TENNESSEE 4-H IDEAS
VOLUME 13 - Issue 01
January 11, 2013
IN THIS ISSUE
Tennessee Cattlemen's Youth Conference - Murfreesboro
Livestock Quiz Bowl Contest - Murfreesboro
State Junior Market Hog Show - Murfreesboro
State 4-H All Star High Council Meeting - Lebanon
State 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Certification - Columbia
4-H Beekeeping Essay Due - State 4-H Office
Senior Citizenship and Leadership Project Portfolios Due - State 4-H Office
Tennessee 4-H Congress Minority Scholarships Due - State 4-H Office
4-H Night at Thompson-Boling Arena (Lady Vols) - Knoxville
State 4-H Volunteer Forum Registration Due - State 4-H Office
State 4-H Horse Public Speaking/Demonstration Contests - Cookeville
State 4-H Horse Bowl/Hippology Contest - Cookeville
4-H Alumni Recognition Nomination Forms Due - State 4-H Office
State 4-H Volunteer Forum - Crossville
YF&R Young Leaders Conference -Franklin
State 4-H Council Meeting - Lebanon
County Poster Winners Due - State 4-H Office
G.L. Herrington/AGR Scholarship Applications Due - State 4-H Office
Performing Arts Troupe Congress Rehearsal - Lebanon
4-H Night at Thompson-Boling Arena (Men’s Basketball) - Knoxville
State Finalists/Regional Winners Report to Congress - Nashville
Performing Arts Troupe Live Auditions - Nashville
Tennessee 4-H Congress - Nashville
Tennessee 4-H Foundation, Inc. Annual Meeting - Nashville
Tennessee 4-H Home Page: 4h.tennessee.edu
Online version of Ideas: 4h.tennessee.edu/ideas13
Ideas index: 4h.tennessee.edu/ideas13/13index.htm
Congratulations are in order for all 4-H agents, volunteers and teen leaders who encouraged 4-H'ers to apply for Honor Club membership last year. A total of 482 4-H'ers were initiated into the Honor Club during the 2012 calendar year. This is an increase of 80 members over the previous year.
Sevier County initiated the most Honor Club members in 2012 with 40. Other counties in the top five included Hancock County with 25, Polk and Van Buren counties with 24 each and Crockett County with 23. The Eastern Region was the top region with 196 initiates, followed by the Central Region with 179 and the Western Region with 107 each. Additional data on Honor Club initiates may be found on the Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/honorclub/howmany12.htm
Remember Honor Club is a recognition program. Honor Club recognizes members for participation in educational opportunities; membership does not involve winning any kind of competition. Members receive points on the application form just for participating. Any 4-H'er meeting a minimum number of points can achieve Honor Club recognition. An active Honor Club is an indication of a quality teen program.
Why not invite your outstanding 4-H members to an application party hosted by your Honor Club members? Don't delay. Start your 4-H members working on their Honor Club applications today! We're awaiting your applications for 2013.
Steve Sutton Director4-H Youth Development
2013 STATE VOLUNTEER LEADER FORUM IS COMING IN FEBRUARY
Join the fun February 22-23 at the Clyde York 4-H Center in Crossville! We have a great variety of workshops planned. New this year is a one-day track for volunteers involved in the livestock project. This training track will take place Saturday only and will last longer than the usual forum in order to cover all topic required. Leaders will be trained in quality assurance concepts and given the background to teach and manage the local youth livestock quality assurance program. Participants should be able to effectively lead a county quality assurance educational program. Dwight Loveday will give leadership to this track. More information on the quality assurance track can be found in Dwight’s article in this Ideas newsletter.
Registration starts Friday at 1:00 p.m. CST, and the first set of workshop sessions will start at 2:00 p.m. CST. The forum ends Saturday afternoon at approximately 3:00 p.m. CST. A tentative list of workshops and the registration form can be found on our 4-H Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/volunteers/stateleaderforum/index.htm
Lodging will be available at the 4-H center. However if a participant would prefer to stay at one of the local hotels, they need to make their own reservations. Registration for a full-time participant is $67. This includes meals, snacks, lodging and some materials. Registration for both days without lodging or breakfast is $38; for Friday only it is $20; and for Saturday only it is $18. The State Volunteer Leader Forum is a great opportunity for volunteers and agents to learn about new resources, programs, receive hand-on training and make friends with volunteers from across the state.
Registration deadline is February 13, 2013, so don’t miss it! Late fees will be charged after the deadline.
Extension Specialist4-H Youth Development
ANDERSON AND UNION COUNTIES RECEIVE ESRI 4-H GIS GRANTS
Congratulations to Anderson and Union counties for being awarded a 2013 ESRI 4-H GIS grant. This opportunity will allow 4-H youth to learn how to use top-end GIS (Geographic Information System) software for data collection, management, analysis and decision support. These youth will also have the capability to create beautiful maps to tell stories about their communities.
A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. See www.gis.com/whatisgis/index.html
to find out more about GIS.
Tim Prather, Extension specialist with the UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science, has been giving leadership to the 4-H GIS program and will continue to work with the grantees. Please contact Tim if you have any questions regarding 4-H GIS.
Daniel SarverExtension Specialist4-H Youth Development
CROCKETT COUNTY HAS NEW ADDRESS
Effective January 1, 2013 the Crockett County Extension office address has been changed by Crockett County E-911. The new address is 13 South Johnson, Alamo, TN 38001. Approximately 5500 addresses in Crockett County are changing in order to comply with NENA standards.
Richard BuntinExtension DirectorCrockett County
LAST CALL FOR 4-H BEEKEEPING ESSAYS
Just a reminder to everyone that essays for The Federation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc.'s essay contest are due in the state 4-H office no later than February 1, 2013. The contest was first announced in the August 10 (Volume 12:Issue 32
) issue of your Tennessee 4-H Ideas
newsletter and a copy of the rules can be found online at 4h.tennessee.edu/beeessay/
. The contest is open to all active 4-H members. Remember: Only essays submitted electronically will be accepted in 2013. Essays should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
. Please encourage your 4-H'ers to participate.
Amy PowellExtension Specialist4-H Youth Development
OLDER YOUTH OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND INTERNATIONAL AG SUMMIT IN CALGARY
I wanted to make you aware of an exciting opportunity for 4-H youth that our colleagues in Canada are making available. A youth Ag Summit will be held in Calgary Alberta Canada on August 19-25, 2013. It is titled Feeding a Hungry Planet, Youth Ag Summit. The U.S. has been invited to identify 10 young people (age 18-25) and two adult mentors to participate in this international conference. Participants have been invited from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Tanzania, United Kingdom and the USA.
Applicants will need to submit a 2000 word essay or a 7 minute video describing what the underlying causes of food insecurity are, the effect it can have on people, how sustainable agricultural practices can address the issues and how the applicant plans to use the Youth Ag Summit to advance their solution. Completed application materials are due by February 15, 2013, and those selected will be notified by the end of March. Application information can be found at 4h.tennessee.edu/ideas13/attach/canadaconf.docx
Steve SuttonDirector4-H Youth Development
STEVE MCNEAL MEMORIAL 4-H SCHOLARSHIPS ANNOUNCED
Steve McNeil was an Extension agent with the University of Tennessee for almost 30 years. He made Sumner County his home in October 1982 when he arrived as a new, young 4-H agent. He dedicated his life to working with youth and adults in agriculture, livestock and horse projects.
Mr. McNeil was a gifted and passionate teacher and leader who inspired his students to achieve greatness whatever the task. During his tenure with the University of Tennessee, he guided hundreds of young people to regional, state and national championships with many of those teams meriting thousands of dollars in educational trips and scholarships. He was always the first to stress life lessons for children with the prizes being a secondary bonus.
He was honored with numerous awards professionally including the George S. Foster Award, the Outstanding Young Agent Award, the Outstanding Mid-Career Award, Man of the Year for Outstanding Agriculture Agent, the Honorary American FFA Degree and the Distinguished Service Award in Extension. He was a native of Humphreys County, received his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Tennessee at Martin and his Master’s degree at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Steve McNeil was a man of faith and family. He was a powerful Christian role model for all. Mr. McNeil passed away in December 2011 after a brave battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife of 24 years Brenda and his teenage son Stephen, an active 4-H’er. To continue Mr. McNeal’s legacy, two scholarships have been established through the Tennessee 4-H Foundation. Annually, the family of Steve McNeil will present the Steve McNeil Memorial Scholarship at 4-H Roundup to a Tennessee 4-H member who has been active in a livestock project. Additionally, the Steve McNeil Leadership Scholarship will be award to an outstanding Sumner County 4-H’er.
If you would like to learn more about either of these scholarships, please contact Ryan Hensley. Contributions can be made to the Tennessee 4-H Foundation for either scholarship. Make checks payable to:
|Tennessee 4-H Foundation|
c/o Ryan Hensley
2621 Morgan Circle, Room 205
Knoxville, TN 37996-4510
Please signify which scholarship your donation is for on the memo line.
Ryan HensleyExecutive DirectorTennessee 4-H Foundation
TRACTOR SUPPY PAPER CLOVER FUND DISTRIBUTION
Congratulations to all for another successful paper clover program. This fall over $26,000 was raised. County funds have been transferred into your 4-H Foundation county expense accounts. Funds can be requested by completing the 4-H Foundation Payment Request Form available from www.utextension.utk.edu/tn4hfoundation/formsscript.html
. Please contact Ryan Hensley with questions.
Ryan HensleyExecutive DirectorTennessee 4-H Foundation
ULTRASOUND CLASS FOR STATE JUNIOR MARKET HOG SHOW UPDATE
There have been some major changes in the 2013 Junior Market Hog Show ultrasound class. As in past years, a 4-H’er can select one market hog to be ultrasound. The changes will definitely affect which hog that a 4-H member should select to be entered into the ultrasound class. These updates will reward market hogs that are superior in carcass merit, but more closely reflects the standards of the pork industry.
The basic premise of the class is to sort the market hogs into purple, blue and red ribbon groups based on the live weight and ultrasound 10th rib fat depth and loin muscle area. Then, purple ribbon hogs will be ranked on the % lean calculation. A purple ribbon market hog should be between 250-280 pounds, have between 0.50-0.80 inch 10 rib fat depth and between 7.0-9.99 square inch loin muscle area.
A PowerPoint has been developed to describe some carcass merit traits and give an overview of the ultrasound class. The PowerPoint has comments for each slide so that you can use in an educational program. The PowerPoint is located on the Animal Science swine 4-H Web page at animalscience.ag.utk.edu/Swine/4-HSwineProject.html
Dwight LovedayAssociate Professor4-H Youth Development
YOUTH LIVESTOCK QUAITY ASSURANCE TRAINING AT VOLUNTEER LEADER FORUM
A day long training conducted in conjunction with State 4-HVolunteer Leader Forum will focus on Youth Livestock Quality Assurance training. UT Extension (Animal Science and 4-H Youth Development) and the Farm Animal Care Coalition of Tennessee (FACCT) have selected the Nebraska 4-H Assuring Quality program as an online quality assurance educational program for Tennessee youth producers. The purpose of this leader training is to prepare volunteer leaders and Extension agents to use the online lessons and enhance the online education with hands-on learning experiences.
The training will employ both lecture and hands-on learning activities. The morning session will be on the importance of quality assurance in youth livestock projects and an overview of the Nebraska 4-H Assuring Quality program. Participants will learn from industry leaders and be trained by program developers from Nebraska Extension. The afternoon sessions will engage participants in hands-on learning activities to apply quality assurance principles learned in the online program. Animal Science and 4-H Youth Development will require a quality assurance training for all youth exhibiting livestock beginning in 2014.
Cost for the one day session is $18 to cover lunch and breaks. Participants should register in their county 4-H office by February 13, 2013. Registration form, tentative Volunteer Leader Forum schedule and other information are located on the 4-H Web site at 4h.tennessee.edu/volunteers/stateleaderforum/index.htm
Dwight LovedayAssociate Professor4-H Youth Development
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
~ Oprah Winfrey