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4-H Newsletter

Department: MSU Extension- Lowndes County

November/December 2019


Can you believe it is already the holiday season!!! I can’t…..time sure does move fast!!!! Well, this is the last newsletter for this year. I hope everyone will join us for the Awards Program on the 21st of November!!! We always have such a great time celebrating the 4-H youth here in Lowndes County!!

I am sure you all have seen that we are looking for a new 4-H agent. That process is moving along and we hope to have someone in place around the first of 2020. I know when that person starts everyone will welcome them with open arms!!! Until then, if you need anything, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Reid here at the Lowndes County Extension office!!!

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and Christmas!!! Peace and Joy to everyone!!!!

Vivian M. Cade
MSU Extension Agent

Clover Bud Meeting

The clover buds will meet here at the Extension office on Tuesday Nov. 5th and December 3rd at 4:00 p.m. We will be making Christmas decorations to decorate the tree at the library.

Robotics Club

Our first meeting for the robotics club will be Monday Nov. 11th here at the Lowndes County Extension Office at 6:00 p.m. A December meeting will be determined after the first meeting in November. All robotics club members will be notified by email.

Annual 4-H Awards Program

The annual 4-H Awards program will be Thursday November 21st starting at 6:00 p.m.
Come join us for hamburgers, hotdogs, and chili!! As we celebrate the Lowndes County 4-H youth!!!
While you are here we will have a station set up so you can make Christmas decorations that will be used to decorate the Lowndes County 4-H tree at the library for the Annual Festival of Trees.

Closed for the Holidays

The Lowndes County Extension Office will be closed November 28th-29th and December 23rd-January 1, 2020.

Shooting Sports, Livestock, and Horse News

4-H S.A.F.E.T.Y. News

Start preparing for the 2020 shooting sports and hunting season by practicing with an adult safe and consistent shooting skills at home. Parents if you are interested in Christmas gifts for your youth, check out Daisy as well as various bow and firearm manufacturers for special deals relating to youth involved in shooting sports programs.

We will begin the 2020 4-H shooting season in mid to late January with signups and practices. Now is a great time to talk to your friends about getting involved in this great educational and fun program. Have them fill out a 4-H enrollment form now so they won’t be left out of any events after the 1st of the year.

Volunteer Level 1 S.A.F.E.T.Y. Training

We’ve had two level one S.A.F.E.T.Y trainings over the past two months and hopefully we will have another one this winter. We have one volunteer that will be attending the Stoneville training on November 7th. Mr. David Grady will be trained in rifle and will help coach the .22 rifle program this spring.

Any adults who are interested in becoming certified must complete both the 4-H volunteer packet and background screening before you are able to register for any of these trainings. Contact us at the Lowndes E.S. office to start the process. It takes approximately 2-3 weeks for the overall process to be completed but only takes a few minutes to fill out the paperwork. Let me know as soon as possible if you are interested. Lowndes 4-H will reimburse both the background screening and training fees.

4-H Horse News

The Lowndes County Horse Arena is now available for use. To gain access, please contact the Lowndes County Extension office BEFOREHAND to schedule weekday and/or weekend usage.

Ms. Jane Noggle and the Lowndes 4-H Horse Club have held several horse show clinics over the past few weeks. If you would like to receive notices regarding these events, please contact the Lowndes E.S. office to be added to the email list

4-H Horse & Livestock News

The 2019 MS State Fair has come and gone and what a fun and exciting fair it was!
Ella & Addie Shepherd and Luke Moore showed at the fair and did really well! Lowndes County received 1st place in the Clean Isle award as well as 4th in the Dairy Goat County Herd contest, and the youth placed very well in their respective classes.

State Fair Individual Results

Luke Moore placed 6th in dairy goat showmanship & had two 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish.
Addie Shepherd placed 1st in showmanship & had two 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish.
Ella Shepherd placed 4th in showmanship & had two 1st place finishes, two 2nd place finishes and one 3rd place finish.
Ella & Addie Shepherd also competed in the Poultry chain show and did an awesome job!

The Northeast District Livestock & Dixie National

The Northeast District Livestock show will be held January 23rd - 25th in Verona.
The Dixie National Livestock show will be held January 31st - February 6th in Jackson at the MS Fairgrounds. There is still time to register your animals for these shows, however, they must be registered before November 28th. Call me at the Lowndes E.S. office at 662-328-2111 for nomination forms and/or more information.

Upcoming 4-H Events & Deadlines

November 9th - MS Level 1 4-H SAFETY Training - Verona.
November 19th - Lowndes County Forestry Association Meeting - 6p.m. Extension Office; all are invited
November 21st - Lowndes County 4-H Awards Program
November 23rd - Hitching Lot Farmers Market - Holiday Market

Reid Nevins, Extension Agent III/County Coordinator

485 Tom Rose Raod - Columbus, MS 39701 - Phone: (662) 328-2111 - Fax: (662) 328-8619

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