Monday, February 9, 2015

4-H Online Registration

4-H Online
As many of you know, we are switching our member database to an online system that will allow families to manage their information online. Earlier this year, we introduced the new system to Club Leaders and had them set up their club profiles. We are now asking all members to create a profile in the new system, 4-H Online.

For this process, each family will create a family account using one email address and login. After this family "shell" is created, we ask you to add all members from that family as well as any adult volunteers. Please note that parents do not need to create their own profile unless they are a registered volunteer.

To access the website, please go to mi.4honline.com. From this screen, you can create a family profile. We have created a family guide that can be downloaded by clicking here. This guide will walk you through the steps to creating a member profile.

  • Once a profile is created, the club leader will approve the member. Please note that members will not be approved until the club leader has received the participation fee of $10.00.
  • Club leaders will turn in payments to the Extension office and the office will also approve a member. At this point, an email will be sent to the family account, letting you know a member has been accepted.
Existing members have until April 1, 2015 to create a profile in order to show at the 2015 Jackson County Fair. New members (those who were not a member during the 2014 Fair) have until May 1st. The Extension Office is open from 8:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday (closed 12:30-1:30 for lunch) if you have any questions about the new system. We appreciate your patience as we transition.  

Friday, February 6, 2015

Beef Check In Reminder

4-H Beef Check In Reminder
Beef Paperwork, DNA, and Pictures need to be brought to the Extension Office tomorrow, February 7th 10:00am-12:00pm for all members planning to bring beef cattle to the 2015 Jackson County Fair. Don't forget: all pictures need to be printed out and one must be of the head, showing the RFID tag.  If you are unable to attend the check in, please make arrangement with another member to deliver your paperwork. Late documentation will not be accepted.

All forms for Pre Fair Check in are located under the documents tab at the top of the website.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship and Foundation Meeting Change

2015 KMS Scholarship
The application for the 2015 Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship is now available. Applications are due March 15th. Please note that March 15th is on a Sunday this year. This means that all scholarship applications must be dropped off to the Extension office by 5:00pm Friday March 13th or postmarked by the 15th. Download the application by clicking here.

4-H Foundation Meeting
The February 4-H Foundation meeting has been moved to February 25th at 6:00pm. The date has been updated on our calendar at the top of of this page.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pre Fair Check In Paperwork, Small Animal Meetings, and New Cage Sponsor Request

Pre Fair Check In Paperwork
We have uploaded the pre fair check in paperwork for Beef, Sheep, and Swine under the "Fair Documents" Tab at the top of our website. The Poultry Expectations Packet, Poultry Order Form, and Rabbit Expectations Packet are also available under this tab. Additional forms for Poultry, Rabbits, and Goats will be made available as we complete them. Please note the check in dates listed below:

February 7th 10:00am-12:00noon: Beef (Paperwork, DNA, and Pictures)
May 2nd 9:00am-12:00noon: Rabbit (Paperwork and Animals)
May 9th 10:00am-12:00noon: Swine (Paperwork, DNA, and Pictures)
May 9th 10:00am-12:00noon: Sheep (Paperwork, DNA, Pictures, and Animals)

Small Animal Meetings
The Small Animal Leaders for Concord Contenders are opening up their monthly meetings to all Jackson County 4-H Members. Anyone is welcome to attend. Members can stay a member of their own club but attend these meetings to strengthen their small animal skills. Below is a list of their schedule for the year. Please send TJ an email or give him a call if you plan to attend a meeting so that enough handouts are available.
Rabbit and Poultry Cage Request
As many of you know, our Rabbit and Poultry cages need to be replaced. The Small Animal Association is asking our small animal project members to reach out to the community for cage sponsorship. Cages are $60 and a sponsor plaque will be attached to the cage with the donors name. For an additional $10, a company logo can be added to the plaque. For a printable order form, click here.




Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Beginning Farmers Webinar Series

MSU Extension 2015 Beginning Farmers Webinar Series


Effective Management of Farm Employees Workshop and Field Crops Webinar Series

Effective Management of Farm Employees Workshop



Field Crops Monday Night Webinar Series




Thursday, January 15, 2015

4-H Small Animal Expecatations Meeting and Beef Tagging

4-H Small Animal Expectations Meeting
Our annual Small Animal Expectations Meeting will be held at the Extension Office Thursday January 22nd at 7:00pm. All small animal leaders and members are encouraged to come. At this meeting, superintendents for Poultry, Rabbits, Goats, and Dogs will present deadlines and paperwork for the 2015 Jackson County Fair. Changes for the 2015 year will also be introduced at this meeting. Please plan to attend this important meeting.

Beef Tagging
Similar to last year, beef project members are going to be required to fill out paperwork, collect DNA samples, and take pictures of their beef cattle Instead of bringing the animals in to be tagged, we will have a Paperwork Check In day at the Extension Office on February 7th from 10:00am- 12:00noon. All samples, paperwork, and pictures are due during that timeframe. All information and forms must be together in order to be accepted. If you will not be available to drop off your paperwork at that time, members are allowed to have another family drop off it off for them. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Extension Office at (517) 788-4292 or Beef Superintendent Mershell Cook at (517) 206-5066 prior to February 7th. Late or incomplete entries will not be accepted.

The required paperwork for Check in can be found by clicking here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Cloverbud Craft Workshop, 4-H Online Update, and Extension Office Holiday Hours

Cloverbud Craft Workshop
Please join us Tuesday, December 16th from 6:00pm-7:00pm for a cloverbud craft workshop. We have lots of crafts to pick from including decorative holiday boxes and ornaments. Stop by to make a gift for the holidays. We have plenty of supplies, so each member will be able to take home several creations. Older youth welcome. This event is free to attend. Non members also welcome.

4-H Online Update
Please see the message below from the state 4-H Office:
As many of you know we are working to transition our 4-H enrollment data management system from The ACCESS 4-H Online Management System to our new system 4HOnline.  4-H families will be able to create their own profiles and enter their own data into 4HOnline.  Tip sheets to assist you in the enrollment will be made available and the system will be released for enrollment in January 2015.  Please remember that 4-H members and volunteers are still fully able to participate in all 4-H programs, clubs and activities.  Not having your enrollments in the system at this time does not prohibit your engagement in 4-H in any way.  Thanks for your patience as we transition to 4HOnline.

Extension Office December Hours

The Jackson County MSUE office will be closed Wednesday December 17th for a District Staff Meeting. The office hours for the holiday season are listed below.



Tuesday, December 2, 2014

December Meetings, Cloverbud Activity, Trophy Drive, Rabbit Show, and Woman's Basketball Game

4-H December Meetings
December 8th 7:00    4-H Horse Council
December 16th 6:00pm  4-H Foundation

Cloverbud Holiday Activity
We are planning a Cloverbud Craft Activity for Tuesday December 16th. We were given a generous donation by Joann Fabrics and will be giving cloverbuds an opportunity to make a gift for a friend or family member. More details to follow later this week.

Trophy Drive
Do you have any unwanted trophies laying around your house? We are looking for extra trophies to be donated for reuse. Any trophies, regardless of species, can be dropped off at the Extension Office during normal business hours.

4-H State Rabbit Show
 4-H Day at the Breslin: Lady Spartans vs. Iowa

Date: January 18, 2015
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: MSU Campus, Breslin Center: 1 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI

Join us for the tenth annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game.  Lady Spartans will host Iowa Hawkeyes at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 18, 2015.  The event will be held at the Breslin Center on MSU‘s campus.  Tickets are free to 4-H youth and their families, and 4-H volunteers. Contact Katie or Laurie at the Extension Office to reserve your tickets: (517) 788-4292.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Reenrollment Update and Small Animal Association Agenda

Reenrollment
As many of you are already aware, we are in the process of changing our member management software. This is being done state wide and has created a delay in our reenrollment process. Please understand that ALL members from the 2013-2014 program year are still current members as we transition into the 2014-2015 program year. We will be collecting money and information later in the year for this but want to reassure you that you are still members. We are still accepting new members for the 2014-2015 year. Club leaders have the forms needed for this. Once the new system is running and county staff have gone through a training for it, we will pass along information to club leaders and members. Thank you for your patience in this transition.

Small Animal Association Agenda
Below is the agenda for Tuesday's Small Animal Association Meeting

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spook House and November Meetings

Spook House
Looking for some fall fun this weekend? West Side Hi-Steppers 4-H Club is hosting their annual spook house this Friday and Saturday from 7:00-9:30pm. Admission is $2 and refreshments are available. You can find the Spook House at the corner of Devereaux Rd and Gibbs Rd.

November Meeting Schedule
Due to some schedule conflicts, some of our November meeting dates have changed. Here is a list of the November meetings being held at the Extension Office:

 November 10th, 7:00pm: 4-H Horse Council
November 12th, 7:00pm: 4-H Leaders Council
  • Dont forget, at this meeting, we will be electing youth board members. Any youth interested in holding a board position is encouraged to attend.
 November 18th, 6:00pm: 4-H Small Animal Auction Luncheon Meeting
November 18th, 7:00pm: 4-H Small Animal Association Meeting

Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Farmfest Reminder and 4-H Large Animal Superintendents

 Jackson County Family Farmfest

Don't forget: The 2014 Jackson County Farmfest is this Saturday! This year, we are featuring Gee Farms, Pregitzer Farm Market, Weber Farms, and Young's Orchard. Free site tours are available at each stop. Bring the whole family out to enjoy a day on the farm in northern Jackson County!

4-H Large Animal Superintendents
Due to a vote and decision made at Wednesday's Livestock Association Meeting, we are cancelling the voting for superintendents. Applicants are being reviewed by the Fair Board and Extension office and superintendents will be announced October 1st, 2014.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sitting Tall, 4-H Large Animal Meetings, and 4-H Large Animal Superintendents

Sitting Tall
4-H Large Animal Leader Meetings
All three species of the Large Animal Association have scheduled their fall leader meetings. All leaders are asked to attend to provide feedback for the following year as well as develop their list of potential judges for 2015.  All meetings are being held at the Extension Office

Beef Leaders Meeting: October 1, 2014 6:30pm
Sheep Leaders Meeting: October 2, 2014 6:30pm
Swine Leaders Meeting: October 7, 2014 6:30pm

4-H Large Animal Superintendent Selection

For the following year, we have an opening for 1 Beef superintendent, 1 Sheep superintendent, and 1 Swine superintendent. All interested candidates are asked to fill out an application. Applications can be found by clicking here. Forms can also be picked up at the Extension Office. All applications must be turned in to the Extension Office by 5:00pm on Friday September 19th.

*Please note that if you are interested in one of these positions but are not currently a screened MSUE volunteer, volunteer applications can be picked up at the Extension office and must be completed by the Superintendent application deadline.

After all applications are received, we will upload bios of each candidate on this website. If a position has more than one person running for it, We will hold a vote for the position. Each youth member that took an animal to fair that year will be given one vote for that species. Voting will take place Tuesday September 30th, 2014 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Members may come and fill out a ballot during that time slot. If the youth has a schedule conflict, arrangements must be made with Britney at the Extension office prior to September 30th.

Friday, August 29, 2014

4-H Council Meeting and Fair Pictures

4-H Council Meeting
The Jackson County 4-H Leaders Council is switching to a youth run board. We are encouraging all youth who are interested in a role in this new group to attend our next meeting on Wednesday September 3rd at 7:00pm. The council meets every other month throughout the year. We are looking for 4-H members who want to have the chance to make decisions about the 4-H Program of Jackson County. Please encourage members to attend this important meeting to get more information about how they can get involved.

Fair Pictures
Looking for pictures from fair? Like our Facebook page and you will have access to hundreds of photos from fair week! Contact the Extension office if you have any questions.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Master Gardener and Adventures in Horticulture Class Spots Available

Adventures in Horticulture: Sunny Lawn/Shady Alternatives Spots Still Open

There are still spots available for our September 16th class! Call the extension office to sign up!



Master Gardener Fall Class Availability

There are still plenty of spots open for our fall Master Gardener class! Visit the Master Gardener website or call the Extension office for more details!!!!