Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship

The National Pork Producers Council is pleased to announce the 2018 Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship, which is sponsored by CME Group and the National Pork Industry Foundation and is managed and administered by the National Pork Producers Council.

The scholarship program was introduced in 1990 by CME Group and NPPC to celebrate the 25th anniversary of CME Hog futures. The scholarship was renamed in 2006 to honor the passing of NPPC Board of Director Lois Britt. Britt, a lifetime supporter of agriculture, spent 34 years with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service, finishing out her career for 15 years with Smithfield Hog Production doing Public and Government Relations. She was inducted into the NPPC Pork Industry Hall of Fame, the N.C. Pork Council Hall of Fame, and awarded the N.C. 4-H Lifetime Achievement Award as some of her many achievements.

Ten $2,500 scholarships are awarded to students annually who intend to pursue a career in the pork industry with hopes that they may emerge as pork industry leaders themselves someday.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be an undergraduate student in a two-year swine program or four-year college of agriculture, and a U.S. citizen.
  2. Write a brief letter indicating what role the applicant sees themselves playing in the pork industry after graduation.
  3. Submit an essay of 750 words or less describing an issue the applicant sees confronting the pork industry today or in the future, including offering their solutions.
  4. Obtain two letters of reference from current or former professors or industry professionals.
  5. Prepare a cover sheet with the following information: Name of Applicant, Name of School, Year in School, Contact Information (mailing address, telephone number & e-mail address).

Please submit the items listed above in a single envelope via mail OR e-mail to the address listed below. All entries must be postmarked by JANUARY 5, 2018 to be accepted.

National Pork Producers Council

ATTN: Lois Britt Memorial Pork Industry Scholarship

P.O. Box 10383

Des Moines, IA 50306-9960

E-mail Submissions to: russelll@nppc.org.

Essays will be judged on the basis of clarity and expression, persuasiveness, originality, and relevance of topic. Winners will be announced at the National Pork Industry Forum in Kansas City, MO Feb. 28-March 2, 2018. NPPC and CME Group reserve the right to publish any or all parts the essays submitted.

Please contact Cally Fix, NPPC Director of Industry Resource Development, with questions about the scholarship at (515)278-8012 or fixc@nppc.org.

Source: Ohio’s Country Journal/Ohio Ag Net

The Ohio State Beekeepers Association 4-H Partnership Program for 2018

For 2018, the Ohio State Beekeepers Association will selectively sponsor five 4-H members across Ohio by providing the basic woodenware and toolkits to establish 2 complete hives. By partnering OSBA, Extension 4-H staff, and local beekeeping organizations with the 4-H
members undertaking the beekeeping project, the program will support and encourage young beekeepers by providing experienced practical support and reducing the expenses required to get started in beekeeping. Ideally, active participation of key players, including the student, his/her guardian, 4-H advisor, local association and a mentor will significantly increase the likelihood of success of the 4-H beekeeper through experiential learning. Local beekeeping associations who participate gain visibility to a new and vital audience and increase positive community involvement of the “next generation” of beekeepers. Registration deadline is November 22th, 2018.

4-H and JOANN Fabrics

JOANN Fabrics has partnered with the National 4-H Council to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth. Current members, parents and volunteers can sign-up for the JOANN 4-H Rewards Card and receive 15% off total in-store and online purchases. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programs. Find the details at http://www.joann.com/4-h/

World of 7 Billion Video Contest

Back by popular demand, the World of 7 Billion student video contest helps you bring technology and creativity into your middle and high school classes. The contest challenges your students to create a short video connecting world population growth and one of three global
challenges: Advancing Women and Girls, Feeding 10 Billion, or Preventing Pollution. Students can win up to $1,000 and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 22, 2018 – use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at https://www.worldof7billion.org/student-video-contest/.

2018 Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Speaking Contest

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports Public Speaking & Demonstration Contest will be held on Natural Resources Day 1 at the 20181 Ohio State Fair. The 2018 guidelines highlight that participants must be currently enrolled in a 700-series shooting sports project, 630 Safe Use of Guns or 631 Basic Archery. All presentations must be different from those entered in the State Fair Health & Safety Speaking Contest or Communication Day. Counties are limited to one entrant per class. Please consider this when making project selections for 2018!

Buyers Club enjoys successful inaugural year!

Thanks to the generous donations of several, the 2017 Fairfield County Junior Fair Sale Buyers Club was able to benefit at least 130 local youth as they marketed their Junior Fair projects. The Buyers Club was made up of local donors who, prior to the sale, pooled their dollars that were in turn used to bid on and purchase market animals during the 2017 Junior Fair Livestock Sale.

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2018 FFA Scholarship Application opens November 15th!

The 2018 FFA Scholarship Application goes live Wednesday, November 15th!

  • Students can access the application through FFA.org. FFA members create FFA.org accounts using an Invite code or FFA ID. (Invite codes are obtained from their FFA advisors.) Students with existing accounts sign in using those credentials.
  • Advisors log into FFA.org to renew rosters and issue Invite codes located by member names on the active roster. FFA members must be renewed and active on the chapter roster. Invitations can be generated individually or by using the “Bulk Action” option.
  • Membership status is checked before judging begins. Only students with a current, active membership status will be eligible to compete for scholarships with membership criteria. The deadline to confirm membership status with the National FFA is March 1, 2018. National FFA will not contact states during judging to confirm status.

Deadlines: The 2018 scholarship application must be submitted online prior to 11:59 pm. February 1, 2018. Signature Pages must be mailed postmarked no later than February 8, 2018.

Don’t forget – End of Year Club packets are available!

Advisors can stop by the office between 7:30 am and 4 pm to pick up their 2017 End of the Year Club Packets.

You will have your buyers lists, any Champion Buyer 8 x 10 that hasn’t been picked up by the member, member and advisor certificates,  member pins and ribbons/trophies left over from summer judging and/or the fair in your packet.  Don’t forget to pick up your buyers posters as well!  Any poster not claimed by November 28th will be discarded.

Thank you to Morgan Paskins for helping get these together so quickly!

Advisor Banquet RSVP’s requested by November 15th!

Advisors should have received an invitation to the 2017 Advisor’s Banquet scheduled for November 28th.  This banquet is sponsored by our Junior Leadership club as a thank you for all your hard work.  Don’t forget to RSVP by November 15th via the card enclosed in the invitation or by calling the office at 740-652-7260.  There is no charge for advisors, however guests will be $12.00.  All checks should be made payable to the Junior Leadership Club.

National 4-H and JOANN Fabrics Partnership Announced!

JOANN Fabrics has partnered with the National 4-H Council to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth. Current members, parents and volunteers can sign-up for the JOANN 4-H Rewards Card and receive 15% off total in-store and online purchases. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programs. Find the details at http://www.joann.com/4-h/