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May 8, 2020 4-H Friday News

Wyoming county 4-H

Friday News

May 8, 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…

Hello everyone!

I hope this letter finds you in good health and good spirits!For the past two months, the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County has been working in a remote capacity. While we miss seeing all of our incredible 4-H participants, volunteers, and community partners in person, it’s been absolutely amazing to watch the myriad ways in which our community has come together during these uncertain times to support each other through thick and thin. And while we certainly can’t wait to return to the office, it’s also been incredible to see how many of you have turned out for our digital programming opportunities, Zoom committee meetings, and modified cookie sale. I’ve always known Wyoming County’s commitment to supporting youth and 4-H’s mission is unmatched, but I cannot put into words how inspiring it has been to witness that commitment in action throughout these difficult days.

While our face-to-face programming is postponed for the time being, we encourage you to continue to check out our growing library of web resources; you’ll find many of them in this newsletter, on our webpage, and on Facebook. We will do our best to reschedule as many of our face-to-face events as possible, so please be sure to stay tuned for any changes to our summer and fall calendars. We are keeping a close eye on all initiatives related to WNY’s eventual reopening, and we will be sure to inform you when we’ve received the greenlight to safely return to our regularly scheduled activities in any capacity.In the meantime, we’ll continue to offer digital programing opportunities and to solicit feedback as to how we can ultimately adapt our summer programming to best suit your needs.I know that several club leaders have made the move to holding digital meetings via Zoom or Skype—please don’t hesitate to contact us should you need any tech support.We’re happy to help!And for those of you who are experiencing “online fatigue” (and who isn’t?), our incredible team of 4-H educators is also currently hard at work developing an exciting project centered around offline family activities and educational materials.Please stay tuned for more!

On a final note, I’d just like to extend my particular gratitude to each of our volunteers for your calm, confident, and innovative leadership throughout this crisis.This certainly isn’t how I anticipated my first few months on the job would go, but I cannot tell you how inspiring it has been to see all of your hard work and to speak with all of you via Zoom.I only hope that I’ll soon be able to thank all of your in person for your patience and creativity throughout this crisis.Please know that CCE is here for anything you might need, and that we’re always eager to hear any questions, ideas, or concerns you may have.Please also continue to check our website and Facebook pages for updates.While we may face an uncertain summer, I know that our community will continues to lead the way in innovative 4-H programming.

Wishing all of you a happy and healthy spring,

Abby Griffith, Executive Director, CCE Wyoming County

4-H Leaders corner…

Wyoming County 4-H Leaders’ Association Zoom Meeting

Thank you to all of the 4-H leaders that joined us this week for the Zoom meeting!We hope everyone found the opportunity to hear what is taking place within the 4-H program and talk about current programming needs helpful.Remember you can reach out to 4-H staff with ideas, questions or just to check in.

Meat animal updates…

    • Meat Animal Project Registration Forms Due May 15th ...One more reminder that all 4-H members participating the 2020 Meat Animal Lamb & Swine projects MUST submit a Lamb or Swine Registration Form by May 15th.You can email a PDF copy of the form to the 4-H office, mail the form via postal service, or leave a copy in the drop box at the 4-H office in Warsaw.The box is accessible 24/7 right inside the door of the Ag & Business Center for your convenience.Forms were included as the last page in the rule packets that were mailed to members.They can also be found on our website: 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
    • Online Animal Science Learning Opportunities -The Cornell Department of Animal Science has put together a great list of online learning resources for Beef, Dairy, Dog, Equine, Goats, Poultry, Rabbits, Sheep, Swine and Farm Tours.Take a look:

    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.

    Fair Entry forms will still be due July 15th to the 4-H office, with legible Coggins & Rabies health forms, ATTACHED!

    Although the Equine Affaire in Columbus, Ohio could not be held this year, the organizers have put together a virtual event with many learning opportunities. Click the link to view

    Family & Consumer Science updates…

    • Virtual Wyoming County 4-H Cookbook
    • Are you cooking or baking since being home? Email Sarah your recipes and pictures! Submit by June 15th. These will be compiled for a virtual cookbook that will be posted on our website – to celebrate that while we weren’t able to be together, we can share the delicious creations we made at home!! A 2020 update of a Wyoming county 4-H cookbook, we invite 4-H friends and families to submit recipes that mean something special to them, and their family.
    • Need a little ZEN in your life?? Watch and learn this yoga sequence, set to the 4-H pledge! This is a great introduction to basic yoga poses.

    Natural resources…

    Check out this website from Cornell Lab of Ornithology that uses “bird cams” to capture some beautiful birds. They show some really amazing birds you might see in your backyard at a feeder. Also, they recently had a video of baby hawks hatching from their eggs!

    Market Goat reminders…

    Market Goat Registration Forms are due by May 15th

    You can access the full set of rules and Project Identification forms on our website at: Contact Stephanie with questions at

    Dairy reminder…

    • Virtual Dairy Judging - Virtual dairy judging will start this week. Our first class of dairy cattle will be pictured and placed in a PDF for youth to view. They will have a few days to judge the class and come up with a placing. Seniors will have the opportunity to write a set of reasons and present it to our judging coaches. If youth are interested in judging please contact Stephanie at to register!

    At home activities…

    Facebook Challenge - Week 3

    We are on to our next Wyoming County 4-H Challenge. This week we want you to show us some of Nature’s Beauty! We are encouraging our 4-H members to get outside and soak up spring. Find something in nature that you see beauty in; take a picture of it 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 this Saturday evening! (last week’s winner can be found in the comment section from that challenge post)


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

    Last updated May 8, 2020