4-H Page Day in Augusta – January 29, 2019

November 1st, 2018 9:49 AM
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UMaine Day at the Legislature, Tuesday, January 29, is approaching.  It’s a day where Cooperative Extension gets to highlight our awesome programs, and 4-H is one of the best! Since legislators like to see 4-H members from their districts, 4-Hers (age 13 or older) are encouraged to serve as Honorary Pages. The Maine 4-H program has up to 30 slots for Honorary Pages.

What does a page do? Legislators are constantly communicating and making decisions while in session and pages make that communication possible. Pages hand out information packets or place the paper information on their desks. Pages will also run communication and documents directly from legislator to legislator.

If you are interested in serving as a page, please contact  Diana at 207-622-7546 or diana.hartley@maine.edu.

We would love to pages from all over the state represented. Slots, representing different state senators and representatives, will be filled in the order they are received, but the final deadline is January 20th.  If the slot for your legislative district has been filled, your name will be added to a wait list in the order it is received.  If you are leaving a message, please be sure to say “I am interested in serving as a 4-H Page at the Legislature on January 29”.  Your slot will be reserved if you leave this complete information:
– Full Name
– Age
– Mailing Address
– County
– Phone Number
– Email Address (this is how we will confirm you)
– Name of your School
– Name of your 4-H Club
– Name of your Maine State Representative
– Name of your Maine State Senator
– Name of your Adult Chaperone
– Adult Chaperone’s cell phone number

4-H Honorary Pages will be in the Capitol from 8:30am– 3:00pm.  A parent or 4-H volunteer must provide transportation and chaperoning.  If you have questions, please let Alisha know at alisha.r.targonski@maine.edu.

2019 Maine State Science Fair

November 1st, 2018 9:48 AM
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It’s time to announce the 2019 Maine State Science Fair, to be held Saturday, March 23 at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. Prizes and awards include 12 four-year, full-tuition scholarships to The University of Maine (including admission to the UMaine Honors College), and major scholarships from University of New England, College of the Atlantic, and Husson University. In 2018, MSSF awarded over $1 million in scholarships and awards. Other scholarships may be announced in the coming weeks.

The Maine State Science Fair is open, without cost, to all Maine high school students who complete their own research or engineering project individually or in teams of 2-3. The purpose of MSSF is to present, learn, and discuss science with peers and STEM professionals from across Maine. Projects are invited from across all STEM disciplines: life sciences, agriculture, mathematics, computer sciences, psychology, energy, physics, marine science, environmental sciences, ecology, chemistry. All STEM projects are considered!

Important dates for this year’s MSSF:
– January 18 – student registration deadline.
– February 1 – research plan deadline.
– March 1 – preliminary research results deadline.
– March 23 – Maine State Science Fair.

More information can be found online at: https://www.jax.org/education-and-learning/high-school-students-and-undergraduates/maine-state-science-fair

Please provide feedback on Project Records!

November 1st, 2018 9:47 AM
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Click the following link to take the survey. https://umaine.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bP1iUM659wuRVrL

You are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study.

Purpose of this research project:  We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers.  As a state we have rolled out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records. What will you be asked to do?  If you decide to participate, you will be asked to complete an on-line survey with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine.  The survey will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete. Risks: Except for your time and inconvenience, there are no foreseeable risks to you in participating in this study. Benefits: You will be eligible to enter into a raffle for a $25.00 gift card to Hannaford. Confidentiality:  As a participant you will be anonymous. Investigators or a student will enter data into a computer.  Data will be kept on a secured computer with only the investigators or a student having access. Data will be kept for a period of  5 years. Voluntary:  Participation is voluntary.  If you choose to take part in this study, you may stop at any time during the study.  You may skip any questions you do not wish to answer.   Participation in the on-line survey implies consent to participate.

Contact Information: If you have any questions about this study, please contact Kristy Ouellette at 207-353-5550 or kristy.ouellette@maine.edu If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please contact Gayle Jones, Assistant to the University of Maine’s Protection of Human Subjects Review Board, at 581-1498 (or e-mail gayle.jones@umit.maine.edu).

Farm Service Agency Youth Loans

October 1st, 2018 12:44 PM
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The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience. The maximum loan amount is $5000.

  • Be a citizen of the United States
  • Be 10 years to 20 years of age
  • Comply with FSA’s general eligibility requirements
  • Be unable to get a loan from other sources
  • Conduct a modest income-producing project in a supervised program of work as outlined above
  • Demonstrate capability of planning, managing and operating the project under guidance and assistance from a project advisor.

For more information stop by your Local FSA County Office or call Mary Anne Coffin at 207.990.9140.

Tanglewood Fall Harvest Festival

October 1st, 2018 12:43 PM
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The Tanglewood Fall Harvest Festival and the third annual Tanglewood Tracks 3.5 mile trail race will be held at Tanglewood 4-H Camp in Lincolnville on Saturday, October 6th. The race starts at 10, followed by the festival from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m.   Explore the Tanglewood forest, press your own apple cider and try your hand at archery.  Event is family-friendly, and admission to the festival is free;  the race costs $20.  For more information, please call Patti at 207.789.5868. To register for the race online, go to www.active.com

New Earlier Intent Form Date for Market Steers for Fryeburg Fair 2019

October 1st, 2018 12:42 PM
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4-Hers raising a steer for the 2019 market steer show at Fryeburg Fair need to send in an Intent to Participate Form available at: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/4-h-projects/animal-science-resources/beef/ by November 1, 2018.

The intent form will advise the State 4-H Office which steers need to be tagged. Once we receive your intent form you will be contacted by a staff person from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry to make an appointment for someone to come to your barn and tag your project animal. As always Fryeburg Market Steers must be owned and in possession by the 4-Her by January 1. But we understand that many of you will have your market steers before January 1st so we are hoping to tag more of the project animals before the winter travel becomes more difficult.

We are grateful for the staff from the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for helping us with the tagging and we are hoping the earlier intent form date will allow for safer travel during the winter months. You can also enroll or re-enroll as a 4-H member when you send your Intent to Participate form to your county office.

We appreciate you completing this form as early as possible and are encouraging everyone to help spread the word about the new earlier date for the intent form. If you have specific questions please contact your local county Cooperative Extension Office.

Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show Open to All Maine 4-H Dog Project Members

August 29th, 2018 8:32 AM
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The Cumberland Fair 4-H Dog Show will be held on Friday, September 28, 3:30 P.Mat the Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Rd, Cumberland, ME 04062. This show is open to all Maine 4-H members between the ages of 9 and 18, enrolled in the 4-H Dog Project as of April 1st, regardless of prior show experience. Showmanship (Novice through Advanced) and Obedience (Pre-Novice though Graduate Novice) are the primary award winning classes. There will also be a fun, non-competitive obstacle class. All classes are judged using the Danish System and all award winning classes come with a ribbon and premium. FMI or to register visit umaine.edu/cumberland/programs/cumberland-county-4-h/4-h-forms-and-registrations/cumberland-fair/. Questions, please contact Sara Conant, sara.conant@maine.edu, 207-781-6099.

4-H Volunteers!  We’d love your feedback on Project Records!

August 29th, 2018 8:30 AM
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You are invited to participate in a statewide research project being conducted by Kristy Ouellette and Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educators at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.  4-H volunteers and staff from all over Maine will participate in this study. You must be 18 years old or older to participate in this focus group.

Purpose of this research project:  We recognize the value of our 4-H volunteers.  As a state we are rolling out new 4-H Project Records. We want to have a better understanding of your beliefs and understandings of the function of these records.

What will you be asked to do?  There will bee eight focus groups to choose from. These focus groups will occur using Zoom, a video conference software so you can join the session from your personal computer or by phone.  Up to 12 volunteers can participate in each session. If you decide to participate, you will be asked to participate in an online focus group with questions pertaining to your attitudes and beliefs regarding 4-H project records in Maine.  The focus group will take you approximately 45-60 minutes.

Compensation: By participating in the focus group you will be eligible to enter a drawing for a Hannaford Gift Card.  Upon completion, focus group participants will be given access to a link to a form where you will enter the drawing.

To Register: https://extension.umaine.edu/register/product/4-h-volunteer-focus-group-zoom/

Fryeburg Fair Challenge

August 29th, 2018 8:29 AM
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Fryeburg Fair will be from September 30th to October 7th this year. The Maine 4-H Foundation will have a booth once again on the fairgrounds designed to raise funds for 4-H agriculture education. If the Foundation can raise $10,000, the Maine 4-H Foundation will receive another matching grant from Fryeburg Fair for $10,000!  This is where volunteers and 4-H Members can help.  We can use volunteers and clubs in the booth and around the booth helping to raise funds.

If you are willing to help, please call Susan at 615-7300 for details.

4-H National Youth Science Day in Maine

August 29th, 2018 8:28 AM
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This year’s NYSD experiment is “Code Your World” and is based in computer science. No prior experience with computer science is needed – we promise!  Here are some things you may be interested to know. Want to learn more about leading “Code Your World” with your 4-H club or at a community event? Join us for a train the-trainer workshop, offered via Zoom, on September 26th.  Times are either 2:00-3:30 or 7:00-8:30.  This training is open to staff, volunteers, teen leaders, and community partners interested in leading the ‘Code Your World’ experiment.   RSVP here. If you are interested in being kept up to date as more trainings/events are scheduled, sign up here and we will include you on our contact list.