May 15, 2013
May 10, 2013
May 3, 2013
Superior Young Dairy Producer Award – August 17This is a great opportunity to win a $1,000.00 scholarship and have fun doing it at the Illinois State Fair. The contest will be held on Saturday, August 17, 2013.
Eligibility: Any Illinois 4-H or FFA member who is a current dairy project member in their local
4-H club/FFA chapter and 14 years or older, as of September 1, 2012, is eligible to participate in the 2013 Illinois State Fair Superior Young Dairy Producer Award (SYDPA) program. Remember, you do not need to be a State Fair Jr. dairy exhibitor to participate.
Awards: The top five youth with the highest point scores in the total contest will receive a $1,000.00 scholarship and plaque. A plaque will also be presented to each of the "top three" phase winners in the individual phase competitions. All participants will be recognized and the overall winners will be announced on Saturday afternoon, August 17th following the contest.
8:40 a.m. - Phase 1 - Management Test: A 25 question written test relating to any aspects of dairy management and related facts. Study resources include 4-H dairy project manuals and the dairy portions of Livestock E-Quiz (both dairy levels) located on the web site at: http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/equiz/.
9:10 a.m. - Phase 2 - Skillathon: This will involve a series of three learning stations with specific tasks and questions for participants to answer, such as "identifying dairy feeds", "identifying dairy equipment", and "herd health" or "dairy management".
10:00 a.m. - Phase 3 - Dairy Judging: Six classes, of four animals each, will be placed by the participants based on type conformation. Oral reasons are not part of this contest.
This program is coordinated and conducted by Dave Fischer, U of I Extension Dairy Educator-Retired. Registration forms are available at your county Extension Office or your FFA Adviser or Dave Fischer via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrations are due to Dave Fischer, 901 Oak Hill St., Trenton, IL 62293 prior to the IL State Fair SYDPA contest
May 3, 2013
The Illinois 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest will be held on Saturday August 17, 2013 in the Livestock Center at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, Illinois. (Please Note: this is the State 4-H Contest and any 4-H member is welcome to participate. There will be no dairy judging contest held in June at University of Illinois dairy farm).
State Fair Passes: Check with your local Extension office to purchase advance fair passes and parking permits for entry into the fairgrounds.
Participation: All contestants must be current 4-H members and a record of their enrollment
must be on file in the respective Extension office. There is no limit on the number of participants
per county. Contestants need not be enrolled in a dairy project, however, this state 4-H dairy
judging event is used to support the county/club 4-H dairy curriculum.
1. Contestant registration is to be made on the day of the contest at the site of the contest.
2. Registration will be from 9:00 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in the Livestock Center (open show ring) on the IL State Fairgrounds.
3. The contest will begin at 10:00 a.m. on August 17, 2013.
4. There will be six (6) classes of cows and heifers selected from various dairy breeds at the Illinois State Fair.
5. All 4-H contestants will be scored as a Jr. Division (13 years of age and younger as of January 1, 2013) or Sr. Division (14 years and older as of January 1, 2013) participant.
6. All participants will be invited to present oral reasons following the contest but it is not mandatory.
7. Contestants in the Jr. Division will be encouraged and offered the opportunity to give one set of written or oral reasons on a cow class. The Jr. contestants can read or recite from memory their reasons.
8. HOWEVER, contestants in the Sr. Division who will be considered for selection to the State 4-H Team will be required to give two sets of oral reasons on cow classes. Two (2) minutes will be allowed per class to give oral reasons to the judge.
9. Ten (10) minutes will be allowed for judging each class when no reasons are required; twenty (20) minutes will be allowed on reasons classes.
Illinois Team Selected for the National Contest
The state 4-H dairy cattle judging team will be selected from participants in this contest. To be eligible for selection, members must have been 14 years of age and not older than 18 years of age as of January 1, 2013. The selected 2013 Illinois 4-H Dairy Judging Team will participate at the National Contest in Madison, Wisconsin.
Results and Awards
The summary results from this dairy contest will be emailed within five (5) working days of the contest to the Unit/County Extension Office. Detailed results and ribbons will be mailed within 2 weeks of the contest. Individual contestants will be ranked in three groups with blue, red and white ribbons awarded. Team scores will not be a part of this contest and team ribbons will not be awarded.
May 2, 2013
May 2, 2013
Champion Senior Division - RoboStorms High School (Macon County) ($500 FIRST Scholarship)
Champion Junior Division - Power Surge (McLean County) ($350 FIRST scholarship)
Champion Junior Rookie Division - Thundercloud (Kane County) ($350 FIRST scholarship)
Most Creative Award - RoboStorms (Macon County)
Engineering Design Award - Insert Your Humorous Slogan Here (Macon County)Programming Award - BRObots (McLean County)
Teamwork Award - Robotic Rovers Junior 3 (McHenry County)Team Spirit Award - Cyber Warriors East (Madison County)
Judges Award - Monroe County Robotics Senior (Monroe County)
May 2, 2013
April 23, 2013
The schedule for regular All Team and YD Team Meetings was disrupted with the Galaxy Conference being held in mid-September. That set off a domino-like effect on the remaining meetings for the year. We've put together a schedule that may not fall on the normally assigned dates for these meetings, but they have been discussed and approved by the Admin Team to try and avoid any scheduling conflicts. Please take a few minutes and add these to your calendar and hold the dates as priorities.
|August 20||4-H All Team Call|
(Educators and Program Support)
|September 17-20||Galaxy Conference|
|October 29-30||4-H All-Team Meeting|
(Educators and Program Support)
|This will include Share Fair and concurrent sessions|
|November 12-14||Annual Extension Conference - 3rd day for Team Meetings|
|December 17||4-H YDE Call|
|January 14-15||4-H All-Team Meeting|
(Educators and Program Support)
|February 18||4-H YDE Call|
|March 18-19||4-H YDE Team Meeting|
|April 15||4-H YDE Call|
|May 20||4-H YDE Call|
|June 17||4-H YDE Call|
|July 15||4-H YDE Call|
April 19, 2013
The Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team is starting to recruit applicants for our 2013-2014 Team. We're looking for 4-H members and/or recent 4-H alumni who are 16-19 years of age as of 9/1/2013 to apply and interview for a 2-year term starting September 1.
We're looking for top youth leaders who are interested in giving back to the Illinois 4-H program. YLT members plan and conduct the Illinois 4-H Junior Leadership Conference, design and teach the Speaking for Illinois 4-H program, and help with various statewide 4-H events, including but not limited to: Illini Summer Academies, State Fair, Legislative Connection, ACES Connection, Salute to Ag Day and more. Representatives from the Team also serve on the Illinois 4-H Foundation Board of Directors and the Illinois Farm Bureau Youth Education Committee. YLT members have the first opportunity to apply for trips to National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.
The application is available on the 4-H website (http://web.extension.illinois.edu/state4h/members/leadership_sylt.cfm) and on the 4-H Contacts portal (Youth & Adult Volunteer Opportunities = Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team). Applications are due postmarked by June 15 for interviews to be conducted June 23-25 at the Illini Summer Academies or August 1 for interviews to be conducted August 8-13 at the Illinois State Fair.
Help us recruit the best teen 4-H leaders in the state to help us continue to conduct our statewide 4-H programs!
April 17, 2013
Do you have a local volunteer that has served on your local foundation board and has been instrumental in developing fundraising ideas to support 4-H?
Do you know of a volunteer that has been key in raising funds to support 4-H?
Do you have a local person that is not afraid of asking others to support 4-H?
If so, your help is needed...but you might not have to do all the work yourself! Read on...
The Illinois 4-H Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2013 Larry Fischer Leadership and Spirit Award! Learn more about the award and who Larry Fischer is by visiting: http://4hfoundation.illinois.edu/larryfischer/intro
This award was created to honor an individual that has significantly contributed to the local county and/or local county foundation's fundraising success!
Nominations Due: **Extended to May 15 (disregard the May 1 deadline on website and forms)**
Nominees must have served on the county 4-H or Extension foundation board or in a similar volunteer role as a fundraiser for county 4-H or Extension programs.
The person nominating the volunteer should print and complete the following application (Larry Fischer Application) and return it along with the following:
This award will be presented on campus on September 6 at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. Thanks in advance for your consideration! We hope you will nominate a deserving individual!