The 4H Tip Sheet
IN THIS ISSUE...
Aug 15 Registration due for Northwest Youth and Leaders' Forum (NWYLF)
Aug 15 Registration for State Horticulture Judging
Aug 23-24 Livestock Sweepstakes, Manhattan, K-State
Sept 5-14 Kansas State Fair
Sept 15 Kansas 4-H Sportsfishing Tournament Ends
Sept 19-22 KJLS, Wichita
Sept 20 Shooting Sports State Match, Archery
Sept 27 Shooting Sports State Match, Hunting Skills and Shotgun
Oct 1 Discovery Days Task Force Applications Due
Oct 1 National 4-H Conference Applications Due
Oct 1 Kansas Youth Leadership Council Applications Due
Oct 1 Dog Conference and Quiz Bowl Registration Due
Oct 4 Shooting Sports State Match, Smallbore Rifle, Pistle and Muzzleloading
Oct 8 4-H Camp Chairs Meeting, 9:30 a.m., Rock Springs
Oct 10 National 4-H Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Chevy Chase, MD
Oct 15 KYLF Registration Due
Oct 15 Kansas Volunteer Forum Registration due
Nov 15 All data entry for 2014 4-H Program Year complete and accurate in ACCESS (ES-237 Report)
KANSAS STATE FAIR HORSE SHOW INFORMATION
entering the Fairground:
- All horses must be checked by the
officials of The Kansas Department of Agriculture/Kansas Division of Animal
Health (KDAH) before entering the Fairgrounds.
- Inspection booth located east of the
Fairgrounds at the Fairgrounds Water Park. Enter parking lot from Severance
Street between 17th Ave. and 23 Ave. Access Severance Street from 17th
- Daily check-in hours will be 6 a.m.
until 10 p.m. Exhibitors should plan to arrive during these hours. If arrival
is going to be delayed past 10 p.m. check-in hours due to circumstances beyond
exhibitor’s control, please call the Highway Patrol at 620-669-3627.
- Once inspected and approved, the
officials will officially stamp the health papers which will allow for entry
onto the Fairgrounds.
- The KDAH reserves the right to
inspect or test any animals on the Fairgrounds, if necessary.
Required Health Papers:
- Current Health Certificates needed
(issued within the past 30 days prior to September 10, 2014).
- A negative Coggins (Equine Infectious Anemia) test conducted within one year
of the show.
Negative Coggin must accompany the health papers.
Horse Stall assignments given at the Stalling Office located south end of
Expo II. Once stall given will be directed to stall.
Show check-in table located next to the announcer’s stand – double check
classes and horse identification papers. If showing a two-year old snaffle bit
or three-year old have information available (if entered in those classes).
Check-in with the gate person prior to each class.
- Exhibitor has conflict visit with the Horse Events Coordinator or 4-H
4-H CLOVERBUDS AND EXTENSION POLICIES
When 4-H and/or Extension plans, organizes and facilitates a
livestock, small animal, horse or pre or post-fair activity please double check that 4-H Policies are
being followed. An area of concern is 4-H Cloverbuds. The program was designed for
5-and 6-year-olds. Cloverbuds is activity-focused, rather than project –focused.
Furthermore, 4-H Cloverbuds members may not participate in any competitive 4-H
events. 4-H Cloverbuds members many showcase their exhibits at fairs and public
events. 4-H Cloverbuds may not have 4-H livestock projects that require
long-term, ongoing care or weigh-ins, nor can the member participate as a
competitive 4-H exhibitor within livestock divisions.
For more information referring
to 4-H Cloverbuds, please check the Kansas Department of 4-H Youth DevelopmentPolicy Guide,
section D3 4-H Cloverbuds, page 8 or checking the Cloverbuds page.
STANDARDS FOR 4-H AND FFA
During this time of gearing up for a new 4-H year questions arise that might become challenging in the future. To assist Extension Agents and Agricultural Education Instructors/FFA Advisors, FFA and 4-H has been working together to develop standard for our dual members and other participants. Our premise for the standards were to level-the-playing-field for all participating members. The document is as follows:
Standards for Participation in Kansas
FFA and 4-H Youth Development Educational Opportunities
The purpose of the standards
outlined below are to assist in determining eligible participation in FFA
4-H Youth Development
learning experiences. Both 4-H and Agriculture Education/FFA promote teaching
youth life skills. Each program exists
to maximize the participants’ knowledge of agriculture and its value to our
communities while educating the young people to become productive citizens. Eligible youth may participate in both 4-H
and FFA but should avoid duplication. The following standards of participation
are used in delivering the 4-H and FFA programs in Kansas.
Education teachers, FFA Advisors, Extension staff and local volunteers are
encouraged to cooperate in sharing information and resources to provide
educational opportunities for youth.
- When young people
are members of both 4-H and FFA, they must plan and manage separate projects,
and/or supervised agriculture experiences (SAE) programs.
- FFA and 4-H
members may enroll in the same area of experience in 4-H and FFA, however;
participants cannot identify, nominate, manage, keep records on, or exhibit the
same plants, animals, etc. in both organizations. Members must designate
exhibits as either FFA or 4-H at weigh-in, registration or similar deadline.
- Members may
participate in judging contests and related events in FFA and 4-H but cannot
represent both organizations at a contest, show or event at the same time.
- When 4-H and FFA
are conducting collaborating activities, both the 4-H and FFA organizations
must be represented through emblems and information on all signs, print
materials and awards.
- Collaborating FFA
and 4-H activities or events are obligated to have supervision representation
from both organizations.
The standards are in
agreement with Kansas 4-H and FFA and hereby affirmed by members and
professionals in order to participate in either educational program.
Van Horn and Kane
August 1, 2014, Kansas 4-H implemented an updated volunteer screening policy for 4-H volunteers who work with youth or provide leadership to 4-H programs in public settings. Thank you to all who worked diligently to bring their volunteer corps up to standard under the old process. Your hard work is noted and appreciated. Thanks also to all those who were up to standard and just had to confirm and fine tune their volunteer records.
Moving forward, all volunteers (in positions requiring screening) must be screened under the new process. Any steps completed under the old process will still be valid with the exception of the background screening which must be completed using the new process. An interview will now be required as specified in the new process. Volunteers who completed all the steps except the board appointment by July 31, 2014, may be appointed at the August board meeting and still qualify under the old process.
Resources to support the new process are posted here, which is located under Resources, Volunteer, Staff Resources, Volunteer Screening, on Kansas4-H.org. This is the go to page for the new Volunteer Screening process. More resources will be posted as we go along. If you have suggestions for needed resources, please let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions, please contact me, email@example.com.
4-H PROGRAM EXPANSION GRANTS AVAILABLE
We are pleased to announce the Growing Kansas Leaders: 4-H
Program Expansion Grants for 2014-2015, in which we will partner with an
additional 5 local units (district or county) to increase 4-H membership over
the next 3 years. Funding is available through a partnership with the Kansas
4-H Foundation. Local units currently receiving funds through the pilot
include: Edwards, Ford, Grant, Johnson, Reno, Riley, Seward and Wildcat
The goals of the project include recruiting more volunteers
and increasing 4-H membership, with a focus on reaching new and underserved
audiences. Pilot sites will receive $5,000 for their program expansion efforts
over 3 years. An additional $3,000 will be available for supporting the
volunteer screening process background
checks. There will also be funds available for professional development for
Extension professionals and volunteers leading the pilot, technical assistance,
and program evaluation resources.
Deadline for application is October 1, 2014. The Request for
Application (RFA) is available on the Kansas 4-H website.
Please contact Diane Mack, project coordinator, if you have
INCREASE RECRUITMENT EFFORTS DURING BACK-TO-SCHOOL TIME FRAME
Based on our market research, Mom's are looking for
activities for their kids during the back-to-school time frame. Be sure to
increase 4-H recruitment efforts and share the message that:
- 4-H is the network of families that grows great
- 4-H is for city/town families, too
"Life's Little Questions" campaign items are available
from the KSRE bookstore
. Items include a flier with space to can add local club
information, a display to use at back-to-school fairs, plus bookmarks and
stickers. There is also a flier written
in English on one side and Spanish on the other.
ARE YOU READY FOR 484H?
to The 4-H study of Positive Youth Development, 4-Hers are nearly 4
times more likely to make contributions to their communities. But just
how much can they do? In one weekend this fall, 48-Hours of 4-H will
challenge club members, adult leaders and 4-H alumni to explore their
service capabilities and inspire the community around them by taking
part in some type of service project during the weekend of October
11-12, 2014. It might be a little project for a club or a big project
the whole district or county gets involved in. It will be awesome to
see what Kansas 4-H can accomplish during that time period.
On 48 Hours of 4-H webpage you will find the following:
- Information about the event
- A guide to plan a project that includes a timeline
- Graphics to use for Promotion
- Information about ordering shirts for the event
- Online Registration for projects
Please follow the project on Facebook
Kansas 4-H challenge is brought to you by the Kansas 4-H Youth
Leadership Council in conjunction with the K-State Research and
Extension Department of 4-H Youth Development with generous support from
the Kansas 4-H Foundation.
Blake Foraker, Youth Council President
KANSAS 4-H YOUTH LEADERSHIP COUNCIL APPLICATION PROCESS
The Youth Council Application information link is available on the KYLF webpage on
the State 4-H Website. Any Kansas 4-H member between the ages of 14 and 18
before January 1, 2015 may apply. This year's KYLF delegation will elect
representatives from the four extension program areas (NE, NW, SE, SW). Youth
Council members work to involve youth with K-State Research and Extension in
promoting, developing, implementing and evaluating Kansas Extension 4-H Youth
Development programs in order to reflect the needs and interests of the youth
in the state. Council members will also plan and conduct the Kansas Youth
Leadership Forum, Citizenship in Action, Campference and other events.
Please encourage those outstanding young leaders in your local unit to apply. Application and photos are due on an online form on October 1, 2014 before 5 p.m. CST and 2 letters of reference must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2014 or they may be uploaded on the application site by October 1 at 5 p.m. The signature page should be postmarked by October 1, 2014. This year the elections will include
the application process detailed above, and from those applications up to 12
young people per area will be invited to interview with a panel at the
beginning of KYLF. From those that interview, up to 6 candidates will be
selected to be in the election.
KANSAS 4-H LEADERSHIP WEEKEND - KYLF AND KVF
The Kansas Youth Leadership Forum (KYLF) and
the Kansas 4-H Volunteer Forum information will be on the 4-H Online CVent
Registration System and the 4-H Website by August 20.
The Forums will be held November 21-23, 2014 at Rock Springs 4-H Center.
KYLF is for youth ages 14-18 before January 1, 2015 and KVF is for all Kansas
KYLF will feature
leadership workshops, Youth Council Elections, and opportunities to learn and
have fun. The theme for Kansas 4-H Volunteer Forum is Mission Possible and will
include workshops, opportunities for networking and sharing resources. Joint activities between the two Forums will
include the keynote speaker and the inspirational program.
Online Registration is available now. This year participants in both forums will
register though the same system. Registration deadline is October 15, 2014 for
Youth Leadership Forum
4-H Volunteer Forum
2015 KANSAS 4-H EXCHANGE PROGRAMS OUTBOUND OPPORTUNITIES
Kansas 4-H Exchange Programs
in collaboration with States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs and the IFYE
Association of the USA, Inc. are offering several exchange outbound opportunities
for Kansas youth and 4-H alumni.
Applications and returned reference forms for all programs for travel in
summer/fall 2015, are due by November 1, 2014, to Mary Kay Munson; firstname.lastname@example.org; 785-238-3631. Interviews
for all programs will be conducted on December 6 in Manhattan, KS. A
comparison chart, individual flyers and new application forms will be posted on
the Kansas 4-H website by September 1, 2014.
States’ 4-H International Exchange Programs are only for
youth aged 12 – 18:
-Costa Rica, travel dates are June 18 to July 17, 2015
-Finland, travel dates are June 29 to August 1, 2015
-Japan, 8-weeks, travel dates are June 10 to August 6,
-Japan, 4-weeks, travel dates are July 8 to August 6,
Exchanges include a home stay
with a host family for most of the month.
Japan has an option for an additional month stay with a Tokyo family
while taking daily language and culture training before the home stay elsewhere
in Japan. Twelve-year-olds may
participate in the Japan Exchange. Costs
vary by country and ages vary slightly for each country. (See comparison chart). A deposit of $1,000 is due at the time of
IFYE Association of the USA, Inc. Exchanges are only
for 4-H alumni, aged 19-25:
4-H alumni 19 to 25 may apply
for individualized programs of 6 weeks to 6 months in partner countries in
Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.
Options will be similar to those described in the IFYE Representative
flyer currently on the 4-H web site. Contact Mary Kay Munson for additional
COUNTIES/DISTRICTS NEEDED FOR 2015 KANSAS 4-H JAPANESE EXCHANGE
This summer inbound program which Kansas has
conducted with LABO and LEX in Japan since 1977 is seeking counties to
participate in 2015. Based on your county/district responses, Kansas will
commit to hosting a specific number of youth and adult chaperones for the
2015 summer inbound program. In 2014, Kansas hosted 28 Japanese youth and
adults. Participating counties get to
host a small group of young Japanese teens who are highly motivated to become a
member of their Kansas
host family and to learn English. Kansas 4-H families have
reported many good experiences and say that the program has had a positive
impact on their children.
The Japanese will arrive in counties about
July 23, 2015, and stay with one family each for four weeks. Consider getting
involved with your county/unit.
Participating counties/units must locate a volunteer coordinator who then
manages the recruitment and screening of five to six host families, and
organizes local activities during the stay. Training, resource materials
and some expense money are available for the coordinators and agents.
Extension agents liaison with the Kansas 4-H Japanese Coordinator to conduct
If you think your
county might be interested, or to find out more details about your
county/district hosting Japanese youth from 12-18 years-old in 2015, contact
Rose Scott by September 12th: email@example.com, or call Rose at
785-388-2009 or 785-565-3197 (cell). Please
consider trying this popular program this upcoming year.
2014 KANSAS 4-H DOG CONFERENCE AND QUIZ BOWL
The Kansas 4-H Dog Conference
and Quiz Bowl will be October 18-19 at Rock Springs 4-H Center. The theme is “Join the Club.” Registration will be through the CVent 4-H
system with registration due by October 1st. Click here to register. The registration site will go live by
August 25th. Cost is $85.00
for full-time participants, $60.00 for Saturday only and $45.00 for Sunday
only. There is a $25.00 cancelation fee. T-shirts and hoodies may be ordered on-line
for an additional cost. Don’t forget to
submit a t-shirt design by September 20th to Deryl Waldren at the
below address. The winner receives a
complimentary registration to the dog conference and quiz bowl. Full registration information will be posted
on the Kansas 4-H Dog webpage by August 15th.
The program will consist of a
costume and dog talent contest, club house challenges, dog skill-a-thon, quiz
bowl, plus s'mores and more. Plans call for a herding/stock dog
demonstration, information on dog project clubs, AKC/UKC, breed rescue groups,
hunting trial groups, and military canine units. All youth must be chaperoned by parent or 4-H
leader. County groups will be housed in the same cottage and all dogs
must be on leash or kenneled in your room.
Owners must pick up and bag after dogs. For more information, contact
Deryl Waldren, Northwest Area Extension Office, P. O. Box 786, Colby, KS 67701;
STATE SHOOTING SPORTS MATCHES
Kansas Shooting Sports fall state matches are coming up. 4-Her’s must
qualify at a state qualifying match to attend. Archery will be held at
THE Archery club, south of Topeka on September 20th. Hunting Skills and Shotgun will be held at the Arc Valley Gun Club in Wichita on September 27th. Smallbore Rifle and Pistol and Muzzleloading will be held at Capital City Gun Club outside of Topeka on October 4th.
Registration will be online. Check the shooting sports events page for updated information as the dates approach.
Questions contact Briana Jacobus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 KANSAS 4-H & FFA STATE WHEAT SHOW RESULTS
Over 45 Kansas 4-H members, siblings, parents, friends and
Extension staff attended the 2014 Kansas 4-H & FFA State Wheat Show in
Pratt on August 7th. The event was held
at the Pratt Area 4-H Center. Participants
judged educational classes of wheat, muffins, weeds and a wheat quiz. Participants also attended a tour of the Big
Well and Kiowa County Museum in Greensburg or a tour of the Kansas Wildlife,
Parks and Tourism Education Center and Fish Hatchery and Pratt Energy Ethanol
Plant in Pratt.
Thanks go to our 2014 sponsors: American AgCredit, Pratt; DeWeese Family
Farms, Pratt; Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, Pratt; BTI, Pratt; Pratt
Community College, Pratt; KSU
Department of Grain Science; Kansas Wheat Quality Lab, Manhattan; Kansas Wheat
Alliance, Manhattan; Stafford County Flour Mill, Hudson; Kansas Wheat Commission, Manhattan; Kanza
Co-op, Pratt; Pratt County Farm Bureau Association, Pratt; Kansas 4-H
Youth Development; KSRE – Pratt County
Extension Office and 4-H Clubs; The Scoular Company, Pratt; and K-State
Research and Extension.
Planning team members included:
Berny Unruh, Alicia Boor, Becky Miller, Glenn
Newdigger, Mark Ploger, Randy Hein, Jodi Drake, Ethel Schneweis, Barrett Smith,
Tom Maxwell, and Deryl Waldren. Thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s
wheat show the success it was.
Awards were given in seven divisions and the judging
activity. Premium monies will be awarded
and mailed to participants for the seven divisions in the near future. The major results in each division are:
Division 1 – 1.5 lb.
Wheat, Produced by 4-H member (6 exhibits)
1st – Jarod DeWeese, Pratt County, Billings
2nd – JaelAnn Hoover, River Valley District, Clay
Center, Gallagher variety
3rd – Jarod DeWeese, Pratt County, Fuller variety
Division 2 – 1.5 lb.
Wheat, Adopt a Wheat Producer (4 exhibits)
1st – Taylor DeWeese, Pratt County, Everest
2nd – Jessica DeWeese, Pratt County, 1863 variety
3rd – Taylor DeWeese, Pratt County, Gallagher
Division 3 – 1 Quart
jar of Cleaned Wheat (3 exhibits)
1st – Mardi Traskowsky, Central Kansas District,
2nd – JaelAnn Hoover, River Valley District, Clay
Division 4 – 3 Yeast Rolls
1st – Ciara Hodgkinson, Pratt County
2nd – JaelAnn Hoover, River Valley District, Clay
Division 5 – 3 Cookies
1st – Ciara Hodgkinson, Pratt County
2nd – Madeline Drake, Pratt County
3rd – Sara Schlickau, Reno County
Division 6 – Wheat
Photography Contest (15 exhibits)
1st – Jessica DeWeese, Pratt County
2nd – JaelAnn Hoover, River Valley District, Clay
3rd – Elie Just, Marion County
Division 7 – Posters
1st - Taylor DeWeese, Pratt County
2nd – Jared DeWeese, Pratt County
3rd – JaelAnn Hoover, River Valley District, Clay
Division 8 –
Cloverbuds (2 exhibits – ribbons only)
Judging Activity (15
participants – ribbons only)
1st – Rebecca Zach, River Valley District,
2nd – Jessica DeWeese, Pratt County
3rd – Taylor DeWeese, Pratt County
For more information about the Kansas 4-H & FFA State Wheat Show,
contact Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281 or e-mail: email@example.com.