4-H News – Nancy Lambert – 2-16-17
Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification Training, 4-H Management Committee and two special release’s from University of Illinois Extension

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Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification Training

Quality Assurance and Ethics Certification (QAEC) training will be required in 2017 for any youth enrolled in one or more of the following livestock project areas:  Beef, Dairy, Cats, Dogs, Goats, Horse & Pony, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine, and Animal or Vet Science Poster Projects.

All 4-H members enrolled in an animal project area are required to complete the online QAEC course one time in order to stay enrolled.  If the training is not completed, youth will be pulled from their project and therefore not be eligible to exhibit at the county 4-H shows or the Illinois State Fair Junior Show.

The training is to be completed online at:  http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/

Youth only need to complete the training once.  The deadline for completing the training is June 1, 2017.  Any youth not completing the training by this date will be removed from any of the mentioned project areas and will not be allowed to exhibit these projects at the Saline County 4-H Shows.

This statewide rule applies to 4-H members who exhibit live animals and poster exhibits about animals.

Upon completing the training, youth are asked to please print out the certificate and bring it in to the Extension office.  The State 4-H Office is notified when an exhibitor completes his/her training.

Any youth needing help accessing the internet to complete this training are asked to call the Extension Office at 252-8391.

4-H Management Committee

The Saline County 4-H Management Committee met on January 23, 2017 to elect officers, set the meeting dates for the year, hear reports from the 4-H Federation, and to approve changes to the 4-H Handbook voted on at the 4-H Livestock Committee meeting.

Serving as officers this year are:  James Bond – Chairman, Tim Arnold – Vice-Chairman, and Samantha Parish – Secretary.  The committee is made up of one appointed adult volunteer from each county 4-H club and the current Saline County 4-H Federation officers.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension office.

National Children’s Dental Health Month

(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)

The American Dental Association (ADA) and the ADA Foundation commemorate National Children’s Dental Health Month every February to raise awareness about the importance of oral health.  The health of our teeth and gums depends on a lifetime of care, so developing healthy habits at an early age and visiting the dentist regularly is important.

While many parents wait to schedule their child’s visit to the dentist until the toddler or preschool years, oral hygiene should begin at birth.  A baby’s gums should be wiped using a clean moist gauze pad or washcloth until a toothbrush can be used.  Regardless of age, everyone should keep their teeth clean by brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing once daily.  Dental appointments should be every six months and should begin by the time a baby is one year old.  Limiting sugary snacks and beverages is also key to oral health.

For more information on oral health across the lifespan, visit:  http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en.

Women Changing the Face of Agriculture

(The following is a special release from University of Illinois Extension.)

Are you a young woman interested in a career in agriculture?  Consider attending the “Women Changing the Face of Agriculture” Conference on the University of Illinois campus March 10, 2017.  The keynote speaker is Elzandi Oosthuizen, vice-president of global strategy at Monsanto.

Oosthuzien’s 12-year career with Monsanto began in South Africa. Her career accomplishments include global and regional roles in the seed and traits, crop protection, and vegetable operations.

The conference offers career advice and direction for young women in high school and college who are thinking about a career in agriculture.  At the conference, women learn more about careers in the industry, network with women from across the country, and interact with others interested in similar careers.

To learn more about the conference, visit:  womenchangingthefaceofagriculture.com.

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