Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Connell Attends National Goat Conference at Tuskegee University

Virginia Cooperative Extension is the educational outreach organization of Virginia's two land grant universities: Virginia Tech and Virginia State University.

In conjunction with VSU's Small Farmer Outreach division, Orange 4-H member Eryn Connell is attending the National Goat Conference in Alabama this week. She is pictured learning to draw blood from a goat wether at the event, held on the campus of Tuskegee University.


Senior Age 4-H Youth Invited to Complete Research Study about 4-H Agents and Volunteers' Impacts in the Community

Please see the message below from a Virginia Tech Master's degree student. This is for senior age youth, ages 14-18. Survey link:

My name is Leona Ransdell and I am contacting you on behalf of a study I am conducting as a final requirement for my Master’s Degree Program and I would appreciate your help. I worked with your 4-H agent  and they thought it might be a good idea for you to consider participating.

The purpose of this study is to generate an understanding on how the length of time a 4-H agent has been employed in a county program affects the influence of the youth enrolled in the 4-H program. This knowledge will be used to assist the research team in learning if the length of time an agent is employed increases the positive or negative perception of the 4-H program in the community. We expect to find specific information regarding the length of time an agent has been employed and how it correlates to the perceptions of the youth on the local 4-H programs. Results will be shared via a project and report document being completed by myself.

The study is open to all youth ages 14-19 that are enrolled 4-H members in the state of Virginia. If you wish to read more information on this study and to allow your child to participate in the short survey, please click the following link.

This link will take you to more information about the study and the consent to participate. This study is being conducted with the assistance of my academic advisor, Dr. Tiffany Drape, Assistant Professor in the Department of Agricultural, Leadership, and Community Education.

Once you have consented to allowing your youth to take this survey, please click the arrows on the bottom of the first screen. Please then allow your youth to take the survey themselves.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Thank you so much for providing me with valuable data!

Leona Ransdell
Equine Extension Program Associate - Youth
388 Litton Reaves
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061
540-231-6345 (office)
540-231-3010 (fax)

Monday, September 17, 2018

4-H All Star Nominations Due October 1st First Draft

For anyone planning to apply for 4-H All Stars this year, please remember that October 1 is the deadline for your first draft to be submitted to the Extension office for review. All Star nominees must be 15 by 1/1/19, have been in 4-H for at least three years, and attain at least 80 points on the nomination form.

The MS Word version of the form and an accompanying guide book are available on our document libary at There is an All Stars folder.

Please ask Kaci for help if you need it!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Market Animal College

Announcing Market Animal College!
Rockingham Cooperative is excited to invite you and your 4-H Clubs to participate in the first ever Market Animal College to be held on Saturday, September 29th beginning at 9:30 am at the Rockingham County Fair Grounds.  
Market Animal College is an immersive opportunity for any youth interested in showing livestock in the future.  Participants will be presented with a multitude of options to better themselves as producers, marketers of their product, and showman all in one day!

Registration is $10/person and includes a Market Animal College t-shirt, drawstring bag, a Livestock Planning Guide, and a $5 coupon to spend at the Rockingham Cooperative store on-site!

Each paid registration will enter that individuals 4-H Club or FFA Chapter into a drawing for a FREE electronic scale system, donated by Pasture Management Systems and TRU-Test!

You can see the prize, here: