Wednesday, July 31, 2019

State Fair Livestock Entry Info - Read Carefully!

We have several important deadlines approaching, so please share this information with families and youth in your area, especially those who plan to show at the 2019 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows in October.

  • YQCA Certification is required for ALL youth who plan to show Beef Cattle, Meat Goats, Sheep, and/or Swine at the 2019 State Fair of Virginia Youth Livestock Shows.  We have offered 24 trainings across the state this year with the first on January 5th and the last scheduled for August 10th.  We have currently certified 884 youth across the State of Virginia.  To that note, THERE ARE ONLY TWO MORE YQCA TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE FOR YOUTH WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THIS TRAINING.
    • Friday, August 2nd at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Pre-registration is required using this link:
    • Saturday, August 10th at the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in Harrisonburg, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.  Pre-registration is required using this link:

  • ALL REGISTERED Beef Cattle must be registered in or transferred to the name of the youth exhibitor by their respective breed association no later than August 15th, 2019.  Failure to comply results in the ineligibility of the animal for the State Fair Youth Livestock Show.  Bred and Owned heifers MUST also meet these requirements, as do calves shown at the side of dam.

  • Nomination does NOT equal Entry!  Even though you may have successfully nominated your lambs, goats, cattle, or hogs, you must still ENTER them using the information below.

  • The FairEntry system is open (since July 1st) and accepting entries for the youth livestock shows at the 2019 State Fair of VA  Entry Deadline is Thursday, August 15th at 11:59 pm.  Please do NOT wait until the last minute to complete and submit your entries.  Sometimes errors occur, so allow yourself time to get everything completed and double checked prior to hitting the submit button.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Additional Information About Rotary Exchange Delegate

We're looking to help the Orange club of Rotary International place a high school exchange student with up to three different families for this upcoming school year. Take a look to see if your family might be interested! 

The delegate is a 16 year old female entering the eleventh grade. She comes from a small city in France, and her hobbies include ice hockey, sports, spending time with friends, and some photography. She especially appreciates art as a way of expression and looks forward to meeting different people and experiencing different cultures. 

She arrives just before the start of school and has an initial host family. Additional host families are needed starting in September. Can you open your home and provide your family with an enriching experience? Please contact the Extension office if you are interested and we will put you in touch with our Rotary contacts. A complete application packet is available for serious potential host families to review. 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Orange Rotary Seeks Local Host Families for Partial-School Year Duration

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Would you like to host an international high school student, but can't commit to the entire school year? Orange Rotary Club members have an opportunity for you! Their club is sponsoring an exchange student who will need up to three host families during the 2019-20 school year.

Our 4-H families have many great traits and experiences to share with an exchangee. Please consider opening your home for a few months between August and June, with delegates learning about the American lifestyle, participating in 4-H, eating traditional foods, attending high school activities, etc. Whatever your family does, the delegate will do, too!

For more information, contact the Extension office and we can put you in touch with Orange Rotary contacts Jamie or Mykelle.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Carver Center Invites Public to Visit Demonstration Garden


Local citizens are invited to visit the demonstration garden at The Carver Center on Route 15 between Orange and Culpeper. There are a variety of vegetables and flowers planted, and staff members will be onsite Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday mornings in July from 9:00 a.m. to Noon. Visitors are welcome to engage with staff, ask questions, learn new ideas, and gain knowledge to apply in home gardens.  

The demonstration garden is a project of the Small Farm Outreach Program (SFOP) at Virginia State University. SFOP is dedicated to serving small farmers, new or beginning farmers, and especially minority farmers and farmers who are military veterans. 

The Carver Center is located at 9432 James Madison Highway, Rapidan, VA 22733. For additional information, contact Ms. Mojdeh Karimi at 804-691-0542.