1143 US Hwy. 41 NW Hamilton County Jasper, FL 32052-5856 Ph: 386-792-1276 Extension Newsletter Fax:386-792-6446 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes From Gregory T. Hicks… Hamilton County Fair Events Day… It’s that time of year again for the Hamilton County Fair September 2009 Events Day on Thursday, October 1st at the Hamilton County Arena. A day of fun includes the Swine Show and Sale, Horse Show, 4-H Dog Show and Pig Scramble. Don’t What’s Inside... forget about the annual BBQ Supper. The meal is $6.00 per plate (sliced boston butt, baked beans, cole slaw, bread and tea). So mark your calendars and come out to help support the youth. See schedule of Sunbelt Ag Expo 2 events on page 11. Farm Safety 3-4 The Sunbelt Ag Expo… Livestock 4 The Sunbelt Ag Expo will soon be here on October 20-22 near Moultrie, Georgia. Forages 5-6 For more information about the Expo, look on page 2. Small Grains 7-8 Vegetables 8 Notes From Allen B. Tyree… Pesticides 9 Farmers and homeowners, I know a lot of you do not have computers and therefore, cannot receive this newsletter through e-mail. We are going to have to cut our news- Livestock Show Dates 10 letter mailing list drastically due to decreases in funding from the university, however, Hamilton County Fair 11 if you want to continue receiving this newsletter through the mail, please let us know by September 14th. Call us at 386-792-1276, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm weekdays, or fill out 4-H 11-14 the form on page 17 and mail it back to us by September 14th. Family and Consumer 15 Science Notes From Heather M. Futch… Coming Events Calendar 16 Summer has surely flown by! Check page 13 to see if your picture got posted in the Request for Newsletter 17 summer highlights section of our newsletter. Clubs will be starting to meet in Septem- ber and I am proud to say that this year we will have three clubs up and running: Cor- inth Christian Academy, Hamilton County Homeschoolers, and Jennings First Chris- tian School. Be sure to stay tuned in for the activities that we have coming up soon! Hamilton County Extension 4-H Open House September 8th… Our third annual open house will be September 8th, 2009 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM with the mandatory Swine Meeting to follow. Representatives from each of the clubs we have will be present and you’ll have the opportunity to see what we’ve done in the past year and what we have planned for the next year! We’d like to get you involved with our plans by either becoming a member or a volunteer! Stop by and stay a minute or stop by and stay to talk! An Equal Opportunity Institution. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating. Table of Contents Sunbelt Ag Expo 2 Young Farmers Are At Risk of Hearing Loss 3-4 How Much Colostrum Should Be Fed To The Newborn Calf 4 Forage Growth and Stubble Height 5 Rye Forage Performance, 2008-2009 6 Wheat Grain Performance, 2008-2009 7 Winter Forages and Small Grains 8 Collard Variety Trail Winter 2008-2009 8 EPA Announces New Safety Measures for Soil Fumigant Use 9 Hamilton, Madison, & Suwannee Livestock Show Dates 10 Hamilton County Fair 11 Hamilton County 4-H Dog Show 11 4-H In Your Community Poster Contest 11 Hamilton County 4-Hers Head to Camp Cherry Lake 12 Summer Highlights 13 4-H Marine & Aquatic Photography Contest 14 Hamilton County Extension 4-H Open House 14 Debt Management in Tough Times 15 Stretch Your Food Dollars 15 Coming Events Calendar 16 Request for Newsletter 17 THE SUNBELT AG EXPO For Free Sunbelt Expo Information: Sunbelt Ag Expo OCTOBER 20-22, 2009 290-G Harper Blvd. The Sunbelt Agricultural Exposition is at Spence Field lo- Moultrie, Georgia 31788-2157 cated on 1,680 acres. It is 4 miles southeast of US Hwy 319 Ph: (229) 985-1968 (Veteran’s Parkway) on Hwy 133 near Moultrie, Georgia. The Expo is easily accessi- Fax: (229) 890-8518 ble from major highways and interstates. The Show hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Gen. Info: email@example.com (Tuesday & Wednesday) and 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Thursday). Admission cost is $7 per person per day. Children under 6 admitted free with adult. No pets, golf carts, Web: www.sunbeltexpo.com ATV’s. Wheelchairs and Handicap Scooters Permitted. Over 1,000 Exhibits and on- site equipment demonstrations will be at this years show. By: Gregory T. Hicks 2 Young Farmers Are At High Risk of Hearing Loss Young farmers are at high risk of noise-induced hearing loss, yet they often don’t realize it until permanent damage has occurred. Working around noisy farm tractors, combines, chain saws, grain dryers and/or squealing pigs without using hearing protection are among the many ways permanent hearing loss can result. One study of farmers and other rural Wisconsin residents found that nearly one quarter of the male farmers surveyed had experienced some hearing loss by the age of 30. That proportion rose to 50 percent by the age of 50. Fewer than 20 percent of the farmers surveyed reported consistent use of hearing protection in their farm-related duties. Another study of vocational agriculture students in Wisconsin found an increased prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss among students actively involved in farm work, compared to their peers who were not involved in farm work. Specifically, more than half of the farm students showed evi- dence of early noise-induced hearing loss, yet the use of hearing protection devices was infrequent -- just 9 percent of the farm students surveyed reported using hearing protection when working in noisy areas. Research has also shown a correlation between hearing loss and injuries on the farm. One study in Iowa showed that farmers who had trouble hearing normal conversation, even with a hearing aid, were 80 percent more likely than the other study participants to be injured in falls. The farmers who had trouble hearing were also more likely to suffer animal and machinery related injuries. The Facts Noise-induced hearing loss often occurs after repeated and prolonged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels. Yet permanent hearing loss can also result from a single nearby shotgun blast, dynamite blast or other loud, instantaneous impact noise. Many young farmers are exposed to dangerous noise levels both on and off the farm. A few exam- ples are: • Operating a tractor or combine without an enclosed cab. • Using such tools as hand drills, circular saws, air wrenches and table saws. • Listening to loud music at a rock concert or through the headphones of a personal music player. Operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV), motorcycle or snowmobile without using hearing protection. Regardless of your age, some early warning signs of hearing damage are these: • You have trouble hearing normal conversation, especially when talking on a cell phone. • Your co-workers, friends or family members need to raise their voices for you to hear what they are saying. You experience “ringing” in your ears. This noise -- which might also be hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking sounds -- is called tinnitus. If you have tinnitus, it’s likely that some level of hearing loss has already occurred. Many farmers believe that a hearing aid will restore lost hearing. This is untrue. A good hearing aid can help amplify sounds, but once even part of your hearing is gone, it’s gone. Yet noise-induced hearing loss can be prevented by taking the following actions. Continued on page 4 3 Continued from page 3 Important Tips Use hearing protection at all times you are exposed to loud noises. Hearing protector devices such as foam earplugs are inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk at your local hardware store or farm supply store. Try out different types of hearing protection and determine which style is most comfortable for you. Look for alternate ways to monitor equipment operation. Researchers have found that many farmers are concerned that using hearing protection will interfere with hearing sounds that could indicate equipment malfunction. Among the ways you can adapt are by watching the gauges on the dash and by paying close attention to changes in vibrations that could signal a malfunction. Keep hearing protector devices in a convenient location. Keep a supply of earplugs on your dresser and put some in your pockets each morning when you grab your cell phone. Hang pro- tective earmuffs or canal caps (earplugs attached to a band) on your tractor’s steering wheel. Maintain farm equipment in good condition. Replace worn, loose or unbalanced machine parts. Keep equipment well lubricated and properly adjusted. Limit your exposure to loud noise. Keep cab doors and windows shut. Stay away from noisy equipment if you don’t need to be near it. Free Resources They’re Your Ears: Protect Them -- Hearing Loss Caused by Farm Noise is Preventable Have You Heard? Hearing Loss Caused by Farm Noise is Preventable: Young Farmers’ Guide for Selecting and Using Hearing Protection Bulk copies of these brochures are available. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org CDC Noise Topic Page Source: Safety News & Notes - UF/IFAS Vol. 10, No. 4, June 2009 Edited by: Greg Hicks How Much Colostrum Should Be Fed To The Newborn Calf? The minimum amount is 2 quarts immediately after birth. Some veterinari- ans and nutritionists recommend one gallon (large-breed calf) to be fed im- mediately after birth to get higher levels of immunoglobulins in the blood. Most calves will not suck or consume a gallon, so an esophageal feeder may be required to get this level of liquid in the calf. If the calf is not hungry at the next feeding, do not force another 2 quarts. Be sure to keep quality frozen colostrum on hand for those times when a dam's colostrum is inadequate. Be sure to thaw it slowly. Check the re- sources available under dairy calf and heifer management in the DAIReXNET Web site for more details. Source: J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Dairy Extension Edited by: Greg Hicks 4 Forage Growth and Stubble Height The university has finally come out with some hard data on stubble heights you can graze or cut your grass down to. Different grasses have different growth forms. Some are sod types, like bahiagrass. They store the energy re- serves in thick rhizomes or underground stems right under the soil level. In the sod-type (decumbent) grasses, tillers grow through the leaf sheath to form a sod that creeps or spreads with further development of rhizomes and stolons, common in bermudagrass. In addition, the grow- ing points are low allowing the plant to be persistent un- der close grazing or defoliation. The thicker the rhizomes and the lower the bud sites, the greater the ability of the plant to withstand lower stubble height defoliation. Nevertheless, within sod type grasses, there are variations. Some will grow more upright than others. This is the order to follow when managing the stubble height: higher stubble height in Tifton 85 bermuda- grass compared to coastal bermudagrass, and higher in coastal bermudagrass compared to bahiagrass (see table). In some cases, within a grass, there will be differences among cultivars. For example, Tifton 9 has a more upright growth than Pensacola or Argentine bahiagrass. Or in the case of perennial peanut, Ar- brook has a more upright growth than Florigraze. The cultivars with more upright growth are less tolerant of closer defoliation. This table on the right Hay Rotational Grazing Continuous Grazing shows the minimum ------------------INCHES----------------- stubble height Warm-season perennials recommended for the Bahiagrass 2 3 5 main forage plants in Bermudagrass (Coastal) 3 3 6 Florida based on use. Bermudagrass (Tifton 85) 5 5 8 Warm-season annual Pearl millet 6 10 Cool-season grasses Annual ryegrass 3 3 4 Rye/oats 3 3 5 Source: Yoana Newman, Wheat/Triticale 5 5 6 Extension Forage Specialist Legumes Edited by: Allen B. Tyree Perennial peanuts 4 4 6 Clovers 3 3 5 5 Tifton, Georgia: Rye Forage Performance, 2008-2009 Dry Matter Yield Harvest Date Season Totals Brand-Variety 1-22-09 2-23-09 3-24-09 2009 2-Yr Avg ------------------------------------------ lb/acre ------------------------------------------ Florida 401 2634 340 950 3924 NF95307A 1333 1188 1356 3877 6841 Wintergrazer 70 1252 1145 1339 3735 6411 Maton II 1243 1202 1278 3723 6855 Bates RS4 1275 1170 1263 3708 6866 Wrens 96 1324 1104 1205 3633 6175 FL4X404 1487 744 1179 3409 Oklon 979 993 1435 3406 6683 Average 1441 986 1251 36771 6638 LSD at 10% Level 204 83 122 219 N.S.2 Std. Err. Of Entry Mean 84 34 50 90 226 1. C.V. = 4.9%, and df for EMS = 21. 2. The F-test indicated no statistical difference at the alpha = 0.10 probability level; therefore a LSD value was not calculated. Bolding indicates entries yielding equal to highest yielding entry within a column based on Fisher's protected LSD (P = 0.10). Planted: November 20, 2008 Seeding Rate: 36 seed/foot in 7" rows. Soil Type: Tifton loamy sand. Soil Test: P = Medium, K = Medium, and pH = 6.1. Fertilization: Preplant: 50 lb N, 50 lb P2O5, and 50 lb K2O/acre. Topdress: 50 lb N/acre after 1st and 2nd harvests. Management: Subsoiled and rototilled. Previous Crop: Oat. Test conducted by A. E. Coy, R. Brooke, and D. Dunn. Source: UF/IFAS & UGA If you would like information on the Edited by: Allen B. Tyree oat forage and wheat forage varieties, for our areas in 2008 and 2009, stop by the office and pick up a copy of the results, or call 386-792-1276, and we’ll send you the data. Allen 6 Tifton, Georgia: Wheat Grain Performance, 2008-2009 Yield 1 2009 Data 3-Year 2-Year Test Winter Head Leaf Powdery 1 Brand-Variety Average Average Yield Wt Ht Lodg. Survival Date Rust Mildew - - - - bu/acre - - - - bu/acre Lb/bu in % % mo/day rating2 rating2 AGS 2035 91.7 89.0 79.3 57.1 38 3 100 03/30 0 7 Pioneer 26R31 87.3 85.6 78.6 52.9 31 0 100 04/03 3 0 Dyna-Gro Baldwin 86.7 87.0 85.2 57.5 40 0 100 04/07 0 7 Jamestown 86.1 81.6 75.4 57.5 35 0 100 03/29 6 TR AGS 2026 86.0 86.5 79.2 57.1 36 3 100 04/11 0 3 GA991371-6E12 84.8 84.8 72.1 57.9 33 0 100 04/01 0 4 AGS 2020 84.6 82.5 79.6 54.9 36 28 100 03/27 0 2 GA991336-6E9 84.2 81.7 72.1 55.6 34 3 100 03/31 0 3 Oglethorpe 84.0 83.3 74.7 55.8 39 0 100 04/10 3 3 SS8641 80.3 81.8 79.1 57.3 40 0 100 04/13 0 0 GA991209-6E33 80.0 77.6 68.6 55.5 36 0 100 03/29 0 4 AGS 2031 77.7 77.7 72.6 54.1 36 1 100 04/14 0 2 Pioneer 26R61 77.5 77.8 67.7 56.6 40 0 100 04/05 0 7 Coker 9700 77.0 68.8 52.1 55.4 36 13 100 03/28 0 3 AGS 2060 76.6 76.9 63.1 56.3 35 3 100 03/24 0 5 1. Yields calculated as 60 pounds per bushel at 13.5% moisture. 2. Whole plant rating: 0 = resistant to 9 = very susceptible, TR = trace. 3. C.V. = 10.7%, and df for EMS = 165. Bolding indicates entries yielding equal to highest yielding entry within a column based on Fisher's protected LSD (P = 0.10). Planted: November 20, 2008 Harvested: June 3, 2009. Seeded Rate: 22 seeds per foot in 7” rows. Soil Type: Dothan loamy sand. Soil Type: P = Medium, K = Medium, and pH = 6.1. Fertilization: Preplant: 60 lb N, 60 lb P2O5, and 60lb K2O/acre. Topdress: 40 lb N/acre. Management: Paratilled and rototilled; Harmony Extra used for weed control. Previous Crop: Summer fallow. If you would like information on the oat grain and rye grain varieties, Test conducted by A.E. Coy, R. Brooke and D. Dunn. for our areas in 2008 and 2009, stop by the office and pick up a copy Source: UF/IFAS & UGA of the results, or call 386-792-1276, Edited by: Allen B. Tyree and we’ll send you the data. Allen 7 Winter Forages and Small Grains Most of you know that topdressing small grain with nitrogen for grazing is different than for grain. In most cases, small grain for grazing is planted earlier than for grain. Therefore, the first application of nitrogen is often made in December for grazing and in late January or early February for grain. This will help spur tillering and vegetative growth for either use. A total of 90- 120 lbs/Acre of total nitrogen is usually adequate for top yields for grain while 3 applications of nitrogen 4-6 weeks apart may be made for grazing with 50 lbs/Acre in each application. Include a total of about 15 lbs sulfur/Acre with the nitrogen to pre- vent sulfur deficiencies. Weed control measures should be done when weeds are small and some materials can be mixed with liquid nitrogen to save a trip and application costs. It is important to scout for disease on wheat for grain. In small grains to be used for grain, time the fungicide applications to go out when the plant is at the stage of flag leaf to early head emergence. Source: Dr. David Wright, Extension Agronomist Edited by: Allen B. Tyree Collard Variety Trial Winter 2008-2009 Here are new trial results for collards. Included in this trial are 2 new varieties. These new varieties include Bulldog, a hybrid from Sakata Seeds and Ozark, an open pollinated vari- ety from University of Arkansas. Bulldog is a fancy Georgia type and Ozark is similar to Vates and was released for the processing industry. Eleven varieties were seeded on Au- gust 29, 2008. Seed were sown into number 200 flats (1.0 in x 1.0 in x 3 in). Varieties were transplanted into the production field on October 10, 2008. Soil type was an Orangeburg loamy fine sand. Preplant fertilization was 70-70-70 lbs/Acre of N-P2O5-K2O. In-row spacing was 12 inches and between row spacing was 3 feet. Goal 2XL at 2 pts/Acre was applied on soil surface before transplanting. Nitrogen was applied twice during the season at 40 lbs N/Acre each time. Registered pesticides were applied as needed to con- trol pests. Plots were harvested on January 14, 2009. At day of harvest, off-types were counted and only marketable heads were included in yield. Yield is shown in Table 1. Highest yielding variety was Bulldog at 1671 25 lb crates/acre. Top Pick, Top Bunch and Flash had similar yields to Bulldog. Head size followed same pattern as yields. Morris Heading and Georgia had more off-types than the other varieties. Ozark produced yields and head size that were equivalent to the other open-pollinated varieties. Table 1. Yield, head weight and percent offtypes of collard varieties. NFREC, Quincy, FL. Entry Source Yield Head Wt. Off Types (25 lbs crates/A (lb) (%) Bulldog Sakata 671 a 2.88 a 2b Top Pick Siegers 1571 a 2.70 a 2b Top Bunch Sakata 1435 ab 2.47 ab 1b Flash Sakata 1387 a-c 2.39 a-c 0b *Blue Max Abbott & Cobb 1199 b-d 2.07 b-d 3b Morris Heading Sawan 1100 c-e 1.89 c-e 7a Ozark Univ. AR 997 de 1.72 de 1b Vates Sawan 990 de 1.70 de 2b Heavi Crop Siegers 928 de 1.60 de 1b Champion Sawan 922 de 1.59 de 1b Georgia Sawan 846 e 1.46 e 9a * Standard variety to compare results to. For more information, contact the Hamilton County Source: Steve Olson, NFREC, Quincy, FL Extension Office at 386-792-1276. Edited by: Allen B. Tyree 8 EPA Announces New Safety Measures for Soil Fumigant Use Vegetable producers, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced its plan for strengthening safety measures for soil fumigant use. There’s still a lot of unan- swered questions about the new regulations, however. The safety measures intend to re- duce fumigant exposures to bystanders, including people who live, work, or spend time near agricultural fields that are fumigated and increase overall safety of fumigant use by requiring greater planning and compliance. Soil fumigants are pesticides that, when injected or incorporated into soil, form a gas that permeates the soil and kills a wide array of soil-born pests. The gas can migrate from the soil into the air. Off-site workers or bystanders exposed to these pesticides may experience eye, nose, throat, or respiratory irritation, or more severe poisonings, depending on the fumigant and level of exposure. Some of the new safety measures include: Creating Buffer Zones Adding Measures to Protect Agricultural Workers Strengthening Training Programs Enforcing Posting Requirements Table 1. Modifications from 2008 to 2009 Amended Soil Fumigant Re-registration Eligibility Decisions. Mitigation Measure Change from 2008 to 2009 Buffers New data support smaller buffers for some fumigants (chloropicrin) and larger buffers for others (methyl bromide). Buffer Credits New data supports buffer zone reducing credits of as much as 80%. For example, using very impermeable film mulch reduces buffer zone by 60%. Rights of Way Permission from local authorities to include roadways within buffer is only required when a sidewalk is pre- sent. (I know of one case in the county where this might apply. Allen) Buffer Overlap Buffers may overlap, but only when field applications are separated by at least 12 hours. Restrictions for Maintain 1/4 mile restriction, but allow a reduced restricted area of 1/8 mile for fumigant applications when Difficult-to-Evacuate Sites buffer zones of less than 300 feet are mandated. Respiratory Protection Allow sensory irritation (smell test) properties of the fumigants to trigger additional measures for respiratory protection chloropicrin applications. Respirators will be required for methyl bromide formulations with less than 20% chloropicrin content. Emergency Response Here are some basic measures. Monitoring of buffers will be required only during peak emission times of the and Preparedness day. Irritation from chloropicrin may trigger additional measures. Methyl bromide always requires devices. Table 2. Timeline for soil fumigant risk mitigation steps. Time Action Summer 2009 EPA sends letters to fumigant registrants outlining label schedule. Fall 2009 Registrants submit revised labels to EPA. 2010 EPA reviews and approves new soil fumigant labels before the growing season, implementing most meas- ures (except those related to buffer zones) to achieve improved protections. 2011 EPA implements remaining measures relating to buffer zones to gain full protections. 2013 EPA begins reevaluating all soil fumigants under the Registration Review program. Fumigants are used on a wide range of crops, primarily potatoes, tomatoes, strawberries, carrots, eggplants, peppers and other vegetable crops. The soil fumigants methyl bromide, chloropicrin, dazomet, metam sodium, metam potassium, and iodomethane are all subject to the new requirements. More information on these measures may be viewed at: http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/reregistration/soil_fumigants/. Contact me, if you have any further questions. Allen Source: Fred Fishel, UF/IFAS Pesticide Specialist Edited by: Allen B. Tyree 9 HAMILTON COUNTY LIVESTOCK SHOW & SALE Jasper October 1, 2009 Mandatory Swine Mtg. - Tuesday, September 8 – 7:00 PM. Record Books Due - Wednesday, September 16 – 4:30 PM Pig Scramble Forms - Turn in with record book. Receive Entries - Thursday, October 1 -- 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM ONLY (Trailers must be disinfected) Swine Show - Thursday, October 1 -- 2:00 PM Swine Sale - Thursday, October 1 -- 7:00 PM Pig Scramble - Thursday, October 1 -- approx. 9:00 PM (Starting as soon as the swine sale is over) For more information contact the Hamilton County Extension Office at 386-792-1276. Source: Gregory T. Hicks Any 4-H member wishing to enter a steer in this show must own and have the NORTH FLORIDA animal(s) in your possession by October 10, 2009. October 10th (8:00AM - LIVESTOCK NOON) is the mandatory steer weigh-in at the North Florida Livestock Show SHOW & SALE Arena in Madison County. Madison Swine ownership deadline is December 1, 2009 (this date is approx. 90 days prior February 15 - 18, 2010 to the show). I NEED TO KNOW IF YOU ARE GOING TO SHOW BY OCTOBER 9th (FOR STEERS) OR NOVEMBER 23rd (FOR SWINE), SO I CAN CERTIFY YOUR ENTRY. IF I DON'T HEAR FROM YOU BY THIS DATE, I WILL ASSUME THAT YOU ARE NOT SHOWING. *A feeder steer and heifer division will be held again at this year’s show. There is a $10 entry fee to participate in this show. Contact the Madison County Extension Office at 850-973-4138 for more information. Source: Gregory T. Hicks Steer ownership, mandatory weigh-in and entry deadline will be determined in the near future. SUWANNEE COUNTY FAIR Swine ownership, ear tagging, and entry form deadline will be determined in the near future. Live Oak April 2-10, 2010 For more details contact the following: → Hamilton County Extension Office 386-792-1276 → Suwannee County Extension Office 386-362-2771 Source: Gregory T. Hicks 10 The FAIR will be held Thursday, October 1st at the Hamilton County Arena in Jasper, FL. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS TIME EVENT 8:00-10:00 AM Swine Show Exhibits Check-In 2:00 PM Swine Show 4:00 PM Horse Show 5:00 PM BBQ Supper ($6.00 per plate) Come out and help support our youth. 5:30 PM 4-H Dog Show Call 386-792-1276 for more information. 7:00 PM Swine Sale 9:00 PM Pig Scramble Written by: Tracy D. Deas Enter All categories with $5 Entry fee: Best Trick Best Costume Most Adorable Oldest Youngest Registration Begins at 4:30PM. Show Begins at 5:30PM. Call (386)792-1276 for more information. Thursday October 1, 2009 at the Hamilton County Arena Try your hand at entering a poster in the “Florida 4-H Centennial” Poster Contest. 5:30PM-6:30PM. Entries are due Thursday, September 24th by 4:30 PM at the Hamilton County Extension Open to ALL Hamilton County Youth ages 8-18. Office. These posters will be on display at the Membership in 4-H is not required. Hamilton County Fair Events Day. For offi- cial rules, contact Heather at 386-792-1276. 11 Youth attending from Hamilton County along with Heather Hamilton County 4-Hers Futch (4-H/FCS Extension Agent) and Greg Hicks (CED/Agricultural/4-H Extension Agent), were: Ethan Land, Head to Zachary Capps, Douglas Barker, Thomas Marcano, Garien Moore, Rio Barraza, Justin Culbreth, Javier Gonzalez, Charles Johnson, Xavier Johnson, Zimran Wheeler, Zachary Morgan, Camp Cherry Lake Louis Newhard, Marshall Dyal, Justin Hicks, Braxton Hicks, Preston Hicks, Wesley Burnett, Andrew Burnett, Greg Bowers, Maggie Hughes, Blakelee Ross, Kassie Land, Cassie Spivey, Thirty-nine local youth participated in summer 4-H Camp at Nicole Cachilli, Janey Fauer, Hannah Altman, Alyssa Futch, Cherry Lake June 29th- July 2nd. They joined campers from Tynechia White, Ashley Norman, Gabrielle Williams, Cammie Dixie, Lafayette, Union, Gilchrist, and Suwannee counties for Bell, and Courtney Newhard. four days of fun and educational activities. Educational pro- grams included Natural Resources, Outdoor Skills, Canoe- ing/Kayaking, and Swimming. Other activities included marsh- Special thanks to Mike Williams and Rob Wolfe (PCS Public mallow wars, slippin’ slide, and watermelon eating contest. Relations) who were in charge of giving out camp scholarships. Without PCS’s help, many of these youth may not have been PCS Phosphate donated $400 to help cut the costs for Hamilton able to attend camp. Also, thanks to Mary Roberson for driving County Campers to attend the camp. The money was divided the bus. equally among all campers. By Heather M. Futch 12 13 The Marine/Aquatic Photography contest provides 4-H youth with opportu- nities to practice and be recognized for their photographic skills. It also pro- vides additional opportunities for youth to learn about the marine/aquatic environments through an art form. The contest is open to all youth ages 5-18. 4-H Cloverbuds (Ages 5-7) are welcome to submit photos. Although the Cloverbuds will not be judged, each entry will receive a participation ribbon. Deadline for entries to the Hamilton County Extension Office is Thursday, October 8th at 4:30PM. The Marine/Aquatic Photo Contest is held in conjunction with the 4-H State Marine Ecology Event. Selected and/or winning photos may be used in future 4-H and/or Sea Grant publications such as curriculum, project books, fact sheets, brochures, web sites, etc. Credit to the 4-H member will be given if his/her photo is selected and permission to use their photo in a publication has been granted. For this reason we would like to keep the categories simple and ask that photos remain "untouched" or unaltered as much as possible. Instead, the photos will be judged on composition, exposure/lighting, and sharpness or clarity. Plus, the photos need to tell us something about what we are looking at, grab our at- Source: Florida 4-H tention and/or be aesthetically pleasing to view. Edited by: Heather M. Futch Hamilton County Extension 4-H Open House Our third Annual Open House will be Tuesday, Septem- Highlights ber 8th, 2009 from 4:30 PM until 6:30 PM. Representa- Informational pamphlets available in a broad range of sub- tives from each of the clubs we have will be present and ject areas you’ll have the opportunity to see what we’ve done in 4-H members and volunteer sign-up the past year and what we have planned for the next year! We’d like to get you involved with our plans by either becoming a member or a volunteer! Stop by and stay a minute or stop by and stay to talk! We are located next door to the Hamilton County Courthouse Annex and the 911 Mapping Complex. Contact Heather at 386 -792-1276 for more infor mati on. By: Heather M. Futch 14 Debt Management in Tough Times Should you get a lower interest rate on your debt? Use your credit With positive credit, you can If this will substantially decrease your monthly cash flow work with existing lenders on lowering your rate, commitment, this may be beneficial. How much does avoiding late fees or universal default. Make cer- the refinancing cost you? Can other higher cost debts be tain you are getting any available perks, including rolled into this favorable rate? credit toward payments or gifts that may be good for upcoming occasions. Access to credit Important to: Maintain payments to creditors. may be helpful in tight times, allowing you Communicate with creditors in the event of to smooth over changes in prices or man- missed payments; this may reduce penalties age unforeseen expenses such as car re- When you receive monetary gifts or eliminate pairs. Just be sure to use your credit re- other bills, use the extra money as sponsibly. “powerpayments” to maximize the impact on your debt reduction and management. Source: solutionsforyourlife.com Edited by: Heather M. Futch Stretch Your Food Dollars Prevent Food Waste Cut down on or dried fruit, veggies In the Store Select perish- the amount of food you throw (cut your own), whole able foods like dairy and away; freeze leftovers or use them grain crackers, or low- meat last so they stay cold in recipes like soups or casseroles. fat yogurt for nutritious in your cart. Put raw meat Take leftovers for lunch instead of snacks. Limit pre-made in a plastic bag and keep it eating out; store properly to keep meals and fast foods. separate from other foods foods safe to eat. Before buying an Buy a reusable water in your cart. Choose pro- unfamiliar food, be sure you know bottle and fill it with duce at its peak freshness. how to prepare it. Buy only the tap water. Refrigerate overnight Check to be sure eggs are not amount of food you can store and and keep it with you during the cracked. Check ‘use-by’ dates to use before it spoils. day. Avoid excess soda, expensive be sure you will use foods be- energy drinks, and coffee shop fore they go bad. Do not buy Plan Ahead Plan meals for a week drinks. dented cans or jars with bulging using foods on hand and grocery or cracked lids. store specials. Clip and use cou- Keep Food Safe Keeping food pons. Cook large batches when safe saves money by preventing At Home Store ripe fruit and possible; divide into portions and food waste and foodborne illness. fresh cut produce in the refrig- freeze. erator. Wash produce just be- Planning Inventory your perish- fore using. Put newly purchased General Money able foods on hand before mak- canned foods behind older ones Saving Tips Cut ing a shopping list. Have a cooler in your cupboard; use older cans down on expen- in your car for keeping perish- first and before ‘use by’ date. sive ready-to- ables safe on the way home. Plan Refrigerate perishable leftovers eat salty and to shop when you can take food within two hours and use within sweet snacks. right home and store it safely. three days. Enjoy seasonal Source: solutionsforyourlife.com Edited by: Heather M. Futch 15 Coming Events Calendar When What Where For More Information, Call: September 8, 2009 Hamilton County Extension Hamilton County Extension 386-792-1276 Heather Futch 4-H Open House Jasper, Florida September 8, 2009 Mandatory Swine Meeting Hamilton County Courthouse 386-792-1276 Greg Hicks Annex Auditorium Jasper, Florida September 14, 2009 Deadline for Hamilton Hamilton County Extension 386-792-1276 Hamilton County County Extension Jasper, Florida Extension Office Newsletter Signup September 16, 2009 Swine Record Books Due Hamilton County Extension 386-792-1276 Greg Hicks Jasper, Florida September 19, 2009 2009 Fall Field Day and North Florida Research and 850-875-7115 Vicky Morris Open House Education Center - Quincy, 386-792-1276 Allen Tyree Florida September 24, 2009 Deadline for Florida 4-H Hamilton County Extension 386-792-1276 Heather Futch Centennial Poster Contest Jasper, Florida October 1, 2009 Hamilton County Fair Hamilton County Arena 386-792-1276 Greg Hicks, Jasper, Florida Allen Tyree or Heather Futch October 8, 2009 Deadline for 2009 4-H Hamilton County Extension 386-792-1276 Heather Futch Marine & Aquatic Photog- Jasper, Florida raphy Contest October 20-22, 2009 Sunbelt Agricultural Expo Spence Field 229-985-1968 or Moultrie, Georgia 386-792-1276 Greg Hicks November 5, 2009 Alternative Enterprise North Florida Research and 386-362-1725 Karen Hancock, Workshops Education Center - Live Oak, Linda Landrum, or Bob Hochmuth Florida 386-792-1276 Allen Tyree February 15-18, 2010 North Florida Livestock Madison County Extension 850-973-4138 Madison Co. Ext. Show & Sale Madison, Florida April 2-10, 2010 Suwannee County Fair Suwannee County Fair Grounds 386-792-1276 Greg Hicks Live Oak, Florida 386-362-2771 Suwannee Co. Ext. 16 NEWSLETTER UPDATE “We thank all of those who have responded to the previous request!” As a reminder next quarter we will be changing the distribution method for the HAMILTON COUNTY EXTENSION NEWSLETTER! Recent budget cuts from the University of Florida has decreased monies for our postage. This reduction will affect the number of newsletters we can distribute through the postal service. However, if you wish, there are ways you can still receive the Hamilton County Extension Newsletter. If you have access to a computer with internet, you can: View the newsletter on our website, http://hamilton.ifas.ufl.edu. Receive it via e-mail by providing us your e-mail address. → Send us your email address at email@example.com → By phone (386-792-1276) → By mail at Hamilton County CES, 1143 US Highway 41 NW, Jasper, FL 32052 (SEE NEWSLETTER SIGNUP BELOW). If you do not have access to a computer, you can: Obtain a copy by mail (only a limited number of copies will be mailed out). Pick up a copy at our office. Please take a moment and fill out the “Request for Newsletter” below or call us at 386-792-1276 with your request. You can either drop it off at our office or mail it back to us! We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause you, but we have no choice in this matter. If we haven’t heard from you by September 14th, 2009 you may be dropped from our newsletter mailing list. REQUEST FOR NEWSLETTER NAME ___________________________________ E-MAIL ADDRESS ____________________________ HOME ADDRESS ________________________________________ PHONE________________________ CITY ______________________________________ STATE _____________ ZIP _________________ Please choose how you would like to receive your newsletter FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US Hamilton County Extension Office □ E-mail □ Mail 1143 US Highway 41 NW □ Website □ Pick up at office Jasper, FL 32052-5856 Ph: 386-792-1276 □ No Longer wish to receive Newsletter Fax: 386-792-6446 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://hamilton.ifas.ufl.edu 17 The Hamilton County Extension Newsletter is published quarterly by the Hamilton County Cooperative Extension Service. For extra copies or for more information, call 386-792-1276. You can also view this digitally at our web site http://hamilton.ifas.ufl.edu. W r i t t e n a n d / o r E d i t e d b y: Gregory T. Hicks Allen B. Tyree CED, Extension Agent IV, Agriculture/4-H Extension Agent III, Agriculture Heather M. Futch Extension Agent I, 4-H/Family and Consumer Science Hamilton County Cooperative Extension Service UF/IFAS Layout and Design By Tracy D. Deas Senior Staff Assistant In compliance with the ADA act, participants with special needs can reasonably be accommodated by contacting the Hamilton County CES Office at least five working days prior to the meeting or other extension activity. We can be reached by phone at 386-792-1276 or by Fax at 386-792-6446 weekdays 8:00 am to 4:30 pm or 800-955-8771 for the hearing or speech impaired.
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