Friday, May 24, 2019

Madison 4-H Invites Orange to Hog Clinic

Amy Wolfe will conduct a clinic at 7 pm Friday, June 7, at the Madison Fairgrounds. RSVP to 948-6881, please.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Pretty Animal Contest Theme Announced

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What do you want to be when you grow up?

That's the theme of this year's Pretty Animal Contest at the fair. We appreciate the Dairy Club members hosting this special event and look forward to seeing the creative costumes you devise!

The contest is open to all 4-H exhibitors at the Orange County Fair for all halter-led species and Cloverbud wagons. Hog exhibitors may borrow an animal from another department if you wish to participate.

Good luck! Will we see farmers, astronauts, mechanics, cosmetologists, doctors, dancers, who knows???

Monday, May 13, 2019

$1700 scholarship for 5 4-H Teens to participate in 2 week Leadership program at the Global Youth Village | Bedford, VA

Join Youth Agricultural Leadership & Economic Development Exchange (YLP Turkey -USA)

for US Teens ages 15-17 from Virginia, North Carolina & West Virginia!

Legacy International is inviting 5 teens (ages 15-17) from Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina for an exciting leadership program and experiment in international living at Legacy International’s Global Youth Village at, based in Bedford, Virginia, July 23, to August 5, 2019. 

Teens and chaperones from Turkey and Mexico will be at the Global Youth Village July 23 – August 5, 2019.

Summer Programs – Global Youth Village – Spaces are limited apply today!

The Global Youth Village is located in Bedford, Virginia. 

A Full scholarship is available for five United States 4-H Teens.  Look for the Community Builder Program on the website.  This is a value of $1700 per scholarship. If you're interested, let us know by May 21, 2019! 

Friday, May 10, 2019

State Fair Animal Nomination Sites Announced

Anyone planning to show livestock at the State Fair needs to read the nomination information carefully. This includes market and commercial breeding animals for beef, sheep, meat goat, and swine.

Check out the following documents online:

2019 Nomination Sites (Madison & Louisa are closest to us)

Shown below is the full text of the email sent to agents by the state youth livestock staff:

It’s time to start thinking about the 2019 State Fair of VA and the required nomination process for youth livestock entries.  Attached you will find an informational letter that explains which animals need to be nominated and details for doing so, the location of the thirteen nomination sites with respective dates and times, an exhibitor nomination information sheet, specific procedure for self-nominating hogs, and tentative schedule for this year’s State Fair of VA Youth Livestock Weekend.  This information can also be found on the Virginia Youth Livestock Website at .  The first nomination date is June 4, 2019 and the last is June 27th, 2019, with 13 sites in various locations across the state.  Check dates and locations to find one that is convenient for you/your family.

Please take time to read all of the attached information carefully, determining which site date and location works best for your schedule.  Several important factors to remember:
·         ALL market beef (steers and heifers), commercial heifers, market lambs, commercial ewes, market goats, and commercial does MUST be nominated by attending one of the nomination sites.  Failure to nominate will result in ineligibility to show at the 2019 SFVA.
·         All swine (market hogs and breeding gilts) must be self-nominated using the attached procedure “Swine Nomination Information” – the deadline to request swine tags is July 15th, 2019 and all hogs must be nominated by August 1, 2019.
·         Commercial heifers that were nominated and shown at the 2018 SFVA, but are still age eligible (born after 9/1/17) for the 2019 SFVA are required to and MUST be re-nominated for the 2019 SFVA at one of the June nomination sites.
·         Exhibitors are required to nominate all animals of one species at one nomination site.  In other words, you must nominate all of your lambs at the same site, but can nominate your beef or goats at another site if necessary.  You should NOT nominate different animals of the same species at different sites.
·         IMPORTANT – Nomination does NOT equal entry into the State Fair of VA.   The online entry system for the 2019 State Fair of Virginia will open on July 1, 2019 at .  ALL YOUTH LIVESTOCK entries go through this system, not the State Fair of VA website.
·         Nomination = ownership:  The youth whose name is on the nomination form is the youth whose name the entry must be made in, and the youth who must show that animal at the State Fair.  We strongly encourage each exhibitor/family to take a digital picture of their completed nomination forms prior to leaving the site to help keep track of which child nominated which animals.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Grace Church Show Entries Extended to this Friday

Orange youth are invited to exhibit animals in the Grace Church Livestock Show in June. Registrations have been extended to this Friday. A complete packet is available online at This event includes Cloverbuds, beef and dairy cattle, goats, rabbits, poultry, sheep, etc.

Local YQCA Site Details Announced

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A local YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) training will be offered Thursday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Virginia Tech Northern Piedmont Center. The training is open to youth from all animal project areas and will certify participants for the State Fair of Virginia in 2019. Participants must attend the full two hours of the training.

Registration is a two-part process! First, CLICK HERE to register for a coupon code so you receive the training for free. Second, you will receive an email from Katie in the Madison Extension Office who will provide a coupon code to be used on the YQCA site.

For more information about YQCA, its purpose, the rules for showing livestock at the State Fair, etc., please visit

If you need another "meeting" for attendance purposes to be eligible to show with your club at the Orange County Fair, attendance at YQCA will count, but you must complete the registration as listed above. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension office at 672-1361.

Local State Fair Nomination Site Announced

There will be a State Fair nomination site for cattle, sheep, and meat goats in Madison County on Thursday, June 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Youth may nominate at any advertised site in the state; this location is the only one on which we have specific information at this time. The full nomination site list is expected later this week.

The Madison location will be Senterfitt & Virginia Cattle Companies, 5866 Orange Road, Radiant, VA 22732. This is the same location as our local steer weigh-in in January. Animals can arrive anytime between 4:30-6:30 pm.

Anyone wishing to show market lambs, commercial ewe lambs, market goats, commercial does, market cattle, or commercial cattle without a tag from a previous State Fair must attend one nomination site to be tagged and weighed. On-site, there will be paperwork to complete with name, address, scrapie tag number, etc.

The nomination sites are for the animals; it is preferred that youth attend with their animals, but not required in case of scheduling conflicts. Youth exhibitors must also attend a YQCA certification annually. (The Orange-Madison YQCA event will be the same day--Thursday, June 13, from 10 am to Noon--at the Virginia Tech Northern Piedmont Center. Youth can attend any YQCA event in the state, but must be present for the entire scheduled time.)

Friday, May 3, 2019

Virginia Agriculture Photo Contest | Photos Due May 15, 2019

Do you have an eye for photography?

In celebration of Virginia Agriculture Week, May 19-25, the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting the Virginia Agriculture Week Photo Contest. 

Entering is simple. Just capture an image that best depicts agriculture in Virginia and then submit your photo to by May 15, 2019. 

The winning photo will be featured in the 2020 edition of the Virginia Agriculture magazine. Photos may also be used in other agency materials to highlight the diversity in Virginia Agriculture, so be sure to submit your photo today. 

Check out this weblink for the official photo contest rules and regulations: <>