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4-H Newsletter February 2020
Upcoming Events

1   Fair entry deadline for 4-H exhibits
14-20   Ford County Fair
21-27    Illini Summer Academies


Ford County 4-H members and their families are invited to the U of I ice arena February 15, 9:30-11:30a.m. Enjoy skating with friends, hot chocolate, and donuts.  Space is limited for this free event so make sure to register soon!

Choosing Projects

Don't forget to enroll/re-enroll for the 2019-2020 4-H year! Project enrollment deadline is January 15 for beef and April 15 for all other projects.  We have dozens of projects you can choose to take, and ways to help you learn! Check out the online project guide here and project resources available @ https://4h.extension.illinois.edu/project-resources.
Give us a call at the Extension office if you have questions 815-268-4051.

Beef Tattoo and Weigh-in

Beef tattoo and weigh-in is tomorrow, February 1, 9 -10:30 a.m. at Seibring’s Farm.  The address is 584 N 1600 E Rd., Paxton. Directions: At the corner of Rt. 9 & 115 go 1 mile north, turn and go one mile east, finally turn and go one mile north.  The farm is on the east side of the road.

4-Hers are asked to clean the ears on their animal(s) with rubbing alcohol prior to the weigh-in. Also, please have a halter on your animal. There is no charge for the EID tags.  All members will receive a copy of their nomination forms in the mail.

Taking an Animal Project? READ THIS!

For members enrolled in dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats:
The YQCA is a new livestock quality assurance program that is replacing PQA which no longer exists. All 4-H exhibitors of these animals will be required to certify in the YQCA program each year starting for the 2020 show season. Attend either a face to face class or certify on-line 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. The course must be completed by June 1, 2020 in order for youth to show at county and/or state livestock shows. Information on local face-to-face training workshops will be announced soon.

For members enrolled in horses, rabbits, poultry, dogs, and cats:
The Quality Assurance and Ethics training is required for youth in horses, rabbits, poultry, dogs and cats. You only need to take it once in your lifetime. Those who don’t complete the training by June 1, 2020 will be removed from the animal project and will not be eligible to exhibit at county fairs. The website is open year round @ 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.


6 meetings will be offered January through June at the Onarga Extension office for youth interested in joining our new Farm Display Club! Come discover how to plan and build a great farm display to show at fair.  This club is open to all youth ages 8-18 years old by September 1, 2019.

It's not too late to join the new Farm Display 4-H Club! Visit the Paxton Farm Toy Show at Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School on February 1. Find leader Dave Hiles at his booth to learn more about the club.

Ford-Iroquois Sharpshooters Upcoming Schedule

The schedule for indoor air rifle is the following Monday's:  February 10 and 24, March 9 and 23, April 6 and 20.  The range is located in west end of I.W.H.S. building (old gym) with entrance on north side of building. Participants need athletic shoes, sweat shirt, and eye protection.  Youth ages 10-18 are eligible to participate in air rifle, but must be enrolled as part of the Ford-Iroquois Sharpshooters club through 4-H Online   If you have any questions you can contact local 4-H shooting sports coordinator Jim Miller at jamesandkaymiller@att.net

Archery will be meeting February 9 and 23, March 8 and 22, and April 5 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at the Crescent City Grade School.  Again, youth  must be enrolled in 4-H Online as part of the Ford-Iroquois Sharpshooters club. 

E-mails wil be sent out prior to each shooting event asking members to sign up for the event. If you have any questions you can contact Jen at the Extension office at 815-268-4051, jodle@illinois.edu



Registration for 4-H Memorial Camp will open Monday, February 3. Spaces fill up immediately, so save the date on your calendar!

There are 5 weeks of youth camp this year.

  • Week 1: June 2-6
  • Week 2: June 7-11
  • Week 3: June 14-18
  • Week 4: July 5-9
  • Week 5: July 26-30


Be A Camp Counselor
It may be cooling off now, but summer will return, and we need you to help mentor the campers at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Applications will be available in January on the state 4-H website. We’re looking for certified lifeguards and young adults interested in fishing, shelter building, tree and wildlife identification, and other outdoor adventures. We also need counselors interested in STEM programming. For information, contact Andy Davis @ ardavis1@illinois.edu or call 217-762-2741.


We’re looking for 4-H members interested in spreading the great news about 4-H. 4-H members 14 years of age or older can join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team. The next training is Saturday, March 21 at the Whiteside County Extension Office in Sterling.

The day-long training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, gives you the chance to explore your own 4-H history and why you are involved, put that story into words, and learn the best ways to approach donors, civic groups, elected officials, and others to talk about 4-H. Learn why 4-H believes in Positive Youth Development and how we emphasize the essential elements: Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery. All of this – and more – is a part of Speaking for Illinois 4-H! Once you’re trained, you’ll receive an invitation to be a part of our Legislative Connection events at the State Capitol. There is a $12 fee to attend the training to cover the cost of lunch and supplies, but Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation is willing to help with the cost. Registration is open @ go.illinois.edu/sfi4H.  


With the lake fully stocked, 4-H Fish Camp is back at 4-H Memorial Camp near Monticello. Fishing begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2 and lasts until 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Learn how to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill, and channel catfish. Learn about fishing tips, lures, bait, equipment, knots, fish behavior, fish management, and fish cleaning. Each group registered will be assigned their own log cabin for lodging with single bunks. Participants must bring their own bedding and toiletries.

A fee of $50 per person covers the complete program, lodging, boat, bait, and three buffet meals, including Saturday lunch and supper and a Sunday brunch. You’ll also have fresh fish fillets to take home! Pre-registration and payment is required.  To register, contact 4-H Memorial Camp at (217) 762-2741 or send an email to Curt Sinclair at sinclair@illinois.edu.

Learn more @ go.illinois.edu/4Hfishcamp


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