Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mother & Daughter Weekend at NOVA 4-H Center

The Northern Virginia 4-H Center is offering a Mother and Daughter Weekend on May 1-3 at the 4-H Center in Front Royal.
Participants will learn about environmental education, leadership, and outdoor adventure.  The cost per pair is $175, and $65 for each additional mother or daughter.  The cost includes 2 days of programming, lodging for 2 nights, 5 meals, and two evening programs.  All participants must be at least 9 years old.
For more information or for registration information, please visit the document library in the "Blog Post Follow Up" folder.

Host Families Needed!

Join the families who have had the pleasure and opportunity of hosting an exchange student!  The IFYE program is looking for families to host an exchange student from Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday July 19.  Teens will be coming from Argentina, Costa Rica, and Norway this summer.
Host family applications are due by March 1.  Host families must have a teenager, and inbound delegates will be matched with the primary host sibling within 2 years of age and the same sex.
For further information and to fill out the application program go to States' 4-H International Exchange programs or contact Dottie Nelson, Coordinator of the Virginia 4-H Exchange program, at dottieifye[at]

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Intro to AI Breeding

Louisa Veterinary Service, Inc is offering an "Intro to AI Breeding" Course on February 11 at 4 pm.  This is ideally designed for young farmers and those interested in information on Artificial Insemination and timed breeding.  This will be a hands-on lab providing a real reproductive tract.  There will be a chance to see and better understand how this process occurs and what these organs look and feel like.
Those who are interested must be 16 and up and spaces are limited to 20 participants.  Cost is $10 per person.
If you have questions or would like more information on this opportunity, please contact the office or e-mail
Phone: (540)967-2974
E-mail: louisavet[at]

Farm Credit Intern Opportunity

Farm Credit is hiring several interns for the summer of 2015.  These opportunities are for college students.
For more information or to apply, visit

Internships for those interested in Agribusiness and Veterinary Programs

Internship opportunity available for youth ages 14-17!  The AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program to help teenagers learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness.  This program allows students to live on a college campus and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields.
This 2 to 4 week summer outreach program for 2015 targets middle and high school students who ar einterested in learning more about plants, animals, and agribusiness.  Students chosen to participate in AgDiscovery will gain experience through hands-on labs, workshops, and field trips.  Students will also participate in character- and team-building activities and a variety of workshops.
In 2015 there are 17 universities participating in AgDisovery- Alcorn State University, Delaware State University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Fort Valley State University, Iowa State University, Kentucky State University, Lincoln University in Missouri, North Carolina State University, South Carolina State University, Tuskegee University, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii at Manoa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Virginia State University.

For more information about this opportunity, please visit

Adventure Fridays at NOVA 4-H Center

The Northern Virginia 4-H Center will be offering 5 "Adventure Fridays" this summer.
June 26- Horseback Riding
July 10th- Challenge Course
July 17th- Shooting Camp
July 24th- Horseback Riding
July 31st- Hiking at White Oak Canyon

Please see the document library for the "NOVA Adventure Fridays 2015" brochure for more information or to register.

4 for 4-H and Free Community Day at NOVA

Great News:

The 4 for 4-H will be even bigger than last year as we are making the whole day a family-friendly event! 

FREE Community Day 
The family day will run from 1:00 - 4:00 pm and it is a FREE event. Activities are zip line, climbing wall, tie dying, gau-gau, face painting, 2015 staff meet and greet, and an inflatable challenge.  

4 for 4-H 
The 4 for 4-H event begins at 9:00 am. Route options - and like last year, walkers are encouraged to participate! - are a 4-K (2.48 miles) or 4 mile, and there is a 4-K relay team option as well. Last year, several counties raised a few hundred dollars for camp scholarships. Support the Orange County 4-H camp scholarship program by participating in this event!  

Lunch will take place at noon for a fee of $4.00 per person. The meal includes hot dogs and hamburgers, garden salad, baked beans, chips, drink, and dessert. 

Registration for the 4 for 4-H is also online at: 

If you would like paper copies of any of the pledge form or registration please contact the Extension office. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

The Fair Board needs YOUR ideas!

The Fair Board needs your help!  They are looking for theme ideas for the 2015 Fair.  We know that there are tons of ideas out there from all of you creative fair goers and participants!
Please go to this form and give them your ideas!  Please submit all ideas no later than February 17 so that the Fair Board can decide at their next meeting.

Archery Club Update

The Archery Club had a great turn out for the first archery tournament of 2015.  They had new targets, new archers, and great points.  Way to go Archery Club!


Glenwood Livestock Show- Beef Update

Just a quick reminder that Glenwood beef entry forms are due two weeks from tomorrowTuesday, February 10th!

Also, please send beef entry forms to Laura Foltz, 121 Clearview Road, Luray, VA 22835. Please note this is a change from previous information given.

The committee would like to ask that you please send your entry forms/healthy history forms/ fees in two batches; once after the regular deadlines (Feb. 10th and March 10th) and the second after the late deadline (Feb. 17th; sheep entries will be collected up until the day of the show). If it is not feasible to mail in separate batches, you can scan the entry forms and email them to Laura at However, you will still need to send the entry forms, health forms, and fees in the mail after the February 17thdeadline.

Again, please make sure that entry forms and health history forms are completed and signed. Entry fees should be made payable to Glenwood Park Livestock Show.

For more information or with questions, please contact Kaila Anglin at the Clarke County Extension Office- (540)955-5164 or email kailamh[at]

Friday, January 23, 2015

Orange 4-H has representation with the National 4-H Council!

Congratulations to Ryan Cole, Orange 4-H Archery Club member on being chosen to participate in the National 4-H Council's 4-H Mall's Trend Spotter's team.  This team will help to develop and design new items that will be for sale at the 4-H Mall.   Congratulations, Ryan!

Owl Prowl, Fredericksburg Jan 30th & Owl Pellet Pickin's Jan 31st

Something cool for you to check out in the Fredericksburg area!  The "Owl Prowl" will be held at Motts Run Reservoir on Friday January 30 from 7-8:15 p.m. and the Owl Pellet Pickins will be held in that same nature center on Saturday, January 31 from 10-11:30 a.m.
Check out this link for registration information and more details.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Jamestown 4-H Center Specialty Camps

Jamestown 4-H Center is offering specialty camps before this summer camping season!  These camps are open to anyone around the state who is interested.  

Arts and Technology Camp – February 6-8, 2015 (ages 9-13)
Youth will select a tract that will focus on arts, technology or both. The tracts are – Movie Making, Robotics, General Art and Photography.

Spring Cloverbud Camp – March 14-15, 2015 (ages 5-8)
We all have heroes. People we look up to and want to be when we grow up. This weekend, we are going to become those heroes! All heroes don’t have capes and super powers, but they are heroes as well. We are going to meet some “Superheroes” that make sure that we are safe as well.

Marine Science Camp – April 7-9, 2015 (ages 9-13)
You will have a hands-on experience when we explore and experiment with: watersheds, oysters, fish and more. You will see what lives in the water in the day and night by seining and building robots that will go underwater!

“Jammin’ on the James” Water Camp – May 29-31, 2015 (ages 9-13)
The Water Camp allows youth the opportunity to be experience the James River in an extremely safe environment. At 348 miles long, the James River is the 12th largest river in the United States that is based entirely in one state: Virginia. They will have the opportunity to experience Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking, Fishing and Water Quality.

Archery Club Competes in First Tournament of 2015

The Orange 4-H Archery Club went to their first tournament of the year at Mineral Baptist Church Archery.  There were new 3D targets, warm sun and some high scores!!  Way to go guys!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

4-H Statewide Teen Weekend

The 2015 Statewide Teen Weekend is coming up!  This event for Virginia 4-H senior members (ages 14-19 as of September 30 of this year) will be February 27-March 1 at the Southwest 4-H Educational Conference Center in Abingdon, Va.  

The State 4-H Cabinet has worked hard on planning this event and it promises to be the highlight of the season. This event provides an opportunity for teens across the commonwealth to come together for a weekend filled with educational programs and leadership. This year’s workshops include: Tie-Dyed T-Shirts, Shooting Sports, Outdoor Adventure and Table Etiquette. A highlight of this year’s event is a trip to the Barter Theater to watch the live play, Anything Goes. Participants will also take part in a service project on Sunday

The cost for the weekend is $105.00 and checks must be made payable to the Virginia 4-H Foundation. Please have interested teens complete the registration form (found on the document library in the Blog Post Follow Up folder) and mail along with their $105.00, Health History form, and Code of Conduct form to:

State 4-H Office
C/O Katie Lafon
107 Hutcheson Hall (0419)
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Please note that the deadline to register is February 12, 2015.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

2015 Youth Conservationist Program

This program is for youth who would be interested in helping to preserve heritage breeds of sheep.    Youth who are selected for this program would be given a ewe that they would keep.

Submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2015 that includes:
An essay which introduces you, your experience with animals, if for any reason the animal would not be kept at your own home, explain, in detail, where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities would be, your essay should explain your interest in sheep and answer the question: "Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep."

The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
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 application must include address, phone number, and if available, e-mail 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
e-mail: tankewe_cr58[at]

All essays must be mailed, will not accept emailed essays!

Requirements if selected:
-Must be present o receive the ewe at he Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 3, 2015.
-Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2015 at:
     1.) Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival on Sunday, May         3, 2015
     2.) the State Fair in the state where the recipient lives
- Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2015, should consult the donor breeder for their recommendations
- Must either use the ewe's fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter, or weaver.
- Must submit an article the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information concerning the next year's YCP program.
- Must submit a one to two page report, with pictures, to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2015 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland Festival which is then given back to the youth.

For more information or with questions, please contact Elaine Ashcraft at the contact information above.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

2015 Skyline Stockmen's Contest

The date for the 2015 Skyline Stockmen's Contest has been announced!  The contest will be held on February 21, 2015 (snow date- February 28) at Virginia Livestock, LLC (2796 Rivermont Drive, Front Royal, Va).  Registration will be from 8 am - 9 am and the contest will begin at 9 am.  As in years past, participants will need to arrange their own transportation to the contest.  Registration is $5 per person and registration must be into the Warren County Extension Office no later than February 13.
For more information or if you plan to participate, please contact the Extension Office.

Holiday Lake Forestry Camp

If you are interested in forestry, consider attending the Holiday Lake Forestry Camp held June 15-20 at Holiday Lake 4-H Center near Appomattox.  This residential camp immerses students in field-based learning and introduces them to careers in forestry, wildlife, and related fields.  Forestry camp is open to Virginia residents ages 13-16 who have not attended before.
If you are interested, you must be nominated to attend.
Check out for more information.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Citizenship Washington Focus 2015

The CWF Experience by Baylee Rollins (attended 2013) and Taylor Rollins (attended 2014)

Citizenship Washington Focus was more than just another camp to Taylor and me. While 
we were there we got to interact with and meet tons of new people from all over the United States.
We also developed many new leadership, communication, and citizenship skills all at a National 
level. On top of meeting many new friends and learning new things, we also got to visit many 
 sites throughout Washington, D.C. such as The Capital, Mount Vernon, 
Arlington National Cemetery, numerous presidential and war monuments and memorials, and a special trip to the National Zoo. One day while we were there, we met and spoke with some of our Representatives in Congress. Overall this was one of the best 4-H trips 
that we have ever experienced and we recommend it to anyone who is willing to spend a week of 
their summer having a fun and enjoyable time learning alongside other 4-H members. 
P.S. – The food is AWESOME!!

2015 Citizenship Washington Focus is slated for Virginia the week of July 5-1, 2015.  CWF is a tremendous opportunity for senior 4-H members.  Applications are due to the State 4-H by Friday, February 20.
iday, February 20, 2015.
NEW FOR 2015 – The Virginia 4-H Foundation is offering one FULL scholarship per district.  More than one youth per district can apply to attend, however only one youth per district will be awarded a scholarship.   All applicants must submit the $200 deposit with their application.  If awarded a scholarship, it will be refunded following the trip to ensure attendance.  Youth will be notified mid-March.  Please see the application for more information.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is a week-long 4-H citizenship program for youth ages 14-19 that takes place at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just 1 mile from the Washington, DC border.
Every summer, thousands of young people participate in the program, which provides opportunities for them to:
    • strengthen their communication, leadership, and citizenship skills on a national level
    • understand the importance of civic and social responsibilities as they relate to the development of better citizens and leaders
    • exchange ideas, practice respect, and form friendships with other youth from diverse backgrounds.
    • experience hands-on learning using the historical backdrop of Washington, DC.
CWF participants enjoy:
    • a behind-the-scenes look at our nation's capital and the chance to meet Members of Congress
    • motivational speakers, educational workshops, and assemblies that increase individual commitment to citizen involvement and build lifetime skills for success
    • activities that encourage new and lasting friendships
    • an enthusiastic staff of young adults that work directly with them
Participants are immersed in the culture and history of Washington through onsite workshops at its most spectacular sights.
Destinations include, but are not limited to:
    • The Capitol
    • Mount Vernon
    • Arlington National Cemetery
    • Presidential and war monuments and memorials
    • Smithsonian museums
The cost of the trip is $940.00.  Many delegates recruit sponsorship from local civic groups.  National 4-H has created templates for scholarship letters.  Please visit the fundraising section on the site below for templates. 
Delegates are responsible for getting themselves to/from the center.  Upon arrival, transportation for the week is included in the cost of the trip.

VA-NC Horse Festival

Check out this cool opportunity!
For more information, contact the Pittsylvania County Extension office- 434-432-7770

Friday, January 9, 2015

2015 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Information on the 2015 Beekeeping Essay Contest is available!
Cash prizes are awarded to the 3 Top State Winners:
1st place- $100
2nd place- $50
3rd place- $25

The state winner will be forwarded onto the National competition and could win additional cash prizes.

The 2015 essay contest topic is:
“Planting for Bees from Backyards and Up”
Beekeeping has become difficult due to a lack of native plants for forage.  In this essay, you will be required to discuss ways that habitats can be modified to become “bee friendly”.  Does your community allow roadsides and open land to grow wildflowers and encourage native planting of bee friendly plants?

Survey your community to see what is being done to help honeybees.  Include your state in our survey to see if there is a wildflower planting program available or any other program that could aid the honey bee.
The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.
Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative references spell it as one word.

  1. Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only.  4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second or third at the national level are not eligible; other state winners are eligible to re-enter.
  2. Requirements (failure to meet any one requirement disqualifies the essay) –
  • Preparation for National Judging:  ELECTRONIC SUBMISSIONS ONLY, double spaced, 12-pt. Times or similar type style, following standard manuscript format.  Submit as a Microsoft Word compatible document.
  • Write on the designated subject only.
  • All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.
  • A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.
  • Length – the essay proper: 750-1000 words.
  • The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, nor the essayist’s biographical sketch – which should be on a separate page.
  1. Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research – 40%; (b) accuracy – 30%; (c) creativity – 10%; (d) conciseness – 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic – 10%.
  2. Essayists should forward essays to the state judging team postmarked by February 9, 2015.  The winner of the state contest will be forwarded to the national competition before March 1.
  3. The state winner will be announced on March 1, 2015 and the National Winner will be announced by May 1, 2015.  
  4. All National entries become the property of the Foundation and may be published or used as it sees fit.  No essay will be returned. The National winners’ essay will appear in an issue of the American Beekeeping Federation’s Newsletter.

  1. Email state entries by the deadline (Feb. 9, 2015) to:
In the subject line:  VA. 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest
All entries received will be promptly acknowledged; if you have not received an acknowledgment after 3 business days, please resubmit.

Southern States Scholarship Program

Scholarships are provided to agriculture students at 12 universities in 10 states served by Southern States.  The scholarships are offered in proportion to farmer participation in Southern States cooperative and are available in Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.  They are generally awarded on a four-year basis provided the student continues to qualify.
The scholarship is valued at $3,000 or $600 for freshmen and $800 for each ensuing year.
- Applicant must be accepted by the admissions office of the university for enrollment in the college of agriculture
- Sons or daughters of Southern States employees, owners or employees of dealers, or Southern States' Board of Directors are not eligible
- 4-H and/or FFA experience is preferred, but not required
- Applicant must be a resident of the state in which the university he or she plans to attend is located
- Recipient must maintain a good academic record to hold the scholarship after the first year

How to Apply:
Visit the document library and look in the "Scholarships" folder for the "Southern States Scholarship" application.  You will need to fill out the contact information on the flier and send it into the university that you have been accepted at.  They will send you more information on how to apply.

More information about the program can also be found on that flier.