NDSU Extension - Morton County


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March 16, 2018

Kari and I were visiting and thought that since we have not seen a lot of Secretary’s Reports handed in this year, we would try and make it easier for all of you to submit those forms.  So, Kari has created an online form that you can fill out and submit to us.  We will receive notification when it is uploaded.  You no longer have to worry about emailing, mailing or bringing it in to the office.  The link, www.tinyurl.com/4HSecretaryReport or you can go to our website www.ag.ndsu.edu/mortoncountyextension it is under 4-H Youth Development, 4-H Forms

4-H Camp registration is now open.  Camps will fill up fast so if you are considering a Horse Camp, register today.  Also, please see some new camps this year we are excited to offer.  Back by popular demand is Archery Camp and Fishing Camp.  The website to register is  https://www.ultracamp.com/clientlogin.aspx?idCamp=775&campcode=rtm&lang=en-Us&justsignedout=true 

The next 4-H Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00pm at the Morton County Courthouse.  All 4-H Leaders, Parents and Older 4-H members are invited to attend.

We have been busy working on Morton County Fair and 4-H Achievement Days information for you!  All of the Livestock Judges and Horse Judge have been contacted and are ready to go.  We are in the process of sending out information for the Static Exhibit Judges next week.  Watch for more fair information in the upcoming months!

The deadline for registering for projects for the 2017-2018 4-H year is May 1.  You will not be able to add or drop projects after this date.  Please read below the difference between a project and exhibit.  We do not need to know by May 1 what you are bringing to the fair for Achievement Days.

 What is an Achievement Day Exhibit?
An exhibit is an item or display designed to show something that the members have accomplished. Exhibits are usually associated with a fair, but members can exhibit their project work at club meetings, community events and other opportunities. Members are required to exhibit their work at the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days for at least one project. Participation in competitive activities and exhibits is encouraged as an opportunity for education, recognition and public awareness opportunity. Fair premiums, ribbons and other awards are incentives and symbols of recognition in many areas for those who choose to participate. Self-recognition and self-satisfaction for having completed a project are important rewards.

What Are 4-H Projects?
There are approximately 100 projects available on a variety of subject matters of interest to youth. Projects are real-life experiences that help the 4-Her’s learn to make sound decisions. Projects put the hands and minds to work. 4-H projects take on a wide variety of interests and activities that are designed to attract boys and girls regardless of their place of residence, economic status, race, etc. Members are expected to complete the projects in which they enroll. Projects provide the basis of the 4-H program by offering various educational experiences. Carrying out a project will help the member "Learn to Do by Doing" as well as learning why things happen the way they do.

Why projects? The project is a teaching tool that can be used to develop boys and girls to their maximum potential so long as we view project works as a "means to an end" and not the end in itself. This means that the basic objective of 4-H - the development of the boy and girl - is the most important consideration, not the garment the member makes or the calf the member raises, or the miscellaneous project the member completes.

How are projects conducted? Project work is conducted through various activities and events such as: project meetings; regular club meetings; tours to visit projects of members; family activity at home; exhibiting project work at shows, fairs, etc.; record keeping.

What are guidelines to selecting projects? Parents and the member should know and fully understand what is expected of them before they enroll in a project. Projects are selected in the fall when on-line enrollment opens on September 1. You do have access to change/add/drop projects until May 1.  After May 1, your projects are locked in and unavailable for us to change/add/drop. 

Usually younger members should limit their projects to one or two. Older, more experienced members may be able to do several different projects, including those that are more difficult. Factors that parents and leaders should consider in helping a club member to select a project is:

  • The project should meet the needs and interests of the member. The problem here, however, is that in many cases the youngster does not really know if they would like a particular project without first giving it a try.
  • The project should be appropriate for the age and ability of the member.

The 2018 Morton County 4-H Achievement Days registration for exhibits will be done this year through Fair Entry.  Everything will be done online this year.  If you are not enrolled in a project, the system will not let you register for an exhibit. This includes animal projects as well.

As per Morton County 4-H Council policy, 4-Hers should have attended six (6) club meetings before exhibiting. If a 4-Her belongs to more than one club (ex. regular club plus a horse club) the 4-Her must attend four regular club meetings and four workouts. (One workout = 1/2 regular club meeting.) It is up to club leaders to manage this.  The office simply partners with the Club Leaders if they find an issue with attendance. 

As you know, it is being required by the North Dakota State Fair that all livestock exhibitors are to be certified in Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA). It will be required for all Morton County Livestock Exhibitors to be certified if they wish to exhibit at Morton County Achievement Days.

All Exhibitors showing beef, sheep, swine, dairy, goats, market rabbits and poultry will need to complete this training.

YQCA promotes the development of a common framework for youth livestock quality assurance programs that will enhance the educational experience of youth, improve the care of animals and provide a higher level of food safety to consumers.

To become certified, you can either participate in an on-line program or attend an instructor-led training.  Marissa Leier will be holding such a training on April 23, 2018 at the Morton County Courthouse in Mandan at 6:30 p.m.  This will last approximately 1 hour to 1 ½ hours.  The cost for this training is $3.  In order to register, pay, and to obtain your certification number, families must go on-line at http://yqca.org (Firefox and Chrome browsers appear to work the best).  You can pay by credit card or you can buy a YQCA Coupon to pay with your $3. (The form and instructions are attached.) We will retrieve certification numbers after the training.

To participate on-line, please go to: http://yqca.org . The cost of on-line participation is $12.  You may pay by credit card, or by coupon.  The brochure that is included with this letter has instructions on how to sign in for both on-line training and an instructor-led training. Whichever way you decide to become certified, you will need to go on-line to register.  You will need to know your 4-H Online registration and password.

We ask that once you become certified, you inform our office of the certification number and the date of your training.  According to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection At (COOPA), only the 4-H’er can give us their YQCA certification ID number.  Our office will enter that data into your 4-H Online profile.

You will need to obtain and submit your YQCA certification number to the Morton County Extension Office by June 20, 2018. 

Thank you for your cooperation in this certification process.  This will be a yearly requirement for both the North Dakota State Fair and the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days.  Please call us with questions at 701-667-3340 or email us at Marissa.M.Leier@ndsu.edu or Karla.Meikle@ndsu.edu.

Managing Control dates are March 1 for all Beef Market Animals.  All other livestock is May 1.  As per North Dakota State Fair policy, all market beef managing control needs to be into your local county office by March 1.  All other livestock, managing control paperwork will need to be into the office by May 1.   

The tagging system previously discussed in an email is something the State of North Dakota 4-H program has been working on for over three years.  This decision to go forward with a tagging system is based on recommendations that have been provided by the Program Planning team to the North Dakota Center for 4-H office.  Whether we agree or not, it is something that will happen in the near future.  For this year, Morton County will not have an official tagging program in place for the Morton County 4-H Achievement Days nor will it be required at the North Dakota State Fair.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the office. 

Have a great week!

Karla Meikle
Extension Service /  Morton County
210 2nd Avenue NW
Mandan, ND 58554
p:   701.667.3340
fax: 701.667.3348







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