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

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!!!!

2014 Family Farmfest

2014 Family Farmfest Free Public Site Tours

Friday, August 15, 2014

4H Foundation August Meeting

4H Foundation August Meeting Date Change

The 4-H Foundation meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 19th has been canceled.

The meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, August 26th at 6:00pm at the Extension Office.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Senior Bio Sheets

Senior Bio Sheets
Attention all  Seniors: In an effort to recognize the  last year at  fair for some of you, we are asking you to fill out a biography sheet. This sheet will be displayed in the Gumper Building during fair. The form can be found by clicking here. Forms can also be found at the 4-H Information Desk in the Gumper Building. Bring a picture to attach to the form. We are looking forward to this being your best fair yet!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Animal Check in Times and Testing Consent Form

Animal Check In
A list of animal check in dates and times are posted below. Please note that some times may vary from the fair book due to changes in the tagging procedure for the 2014 Fair.

Swine: Friday August 1st 3:00pm-11:00pm
Poultry: Saturday August 2nd 7:00am-10:00am (any exhibitors willing to help with check in may check in Friday night at 6:00pm. Contact Superintendents to arrange)
Rabbits: Saturday August 2nd 8:00am-10:00am
Goats: Saturday August 2nd 9:00am-12:00pm
Sheep: Saturday August 2nd 11:00am-2:00pm
Beef: Saturday August 2nd 5:00pm-8:00pm

*please note that there will be a race being ran down Ganson st  that day, please allow yourself extra time due to traffic.

Livestock Testing Consent Form
Due to changes in the tagging procedure, the Livestock Association is asking that all members showing Beef, Sheep, Swine, or Dairy sign the testing consent form. The form can be found on our website under the Fair Documents Tab. Please note that the form requires a parent signature and can be brought to check in. All forms must be turned in by noon on Sunday.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Barn Clean Up and Kyle Mason Samson Silent Auction

2014 Barn Clean Up Dates and Times
All species superintendents have scheduled barn clean up dates. Clubs and individuals are asked to attend to set up your pens and decorations. 

Beef: Anytime beginning Wednesday July 30th
Sheep: July 23rd 7:00pm
Swine: July 23rd 6:00pm
All Small Animal (Poultry, Rabbit, and Goat): July 27th 11:00am

KMS Silent Auction
Again this year, we will be holding the KMS silent auction to benefit the Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Fund. Last year, the Jackson County 4-H Foundation and the Scholarship Committee were able to give 12 scholarships to Jackson County 4-H Members.

Item donations are being sought from clubs and individuals. Items can be dropped off at the Extension office prior to fair or brought to the 4-H information desk at the fairgrounds on Saturday August 2nd.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Reminder 4-H Small Animal Association Meeting

July Small Animal Association Meeting

Reminder that tomorrow evening at 7:00pm, there is a 4-H Small Animal Association Meeting.

To see what is on the agenda, click here.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo

Small Animal & Still Exhibit Expo Update

The Small Animal and Still Exhibit Expo is this Sunday, June 29th! Walk-ins are welcome for poultry, rabbits, goats, and cooking! The day starts at 9am at the fairgrounds and will end around 2pm. If you want lunch, the cost will be $3! Don't miss out on this great opportunity to increase your showing knowledge before fair!!