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January 7, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News
4-H Tech Wizards Mentor Training
Join us for 4-H Mentor Training on  Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.  at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center, 2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Building #41 in Waterford, or on Saturday, February 6th, at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road in Clinton Township. In this fun, interactive training, participants are trained by 4-H mentoring staff using a research-based curriculum of interactive activities covering topics like Building Strong Mentoring Relationships, Setting Boundaries, Engaging in Positive Communication, Youth Development Principles, and Cultural Competency.
Training is provided in order to give 4-H mentors the proper tools and skills to begin mentoring youth. This one-day training is available to those who have applied to be mentors and anyone interested in becoming a mentor in Macomb, Oakland and/or Wayne counties. If you are interested, please register at either of the following links:
Mentor Training Saturday, January 9, 2016  Oakland County Executive Office Building  Waterford, MI

Mentor Training Saturday, February 6, 2016   MSU Extension Clinton Township, MI

Please register with a valid email address so that a 4-H Mentor application can be sent to you. This application will allow you admittance to the training, breakfast, refreshments and lunch.
For information on 4-H Tech Wizards group mentoring in 
Macomb County, please contact Lisa Kelley at 

Youth Livestock Sale Information
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Participation Forms are due to the Armada Fair Office by the 2nd Friday in January.  Please note the new form, available online at http://www.armadafair.org/4hffalivestocksale/.
All livestock must meet all health requirements as set up by the Armada Fair Board and the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) Fair, Racind and Exhibition Division. For more information on this year's requirement, contact your 4-H or FFA leader, Superintendent, review the MDA website at http://www.michigan.gov./mda or contact MDA at 
All youth must be between the ages of 9-19 (age as of January 1) to sell their animals in the Livestock Silent Auction or show competitively at the Armada Fair. It is expected that youth who participate in classes at the Armada Fair participate in setting up, cleaning up and monitoring barns where the youth have projects on exhibit. Contact the appropriate superintendent for dates and times.
All youth need to have their market animals tagged on the required dates. All male market livestock must be castrated prior to tagging - no exceptions. Tagging takes place for all species at the Armada Fairgrounds. In the event an ear tag comes out, the owner must call the president or vice president of the Livestock Sale Subcommittee immediately to schedule a re-tag. Animals arriving at the fairgrounds without a tag will be rejected. All youth who plan on selling their livestock projects at the 2016 Armada Fair must return the completed form to Livestock Sale Committee Secretary by the due date of the second Friday in January. Contact Larry Brice, President, at 586-557-4065. Mail or drop forms off at the Armada Fair Office, 74280 Fair Street, Armada, MI 48005. Office hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. The office is closed during the holidays. 
Armada Fair Livestock Tagging Dates
Animal tagging will take place at the Armada Fairgrounds, 74280 Fair Street, Armada. Check the Armada Fair website, armadafair.org, for the most up-to-date forms and information.
  • Steer - 1st Sunday in February, Noon-2 p.m.
  • Swine/Lambs/Goats-1st Sunday in June, 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Poultry/Rabbits - 3rd Sunday in July, 10 a.m.-Noon

Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship
Youth who have been a volunteer, employee, open class exhibitor or 4-H exhibitor of the Armada Fair are eligible to apply for a Bill Hahn Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship may be used at an institution of higher learning. Applications are due to the Armada Fair Office by mid-April. See the Armada Fair website for details.
Macomb County 
4-H Staff
Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
4-H Mentor Program Coordinator
4-H Program Coordinator
4-H Extension Educator
Program Coordinator, 
4-H Tech Wizards
Computer Maintenance Clerk
Web Site:
MSU Extension
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431
MSU Extension
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Youth Livestock Sale Committee Elections: Club  Representation is Encouraged
The Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Committee is holding its annual elections. The elections are to be held on Monday, January 25, 2016, at 7 p.m. at the Grange Hall. There will be three adult and two teen positions open for election. It is strongly encouraged that each club have representation on the committee. Currently, the committee consists of adult and teen volunteers from School Section, Good Times and Alarro. 
Submitted by JoEllen Clark, 4-H Volunteer

Cohen Recognized with 2015 4-H Expressive Arts Project Award

Marisa Cohen 
(Photo courtesy of Val Cohen)
Marisa Cohen of Fantastic Felines 4-H Club added 
the 2105 Macomb County 4-H Visual Arts Project Award to her list of achievements. The award was presented at the 2015 4-H County Awards Event in Clinton Township on Sunday, December 13, 2015.

Cohen has maintained the role of club historian of her 4-H club for many years. According to her leader, Julie Martel, Cohen "has done a wonderful job of documenting club meetings and activities through her creative outlook."

She has earned Best of Show at the Armada Fair for many different art projects she completed using different mediums, and has participated in community service projects at club, community and state levels. One of her proudest moments was being named Intermediate Top 4-Her.  

For more information about the 4-H County Awards Program, see http://msue.macombgov.org/?q=MSUE-4H-Resources-Forms under "County Awards" or contact Elizabeth Duran
4-H Program Coordinator. View the event program for a complete list of 2015 4-H County Award candidates. 

Volunteer's Contributions Recognized by K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club Leader
Jim Jerse was named Macomb County's 4-H Leader of the Year at the 2015 4-H County Awards Event in Clinton Township on December 13, 2015. Susan Wilkinson, 4-H volunteer, submitted this brief summary of Jerse's invaluable support of K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club:
"K-9 and Kompany would like to honor and thank Jim Jerse for all that he has done for our club during the last nine years.  Not one to sit on the sidelines, Jim jumped right in and helped set up our equipment at dog training in his daughter Karalee's first year. The next year Jim was helping to organize some of our club's community service events. Some of the events he has been involved with over the years include: Wolcott Road Clean-up, Wolcott Mill Farm Learning Center, the Sterling Heights Memorial Day Parade, the Romeo Peach Festival Children's Parade, Ray Township Community Picnic, and People, Pets and Vets at Macomb Community College.  Several years ago Jim became our dog agility trainer and he patiently works with our members and their dogs. He also helps organize our annual dog fun match, which attracts 4-H dogs/handlers from several counties in Michigan and even a family or two from Ohio.    

One of Jim's most selfless acts was to step in and take over as the Armada Fair Dog Superintendent, a position he has held for the past several years. His participation in the Armada Fair begins each year with planning meetings, superintendent meetings and fair clean up days throughout the spring and summer. He puts in countless hours preparing for the fair, and then again during "fair week". His week of fair begins with Sunday 4-H craft judging, and continues with the dog show on Tuesday and then again on Saturday. Then on the last day of the fair, Jim stays until the 4-H Exhibit Building is completely torn down, the lights are shut off, the building is locked and another fair becomes a fond memory."     

Gardening with Kids - February 11th
Join Advanced Master Gardener, Anne Crotser, for "Gardening with Kids" on Thursday, February 11th from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Crotser will show program participants how to teach gardening to the kids in our lives. Topics will include plant parts and functions, plant needs, bugs, worms, and other "icky" things, plant uses, games and crafts. Get tips on garden design and how to adapt lessons for readers and pre-readers. This program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members and $5 for others. Register by February 8 to receive a packet of handouts. Participants wishing to remain after class and make a kid-friendly watering can should bring a clean, empty laundry detergent container and a pair of scissors. Call 586-469-6440 for more information or to register.
Growing Your Plants Successfully from Seed - January 11th
Growing Plants Successfully From Seed, with Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke, will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on January 11, 2016 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Learn the dos and don'ts of starting your garden indoors, including when and how to start seeds, how and when to water, when to fertilize, and what to look out for. Know what supplies you need, and how to care for your seed starting equipment. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members, $5 for all others.

State Awards Applications Due February 1: Workshops Help
4-H State Awards applications are due February 1st. Applying for a State 4-H Award? There are two remaining State Awards workshops planned for southeast region that can help you with that (Sanilac - 1/9, Washtenaw - 1/17). The cost is $10 per person. Register online at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/StateAwardsWorkshop/ .

Oakland County Tack Sale - March 19th
The 2016 Oakland County Tack Sale, hosted by the Oakland County 4-H Horse Council, is Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Springfield Oaks Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg, MI 48350. Admission is $1 per person.
Vendors: A 10 x 10 exhibit space is $35 (4-H clubs pay $25). Vendor set up is March 11th from 5-9 p.m. or Saturday at 9 a.m.
For more information, please contact Debbie Morgan at 248-347-3860, ext. 279 or morga194@anr.msu.edu.

Sustainable Agriculture Program Instructor/CSA Coordinator position open
MSU is looking for a Sustainable Agriculture Production/CSA Coordinator at Tollgate in Novi. This position is responsible for overseeing, planning, coordinating and evaluating a comprehensive agriculture education program for adults and youth through farm production activities at the MSU Extension Tollgate Education Center and Farm in Novi.

The MSU Tollgate Education Center is positioned to offer opportunities for Michigan residents to learn and practice sustainable agriculture. Serving as an educational resource for Extension programming, the Tollgate farm can assist in advancing regional and local food systems. This position will be responsible for creating a food production demonstration farm focused on sustainable practices and research based methods. The production farm will serve as the center for educational and extension programming, including demonstration plots for urban farms and/or school gardens, while providing approximately 50 weekly vegetable shares to a regional CSA.

Under direct supervision of the Director of the Greening Michigan Institute, will be responsible for day-today management of the vegetable production operations at the Tollgate site, including:
  • Oversight and management of diversified year round vegetable production, including planning, plot preparation, tilling, growing, harvest and vegetable storage.
  • Overall coordination of the Tollgate community supported agriculture program, including development and oversight of CSA budget, planning and assembly of CSA basket elements, educational newsletter to CSA members, and other activities necessary to CSA's success.
  • Selection and supervision of seasonal personnel (summer interns) to assist with farm production activities. Contribute to appropriate Tollgate educational programs including school garden, urban farming and/or summer youth education camps/programs.
  • Work with the Tollgate Education Director, Tollgate Farm Manager and other staff in coordination of budget and space logistics.
  • Work with Greening Michigan Institute Director with strategic planning supporting agriculture and food systems development in Southeast Michigan.
  • Collaborate with Extension personnel locally to deliver relevant programming at the farm
  • Regular communication with the volunteer groups, staff, and members of the general public
  • Provide leadership in the further development of the CSA site Qualifications Required:
  • B.S. or B.A. in related field
  • Farming and farm management experience o Cold climate sustainable vegetable production: planning, execution, marketing o Experience using various farm equipment o Development and identification of markets for crops grown on-site o Season extension experience with high and low tunnels o Organic farming certification requirements
  • Two years teaching/training experience (non-formal or formal)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Passion for sustainable agriculture production and education Preferred Qualifications:
  • Self-starter
  • Prior experience with specialty crop farmer outreach
  • Business planning experience
  • Experience creating and managing a budget
  • Knowledge and experience related to cold storage
Please apply online at the Michigan State University jobs page at www.jobs.msu.edu. The position is listed as follows on the jobs page under the MSU Extension tab: Program Instructor - Tollgate Sustainable Agriculture, Program Posting number: 2543. The application deadline is Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Applicants should include the names and contact information, including email addresses, of four professional references with the cover letter. Please direct questions about the position to Dr. David Ivan, Director, MSUE Greening Michigan Institute, ivand@msu.edu, or Gina Flores, MSUE Unit HR Administrator, flores35@anr.msu.edu.

Youth Shotshell Orders Accepted through January 15th
Through January 15, 2016, Vista Outdoor, Inc. will take orders for shotshell from approved organizations. The  order forms  are attached. Credit cards payments will be accepted, but the company will need to call the club leaders to get the credit card number and other data. Clubs may also request to be added to the company's direct distribution list by emailing  sg.conservation@vistaoutdoor.com . The rimfire program will launch in February. Details will follow. Cathy Hale at Savage continues to manage the company's youth firearm program. Her email is  chale@SavageArms.com .
Statewide 4-H News
The Who, What, When, Where, How and Why of Fairs
Fairs are an important part of life for many 4-H'ers, but how did fairs begin? Who had the idea for a show of such sweeping proportions? Where, when and why did they start?
According to the International Association of Fairs and Expositions' (IAFE) web article, History of Fairs (International Association, 2015), these events may have been held as early as 500 BC in the easternMediterranean. The IAFE bases this notion on the following quotation from Ezekiel 27:12: "Tarshish was thy merchant by reason of the multitude of the kinds of riches . . . they traded in thy fairs." These "periodic gatherings" brought together individuals involved in business, trade and production of commodities. As time marched on, such events spread into western Europe. Finally,entertainment was added to these get-togethers.
In the U.S., fairs grew from one man's entrepreneurial idea. In 1784, a wealthy 26-year-old New York businessman, agriculturalist and banker, Elkanah Watson, purchased two merino sheep. As a farsighted entrepreneur, Watson saw the potential in breeding sheep whose wool was of a higher quality than that which could be obtained locally. This was especially true since the Revolutionary War had ended a year earlier and, at that time, ". . . many people in the United States were trying to rely less on England and English goods . . . ." (Michigan State 4-H Rabbit Fitting and Showing Curriculum Subcommittee, 2009, p. 17).
First, however, Watson had to excite his neighbors' interest in his sheep. To do so, in 1807, he invited his neighbors to "meet him and the sheep" at Park Square in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he tied the sheep to a tree and gave a presentation (Oliver, 2011). Watson and his sheep received the enthusiastic reception for which he had hoped. In 1810 and 1811, this led Watson to (1) create an event, the Berkshire Cattle Show, at which animals were exhibited and prizes were paid for the best animals exhibited, and (2) organize the Berkshire Agricultural Society (Us-education.net, 2011). Watson continued helping communities organize their own agricultural societies and shows, thus earning himself the title, "Father of US agricultural fairs" (International Association, 2015).
Further, by the end of the nineteenth century, almost every state had one or more fairs or exhibitions. The "History of Fairs declares that the "core elements of those agricultural society  events of the early 1800s - those early fairs - are at the heart" of today's agricultural fairs, which now
number more than 3,200 annually.
More information is available from:
1. International Association of Fairs and Expositions. (2015). History of Fairs. Retrieved from   https://www.fairsandexpos.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=iafe&WebCode=HistoryMichigan

2. State 4-H Rabbit Fitting and Showing Curriculum Subcommittee. (2009). From the past to the present: History of early fairs in the United States. In Rabbit Fitting and Showing (p. 17). East Lansing: Michigan State University Extension.

3. Oliver, N. (2011, November 3). First agricultural fair revisited. Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved from   http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_19252586

4. Us-education.net. (2011). American education: Berkshire Agricultural Society. Retrieved from
5. Wikipedia. (2015). Elkanah Watson. Retrieved from

Poultry Exhibition Ban Lifted
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development recently lifted the statewide ban on poultry exhibitions. MDARD implemented the ban as a precautionary measure in June 2015 in response to the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak happening across the U.S.
MDARD evaluated the disease risk and current national status and decided it's appropriate to lift the ban on poultry exhibitions. MDARD continues to monitor the national HPAI situation and may reinstate the poultry exhibition ban if the disease re-emerges. Although not limited to the following situations, these are some specific situations in which MDARD would consider reinstating the ban:

1. Detection of HPAI in a wild bird in the Mississippi flyway.
2. Detection of HPAI in domestic flocks in states surrounding Michigan or nearby areas of Canada.
3. Cases of HPAI in wild or domestic birds in other flyways, if the cases appear to be spreading.

The ban prevented the commingling of birds from different locations, including exhibitions, swap meets, petting zoos at fairs, game bird and waterfowl fair displays, and Miracle of Life exhibits. MDARD partnered with Michigan State University Extension 4-H, Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions, and other partners to inform youth of the announcement and identify ways to engage Michigan's youth poultry exhibitors and allow them to showcase their knowledge and experience.

Concern for the possibility of a return of HPAI in the U.S still remains. Generally, heightened findings of influenza viruses in wild birds will begin in winter and go through spring as birds comingle and migrate south, and cold weather helps keep the virus alive. The last case of HPAI in domestic birds was documented in June; however, the domestic population is always at risk of influenza infection from wild waterfowl which may spread the virus in their droppings. MDARD continues to encourage poultry owners to practice proper biosecurity and contact their local veterinarian if they have sick birds. However, if a flock is experiencing severe illness or multiple death losses, contact MDARD at 800-292-3939 or for after-hours emergencies call 517-373-0440.

Learn How to Keep Your Bird Flock Healthy and Safe!
To help protect against avian influenza and other diseases, MSU Extension will partner with the
Offered at various locations across the state, the workshops will provide information about avian influenza, disease transmission and prevention, and proven biosecurity measures that bird owners can implement. Poultry producers, owners of backyard flocks, 4-H members and volunteers, as well as anyone interested in poultry and biosecurity, are encouraged to attend.

Find more information about training dates and locations, as well as virtual connection options, on the web.

You're Invited to the 11th Annual 4-H Day at the Breslin Center
Join thousands of Michigan 4-H Youth Development families, volunteers and staff members, on January 16, to cheer on the Spartan Women's Basketball team as it battles the Iowa Hawkeyes. This fun family event celebrates the 4-H and MSU Extension Community

Tickets are free for 4-H youth and their families, 4-H volunteers, and MSU Extension staff members and their families. In Macomb County, contact Jeran Culina no later than January 11 to reserve your free tickets.

More event information (for example, transportation, parking, attire and other activities) is available on the 4-H web site.

4-H Winterfest - February 6-7, 2016
The 4-H Winterfest 2016 scheduled for Feb. 6-7, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Registrations can now be made by individuals, families, and county staff. Individuals who expect they will be receiving full or partial funding from local scholarships or local councils should contact their local county office prior to registering to insure payments are applied correctly. Participants may register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/winterfest16/. Registrations must be entered into the ANR Events Management System no later than 11:59 pm on Jan. 15, 2016 at which time registration will be closed.
4-H Beef, Sheep & Swine & Veterinary Science Workshops
The 4-H Beef, Sheep and Swine Workshop (February 19-20, 2016) and 4-H Veterinary Science Workshop (February 19-21, 2016) at Kettunen Center are now open for registration. Individuals who expect they will be receiving full or partial funding from local scholarships or local councils, should contact their local county office prior to registering to will insure payments are applied correctly.
Participants may register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HBeefSheepSwineandVetScience/. Workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Events Management at 446 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. Registrations must be entered no later than 11:59 pm on Jan. 15, 2016 at which time registration will be closed.

Bee Keeping Essays are Due by February 19th
Michigan's 2016 Bee Keeping Essay Contest entries should be submitted to Nick Baumgart, Extension Educator, at baumga75@anr.msu.edu by February 19, 2016. The contest is sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. One Michigan entry will be selected as a state winner and then submitted to the National contest.
Michigan 4-H Goat Expo Moved to April 16
Information about the 2016 Michigan 4-H Goat Expo is now available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/event/state_4_h_goat_expo1.  The event date has been changed to April 16, 2016, and it will be held at MSU. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/goatexpo/.  Contact Katie Ockert, 4-H Animal Science Educator, at ockertka@anr.msu.edu for more information.

4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular
The 4-H Youth Leadership & Global Citizenship Spectacular scheduled for Jan. 30-31, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Registrations can now be made by individuals, families, and county staff. However, there are some very important changes:
  • Individuals who expect they will be receiving partial funding from local scholarships or local councils, should contact their local county office prior to registering. This will insure payments are applied correctly.
  • Lodging upgrades are now being handled through the registration system.
  • Don't forget to periodically check your county for registrants and send any missing Authorization and Acknowledgement Forms to the State 4-H Office.
Participants may register at http://events.anr.msu.edu/spectacular16/. Workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Events Management at 446 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI 48824, with a copy of their registration receipt. When county staff login to register individuals, they will select the type of participant from the roster and register the person in the system. Registrations must be entered into the ANR Events Management System no later than 11:59 pm on Jan. 13, 2016.

Help MSU Extension Sharpen Its Focus!
Michigan State University Extension has long been a source of information and education for Michigan residents. To help define the needs and priorities of those residents, MSU Extension is asking them to 
take a short online survey that will help determine where to place future emphasis.
Michigan 4-H parents,alums and volunteers (anyone over the age of 18) are asked to take the survey .The deadline is January 31, 2016.
Prior interaction with MSU Extension is not required; so, please share this opportunity with friends and family.
Although not collected in the survey, input from youth will be solicited through a series of face-to- face meetings.
District 11 includes Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, accounting for 40 percent of the Michigan's population. Only four percent of the Macomb County community has responded to the survey. This means our voice is not being heard, so be sure to take the survey and encourage others to take it as well. 

Responses from Macomb County residents are especially needed!
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Summer Internships in Washington, D.C.
Do you know a college student who has a passion for government, history, political science, education, public speaking, or leadership? We are looking for individuals with a passion for working with young people. If this brings someone to mind please encourage them to apply for the position of Program Assistant (PA) at National 4-H Conference Center! 

Application deadlines are quickly approaching. PA's will be making a difference in the lives of thousands of high school-aged students from all over the United States while working for our Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) program in Washington, D.C.
  • Develop and facilitate a unique program experience for over 1,500 high school-aged 4-H'ers from across the country in Washington, D.C.
  • Lead CWF delegates in experience based citizenship curriculum through tours and workshops
  • Develop and refine teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills in a fast-paced and fun environment
  • Become a licensed D.C. tour guide
  • The CWF PA experience begins in mid-May and ends in late July
If you know a college student looking for an internship or credit towards graduation, please share this information. Please reference the job descriptions for more information and application materials. If you have any questions, contact Maria McNeely at mmcneely@4hcenter.org.

Register now for 4-H Capitol Experience!
4-H Capitol Experience is a four-day conference held in Lansing that focuses on civic engagement and public policy. The program is open to ALL high school students in Michigan. Each year, 75 to 100 youth use their voices to collaborate on issues that matter to them and learn how they can have an influence on policy and community! 

This year's program will be held March 20-23, 2016. The cost is $315 for 4-H or MFB youth members, $325 for non-members. Full payment is due February 12, 2016. This is the last week to apply for a scholarship! Scholarship information is available at  http://4h.msue.msu.edu/uploads/files/Capitol_Experience/CE_scholarship_form.pdf . Applications are due by January 8, 2016. This event fills up quickly so register online ( http://events.anr.msu.edu/4hcapex/ ) today!

4-H Junior Master Gardener Workshop - February 13-14
The 4-H Junior Master Gardener Workshop scheduled for Feb. 13-14, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Registrations can now be made by individuals, families, and county staff. However, there are some very important changes:
  • Individuals who expect they will be receiving full or partial funding from local scholarships or local councils, should contact their local county office prior to registering. This will insure payments are applied correctly.
  • Don't forget to periodically check your county for registrants and send any missing Authorization and Acknowledgement Forms to the State 4-H Office.
Participants may register at  http://events.anr.msu.edu/4HJRMG/ . Workshop attendees who have not paid online with a credit card are still expected to send their payment to their county MSU Extension office or ANR Events Management at 446 W. Circle Dr. East Lansing, MI 48824 with a copy of their registration receipt. Registrations must be entered into the ANR Events Management System no later than 11:59 pm on Jan. 27, 2016.
See a Veterinarian if You Suspect Animals are Affected by Lead in Water
Because lead is causing an issue with the water supply in Flint, MSU Extension health and nutrition staff members are working diligently with the community to address human health concerns. Extension has also received many questions regarding the effects on animals-specifically companion animals such as dogs, cats, birds and other domesticated pets who also have been drinking the water.
After speaking with Dr. John Buchweitz, toxicologist at the MSU Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH), MSU Extension recommends that you take your animal to your veterinarian if you are concerned about your animal's health. Based on clinical signs and physical examination, the veterinarian can recommend appropriate diagnostic testing or other types of examination to determine if your animal is at risk. Veterinarians can contact DCPAH for more information on available testing and sample requirements.  An informative MSU Extension article can be found online at  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/what_to_do_if_you_suspect_lead_poisoning_in_your_domesticated_pets

Articles of Interest
It's  FAFSA time - are you ready?
New for 2016: FSA ID is now required to submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Making plans after high school
Uncovering labor market information can help focus your efforts on a career path.
Start the year off right with S.M.A.R.T. goals!
Whether your goals are personal or professional, you are more likely to achieve them if you make them specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
Have you done a yearly resume review?
The end or start of the year of the year is a good time to reflect, review and update your resume.

4-H Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

January 8
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Permission Forms due
Armada Fair Office, Armada
January 18
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
County offices closed
February 1
State Awards applications due

Other County Events:
January 8
Armada Fair Youth Livestock Sale Permission Forms due
Armada Fair Office, Armada
January 9
Ingham County 4-H Rabbit Show
9 a.m., Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason
January 11
Growing Your Plants Successfully from Seed
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township
January 15
Deadline for Youth Shotshell orders
February 1 (1st Sunday in February)
Steer Tagging
Noon-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada
February 11
Gardening with Kids
6:30-7:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township
March 6
Beef Showmanship & Beef and Dairy Nutrition Clinics
10 a.m.-3 p.m, Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason
March 19
Oakland County 4-H Tack Sale
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Springfield Oaks Activity Center, Davisburg

Statewide 4-H Calendar of Events

January 9-10  
Kettunen Center, Tustin
January 9
4-H State Awards Workshop
Sanilac County

Michigan State University Federal Credit Union, East Lansing
National 4-H Conference Center, Chevy Chase, Maryland

Breslin Center, MSU, East Lansing

January 17
4-H State Awards Workshop
Washtenaw County

January 30 
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

Kettunen Center, Tustin
January 31, 2016
Last day to take the MSUE Issues ID Survey. 
Responses from Macomb County residents are especially needed!
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MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
February 6-7 
4-H Winterfest
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 13-14 
Junior Master Gardener Workshop
Contact Dixie Sandborn 
Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 19
4-H Beekeeping Essays due to MSU

Kettunen Center, Tustin
February 20-21
February 26-28
Teen & Adult 4-H Horse Leaders Workshop 
Contact Taylor Fabus
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 20-23
Capitol Experience
(Register by January 8)

April 16
State 4-H Goat Expo
MSU, East Lansing 

Other Events
The Lansing Center, Lansing
January 26
Bird Biosecurity Training
Ingham County Fairgrounds, Mason

January 29-31  
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
February 10
Bird Biosecurity Training
Monroe County Fairgrounds, Monroe

February 16
Bird Biosecurity Training
Isabella County Fairgrounds, Mount Pleasant

February 25
Bird Biosecurity Training
Lapeer County MSU Extension, Lapeer

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events