Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Outdoors Club Opportunity

4-H Foresters
We are excited to announce that the 4-H Foresters Challenge Club that was started in Washtenaw County is coming to Jackson County! Jackson County 4-H members can remain members in their current club but join this secondary club to learn more about the outdoors. The club participates in activities such as hiking, climbing, and paddling. We will be holding an informational meeting about the club on Sunday May 11th, 6:00-7:00pm here at the Jackson County Extension Office. Also, the group is planning a climbing trip to Big Bay in the Upper Peninsula May 22nd-26th. If you are interested in attending this trip, a mandatory meeting is scheduled immediately following the informational meeting on May 11th. For more information about the group and its activities, please visit their website: 4hforesters.com. A meeting announcement for May 11th can be seen below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Youth PQA

Youth PQA
If you missed the PQA sessions this week,  there is still time to get your certification before the date of possession (May 1st). Anyone who was unable to make the face-to-face classes can complete the training online through the National Pork Board.

To register for the training, please click here. Users can register with or without a certificate number.  Parents can locate existing youth records or add children to their account, and then grant access to train.   Based on the birth year provided, youth will be directed to the appropriate age level course. There is an exam for Intermediate and Advanced. Please note that swine leaders and superintendents would like youth to have their PQA certification before they send  animal registration paperwork in.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rabbit Letter and Info, Volunteer Opportunity, and Swine Leaders Meeting

Rabbit Info
Rabbit Check in will be held on Sunday May 4, 2104 at the Jackson County Extension Office. Check In will be 1:00pm-3:00pm. All rabbits coming to the 2014 Jackson County Fair are required to go through Check In.

The Rabbit Info Letter is now available. Please click here to download a copy. The letter outlines project expectations for the 2014 year. Hard copies can also be picked up at the Jackson Extension Office.

Volunteer Opportunity
Cascades Falls is looking for clubs or individuals to help plant flowers this spring. They plan to meet May 10th at 9:00am to plant. Please contact Rick at (517) 937-3762 if you would like to help or if you need additional information.

Swine Leaders Meeting
Just a reminder, we will be having a swine leaders meeting Thursday April 3rd at 6:30. Topics of discussion are PEDv, Pig Tagging Requirements, and Fair.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Important Update: 4-H Beef, Sheep, and Swine Tagging

4-H Beef, Sheep, and Swine Tagging Cancellation
Due to recent animal health concerns, the Jackson County 4-H Superintendents and Fair Vet have made the decisions to suspend tagging for the 2014 year. This means that no large animals will be coming to the Fairgroungs, Napoleon Livestock, or the Extension office for tagging. Each member enrolled in a large animal project should be getting a letter in the mail outlining the process being used for the 2014 Fair. If you do not receive a letter, please contact the Extension Office for a copy. If you have questions about the process, please feel free to contact the Extension Office or your Species Superintendent. Information has been distributed to registered project leaders as well.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Southeast Michigan Agriculture Labor & Farm Safety Meeting CANCELLATION

Michigan State University Extension 2014 Agricultural Labor and Farm Safety Meeting CANCELLATION

March 12, 2014 Meeting Cancellation

Meeting Cancellation
The Jackson County 4-H Council Meeting and the Jackson County 4-H Livestock Executive Committee Meeting scheduled for March 12, 2014 at 7:00 have both been canceled due to weather conditions. Both meetings are rescheduled for next wednesday, March 19th at 7:00pm.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Scholarship Essay Workshop and Exploration Days

Scholarship Essay Workshop
Looking for a way to translate your 4-H Experience into words? We are holding a Scholarship Essay Workshop on Tuesday March 11th 7:00-8:30. We will have guest speakers coming to help you write your scholarship essay, just in time for the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Deadline (March 15th). All youth, not just seniors, are invited to attend this informative workshop.

4-H Exploration Days
The 2014 Exploration Days books are now available! They can be picked up at the front desk of the Jackson Extension Office. This year, Exploration Days will be held June 18-20.

 •There’ll be more than 200 session choices held on and off campus. You’ll choose one or two for your three-day stay.
 •You’ll live in a Michigan State University dorm and eat in the cafeteria—just like MSU students do.
 •Sessions are taught by people who know their stuff, including MSU faculty members, 4-H volunteers and staff members and other experts.
 •It’s not all sessions! There’s plenty of time for fun, including swimming, skating, souvenir shopping, exploring, bowling, basketball—even a great dance Thursday night.
 •If you are at least 11 years old on January 1, 2014, you can attend Exploration Days. You don’t even have to be a 4-H member!
 •The 2014 cost is $165 and $175 for those not enrolled in 4-H yet. The fee includes meals, a shared room in a dorm, sessions and a t-shirt. The Jackson County 4-H Council offers a scholarship of $85 for each member that attends.
 •Registration opens March 18, 2014 and they are entered in the order they were received.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

March 4-H Council Meeting

4-H Leaders Council
Just a reminder: The Jackson County 4-H Leaders Council meeting that was scheduled for March 5th has been moved back one week. The meeting will be held  on Wednesday March 12th at 7:00.

Friday, February 21, 2014

2014 Southeast Michigan Agricultural Labor & Farm Safety Meeting

Michigan State University Extension 2014 Agricultural Labor & Farm Safety Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Scholarship, 4-H State Goat Expo and 4-H Workshop Opportunity

OSB Community Bank is offering a scholarship for the 2014-2015 school year. The application is available to 4-H Members who graduate from Napoleon, Onstead, Brooklyn, or Addison School Districts. Additional requirements for the scholarship can be found here. The application can be downloaded at www.osbcb.com or by clicking here. Please contact Kari Brogan at OSB Community Bank in Brooklyn if you have any questions.

Goat Expo
Information for the 4-H State Goat Expo is now available. The Expo is being held on April 26, 2014 on the campus of Michigan State University. For a catalog, please visit the State 4-H Goat Expo Webpage. The deadline for registration is April 11, 2014.

Environmental & Outdoor Education/Plant Science & Entomology Workshop
The 2014 Environmental & Outdoor Education/ Plant Science & Entomology Workshop is being held at Kettunen Center  March 1st and 2nd. Registration is now available. Any youth or adult who is interested in these areas is encouraged to attend. Remember, the council will reimburse attendees for up to $75 of a conference cost. Session listings can be found by clicking here.

Who Should Attend?
4-H adult leaders and teen leaders (11 years as of Jan. 1, 2014 and older) interested in the environment, outdoor education, plant science or entomology and who are willing to share the information and experiences gained at the conference with others in their counties.
$57 -  4-H members and 4-H volunteers

We encourage individuals to car pool. Contact your county office for names of other persons attending the workshop. To register for this valuable conference, click here.  Contact the Jackson County Extension office if you have questions.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

4-H Cloverbud Leader Meeting and Youth PQA

4-H Cloverbud Leader Meeting
We will be holding a meeting for all Cloverbud Leaders on Thursday February 20th at 6:30pm. We hope this meeting will be a way to share ideas for Cloverbud programming and develop a plan for the 2014 year. Anyone who is interested in starting a Cloverbud program in their club is invited to attend. Teen leaders are encouraged to come to this informative meeting!

Youth PQA
This year, we will be holding two PQA Classes. The first class is being held on Wednesday April 9th at 6:30pm. The second session is Thursday April 10th at 6:30pm. Please remember that PQA certification is required for all youth that are bringing swine to the 2014 Jackson County Fair. Swine leaders ask that you have your certification prior to tagging. If you are unable to attend either of the face-to-face PQA sessions, we will be offering the online option again this year. Contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

2014 4-H Large Animal Dates of Possession and Tagging

2014 4-H Large Animal Projects

Possession date: February 1, 2014
Beef Tagging: March 22, 2014    9a - 1p
Note: Tagging will be at the Jackson County Fairgrounds and Napoleon Livestock.

Possession date: May 1, 2014
Sheep Tagging: May 3, 2014     12p - 3p
Note: Scrapies tags must be in place. Tagging will be at the MSU Extension Complex in the south lower parking lot (behind the Friend of the Court building)

Possession date: May 1, 2014
Tagging Dates: May 3rd  and 10th, 2014 from 10a - 2p
Note: Tagging will be done at the MSU Extension Complex in the north parking lot of the Jackson County Human Resources Building (Lot A- Health Department Entrance).

Monday, January 27, 2014

ServSafe Certification Training

Michigan State University Extension ServSafe Food Service/Safety Certification Training

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship

KMS Scholarship Application
The Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship application is now available. You can download the form by clicking here. Paper forms may also be picked up at the Jackson County MSU Extension Office. The deadline for turning in scholarship applications is March 15th.

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Irrigation Workshops

Michigan State University Extension 2014 Irrigation Workshops