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Macomb County 4-H News
4-H Youth Council Make & Take Workshop
The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is planning a 4-H Make and Take craft workshop . The event is  from 1-3 p.m. on March 11, 2017 at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Suite 12,  Clinton Township. The cost will vary by project.

Participants of all ages are welcome. Membership in 4-H is not required. Please R.S.V.P. to macomb.4h@macombgov.org .

Counselor in Training Program & Spring Day Camp 
Counselor in Training Program: MSU Extension is recruiting high school teens in grades 9-12 to volunteer to facilitate day camps and other youth events at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center, 11370 Hupp Street, Warren. In exchange, teens will be given certificates of community service, a letter of reference based on their performance, many professional development workshops, and opportunities to attend statewide and national events.
Spring Day Camp is April 3-7, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The camp, for youth ages 5-12, is fun and educational! The cost is $50 per youth. Breakfast, lunch and a healthy snack are included.  After-hours care is available. Register online at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/springcamp.

If any clubs or members would like to come and share their favorite project with the campers, please contact Lizz Duran at  duraneli@anr.msu.edu .

Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Horse Tack Sale
Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club's 37th Annual 4-H Horse Tack Sale is on March 4, 2017 at the Berville Lions Field Hall, 13651 Hough Road, Allenton from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Buy or sell anything for horse or rider. The admission cost is $3 per person. Youth ages 12 and under are free. The event is open to the public.

Consignment check in is Friday, March 3rd from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, March 4th from 8-9 a.m. Consignment fees are $2 per page (15 items or less). Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club receives 15% commission on sold items only. There is a secured and lit area for horse trailers, buggies, carts, etc. Call Michelle at 248-425-3174 for more information.

Start planning for Fair now
It's time to start planning Fair 2017! Some important dates to get on your calendar are:
  • March 14, 6:30 p.m. The 4-H Spring Club Leader Meet is 6:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Fair is always an important piece of this meeting. Superintendents, please be prepared to discuss with the club leaders what they need to know about fair for your area. For example, explain what the timeline looks like, what expectations are the week of fair, etc. Please R.S.V.P. to macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431.
  • June 7th, 6 p.m. - There will be a Craft Superintendent meeting at the Fair office.
  • June 14th, 7 p.m. - There will be a Livestock Superintendent meeting at the Fair office.
  • July 30th, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. - Fair set up.

Fair Theme: "There's No Place Like 4-H"
Votes are in, and the 2017 Macomb County 4-H fair theme is, "There's No Place Like 4-H." The theme was the suggestion of Anna Hill of School Section 4-H Club. The theme received 29 votes.
"4-H...An American Tradition," submitted by Penny Cline of Alarro came in second with 18 votes. In third was "4-H: One Team, Country Dreams, Dirty Boots and Blue Jeans!" with 17 votes. The third-place theme was suggested by Willow Hollingsworth of Ray's Riding Rascals 4-H Club. 
There were 16 suggestions submitted this year by members and volunteers from Alarro, Clever Clovers, Just for Fun, K-9 & Kompany, Pirates, Ray's Riding Rascals and School Section 4-H clubs, the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council and the Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee. A total of 133 votes were received. Thanks to all who participated!

There's No Place Like 4-H (Wizard of Oz theme)
4-H...An American Tradition
4-H: One Team, Country Dreams, Dirty Boots and Blue Jeans!
Made in the USA
Disney theme
Fantastic 4-H Beasts
4-H plants the seeds for success
Motion picture theme like 4-H in movies
Dive into 4-H
Carnival theme
Let the Good Times Grow with 4-H
Flying High in 4-H
Renaissance Times
Calendar theme...how 4-H is year round
1, 2, 3, 4-H number theme/ math theme
Growing through 4-H ( with orange and green colors to symbolize light and growth)
Macomb County 4-H Staff

Richard Wooten
District 11 Coordinator

4-H Extension Educator

4-H Mentor Program  
4-H Program Coordinator
Program Coordinator
4-H Tech Wizards

4-H Program Coordinator

Computer Maintenance Clerk


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MSU Extension
VerKuilen Building
21885 Dunham Road, Ste. 12
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Phone: (586) 469-6431

MSU Extension
Max Thompson
Family Resource Center
11370 Hupp
Warren, MI 48089
Phone: (586) 469-7614
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Top 4-H'er change
To encourage participation and honor requests made by youth members to wear formal attire and return to the titles of King and Queen, the youth who obtains the highest score in the Top 4-H'er competition can be entitled either "King" or "Queen". The program will still be called Top 4-H'er.

Because selecting winners based on gender is in violation of Title IX, the 4-H King and Queen competition previously held was replaced by the Top 4-H'er Program in 2012.  The reason for the change was never what the candidates wore or were called, but rather because the winners were selected by gender. 

A Top 4-H'er is a self-motivated, enthusiastic leader who promotes 4-H using the skill, knowledge and leadership abilities acquired in 4-H with fellow members, area residents, community leaders, elected officials and non 4-H youth. A Top 4-H'er serves to strengthen the 4-H program through public relations. They are knowledgeable of 4-H, passionate and active in 4-H. There are several benefits to being a Top 4-H'er! Application forms are  online  and are due to Macomb County MSU Extension by July 1st.

4-Hers' Mark of Excellence essays chosen for state-level competition
Two Macomb County 4-H members' essays were submitted to campus for the statewide selection process. Both essays will be inducted into the Mark of Excellence binders housed at Kettunen Center and at MSU.

Taylor Frazier is an 11-year-old member of Midnight Riders 4-H Club. Taylor has been in 4-H for six years and she explores veterinary and plant sciences; outdoor education and recreation; horseless projects; swine; shooting sports (archery); community service; and food and nutrition projects. She also serves as an officer for her club.

The second member to have an essay submitted to campus is Teagan Lake. Teagan has been a member of Just-For-Fun 4-H Club for three years. Her project areas are Environmental Science and Natural Resources and Outdoor Education and Recreation, especially camping.

Macomb County 4-H GoPro!
Macomb County 4-H has purchased a GoPro for our 4-H club members to use. The camera can be borrowed by any 4-H member to use during their projects. We hope to capture footage of all sorts, from dog agility to archery and everything in-between. Want to see a lamb's point of view in the barn? Or attach it to your saddle when riding a horse? Experiment with different points of view and capture fun footage of you and your 4-H project. For more information, contact Seth Martin at (586) 783-8163.

Family Farm & Home 4-H/FFA Program
Did you know? Family Farm & Home has a 4-H/FFA program. Sign up and save on supplies for 
your  4-H projects! To sign up for the program, fill out the  program enrollment form  and return it to
Family Farm & Home, Attn: Marketing, 900 Third Street, Suite 302, Muskegon, MI 49440. For more information, email  marketing@familyfarmandhome.com or contact your local Family Farm & Home store.

Member year pins available
Unused member year pins were returned to the 4-H office, so there are some additional (free 4-H) member year pins available at Macomb County MSU Extension. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431 to request them before they're gone. They may be picked up at the Clinton Township office or delivered to a club representative at the upcoming leader update meeting on Marech 14th. Currently available are: 1st year (6), 2nd year (1), 3rd year (4), 4th year (1), 5th year (3), 9th year (4), 11th year (19), 12th year (8), 13th year (22), 14th year (6). Member year pins may also be purchased through www.4-hmall.org .

Promotional materials require logos and disclaimer
Event flyers and other promotional materials for Macomb County 4-H club, committee and county-level events require MSU helmet, MSU Extension, 4-H, Macomb County and Make Macomb Your Home logos and the MSU Extension disclaimer statement. While the "4-H Grows Here" campaign is active, the 4-H Grows Here logo may be used instead of the traditional 4-H logo. 

Don't forget that Macomb County MSU Extension can help 4-H clubs promote their events and fundraisers. Contact the Macomb County 4-H office  for details!


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4-H Horse Program Committee meeting, show dates and ad book information
The Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee announced its 2017 meeting and show dates. All meetings listed will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Activities Building at Camp Rotary, 20505 29 Mile Road, Ray Township. Show information will be announced as it becomes available.

Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee meetings are:
March 27, 2017 - Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee
April 24, 2017 - Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee
May 22, 2017 - Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee
June 27, 2017 - Horse Program Michigan State Meeting
September 25, 2017 - Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
October 23, 2017 - Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting

The Macomb County 4-H horse show dates for 2017 are:
May 27, 2017 - Light Horse at Camp Rotary
June 3, 2017 -  Mini/Draft at Camp Rotary
June 10, 2017 - Mini/Draft at Camp Rotary
June 17, 2017 -  Light Horse (Double Judge) at Camp Rotary
June 24, 2017 - Light Horse at Camp Rotary
July 8, 2017 - Mini/Draft at Camp Rotary
August 5, 2017 - Warm & Sunny Show

Ad Book materials are now online at http://msue.macombgov.org/MSUE-4H-Programs-Animals-Horses :

4-H Exploration Days
4-H Exploration Days is June 21-23, 2017 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Registration begins March 14, 2017 at your local county Extension office. Forms received earlier will be entered in the order that they are received. 

Best described as a "mini-college experience" for youth who are 4-H ages 11-19, the event is an opportunity for youth to attend fun, educational sessions of their choosing, stay in campus housing (youth are housed by county), enjoy activities and entertainment and make new friends.

In Macomb County, youth can pick one roommate to join them on this experience, invite a friend and join the thousands of other youth from across the state in one of the year's most anticipated events.
The cost for this year's event is $165 per youth, plus any session fees that may apply. Non-members pay an additional $10 participation fee.  An $80 deposit is required to register. The balance may be paid on or before the orientation date. Macomb County has two orientation dates: June 5th at MSU Extension in Clinton Township and June 6th at the Max Thompson Family Resource Center in Warren.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available.  Find registration  booklets forms  and information online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_exploration_days, or contact Macomb County MSU Extension at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

Chaperones and County Conference Assistants needed: Macomb County 4-H is looking for screened adult chaperones and County Conference Assistants (CCAs) for 4-H Exploration Days. A list of adult  role responsibilities is online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/4_h_exploration_days/responsibilities_procedures   under "Adult Responsibilities." Volunteer session instructors, session helpers and CCAs attend free. If you or someone you know is interested in taking on one of these roles for this event, please contact Seth Martin, 4-H Program Coordinator, at 586-783-8163 or mart1885@anr.msu.edu, or call 586-469-6431.

Fall 2016 TSC Paper Clover Results
The Fall 2016 Tractor Supply 4-H Paper Clover Fundraiser results are in! From October 5-16, $871,771 was raised for 4-H across the nation. Michigan TSC stores raised a total of $43,586 to support 4-H, ranking sixth in the nation.

Fall 2016 TSC 4-H Paper Clover Highlights
The top 5 Michigan TSC stores were:
  • Gaylord (Otsego)
  • Sturgis  (St. Joseph County)
  • Mt. Pleasant (Isabella County)
  • South Haven (Van Buren County)
  • Midland (Midland County)
The top 5 Michigan counties were:
  • St. Joseph County
  • Genesee County
  • Otsego County
  • Oakland County
  • St. Clair County
Distribution and Use of Funds
The new distribution was:
·         $30,510.40 to county 4-H programs (70%)
·         $4,358.63 to support 4-H volunteer and teen leadership training/workshops (10%)
·         $2,179.31 to the State 4-H Office (5%)
·         $2,179.31 to the Michigan 4-H Foundation (5%)
·         $4,358.63 to National 4-H Council for underwriting the campaign (10%).

Macomb County Totals:
In Macomb County, the Washington Township TSC raised $698 and the New Haven location raised $444, a total of $1,142. Of that amount, $799.40 will remain in the county. Thanks to everyone who spent time promoting 4-H and purchasing paper clovers at these locations, and thank you, TSC!

Please mark your calendars for the 
2017 TSC 4-H Paper Clover Fundraisers:
April 26 - May 7, 2017   &    October 4-15, 2017

Use caution and good judgement when using social media
What you post online can follow you forever, so it's very important to know that what you post online can be interpreted differently than intended and/or can be shared by others, reaching people and places you're not aware of. There are documented cases where individuals have been suspended or expelled from school, lost scholarships, and even been fired from their jobs because of something they posted online. 

This short video and the guidelines below from MSU Extension are designed to make you think about what you post online and to help keep you safe.  The Macomb County MSU Extension staff is available to give presentations to 4-H clubs and committees about social media usage upon request. To make arrangements, please contact the 4-H office at 586-469-6431 or macomb.4h@macombgov.org.

Tips to Consider Before Posting Online
1.) Who is going to see your profile? This brings in the every challenging question of who is one going to friend online. Always take the time to consider your personal boundaries and determine typical what type of information you share online and ask yourself "would I be comfortable sharing information with this person?"

2.) How closely will I monitor my privacy settings? Every social networking platform has privacy settings so it is important to know what the settings are. Then you can choose who will see what you post. Take the time to be vigilant about knowing the privacy settings of each social networking site and use the settings to help share information.

3.) What is appropriate? Unfortunately this can be a gray area as each individual has different opinions on what they consider to be appropriate and not appropriate. However, here are some questions to help people individually consider what might be appropriate:
  • Is this post/story necessary? Is there a real benefit to this post-is it funny, warm-hearted, teachable-or am I just making noise online without purpose?
  • Have we resolved this issue? An issue still being worked out, or one that is either vulnerable or highly emotional, should not be made public.
  • How would others feel about me posting this information online?  Is it appropriate? Does it stay within my personal boundaries?
  • Will I stand by my posting?
  • In 30 minutes, how will I feel about my post?
  • Can I stand before my peers and defend my post?
  • How might my posting be perceived?
  • Have I considered issues of confidentiality?
Other Local News & Events

Bill Hahn Scholarship
The Armada Agricultural Society awards scholarships annually to two high school graduating seniors. Financial need or grades will not be a deciding factor for this scholarship. The applicant MUST have been a volunteer, employee, open class exhibitor or Youth Organizations exhibitor of the Armada Fair to apply. The application deadline is April 15th. See http://www.armadafair.org/scholarship/ or contact the Armada Fair Office at 586-784-5488 for more information.

Macomb County Master Gardener Association offers classes
To register or for more information about the following programs, contact the Macomb County Master Gardener Association at macombcountymga@yahoo.com .

Flowering Vines to Love (and Avoid) - March 30, 2017
Advanced Master Gardener, Cheryl English will tell us about a generally overlooked group of plants, flowering vines - from demure species Clematis, to gigantic Wisteria - can provide an added dimension to your garden - a vertical dimension. Learn basics and specifics about plant selection, care and culture to succeed with this rewarding range of plants, as well as help in identifying and avoiding proven and potential thugs. 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens. Cheryl is also the owner of Black Cat Pottery, and will have a display of her wares for sale before and after the presentation. $5.00 to MCMGA Members +2 guests. $10.00 to all others.

Orchid Basics - Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Dale Garden, former President of the Michigan Orchid Society and an Orchid grower for over 35 years will share with us what it takes to grow and flower orchids such as temperatures, humidity and air flow, feeding, and much, much more. Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens. Free to MCMGA Members +1 guest. $5.00 to all others. MCMGA QUARTERLY MEETING WILL FOLLOW THE CLASS.

Fun with Lavender - Monday, May 15, 2017
Advanced Master Gardener Karen Burke is back to show us all of the wonderful things that we can do with our Lavender. So many things to use it with: cooking, beverage infusion, and many boutique and craft projects. You can learn them all. Monday, May 15, 6:30-7:30 P.M. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Avenue, Mt. Clemens. Free to MCMGA Members +1 guest. $5.00 to all others.

Bats of Michigan, Bat Conservation Organization - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Learn about bats in your own back yard. Often misunderstood or overlooked, bats play a key role in Michigan's environment and economy. During this live animal program you will learn why bats are important to the state, where Michigan bat species are located, and how to identify them. Learn about threats and what we all need to do to protect bats. This is a learning opportunity for all ages. Class meets from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Mt. Clemens Library, 150 Cass Ave., Mt. Clemens. $5 each for MCMGA members + 2 guests. All others pay $10 each. An MCMGA quarterly meeting will follow.

Load and Go Show Pig and Club Lamb Sale
The Load and Go Show Pig and Club Lamb Sale is April 8, 2017 from 12-6 p.m. at 10455 E. Coldwater Road, Davison. The four producers that have put together this sale have been life-long 4-H members and supporters and livestock producers. Their goal is to provide 4-H and FFA members with quality animals that will do well in the show ring. The animals being sold will all have been born and raised on the producers' farms and be vaccinated and healthy. Everything will be pre-priced on the day of sale. Contact Jennifer Johnston at 810-922-5950 or any of the producers listed on the  flyer for more information.

Farm offers discount on chicks and poults for show
Macomb County 4-H Poultry Project Members : Walnut Hill Farm in Shelby Township is offering a 25 percent discount until March 31 on chicks and poults for the fair.  Breeds will include Serama, Silver Spangled Appenzeller Spitzhauben, Ayam Cemani, and Gold Wheaten Sulmtaler.  Turkeys include Narragansett, Standard Bronze, Oregon Gray, Dark Gray and our own "meat line" which will grow and finish comparably to commercial Bronze or White, just a little more slowly, with better vigor, and with a variety of colors. Very limited numbers of each breed are available and will vary by hatch, buyer selects from available stock.  Buyers will need to bring evidence of club and poultry project membership to receive discount. All chicks and poults will be incubated, hatched and brooded in isolation up to one week of age for biosecurity. No minimum order. Incubation and hatching services also available. Contact farmer@walnuthillfarmmi.com for more information.

Programs at MSU Tollgate
MSU has two upcoming programs at Tollgate Farm, 28115 Meadowbrook Road, Novi:

Maple Tapping and Pancake Feast!
A Maple Tapping and Pancake Feasts will take place at Tollgate Farm in Novi on Saturday, March 11th and Sunday, March 12th. Attend 9 a.m.-Noon or Noon-3 p.m. All ages are welcome.
Join in for a fun, hands-on maple tapping program with a wagon ride, the history of sugaring, a tour of the sugar shack, and a robust pancake meal with real maple syrup. Preregistration is required at

Spring Break Farm Camp
Come and enjoy spring on the farm with a week of learning adventures on 160 acres of field and forest. Make new friends and enjoy fun farm-based learning together! Spring Break Farm Camp is April 3-7, 2017 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and is for children ages 6-11. The cost is $310 per person. Aftercare is offered from 4-6 for $10 per hour.
Participants will learn to care for baby goats, hatch chicks, help with morning animal chores, take afternoon hikes in the woods, harvest early produce for nutritious Garden Kitchen snacks, engage in a creative week-long STEM project, and experience lots of real science and hands-on fun!
Low child to adult ratios make this camp fill quickly, so register early, online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=D56D6D54B56725D6 .
Statewide 4-H News
2017 Michigan 4-H Dairy Conference
The purposes of this annual teen and adult-leader workshop are to:
  • Provide Michigan 4-H youth and volunteers from across the state with the opportunity to learn about Michigan agriculture
  • Increase attendees' knowledge about the Michigan dairy industry
  • Develop participants' self esteem, self awareness and leadership skills
  • Help those attending to become more knowledgeable about the many issues affecting agriculture now and in the future.
  • Inspire conference participants to bring new programming and ideas back to their 4-H clubs and county programs
The weekend will include many hands-on activities led by MSU Extension staff and MSU faculty and students.
Who Should Attend?
This training is for Michigan 4-H'ers who are 13 to 19 years old, as of January 1, 2017, and volunteers who are interested in dairy cattle and dairy cattle reproduction science.
Where Will the Conference Be Held?
Kettunen Center, Tustin
When Is the Conference?
March 17 to 19, 2017
This year's theme is "Reproductive Science With Dairy Cattle"
How Can Someone Register?
Registration for the conference is available on the Michigan 4-H web site. If a registrant's county is offering scholarships, it is important to check with the county, before registering.
What Is the Cost of the Conference?
The registration fee, which includes meals, lodging and resources, is $95 for 4-H members and volunteers and $191 for non4-H members and volunteers
More information is available from:

4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Workshop - April 28-30
The 4-H Shooting Sports Adult and Teen Instructors' Certification Workshop scheduled for April 28-30, 2017, at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Find out more and register online at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/ShootSportWksp2017/ by April 16, 2017.

Making the Most out of Your 4-H Animal Market Project - March 11
Making the Most Out of Your 4-H Animal Market Project is Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pingree Farm, 500 E. Brentwood, Detroit. The event is open to 4-H youth ages 9-19. Participants will gain knowledge about marketing and advertising their livestock, and will also explore and practice production, management and distribution skills. Explore what it takes to be successful in business and view the world of animal science and agribusiness as a viable career option! The $10 per person cost includes lunch.

To register or for more information, contact:
Oakland County:
Deb Morgan
248-347-3860, ext. 279
Macomb County:
Seth Martin
All other counties:
Glenda Weiss

Youth Business Guide to Success - Make the Most of Your 4-H Market Animal Project Training
What does it cost to raise a market animal? How can raising a market animal teach positive financial management? What does learning how to present and market have to do with an animal project?
Most young people in 4-H market animal projects are focused on basic animal science, care and management. But market animal projects also have the potential to teach youth valuable life skills.
Through this curriculum, youth will gain knowledge about marketing and advertising their products. Participants will also explore and practice production, management and distribution skills. In addition, it provides a venue to explore what it takes to be successful in business and view the world of animal science and agribusiness as a viable career option.  Intended for 12-19 year olds, the Youth Business Guide to Success (YBGS) curriculum is very adaptable to 4-H and non-4-H audiences working with animals.  This training includes a copy of the YBGS curriculum (a $40 value). Register online at https://events.anr.msu.edu/YouthBusinessGuide.

Current Training Dates Available:
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Delta County MSU Extension
2840 College Ave.,  Escanaba, MI 49829
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Registration fee - $25 (meal not included)
Monday, March 20, 2017
Fillmore Complex -  Main Conference Room
12220 Fillmore St.,  West Olive, MI 49460
6-9 p.m.  
Registration fee - $25 (meal not included)

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Lapeer County MSU Extension
1800 Imlay City Rd.,  Lapeer, MI 48446
6 -9 p.m.
Registration fee - $25  (meal not included)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
Menominee County MSU Extension
South 904 Highway 41,  Stephenson, MI 49887
9 a.m. - noon
Registration fee - $25 (meal not included)

4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources Camp - July 30-August 15
4-H Great Lakes and Natural Resources camp is now accepting applications! Camp will be held July 30-August 5, 2017 at Camp Chickagami in Presque Isle and is open to youth ages 13-15. Go charter fishing, snorkeling, or sailing, hike through forests, wade through wetlands, explore dunes and more! The camper fee is $375 for Michigan 4-H members and $385 for Michigan youth who are non-members. Apply online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/4_h_great_lakes_natural_resources_camp/cost_and_how_to_apply .

Get Money Smart!
Check out MoneySmartWeek.org to search, by zip code, for thousands of FREE money management classes and activities taking place April 22-29, 2017.  Topics range from money skills for kids, wealth building tips for adults, budgeting to home buying, estate planning, and more!  Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Money Smart Week brings together financial institutions, non-profits, libraries, universities, and government agencies to offer thousands of free financial education classes across the country.  Michigan State University Extension partners to provide some of these local workshops and classes.

Other statewide 4-H & CYI event flyers

Ingham County 4-H Beef/Dairy Market Project 101 Clinic - March 5

Building Early  Emotional Skills  in Young Children 

Michigan 4-H Air Pistol 
Certification Workshop
May 13 & 14

Youth Livestock Judging Practice
The Michigan 4-H Livestock Judging Contest is not until July, but MSU Block and Bridle will be hosting a contest in conjunction with the MI Beef Expo on Friday, March 31 beginning at 3:30 pm.  This is a great opportunity to practice livestock judging before the state contest. The entry form and flyer are attached as well as more details can be found at https://msu.edu/~bbclub/Judging%20Entry%20Form%202017.pdf. The cost is $15 per person. Register by March 22, 2017.

Oakland County Tack Sale
Oakland County 4-H Horse Council is hosting a tack sale from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, March 25th at the Springfield Oaks County Park Activity Center, 12451 Andersonville Road, Davisburg. Sell or shop for new and used items. Vendors and 4-H clubs are welcome. Set-up will be available Friday, March 24 from 6-8 p.m. or Saturday, March 25th at 8 a.m. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.

Your 4-H Market Hog Project is available from MSU
Your 4-H Market Hog Project  book is now available at the MSU Bookstore at http://shop.msu.edu/searchresults.asp?Search=4h1064&Submit=Submit
This newly revised resource originally created in the 1980s contains swine project specific information for 4-H youth, parents and volunteers. This resource will help increase your knowledge and understanding of a variety of topics including record keeping, animal selection, early care and management, facilities and equipment, feeding and nutrition, common diseases, showing swine, pork quality assurance, animal marketing, and animal care and well-being. The completely reviewed resource will assist youth in having a well-rounded market hog experience.

4-H Goat Expo - April 15th
The Michigan 4-H Goat Expo will be held Saturday, April 15 at Anthony Hall. The event is open to youth who are 9-19 years old as of January 1, 2017. Registration fees: $6.00 participant fee and $4.00 per contest. The link to register for the contest is https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HGoatExpo2017/ . Register by March 31st.

State 4-H Poultry Show - May 20th
The State 4-H Poultry Show will be held on May 20, 2017 at the Eaton County Fairgrounds and is open to 4-H'ers ages 9-19 as of January 1st.  Participants will gain experience in showing their 4-H bird and poultry projects. Youth will have an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and be evaluated by a highly respected judge, competing against youth from across the state. Register by April 21, 2017 at https://events.anr.msu.edu/4HPoultryShow2017/ .

Teens as Teachers Workshop - May 20-21
The Teens as Teachers Workshop scheduled for May 20-21, 2017 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration.  At the Teens as Teachers workshop, teen leaders (age 13-19) will gain facilitation and leadership skills that will prepare them to teach a FUN hands-on educational activity. Each teen leader will teach the activity they learn at the training to a group of kids in their local community. 

As a teen leader, you will have the advantage of being able to make learning fun and relatable to the young people you teach; serving as a role model for younger 4-H members. Teens in each track will work together to prepare, implement, evaluate and report on the progress of their local implementation of the activity in one of four tracks: Ag Innovators, Money Skills, Leadership, or Science (more track details are provided on the back of the flyer). Training and all teaching supplies will be provided.
Cost is $45 per person (4-H rate). Register online at  https://events.anr.msu.edu/TeenTeachers17/  by May 1, 2017.

New 4-H Cloverbud Snapshot Sheets released
MSU Extension has released 10 new Michigan 4-H Cloverbud Snapshot Sheets. The Snapshots can be found online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_4_h_cloverbud_snapshot_sheet_series .

World Food Prize Michigan Youth Institute: Engaging the next generation of hunger fighters!
The World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute    is an experience designed to inspire and engage youth as the next generation of hunger fighters in addressing the a variety of vital topics related to global food security!  Michigan youth (in grades 8-12) select, research and write a paper about a global food security topic in a developing country of their choice. Students then present their research to peers and experts, and experience how MSU leads the way in addressing global food security, during an exciting day on the campus of  Michigan State University.  The most outstanding youth will be selected to represent Michigan as delegates to the  World Food Prize - Global Youth Institute  in Des Moines, Iowa (October 18-21, 2017) and may qualify to apply for scholarships and prestigious paid internships which will have them working side-by-side with leading food security researchers in the United States and around the world! 
Who: Students who were in grades 8 through 12 during the 2016-2017 school year are eligible to participate.
When: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm, May 11. 2017
Where: Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Cost: Free
How to register:   Each youth participant must complete their registration and submit a short (2-5 page) research paper at http://events.anr.msu.edu/wfpmiyi/  (complete instructions, a sample paper and evaluation criteria available at http://bit.ly/1FEPUH8 ).  Teachers and adult mentors who would like to attend the Michigan Youth Institute with their student/youth must complete and submit a registration form found on the web ( http://events.anr.msu.edu/wfpmiyi/ ). The deadline for all participants to register and for youth to submit their research papers, is March 31, 2017.
Evaluation of papers will take place prior to the May 11 program. At the event, youth will be evaluated on their individual presentations. These two factors will be the primary factors used to select Michigan's delegation to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute.
The World Food Prize Global Youth Institute (WFPGYI)
The top youth participating in the Michigan Youth Institute will be selected to represent Michigan at the WFPGYI in Des Moines, Iowa, October 18 to 21, 2017. Michigan delegates will join more than 300 other outstanding students and mentors from across the country and around the world. At the event, they will interact with Nobel and World Food Prize laureates and more than 1,000 global leaders from 75 countries attending the World Food Prize's annual international symposium.
Delegates to the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute attend the program without any out-of-pocket expenses.  Transportation to and from Iowa, overnight accommodations, meals, and local transportation are all provided through the financial contributions of the World Food Prize Foundation and Michigan State University.
More Information
Find out more about the WFPMIYI and the WFPGYI from:

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Swine Health Recommendations for Fairs

Good Afternoon,

There have been a few questions about how to help reduce swine stress at fairs. This was an issue that was addressed throughout the Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions Annual Convention and may be a focus of future conversations with local fair boards. The recommendation from Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development is to have swine on the fairgrounds for only 72 hours.

Reference: To provide a better frame of reference, attached is part of the PowerPoint that Dr. Andrew S. Bowman presented in 2016 with the CDC. The attached graph is a great visual representation of the rationale for reducing the amount of time that pigs are at the fairs. Specifically, by limiting the number of days the pigs are on the fairgrounds, you will minimized the amount of time pigs and people are exposed to each other, therefore decreasing the spread of disease.

Resources: These two MSU Extension resources may be helpful as you work with youth at fairs to reduce the spread of disease.
If you have any questions or would like additional clarification, please fee free to contact me. Have a great weekend!

Julie Thelen
4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator
Michigan State University\
474 S. Shaw Lane
Anthony Hall, Room 1287 G
East Lansing, MI 48824
Ofice: 517-432-1626
Email: thelenju@anr.msu.edu
Website: www.msue.msu.edu
Calendars of Events

Macomb County 4-H Events

March 4
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Berville Lions Field Hall, Allenton

March 11
1-3 p.m., MSU Extension, Clinton Township

March 14
4-H Spring Club Leader Meet
6:30 p.m., Macomb County MSU Extension, Clinton Township ( R.S.V.P. requested)

March 27
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

April 3-7
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Max Thompson Family Resource Center, Warren

April 24
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

May 11
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

May 22
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

May 27
Macomb County 4-H Light Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 3
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 10
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 17
Macomb County 4-H Light Horse Show (Double Judge)
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 24
Macomb County 4-H Light Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

June 27
Horse Program Michigan State Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 1
Top 4-H'er application deadline

July 8
Macomb County 4-H Mini/Draft Horse Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

July 13
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council Meeting
6:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

August 5
Warm & Sunny (Horse) Show
Camp Rotary, Ray Township

September 25
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

October 23
Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee Meeting
6:30-8:30 p.m., Camp Rotary, Ray Township

Other Local Events

March 11 & 12
Maple Tapping & Pancake Feast
9 a.m.-Noon or Noon-3 p.m., Tollgate Farm, Novi

March 30
Flowering Vines to Love (and Avoid)
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mt. Clemens Library, Mt. Clemens

April 3-7
Spring Break Farm Camp
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tollgate Farm, Novi

April 11
Orchid Basics
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mt. Clemens Library, Mt. Clemens

April 15
Armada Fair Office, Armada

May 15
Fun with Lavender
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mt. Clemens Library, Mt. Clemens

June 4
Swine, Lamb & Goat Tagging
10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

June 7
Craft Superintendent Meeting
6 p.m., Armada Fair Office, Armada

July 12
Bats of Michigan
6:30-7:30 p.m., Mt. Clemens Library, Mt. Clemens

June 14
Livestock Superintendent Meeting
7 p.m., Armada Fair Office, Armada

July 16
Poultry & Rabbit Tagging
10 a.m.-Noon, Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

July 30
Armada Fairgrounds Clean-Up
10 a.m.-2 p.m., Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Statewide 4-H Events 
March 4 
Spring Galaxy 4-H Horse Program Committee
Contact Taylor Fabus
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
March 4
Delta County MSU Extension Office, Escanaba

March 5
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Ingham County Fairgrounds - Community Hall, Mason  
March 11-1
Challenge U 4-H Funfest 
Kettunen Center, Tustin
Kettunen Center, Tustin
March 18-19 
4-H Robotics Workshop 
Kettunen Center, Tustin

March 19-22 
4-H Capitol Experience
Okemos Conference Center, Okemos

March 20
Youth Business Guide to Success . . . . Training
Ottawa County MSU Extension Office, West Olive
March 22
Youth Business Guide to Success . . . . Training
Lapeer County MSU Extension Office, Lapeer

March 25
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Springfield Oaks County Park Activity Center, Davisburg
March 25
Youth Business Guide to Success . . . . Training
Menominee County MSU Extension Office, Stephenson

MSU Pavilion, Lansing

MSU Pavilion, Lansing

April 15 
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing
Kettunen Center, Tustin

May 13-14
Demmer Center, East Lansing

May 20
Eaton County Fairgrounds

May 20-21
Kettunen Center, Tustin 

June 21-23
MSU, East Lansing (register through county Extension office by April 26)

July 30-August 5
Camp Chickagami, Presque Isle

For the most up-to-date statewide events listing, go to http://msue.anr.msu.edu/topic/events/4_h 

Other Statewide Events

March 6

April 8
12-6 p.m., Davison

April 22-29

National 4-H Events

April 26-May 7