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UMaine Extension Offers Tractor and Farm Equipment Safety Class

A University of Maine Cooperative Extension tractor and farm machinery safety course will be held 5-7 p.m. five consecutive Tuesdays beginning Tuesday, April 15, at Ingraham’s Equipment, 3 Knox Ridge South, Knox.

This class is designed for youth ages 14-16 to earn federal certification to operate farm machinery as part of their employment. It is also appropriate for adults who want to learn how to drive tractors and operate implements. Participants will be expected to operate machinery during class. A written and driving exam will be administered at the final session in May; it is required for those wishing to earn federal certification.

A $20 enrollment fee pays for a manual and safety equipment. Pre-registration is requested so course materials may be sent to enrollees prior to the first class. For more information, to register, or to request a disability accommodation, contact UMaine Extension in Waldo County at 1.800.287.1426.

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2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics

The 2014 Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale and Clinics is scheduled for March 22, 2014 at the Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, MA. Youth ages 8-18 years old as of January 1st receive a 5% discount off the purchase price of one heifer. We also have a raffle, clinics, commercial area, and semen silent auction this year. Clinics begin at 10am and the sale at noontime. Many calves have gone on to develop into All Americans, state and national class winners plus develop into excellent scored cows. This is a good opportunity for youth to purchase their next foundation animal. All seven major dairy breeds are represented plus we have a breed info table with the junior programs offered by each.

Website and Facebook – Massachusetts Blue Ribbon Calf Sale.

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2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit

Friday & Saturday, April 4th & 5th at Cowtown Holsteins, Derby Line, VT.

The 2014 Northeast Youth Show Calf Summit will start with registration, lunch and orientation from 11:30 to 12:45. The formal program will then start at 12:45 and conclude with lunch on Saturday. Your registration fee of $30 will cover all of your meals plus some supplies. As in the past we will be limited to 150 participants so early registration is important. Required forms are a registration form with the Agreement for Attendees and Picture Permission on the back. Both of these documents must be completely filled out and returned with your registration and registration fee, and are available online at:

Rooms at the Derby Four Seasons Motel (802-334-1775 or 800-339-1775), 44221 Rt. 5 & Newport City Motel (802-334-6558 or 800-338-6558), 444 E. Main St. (also Rt. 5) have been blocked for Friday night. Be sure to tell them you are with the Vermont Holstein Show Summit group. The rate is $89.99 plus taxes for two people two beds, more with extra people in the room. The Newport City Motel has a pool. To receive this rate, room reservations must be made by March 4th.

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Dairy Quiz Bowl Results

The Dairy Quiz Bowl Tryouts were held February 17 at the Farm Bureau in Augusta. Fourteen 4-Hers in the dairy program participated all together. The highest scoring youth who qualify for the Eastern States Quiz Bowl team are Alyvia Stanley, overall junior winner, Kelton Tanguay, and Megan Caruso of Cumberland County, Sadie Farrnad from Franklin County, overall senior winner, and Samantha Simpson of Penobscot County. Dairy Quiz Bowl members will practice throughout the year for a team competition at the Eastern States Exposition in Massachusetts in September.

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

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 as soon as possible, no later than March 21.

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2014 4-H Dog Fun Day

Saturday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at Renaissance Dogs, 127 Main Street, Holden, ME  04429.

Come have a fun filled day learning about dogs!  Learn agility with Rebecca Henderson from Renaissance Dogs.  Meet licensed veterinarian technician and Purina Certified Weight Coach, Marisa Gleason, from Veazie Veterinary Clinic to discuss nutrition and your dog. Challenge your dog in Trivia! (Hint: know your working dogs, grooming tools, and basic first aid!)

Call Lori Swenson at 207.654.2110 to pre-register, or email at

Limited to 10 4-H members and their dogs.  Members must be ages 9 – 18 to attend.  Your dog should be up-to-date on its shots including distemper, parvo and rabies.  Bordatella and lyme are optional. Please bring a copy or photocopy of your vaccination certificates. If your dog is crate trained, please bring it for the down times for the dogs.

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Maine 4-H Foundation Scholarships

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:

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.

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4-H Science Saturday March 8 at UMaine

“Kitchen Chemistry” is the focus of a 4-H Science Saturday workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. March 8, 2014 at the University of Maine’s Foster Center for Student Innovation.

Youth in grades 6–8 will be challenged to identify a problem or opportunity for innovation and invent a product. Once a product is created, a commercial will be made to raise consumer awareness and interest. Lunch will be followed by a presentation of the Mainely Physics Road Show from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Bennett Hall.

Registration is $15 and includes lunch. Maximum enrollment is 25. Registration is available online. For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call Jessica Brainerd at 207.581.3877.

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2014 Horse Judging Clinic

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

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Help Maine 4-H win a $10,000 science sponsorship!

Are you for 4-H? Raise your hand to win a $10,000 science sponsorship from HughesNet for Maine’s 4-H camps!

National 4-H Council and HughesNet, the nation’s largest satellite internet provider, are joining together to inspire young people in communities across the country to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). HughesNet is giving away a sponsorship for 4-H’s STEM programs. All you have to do is fill out this simple form, and the state with the highest participation rate will win a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day for their local 4-H camp! It literally takes seconds to sign up. The promotion runs from now until May 1, 2014. There is only award being given out, but Maine is a mighty state and we have alums all around the world, so please help spread the word about this promotion!

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Contact Information

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