Friday, May 27, 2016

Orange You Glad You Live in Orange?

Get excited for a summer adventure where you get to to explore the town of Orange!

2016 Orange County Fair Entries

Don't forget 2016 Orange County Fair entries are due Friday, June 10th. 
All late entries will be charged a late entry fee of $10 per head. 
Please visit the following links in order to complete the specific project entry: 
  • Links are case specific.
Dairy, Fiber and Working Goats:
Meat Goats:

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Livestock Field Day June 4

Livestock Field Day is coming up quickly, and is a great opportunity for youth to interact with and learn about cattle, hogs, meat goats/sheep, dairy goats, rabbits, and poultry. There will also be information sessions on how to become an All Star, animal nutrition and how to interact with buyers. Join us on June 4 from 9-12 in Free Union for this fun event to learn about showmanship!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Meet the Intern

Meet our 2016 summer intern, Joy Nystrom. Joy is originally from Falls Church, Va, but moved to Culpeper, Va when she was 16. She graduated from Virginia Tech on May 13, with a degree in Dairy Science.  After moving and taking an Introduction to Agriculture course during high school, she decided to work on a neighboring buffalo farm where she fell in love with animals and agriculture.  The decision to pursue Dairy Science came quickly after attending the Dairy Club at Virginia Tech's Annual Little All-American Show, where she saw the connection students shared with their dairy heifers and decided that Dairy Science encompassed everything that she was looking for.

Her pursuit of a Dairy Science degree, led her to explore many different sides of the dairy industry including: working in a dairy nutrition lab, interning on an agritourism farm, milking cows on a farm in Radford, and interning for the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association Inc. in their communications department. After seeing the different sides of the dairy industry, Joy wanted to explore extension as she believes is the perfect combination of research and promotion with a good dose of animal handling. Joy is passionate about teaching others about agriculture and is excited to see all that extension has to offer. In her free time, she enjoys running, rock climbing, baking, and playing with her greyhound, Mr. President.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Home Ec Club Announces "Ravishing Rooster" Paint Party June 6

In a continuing series of painting parties, the 4-H Home Ec Club announces the "Ravishing Rooster" print to be completed Monday, June 6. Sign up today! 

No experience necessary. All funds will be used for 4-H youth development work in Orange County. Recruit a friend, come have fun and learn with us! 

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 Orange County Fair: Online Registration

It’s that time of year again! Online registration is now available for the following Orange County Fair 4-H projects: beef, sheep, swine, goats, dairy and Cloverbud.

The information that you provide us with throughout the registration process will be used for preliminary planning and non-weight contingent class breaks for the fair; with that being said, your attention to detail and promptness throughout the process is greatly appreciated on behalf of Extension staff.

Entries are due Friday, June 10th. All late entries will be charged a late entry fee of $10 per head.  

Please visit the following links in order to complete the specific project entry:  

  • Links are case specific.

If you have any questions as your progress through the entry process, please contact the Extension Office at 540.672.1361.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Albemarle Fair Opens Shows & Sale to Orange Youth

The Albemarle County Fair has an open show/sale. There are no entry fees, only a commission should the child choose to sell. 

Rules and regulations can be found online here: 

For questions, please email J.R. Wright at or call 434-260-2008