFA member in Delaware and the eastern shore counties of Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties. Classes offered include showmanship and market classes.

Entries must be submitted by May 13. Entry fee doubles after this deadline.

2016 Class Listing and Rules

Registration Form 

Please contact Kaitlin Klair at the 4-H office with any questions or concerns.

Volunteers needed for AG Day 2016

Volunteers

Youth and adult volunteers are needed on Saturday, April 30 to assist with the 4-H Food Smart Families display. FSF will feature an interactive “Grocery Shopping Simulation” during AG Day and we need YOUR help! Shifts will be 1-2 hours long and will require about 10 people per shift. If you are available to assist with the display, please e-mail Kathleen Splane or call (302) 730-4000.

4-H Demonstration Contest

demonstrationPresenting or speaking before a group or audience is an important life skill to develop. Delaware 4-H alumni often credit their experience with 4-H Public Speaking and Demonstration Contests as a reason for their success in public and professional life.          New Castle County 4-H offers two demonstration contests in the spring.

Registration for Demonstration II due to the 4-H Office by Friday, May 6.

Contest Information & Forms:

Demonstration II

  • Date: Saturday, May 14
  • Start time: 9am
  • Location: NCC Extension Office

For additional resources, please click here!

Contact Mallory Vogl via e-mail or call (302) 831-8965 with any questions or concerns.

 

Important 4-H Livestock Dates

2016 Delaware State Fair Tagging Dates

  • May 7 – New Castle County, Cook Farm, Newark, 9-11AM
  • May 7 – Sussex County. REC Georgetown, 9-11AM (No Steers)
  • May 14 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 9-11AM
  • May 20 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 6-9PM (Jackpot and Kent County Show participants only)
  • May 24 – Kent County, DSF, Harrington, 5-8PM (FINAL TAGGING)

Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Information

Dates have been set for the in-class training and the walk-in test for PQA. All youth exhibitors showing swine MUST be PQA certified.

New Castle County PQA dates:

  • April 19, Classroom Training, NCC Extension, 6:30-8:30PM
  • May 10, Walk-in Test, NCC Extension, 4-6PM

Please e-mail Susan Garey to register for the training or test if you plan to attend. You can also call Susan at 302.730.4000!

 

 

NEW – Animal Science Updates

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

 The National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association is pleased to announce that through the generosity and vision of several prominent Shropshire breeders, the third Shropshire Starter Flock Award will be given to a lucky youth in the spring of 2016.

The Shropshire Starter Flock Award is presented annually and helps to establish one new Shropshire flock every year. The award in 2016 will be a credit voucher of $1,500, which can be used to purchase no less than two ewes in one of the following sales: Shropshire Classic, Great Lakes, Shropshire Spectacular and The Midwest.

If you are interested in winning this award flock, you are expected to write an essay to the National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association. Be sure to include background information about yourself. This document  should illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award. There should also be a budget included in the paperwork that is sent in. Type your essay and email it to Shropshire Spectacular by April 1. Please include your mailing address and telephone number. All applicants should be between the ages of 8 and 20.

National Junior Shropshire Association Offers Starter Flock Award

 The National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association is pleased to announce that through the generosity and vision of several prominent Shropshire breeders, the third Shropshire Starter Flock Award will be given to a lucky youth in the spring of 2016.

The Shropshire Starter Flock Award is presented annually and helps to establish one new Shropshire flock every year. The award in 2016 will be a credit voucher of $1,500, which can be used to purchase no less than two ewes in one of the following sales: Shropshire Classic, Great Lakes, Shropshire Spectacular and The Midwest.

If you are interested in winning this award flock, you are expected to write an essay to the National Junior Shropshire Sheep Association. Be sure to include background information about yourself. This document6 should illustrate your goals and intentions with the animals should you win the award. There should also be a budget included in the paperwork that is sent in. Type your essay and email it to Shropshire Spectacular by April 1. Please include your mailing address and telephone number. All applicants should be between the ages of 8 and 20.

Youth Sheep Conservationist Program

Applicants must be between 9 and 18 years old. *Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2016 that includes:

  • An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason, the animal is not being kept at your own home, explain, in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep, and answers the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.”
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4-H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or clergy. The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, and then submit their letter of application/essay to:

Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, OH 43812 740.622.1573

If you have questions, please contact Elaine Ashcraft.

6th Annual Delmarva Classic Goat Show and New Goat Association Sale!

The Delmarva Goat Association will host their 6th Annual Delmarva Classic on April 22nd and 23rd. It will take place at the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, Delaware.

Friday, April 22nd will feature an Open Junior Boer Breed and Showmanship Show followed by the first annual Delmarva Goat Association sale. Saturday – April 23rd will feature an Open ABGA Sanctioned Boer Goat Show followed by a second open ABGA show. Goat sale consignments must be submitted by March 11, 2016. For more complete rules and entry forms please visit the DGA website at http://www.delmarvagoat.com/news—events.html

 Delmarva Goat Association Junior Herdsman Award

The Delmarva Goat Association is excited to announce the DGA Youth Herdsman Award for all youth 21 and under that are members of the DGA. There are two categories Senior and Junior with a monetary award and a jacket. This award is a reflection of a youth’s work with the goat industry for a year. They will need to keep records of what and where they were involved in goat activities. For more information please visit the DGA website or call (302)242-3464.

 Dairy Leasing Agreements Due to County Offices May 2

2016 Delaware Youth Dairy Leasing Agreements must be turned in to county offices for county agent signatures or to Susan Garey by May 2. Copies of dairy leases will be forwarded on to the Delaware State Fair. The leasing agreement is posted on the state 4-H webpage under the “Dairy” heading. This is the only version of a leasing agreement that is accepted for Delaware shows.

Final Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity Payment Due

The final entry deadline for the 2016 Delaware Junior Dairy futurity is May 2, 2016. The entry form can be found HERE!

To participate in the 2016 Futurity for Summer Calves, a calf must be nominated by May 1, 2016.  All calves, born June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015 inclusive, of any dairy breed are eligible to enter the Delaware Youth Dairy Futurity. Calves MUST be exhibited by a Delaware State Fair Junior Dairy Exhibitor.  Leased animals are eligible and an exhibitor must be named on the last entry on May 2, 2016.