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Farm Service Agency Youth Loans

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.
Requirements:

  • 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.

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Tanglewood Fall Harvest Festival

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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/

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Fryeburg Fair Challenge

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.

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4-H National Youth Science Day in Maine

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.

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Thank you, Summer of Science Interns!

A big thank you to the Summer of Science Interns for all of your work this summer. It is hard to believe summer is almost over!

The Summer of Science interns visited forty sites across Androscoggin and Cumberland counties to bring Discovering Your Inner Engineer to hundreds of kids.

This summer, interns also mentored teen leaders in delivering programming.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your summer and have a great year at school!

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:
https://nifa.usda.gov/program/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address: kristy.ouellette@maine.edu

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Eastern States Bus Trip, Saturday, September 15, 2018

It’s time to reserve seats for the buses traveling to Eastern States Exposition (ESE or also called the “Big E”) in West Springfield, Massachusetts for Maine Day on Saturday, September 15, 2018.

This one-day trip is sponsored by the Maine Trustees of the Eastern States Exposition to encourage
Maine 4-Hers who don’t presently participate in events at ESE to see the activities that go on for 4-H youth in hopes to bolster their enthusiasm to participate in the future.  Two buses are reserved for us and the northernmost bus will originate in Bangor and they will both stop at several points on I-95.  Seats fill up quickly, and we will begin taking registrations immediately.

All youth must go with a chaperone, but because this event is primarily for youth; seats are limited to no more than two adults per child – chaperones must be the parent or legal guardian of the 4-H member, or an enrolled VOLT trained volunteer.  The bus ride and admission to the “Big E” are free, but all individuals on this trip are expected to march in the parade at 5 pm.  It works well if you wear a 4-H t-shirt if you have one, and for clubs to bring their club banner to display during the parade.

Items you might want to bring along with you are: light snacks, water, a good book, Rated G movies (there is a DVD player on the bus), a pillow, and a blanket.  There will be a rest stop along the way.  Other items to consider bringing: clothing to identify your club, a comfortable pair of walking shoes, a hat with a visor, sun glasses, sun screen, a back pack, personal spending money, a camera, and a watch.  If you have a cell phone, it will be helpful for logistics.  Please include your cell phone number when you register.

Please leave valuable items at home.  We are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  Bus stops will be determined based on location of riders.  Reservations must be made in writing or by e-mail to:
Jessy Brainerd
103B Libby Hall
University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5741
jessica.brainerd@maine.edu

When you register, please give the name, age (for adults, just state “adult”), address, home phone, and cell phone number of each person in your group.  Reservations are due by Friday, September 1st (call after this date to check on seat availability).  A confirmation email will be sent to you a week before the trip giving you your time and pick up location.  Pick up will be bright and early in the morning, and both buses will be leaving The Big E at 7:00 pm.

Volunteers are needed to serve as Bus Monitors.  Bus Monitors will serve as the contact person for other passengers on their bus, and will make sure everyone gets back on the bus at the rest stop.  If you’d be willing to serve in this capacity, please let us know when you sign up.

If you have questions, please contact Jessy Brainerd at 800-287-0274 or 581-3877.

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Summer of Science

This summer, Community Central Teen Leaders are joining teen leaders and interns across the state to teach the UMaine EPSCOR Summer of Science program.

The Summer of Science program consists of science sessions taught weekly at over 40 sites for six weeks. This year’s theme is Find Your Inner Engineer.

Youth participants across the state will help interns and teen leaders solve engineering problems as they think about how we could get materials to an island to build a clubhouse. Stay tuned to see what our young scientists learn and create!

You can follow Community Central on our Facebook page and find out more about the program on our website.

This material is based upon the work of 4-H Community Central Maine, a project supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, United States (U.S.) Department of Agriculture, through a cooperative agreement with The University of Maine under award number 2014-41520-22235
General information about the CYFAR grant program can be accessed online at:
https://nifa.usda.gov/program/children-youth-and-families-risk-cyfar

For further information about the CYFAR-funded project highlighted in this publication, contact:
CYFAR Project Name: 4-H Community Central Maine
Principal Investigator: Kristy L  Ouellette
Email Address: kristy.ouellette@maine.edu

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
207.581.1110
A Member of the University of Maine System