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UMaine Extension Publishes Bulletin on Raising Rabbits for Meat

University of Maine Cooperative Extension has released a bulletin to inform people interested in becoming backyard producers of meat rabbits.

Gary Anderson, a UMaine Extension animal and bio-sciences specialist, authored Backyard Production of Meat Rabbits in Maine. Topics in the 15-page bulletin include the Maine environment, breeds and selection, reproduction, health management, predator control, market outlets and promotions, dressing out a rabbit fryer and recipes.

The popularity of raising domestic meat rabbits is growing in Maine, Anderson says, adding that benefits include nutritious food at a relatively low cost, potential for extra income and an educational experience for the family.

More information, bulletin copies for $1.50 each and free downloads are available from the UMaine Extension Publication Catalog or by contacting the UMaine Extension Publications Office at 207.581.3792 or

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2014 Maine 4-H Days – Our Best Year Yet!

We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to all of the absolutely amazing volunteers who made this year’s Maine 4-H Days one of our best!!! Thanks, also, to the 4-Hers and their parents who showed us exactly why we love working for such an incredible program! As always, we would like to heartily thank the Maine 4-H Foundation for their continued support of Maine 4-H Days, and the other great   4-H programs and events that happen through the year.

If you really did enjoy the program, please take a moment to either email ( or mail a card/message (Susan Jennings, Executive Director, Maine 4-H Foundation, 9 Olson Road, South Paris, ME  04281) to the Maine 4-H Foundation to express your appreciation for their financial support.

In early 2015, planning will start for next year’s event.  If you are interested in joining the Maine 4-H Days Planning Committee, or have general questions/comments/recommendations about the event, please email, or call 207.581.3877.

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Maine Fair Season Insurance

Maine fair season is almost here. Most Maine fairs now require proof of insurance in order to exhibit livestock at their fairs.  Proof of insurance usually is requested for individuals including the exhibitor (4-H member), owner of the animal, and anyone who may be responsible for maintaining the animal at the event (e.g. parents or volunteers).

Some fairs no longer allow homeowner insurance policies.  Please check your specific fair to see what they accept.  Most fairs do accept the MALE Insurance.

Maine Association of Livestock Exhibitors (MALE) annual membership renewal is in June. Last year’s membership ends on June 30.  A benefit of being a member of this association includes liability insurance at specific events, including Maine fairs.  Please refer to the events that it does cover for the state.  Also, as a clarification, as of 7/1/2011, this insurance is a display and exhibitors policy; therefore the following activities are not covered:  equine racing, trotting, barrel racing, steeplechase, rodeos, and team penning. Any and all ox, steer, pony and horse rides, wagon, sleigh, and hay rides and dog and sheep dog activities.  More information is available at:

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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.  Enter your animals on the day of the show. The State Dairy Show Packet can be found on the dairy page at

For more information contact Angela Hussey at or at 207.400.2588 or 207.347.7577.

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Sun Journal, Maine Edge Preview Maine 4-H Days in Windsor

The Sun Journal and The Maine Edge published an advance of Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation. The event kicks off Friday, June 20 at Windsor Fairgrounds where volunteers will pack 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank. The event runs through Sunday, June 22 and will offer enrichment workshops on archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and animal-related topics. An ice cream social and law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.

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Maine 4-H Days Participants to Pack Meals for Food Bank

Maine 4-H Days begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, at Windsor Fairgrounds, 82 Ridge Road, Windsor, with volunteers packing 16,000 meals to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank.

At least 100 volunteers registered for Maine 4-H Days are needed to pack the meals, which will be distributed to youth from Kittery to Fort Kent. Outreach Northeast is coordinating the volunteer opportunity.

Maine 4-H Days, an annual event sponsored by University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine 4-H Foundation, runs through Sunday, June 22. Enrichment workshops include archery, chess, country line dancing, yoga, Lego robotics and numerous animal topics. An ice cream social and a law enforcement K-9 demonstration also will be held.

Weekend registration is $7 per person, $20 per family. For information about the food-packaging event, contact Sarah Sparks, 207.353.5550 or For information about Maine 4-H Days, to register or to request a disability accommodation, contact Jessy Brainerd at 207.581.3877, 800.287.0274 (in Maine) or Registration materials and more information are available online.

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Early Registration for Maine 4-H Days Ends June 2nd

Maine 4-H Days will take place June 20 – 22, 2014 at the Windsor Fairgrounds, and the registration materials are available online. As always, workshops are assigned on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early. If you do not have online access, please contact your local county office for paper copies of the forms. If you register prior to the June 2nd early registration deadline, the cost is $5 per person, with a maximum of $15 per family.  If you register after the deadline, the price increases to $7 per person, with a maximum of $20 per family.

We are in need of volunteers willing to help with all aspects of the event.  Last year, Maine 4-H Days brought almost 400 individuals to the Windsor Fairgrounds, and we are preparing for even greater numbers for 2014. Volunteers are needed for: presenter assistance, office/registration help, being crafty in the Creativity Area, set-up, cleanup, and more.  We request that one member of each group sign up for a minimum of one volunteer shift.

Along with many of your favorite returning workshops (Archery, Dog Camp, Field Skills for the Forest, Cheese Making, Lego® Robotics, etc.), there are a ton of awesome new workshops this year: Make Your Own Hula Hoop, Line Dancing, and so much more! All of the workshops, and their descriptions, are posted at:  As workshops fill up, the forms available online will note any workshops that are “full” on the registration forms.

If you are interested in volunteering in any capacity, please contact Jessy Brainerd at or 207.581.3877.

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Save the Date: TSC’s Fall Paper Clover Event Oct 8-19, 2014

The Fall 2014 Tractor Supply Company Paper Clover Fundraiser is scheduled for October 8-19, 2014. Invite friends and family to support 4-H by donating $1 at check out when they are done shopping. 100% of each dollar goes to the 4-H. 70% of all funds collected support local and state 4-H programs right where you live. 

Learn how to connect with your local TSC store on the Fundraising Connections page so you can enter the 2014 Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes during the semi-annual events.

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4-H National Trips & CWF Trip Winners

We recently held interviews for National Trips in Lisbon and Orono.  Please join us in congratulating the following winners for this year’s National trips, and also the delegates selected for the Citizenship Washington Focus trip.  We are proud to have you represent Maine 4-H!

Winners for National 4-H Congress will be headed to Atlanta, Georgia in November of this year. Natalie H., and Nicole S., will be traveling from Waldo County, and Kristen B. and Lucia A. will be representing Cumberland County.

Winners for National 4-H Conference will travel to Washington, D.C. in April, 2015.  Representing Cumberland County will be Reed B. and Desiree W., and from Franklin County, Sadie F. and Kristen D. will be attending the Conference.

Delegates to Citizenship Washington Focus will be traveling to Washington, D.C. in July of this year.  Delegates include:  From Cumberland County: Catherine F., Desiree W., Corey W., and Morgan A.; from Franklin: Denae G.; from Kennebec: Jimmy S.; from Oxford: Ben A.; from Penobscot: Michael H., and Colin J.; from Somerset: Micahela M., and Hallie M.; from Waldo: Tyler C., Cassandra L., and Shaynen S.; from Washington: Blaine G., and Cole W.; and from York: Kaysia C., Carolyn H., and Katelynn S.

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Weekly Observer Advances 4-H Safety Saturday in Springvale

The Weekly Observer spoke with Trent Schriefer, a 4-H youth development professional with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, about the 4-H Safety Saturday to be held in Springvale on May 31. The free program will cover ATV, bicycle, tractor and fire safety, as well as offer CPR instruction. Schriefer said organizers view the event as a way to kick off the summer and serve the 4-H and Sanford communities. “It’s important that kids, especially young kids, get to know community service providers at this type of event, which can then grow into a positive relationship,” Schriefer added.

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System