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									         “Improving People’s Lives”

                                                                                     Monroe County 4-H
                                                                                  “We Make It Happen!”
                                                                                     News for 4-H families and friends

Jacquie Stuart
Youth Education Assistant                                                  208 N. Main
University Outreach & Extension                                            Paris, MO 65275                                                       660-327-4158

Patty Fisher
Patty Fisher                                                               115 W. Main
4-H Youth Specialist                                                       Bowling Green, MO 63334
University of Missouri Extension                                           Ph. 573-324-5464
                                                                                                                     March 2010
America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program
Over the next few weeks, Missouri farmers, age 21, who produce a minimum of 250 acres of corn or soybeans
can enter Monsanto America’s Farmers Grow Communities™ Program to win a $2500 grant for local 4-H clubs,
for a total donation of $145,000 in our state! One winner will be drawn for each county. Monsanto will
announce the winning farmers and recipient organization in March 2010.

Program Highlights
    Sweepstakes runs from January 1 thru February 28, 2010
    $2,500 grants are available to each of the 58 participating counties
      Details at
    Entries can be submitted online or via phone at 877-267-3332

That is all you need to apply! Private landowners are encouraged to apply on behalf of their state or local 4-H
Program! Please!

Congrats on a Job Well Done!
Monroe County participants in the Horse Judging Contest, junior team members, Katie Allison, Sabrina Wright,
Carl Miller and Megan Clampitt. The junior team placed 13th. The senior team members were: Roberta
Burns, Rebecca Pfanner, Stanley Wright and Jesslyn Dowd. The senior team placed 7th overall.
Monroe County participants in the Meats Identification Contest included Junior Team-Catie Nobis, Jake Peak,
Brant Francis and Russell Mitchell. The Junior Team placed 1st overall in the contest with Catie Nobis gaining
High Individual honors, Jake Peak placed 3rd and Brant Francis placed 5th. Senior Team members were Austin
Wilkerson, Britton Francis and Michelle Ensor. The senior team placed 2nd.

         University of Missouri, Lincoln University, U.S. Department of Agriculture & Local University Extension Councils Cooperating
                                                      Equal Opportunity/ADA Institutions
Money for college
4-H Foundation Scholarship Applications
This year, thanks to increasing donor support, the Missouri 4-H Foundation will offer 57 college scholarships
ranging in value from $500 - $2,500. Members who are high school seniors and former 4-H’ers who are college
students are eligible to apply. Applications are due by March 26 in the extension office. The guidelines and
application are available on the

2010 4-H Day with the St. Louis Cardinals
Missouri and Illinois 4-H members, parents, volunteers and alumni will gather at Busch
Stadium Saturday, May 22 for 4-H Day with the Cardinals. The Cardinals will play the
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 1:15 p.m. game. Tickets for the game are $22 each,
which includes a specially designed t-shirt featuring the 4-H clover and the Cardinals
emblem. Other activities include a parade on the outfield, recitation of the 4-H pledge and ceremonial first
pitches by a Missouri and Illinois 4-H member. Families can also take part in a scholarship raffle for great
prizes including the chance to throw out the first pitch, autographed baseballs, and tickets to Cardinals baseball
games provided by the St. Louis Cardinals. Ticket orders must be postmarked by April 12. Order forms are
available at your local extension office or at Please note that there are a limited
number of tickets, and tickets sometimes sell out prior to the deadline, so order early. 4-H clubs, or groups of
families who would like to be seated together must send their orders in the same envelope.

Outdoor Education Project Leaders: Get Certified Now
 As winter quickly turns to spring, many MU Extension 4-H members will be itching to learn more about the
great outdoors in their project groups. Now is the perfect time to prepare for the meetings. Brush up on your
knowledge at one, two or even all three workshops and get certified.
March 26-27 – The MU Extension 4-H Shooting Sports certification workshop will be at Camp Jo-Ota near
Clarence, Mo. Cost is $50. Pre-registration is due March 15. For more information, contact your local
extension office or go to:
April 17-18 – The MU Extension 4-H Sportsfishing leader workshop will be at Windermere Conference Center
near Roach, Mo. This workshop is required to teach the Sportsfishing project. Topics include aquatic
ecology, tackle craft, angling skills, and people and fish. Cost is $45. Pre-registration is due April 1. For more
information, contact your local office or go to:
April 17-18 – The MU Extension 4-H Hunting Skills leader workshop also will be at Windermere Conference
Center near Roach, Mo. Topics covered include wildlife identification, map and compass skills, game recovery
and Dutch oven cooking. Cost is $40. Pre-registration is due April 1. You can contact the office for the
registration form or go to:

Agriculture 101
Fish, sheep and goats will be covered in Agriculture 101 on April 17, at the George Washington Carver Farm in
Jefferson City. Registration is required but no fee. The morning will be spent on aquaculture information. The
afternoon will cover topics with sheep and goats ranging from vaccinations, getting ready for lambing, hot
weather challenges, controlling internal and external parasites and what to look for when purchasing. For more
information, contact your local extension office.
First Annual 4-H/FFA Sheep Clinic
The First Annual 4-H/FFA Sheep Clinic to be held at the Hallsville Fairgrounds (12 miles NE of Columbia) on
Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All current Missouri 4-H and FFA members are invited
to attend. Leaders in the sheep field will teach six sessions including:

      Fitting & Showing Breeding Sheep
      Fitting & Showing Club Lambs
      Judging Sheep
      Ovine Nutrition
      Veterinary Care for Sheep
      “Sheep to Shawl”
Registration is free and lunch will be provided for all youth registered to attend. Adults may purchase lunch
for $5 - limited concessions are available. If you have questions, please contact Elaine George, Hallsville
 4-H sheep leader & clinic coordinator at 573-696-3048 or 573-881-0941 or

                      Junior Air Rifle Clinic
                      July 15-17
                      Linn Tech
                      Linn, MO
   Aspiring 4-H rifle shooters are encouraged to sign up for the 3 day, 3Position Air Rifle Clinic conducted by
the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). This will be an opportunity to receive great instruction and
increase your skills. Last year there were 51 young shooters from all over the Midwest that participated and
others were turned away. So, sign up early…don’t wait. Cost is $100 per student and $30 for adult/parent.
Housing will be additional. Linn Tech has made dorms available at a reasonable cost. For more information,
go to the CMP link at and click Western Regional Outreach
Clinics. Register by March 12 if you can.

Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Summers @ Mizzou Build-a-Business Camp (July 25-29)
Build-a-Business Camp helps youth ages 12-15 explore career paths, learn marketable
skills, understand entrepreneurship through family and community examples, develop
business ideas around interests and hobbies, and plan a mini-enterprise they can start now. There are rates for
overnight and day campers. For a camp schedule and more information, please visit the website at Registration rates, forms, and info on Summers at
Mizzou is available at Some partial scholarships may be
available for youth with need. Also, be sure and ask about the tips we have put together to assist youth and their
families in finding local sponsors to assist with registration! Space is limited to 20-25 campers.

Monroe County Extension Fund Raiser Lunch
March 25, 2010 at the Extension Office serving 11-1. Serving Maid Rites and the fixings. Money raised goes
to various things around the office. Open to the public. Eat in or carry out.
Show-Me 4-H Wares at the Missouri State Fair (August 12-15)
The 4TH Annual Show Me 4-H Wares booth will be accepting applications beginning March 15, 2010 for young
entrepreneurs to sell their 4-H products and services at the Missouri State Fair on August 12, 13, 14 or 15, 2010.
Program criteria:
    Any 4-H member is eligible to apply as an exhibitor at the booth, regardless of whether he/she has a
      2010 State Fair eligible project.
    Teams of up to 3 youth representing 4-H club-based ventures or fundraisers may apply as group
      exhibitors (club-based ventures include only products or services both produced and sold by 4-H
      members themselves, such as goat milk soap or doggie treats).
    Youth who have completed or are enrolled in the 4-H Entrepreneurship Project are encouraged to apply
      (however, enrollment in the entrepreneurship project is not a prerequisite for exhibiting).
    Youth selected to sell wares at the booth will sign up for a half-day time slot.
Applications require a thorough description of the product or service, a recommendation from an unrelated
adult, and approval by the 4-H Youth Staff from the county. Up to 16 youth exhibitors and/or teams will be
selected to sell during the 4 days. Applications will be due by May 14th, and selected youth will be notified by
June 1st.

“MADE in Missouri” Business Competition (August 19)
A new entrepreneurship contest is available to all Missouri youth, including 4-H members beginning this April,
and culminating in a showcase at the 2010 Missouri State Fair!
The purpose of the new “MADE in Missouri” competition is two-fold: to build character and nurture the
entrepreneurial spirit of youth, and to develop and launch new businesses in the State of Missouri. The
competition will have a “youth” category that will likely draw youth participants from 4-H, FFA, FBLA, Jr.
Achievement, and other school and community-based programs. There will also be an “open” category for
youth and adults of all ages.
The competition will take place in phases, with an initial screening of applications, and the final phase being a
showcase at the Missouri State Fair on August 19, 2010. Cash prizes will be awarded to the finalists.
Information on how 4-H youth can enter the “youth” or “open” categories of the MADE competition will be
released during National Entrepreneurship Week, Feb. 20-27, 2010. Initial entries will be due April 23, and
participants will be notified by June 1 if their entry is advancing to the next level of competition.

                     The State 4-H Congress will be June 2-4 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The cost is
                    $160 per person for three days of workshops, t-shirt, meals and other activities on campus.
                    Applications are available at your local MU Extension office or at
        Some of the tracks available this year include
              livestock judging, outdoor samples, media on a mission, junior iron chef competition, power
              between your ears, Latino dance, and more. Pike County offers financial assistance as long as you
                    are in good standing and assisted with Springfest. Registrations are due in the extension
office no later than April 1.
Missouri Citizenship In Action (MCIA)
This summer, youth ages 14 and older are invited to come learn how their government works! This action
packed event provides participants an inside look at the Missouri legislative, executive and judicial processes.
There is also the option of a media track, where participating youth report on the activities of state government,
film their reports and edit the footage for various media outlets. All workshop activities use a hands-on
approach, with current legislators and legal staff on-hand to assist and teach. Don’t miss this unique and
exciting opportunity to meet legislators and experience your state government from the inside. Scholarships are
available and due to your local extension office with applications by March 26 . MCIA registrations are due
April 23, 2010. Dates are June 22-24 and the cost is $119. For information, visit or contact Becky Simpson at or 660-663-

Horse Enrollment Forms
Horse project members will be mailed a horse enrollment form. They are due into your local extension office no
later than May 1. Your form will be returned to you with a copy retained in the extension office. You will need
to keep the signatures complete and carry this information with you to 4-H horse shows. It will be needed at the
Pike County Fair. FFA members must also have this form on file to exhibit at the fair. Forms will be sent to
Vo-Ag instructors. It can also be found at

Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance Training
All 4-H members that are in any cattle, rabbit, poultry, goat, sheep or swine project must be current on their
Missouri Show Me Quality Assurance certification (SMQA) to be considered a member in good standing.
Some county fairs require this from 4-H and FFA.
Members must receive SMQA training during two consecutive years during the years prior to their 14th
birthday. Members must receive SMQA training once after their 14th birthday.
Opportunities to get trained in our area are:
               March 4         Bowling Green         Courthouse, 2nd floor
               March 8         Paris                 Community Building
               March 9         New London            Courthouse Basement
All meetings begin at 7 pm.

       Monthly MOVEment Activity
       Clothespin Tag
      This game is for 5 or more players and should be played outside or in an open area
      Each player needs one clothespin
      Clip a clothespin to the back of each person’s shirt. On the word "Go!," 4-hers try to steal the other
       players' clothespins without letting anyone get their clothespin
      When a clothespin is taken or falls off, the individual is out
      The last player with a clothespin wins
Lucky Smoothie
Make this healthful, green smoothie for St. Patrick's Day.
You Will Need
     2 (peeled) kiwis
     1 frozen banana
     1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
     Splash of milk
     Dab of honey
     Green food coloring (optional)
Here's How
Adults and youth work together to put all of the ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Serve in a
chilled glass.

Source: National Geographic

The only thing we did in February is, we had our monthly 4-H meeting. At the meeting which was at 4:00 pm at the
Madison Community Center, on Sunday, February 14, we talked about the report of the committees. We had a health tip
by Angela Purdy and a safety tip by Molly Clampitt. Angela’s health tip was do not were shorts in case you haven't noticed
it is winter here. Jennifer Dunkin a leader of the group awarded some prizes to Tina Bird, Bonny Hendren, Beth Clampitt,
and Mendy Breid. Lyndsey Hendren and Maddison Breid made blueberry, and strawberry and banana smoothies.
Everyone got a sample and then we ate our snacks provided by Paton Greiwe, and Angela Purdy. After that people could
stop by to make valentines for the Wildwood Care Center.
By Staci Stokes

                                       Don’t Forget Achievement Day!!
                                               March 20, 2010

                                     Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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