Monday, February 27, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

The March Newsletter is now available. Please read it carefully for upcoming events and deadlines.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Newsletter and Scholarship Opportunity

February 2017 Newsletter

The February Newsletter is now available. Please read it carefully for upcoming events and meetings.

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship
The Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship application is now available.  Paper forms may also be picked up at the Jackson County MSU Extension Office. The deadline for turning in scholarship applications is March 15th. If you plan to mail your application, materials must be postmarked by March 15th to be accepted.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form

4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form

The 4-H Poultry Expecations Packet and Poultry Order Form are now available under the Fair Documents tab. Please note that the order deadline for production trios is this Sunday, January 29th.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Poultry Expectations Meeting, PQA Update, Foundation Meeting, and Large Animal Pre Fair Check in Dates

Poultry Expectations Meeting
The 4-H Poultry Superintendents will be holding an Expectations Meeting on Tuesday, January 24th starting at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Jackson County MSU Extension office. Topics for this meeting include ordering deadlines, project information and updates for 2017. New members are encouraged to attend this meeting if they plan to bring poultry to the fair. All members are welcome to attend this information session.

Youth PQA
At the end of 2017, Youth Pork Quality Assurance (YPQA) certification programs will be replaced by a similar, multi species program called  Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). This year, Jackson County 4-H  members who are planning to bring pigs to fair are only required to be PQA certified. Leaders ask that members have a current certification at the time of pre fair check in (May 6th) We will be offering one face to face PQA session (date TBD) and we will also allow members to take the online class if they would like.

If you plan to show pigs this year and your certification is expired: plan to attend our face to face PQA class. You can also do the online class instead but please note the online option needs to be done prior to the Pre Fair Check in Date (May 6th)

Directions for online Youth PQA certification:
 Go to and click on "online training" in the upper right corner. Create a login to proceed to the online class.

If you need the expiration date of your certification, please contact the front desk at the Extension office (517)788-4292 ext 0.

4-H Foundation Meeting

The next 4-H Foundation meeting will be held Tuesday, February 21 at 6:00. The public is welcome to attend this annual general membership meeting. Elections of officers will take place.

Large Animal Pre Fair Check In Dates

Date of Possession: February 1st
DNA/Picture/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, February 4th 9:00am-12:00noon
Beef Pre Fair Check In Forms (3 Pages)

Date of Possession: May 1st
DNA/Picture/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, May 6th 10:00am-12:00noon
*Animals must be present for tagging
Sheep Pre Fair Check In Forms (3 Pages)

Date of Possession: May 1st
DNA/Pictures/Paperwork Turn In: Saturday, May 6th 10:00am-12:00noon
Swine Pre Fair Check In Forms (4 Pages)

Please note that if the check in dates do not work for your schedule, an alternate appointment must be set up to drop off your paperwork. Contact your superintendent or Britney at the Extension office to set up a date. This date must be prior to the check in date.

Forms are also available under the Fair Documents tab.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

January 2017 4-H Newsletter

January 2017 4-H Newsletter

The January Newsletter is now available. Please read it for upcoming events and educational opportunities.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Upcoming Events

So You want to Buy a _________

This Wednesday, December 21st, the Jackson County Ag Council will be hosting a panel discussion about the care of farm animals. Please see the flyer below for more information.

4-H Day at the Breslin Center

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 5:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22, 2017. Last year more than 5,100 MSU Extension staff, 4-H volunteers, members and their families attended this exciting opportunity at the MSU Breslin Student Events Center.

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

Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017

Time: Game begins at 5:00 p.m. Gate D (Gate D is now called the Northwest Kalamazoo Gate with the new construction) will open at 3:30 p.m. 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 (Northwest Kalamazoo Gate).  (DO NOT go to the Breslin Center “will call” entrance).

To order tickets: Call the MSU Extension Jackson Office at (517)788-4292 ext 0

Ingham County 4-H Rabbit Show

4-H Fitting and Grooming Clinic

Monday, December 12, 2016

Canceled: 4-H Horse Council Meeting

4-H Horse Council Meeting Update
Due to the weather, the 4-H Horse Council Meeting scheduled for tonight (December 12th, 2016) has been canceled. The December agenda items will be covered at the January meeting.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

4-H Enrollment Deadline for Returning Members is Today

4-H Enrollment Deadline for Returning Members
Just a reminder that today is the last day for enrollment for returning members. Many of you received an email last week regarding your enrollment status. The system emailed families that had a member listed as "inactive". As long as your returning members are listed as "pending" or "active", there is nothing you need to do at this time. 

 Returning 4-H members have until the end of the day today, December 1st, 2016 to re-enroll. New members need to be registered by May 1st. Go to to log in to your family profile and sign up each family member. The $10 participation fee is due to your club leader. Please contact your club leader or the Extension Office if you have any questions.

Friday, November 4, 2016

4-H County Awards Ceremony, meeting schedule update, November Newsletter, and Superintendent Openings

4-H County Awards Ceremony

Just a reminder for those attending the County Awards Ceremony:

The awards are this Sunday, the 6th at 2:00pm
The ceremony will be held at the Extension Office this year, not Camp McGregor.

Meeting Schedule Update
As discussed at the last meetings, we have moved the Small Animal Association meeting date and the Foundation meeting date. Here is the November meeting schedule:

4-H Council Meeting –  Mon, November 7, 7pm – 9pm
4-H Small Animal Association –  Weds, November 9, 7pm –  9pm
4-H Horse Council – Mon, November 14, 7pm – 9pm
4-H Foundation Meeting  –  Weds, November 16, 6pm –  7pm

November 4-H Newsletter
The November 4-H newsletter is now available. Click the link below to download.

November 2016 Newsletter

4-H Poultry and Goat  Co-Superintendent Openings
We are accepting applications for a Poultry Co-Superintendent and a Goat Co-Superintendent. Applications may be obtained by contacting Britney at the Extension office. Applicants will be required to complete the Volunteer Selection Process prior to taking the position. Applications are due by the next Small Animal Association meeting.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Breeding Chicken Order Information

Breeding Chicken Orders

If you would like to order breeding chickens, T.J. McCully will be placing an order next week with Stromberg hatchery.  Please contact T.J. at 734-717-1466 or email at  with your order.  The minimum number for an order is 5 chicks.”

Money Management Education Webinar
Michigan State University Extension is offering a webinar that is geared towards classroom teachers and educators. The webinar will cover ways to include financial education into the classroom and incorporate it into school settings. Please share this information with any teachers that might be able to use this curriculum.

Talking Cash in the Class
When: Sept. 27, 2016
Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

To register and find more details go to:

We will be engaging in activities from three different youth money management curriculums.
Elementary School -Reading Makes ¢ents, National 4-H Curriculum
Middle to High School- My Financial Future. National 4-H Curriculum
High School-National Endowment for Financial Education, High School Financial
                    Planning Program

Monday, September 19, 2016

October 4-H Horse Council Meeting, Administrative Leaders Meeting, and Letter from the CDC

October 4-H Horse Council Meeting
The location for the October 4-H Horse Council has changed. The meeting will be held at 7:00pm on Monday October 10th at Parma Elementary School. Please contact Superintendent Betsy Powers if you need directions.

Administrative Leaders Meeting
As discussed at the 4-H Council Meeting, we will be holding our annual Fall Administrative Leaders Meeting on Monday October 3rd at 7:00pm. All administrative club leaders are expected to be at this meeting to go over important financial changes, club audit paperwork, and reenrollment information. If you are unable to attend, please call Britney at the Extension office to set up an appointment to go over the updates.

Please note that any administrative leaders that would like to participate in county award selection are encouraged to come at 6:00. We will review applications from 6:00-7:00 that day.

Letter from MDHHS and CDC
Please see the letter below from the MDHHS and CDC:

Dear Exhibitors and Exhibitor Families,

Congratulations on a successful fair experience this summer. As part of our continuing effort to improve animal and human health at fairs, we would like your input! Now that the fair is over and the dust is clearing, we are hoping you will take 5 minutes to complete this important survey. Your answers won’t be linked to your name, but will be incredibly helpful for better understanding youth involvement at the fair and how to continue to improve human and animal health.

Thank you for your time and best wishes for a great fall.


The team at MDHHS and CDC

Monday, August 29, 2016

4-H Livestock Species Meeting Reminder

4-H Livestock Species Meeting Reminder

Just a reminder, we have our annual Livestock Leaders Meetings this Wednesday, August 31st. The meeting will be split up as follows: Sheep Leaders: 6:00pm-7:00pm, Swine Leaders: 7:00pm-8:00pm, and Beef Leaders: 8:00pm-9:00pm.

This is the meeting at which we develop changes for next year and determine the Judges list for 2017. Leaders and Members are encouraged to attend to provide valuable input.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Letter to Swine Exhibitors from the Jackson County Health Department

Recently, pigs at fairs in Michigan have tested positive for influenza A and some fair attendees have also tested positive for the type of influenza that has been found in pigs.The Jackson County Health Department, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, would like families to enroll a text messaging system to see if household members who attended the fair develop any flu-like symptoms. Please click here for a letter from the Jackson County Health Department. The letter outlines the optional program and how to enroll. 

For any additional information, please contact the Jackson County Health Department.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

4-H Check In

Still Exhibits: Saturday 9:00am-12:00noon


Swine: Friday 3:00pm-10:00pm

Poultry: Saturday 7:00am-10:00am (members who are going to help with Saturday check in may check their birds in Friday night. Contact superintendents for details)

Rabbits: Saturday 7:00am-10:00am

Goats: Saturday 8:00am-12:00noon

Sheep: Saturday 10:00am-12:00noon

Beef: Saturday 5:00pm-8:00pm

Dairy: Saturday 12:00noon- 9:00pm as scheduled by superintendent

Please remember that animals are not to enter the barn without going through proper check in procedures with your species Superintendents. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

KMS Baskets/Donations and Sheep Show Clarification

Kyle Mason Samson Scholarship Silent Auction

The Jackson County 4-H Foundation is collecting donations and baskets for the KMS Silent Auction. If you have donations to make, you can drop them off at the 4-H Information Desk on Saturday August 6th.

Sheep Show Clarification
Our last post pointed out that the sheep show begins at 11:00AM. The show is still on Sunday, but we noticed the fair book said PM and didn't want anyone to show up for a late night show.