Wyoming County 4-H
April 3, 2020
During COVID-19 we want to make sure we are keeping all of our 4-H families up to date as much as we possibly can! During this time we will be releasing the “Friday News” where we will hopefully answer any questions you may have; these will also be available on our website to view. The entire Wyoming county 4-h staff is here for anything you and your families may need during this time so please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us with your question(s)!
A Message from the Director………
Please know that that the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is committed to the well-being of our program participants, our volunteers, our staff, and our communities. We are in regular communication with our COVID-19 Team at Cornell University, along with the NY Department of Health office and Wyoming County officials in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that this is truly an unprecedented situation, and we are here to support you throughout the coming weeks.
We are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of our community. Given the quickly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19 and due to an abundance of caution, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is announcing the suspension of all programming, events, and volunteer activities until June 1, 2020. This includes ALL 4-H club meetings and the annual 4-H Cookie Sale. We will do our best to reschedule as many of these programs as possible.
Please continue to check our website and Facebook page for updates. This is an evolving situation, and we will continue to provide daily guidance in the coming days as we receive new information. We will continue to provide digital programming and support via web and phone.We can be reached at (585) 786-2251 or email@example.com should you have any questions or concerns.
We are committed to keeping you updated on any changes in our plans, policies, or procedures. Please be aware that as of 3/18/2020, employees are working remotely, and it may take a little longer than usual for you to receive a response. Your questions, ideas, and concerns are important to us, and we will respond as soon as possible.
Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times. We look forward to an amazing summer and fall. See you soon!
Lead Executive Director
4-H Meat Animal Project Update
Our 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee met via conference call on April 1, 2020 to discuss what measures are needed to modify the Meat Animal Project for this year because of the current COVID-19 situation.Complete packets of information will be mailed to anyone who checked meat animal lambs or swine on their enrollment forms.You can also access the information on our website at: http://wyoming.cce.cornell.edu/4-h-youth-development/projects-activities/livestock
In the packet you will find outlined changes that are necessary to our 2019-2020 program.A partial listing of changes includes:
Please reach out to Holly Harwood via email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the meat animal beef, lamb or swine projects after reviewing all of the new information.
YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) Training
Coupons are still available for the YQCA training that is required by the meat animal project.This program can be done online and provides approximately 60 minutes of guided education on food safety, animal well-being, and character awareness for youth raising and showing livestock.Contact Holly for more information at email@example.com.
Tractor safety Update……
4-H Tractor Safety Program
Many of our members will be helping out around the house or around the farm this spring.Whether you are mowing lawn or running larger agricultural equipment, please review this important information from Kubota Tractor Corporation:
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TRACTOR SAFETY
Updates on Dog Obedience program….
The dog obedience training program will have some changes in dates & structure this year. Please stay tuned as the dog committee is working to still make this year a successful one for our program.
Family & Consumer Sciences updates…
Clothing & Fashion Revue:
Regretfully, we must say that the clothing & fashion revues have been cancelled for this Spring. Stay tuned for a virtual revue option in the coming weeks.
This Tuesday, April 7th at 6pm - Sarah is hosting Italian night in her kitchen! On the menu – homemade pasta! In the links below, you will find access to the Zoom meeting, and video tutorials. I plan to prep ahead and roll out my dough, and the Zoom meeting will be more of an instruction on making real alfredo sauce for the pasta. Feel free to make your pasta over the weekend and share your experience during our meeting, or join in for some fun! I look forward to seeing you all virtually for some fun in the kitchen.
ZOOM MEETING LINK - https://cornell.zoom.us/j/730335512
Pasta Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNHqjFyk5gU
Gluten Free Pasta Tutorial - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cwl8rnGsiU0
Alfredo Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sk9HCxfIREo
Plant Science/Natural Resources
Giant Vegetable & Gladiola Meetings
Will both be rescheduled, date TBD.
Our friends at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 program have organized a Facebook group – Science and Nature for Cooped Up Kids - to share ideas for activities youth can do outside and in nature. In addition to the resources group members share, the Lab of O team will be sharing a new list of activities each Friday. Could be a fun way to help us take a break from screens. Check out the Facebook group for exciting adventures!
4-H Dairy updates…
Your heifer project will provide you with an opportunity to raise dairy calves and learn more about various management procedures. This attached link is not a complete directory of everything you will need to know to raise a calf. Instead, it is a guide which provides hints that will help make your experience of raising a calf both educational and successful. From the start of the project to getting it ready for a show, this workbook will help guide you. http://www.holsteinfoundation.org/pdf_doc/workbooks/WorkingDairyCattle_WKBK.pdf
4-H Goat updates…
Goat essay contest! For youth ages 8-17, you may compete in an essay contest to win a registered Alpine doe kid. The Alpine kid is being donated to a 4-H member as a project animal. This is a multi-county contest. The Alpine kid is located in Jordan, NY. Your essay must include the following:
At the end of the essay attach 4-H educator, Stephanie Luders, as a reference. They may contact Stephanie at firstname.lastname@example.org
Essays must be postmarked no later than May 1, 2020. If you would like to compete in the essay contest, please contact Stephanie for the mailing address and further information.
Last updated April 3, 2020