Irrigation Foundation Scholarships due 2/15/2018

The Irrigation Foundation scholarship program is an awards program to promote the study of and careers in the irrigation field. The scholarships range from $1,000 to $2,500 and provide meaningful financial support for the education worthy of scholarship candidates. An online application with student’s letter of intent, financial need, reference letters, resume and transcript will be the basis for the award. Visit for the application link.

To meet requirements for the scholarship program, students must:

  • be currently enrolled (undergraduate or graduate) at a U.S. technical or vocational school, community college, university or similar institution of higher learning,
  • be a U.S. citizen,
  • have taken or are currently enrolled in a class with irrigation-related curriculum,
  • have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA, based on a 4.0 scale,
  • demonstrate financial need.

Applications open: October 2, 2017

Application deadline: February 15, 2018

Scholarships will be awarded by April 1, 2018

For further information or if you have questions, contact

Source: 2017/2018 Ag & Food Career Guide published by


2018 National 4-H Youth Action Awards – Due October 23rd, 2017

The 4-H Youth in Action Awards Program is a premier opportunity for 4-H members  to share their stories of how 4-H has changed their lives and how they have, in turn, impacted others.

Through this program, four confident leaders will each receive:

  • A $5,000 scholarship for higher education
  • An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for National 4-H Council’s Legacy Awards on March 20, 2018
  • Networking experiences with 4-H celebrity alumni and other influencers
  • Recognition as the official 4-H youth spokesperson for the pillar area
  • A customized promotional video showcasing your 4-H impact story
  • An official reference letter from National 4-H Council President & CEO

Remember, all applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Monday, October 23, 2017.

For qualifications, application rules, and information on past honorees, please visit the 4-H Youth in Action Awards website.

Call for Writers! Looking for 4-H Stories From the Heart

The professional association for 4-H workers has a special project underway . . . that of collecting short stories about the impact 4-H involvement has had on individuals and families.

The group working on this project would be so excited if you would submit a story for consideration to be included in Volume II of 4-H Stories From The Heart.  Details about what we are looking for are listed below.  We hope to receive stories by Monday, November6 6th, 2017.

Please take a moment to read over the following description.  Let me know if you can help us out with this project.  Keep in mind:  IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE PERFECT.  THERE WILL BE PLENTY OF TIME FOR EDITING. 

We want stories of 1,000 words or so that are inspiring, funny, “tear jerkers”, and more.  (1,000 words equal about two typed pages, single-spaced.  If someone is speaking, 1,000 words will fill about 10 minutes.)

  • We want heartfelt stories that document 4-H’s positive impact on your life or the life of someone close to you.
  • Stories written in first person are usually best.
  • Selected stories will be proofed for “readability”, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. 
  • Authors of selected stories will be asked to review and provide written permission to use the edited version of their story.

Ultimately, the goal is to create Volume II of 4-H Stories From The Heart.  The proceeds from the sale of this book will go to support the National 4-H Hall of Fame (est. 2002) which annually honors 4-H workers whose efforts have made an outstanding impact in the lives of young people.  There are honorees from each state in the Hall of Fame.

The book is not just about fundraising.  We also want to document the impact 4-H has had on thousands of young people, volunteers, staff and donors.  These “stories from the heart” do an excellent job of explaining why 4-H has been and continues to be the best youth development program in the world.

We are working to collect as many stories as possible by Monday, November 6th, 2017.  Please let me know if you would be interested in supporting this project.  I hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to have a story to us by Monday, November 6th, 2017.

Please let me know if I can answer any questions: 

E-mail –

Phone – 770-288-8421 or 678-628-7549 (cell)

THANKS in advance for your consideration.

Laura Garrett

Task Force for 4-H Stories From The Heart, Volume II  (a part of the NAE4-HA Marketing and Outreach Committee)

County Extension Agent, 4-H – Henry County, Georgia

Club Buyer Packets Available


Your club buyer packets are now available for pickup. You will have the complete club listing as well as a page for each individual member.  Keep the club listing and check off the thank you’s your members send and bring the club listing with check offs with you to Check Day on December 2nd.

Please stop by the office between 7:30 am and 4 pm to pick them up.


Teen Opportunity: Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering to bring the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to you. Here is your chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable you to make your community a better place.

Who Can be Nominated or Apply? Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2017-2018 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection.

Delegate Nominations must be received by December 1, 2017

Delegate Applications must be received by January 12, 2018

Up to 40 youth will be selected for the challenge. Delegates will need to be ready to travel to Columbus for Phase One of the challenge March 26-27, 2018. They will work in their assigned team during the following months developing a policy and presentation. Teams then will come together in Columbus in early Spring 2018 to present at the semi-finals. Finalist teams will be invited to compete at the Ohio State Fair for cash prizes in late Summer 2018.

Click here to access the Delegate Nomination Form, Delegate Application and Challenge Brochure.

DUNF Forms (Drug Use Notification Forms)

The Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) are now available for advisors to pickup from the Senior Fair Office or Extension Office. Forms will be due at weigh-in for each species. As a reminder, our county code is 94. NEW for 2017, per page 7 of the Junior Fair Rule Book, Rule 26 states: Market animals and any species that requires a DUNF must be free from any/all drugs in their system on fair weigh-in day.

4-H Livestock Project Book Competitions

Exhibitor project record books will be judged as part of the Premier Exhibitor Contests for each livestock species (this is required for consideration in any species’ Premier Exhibitor Contest).

However, you do not need to be participating in the Premier Exhibitor Contest to turn in a book and be considered for the Project Book Competition (separate awards will be awarded!).

There will also be a tiebreaker question that youth who are participating in the 4-H Project Book Competition need to answer when they drop off their book at each species’ weigh-in. Project books MUST be turned in at fair weigh-in/check-in and will be judged during fair week. Awards will be presented for each species’ competition at their respective shows.

Please Remember to THANK YOUR SPONSORS!

We need to make sure our sponsors receive thanks and appreciation for supporting Fairfield County’s youth. This would include applying for the Bertha Wilson Scholarship, receiving awards at Summerfest, as well as receiving awards at the Fairfield County Junior Fair.

Please make sure if you are receiving awards (or have received awards already this year), to write a thank you note to your sponsor for these awards. Several people took lots of time making sure there was an address label for your particular sponsor on the back of rosettes/ribbons and attached to trophies.

Please note that we often lose sponsors because they do not receive a note of appreciation and thanks from our youth members receiving the awards that they have sponsored. If a member is not sure of their sponsor for an award received at Summerfest or the Fair, please contact the Extension Office and we will help you get the information you need.

We also strongly encourage youth to share information about their project, award(s) received, and perhaps a picture! Sponsors really enjoy reading this information.