4-H News Nancy Lambert 12-4-19

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Youth for the Quality Care of Animals – YQCA Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a new livestock quality assurance program for 4-H members enrolled in Dairy Cattle, Beef Cattle, Swine, Sheep, and Goats. 4-H exhibitors of these animals will be required to certify in the YQCA program each year starting with the 2020 show season. Youth can attend a face-to-face class or certify online via the website http://yqca.org.† The YQCA program is for youth ages 8-21. The online version is broken into age divisions as follows: juniors 8-11, intermediate 12-14, senior 15-18, and young adults 19-21. This certification is needed each year with test out options of 1-3 years. Youth exhibiting swine at the Illinois State Fair and 4-H fairs are no longer required to be PQA plus certified. The estimated cost for the face-to-face training will be $3 and $12 for the online version. A face-to-face training for Unit 24 youth in Saline, Gallatin, Pope, Hardin, Hamilton, and White counties was held on November 16th at the Saline County U of I Extension office. Thirty-one of our youth were certified that day. Additional face-to-face trainings are planned for February 8th at the White County Extension office in Carmi and April 18th at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds in McLeansboro Please call the Nancy or Melissa at the 618-252-8391 if you need more information.
Quality Assurance and Ethic Certification (QAEC) For 4-H exhibitors of Horses, Rabbits, Poultry, Dogs and Cats, the Quality Assurance and Ethics (QAEC) is required. This is the training we have been using and youth only need to take it once in their 4-H career. Those who don’t complete the training will be removed from the animal science project and will not be eligible to exhibit at county fairs. The website is open year round @ http://web.extension.illinois.edu/qaec/. NOTE: Youth must be logged on to a computer for this program, either a desktop or laptop; not an iPad or iPhone.
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)
Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) is an amazing experience for 4-H members, 14 to 19 years of age can participate I this leadership experience where they will explore the legislative process through workshops and hands-on sessions, tour historical sights and museums, share their voice on issues, visit with congressional members representing Illinois in Washington, DC, and meet and interact with teens from other states while staying at the National 4-H Center.
The 2020 cost is estimated to be $1,305 with financial assistance supporting this experience provided by the Illinois 4-H Foundation. The registration deadline is Friday, January 3, 2020. Interested 4-H members can use this link to register: https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/events/citizenship-washington-focus

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