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New Clubs for 2016


Calling all 4-Hers who have an interest in archery!

Who: 4-Hers, 8 years old and above

What: Archery lessons and open shoot

When: The second and fourth Fridays of the month, starting in                               October, from 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm*

  *Mandatory Safety class, Friday, September 30. 

Where: New Castle 100 Archers, 2272 Sunset Lake Blvd., Newark,                      19702

Cost: $30 for the year. Includes bows, facility use and training.

For more details, please contact Monique Merritt,

Olympic Celebration, 4-H Style


    Instead of kayaking, pole vaulting and weightlifting,  4-H celebrated the Rio Olympics with relay races, tug of war, kick ball, an obstacle course, horseshoes, disc golf, and yoga on Thursday, August 4. 

      It was an absolutely beautiful day at Lums Pond for the 50 participants from New Castle and Kent Counties.  For six hours, Olympians ranging in age from 5 to 55 participated in activities that promoted healthy living.  In between physical activities , these eager and energetic competitors mentally prepared by making stress balls and My Plate Bracelets.  They refueled by sampling freshly made international potato salads from Sweden, Russia, and Germany.  Hot dogs, watermelon, snacks, and water were also served to feed the hungry Olympians and their fans.   

      As participants completed the physical fitness activities and made the various crafts, they stamped the Olympic badge they received at the registration table.  By the end of the day, most of the participants had completed all of the activities, had a fully stamped badge, and received USA medals.  They also left with the satisfaction of knowing they spent a day outdoors enjoying healthy living, developing team building skills, and being with new and old friends.   


CONGRATULATIONS!                  To the Following Medal Winners:

Relay Races: medal-winners-men

The teams of Dr. Candy and Unicorns tied for first place in the team relay race event.  The team of Dr. Candy won the first relay race, however, the Unicorns wanted a rematch and won the second relay race.


The Salty Seven Ups took first when they defeated the Dr. Candy team with a final score of 8 to 6.

Obstacle Course:

Novice Division (up to 8):  Abby, Brandon, and Ian all were winners for completing the course.

Junior Division (ages 9 to 12):  First place was won by Eason with a time of 31 seconds.  (Other participants included Claire, Brodi, Nydia, Ian, Shyniah, Kyle, Brianna, and Rachel.)

Senior Division (ages 13 to 19):  First place went to Nathan with a record time of 32 seconds.  (Other participants included Matt, Claudia, Jordan, Bobby, Chris, Autumn, Sarah, and Noah.)

Thanks again to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and to all those who participated!

June Animal Science Updates

Stars and Stripes Livestock Show

The Stars and Stripes Livestock Show will be held on Sunday, June 26th in Moorestown, New Jersey.  Classes are available for exhibitors 21 and under in sheep, dairy goats, poultry and waterfowl, and small animals ranging from rabbits and cavys to lizards and snakes!  Please check their website for entry information and directions. Entries must be postmarked by June 23.  For questions please e-mail Robin Bruins or call 609-259-2347.

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

 The State 4-H Horse Judging Contest at the Delaware State Fair will be held on Wednesday July 27, 2016 beginning at 9:00 am in the Quillen Arena. Youth participants will be expected to judge 3 halter classes and two performance classes.  One of the performance classes will be reining this year.  The pattern will be provided in     mid-June and participants will be permitted to use the pattern in the contest.  The reining class will count towards the participants overall contest score but will not be a reasons class.

Here are some resources, in addition to the resources listed in the Delaware 4-H Horse Judging Leaders Guide to specifically help prepare for the reining class:

Reining Article

Horse Judging Youtube Video

4-H Horse Judging Guide – Oklahoma State

Reining Judging Guide – MSU

Reining Score Card


51st State 4-H Horse Show

The 51st Annual State 4-H Horse Show will be held on Friday, July 29,  2016 in the Quillen Arena during the Delaware State Fair.  All participants must have been enrolled as a 4-H member by March 1.  Horses do not need to be stabled on the fairgrounds and may ship in just for the day.  Horses and ponies need to have proof of a current negative Coggins test as well as proof of vaccination for Equine Influenza and Rhino (EHV) within the last 180 days.  All exhibitors are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved helmet whenever mounted or driving.  A complete class list is available on the State    4-H Animal Science website.  For more information, please email  Susan Garey or call (302)730-4000.


Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest Forms Due August 19th

 All 4-H and FFA Rate of Gain Contest forms are due to the Kent County Extension office postmarked by August 19, 2016.  Complete rules and entry forms are available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage.

Rate of Gain Contest Rules

Rate of Gain Contest Entry Form


Delaware Livestock Exposition- date change for 2016!!

The 2016 Delaware Livestock Exposition will be held October 15-16 at the Delaware State Fairgrounds.  This is a youth breeding show open to exhibitors ages 21 and younger.  For more information please visit the expo website, find us on Facebook, or contact Susan Garey or Kristin Cook or call (302)730-4000.

Delaware Pork Producers Association Looking for Delaware State Fair Volunteers

Momma Pig The Delaware Pork Producers Association is looking for volunteers to staff their booth and greet visitors to the Delaware Department of Agriculture’s Commodities Building during the Delaware State Fair.  This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours or have an activity for your livestock record book.  Volunteers can earn a dinner ticket to the Delaware Pork Producers annual dinner.  The Delaware Pork Producers Association has always been a great supporter of youth livestock events and donates all of the showmanship trophies awarded in the Swine Department each year at the Delaware State Fair.

For more information on shifts and available days or to sign up, please call Karen Tigner at (302) 632-4250.

Applications Now Being Accepted for the FCE M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund Scholarship

New Castle County Association  for Family and Community Education

Announce the



  1. The grant, in the amount of $300, known as the M. Katherine Jones Memorial Fund, is administered by the new Castle County Association for Family and Community Education.
  2. It shall be awarded to a New Castle County resident who has graduated or is graduating from high school, and has been accepted at an accredited Delaware college or university.
  3. The applicant must provide a statement of why he/she wants the scholarship.
  4. The applicant must provide a statement of community service and school accomplishments. If a member of a club such as 4-H, provide information about accomplishments as a member of this organization.
  5. The applicant must supply names and addresses of three references one of which may be a representative from the club/organization of which the applicant was a member.
  6. The applicant should arrange for a copy of the latest transcript (high school or college) to be sent to the chairperson of the memorial fund committee.
  7. The grant shall be a gift for one year.
  8. Reapplication in subsequent years can be considered.
  9. Application must be made by July 1 for the upcoming academic year.

If no applicant is accepted for the academic year, the New Castle County Association for Family and Community Education may determine how the fund should be distributed.

Please submit applications to the NCC Office. If you have any questions, please call 302-831-1239.

Maria Pippidis

County Director and Extension Educator, Family and Consumer Science

University of Delaware New Castle County Cooperative Extension

461 Wyoming Rd. Suite 131

Newark, DE  19716


Extending Knowledge, Changing Lives


Summit Bridge Club April Report

    At the April 13th  meeting we had an amazing turn out, but sadly some of our beloved members were absent.


Liam O’Hop led the Pledge of Allegiance while Rylan helped to lead the 4-H pledge for us. I had the pleasure of talking about the Delmarva Poultry Fanciers 40TH Show on my Pop Pop’s behalf.

Then we started to introduce ourselves to our new members and they did the same for us. I think I’m speaking for the whole club when I say little Will Apps seemed to have an amazing time!!! Ag Day was a great success. Thank you to all the club members who turned out to help with our booth!  It was a great day! Mrs. Shaffer informed us that Andrew was in D.C. with National Conference and she would like us to take the time to think about applying for this when we are a sophomore or junior in high school. Mrs.Apps took the time to talk to us about amounts of sugar in certain items, and the same with salt. The kids did a test that identified where on your tongue certain tastes are discovered. The kids seemed to enjoy it until they got to the coffee which was very bitter, and way too strong. Then the kids tried out the blind skittles challenge, in which they had to wear a blind fold and guess what flavor it was. In the final minutes of the meeting the kids enjoyed some popcorn provided by Mr.Apps. We should give our thanks to the whole Apps “clan”.

Big thanks to all the members who participated in this amazing meeting!!!!!!!!

Written by Kiersten O’Hop

Agent’s Letter-May

may-clip-art-5-pngDear 4-H Families,

I believe the old saying “April Showers Brings May Flowers” might finally be coming true after a very damp start to the beginning of our month. Along with finishing up with the final month of the school year, we are also preparing for a very exciting summer!

Don’t forget to register for 4-H Day Camp. We are filling up very quickly, so please don’t hesitate to register today by using our online registration form.

I would also like to pass along a brief friendly reminder:

The Delaware State Fair registrations will be accepted through June 1. There will be no late entries accepted, so do not miss out on this registration deadline.

Yours in 4-H,

Mallory & Kaitlin

Animal Science Updates

Delaware State Fair Online Entries Open April 1

It’s that time already!  Delaware State Fair online entries for all classes, including livestock open on April 1.  Entries close on June 1.


Delaware State Fair Livestock Handbook Department Highlights for 2016

  • Entry fees for beef cattle, dairy cattle, sheep, swine and goats will be $5.00 per class with the exception of showmanship and group classes. A sliding scale for premiums paid will be utilized starting with the 2016 fair.
  • Beef cattle tie out times have been established starting in 2016. Tie out between the horse barns will be allowed from 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM. Clean out is required nightly and all manure is to be brought to the designated manure bins. All tie out areas must be cleaned completely out by Sunday July 31st at noon, Exhibitors who do not comply will forfeit premiums.
  • Crossbred gilts and barrows for the open barrow show must be 200-300 lbs. Any hogs not making these weights for these classes must be removed immediately following weigh in on Saturday morning and may not be shown.
  • A minimum weight for tagging of market hogs is in place again this year. If your hog does not meet the minimum requirement for that tagging date, it will not be tagged by fair officials.  You may bring it back to another tagging date but must meet the minimum for that next date.  The minimum weights are:

May 7, 2016- 75 lbs.

May 14, 2016- 80 lbs.

May 20, 2016- 85 lbs.

May 24, 2016- 85 lbs. 

  • Goat Exhibitors– beginning with the 2016 Delaware State Fair, all pygmy goats will be required to be registered. Registration papers will be checked beginning in 2016.


Delaware State Fair Livestock Tagging Dates for Market Animals

All market animals must be identified with a Delaware State Fair ear tag in order to be eligible.  This applies to market steers, market lambs, market goats and market hogs.  Feeder calves and breed animals do not need to be tagged.

May 7, 2016- New Castle County- Newark- Cook’s Farm- 9:00am- 11:00 am

May 7, 2016- Sussex County- Georgetown REC- 9:00 am-11:00 am**

May 14 2016- Kent County- DSF- 9:00 am- 11:00 am

May 20, 2016- Kent County- DSF- 6:00 pm- 9:00 pm- Tagging for Jackpot participants

May 24, 2016- FINAL TAGGING DATE- DSF- 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm

**Sussex County does not have the ability to weigh steers so if you want your steer to be weighed at the time of tagging, it must be brought to one of the Delaware State Fair tagging dates.  To be eligible for the Delaware Farm Bureau Rate of Gain Contest, you must weigh and tag at the location for your county.


Jackpot Show Entries Due May 2

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 and entries must be postmarked by May 2 or entry fees double.


NCC Hosts 4-H/FFA Livestock Classic- ENTRY DEADLINE MAY 13- Late entry fees are double!

New Castle County 4-H and FFA Livestock Volunteers are hosting the 4-H and FFA Summer Livestock Classic on June 4, 2016 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.  Entry information and a class list are posted on the state 4-H animal Science website

Please note entries must be postmarked by May 13.


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.

Youth over the age of 12 (computed as of Jan 1 of the current year) have the option of taking a multiple choice test in lieu of attending classroom training. The benefit of the testing option is that certification may last for longer than one year, depending on the age of the youth at test time.  Youth must score 70% or better to pass the test and can take versions of the test up to three times in one sitting to pass.

There is an online training, testing, and certification option. Delivered in the form of an engaging, interactive online module, the new online option allows participants to learn, test, and become certified in Youth PQA Plus. For youth age 12 and under, a parent log-in for security is required. Youth only need to complete one of these three options for obtaining certification.

Beginners who participate in the online module will receive a one year certification. Intermediate and senior youth, depending on their age at the time of completing the course and if they pass the exam, could receive a three year certification, or certification lasting until they age out of their division if it’s less than three years, and move into the next age division. If an intermediate or senior youth member does not pass their exam online, they will receive a one year certification.  For more information and to complete your certification online, please visit

The final PQA class training date remains:

June 6, 2016- FINAL PQA Classroom Training- Kent County Extension Office- 6:30-8:30 pm

The following PQA testing dates have been scheduled for this spring (walk in any time):

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 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.


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.



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

The updated application is available on the State 4-H Animal Science webpage at and 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 at or email Charmayne Busker



2016 Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year Winner Named

Jointly sponsored by the Delaware 4-H Horse Advisory Committee and the Peter Stone Model Horse Company, the Horse of the Year contest offered 4-H members the opportunity to nominate a horse or pony as the Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year.  Participants were required to submit an essay of 500-1000 words on the topic of, “If Your Horse was a Superhero, Who Would it be and Why?” along with 4 photographs of the nominated horse or pony.  Essays were scored based on the ability to answer the topic, the emotional impact and meeting the essay requirements by a panel of 6 judges with equine backgrounds and experience as 4-H volunteers.  Nominators were not required to own the horses or ponies entered.

The 2016 winner of the Delaware 4-H Horse of the Year is Ms. Ashley Tilghman, age 14 of Dover, Delaware who nominate her 7 year old grey Thoroughbred named WaChacha.  Ashley is a member of the Mane Squad 4-H Club.  In her essay, Ashley wrote about how Chacha has the qualities of Wonder Woman; agile, lots of endurance, quick reflexes, very intelligent, honest and beautiful.  She compared Wonder Woman learning to live amongst us and being a “normal” human being to Chacha adapting all that she knew from racing in order to become a show horse.

Ashley will be presented with a custom made and custom painted model of her horse WaChacha at the Kent County 4-H Achievement banquet in October, generously created and donated by Peter Stone Model Horses.  For more information on the Stone Model horse company, please visit: 

The announcement and essay guidelines for the 2017 Delaware 4-H Horse of the year contest will be available in October with an entry deadline of November 15, 2016.  For more information on how to enter, please visit the Delaware 4-H Animal Science web page at


Free eXtension Recorded Webinar for Viewing- Spring Cleaning: Getting Your Horse Ready for the Show Season 

The webinar focuses on current vaccination strategies, nutritional management, muscle conditioning, and other health considerations to ensure your horse keeps healthy during the most demanding time of the year: Spring, Summer and Fall.


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.


51st State 4-H Horse Show at the Delaware State Fair

The 51st State 4-H Horse will be held on July 29, 2016 in the Quillen Arena at the Delaware State Fair.  The show program, with complete rules and a class list, can be found on the State 4-H Animal Science page at  4-H’ers must have been enrolled in the Delaware 4-H program by March 1 in order to participate in the show.  Ship-ins for the day are permitted and all horse must have proof of a negative Coggins test and a certificate of vaccination for Equine Influenza and EHV in the past 180 days to show.  Class entries are made the morning of the show in the Quillen Arena office.

Have Fun and Receive Volunteer Hours in the 4th Annual Milk Run/Walk 5K!


Farm Bureau Logo

Dear FFA and 4H Leader/Advisor,

The New Castle County Farm Bureau and the Delaware Farm Bureau Foundation are sponsoring their 4th Annual Milk Run/Walk 5K on May 21st. We have developed a unique opportunity for FFA and 4-H members to participate in the event and receive volunteer hours for participation and fundraising.

How do you get involved?


Any 4-H or FFA member from a given school or organization can register on the “Race2Run” website ( – If only one person from your organization is going to participate then that person should also register as the team captain. You can have sponsors donate online or you can collect donations and turn them in on or before race day. You can keep a tally of your donations on the sheet provided as well as having online donations registered to your team (where possible you will also want to include these donations on your tally sheet). This is how we will keep track of your donations.

As a token of appreciation for collecting donations for the race, individuals will receive 10 volunteer hours for their first $100 raised, then an extra hour for every additional $25 over the initial $100. Additionally, individuals can receive 4 hours for volunteering at or participating in the event – please indicate your intention to volunteer or participate in the event by emailing Laura Simpson at  You can also receive 4 volunteer hours by running or walking in the race, but you will need to formally register, either on-line or the day of the race.

Within 30 days of the event following the race, individuals will receive a letter documenting their volunteer hours associated with the event – please indicate where you would like the letter sent.  In addition to the individual recognition of volunteer hours, the team FFA Chapter or 4-H group with the highest donation amount will receive a $250 gift card, milk glass trophies, and recognition by the two charity beneficiaries.

In keeping with the race name “Milk Run” one of the primary beneficiaries is the Ministry of Caring and their “Milk for Children Fund” our second named beneficiary is the Middletown Neighborhood House. I’ve provided links to both of these worthy causes below and encourage you to visit their sites and learn more about the great work they do in the community. We have contributed nearly $50,000 to support these worthy causes in the past 3 years. 

Please help us raise money and awareness for these two great charities!


Warm Regards

Stewart Ramsey

President, New Castle County Farm Bureau

330 Ramsey RoadWilmington, DE 19803

Please see Volunteer and Sponsor Forms Below:

Milk Run FFA and 4H Volunteer Form

FFA and 4H Sponsor Agreement form 2016

February Grab n’ Go

Test your Olympic knowledge with this fun activity. Make it your own Olympic challenge by having a race to the right answer and award homemade medals to the winners! Feel you don’t know enough about the Olympics to win? That’s ok, the Jamaicans didn’t know much about bobsledding either, but they have had 6 teams compete since 1988. -Quite a feat for a country where it doesn’t snow! Guess they were “Up for the Challenge”, too!

Grab-N-Go Summer Olympics

Reporter’s Corner: Keeping up with the Clubs

Summit Bridge Club

In January, the Summit Bridge Club had an amazing turnout for the first meeting of the year. The pledges were led by Liam O’Hop and Parker Hickey. They both did an amazing job, so a big pat on the back to them! The club received a report from the Salvation Army Bucket Leader, who collects the money from the buckets of the seasonal bell ringers. He said the balance collected from his buckets was one of the highest donation amounts in the last 27 years. That total was $20,994.80.  We also talked about ways to be active for 60 minutes a day and about the Favorite Foods contest and food judging. Those that had participated in the contest in the past gave some details about what it is all about and some helpful hints to those who were interested in participating this year.

Clover Quest

This month’s meeting was a winter wonderland! Veronica and Miriam Kogut led the pledges. Miss Blaky, our club leader, reminded us about the favorite food contest. Then we split up and played games. The teens are learning and working on Consumer bowl. Miriam Kogut provided snacks and a presentation on herbs.  Using what we learned, we made lavender bath salt and ate a snack filled with tasty herbs. Miriam even made a tea with herbs. Thank you Miriam for this fun filled activity and delicious snack! Then Kyle Merritt closed the meeting.

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2016 Beekeeping Essay Contest Deadline has been extended!


All abuzz about bees and why they’re so important to us? Share your thoughts in this essay competition, and maybe even win a cash prize!

The 2016 essay topic is                                                                     “Bee and Pollination. How Important is it?”

Sponsored by The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

Now more than ever, people are asking. “What will happen if the bees are gone?” Your paper should research and help answer this question.

Click here for complete announcement and rules.

AWARDS:      Cash Prizes to 3 Top Winners:
•1st Place — $750.00    •2nd Place — $500.00  •3rd Place — $250.00

Each State Winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

The deadline for entries to be submitted to the State 4-H Office has been extended to February 15, 2016.


Send essay to:
4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
State 4-H Office

531 S. College Avenue

113 Townsend Hall

Newark, DE  19716