Monday, May 2, 2016

Eaton County Livestock Judging Clinic

Eaton County 4-H is hosting a Livestock Judging Clinic on May 15th. This is a great opportunity to learn more about how to compete in Livestock Judging events. Please see the flyer below for more information about this free event. If you RSVP today, you can get a free shirt!

Friday, April 29, 2016

4-H Upcoming Deadlines and Small Animal Education Meetings

4-H Upcoming Deadlines

The 4-H Registration Deadline is May 1st. All new members need to have a profile in the system by then. It is OK if the profile says "pending". Participation fees can be paid to your club leader.

Small Animal Registration Paperwork Deadlines:

Poultry - May 1st, along with the order form for meat birds if you would like to do a meat pen project

Rabbit - May 12th

Goat - May 31st

Large Animal Date of Possession and Paperwork Check In:

May 1st is the deadline for having possession of Sheep and Swine. Required paperwork can be found under the fair documents tab of the website. All paperwork will be turned in on May 7th from 9:00 AM- 11:00 AM. If you are unable to drop off your paperwork at that time, you may send your paperwork with another member or set up an appointment to give it to the superintendent or Extension office. Please note that alternate appointments will need to be made prior to the May 7th check in date.

Small Animal Education Meetings (Held at the Extension Office):

The meetings will cover Record Books and Showmanship. Please pay attention to the rotation order for the day you plan to attend, as they change each meeting to accommodate member schedules.

May 9th
6:00 PM Poultry
7:00 PM Rabbit
8:00 PM Goat

June 7th
6:00 PM Rabbit
7:00 PM Goat
8:00 PM Poultry

July 13th
6:00 PM Goat
7:00 PM Poultry
8:00 PM Rabbit

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

4-H Turkey Order Pick Up, Exploration Days Registration Reminder, 4-H Project Poster Boards, and Parliamentary Procedure Training

Turkey Orders
Turkey orders placed through the superintendents will be available for pick up on Wednesday, April 13th. They can be picked up from 1:00PM-5:00PM at 12831 King Rd Concord MI 49237 or from 7:00 -8:00PM at the extension office (1715 Lansing Ave Ste 257 Jackson, MI 49202)

Exploration Days Registration
Don't Forget: All Exploration Days Registration forms must be turned in to the Extension Office by Tuesday April 26th. Classes are filling up quickly. Forms can be downloaded by going to the Exploration Days website here.

4-H Project Poster Boards
We now have tri-fold poster display boards available at the Extension Office. The cost for each board is $3.00, and can be picked up any time during regular business hours. These boards can be used for Poultry Projects or any other 4-H display you plan to make.

Parliamentary Procedure Workshop Reminder
We have a Parliamentary Procedure Workshop coming up on Sunday April 24th 2:00pm-4:00pm. This workshop will be a fun and engaging way to learn basic parliamentary procedure to use in meetings. All 4-H club board members are asked to come. All youth and adults are welcome. Door prizes will be given out and each club that has a representative at the training will receive a set of flags and a gavel.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Online PQA, Small Animal Association Garage Sale, and New Cage Sponsor Request

Online PQA
If you missed the PQA session, 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 class 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. PQA is a required component of the Swine Project. Please note that swine leaders and superintendents would like youth who plan to exhibit swine at the 2016 Jackson County Fair to have their PQA certification before they drop off swine paperwork on May 7th.

Small Animal Association Garage Sale

Click here to sign up for a volunteer slot

Rabbit and Poultry Cage Request
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.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

4-H Turkey Order Deadline and 4-H Renewable Energy Camp Information

4-H Turkey Order Deadline
Just a reminder: Turkey orders for fair are due Friday, March 4th. Forms can be found by clicking here. Please email your order form to the poultry superintendents or drop it off at the Extension Office.

4-H Alternative Energy Camp
Please see the flyer below about an opportunity for 4-H Members. It is our pleasure to announce that the 4-H Renewable Energy Camp is now open for registrations. All camp information can be found at

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

4-H Exploration Days Registration

4-H Exploration Days Registration Books Now Available

This fun MSU pre-college program could be the highlight of your summer - it could even change your life! About 2,500 youth (ages 11-19) and chaperones from across Michigan attend annually.

4-H Exploration Days registration goes from mid-March through April with session assignments made on a first-come, first-served basis. Get your registration in early to get the sessions you want. We have more than 200 sessions to choose from.

Dates:June 22-24, 2016
Location: MSU Campus in East Lansing

To view the registration book and find out more, visit the 4-H Exploration Days Website. Paper copies of the registration book can also be picked up at the Extension Office. Completed forms can be dropped off at the Extension Office.

Friday, February 26, 2016

New Date for Parliamentary Procedure Training

Parliamentary Procedure Training
When we picked the original date for our Parli Pro training, we didn't realize that it was Easter Sunday. Upon realizing this mistake, we made the decision to reschedule the training. The new date will be Sunday April 24, 2016 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm.  4-H Members and Volunteers are encouraged to attend this training to learn valuable skills for running an effective meeting. Door prizes will be given out and those clubs in attendance will be given a set of table flags and a gavel.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Youth Pork Quality Assurance, Parlimentary Procedure Training, Rabbit Expectations Packet, Record Books, and Goat Expo

Youth Pork Quality Assurance
This year, we will be holding a Youth Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) class on March 23rd at 7:00pm at the Jackson MSUE office. The class will take approximately one and a half hours to complete.  Please remember that PQA certification is required for all youth that are bringing swine to the 2016 Jackson County Fair. Swine leaders ask that you have your certification prior to the paperwork check in date. Members will be asked to show proof of certification at that time. If you are unable to attend the face-to-face PQA session, we will be offering the online option again this year. Details for online PQA classes will be posted at a later date.  Contact the Extension Office if you have any questions.

Parliamentary Procedure Training

On Sunday March 27th, we will be holding a Parliamentary Procedure Training from 2:00pm-4:00pm. This free, interactive, and fun workshop is open to both adults and youth. All board members (adult and youth) are strongly encouraged to attend to learn how to run a meeting and everyone is welcome. Each club that has a representative at this training will receive a set of table flags and a gavel. Door prizes will also be given away at this training. Contact Britney at if you have any questions.

Rabbit Expectations Packet
The Rabbit Expectations Packet is now available. It is located under the Fair Documents tab of our website.

Record Books
Record Books will be posted under the Fair Documents tab as they are completed. Currently, we have Beef books available. Other books will be posted soon.

State 4-H Goat Expo
The State 4-H Goat Expo is being held April 16th, 2016. This Expo is designed for young people who are interested in live animal evaluation and in testing their knowledge of the goat (caprine) industry in a fun and educational manner. This event includes contests in judging, quiz bowl, skillathon, creative writing and problem-solving.

State 4-H Goat Expo events are open to participants aged 9 to 19 by Jan. 1 of the current year. You must be a 4-H member but you don’t have to be enrolled in a 4-H goat project to compete. Some contests are designed for both team and individual competition. Spectators are welcome!

For registration details, please visit the Expo website:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Upcoming 4-H Workshop Opportunities

 Upcoming Workshops
There are several educational opportunities happening in the next few months in neighboring counties. All Jackson County 4-H Members are invited to attend these workshops. Topics include Poultry, Swine, and Goats. Each workshop requires attendees to RSVP. Please see the flyers posted below for registration details. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

4-H Beef DNA Collection Reminder, Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship, and Jackson County 4-H Foundation Meeting

4-H Beef DNA Collection
This Saturday, February 6th, is our Beef DNA and Paperwork collection date.  Paperwork, DNA, and Pictures are to be turned in between 9:00am and 11:00am. The required paperwork can be found under the Fair Documents tab on our website. If you are unable to drop off your items at that time, please contact the Beef Superintendents or the Extension to set up an appointment to submit paperwork prior to the collection date. Late paperwork will not be accepted.

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now available. This scholarship is available to current 4-H Members in Jackson County. You can download the form by clicking here. All applications and supporting documents are due by March 15th.

Jackson County 4-H Foundation Meeting
The next 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Tuesday, February 16th at 6:00. The public is welcome to attend this annual general membership meeting. Elections of officers will take place.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Small Animal Association Meeting

4-H Small Animal Association Meeting
The small animal meeting that was scheduled for last week has been rescheduled one week later and will be held Tuesday January 19th at 7:00pm at the Extension Office.

 Don't forget that we have our Poultry Expectations meeting the night after the Small Animal Association meeting on Wednesday January 20th.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Small Animal Association Meeting Cancellation

Small Animal Association Meeting Cancellation
The Small Animal Association Meeting scheduled for tonight, January 12th has been cancelled due to weather. The meeting will be rescheduled and that date will be posted on the website.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Poultry Expectations Meeting, Large Animal Pre-Fair Paperwork, and Beef Clinic

4-H Poultry Expectations Meeting
We will be holding an information session for the 2016 Poultry Project on Wednesday January 20th at 7:00.We will be covering changes for the coming year as well as reviewing deadlines. 4-H members who are new to the poultry project are strongly encouraged to come as well as returning members. The Poultry Expectations Packet has been posted under the Fair Documents tab at the top of our website.

Large Animal Pre Fair Paperwork
The pre fair paperwork for Beef, Sheep, and Swine has been posted under the Fair Documents tab of our website. Please be sure to check the paperwork closely for paperwork, picture, and DNA deadlines.

Possession Deadlines:
Beef- February 1st, 2016
Sheep- May 1st, 2016
Swine- May 1st, 2016

Pre Fair Check In:
Beef: February 6th 9:00am-11:00am
Sheep: May 7th 9:00am-11:00am
Swine: May 7th 9:00am-11:00am

Each check in will be done at the Jackson County MSU Extension office. Please see individual species paperwork for details.

4-H Beef Clinic

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

4-H Day at Breslin, Rabbit Superintendent, and Large Animal Bylaws Meeting

4-H Day at Breslin

You’re ALL invited to attend the eleventh annual celebration of MSU Extension 4-H Youth Development at the Spartan Women’s basketball game at 4:30 p.m., Saturday, January 16th, 2016. Last year over 5,100 MSUE staff, 4-H volunteers, members and their families attended this exciting opportunity at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center.

Ticket Price: FREE for MSUE 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers and MSU Extension staff and their families!

Date: Saturday, January 16th, 2016

Time: Game begins at 4:30 p.m. Gate D will open at 3:00 and is the gate you need to enter whether you are picking up tickets or if you already have your tickets.  Tickets being held for pick-up will be at the 4-H Registration Table inside Gate D. (DO NOT go to the Breslin Center “will call” entrance).

Parking Information: Cars are $5. 

Attire:  Participants are asked to wear green and white 4-H and/or Extension apparel if possible. We really want to make our presence in the Breslin Center known!

How to order: please call the Extension office at (517) 788-4292 ext 0. Let us know how many youth, volunteer, and parent tickets you would like and we will notify you when they come in.

4-H Rabbit Superintendent
We are currently accepting applications for a Rabbit Superintendent. Applicants must be 21 years of age and willing to go through the MSUE Volunteer Selection Process. Applications can be obtained by contacting Britney at

Large Animal Bylaws Meeting
We will be meeting on December 14th 7:00pm-8:00pm to compile proposed changes to the Livestock bylaws. Anyone with suggestions is welcome to attend this meeting. Please bring with you the current wording as well as proposed changes in writing to the meeting. These changes will then be voted on at the January Large Animal Association meeting.

Friday, November 13, 2015

4-H Reenrollment Reminder

4-H Re-enrollment
As many of you have already learned in your club meetings, enrollment is underway in Jackson County. Please log in to your account at 4-H Online and re-enroll each youth member and registered volunteer in your family. A helpful re-enrollment guide can be found by clicking here.

Current members have until December 1st to re-enroll. New members have until May 1st to enroll. Payment must be made to your club leader by this date.