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March 24, 2016    
Macomb County 4-H News
Fair Club Leader Meet Rescheduled to March 30
The Spring 2016 Fair Club Leader Meet has been rescheduled to March 30, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Ray Township Senior Center, 64255 Wolcott Road, Ray Township. There will be lots of valuable information. Fair superintendents will be there to speak about the timeline and process to help create a smooth and fun fair week for our 4-H members. A meeting agenda has been emailed to club leaders.

Spring Break Camp - April 4-8
A  Spring Break Camp for youth ages 5-12, hosted by Macomb County MSU Extension Youth Development, will be held at Thompson Community Center in Warren from April 4-8, 2016. The camp will feature fun, educational activities that focus on Healthy Lifestyles (food & nutrition, physical fitness, emotional well-being), Creative Art (arts & crafts, sewing, theatre arts) and STEM (junk drawer robotics, bedtime math). The $50 per child per week cost includes breakfast, lunch and snacks.
Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=661A2551618E140F by 11:59 p.m. on April 3, 2016. 

4-H Observation Ride
According to the Macomb County 4-H Horse Project Rules and Regulations, "members must have passed the basic observation ride and/or jump observation to be eligible to participate in the point shows if showing in riding classes." 
At a recent Macomb County 4-H Horse Program Committee (MCHPC) meeting, the 2016 observation ride was scheduled for Saturday, April 16 (with make-up on April 23), at the MacErin Equestrian Centre, 26550 32 Mile Road, LenoxTownship. The time will be determined based on the number of riders. 
Macomb County 4-H leaders, please submit names of club members who will participate in the observation ride to Anita Cipa (amcipa@comcast.net or 586-596-8606) by April 1. Include:
-  Name of member
-  Contact information (email, address, phone)
-  Club Name
-  Indicate whether testing for basic , cross poles, or jumping (2'6")
-  Indicate if rider will be trailering with a friend (so similar times can 
   be assigned)
-  Indicate date of choice - April 16 or April 23
If the above two dates do not work with your club member's schedule, an individual ride can be scheduled at their own barn. The cost is $35 per rider. A representative of the MCHPC will contact rider or parent to schedule a day/time.
All participants must provide negative Coggins on the day of this event along with a signed waiver (provided by MacErin Equestrian Centre). No exceptions will be made. Get your Coggins drawn now to allow time for results to be returned.
A Little Tacky will be hosting this event and will provide beverages and snacks.
*Lead-Line and Walk/Trot riders are excluded from the basic observation ride.
Information submitted by Anita Cipa, Observation Ride Coordinator
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 
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4-H Program Coordinator 
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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New Member Enrollment Deadline Approaches
April 1, 2016 is the last day for NEW members planning to show projects at the 2016 Armada Fair to enroll in 4-H. To be considered active, members must have enrolled online and have paid the 2016 State 4-H participation fee. Macomb County MSU Extension has emailed requests to members with pending or incomplete enrollment. 

4-H Meets at the Apple Store
Reserve your spot for "4-H Meets at the Apple Store." Macomb County 
4-H members in grades 5-12 will be able to create amazing work right on the spot! They'll take their imaginations to new heights using Apple products to produce immersive, creative storytelling projects. Participants will write their own stories and add their own graphics. This 1 1/2 hour program will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. on April 16, 2016 at the Apple Store at Partridge Creek, 17360 Hall Road, Clinton Township. 
Registration is required. Contact Macomb County MSU Extension at  586-469-6431 or Macomb.4h@macombgov.org to R.S.V.P. You will be asked to provide your name, grade, contact information, club name and  t-shirt size. 

Wood Shaving Sales Opportunity During Fair Week
Macomb County 4-H Families:

The Armada Fair Board has offered Macomb County 4-H an incredible opportunity to sell wood shavings during fair week as a fundraiser. However, we need to have people willing to run it all week.

The Macomb County 4-H Youth Council is looking for a responsible person/team to ensure that the sale will be open for the duration of the fair. This team would need to have a representative available in the early morning when the animal pens are being cleaned out. Once the Coffee Cart is open outside the 4-H barn, sales could be conducted from there throughout the day.

This could be an incredible opportunity for Macomb County 4-H to raise money to continue offering scholarships to 4-H Exploration Days and other 4-H camps. And, of course, this would be a great chance for several people to work together and rack up some major community service hours. If anyone is interested, please contact me at
gottadancegirl@gmail.com   and I can provide further information.
Maggie Bohm, President
Macomb County 4-H Youth Council

Club Seeks Support for 4-H Dog Fun Match
K-9 & Kompany 4-H Club will be sponsoring a 4-H Dog Fun Match at the Armada Fairgrounds in Armada on June 18, 2016. This show is a community event for 4-H youth to compete with their dogs in obedience, showmanship, agility, and rally obedience, and the club needs sponsors to support the event through donations. Expenses for the event include ribbons, trophies and funding for judges. If your business donates, they will receive their name on the back of a t-shirt that will be worn by the 4-H club members and sold at the match. The more donated, the more prominent the name will be on the shirt. The donation deadline is Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Please contact Chylie at  chylieschramm@gmail.com for more information and/or to  donate.

Children and Youth Institute Offers Volunteer Trainings
The MSU Extension CYI Capacity Building Work Team is offering the following trainings in Southeast Michigan: 
Real Colors®
March 31, 2016 / 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Oakland County Executive Office Building
2100 Pontiac Lake Road, Waterford Twp.
for more information or to register.
Generational Differences
May 5, 2016 / 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
YouthVille Detroit
7375 Woodward Avenue, Suite 1520, Detroit
for more information or to register.
These trainings are aimed at helping to build the capacity of professionals, volunteers and youth-serving organizations. Training sessions are designed to keep participants active and engaged. Registration costs, unless otherwise listed, are $55 with a reduced fee for MSU Extension staff and AmeriCorps members. The cost includes lunch and any workshop materials.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the workshop facilitators listed on the registration pages or Scott Lakin, 248-858-1509 or lakinsco@msu.edu
Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign - April 13-24
The Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign is April 13-24, 2016. In partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC), the bi-annual 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser invites customers to donate $1 or more at checkout, supporting local 4-H programs across the country. Support 4-H from April 13-24 at two Macomb County locations:
Romeo Tractor Supply
66143 Van Dyke
Washington, MI 48095
New Haven Tractor Supply
57155 Gratiot Avenue
New Haven, MI 48048
All funds raised will be donated to 4-H, and most (60-65 percent) will remain at the Macomb County level to support local 4-H youth development program activities.
Your involvement in the 4-H Paper Clover fundraiser is important. Counties with club and individual 
4-Her involvement receive significantly more in donations. To find out ways you and your club can participate in the Spring 2016 4-H Paper Clover Campaign, contact Elizabeth Duran, 4-H Program Coordinator, at duraneli@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-6090.
Exploration Days Registration is Open through April 26th 
Exploration Days is June 22-24, 2016 at MSU in East Lansing. Registration for this popular annual youth conference will remain open through April 26th. Best described as a "mini-college experience," this event gives Michigan youth who are ages 11-19 as of January 1, 2016 the opportunity to take fun, educational sessions of their choice, experience life in the dorms, attend well-chaperoned youth activities, and meet peers from across the state.
Information and registration forms are now available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events/4-h_exploration_days. Enrollment forms will be entered in the order that they are received at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township beginning March 15th. Turning forms in early may increase your chances of getting your preferred sessions, but will not guarantee it.
The cost for this year's event is $165 per person (4-H members) or $175 per person (non-members), plus any applicable session fees. An $80 deposit is required to reserve your spot.
A limited number of partial scholarships will be available from MSU Extension and the Macomb County 4-H Youth Council. The MSU Extension scholarship is open to youth members and non-members. The Council scholarship is open to Macomb County 4-H members and screened 4-H volunteers.
Participants will be housed either two to a room or four to a room, depending on the dorm our county is placed in. Macomb County roommates will be selected according to age and interests.
All participants, including returning participants, are required to attend one of two orientations offered in Macomb County:
Exploration Days Orientation #1
June 6, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
MSU Extension Assembly Rooms
21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E
Clinton Township, MI 48036
Exploration Days Orientation #2
June 7, 2016     6-8:30 p.m.
Thompson Community Center
11370 Hupp Avenue
Warren, MI 48089
Balance information, session confirmations, orientation details and personal data sheets will be sent to participants in mid-May. Balance payments, personal data sheets and any outstanding forms are due on or before your orientation date.
Chaperones and County Conference Assistants (CCAs) : Adults, please consider being a chaperone or  CCA for the Macomb County delegation. We will need one male and one female CCA, and at least one (same-sex) chaperone for every ten youth participants.
For more information, contact Jeran Culina at culinaje@anr.msu.edu or 586-469-5979, 
or Roberta Busquaert at Macomb.4h@macombgov.org or 586-469-6431.

Macomb County Teen to Travel to Japan
Jase Oswald is only 15 and already he has taken steps to be a world traveler. Jase hosted a  Japanese youth delegate from the LABO organization  last summer. The two bonded and the youth is returning the favor by hosting Jase this year in his homeland. He will travel from Detroit to Seattle and then continue with other exchange delegates to Japan. 
Running strong since the summer of 1972, Michigan 4-H is again hosting Japanese youth delegates from the LABO organization. The Japanese youth will stay with Michigan host families for 3 ½  weeks between Sunday, July 24 and Saturday, August 20, 2016. The program flier is attached.
MSU Extension is looking for host families for 14 Japanese youth: five girls (ages 13-16) and nine boys (ages 12-14). Their ages and descriptions are in the attached document, "2016 Summer Delegates"
In addition, MSU Extension has eight Japanese delegates with special needs.  These delegates (ages 12-14) either have allergies to pet hair, foods, or take medication for ADHD or epilepsy. They would like to visit the U.S. this summer and stay with a host family.  See their  descriptions at  http://www.states4hexchange.org/coordinators/weekly-update-media/2016_SPNDelegateInformation_3.17.16.pdf
If your 4-H member would like to take international opportunities, contact Elizabeth Duran, Macomb County 4-H Program Coordinator. There are opportunities to travel to Poland, Belize or Japan.
Other News & Events
Gardening Classes Offered
Companion Planting - Tuesday, April 19, 2016 
Join MSU Extension Consumer Horticulture coordinator, Mary Gerstenberger, as we take a look at the friend and enemy plants of the garden. The Companion Planting presentation will cover what companion plants are, or are not; talk about what makes good companions; and what services they provide to one another, as well as the gardener. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension in Clinton Township. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest, $5 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Who's in My Backyard? - Monday, May 23, 2016  
Ever wonder why a Robin cocks his head? Can't tell the difference between a Downy and Hairy Woodpecker? And, what does a Red Winged Blackbird have in common with the TV show Sister Wives? Learn the answer to these questions, and more fun facts about birds. The program is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. Presented by Pam Goros of Wild Birds Unlimited in Macomb Township, it's free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 for all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
The Iris Lady - Thursday, June 30, 2016 
Advanced Master Gardener Betty Slominski will show participants how to divide all of those overgrown Iris plants in our gardens. This will be a hands-on class, so dig up a clump or two of Iris from your garden and bring them to class. You will be taking home your divided, healthy Iris, and maybe even make a few trades with classmates. If you have "buggy" Iris, please bring them to class. The class is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township.CLASS SIZE LIMITED. Registration is required. The program is free to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +1 guest and $5 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Viburnums - Thursday, July 14, 2016 
Join Advanced Master Gardener Cheryl English as she educates session participants on one of the most diverse geneses of garden-worthy shrubs. Viburnums are also less utilized than they should be, due to that very diversity. Get beyond "garden" variety and explore some other options with this charismatic group of plants, and become acquainted with some superb native species in the process. The class is from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Macomb County MSU Extension, 21885 Dunham Road, Clinton Township. The cost is $5 to Macomb County Master Gardener Association members +2 guests and $10 to all others. R.S.V.P. to macombmga@gmail.com.
Diabetes PATH Self-Management Program
Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Toward Health) self-management program begins April 4, 2016 from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. This program is for those living with diabetes or caring for someone with diabetes. Learn techniques to manage symptoms, fatigue, pain, stress, frustration and fear. Also learn strategies for healthy eating, exercises to improve strength and endurance and how to work more effectively with your doctor. The workshop runs 2/12 hours per week for 6 weeks. The cost is $15. Receive a $15 gift card when you complete the program! For more information or to register, call the Area Agency on Aging 1-B at 800-852-7795 or visit AAA1B.com.
Macomb County residents asked to take the MCHD Community Health Survey
The Macomb County Health Department is conducting a Community Health Survey and is seeking participation from those who live, work and play in Macomb County. The results will help prioritize current public health needs and will allow for the enhancement of future services of public health in Macomb County. Please consider taking three to five minutes to fill the survey out online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCcomhealth.
Raising Money Smart Children - April 23
Michigan State University Extension is offering "Raising Money Smart Children", a FREE workshop at Thompson Community Center, 11370 Hupp Avenue in Warren, from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, for adults and their children in grades 3-6. Adults and children will engage in activities designed to explore wants vs. needs, allowance, spending plans, and saving tips, and practice managing their money as a family unit. Seating is limited and lunch is provided. R.S.V.P. to 586-469-7614 by April 21, 2016.

Calendars of Events
Macomb County 4-H Calendar of Events

March 25
Macomb County offices close at noon

March 30
6:30 p.m., Ray Township Senior Center, Ray Township

March 31
Real Colors Training
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Oakland County Executive Office Building, Waterford Township

April 4-8
Thompson Community Center, Warren

April 13-24
TSC stores, Romeo and New Haven

April 16
Macomb County 4-H Observation Ride
MacErin Equestrian Centre, Lenox Township

April 16
10-11:30 a.m., Apple Store at Partridge Creek, Clinton Township

May 5
Generational Differences Training
10 a.m.-3 p.m., YouthVille, Detroit

June 6
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #1
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

June 7
4-H Exploration Days Orientation #2
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, Thompson Community Center, Warren

June 18
Armada Fairgrounds, Armada

Other Events

April 4

April 19
Companion Planting
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

April 23
Raising Money Smart Children
6-8 p.m., Thompson Community Center, Warren

May 23
Who's in My Backyard?
6:30 p.m., MSU Extenison, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

June 30
The Iris Lady
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

July 14
6:30 p.m., MSU Extension, VerKuilen Building, Clinton Township

State 4-H Calendar of Events
April 6
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
April 10
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
April 16
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing

Anthony Hall, MSU, East Lansing

April 22-24
Kettunen Center
April 22-23
Anthony Hall & MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
April 23
4-H Day at the West Michigan Whitecaps
Contact Kristi Ayers 
Fifth Third Ballpark, Grand Rapids
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing
April 24
Comerica Park, Detroit
May 12
May 20-21
Eaton County Fairgrounds, Charlotte

June 3-5
Camp Tuhsmeheta, Greenville  
June 22-24
MSU, East Lansing

For the most up-to-date events listing, go to http://4h.msue.msu.edu/events
Statewide 4-H News
Making $en $e of Money for People of All Ages
On the National Financial Educators Council's web site, it observes that: "Money is a fact of everyday life, and learning to manage money well is critical to achieving freedom, independence, and success."Yet, while financial education and money management are important, it can be difficult to find good resources to discuss saving, spending, sharing and preserving money with our children and youth.
April is Financial Literacy Month. Originally the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) (pronounced knée-fee) began this observance as Financial Literacy for Youth Day. It was an activity of NEFE's High School Financial Planning Program. When NEFE turned Financial Literacy Day over to the  Jump$tart Coalition, that organization expanded the program and its final change was from one day to a month designated to recognize the need for financial literacy for individuals of all ages. With this year's theme, "Envision a Financially Literate Future,"the Jump$tart Coalition seeks to acknowledge the importance of preparing young people for their future. In 2016, Money Smart Week will be held from April 23 to 30.
Michigan 4-H Youth Development offers many opportunities for young people to learn about personal finance, including fund-raising for their club or a community service project, participating in clubs dedicated to investment, and selling their own entrepreneurial products or their own market animal at the fair. There is a Michigan 4-H Youth Money Management web site filled with:
  • News articles. For example, did you know there is a retirement account that young people can set up?
  • Upcoming events. This includes 4-H Exploration Days, which will feature six sessions in all (including everything from coin collecting and thinking through buying a first car to how to spend money without risk) and
  • A collection of important resources. Since teaching money skills to people starting at the very early stages of life is important, did you know this web site points to a collection of 53 activities based around children's literature that has money as a theme?
For more information, you may contact:
State 4-H Goat Expo
The State 4-H Goat Expo is April 16, 2016 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. All exhibitors must be aged 9-19 as of January 1, 2016. Contests will include a quiz bowl, breed judging, skill-a-thon, illustrated talk, problem solving, creative writing, educational posters, cookery and foods, and arts and crafts. The cost is $5 per participant plus $3 per contest. Register online at http://events.anr.msu.edu/goatexpo.  For more information, contact Katie Ockert at 517-432-5270.

Upcoming Horse Events

Norma Agnew Memorial 4-H Hairy Horse Show/Clinic, April 10
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available.  Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback as well! Find event details and a showbill at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs. Purchase stalls at https://commerce.cashnet.com/msu_3645.
4-H Pattern-O-Rama Horse Show/Clinic, April 16
MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
Space will be limited for this event, only 100 stalls available.  Focusing on showmanship, equitation, and horsemanship. Judges will wear microphones and share critiques with exhibitors to help improve their performance.  Audience members (free) can hear feedback! The event details and showbill are online at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs
4-H Equine Educational Expo, April 22-23
Anthony Hall and MSU Pavilion, East Lansing, MI
The state-level contests for public speaking, presentations, horse bowl, horse judging, and hippology.
Registration and event details available at http://www.ans.msu.edu/extension/horse_youth_programs.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Taylor Fabus at 517-353-1748 or tenlenta@msu.edu.
Important State 4-H Horse Show Dates:
Entry deadline: July 18, 2016
State 4-H Horse Show: August 19-21, 2016
State 4-H Miniature Horse Show: August 27, 2016

4-H Shooting Sports Adult and Teen Instructor Certification Workshop
The 4-H Shooting Sports Adult and Teen Instructor Certification Workshop scheduled for April 22-24, 2016 at Kettunen Center is now open for registration. Register online by April 10, 2016 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/ShootingSportsWorkshop2016/. If not paying online with a credit card, please send payment and a copy of your registration receipt to ANR Event Services, 446 W. Circle Drive, Room 11, East Lansing, MI 48824. 

State 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Expo
Hop to it! The 4-H Rabbit & Cavy Expo is June 11, 2016 at MSU. Find more information at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_rabbit_and_cavy_expo . Register online by June 3, 2016 at http://events.anr.msu.edu/event.cfm?eventID=E1913089101F8254.

Michigan Renewable Energy Camp
Registration is now open for Michigan 4-H Renewable Energy Camp, a five-day exploration camp held at MSU for youth who are ages 13-19 as of January 1, 2016. Campers will explore ideas, research and opportunities in the field of energy as it relates to natural resources and agriculture. Submit applications online at http://msue.anr.msu.edu/events/4_h_renewable_energy_camp_1 by May 1, 2016. See http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/4_h_renewable_energy_camp for more information.

Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp
The Michigan 4-H Companion Animal Camp will be held on June 3-5, 2016 at Camp Tuhsmeheta in Greenville, Michigan. Campers and their dogs will have the opportunity to attend various sessions such as games to play with your dog, learn hands on skills from a veterinarian, new training techniques, make it take it crafts and more. Campers will also have many opportunities to partake in camp activities such as an evening campfire, a climbing tower and hiking trails.
Camp Tuhsmeheta offers various lodging options to participants: lodge, tent or camper/RV sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on ammenities at Camp Tuhsmeheta, please visit their website. Additional program information can be found in the program materials: 
Camp registrations must be postmarked by May 7, 2016.  Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Program
Enroll now for the 2016 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series and become a 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader! A multi-session training program is designed to develop the skills of adults interested in using the outdoors to help young people develop life skills and competencies. The training program includes an introduction to the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge program and training in the technical skills needed for backpacking, caving, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, orienteering, winter camping, and outdoor survival. The training program also focuses on risk management, leadership skills, processing skills, initiative games and group dynamics.
You must be at least 16 to enroll in the training series, and at least 21 to become a certified 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge leader. After successfully completing each training component, you can begin working with youth at the level for which you've been trained if you also meet the CPR and Standard First Aid certification requirements.
Level 1: 
Orientation - May 6-8. 2016
Level 2: 
Kayaking - August 12-14, 2016
Flatwater Canoeing - August 19-21, 2016
 Winter Camping - February 17-19, 2017
Level 3: 
Rock Climbing - May 27-29, 2016
Swiftwater Canoeing - by arrangement
Caving - Suspended
Level 2 is not a prerequisite for participation in Level 3. Trainings are $50 per training at each level, up to $300. To enroll for 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge (OAC) leader training, you must:
1. Complete the MSU Extension Volunteer Selection Process through your county MSU Extension office.
2. Complete the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Enrollment Form available online at http://4h.msue.msu.edu/4h/outdoor_adventure_challenge or from Nick Baumgart, 4-H OAC Coordinator at 906-774-0363 or baumga75@anr.msu.edu.
3. Mail the enrollment form and fee (check payable to Michigan State University) as indicated on the form. Deadlines and fees vary for each training.
The deadline for enrollment and Level 1 (orientation) sign up is April 29, 2016. For more information about the 4-H Outdoor Adventure Challenge Leader Training Series, contact Seth Martin at 
(586) 783-8163 or Nick Baumgart, (906) 774-0363.

Livestock Resources 
As the weather starts to warm up, I wanted to quickly remind you of the spring livestock sales links shows and the requirement for swine at exhibition to have official identification.
1)   The commodity organizations created sale listings for beef, sheep and swine beginning in 2013 and continue to provide this sale resource.  The sheep and swine resources are being added to each day and will continue to grow. I encourage you to visit the following sites, utilizing our industry connections, to gain access to the Michigan livestock sales:

Sheep - MI Club Lamb Association:  http://www.michcla.com/eventsmembersales.html
Sheep - MI Sheep Breeders Association:  http://www.misheep.org/sales.htm   (one flyer is also attached)
Swine - MI Pork Producers Association:  http://www.mipork.org/youth/show-pigs/
Beef - Michigan Cattlemen's Association (list available in the fall):  http://www.micattlemen.org/
2)   There continues to be more and more spring livestock shows. Attached you will find a listing of MSU Animal Science events as well as a flyer for two other shows.  There are many more offered throughout the state if youth are looking to participate in or watch other shows.  Additional information about spring shows can be found on the webpage for each specific show.  Many times, they will also be shared on the  Michigan 4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Facebook  page. As a reminder, practicing proper  Biosecurity  and making sure youth disinfect show equipment will help keep animals healthier as they prepare for fair and/or return at the farm. 
3)  As a reminder, according to Public Act 466 of the Animal Industry Act official identification for exhibition swine is required by state law. The purpose of official identification is to help the state track swine if a disease outbreak occurs. This includes all swine being shown at exhibitions, including county fairs, jackpot shows, birthing exhibits and other events. Official identification is imprinted with a nationally unique official animal identification number and bears the official U.S. shield. Attached you will find two frequently asked questions sheets that should walk you through the majority of your concerns about swine ID at exhibition. These resources are also available at the MSUE Swine page at:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/resources/michigan_exhibition_swine_official_identification .  Additionally, MSUE has created another online resource that has links to additional pages about swine exhibition:  http://msue.anr.msu.edu/program/info/exhibition_swine . In brief, MDARD will again be providing NUES tags to fairs   again this year  (please select the plastic tags) . I also wanted to take a minute to applaud all of you for your efforts in 2015; only four Michigan fairs were not in compliance! Nice job in helping to educate others!
Julie Thelen
Michigan State University Extension
4-H Livestock and Veterinary Science Educator

Michigan's Adventure to host 4-H Day - June 4th
Michigan's Adventure will be partnering with Muskegon County 4-H to host a  4-H Day  on Saturday, June 4, 2016. Michigan 4-H members, volunteers, staff and their families are all invited. To get the discount on the day of the event, wear a 4-H shirt or bring something designating that you are with Michigan 4-H. Let's pack the park with 4-H clovers!!
The cost is $24 plus $6 with a lunch. Everyone will pay for their tickets on the day of the event. R.S.V.P. for the event and the lunch to (231) 766-9959 or  youthsales@miadventure.com  by June 1st.
World Food Prize
The  World Food Prize - Michigan Youth Institute  is an experience designed to inspire and engage youth as the next generation of researchers, scholars, policymakers and leaders in addressing the vital topic of global food security.  Michigan high school students select, research and write a paper about a global food security topic in a developing country of their choice. Students will present their research to peers and experts, and experience how Michigan State University leads the way in addressing global food security, during an exciting day on the campus of MSU on May 12, 2016. The youth with the best research projects will be eligible to represent Michigan at the World Food Prize - Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa (October 12-14, 2016) and may qualify to apply for scholarships and prestigous paid internships which will have them working side-by-side with leading food security researchers in the United States or around the world! 
For more information on how to participate in the 2015 Michigan Youth Institute, contact 
Makena Schultz at schul430@anr.msu.edu or (517) 432-7603 and Brian Wibby 
at wibby@anr.msu.edu  or  (906) 475-5731.