Thursday, July 16, 2009

All-American Dairy Show Registration Open

Online registration is now available on the website Don’t forget to check out the rest of the site as well for information on other activities such as the 2009 bus tour and Antique Auction. The premium list is available online, and books are being mailed out this week.

Entry Deadlines:
August 14
August 31

4-H Flag Heads Into Space Aboard Shuttle Endeavor

The National 4-H flag was carried into space aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour yesterday as part of the STS-127 mission. The flag, featuring the familiar 4-H clover, was originally scheduled to head into space earlier this year, but was delayed a record five times before finally lifting off this week.

“The inclusion of the 4-H flag on this mission reflects the commitment 4-H has to building young leaders in science, engineering and technology,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “As the global economy expands, these leaders will strengthen the United States' global competitiveness and leadership in these fields.”

4-H promotes positive youth development, facilitates learning and engages youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life. Nearly 7 million youth, ages 5-19, participate in 4-H youth development experiences in all 50 states, territories and military installations worldwide.

Azeem Ahmed, 17, who is an avid space enthusiast and 4-H member from Alabama and President of the Alabama 4-H Council, made the original request to NASA to have the flag flown with a future space shuttle mission.

“4-H is more than green and white - it is a collage,” Ahmed said. “It is agriculture and it's also healthy living, leadership and citizenship and science, engineering and technology. Science, engineering and technology is one of the missions of 4-H, and by flying a 4-H flag into space, I hope we shine a new light on 4-H.”

Ahmed has been a 4-H member for seven years. He has participated in a variety of leadership and science, engineer and technology programs on the state and national level and wants people to see 4-H as he and thousands of other youth do.

The 4-H Youth Development Program began at the start of the 20th century to help rural youth gain technical and leadership skills. More than 100 years later, the organization continues to promote positive youth development in the areas of citizenship; healthy living and science; engineering; and technology. According to a two-year study in New York, young people who participate in 4-H clubs do better in school; are more motivated to help others; develop skills in leadership, public speaking, self-esteem, communication and planning; and make lasting friendships.

National 4-H Headquarters, along with its private partner National 4-H Council, has set the goal of preparing one million new young people to excel in science, engineering and technology (SET) by 2013. National 4-H Headquarters seeks to promote positive youth development, facilitate learning and engage youth in the work of the land-grant universities and USDA to enhance their quality of life.

More information is available at Information on the SET initiative can be found at

National 4-H Headquarters is a unit within USDA's Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, CSREES focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people's daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit


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Friday, July 10, 2009

Shepherd's Quiz Bowl

Date: Saturday, August 1, 2009
Place: Samuel E. Hayes Jr. Livestock Evaluation Center, PA Furnace, PA

Held in conjunction with the PA Performance Tested Ram &
Boer Billy Sale and Invitational Female Sale

The competition is open to shepherds of all ages. We will compete in teams, from two to four persons per team. Team members need not be all from the same county. Teams can pre-register with Laurie Hubbard by calling 814-355-4215 or register on the day of competition. Registration will be from 10-10:45AM on August 1st with Round One beginning at approximately 11AM. The number of teams competing will be limited to 20. Prizes will be awarded!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Hookstown Fairs Passes Early Sale Date - 7/15

We will have tickets available for sale earlier than we planned! Tickets will be sold starting July 15 in the Beaver County Extension office. We were able to get the tickets earlier than we had anticipated. We will have tickets for sale August 1st, 2nd and 15th during 4-H horse programs at the Hookstown Fairgrounds. Get your tickets now or send in your order form and you can pick them up!

Monday, July 6, 2009

July is National Dairy Month

The average PA dairy cow produces enough milk to make 1,500 gallons of ice cream each year. July is National Ice Cream Month, so get the scoop or two of PA's largest ag industry.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Mon-Valley District Dairy Show

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Place: Fayette County Fairgrounds, Uniontown, PA
Entry Fee: $5 per head
Entry Deadline: August 7, 2009

Northwest District Dairy Show

Date: Saturday, September 5, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m.
Place: Crawford County Fairgrounds, Meadville, PA
Entry Fee: $5 per head
Entry Deadline: August 7, 2009