Beef Packet 1 is now online for entry forms for Beef steers going to the Big E. These forms are due to the county 4-H office by February 1 and Beef heifers by May 1, along with the 4-H approval form, Code of conduct form, and medical form. As well as Lease form for heifers only if applicable.
New Hampshire Agriculture in the Classroom (NHAITC) is an organization which helps NH students develop an understanding and appreciation for agriculture and the role that it plays in their daily lives. One of our annual activities is the Agriculture Literacy Program. Each year a book with a theme related to agriculture, is chosen and read in schools throughout the state. Supporting educational materials and presentations are also made available for teachers to expand the learning and integrate the topic into existing curriculum such as math, science, social studies, language arts, etc.
The book that will be shared in 2013 is called Mini Milk Maids on the Mooove by Rianna, Sheridan and Rebecca Chaney. It is about twin sisters who visit a dairy farm and learn about how the cows are cared for and how milk is produced. The book is appropriate for grades K-3rd. After the presentation, each book is donated to the school library for continued enjoyment and learning.
We are looking to build a "herd" of volunteers including dairy club members who are willing to visit schools during the month of March in celebration of National Agriculture Day, March 19th. If you would like to participate as a reader at your local school or if you have any questions about this program, please contact us at NHAITC or call 603-224-1934.
This training is designed for current 4-H volunteers as well as those who wish to become involved in the 4-H program. Shooting experience is not essential, but a willingness to learn about how to work effectively with youth is. Teen leaders 16 and older are welcome. Certified teen leaders must work under the direct supervision of a certified adult instructor. (Full Article) Brochure and Registration Form
2013 Youth Conservationist Program
Here is an essay contest for youth interested in preserving a heritage breed of sheep! This program awards a sheep at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival. Last year they awarded 15 different sheep to youth ages 9 -18. Wouldn't it be great if a New Hampshire 4-H youth participated! Application/essay must be postmarked by April 1, 2013.