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May 22, 2020 Friday News

Wyoming county 4-H

Friday News

May 22, 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)!

There is still time to register…

There is still time to reserve your Wyoming County 4-H Activity Pack!! All enrolled Wyoming County 4-H youth, including cloverbuds, are eligible to receive these FREE packets. In these bags, you will find supplies and instruction for up to 10 hands on activities that can be completed at home. Opportunities include mini barn quilts, 3-D animal digestion creations, tile coasters, equine coloring books and more! Quantities are limited, and only a few spots remain! Click the following link to register each individual youth for this opportunity. Curbside pickup will be next Wednesday, May 27th 4-7pm at the Ag & Business Center parking lot (36 Center Street, Warsaw).

Meat animal updates…

  • Meat Animal Project Registration Thank You! - Thank you to all of the families that submitted meat animal project registrations.This year we have approximately 50 beef/dairy beef participants, 110 swine participants and 10 lamb participants raising project animals.Contact Holly with questions at
  • 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
  • Wyoming County Farm Bureau Scholarship - The Wyoming County Farm Bureau will award one $1500 scholarship. The deadline to have applications postmarked is July 3, 2020. (Our usual deadline is May, but COVID-19 has delayed our ability to finalize the scholarship for 2020).The scholarship is available to any graduating senior or current college student who plans to or is considering working in or with agriculture in the future. This includes students going into vocational/ tech programs, two-year or four-year programs, etc. Agriculture is Wyoming County’s #1 industry. Chances are if you are going to live/ work in or around Wyoming County you WILL be in business with agriculture either directly or indirectly. Therefore, you should apply!To be eligible, a student must reside in Wyoming County, and the student or their parent/guardian must be a WCFB member. If the student or parent is not currently a member, it is easy to join. There are full memberships for parents or student memberships available for high school and college students. You can join WCFB online at www.wyomingcounty4h.comFor by clicking "Join", or by contacting a member of the WCFB board of directors.The application must be typed.Applications can be found on our website: www.wyomingcounty4h.comFor more information you can email:

Family & Consumer Science updates…

  • Virtual Cookbooks - National 4-H has created a new virtual cookbook available for FREE! ‘Fresh Chefs’ contains nearly 50 recipes, contributed by 4-H’ers, supporters and 4-H alumni. Click the following link for free access! Healthy Living Virtual Cookbook. Sarah is also working on collected local Wyoming County 4-H recipes, to update our Wyoming County 4-H Cookbook. During this time at home, are there any special family recipes you’ve gotten creative with in the kitchen!! We would love to share them. Email Sarah at with your recipes!
  • HAND SANITIZER AND MASKS - Supplies of hand sanitizer and washable cloth masks are available free of charge through NYS to essential agricultural businesses including farms.Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County to arrange a supply for your business by e-mailing or calling 585-786-2251 x123
  • COVID-19 Safety Plans Required for All Businesses in “New York Forward”: York Forward Safety Plan Template” from NY State Department of Health: be used to prepare your customized farm or business Safety Plan.NYS also provides a list of NY Forward Frequently asked questions regarding continuing operations for essential businesses and reopening for businesses as their phase approaches: is the time to prepare your plan.Non-food agricultural, forestry and fishing businesses re-opening in “Phase 1” must read and affirm detailed NYS Guidance for their business: including preparation of a COVID-19 Safety Plan prior to reopening

Horse updates…..

  • All rider evaluations will be postponed. Youth are asked to fill out the following fillable form so the 4-H office can better assess the needs of those who need evaluations, and then schedule them at the appropriate time and location. These registrations are due by June 1st, and evaluations will take place late June and early July. If you’re not sure if you need an evaluation, contact your club leader, or Sarah at
  • Horse certificates are due June 1st if youth want to remain eligible to show at the NYS Fair. Otherwise, for 2020 only, certificates will be accepted until June 30th due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Many youth may have not have the opportunity to ride their horse until activities resume, so this provision is to allow for those few circumstances to be accepted for the 2020 program year.
  • The Father’s Day show at the Posse Grounds has been cancelled. The Horse Leader’s Meeting has been moved to June 11th at 7pm. A zoom link will be sent to all leaders as this date gets closer.
  • Equine Operations are permitted to reopen as part of Phase 1 of the State’s NY Forward plan, and only in regions that have reached the State’s benchmarks and the proper criteria for reopening. Equine operations include activities such as the breeding, boarding, exercise, and transport of horses, riding personal or for-hire horses at facilities, and the oversight or instruction of riders at the operation. Equine operations must also follow the Non-food related agriculture summary guidelines and reach and affirm detailed guidelines for non-food agriculture business.

Dog obedience updates…

  • A reminder that although the traditional Dog Obedience Program is not being held, you can still work with your dog at home! Access to our training guide can be found here Dog Obedience Training Guide If youth have any questions or want assistance, feel free to reach out to Sarah, or other dog leaders, to receive virtual or phone support before 4-H activities resume in person.

Dairy reminder…

  • Virtual Dairy Judging - If you haven’t done the first couple weeks of dairy judging, don’t worry! Join us this upcoming week (week 3) for a class of Jerseys that we will post. Virtual dairy judging is happening every week. You can find the classes and judging card on our website and on Sundays there will be a new class of cows posted on Youth have from Sunday till Friday each week to judge the class and send their placings to Stephanie at On Sundays we will post the results of the class. For senior dairy judgers, they can give reasons to one of the judging coaches via zoom or phone. Please contact Stephanie with any questions.

At home activities…

  • Facebook Challenge - Week 5 - We are on to our next Wyoming County 4-H Challenge. This week we want you to show us “How Does Your Garden Grow?” We are encouraging our 4-H members to share a picture of your gardening efforts. Spring has hopefully finally arrived and it is time to get flower beds and gardens ready. Take a picture of what you are growing and place it here in the comments.Remember this is for Wyoming County 4-H members, keep it 4-HA (4-H appropriate) and spread some joy!We will randomly choose one photo participant to receive some 4-H swag next Saturday evening! (last week’s winner can be found in the comment section from that challenge post)

4-H Camp Wyomoco…

  • Check out our Facebook page every Wednesday for a fun at home activity!
  • Join us Friday, May 29th at 4:30pm for a Camp BINGO; Zoom Link - Meeting ID: 977 4691 3870    Password: 620289


Alesia Ackerman
4-H Administrative Assistant
585-786-2251 ext 110

Last updated May 22, 2020