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Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
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Many scholarships are available to participants in the 4-H program pursuing higher education. High school seniors are encouraged to learn about and apply for scholarships.

Please review descriptions of the following funding opportunities provided by the Maine 4-H Foundation. Apply for the one(s) most relevant to your project / aspirations. If you have any questions, please contact us before applying. Application forms and more information on the various scholarships offered by the Maine 4-H Foundation are located at: http://umaine.edu/4hfoundation/funding/.

The following scholarships are available:

  • Maine 4-H Foundation General Post Secondary Education Scholarships
  • Wayne S. Rich Scholarship — Maine in odd numbered years
  • Azure Dillon 4-H Memorial Scholarship — Maine 4-Her
  • Gladys E. Conant Memorial Farm Credit of Maine Scholarship ($1,000) — Students currently enrolled at University of Maine in the College of Natural Sciences Forestry and Agriculture (NSFA). Maine 4-Her planning to continue their post-secondary education at a Maine institution whose objective is to major in a field related to commercial farming, fishing, or forest products or in another field with the intent to work in businesses related to these industries.
  • Doris Roberts, H. Lawrence, and George Lawrence Humphrey 4-H Scholarship.

2014 Horse Judging Clinic

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
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May 31, 2014, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm at Hemphills, Inc, 577 Oak Grove Road, North Vassalboro, ME  04989.  Presented by the Kennebec County 4-H.

This clinic is open to all Maine 4-H members, leaders and volunteers looking to enhance horse judging skills needed to judge, purchase and determine horse’s ability.  Whether participating in judging competitions, selecting a horse for your needs, learning more about conformation or interested in brushing up on your assessment skills this clinic will fulfill your needs!

Topics covered include: conformation, movement, ideal breed characteristics, comparing and contrasting, developing oral reasons, as well as learning conformation for performance.

Pre-registration is required, postmarked by 5/26/2014.

Registration:  Word / PDF

Mail registrations to:         Sarah Chadbourne

1233 High Street

W. Gardiner, Maine 04345

Help Wanted! Regional Public Speaking Contest 3/29/2014

Monday, January 27th, 2014
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Help is needed from 4-H clubs or 4-H families to help with the Regional Public Speaking Contest on March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine, Orono, in Jenness Hall, (snow date April 5).  Help with set up and serving snacks from 9:00 to 1:00 or 1:00 to 5:00 for serving snacks and clean up.  Support members of your club who are presenting or learn about public speaking this year so you can try it next year.  This is a great community service project for   4-H clubs, individuals, or families.

To sign up to help or for more information contact Sheila Norman at 207.564.3301 or email sheila.norman@maine.edu as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

Sheep Team Encouraged to Send Intents Early

Friday, January 24th, 2014
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4-H youth with sheep projects and aspiring to go to Eastern States with the Sheep Team are encouraged to send their Intent to Participate Form in early. Here are some great reasons why from the 4-H Sheep Committee:

  • You’ll get on the sheep team email list to find out about educational opportunities to learn about sheep (we don’t have a lot of meetings of just sitting around – we do stuff)
  • We meet during the winter, spring and summer to learn about sheep and plan for the ESE experience before the event in the fall.
  • Youth have a chance to learn online through quizzes that can help members with the sheep skill-a-thons at Maine fairs this summer as well as Eastern States.

If you’ve been involved with a 4H sheep project for at least a year, you are 12 years of age or older in 4-H years, and you re-enrolled as a 4-Her by December 31, then let us know now so we can get you connected to the other state sheep team kids. Youth who do not want to attend Eastern States, but who still want to learn about sheep are welcome to attend these educational events.

For more information, you can contact Michaele Bailey, 207.581.3872, michaele.bailey@maine.edu or Wendy Almeida at wendyrichalmeida@gmail.com. Intent to participate forms can be found at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/sheep/.

Intent Forms for Eastern States Exposition

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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ESE Intent to Participate Forms for 2014 are available on the 4-H website. Please visit the 4-H website at http://extension.umaine.edu/4h and look under “forms” or under the name of your animal group. Intent forms must be signed by your county 4-H staff person before you send it to Donna Flint. Deadlines to postmark the intent forms are different for each commodity.

  • Beef     January 3
  • Goat    April 15
  • Dairy   May 1
  • Sheep  May 1
  • Dog     May 15
  • Horse  See deadline on Horse Packet for Tryouts

If you have any questions you can contact Donna Flint at donna.flint@maine.edu or at 207.324.2814.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 28 to July 5, 2014.

CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 15 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops. This summer, the Maine delegation will travel on June 28 to July 5, 2014. You will stay at the National 4-H Conference Center just outside Washington, DC. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington will be a part of the trip, including spending the 4th of July in our nation’s capitol. There is a mandatory orientation for Maine delegates on April 26th.

For more information visit http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-events/citizenship-washington-focus/. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this experience.

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Tryouts for the 2014 Maine State Horse team will be held July 11 – 13, 2014 at the Skowhegan Fairgrounds.  Applications for tryouts will be available online starting February 1 at http://umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/horse/. Riders and Drivers must be 14 years of age (4-H age).

Please contact Extension Educator, Kristy Ouellette kristy.ouellette@maine.edu if you have any questions.

National 4-H Trips Applications Due

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit: http://umaine.edu/4h/home/national-4-h-trips/.

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be sent to your county office and postmarked by March 14, 2014.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Thuotte at 800.287.1535 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

Upcoming 4-H Dairy Events

Monday, December 30th, 2013
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4-H Dairy Judging
Dairy Judging is a daylong educational and competitive event for 4-Hers in the dairy project. High scoring members will be eligible for competing in the 4-H Dairy Judging Competition at Eastern States. Attendance at this event is one prerequisite to trying out for the dairy team for Eastern States.  The event will take place on Saturday, April 12 starting at 9:00 am. Snow date is the following day, Sunday, April 13, same time, same place. To find out if we decide to cancel the event due to snow, please call 207.581.3872 after 6:30 pm on Friday evening. We will decide after the evening news and put a message on the voice mail then.

The dairy judging will start at Hardy Farm (Ayrshires) located at 360 Weeks Mills Road in Farmington. Registration will be at 9:00 am with Judging to start at 9:30 am, and morning snacks will be provided.

At 11:00 am we will proceed to Silver Shade Holsteins in New Sharon. Lunch and Oral reasons will begin at 12:30 pm. Results and awards will be at 2:30 pm.

We ask that people bring their lunch to the event. Contestants may want to bring a clipboard and pencil to take notes. Official judge for the event will be Jay Nutting.

Directions to Hardy Farm from Farmington:
- From the intersection of Routes 2, 27, 43 and 4 near the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Head northeast (Toward McDonalds) on Main St toward Front St for 0.6 miles.
- Turn right onto Broadway for 0.1 miles
- Continue onto ME-43 E/Perham St for 1.7 miles
- Slight right onto Perham Hill Rd/Weeks Mills Rd for 1.2 miles
- Arrive at Hardy Farm.

State 4-H Dairy Show
The State 4-H Dairy Show will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds July 19 and 20, 2014. The State Show is open to all 4-H youth enrolled in the dairy project and is also the tryout event for the selection of the Dairy Team for Eastern States.  A clipping contest will be held on Saturday evening before the show.

While the State Dairy Show is open to all 4-H youth in the dairy project, 4-Hers who would also like to try out for the Eastern States Dairy Team also need to participate in one of these three events:
Quiz Bowl Tryouts in February
Dairy Judging in April
Clipping Contest the day before the show
For more information contact Angela Hussey at ahussey@newenglandtechair.com or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577

Forms and more Dairy information available on our 4-H Animal Science Dairy page.

4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
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For: Aroostook, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Somerset, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties
The 4-H Regional Public Speaking Tournament will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at the University of Maine at Orono. 4-H Youth ages 9 to 18 who have participated in their county 4-H public speaking tournament and received the required score are invited to participate.  For youth in counties which do not hold public speaking tournaments, arrangements may be made through their county’s Extension office to present their presentation to their county’s 4-H staff in order to be eligible.  Registration for the regional tournament must be handled through the youth’s county Extension office.  To register youth, county offices should contact Joyce Fortier in the Hancock County Extension Office no later than March 19th at 207.667.8212 or at joyce.fortier@maine.edu.  For more information on 4-H public speaking, including guidelines and judging sheets, please visit the Hancock County 4-H Program page or contact Lisa Reilich at 207.598.6621 or lisa.reilich@maine.edu.