School for Poultry Producers Focuses on Best Practices, Bird Health

February 10th, 2014 9:40 AM
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University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Maine Poultry Growers Association (MPGA) will offer a daylong school for poultry producers Saturday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield.

Topics will include best management practices, bird health, and disease prevention for egg layers and meat birds. Additional topics include poultry nutrition, poultry product quality, and organic practices.

The school is designed for farmers with a poultry enterprise and is appropriate for backyard keepers, bird fanciers, and 4-H teens. The $25 fee ($10 for MPGA members) includes a reference notebook, a poultry break-even calculator and refreshments. Participants should bring their lunch.

The Maine Farm Bureau and Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association are co-sponsors. For more information and to register, visit http://umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/poultry-keepers/ or call UMaine Extension, 207.781.6099. To request a disability accommodation, call 207.781.6099 or 1.800.287.1471 (in Maine only).

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

January 27th, 2014 11:55 AM
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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

January 24th, 2014 10:03 AM
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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

January 22nd, 2014 5:00 PM
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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)

January 22nd, 2014 4:57 PM
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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 New England 4-H Horse Judges School

January 22nd, 2014 4:56 PM
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April 12-13, 2014 at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.  Registration is due by March 10, and a Rulebook test will be emailed to you prior to the school.  Registration forms and information can be found at: http://newengland4hjudgessc.wix.com/ne4hjudgesschool.

2014 Eastern States Horse Tryouts

January 22nd, 2014 4:56 PM
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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.

Save the Date! Join us for 4-H@UMaine!

January 22nd, 2014 4:55 PM
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Registration will be open on April 1 for the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College will be held on May 16 & 17, 2014 at University of Maine in Orono.  “4-H is your first class at the University of Maine.” Youth ages 12-17 will stay in dorm rooms overnight, eat at the dining halls, and attend workshops presented by UMaine professors to get a real feel of what college.

For more information on the 4-H@UMaine: Connecting Kids with College please go to the website, or contact Barb Baker at barbara.baker@maine.edu or 207.942.7396 or Karen Hatch Gagne at karen.g.gagne@maine.edu or 207.622.7546.

National 4-H Trips Applications Due

January 22nd, 2014 4:54 PM
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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.

Oxford County 4-H Members, Volunteers Honored

January 17th, 2014 11:38 AM
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4-H youth receive awards.

The University of Maine Youth Development Program in Oxford County selected Alison Corey, left, and Zachery Hebert as Outstanding 4-H Members.

The University of Maine Youth Development Program in Oxford County recently recognized Zachary Hebert and Alison Corey as Outstanding 4-H Members and Vicki Drew and Doug Bean as Outstanding 4-H Volunteers. They received plaques in December at an annual bowling celebration.

Outstanding members are selected based on 4-H, school and community activities and volunteers are honored for their dedication to 4-H.

Hebert, a senior at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, has been a 4-H member for more than 12 years. He has served as vice president and president of the Hebron Heartbreakers 4-H Club, participated in the Eastern States Exposition, traveled with the 4-H Teen Exchange Club, hosted out-of-state 4-Hers wanting to explore Maine and displayed projects at the Oxford County and Fryeburg fairs. The National Honor Society member is also an Eagle Scout and a Big Brother. He has traveled to China and participated on the soccer, cross-country skiing and lacrosse teams at OHCHS.

Corey, a junior at Gould Academy, joined 4-H at age 5. In fifth grade, she initiated a program that has since created more than 400 back-to-school packs. During her first year at Gould, Corey volunteered her photography skills more than 60 hours weekly at the University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond. Later, she was hired to be a summer lifeguard at the camp and a member of the video and photo production staff. Her photos have been featured in the USDA Children, Youth, and Families at Risk report as well as in University of Maine and Purdue University publications. Corey writes and illustrates stories and won the 2013 Molly Ockett Native American Essay Contest. She has attended the Grab the Torch Leadership, Ethics and Philanthropy Institute and UMaine Teen Leadership camps. Corey has been a volunteer snowboard instructor for the Sunday River RugRats, a learn-to-ski program.

Drew, a co-leader of the Oxford Caprine Milkers, has been involved at the club and county levels. As an Oxford County leader for 16 years, she has championed the dairy goat program, assisting 4-H members statewide at fairs and clinics. At the club level, Drew teaches 4-H members record keeping, showmanship, feeding, care and clipping of animals. She showcases goats at Fryeburg Fair. For years, Drew coordinated the 4-H trip to Story Land and collected items for auction fundraisers.

Bean has been a longtime 4-H volunteer with the Twisted Sticks 4-H Club that participates in shows at the Eastern States Exposition, Waterford World’s, Skowhegan State, Oxford County, Fryeburg, Monmouth and Windsor fairs. The Twisted Sticks offer a training demonstration at June Jamboree and Scribners Mill and exhibit educational displays in Waterford World’s, Oxford County and Fryeburg 4-H halls. In Twisted Sticks’ 4-H project records, members indicated they learned self-discipline, responsibility, motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills as well as communication and determination.