Brown County 4-H news and updates

Brownwood Bulletin
Nick Gonzales

Dates to remember

September

26 – Bangs 4-H Club Meeting 3:00pm at Bangs HS Cafeteria

27 – 4-H Food & Nutrition Information Meeting 5:00pm at the Extension Office

October 

4 – Brown County 4-H Proclamation at County Commissioner’s Court

5 – Livestock Coalition Meeting 5:00pm at the Extension Office

6 – Early 4-H Club Meeting 5:15pm at Double H Mercantile

11 – Extension Office Closed for Columbus Day

12 – Deadline to RSVP for LIFE 101

16 – County and State Lamb/Goat Validation 8:00am at the Youth Fair Barns

19 – LIFE 101 Information Meeting 5:00pm at the Extension Office

27 – State Heifer Validation 2:00pm at Bob Clarks Pens

4-H enrollment is open in 4-H Connect

The enrollment process for the 2021-2022 4-H year begins August 15, 2021. All 4-H families, new and returning, are encouraged to log in and enroll to become an official 4-H member.

As you begin your enrollment for the year, here are some tips in using 4-H CONNECT:

If you already have a profile DO NOT create another one!

If you lost your email and password, call the county office so we can reset, it for you.

 An active membership will not be granted until the $25.00 participation fee is paid on 4-H   Connect!

You cannot register or participate in an event until your profile is ACTIVE.

When you are doing your re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 4-H Year please make sure you update your address, phone number, and e-mail address.

For any youth who is joining 4-H in 2021-2022 for the first time as a 3rd grader we ask for you NOT TO ENROLL until September 1st.  September 1st is actual first day of the new 4-H year and what is used to calculate grade/age.  If a 2nd grader moving into 3rd grade enrolls before September 1st it will “tag” them as a Clover Kid, not charge an enrollment fee and lock them in as a Clover Kid for the year.

If you experience issues trying to enroll in 4-H currently, we recommend that you wait until September 1st. The system has been updated and currently has issues.

Don’t wait until the last minute to enroll because after October 31st the cost increases to $30!!

Benefit account for Bangs 4-H Club leader

Rachel Hall has been an integral Brown County 4-H club manager and volunteer for over 10 years. She is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments for colon cancer.

A benefit account at Texas Bank, Bangs, has been set up for her. Please help someone who has given so much to our Brown County 4-H youth.

Texas Bank - 501 E Hall St. Bangs, TX 76823

Brown County 4-H food and nutrition information meeting

If you have a youth that would like to participate in Food Show and/or Food Challenge or if you are a volunteer interested in coaching Food Challenge, please attend the meeting on September 27th 5:00pm at the Extension Office.

The purpose of the meeting is to educate adult leaders & youth about the Food Show and Food Challenge contest.

During the meeting will discuss coaches, practices, county food show, and teams. For more information contact the Extension Office.

4-H proclamation

National 4-H Week will be October 3rd through the 9th.  4-Hers will have an opportunity to meet with the Brown County Commissioners, on Monday October 4th at 8am, to have them sign our proclamation and visit with them about what Brown County 4-Hers have accomplished. We would like to see as many 4-Hers there as possible to show our thanks for the support, Brown County has given us.

We will meet here at the Extension Office on Monday October 4th at 8am. So, if you are interested in participating contact the Extension Office by Monday September 27th. You must be enrolled in 4-H to participate. We will provide excused absent letters to your school if you would like to participate.

Livestock coalition meeting

The purpose of this coalition is to help strengthen the livestock program. The Livestock Coalition is in charge of developing workshops/clinics, Brown County 4-H Project Show and other learning opportunities that will assist youth with growth in their project area. 

If you have an interest in being part of this coalition please join us on October 5th, 5pm at Extension Office. Your ideas are welcomed for the improvement of the youth livestock program in Brown County.   

Rodeo Austin barrow show update

New for 2022, Rodeo Austin is proud to partner with the Texas Pork Producers Association to host an exclusive Certified Texas Bred Barrow Show. All Barrows must be certified Texas Bred to compete.

4-H Livestock projects

If you are needing assistance with finding a 4-H livestock project such as, lamb, goat, or swine for upcoming county and/or state shows please contact Nick Gonzales or Scott Anderson at the Extension Office.

If you already have your livestock project and would like for the agents to come, check on your project please contact the Extension Office to schedule an appointment.

Lamb, goat and swine county and state validation

It is that time to start getting ready for the Brown County Youth Fair and Major Stock Shows. The most important step in doing this is validating your animals. Lamb/Goat validation will be October 16 at 8 a.m. Swine validation November 13 at 8 a.m. at the Brown County Youth Fair Barns.

There will not be a county validation make up day. If you are planning on participating in the Brown County Youth Fair, you need to make sure your animal is present the day of validation. If you ordered state tags and have not paid for them, come by the Extension Office ASAP. You must be enrolled in 4-H before the date of validation.

 Heifer validation          

If you are showing a heifer at a major stock show that has not previously been state validated or has changed owners, they will need to be validated. Heifers that are only participating in the Brown County Youth Fair do not need to be validated.

Please make sure you have registration papers in hand at validation. Every heifer needs to have an ID, either a brand or tattoo. Please ensure that tattoos/brands are done and legible before validation.

Dates to Remember:

October 27 Physical Validation 2:00pm – 4:00pm at Bob Clarks pens

November 1 Deadline Original Registration Papers Must be in Exhibitors Name

For more information, contact the Extension Office at 325-646-0386.

Life 101

Life 101 is a youth program that focuses on filling the missing pieces and assisting with the strategies to successfully launch into adulthood. The goal is to eliminate the idea of “Learning from their mistakes”.

Topics of learning are: banking and managing Money; credit cards; financial aid, loans, and scholarships; budgeting; true cost of transportation; interviewing skills and how to land a job; etiquette & dressing for success.

This program is open to Brown County 4-H members 9th – 12th grade. If you are interested in Life 101 there will be an information meeting on October 19 at 5 p.m. at the Extension Office. RSVP by October 12 if you plan to attend.

Ag Texas Youth of the Month scholarship contest

AgTexas Farm Credit Services is proud to host a program that highlights some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas 4-H and FFA members in the South Plains, Panhandle and Central Texas areas.

The AgTexas AgYouth of the Month program will honor students who excel in the classroom and as leaders in their 4-H clubs and FFA chapters. The purposes of this award are:

To raise the profile of these two organizations by recognizing outstanding senior class leaders within 4-H and FFA.

To recognize these monthly winners in local newspapers and on radio (wherever appropriate), social media and the AgTexas FCS website.

To bring together these outstanding young men and women at the annual banquets.

To create scholarship opportunities that will help graduating seniors afford a college education

If you are a senior in high school and interested in applying for the AgYouth of the month complete your application online at https://www.agtexas.com/news-updates/ag-youth-of-the-month/ag-youth-entry-form/