Thursday, March 26, 2015

Great Job Fancy Feathers 4-H!!



Mr. Wayne Williams, 4-H Club Manager, shared this...
Fancy Feathers 4-H held their 8th annual Open Chicken Show at Dripping Springs Ranch Park on March 21st.  There were over 500 fancy birds entered in the show, representing all six classes of standard chickens, all six classes of bantam chickens, and even some very nice show ducks.  In addition to all the birds, Fancy Feathers had several activities for the youth and adults alike, to include raffles, Cluck Off, Match the Judge competition, and a Home Depot kids’ workshop.  Three Fancy Feathers members took home top honors at the show’s awards.  Bridget Decker won the highly competitive Cluck Off trophy and a cash award, Alyssa Caldwell won Grand Champion Backyard Large Fowl, and Bobbi Williams won Grand Champion Bantam Junior Show.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

$25,000 State Farm Grants Available

URGENT ATTENTION!  You could receive a $25,000 grant to assist children/teens in an underserved area or fund unique projects that 4-H youth create to positively impact local communities.  Anyone can apply, it is simple, and only takes a few minutes.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist™ is youth-led philanthropy that empowers people to identify issues in their community, and each year 40 organizations will each win $25,000.  The application deadline is March 29th or as soon as the first 4,000 submissions are received.  Click here to find out more. 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

4-H Camp Opportunities

4-H Summer Camp Registration is now open at the Texas 4-H Conference Center near Lake Brownwood. Join us this summer for one of our fun filled and exciting camp programs. We have a new camp this year for youth ages 14-17 called Prime Time Extreme. This program takes camp fun to a whole new level. It will include advanced archery, advanced dance sessions, color run and much more. We will also take it to the extreme at the challenge course with the power pole, swinging log and the Texas Screamer!  Visit our website to register: http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu.

Texas Community Futures Forum - March 28

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a rich history of providing educational programs that address the most critical issues in Hays County. In order to make sure that the programs being planned for the future are on target, the Hays County office of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service invites community participation in an Issues Forum to be held on Saturday, March 28, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Wimberley VFW Hall. The Wimberley VFW Hall is located at Veteran’s Park on Jacobs Well Road (CR 182), a few miles north of Wimberley off of Ranch Road 12. A large VFW Rodeo sign is at the RR12 intersection. The expectation is that the forum will last less than two hours. 

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a member of the Texas A&M University System with cooperation from Hays County. There is an Extension Office located in every county across Texas. The mission of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is to improve the lives of people, businesses, and communities across Texas and beyond through high-quality, relevant education. It is through a community forum such as this that
the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service can ensure that the needs of all Hays County citizens are being met.

If you are interested in attending this community forum or have any questions related to this event, please feel free to contact the Hays County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at (512) 393-2120. In order to adequately plan for this event, an RSVP to the Hays County Office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service by March 25 would be greatly appreciated. Individuals wishing to attend who require auxiliary aids in order to participate should contact the Hays County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at least five days prior to this event to determine how reasonable accommodations can be made.

Hays Co. 4-H Photo Contest

Deadline for entries for our County 4-H Photography Contest is 5 pm on Fri., March 27th, at our office.  There are 15 categories in which to enter photos, so there are lots of great opportunities.  

Click here to get the County 4-H Contest info in pdf, and click here for the info in Word.

4-H Public Speaking Project

Public speaking is one of the most important skills 4-H teaches us!  Find out more about the various contests that are available within the public speaking project.  You could do educational presentations, public speaking or share the fun.

Our County 4-H Roundup Contests will take place on Tuesday, April 7th, at 6:30 pm, at the Extension office.  Click here for more info on contest opportunities.  Click here for an entry form in Word or click here for a pdf version.

4-H Clothing Projects Opportunities

There are so many great opportunities in the 4-H clothing project, so check them out!!  In addition to Fashion Show, there's Duds to Dazzle, Fashion Storyboard, Textile Show, and more!

Our County 4-H Clothing Contests will take place on Tuesday, April 7th (with Roundup), at 6:30 pm, at the Extension office.  Click here for the 4-H Clothing Project Opportunities.  Click here for an entry form in Word or click here for a pdf version.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Heifer Validation

If you are planning on exhibiting a heifer project in any of the State Fair of Texas in the fall of 2015 or major livestock shows in the spring of 2016, you will need to get your heifer validated under the Major Livestock Show Heifer Validation program.  At this time, all we will need is an idea of how many heifers will need to be validated.  Validation will take place in June.  There will be a  validation fee of $10 per heifer that will be collected at time of validation.  If you have validated a heifer last year through the Major Livestock Show Heifer Validation Program, you will not need to re-validate.  If you are needing to validate a heifer, please email Richard at re-parrish@tamu.edu and let him know how many heifers you are needing to get validated.  All heifer validation orders are due to Richard by April 8.  Once more details on validation are known, he will let you know about it. 

Safety Day Volunteers Needed

Our Safety Day planning group has been working hard on preparations for our upcoming Safety Days.  These will take place on Thurs. & Fri., May 7th & 8th at Lehman High School.  About 800 4th grade students (400 each day) from 7 Hays CISD campuses will rotate through 9, 20-minute sessions on various safety topics.  Youth and adult volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks. Please contact Laura if you are interested in helping with the program. 

Summer Sewing Camp

Sassy Southern Sewing in Luling is hosting a 4-day workshop for kids age 8-18 on July 29-August 1, at the Embassy Suites in San Marcos.  They are offering numerous classes.  Click here to find out more.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

CTMC's Fit Family Fun Day

Enjoy a free day of outdoor fun and fitness for the whole family on Sunday, March 29th, 4-6 pm, at CTMC.  Click here for more details.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Order Steer Validation Tags for 2015-2016 Shows

Even though livestock show season is still in full swing, it is time to begin thinking about steer projects for the 2015-2016 livestock show season.  If you are planning on raising a steer project for the 2015 State Fair of Texas or the Fort Worth, San Angelo, San Antonio, Houston or Star of Texas Livestock Shows in 2016, it is time to order your steer tag.  This tag will also validate the steer project for the 2016 Hays County Livestock Show.  All steer validation tag orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by April 8.  Tags will cost $10 per tag.  Any orders received after April 8 will cost $20 per tag.  Validation will take place in June.  Those ordering tags will be notified as to when and where steer validation will take place.  You can access an order form by clicking here.  Remember, all steer validation tag orders are due by April 8.

Time to Order Lamb and Goat Tags for the 2015 State Fair of Texas

If you are planning on exhibiting a lamb or goat project at the 2015 State Fair of Texas, now is the time to order your validation tags.  Validation tags are $10 per tag and must be ordered by April 8.  Any tags ordered after April 8 will cost $20.  Validation will take place in June.  Those ordering validation tags will be made aware of the validation date and location as soon as those details are known.  These validation tags will only be valid for the 2015 State Fair of Texas.  You can find an order form by clicking here.  All orders are due to the Hays County Extension Office by April 8.  Entry for the State Fair of Texas will take place during the summer.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Texas 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassador Program

The purpose of the 4-H Healthy Lifestyles Ambassadors is to promote the purpose and goals of the 4-H healthy lifestyles program, provide leadership to educational events through the implementation of healthy living programs, including Fuel Up To Play 60. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page to find more details and an application.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program

Program Highlights and Impact:
· 2014-2015 Livestock Ambassadors report their service to an online reporting system. Since August 1, 2014:
o Service Hours: 2,201.5
o Educational Contacts: 285, 915

· Program engagement
o County, Regional and Major Livestock Show Responsibilities
o Represent Texas 4-H and Animal Agriculture on TV, Radio and at the Texas Capitol
o Making an impact in mentoring novice 4-H youth
o NEW national and international travel experiences

2015 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:
Texas Tech University July 7-10, 2015
Cost: $200

 Texas A&M University July 20-23, 2015
Cost: $200

 Selection Criteria:
· Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
· Students with a profound interest in animal science and animal production
· Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
· Top 25% class rank

 Application Process:
· Applicant goes to https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3E4FD1zmVFLVJWZ
o Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
o CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
· A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants per university
· Applications are due June 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by June 26, 2015 regarding application result

Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program

The Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Program is entering its fourth year and the results have been incredible. Texas 4-H boasts robust horse project participation. For years, we were lacking an advanced leadership opportunities for youth interested in equine industry and science. In 2015, elite equine youth will gather in the heart of Texas horse country to participate in the most engaging youth leadership program with a focus on equine. Our hope is when they return from the course, you will find them to be eager to assist you with educational programs. County Extension Agents have been very pleased with the youth leadership provided by Equine Ambassadors at the county level. Equine Ambassadors have been very productive in assisting with equine related educational workshops and programs.

Program Highlights and Impact:
- 2014-2015 Equine Ambassadors report their service to an online reporting system. Since August 1, 2014 :
  • Service Hours: 1,095
  • Educational Contacts: 10,918

  • Program engagement
    • County, District and State 4-H Horse Show Responsibilities
    • Represent Texas 4-H on TV, Radio and at the Texas Capitol
    • Making an impact in mentoring novice 4-H youth with horse projects
    • NEW national and international travel experiences

 2015 Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course:
Location: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat, Gainesville Texas
Dates: June 28 – July 2 , 2015
Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:
· Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her horse projects
· Students with a profound interest in equine science and the horse industry in Texas
· Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
· Top 25% class rank

Application Process:
  • Applicant goes to https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9Gg3J8XmcWsSFfL
    • Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
    • CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  • A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants for this course
  • Applications are due May 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified by early June, 2015 regarding application result

Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules and Schedule

The rules for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show have been released.  They can be found by clicking here.  These rules will govern the 2015 District and State 4-H Horse Shows.  For the remaining Hays County 4-H Horse Show to be held on March 21, we will be using the 2014 Texas 4-H Horse Show Rules.

The schedule for the 2015 Texas 4-H State Horse Show has also been released.  The dates for the show will be July 18-July 25.  A copy of the schedule can be found by clicking here.

We have not yet received information on registering for the District or State 4-H Horse Shows.  When we get that information, it will be posted on the blog.  Registration for the State 4-H Horse Show usually takes place at the District 4-H Horse Show.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wimberley 4-H News

Congratulations to Wimberley 4-H for being honored by the children's shelter.  4-H members brought coats and clothes to the kids there. They not only collected coats all over town, they took them to the kids and visited with them.  Thanks to Kim McGee for sharing!!

Mrs. McGee also reported on the 4-H food and nutrition project lesson, which included a sit down lesson about nutritional value and a special guest French professor who teach them how to make crepes.  They also received a French language lesson.  What a great experience!!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

4-H Horse Project Validation for District and State 4-H Horse Shows

If you are planning on participating in the District or State 4-H Horse Show, it is time to get your horses validated under the Texas 4-H Horse Validation Program. Validation will be open on 4-H Connect starting March 1 and remain open through May 1. Even if you validated your horse through the Texas 4-H Horse Validation Program last year, you must validate your horse again this year.

If you validate your horse between March 1 and April 15, the validation cost is $10/horse. Any horses validated between April 16 and May 1 will be $20/horse. No validations will be allowed after May 1. Any horses not validated by May 1 will not be allowed to participate in the District or State 4-H Horse Shows. When you get online to validate your horse, please have pictures of your horse showing front, right, and left side views ready to upload. Also, you will need to upload a copy of the horse's registration papers. If you have an unregistered horse, upload a copy of a completed Grade Horse Form.  If you are revalidating a horse that is already in the system, information from last year should appear on the screen. Confirm that all of that information is correct.

In the validation instructions, it indicates that there are two ways to pay for your horse project validation, either by credit card or club/county check. In Hays County, club/county check will not be an option. You must pay by credit card. Any validations submitted with the club/county check payment option will be returned to you.

Please validate any horse that you are considering taking on to District or State. The only horses that are eligible for these shows are those that are validated by the validation deadline. This includes futurity project horses.



Hays Co. 4-H Horse Judgers Shine

The Hays County 4-H Junior Horse Judging team received third place honors in the San Antonio Livestock Show Horse Judging Contest held on February 19. There were fifty-three teams competing in the Junior Division of this contest. The Hays County 4-H Team members consisted of Sarah Bouckley, Colin DeWitt, Haley Garland, all members of the Dripping Springs 4-H Club, and Arielle Wortham, a member of the Wimberley 4-H Club. The team also had two of its members place in the top twenty high point individuals in the contest. Of the 182 junior contestants competing in the contest, Haley Garland was the 12th high point individual and Colin DeWitt was the 15th high point individual in the contest.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Invitational Contests during Texas 4-H Roundup

17 invitational contests are offered to intermediate (age 11-13) and senior (age 14-18) 4-H members.  Invitational means that you do not have to qualify to participate.  For most you just have to register, but there is an application process for a few of them.  Contests include everything from 4-H Has Talent to Recipe Rally to Photography Judging to Entomology Collection.  Click here for more details on these contest opportunities.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Support the Hays Co. Food Bank


Hays County CROP Walk - April 12th, Dunbar Recreation Center
25% of funds raised go to benefit the Food Bank, while the rest goes to Church World Service.

For more details on these and other Food Bank events, click here.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Market Poultry Workshop

The Texas A&M Poultry Science Department will be hosting a Market Poultry Workshop on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Pierce Pavilion on the Texas A&M University Campus in College Station, Texas.  This workshop will run from 8:30-3.

This workshop provides an excellent oppirtnity to "hear the experts" and work alongside Texas' major poultry judges.  Educational activities include in-depth discussion on:  brooding, management, sanitation and feeding programs and selection and processing methods for broilers, turkeys, and roasters.

Also "hands on" practice in early culling and selecting, handling your birds during the show and "putting together" show pens. 

Registration is $50/person or family and can be done online at http://agriliferegister.tamu.edu.  Onsite or late (after April 27) registration is $75/person or family.  For more information, cintact the Texas A&M Poultry Science Department at (979) 845-4318.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Patiotic Art Contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary are once again hosting their Patriotic Art contest.  Entries are due to the Wimberley VFW by March 31.  This is for high school age youth.  Click here for more info.  Thanks to Jaci Kroupa for sharing the info!!