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1 St. Joseph County May, June, July 2018 Dear 4-H Family: Happy Spring! I hope everyone is enjoying the warmer temperatures and are ready for a fun filled summer! There are a lot of opportunities in the next few months that you should be aware of. Be sure you read this issue of the 4-H Family News so that you don t miss anything! Some of the highlights for May-July are 4-H Youth Council recipients, Exploration Days, Summer 4-H Camp, County Wide weigh-in dates, and Livestock Pre-Fair meeting dates just to name a few. If you have questions or would like more information on anything in the newsletter, be sure to me at or call the MSU Extension office at Helping to Make the Best Better Eva Beeker 4-H Program Coordinator 4-H Youth Development Helpful Links Be sure to check the fair book for and the website, information, updates and new requirements. Fair Information - Companion Animals - Horse & Pony - Livestock - Still Project - Michigan State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. Issued in furtherance of MSU Extension work, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Jeffrey W. Dwyer, Director, MSU Extension, East Lansing, MI This information is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names does not imply endorsement by MSU Extension or bias against those not mentioned. The 4-H Name and Emblem have special protections from Congress, protected by code 18 USC 707. Contact Us Eva Beeker 4-H Program Coordinator Tonya Barrington Program Aide Ginny Sutton Program Aide 612 E. Main St. Centreville, MI Phone (269) Web Site county/info/st._joseph For us to better serve you: If you are planning a trip to the MSU Extension Office to pick up multiple copies, bulletins and/or publications you can call ahead at (269) to let us know you are coming and we will do our best to have them waiting for you.

2 2018 Dairy Feeder Steer Vaccination Requirements 2 Step 1 - By June 7 vaccinate with a modified live vaccine that provides for the immunization of healthy cattle against the four (4) viruses listed below. Poultry Exhibitors Wing banding will take place at the same time and place as the vaccinations for NO EXCEPTIONS Rabbit Exhibitors (1) New for 2018 Kindling report: Pictures must be 4 x6 and no more than two poster boards per report. (2) Showmanship classes dress code long sleeve white shirt, dark colored pants, closed toes shoes. (3) Market and Breeding Stock classes long sleeve shirt, dark colored pants, closed toe shoes. Step 2 - "Booster" the calf two to four weeks later (following the Step 1 vaccination) with the same type of modified live vaccine used in Step 1. Step 3 - Nasalgen will need to be administered to all steers. 4-H Club leaders will be responsible to administer Nasalgen between August 18-31, Nasalgen is an intranasal administered IBR-PI3 vaccine. It is for use where fast protection against IBR and PI3. Bovine viruses for which Step 1 & 2 immunization must be provided for in the vaccines you select are as follows (vaccines for additional diseases are allowable): IBR - Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis BRSV - Bovine Respiratory Syncitial Virus BVD - Bovine Viral Diarrhea PI3 - Para-Influenza 4-H leaders who prefer to administer the first two (2) required vaccinations must contact Steve Trattles, 4-H Beef Cattle/Dairy Beef Project Superintendent by Friday, May 4 at 269/ to indicate this preference. This is a very important deadline, since Steve will be purchasing vaccine based on his knowledge of which clubs will or will not be having Step 1 vaccinations administered at the fairgrounds on June 5 and June 7, Livestock Important Dates & Deadlines For those of you who are planning on attending Exploration Days, the required meetings are going to be held May 21 and 22 at the MSUE office 6:30 p.m.. You must attend only ONE of these meetings. Dairy Feeder Steers June 5 and 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds Goats June 5 and 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds, must have possession by June 1. Poultry: Market Birds Hatch Dates: Turkeys - May 19-21, Chickens - July 21 Turkeys July 15 and 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds Chickens and Breeding Stock (all poultry except turkeys) August 19 and 20, 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds Rabbit Tattooing Must be done by club by August 15 Sheep June 5 and 7, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the fairgrounds Swine June 1-15 Completed by Swine Leader (s) for your club Summer 4-H Camp The 2018 Summer 4-H Camp will be July 10-12, 2018 at Camp Fort Hill. Campers must be 7-12 years old by January 1, 2018 to be eligible to register. Registration will be available soon and due back to the MSU Extension office by July 6, Check the website for more information and registration paperwork. Camp Counselors have been selected and are making preparations for a fun 3 days! LOTS of new and exciting activities are being planned, so be sure to sign up early!

3 3 Congratulations 2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Expo Participants! St. Joseph County 4-H was represented by Lucas Cannizzaro, Oliva Cannizzaro, Bodhi Miller, and Anna Perse-Hanson. Congratulations for your participation and accomplishments at the 2018 Michigan 4-H Goat Expo. James A. Fairchild Volunteer 4-H Leader Award August Pre-Fair Meetings: 8/1/2018 Swine 8/16/2018 Beef All Pre-Fair Meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m., MSU Extension office. All Species Carcass Contests will be held at: Butcher Bobs 409 S. Railroad St LaGrange, IN Goat and Hog will be Tuesday, September 11. Beef and Lamb will be Wednesday, September 12. We are honored to be able to once again recognize a special leader you feel is deserving of an award. This award was established in 2011 to honor a volunteer leader who demonstrates all that the 4-H pledge stands for as a role model. If you know of a leader you feel is deserving of this prestigious award, contact the MSU Extension Office. For an application and more information check out our website. All applications are due no later than October 5, St. Joseph County State 4-H Award Delegates St. Joseph County will have five area youth participating in the State Awards process this year. All have successfully created a 4-H portfolio for Regional Awards selection and will now participate in the 2018 State Awards at Exploration Days this summer. Creating a 4-H Awards portfolio shows a lot of time and dedication to a project and keeping accurate records. This year s St. Joseph County 4-H State Awards delegates are: John Collins, Jacie King, Loren King, Abby McNamara and Shawn McNamara. We wish each of these 4-H members the Best Of Luck! Congratulations Recipients! Several area youth deserve the recognition for a job well done... Savannah Taylor $1, St. Joseph County 4-H Achievement/Service/Leadership Loren King $1, St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council Katie Walters $1, St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council Jenna Beeker $ St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council Hannah Harless $ St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council Brady Littlefield $ St. Joseph County 4-H Youth Council Shawn McNamara $ In Memory of Midge Bender 4-H

4 MMPA 4-H Milk Marketing Tour June 27 and 28 MMPA 4-H Milk Marketing Tour will be holding tours, presenters and activities for 15 to 18 year old 4-H/FFA members or other interested in dairy or milk marketing. The tour will be at the MMPA Office in Novi, MI. Space is limited to the first 30 students. Contact Jessica Welch at MMPA for more information at or If you have already participated in a tour you are not eligible to attend. Registration is due by May 25, Registration for can be found here: 4 Still Project Check-In Dates for 2018 If you exhibit Still Projects at fair you will want to mark your calendar for judging dates. Below you will find a detailed list of projects that will be judged and the date to be judged. PLEASE be sure to check the list and recheck it for your projects and when judging is scheduled. If you have questions as to when your project is judged keep this list close by. There will NOT be alternative judging dates. Saturday September 8, 2018 Crocheting & Creative Crocheting Knitting & Creative Knitting Sewing & Creative Sewing Candlewicking Counted Cross-Stitch Embroidery Needlepoint Plastic Canvas Quilts Comforters Quilting (Other than quilts) Stuffed Toys Other Needlecraft Nutrition & Fitness Ceramics Hand-Molded Pottery Cartooning Drawing Painting Sculpture Wardrobe Personalization Ball-Point Tube Painting Caning Ink-On Glass Jewelry Making Latch Hook Leathercraft Leatherwork Macramé Macramé (life skills) Paint-by-number Other Crafts (kits, original) Gift Wrapping Other Creative Arts (not listed) Basket Making Blacksmithing Buckskinning/Indian Lore Calligraphy Candle Making Stenciling Tin Punch Weaving Wood Burning Wood Carving Wooden Toys Other Folk Arts (not listed) Woodworking (all) Puzzles Soap Making (melt & pour, Lye) Scrapbooking Rubber Stamping Flower Arranging Animal Science Aquatic Science Veterinary Science Pocket Pets Horse Science Horse Judging Goat Science Poultry Science Rabbit Science Aerospace Computer Science Computer Graphics Electrical Science Engines (automobile, tractor, small) Model Construction (general) Model Construction (snap-together) Model Construction (specialty) Diorama Weather Beekeeping Birds Conservation of Natural Resources 3R s Creative Conservation Recyclable Art Entomology Entomology-No Kill Fish Forestry Mammals Rocks & Minerals Taxidermy Wildflowers 4-H Club Banner Career Exploration Personal Appearance Creative/Illustrated Writing Self-Determined Project Emergency Preparedness Fire Prevention First-Aid Health Physical Fitness Safety Substance Abuse Prevention Child Care Family Life Genealogy Home Design Rugs Landscaping Citizenship Teen Leadership Bicycle Care/Safety/Touring Fishing, Fun, & Fellowship Fly Tying Kite Flying Recreation Ideas/Games Kit Sports (Individual) Sports (Team) Sign up for all Demonstrations (Dept. 73)

5 5 Saturday September 15, 2018 Cake Decorating Candy Making Food Preparation Food Preservation Food Drying Outdoor Meals Photography Corn Hay Small Grains Soybeans Weeds and/or Crops (not listed) Fall Ornamentals Decorated Pumpkins Flower Gardening Great Pumpkin Indoor Gardening Vegetable Gardening Coin Collections Stamp Collections Other Collections (not listed) Shooting Sports - Notebooks Robotics Cloverbud Projects Sign up for all Demonstrations (Department 73) Rabbit Kindling Reports 4-H Club Display 4-H Club Promotional Display If you would like to receive important updates and reminders through text and/or , follow this link and get started today! h ps:// join/4hgener Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy Changes Beginning September 1, 2018 the Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy will change to reflect a younger beginning age for 4-H members. The new age for 4-H members will be 8-19 years old, continuing to use January 1 of the program year (September 1-August 31) as the date of calculation. The St. Joseph County Cloverbud program will be for ages 6 and 7 year olds. The age requirements will be in effect beginning with the program year for St. Joseph County (2019 fair). Each county MSU Extension program can determine the beginning and ending ages for 4-H involvement within that county. However, the starting age can go no lower than the 4-H age of 5 and the ending age can go no higher than 19 (with the exception of youths with disabilities). For example, a county 4-H program can choose to program for 7-18 year-olds, rather than for 5-19 year-olds. The 4-H Cloverbud or 5-7 year-old participant policy is still in effect, and 4-H ers still move from the 4-H Cloverbud experiences into 4-H experiences for 8-19 year-olds when they reach the 4-H age of 8. St. Joseph County 4-H Program will have 6 and 7 years olds as the Cloverbud age and 4-H age will be 8-19 with the exception of youth with disabilities. The age will be determined by the January 1 of that program year. For more information please visit: Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy FAQ Michigan 4-H Participant Age Policy Michigan 4-H Cloverbud Learning Guidelines Michigan 4-H Cloverbud Age Policy FAQ If you still have question regarding this policy change please be sure to call the MSU Extension office at or Eva at

6 May Sunday Monday Tuesday Youth Council 8 Horse Council Wednesday 2 Thursday 3 Friday Saturday Turkey Hatch Date 19th 21st Explora on Days Orienta on 6:30 p.m. 22 Explora on Days Orienta on 6:30 p.m Office Closed Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 1 Swine Tagging June 3 4 Youth Council 5 Goat, Dairy Feeder & Sheep Tagging 5 7 p.m. Horse Council 6 7 Goat, Dairy Feeder & Sheep weigh in and tagging 5 7 p.m. 1st 15th 8 9 Saturday Livestock Associa on Swine Tagging ends Horse State 4-H Exploration Days Qualifier CWF Youth Council Mee ng 6:30 p.m. 26 Horse Council Mtg, 6:30 pm Citizen Washington Focus Sunday 1 July Monday 2 Tuesday 3 Wednesday 4 Office Closed Thursday 5 Friday 6 Summer 4 H Camp registra on Due Summer 4-H Camp Saturday 7 Gymkhana Fundraiser Show 15 Turkey Tagging 5:00 7:00 p.m. 16 Turkey Tagging 5:00 7:00 p.m Chicken Hatch Date Poultry Pre Fair Mee ng 6:30 p.m. 25 Dairy Pre Fair Non Dairy Goat fairgrounds 6:30 26 Dairy Goat fairgrounds 6:30 p.m Driving Fundraiser Show 29 Pleasure Fundraiser Show 30 Rabbit Pre Fair 31 Goat Pre Fair

7 7 Michigan 4-H Health & Food Science Camp STATEWIDE CALENDAR OF EVENTS 4-H Events and Workshops May 9: Animal Care and Well-being Alcona High School, Lincoln Learn how to define animal welfare and how to apply it to fair animals at this workshop. Open to adults and youth ages nine to May 16: Swine Welfare and Senses Helena Township Hall, Alden Learn how a pig perceives the world and how their senses are adapted to their environment. RSVP by May Join 4-H members across the state who are passionate about nutrition, food science, physical fitness, and sports science at the 2018 Michigan 4-H Health and Food Science Camp. This three-day camp takes place at Michigan State University, August 1-3, and allows youth to explore health-related careers, research and more. In addition, youth will work together to develop a plan that addresses health issues within their community. 4-H Health and Food Science Camp is open to youth ages 13 to 19. Register at health_food_science_ camp/ by June 1. dmay 17: Food Safety for 4-H Youth Kalamazoo Expo Center, Kalamazoo This program will include basic food safety principles including food temperatures, crosscontamination, handwashing, etc. May 21: Spring Horse Workshop MSU Tollgate Farm and Education Center, Novi This educational workshop is led by many horse experts who will discuss the topics of vaccinations, hay analysis reports and toxic plant identification. Pre-registration is required. d May 23: 4-H Junior Master Gardner Workshop Bay City Community Center, Bay City Open to community partners, teachers, volunteers and others interested in Junior Master Gardening and using the Learn Grow Eat & Go curriculum with youth. June 9: 4-H Day at Michigan s Adventure Michigan s Adventure, Muskegon Enjoy a fun day in the sun with your 4-H friends and family! There will be a catered lunch for an additional charge. June 15-17: State 4-H Trail Ride and Family Camp Weekend D Bar D Ranch, Chase Join for a fun weekend of camping, with or without your horse! For the most up-to-date events listing, go to

8 STATEWIDE NEWS AREA Raise your hand for Michigan 4 H! From April 1 to May 15, 4-H youth, alumni, friends and supporters have the opportunity to help Michigan 4-H win $20,000 as part of the Raise Your Hand campaign. This national competition is designed to raise awareness about the life-changing youth development program, while rewarding states with funds to help grow additional true leaders. 8 4-H Financial Management Toolkit Raise your hand to help Michigan 4-H win $20K for Michigan 4-H ers! Organized by National 4-H, the second annual Raise Your Hand campaign makes participating easy. Simply visit RaiseYourHand to register and show your support of 4-H. Anyone can raise their hand 4-H ers, alumni, parents, volunteers and supporters even if you participated in 2017! Each hand raised (registered) before May 15 counts as a vote and the states with the most hands raised will receive a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award. Do your part and help grow Michigan 4-H experiences for additional youth in our state! After registering, make sure to share this opportunity with other fellow 4-H supporters and ask them to raise their hands as well. Michigan 4 H Founda on opens grant cycle Awarded annually, the Michigan 4-H Foundation recently opened their grant and award opportunities for the season. Open to 4-H volunteer leaders, members and staff, the grants and awards support local 4-H clubs and county programs, as well as recognize members of the 4-H community. All applications are due June 1, Opportunities include: Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants of $1,000. These grants are awarded to support development of a new program or initiative, or to strengthen, enhance or expand a current program that s making a difference. 4-H On-Target Grants of $500. These grants support 4-H Shooting Sports programs to enhance existing programs, develop a new program, or offer a special experience related to 4-H Shooting Sports. The Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant of $350. This grant is available only to 4-H youth clubs and supports advancement of club work in plant science and horticulture activities. 4-H Educational Garden Grants of $1,000. These grants support the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan. The 4-H After-School Robotics Club in Iosco County received a $1,000 Michigan 4-H Legacy Grant to use VEX Robotics as a tool to help club members develop life skills. Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award (includes $1,000 grant). This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of 4-H agricultural volunteers. The 4-H Financial Management Toolkit provides volunteers working with 4-H groups with information needed to address financial matters in any 4-H group. The resources in this online toolkit supplement the materials in in the 4-H Financial Manuals for 4-H volunteers and 4-H treasurers, including fillable PDFs, tip sheets and short videos that summarize a topic in five minutes or less. View the toolkit online at resources/4_h_ financial_management_ toolkit. Learn more or apply online at Questions? Contact the Michigan 4-H Foundation at