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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

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: info@sunbeltexpo.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

          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

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
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 farm.noise@cdc.gov
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

Source: J.W. Schroeder, North Dakota State University Dairy Extension

Edited by: Greg Hicks

                 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
    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
   Edited by: Allen B. Tyree                        Perennial peanuts           4                4                    6

                                                    Clovers                     3                3                    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

                                             Tifton, Georgia:
                                    Wheat Grain Performance, 2008-2009
                                  Yield 1                                              2009 Data
                            3-Year        2-Year                  Test                   Winter     Head       Leaf     Powdery
 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

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

                                                            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

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

                                  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

*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
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

    The FAIR will be held Thursday, October 1st at the Hamilton County Arena in Jasper, FL.

    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
                                         Registration Begins at
                                          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.

                                                                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

                                                              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
  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

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

                   Coming Events Calendar

          When                   What                         Where                 For More Information,
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
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.

                                   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

 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 hamilton@ifas.ufl.edu
     → By phone (386-792-1276)
     → By mail at Hamilton County CES, 1143 US Highway 41 NW, Jasper, FL 32052

 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.

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                          you may be dropped from our newsletter mailing list.

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              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

        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

                                                 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
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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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