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4-H Newsletter March 2020
Upcoming Events

1   Fair entry deadline for 4-H exhibits
14-20   Ford County Fair
21-26    Illini Summer Academies

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.

New Poultry Class Being Offered at Ford County 4-H Show

The Ford County 4-H Poultry Show is bring back the meat bird production class!

Class description: Pen of 3 males or 3 females. These meat chickens will be ordered by the poultry superintendent in April.  Only chickens ordered by superintendent may be shown in the Meat Bird Production Class. These birds may not be shown in any other class. 

Birds will be approximately $2.25 each. You must contact poultry superintendent Darrell Foster 217-249-2369 by April 1st if you want to participate in this class so he can order accurate number of chicks. Please refer any questions to Darrell.

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. The course must be completed by June 1, 2020 in order for youth to show at county and/or state livestock shows. 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. This certification is needed each year with test out options of 1-3 years. The estimated cost for the face-to-face training will be $3 and $12 for the online version. The Ford-Iroquois 4-H Foundation is covering the cost for all Ford and Iroquois 4-H members to complete the in-person training. You must register at go.illinois.edu/YQCA2020 to receive a coupon code for the in-person training. Local certification trainings will be held the following dates:

  • March 14, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. @Ford-Iroquois Farm Bureau, Gilman 
  • April 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @DACC, Danville
  • May 4, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @Champaign Extension office, Champaign
  • May 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. @Moyer District Library, Gibson City

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.


It is time again for the Annual Iroquois County Swine Clinic!  This year brings the same top notch training from industry professionals on topics such as picking the best show pig to showmanship skills and best practices.  New this year will be the YQCA certification training for FREE directly following the clinic form 10:30am-12pm.  Please see below for clinic details and if you are interested in staying for the free YQCA training, please check yes on the registration @ go.illinois.edu/swineclinic2020


The Iroquois Rabbit Breeders Association will be hosting their annual 4-H rabbit workshop Saturday, April 11, 1:00-3:00pm at Crescent City Grade School Gym, 600 South St, Crescent City, IL 60928. 

There will be talks and demonstrations that will teach members some of the basics of raising rabbits. Any questions that you may have about the project can be answered at the workshop, and specific topics will include:

  • Equipment needs,
  • Breeds of rabbits,
  • Feed and care of rabbits,
  • Tattooing,
  • Showing rabbits at the fair

At the conclusion of the workshop, there will be a rabbit giveaway.  All first year rabbit project 4-H members are eligible to participate in the giveaway.  Rabbits donated will be given to 4-Hers (beginning with local county 4-H members) who don’t yet have any rabbits. 

Although this workshop is focused on 1st year members, all youth interested in rabbits are welcome to attend.  Even if you are not enrolled in rabbits, but think you may be interested, please feel free to come.  Everyone is welcome!

Please direct any questions about the program to Darrel Clatterbuck, Iroquois County Fair Rabbit Superintendent, at dmclatt@hotmail.com 

Study Food Science and Win Cash

Science is cool, and now it pays! A $50 cash prize will be awarded to the top food science project in each county by the Chicagoland Food Science Foundation. Be sure to enroll in one of the four food science projects and learn more about the foundation. Look for more information this summer.

Ford-Iroquois Sharpshooters Upcoming Schedule

The schedule for indoor air rifle is the following Monday's:  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 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


Join the Jamaica Flatlanders 4-H Club for a Tractor Driving Clinic on Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds. All 4-H members enrolled in the tractor project or interested in finding out more about the project are encouraged to attend. The clinic will prepare 4-H members for the Unit 4-H Tractor Driving Contest at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds on Wednesday, June 24 and the State Tractor Driving Contest. Topics will include: safety, part identification, and members will get a chance to practice driving a course that will be similar to the unit contest. All 4-H members are welcome to attend!

There will also be a multi-county tractor driving contest held June 24, 9:00 a.m. at the Vermilion County Fairgrounds. Members need to sign up for the contest in Fair Entry by June 1. Contest requirements are as follows:

Lawn Tractor Contest (ages 8-9) Members are required to be enrolled in a tractor project (Tractor A-D) to participate. Entrants will complete a written test and part identification. 4-H members in class will not participate in the driving portion of the contest. 

Lawn Tractor Driving Contest (ages 10-12) Members are required to be enrolled in a tractor project (Tractor A-D) to participate in the driving competition. Entrants will complete a written test and specified course of driving events.

Tractor Driving Contest (ages 13- 18) Members are required to be enrolled in a tractor project (Tractor A-D) to participate in the driving competition. Entrants will complete a written test and specified course of driving events.


Imagine getting to work alongside university professors while you’re still in HIGH SCHOOL! Imagine getting to hang out on a college campus. Imagine spending five days with kids your age from all across Illinois. That’s what happens at Illini Summer Academies, so stop imagining it and just do it!
This conference runs June 21-26 on the University of Illinois campus. Explore one of 13 different programs during the week. Illini Summer Academies is supported through the Illinois 4-H Foundation and intended to serve youth living in Illinois.

  • Learn more @ illinois.edu/illini4H. Registration opens March 16 and closes April 17.
  • Apply for a scholarship @ illinois.edu/illini4Hscholarship before April 1. The scholarship covers the $260 base cost of the conference. Any academy cost is responsibility of the attendee.
  • Space for each academy is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Many academies reach capacity before the registration closes, so don’t wait. Academies and costs include:
    • AGRICULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND COMMUNICATION. Department: Ag Leadership, Education, and Communication. College: Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. Cost TBD.
    • ANIMAL SCIENCES. Department: Animal Sciences. College: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. Cost: $370.
    • BEEKEEPING. Department: Entomology. College: Liberal Arts and Sciences. Cost: TBD
    • CHEMISTRY AROUND US. Department: Chemistry. College: Liberal Arts and Sciences. Cost: $280.
    • ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER ENGINEERING. Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering. College: Engineering. Cost: $485.
    • GAME DESIGN: STORYTELLING AND FABRICATION. Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab. Cost: $335.
    • HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND FAMILY STUDIES. Department: Human Development and Family Studies. College: Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. Cost: $295.
    • JOURNEY FROM FARM TO TABLE. Department: Food Science and Human Nutrition. College: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. Cost $360.
    • MEAT JUDGING & EVALUATION. Department: Animal Sciences. College: Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences. Cost: $310.
    • SUSTAINABLE SUMMER. Department: Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. College: Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences. Cost: $310.
    • MOLECULAR AND CELLULAR BIOLOGY. School: Molecular & Cellular Biology. College: Liberal Arts & Sciences. Cost: $385. No repeat students from last year.
    • VETERINARY MEDICINE. Graduate College: Veterinary Medicine. Cost: $375. Open to youth who have completed 10th No repeat students from last year.
    • WORK HARD, PLAY HARD. College: Applied Health Sciences. Cost: $280.



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

Cheer on 4-H and the Cardinals

Illinois and Missouri 4-H members, parents, volunteers, and alumni will gather at Busch Stadium on Saturday, May 9 for the 19th annual 4-H Day with the Cardinals.  The Cardinals will play the New York Mets in an afternoon game. Tickets for the game are $28 each and include a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H Clover on the back and the Cardinals emblem on the front.

Families who purchase tickets will have the opportunity to participate in a parade around the Busch Stadium outfield.  Pre-game ceremonies will include a recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first pitches by an Illinois and Missouri 4-H member. As an added bonus, the Cardinals give-away item for the game is an adult mystery player alternate blue jersey. The first 30,000 fans age 16 and older will receive either a Mikolas, DeJong, or Flaherty jersey.

Tickets for the event must be ordered through the Missouri 4-H Online system and paid for with a debit/credit card.

  1. Go to illinois.edu/4HCardinals2020 before March 23 or earlier because they sell out quickly!
  2. Click the “Tickets” down arrow.
  3. Select “Non 4-H Member Instructions” (meaning we are not MISSOURI 4-H MEMBERS)
  4. Don’t use your Illinois 4-H online profile.

You can also register for fun prizes and opportunities, such as throwing out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to other Cardinal baseball games. For information about ticket or t-shirt orders, contqact Rhonda Shafer, at shafferr@missouri.edu or 636 528-4613. For information about the parade, game day activities: contact Dave Hileman at hilemand@missouri.edu or 636-583-5141.

Host an International Youth this Summer

Host a Japanese or South Korean youth this summer through States’ 4-H International! Expand your family’s cultural understanding, learn about new foods and customs, and possibly learn a new language all while sharing your own. Your children will build lifelong friendships and will gain new perspectives on their own country, too! Families are needed for July 22 through August 17.

Be aware:

  • Families hosting a youth must have a child the same gender and approximate age (12-18) as the incoming youth.
  • Youth must have a separate bed; a separate room is not required.
  • Host family selection is dependent on completion of an application and screening process, as well as student availability and personality compatibility.
  • Applications are accepted until all placements are made

For more information, visit: http://www.states4hexchange.org. Find us on Facebook @ facebook.com/Illinois4hexchange  or contact Illinois representatives Miriam Rosenbohm @ rosenbohm07@comcast.net  or Elisha Hughes @ ehugh2@illinois.edu.   


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