4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 2-9-17
    4-H Horse & Pony Committee to Meet, Federation Cosmic Bowling and from University of Illinois Extension – Get $500 for Research on Corn, Soybeans, and Small Grains

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    4-H Horse & Pony Committee to Meet
    The Saline County 4-H Horse & Pony Committee will meet on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Extension office.
    The committee will be electing officers, reviewing the 2016 4-H Horse & Pony Show, discussing changes to the Horse & Pony Rules pages of the 2017 Saline County 4-H Handbook, and discussing upcoming 2017 4-H horse events and related activities. All newly appointed committee members and any other interested 4-H members or volunteers are welcome to attend.

    Federation Cosmic Bowling
    The Saline County 4-H Federation is sponsoring an evening of Cosmic Bowling at Ross Cottom Lanes on Friday, February 24. All 4-H club members and adult volunteers are invited to join us from 6:00 û 8:00 p.m. to bowl a game or two and meet some 4-H members from other counties.
    Members are encouraged to increase their club membership by inviting a friend to bowl and to find out about 4-H. Saline County 4-H participants will again be joined by 4-H youth and adults from the other counties in our six-county unit – Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Pope, and White.
    The cost is $3.50 per game, per person. Don’t forget to bring additional money for refreshments that evening.
    For us to have enough lanes reserved, club leaders or individual families must call the Extension office at 252-8391 by Friday, February 10, to RSVP.

    Get $500 for Research on Corn, Soybeans, and Small Grains
    (The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)
    If you are interested in research associated with growing or cooking with corn, soybeans, and/or small grains, the Illinois Soybean Association and DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred are offering $500 Clover Challenge Grants to 4-H members.
    The Illinois Soybean Association will provide five, $500 grants for youth interested in a topic related to soybeans; while Pioneer Hi-Bred will provide five, $500 grants for youth interested in exploration of corn or small grains. Research may relate to but is not limited to production practices, processing, crop and/or crop-byproduct utilization (nutrition related exploration).
    In both grant opportunities, 4-H members, ages 15-18, are challenged to research a topic
    Over the course of the 4-H program year and design at least two different delivery methods to share their findings. Youth should select delivery methods that best showcase their findings which may include, but are not limited to an educational presentation, video, flyer, or brochure. Successful applicants will select a mentor to work with during their study.
    The deadline for application submission is February 15, 2017 and projects must be completed by August 31, 2017. More information is available for the Clover Challenge Grant opportunity at the Illinois 4-H Foundation website: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/grants/clover. If you have questions, please contact Pat McGlaughlin, Extension Specialist, 4-H Youth Development, State 4-H Office, patm@illinois.edu.

     

    Saline County 4-H member, Audrey Brooks, with the assistance of 4-H Livestock Committee Chairman, Dan Evans, prepares to weigh and tattoo her Hereford steer for the 2017 Saline County 4-H Rate of Gain Contest and Beef Show to be held in July. Market Beef exhibitors gathered at the Saline County fairgrounds on Saturday to weigh and tattoo their projects. Other exhibitors with market beef projects are reminded that they have 10 days after the weigh-in to tag their animals and turn in identifying information to the Extension office. Call Nancy at 618-252-8391 for more information.
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