Tuesday, January 26, 2016

NEW PROCESS for Glenwood Beef & Sheep Entries This Year

The Glenwood Park Livestock Show will be held Saturday, April 9, at the Loudoun County Fairgrounds. This regional show is a longstanding tradition for many Orange County youth. There are big changes this year in the way entries are being handled, so please read very carefully!

  1. All entries must be made ONLINE first, and then you print a receipt that gets mailed in. (This is similar to Junior Beef Roundup.) (Click the word online above for a direct link.)
  2. After you enter all data (make sure it's complete and you have all information before starting!), then print a receipt of your entries. 
  3. Bring the receipt to the Extension office to be signed by Kaci or Steve. Realize that they are often out of the office programming, so you may need to call ahead. 
  4. Print out a copy of your 4-H Health History form. This is stored on 4-H Online (the 4-H enrollment system), so you can login with your username and password to access this information. If you need help, please let Katie in the Extension office know. 
  5. The exhibitor is responsible for mailing everything in. This includes the online entry receipt signed by an Extension agent, the money of $10 per head made payable to Glenwood Park Livestock Show, and your completed 4-H Member Health History printout. 
Beef entries get mailed to Laura Foltz, 121 Clearview Road, Luray, VA 22835. Beef entries are due February 17th. 

Sheep entries get mailed to Dan Virts 14354 Loyalty Rd, Leesburg, VA 20176. Sheep entries are due March 10th. 

Glenwood is also looking for show sponsors, so please consider asking your 4-H club, your home farm, neighbors, and local businesses to sponsor a class or award. 

If you have questions about the show, please contact the Extension office. Good luck! We hope to see Orange youth enter. This is a great kick-off to the 4-H show season. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

4-H Day with the Virginia Tech Women's Basketball Team

4-H groups have a sweet opportunity to attend a Virginia Tech women's basketball game on Sunday, February 14. Admission is FREE for groups who pre-register, and there's a chance to meet and greet the team and get autographs after the game.

Virginia Tech takes on Pittsburgh with a 2:00 p.m. tip-off. Contact the Extension office to register.

Photo from Hokiesports.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

AgDiscovery 2016


• a middle or high school student looking for a unique summer internship with an opportunity to live and study on a college campus?
• a high school student looking to improve your resume for college?
• a teacher looking for opportunities to expand your students’ view of agriculture?
• a parent looking for learning opportunities for your teen?

Look no further... the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) offers you an opportunity of a lifetime.

AgDiscovery is a summer outreach program to help teenagers explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. The 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. They study the life cycles and habits of insects (entomologists); research micro-organisms, such as bacteria and viruses (biotechnologists); examine cells and tissues under a microscope to identify diseases (plant pathologists); work to conserve and manage wild animals and their habitats (wildlife biologists); carry out animal health programs (veterinarians); provide education on the humane care and treatment of animals (veterinarians and animal care inspectors); and manage the business aspects of protecting plants and animals (agribusiness).

This 2- to 4-week summer outreach program for 2016 targets middle and high school students who are interested 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.


USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) partners with various universities and colleges to deliver the AgDiscovery program. Many of the Federal Government’s professional plant scientists, biotechnologists, veterinarians, and wildlife biologists work for APHIS. The agency funds AgDiscovery each year, and partner universities host program participants on their local campuses.

In 2016, there are 20 universities participating in AgDiscovery: 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, Prairie View A&M University, South Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, Tuskegee University, University of Arizona, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the Virgin Islands, and Virginia State University. Each university’s AgDiscovery program focuses on a specific area of interest to our Nation’s agriculture, such as plant health, entomology, veterinary science, animal care, biotechnology, and agribusiness.

Local College Programs:
North Carolina State University:
JUNE 20–JULY 1, 2016
Learn about careers in plant science, including entomology (the study of insects), plant pathology (the study of plant diseases), botany (the study of plants), agronomy (the science of soil management and production of field crops), and animal science. Students will live on campus in dorms, learning field and laboratory research techniques from university professors and practicing entomologists, botanists, plant pathologists, and veterinarians who work for the U.S. Government. Students who have completed a freshman science course will benefit most from the program’s activities. The Science House at North Carolina State University (NCSU) facilitates this program.
Contacts: Jason Painter, (919) 515-5585, jason_painter@ncsu.edu; Camille Morris, (919) 855-7340, camille.e.morris@aphis.usda.gov

University of Maryland at College Park
JULY 10–29, 2016
Learn about plants and animals, the importance of protecting America’s food supply from insects and disease, the role of regulation in genetically engineered organisms, and the challenge of managing and resolving wildlife conflicts. The 3-week academic program at the University of Maryland’s College Park campus provides an educational odyssey exploring food, culture, and the environment.
Participants will earn 3 hours of university-level course credits through the Young Scholars Program. All admitted students must complete the entire three weeks of the program and academic course.
Contacts: Dr. Evelyn E. Cooper, (301) 405-7044, ecooper@umd.edu; April Brohawn, (301) 314-7222, abrohawn@umd.edu; Tyra Gallman-Monnity, (301) 405-2078, tgallman@umd.edu

University of Maryland Eastern Shore
JULY 10–23, 2016
Explore careers in plant biotechnology, plant microbiology, horticulture, small ruminant management, and natural resource sciences. Students will have experiential learning opportunities through research, education, and field trips to conservation areas, a historical family farm, and agricultural research centers. Students will reside on the campus located in Princess Anne, MD, and interact with diverse faculty and other agricultural professionals.
Contacts: Corrie Cotton, (410) 651-6630, cpcotton@umes.edu; Lisa Purnell, (410)651-6313, lisa.purnell@osec.usda.gov; Dr. George S. Shorter, (410) 651-6193, gsshorter@umes.edu

Virginia State University
JUNE 19–JULY 2, 2016
Students will explore the Small Ruminant and Food Science Program in the College of Agriculture. Activities will follow an animal science theme through the lens of food production, with a focus on livestock production, food processing, and food safety. Students will gain experience in the disciplines of animal science, aquaculture, and food science through a series of hands-on activities with small ruminants, farmed fish, on-farm processing, and field and laboratory research. Field trips and guest speakers provide exposure to a variety of related professions in agricultural production and research. Students will live in a university dormitory for the 2-week program. This program is facilitated by the Virginia State University (VSU) College of Agriculture/Agricultural Research Station, with collaboration from USDA partners and industry representatives.
Contacts: Roz Stein, (804) 524-1533, rstein@vsu.edu; Wondi Mersie, (804) 524-5151, wmersie@vsu.edu

For more information, including a full list of program descriptions offered at each school, check out the document library in the "Blog Post Follow Up" folder for the full brochure.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Staffing Changes Announced in Extension Office

Well, 2016 is coming in with a bang. We're excited for them and sad for us in announcing that both Sarah and Tina have awesome new job opportunities and will be leaving this month. 

Sarah has accepted an Extension Agent position in Greene County focusing on local foods and working with producers in Greene, Albemarle, Fluvanna, and Louisa. This new position is closely aligned with her interests and skills and represents a chance for her to further her Extension career. We appreciate her leadership of TACO, Character Counts, Farm to School, Cloverbud Day Camp, Share-the-Fun, State Capitol Day, and all the support she gave to clubs, the fair, and school enrichment programs like Ag Day and Farm Tour. Sarah's easygoing nature, creativity, and willingness to help with any project, regardless of the workload, will be sorely missed. Her last day will be January 22nd. 

Tina will be an in-home counselor with Family Preservation Services in Culpeper, and this opportunity allows her to better utilize her degrees and interests in Sociology and Human Services, where she holds a Master's degree. Tina has been exceptionally detail-oriented and provided strong service through so many big changes in Extension, including the 4-H Club Agency accounts. She has been an organizer, hand-holder, and champion of getting things done before they're needed. We know she is dearly loved by our customers and her smile and helpfulness on the phone and at the counter will be missed. Her last day will be January 29th. 

We are aware of the big challenges we will face with the loss of two great employees, but we are pleased that they have the opportunities to pursue what they love and advance themselves in their careers. We have all supported them in these big changes, and we thank Sarah and Tina for their service to Orange County Extension. 

Adult Participants Wanted for Beef Study - Win $30 Grocery Gift Card for Your Time!

Do you eat, shop for, or prepare beef?

If so, the Beef Study Team at Virginia Tech wants to hear from you next weekend! They're holding focus groups in Orange Friday evening, January 22, and Saturday, January 23. You pick the time slot that works for you; most sessions last 60-90 minutes, and participants will receive a $30 gift card for your time.

For more information, visit https://goo.gl/izrTpK or call 540-923-3577.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Germanna Community College Application and Enrollment Information Session

Germanna Community College is holding an Application and Enrollment Session TONIGHT (January 5) from 5:30-6:30 at the Fredericksburg Area Campus.  There will be information on Associate Degree and Certificate Programs; Payment Options; Guaranteed Transfer Agreements; Campus Tours and more.
Registration is required.  For more information visit www.germanna.edu and click on the Info Session tab on the right to find the event you would like to attend. Follow the link to register or contact Kimberly Viarella at 540 834 1961 or kviarella@germanna.edu for assistance.