Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Drive Green and Tractor College at Coufal Prater in Taylor

Coufal-Prater Equipment in Taylor, will be holding a Drive Green &Tractor College on Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.  We encourage students in the field of agriculture to attend.  The Tractor College is a brief overview of subcompact, compact and utility tractors.  This program is great for anyone interested in agriculture and the machinery used in it.  A flyer with more information can be found by clicking here.

We will be giving away two scholarship for eligible high school students.  All you need to do to apply is show up, attend the 45 minute program and take a short quiz.  The top two scores will receive the scholarships.  Navarro College will also be present with representatives from the John Deere Tech Program to share information about potential careers and pathways within John Deere and Company and local dealers. 

The Drive Green & Tractor College is not just for ag students we will have a little bit of everything from food, bounce house, radio announcers, music and special guests. 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Horse Validation Deadline Reminder - May 1st

Youth interested in participating in the D-10 and State 4-H Horse shows, must validate their horses on 4-H Connect. The process starts on March 1st. For information on the validation process and rules for the State 4-H Horse Show, click on the following link.

Horse Validation in 4-H Connect is due May 1st for any horse to be shown at District or State 4-H Horse Shows.
·        March 1st – April 15th - $10 per horse
·        April 16th – May 1st - $20 per horse

Courageous Family Camp for Military Families

We need your help promoting the Courageous Family Camp happening June 17 -20th at the 4-H Center in Brownwood, TX.

·         $50 per family for 4 days of fun!
·         Only open to military families
·         Accommodations and all meals are provided
·         Activities: color run, swimming, hiking, archery, ropes course, dancing, crafts, service project for deployed service members, kayaking, water sports and much more

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Win Two Tickets to the See the Farmland Movie on May 1st - South Austin

Drop your plans for next Thursday, May 1st in the evening if you already have them!  Come spend some quality time with fellow agriculture-minded individuals and appreciate our next generation of farmers and ranchers.  The U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance has created a documentary called "Farmland".  It is a first-hand glimpse in the life of young farmers and ranchers across the nation and includes a Texas rancher from Throckmorton!  Below is the information for the Austin viewing:

AUSTIN: May 1 at 7 p.m.
Regional Metropolitan Stadium 14
901 Little Texas Lane
Austin, Texas 78745

Quote from :
 " Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business.
Through this film from award-winning director, James Moll, you’ll step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.
Director James Moll traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers. Watch the trailer to catch a glimpse of stories shared during his interviews. This film will be released in Spring 2014.
This film was made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance ®. "

Movie trailer in YouTube Format:

As an employee of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, I count my blessings that I am fortunate enough to work daily with these hardworking families that grow our food and fibers.  Please come support!  As a way to increase awareness, I have purchased 2 tickets for give away!  So, with that said - to win the tickets you must e-mail me at with answers to the following questions:

1) Name this item: It creates a connection between people and agriculture, and the impact it has on our lives and is a part of the Texas Farm Bureau, Agriculture in the Classroom Program.

2) According to my blog: , what date is the 2nd Tweetup and what is the topic? 

On your mark, get set, go!  I will post as soon as I have a winner!  For those of you not fortunate enough to win tickets, I encourage you to come out and support by purchasing tickets now:

Once you're to the site, click the 7:00 ticket sign, then type in your zip code.  I suggest you purchase online in case they sell out since there is only once viewing. 

I look forward to seeing you all there!!!!!

Creedmoor 4-H Rabie Vaccination Clinic

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Town and Country Vet Clinic
 6300 FM 1327, Austin, TX 78747
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Texas Pork Leadership Camp

This is a unique opportunity for 4-H and FFA students that have an interest in swine production in Texas, working in the Texas pork industry and students who are willing to advocate the pork industry. The camp is a traveling bus tour with visits at key industry locations for sixteen students and the chaperons. This camp is not like any other camp.

Check the website for details on schedule and application,

To give participants an in-depth look at the pork industry through special tours and hands-on learning activities and to develop leadership skills to enable them to be effective spokespersons for the pork industry.
Each individual participating in the camp will be required to give two three-minute individual oral presentations and work together with other participants on team projects. Each student will have media training and will have to participate in an interview. They will also be required to participate in a final discussion at the end of the camp answering questions prepared by other campers and staff. The camp leaders will provide assistance for all of these activities. Individual participation is required in all of these activities. Students should not register for this camp if the they are not eager and serious about learning and participating in these public speaking and meat processing activities.

An application form for prospective participants is included. Please feel free to duplicate as many as necessary to permit all interested 4-H and FFA members to apply. Candidates should fax their application directly to the Texas Pork Producers Association at 512-451-5536 and mail the application to TPPA, P.O. Box 10168, Austin, TX 78766. Applicants will also be interviewed by phone or in person prior to selection.
Application Deadline: May 23, 2014.
Download Application Here

Click here for more information

Monday, April 21, 2014

Consumer Education Project Leader Training - April 23rd

Consumer Education Project Leader Training - technology based on April 23rd at 6:30 pm. More information at the link below:

Horse Judging Camp

June 25-27, 2014 & July 8-10, 2014 at Texas A&M University in College Station

Format: For beginner/intermediate and advanced. Open to ages 12-18.
Fee: $290 per participant (includes meals, housing, judging manual, notebook and t-shirt)

Register online:
Register by: May 30, 2014

Contact: Dr. Clay Cavinder at
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Horse Judging Coaches Training

June 19 & 20, 2014
At Texas A&M University in College Station
Format: For coaches, 4-H and FFA leaders, and interested parents
Topic Areas:
Day 1: Instruction on Evaluation of Classes Day 2: Reasons and Coaching Strategy

Fee: $150 for both days, $100 for one day

For More Information and to Register:
Register by: June 6, 2014
Contact: Dr. Clay Cavinder at

Horse Management Workshop

Dr. Dennis Sigler, Professor and Extension Horse Specialist with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, will present an educational workshop focused on Equine Nutrition and Best Management Practices for Equine Disease Prevention. Whether you own just one horse or a whole barn full of horses, you are sure to benefit from this program!

When: Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: Hays County Extension Office
1253 Civic Center Loop
San Marcos, Texas 78666
(512) 393-2120

Cost: $15/person if register by May 2, $20/person if register after May 2

Please RSVP with the Hays County Extension
Office at (512) 393-2120 by May 2 if you are
planning on attending this workshop so we can have
enough educational materials for everyone.

Future Texas 4-H Tweet Ups

The Texas 4-H Program is excited to announce its next round of Texas 4-H Tweetups. The first Tweetup will be held on May 1st from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and will focus on the 2014 Texas 4-H Roundup. During this time questions will be answered and information will be provided on opportunities available at Texas 4-H Roundup. This hour will provide agents, youth, and adults a great opportunity to find out what is all going on in the world of Roundup. 

The second Tweetup being hosted by the Texas 4-H Program is being held on May 20th from 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm and will focus on Texas 4-H Congress. More specifically, participants will get great insight on how to successfully submit bills for Texas 4-H Congress. Those participating in the Tweetup will be sure to have an advantage when writing and submitting a bill for this year's Texas 4-H Congress. 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Market Poultry Workshop - May 31st - College Station

A market poultry workshop is being conducted on May 31st in College Station at Pierce Pavillion.
Click here for the flyer for more information.

4-H Golf Project

Several opportunities related to the golf project, check out the website for more information.

Wildlife Conservation Camp

The Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society invites high school students to the best week of their summer! The 21st annual Wildlife Conservation Camp will be held July 20-26, 2014 at the Welder Wildlife Foundation in Sinton, Texas. High school students that have completed the 9th-12th grades can apply at and applications are due May 1st.

Campers will experience hands-on activities led by wildlife professionals, which include wildlife and plant identification, hunting as a management tool, species diversity, conservation ethics, wildlife capture and survey techniques, wildlife tracking, predator-prey dynamics, white-tailed deer management, fishing, hunter safety, shooting skills, and much more. The week-long camp is especially recommended for high school students who are considering a career in wildlife management or natural sciences. Students will develop an appreciation for the outdoors through a priceless experience that they will carry with them forever.

The Welder Refuge is a 7,800-acre wildlife refuge and research facility with on-site lodging and dining facilities. The Refuge is home to beautiful coastal wetlands and south Texas vegetation, and boasts a plethora of native wildlife, including mammals, reptiles, amphibians and hundreds of species of birds. Campers will have the opportunity to view and study these animals on the Refuge.

The camp fee is $300 which covers lodging, meals, materials, and transportation during camp. Contact your local Farm Bureau for possible sponsorships.

Applications are available at For additional information contact Meg Streich, 2014 Camp Director, at or 361-364-2643.