4-H April Newsletter 2023

sign 4-H clover and upcoming dates


Leaders Assoc. Meeting – April 12 has been postponed, it is now going to be held in May, date to be announced
National Volunteer Week – April 16-22
Teen Ag Symposium – April 20 & 21
Spring Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign – April 26 – May 7
Aroostook UMaine Cooperative Extension Open House – May 13, Presque Isle Extension Office
Animal Approval Form Due – June 30
Animal Lease Form Due (riding & showing) – June 30
Eastern States Participants Animal Approval Forms due May 1
Northern Maine Fair – August 3-6

County News

Aroostook 4-H Public Speaking Tournament

Aroostook County had 4 members participate in the county public speaking tournament on March 18th.  Participants included four Independent Members and one member from Aroostook Valley Baby Beef. 

Junior member Austin Q. was awarded a blue ribbon and qualified for the state level competition.  Cloverbud members Gace H., Ester H. and Ellie C. received participation ribbons and certificates.  All of the members did a great job and received constructive feedback from our judges. Thank you to our judges as well as the families who came to support these young speakers. 

Participants & Topics

Austin Q. – Artificial Insemination in Beef Cow
Ellie C. – My 4-H Bracelet
Ester H. – Why I Love Marigolds
Grace H. – All About Gymnastics

4-H boy doing a public speaking demonstration

4-H girl doing a public speaking demonstration

4-H girl doing a public speaking demonstration on marigolds

4-H girl doing a public speaking talk on gymnastics4 4-H members receiving public speaking certificates









Emily Dow – UM Cooperative Extension 4-H Admin Specialist
Pam Hickey – UM Cooperative Extension Admin Specialist & 4-H Leader
Nancy Wright – Maine Agribusiness Women & Retired Educator 

Welcome New Members & Volunteers!

April 1st was the deadline for new members to enroll in 4-H for the 2023 year.  We are excited to have many new members and volunteers joining us.  If you are new to 4-H here are a few links you may find helpful.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to the county office for more information or with any questions. 

Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100036100638484

County 4-H Page – https://extension.umaine.edu/aroostook/4h/

State 4-H Page – https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/

Project Information – https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/projects/

Project Record Forms – https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/project-records/

Club & Member News

Aroostook Valley 4-H Baby Beef Club 

On March 24th our club had the opportunity to visit the University of Maine  campus! We visited the grazing behavior lab, where we learned  about tracking the grazing habits of animals using GPS! Then  we moved on to the Witter farm, where Colt Knight had a  branding exercise for us after we toured the barns. Next was the  Page farm museum where we broke into teams and had a  scavenger hunt, (the parents team won first place!) and then  back to Hitchner for a glow germ/ cutting board exercise! 

It was a great day of learning and building friendships! We  highly recommend this tour to any 4H group or club! 

Ami Pierce – AVBB Leader
4-H members of the baby beef club on UMaine campus4-H club member on tour4-H member with calves4-H members activity





4-H member learning how to brand

2 4-h girls activity

4-H members at picnic table

4-H member doing a glow germ activitiy

several members displaying branding project









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State 4-H News

Sign new 4-H project recordsNew Project Records are HERE!

Co-designed with Maine 4-H volunteers, youth and staff; these project records have been designed to best serve the needs of Maine youth. Please visit our newly designed project record website https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/volunteers/project-records/. Project records are required for all Maine 4-H Youth. Stay tuned for upcoming trainings. Please contact your county 4-H staff with questions.


Maine 4-H Youth Council Annual Conference – May 13 – 14, 2023

SAVE THE DATE! May 13-14, Maine 4-H Youth Council Annual Conference. An annual conference for youth ages 15-22. This year’s event will be held at the Windsor Fairgrounds. More information to come.

Workshops Needed!

The Maine 4-H Youth Council is holding a conference for youth ages 15-22. The conference will be an overnight event and held at the Windsor Fairgrounds May 13th and 14th. We would like to invite you to submit a proposal to present a workshop.
The Council is specifically looking for 45-minute-long workshops focused on mental health, stress management, communication, creativity, time management, leadership and conflict management. To submit a workshop please visit: https://forms.gle/3z2FN4F6roVeGLX69.

2023 ESE Horse Intent Form

The 2023 ESE Horse Intent form is now live. The form is due by May 1, 2023.

The form indicates your intent to participate in the 2023 4-H Eastern States Horse tryout process. By completing this form, you are verifying that you are currently enrolled in a Maine 4-H Horse project and are a 4-H member of good standing in your county. 4-H enrollment requirements will be verified by 4-H staff.

We hope to send out more information about the upcoming season and an updated packet as soon as possible. We will have a new layout this year with multiple opportunities for youth to participate and qualify.

This form is a requirement for trying out for the Maine 4-H ESE Equestrian Team. You will not be eligible to join the ESE Horse Team if this form is not completed by May 1, 2023.

If you have questions or need a hard copy of the form please email

calf in field of grassJoin us for the Maine 4-H Agriculture Symposium!

You are invited to the Maine 4-H Agriculture Symposium, an overnight event for youth ages 14-18. Participants will take part in hands-on learning opportunities, engage with industry professionals on the UMaine Orono campus, develop leadership skills, and make friendships with teens from around the state April 20 – 21, 2023.

Symposium attendees will test recipes at the state of the art Food Innovations Lab, participate in hands-on learning experiences at the UMaine Witter Farm, investigate permaculture methods at the Terrell House and more! 4-H membership is not required for participation in the symposium and there is no cost for the event. Transportation assistance is available upon request.

For more information visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/youth/ag-leadership/4-h-agriculture-symposium or contact Alisha Targonski at 207.622.7546; extension.4hagleadership@maine.edu.

4-H Shark SPIN Club

One of the most requested topics of all times: SHARKS!  Have you wondered how sharks find their food? How do they exist in the ocean with other creatures? Interested in learning about their patterns and habits as they swim along the Maine coast? Participants will explore shark behavior, food chains, types of sharks and more with shark scientist, Kyle Oliveira. Participants will receive a packet of materials to engage in hands-on activities that help us explore these questions, as we learn about the exciting water world of sharks.  This workshop is supported by Maine EPSCoR at the University of Maine. Register by April 25th, so supplies can be mailed to attendees’ homes. Limited to 10 participants.

Who: Youth ages 9 – 18
When: Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm, May 16 – June 6, 2023
Where: Join via zoom
How: Register by April 25, 2023 at https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/virtual-learning-hub/open-registrations/

deer tickHelp Project ITCH to Better Understand Tick Control

The New England Center of Excellence in Vector-Borne Diseases (NEWVEC) is seeking your help in better understanding residential tick control.  NEWVEC began as a partnership of university research teams from each of the six New England states joining with state and local health departments and agricultural extension programs to discover, evaluate, and promote practices that reduce the burden of tick- and mosquito-borne disease.

NEWVEC’s inaugural undertaking is Project ITCH, our acronym for “Is Tick Control Helping.”  Project ITCH will be carried out in two phases starting Spring 2023. In Phase 1 – NEWVEC is asking for your participation to tell us about what you are doing at your home to reduce the incidence of ticks and tick bites. In Phase 2 – NEWVEC will gather the information you share and through a lottery process select residential properties to participate in a research study to test what’s working.

It all starts with you taking a few moments to answer a few survey questions.  To complete the survey, please visit the web page at www.NEWVEC.org/itch.  Participants in this survey will be eligible for consideration for Phase 2 enrollment in the future.  To learn more about NEWVEC and Project ITCH, bookmark the web page and/or sign-up to receive updates on NEWVEC projects.

Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

Start making plans now to visit our Nation’s Capitol during the week of June 25 – 30, 2023.

CWF is a leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school youth ages 14 to 18. Delegations of 4-Hers from across the country spend six days touring the city and attending leadership skill-building workshops.

This summer, the Maine delegation will fly down on June 25 and travel home June 30. Youth will be staying in a hotel just outside of the DC limits. Visiting the most popular sites in Washington, DC will be a part of the trip. There is a highly recommended orientation for Maine delegates on May 20, 2023.  For more information visit the CWF page on our website. Contact your county 4-H office for details about how to be a part of this. All county offices have different criteria/dates to apply.


Apply by April 25th for National 4-H Trips

National 4-H Trips are excellent opportunities to meet 4-H members from across the nation. Participants learn about many career options, and learn through educational workshops at Congress or become a part of a team making recommendations to National 4-H Council at Conference. To learn more about these trips, visit: https://extension.umaine.edu/4h/national-trips/.

New for 2023: Complete and submit your application and supplemental materials online!

Any Maine 4-H Youth, ages 14 to 18, is eligible to apply. Applicants must be current Maine 4-H members both at the time of application and the time of the actual trip. Application packets must be submitted online, or sent to your county office and postmarked by April 25, 2023. Interview dates will be the second week of May, 2023.  If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Palmer at 207.310.4235 or heidi.thuotte@maine.edu.

2023 National 4-H Congress is November 24 – 30, 2023 in Atlanta GA with an orientation for the trip on October 21, 2023.  2024  National 4-H Conference has not yet been announced, but will likely take place in April of 2024 in Washington, DC., orientation for that trip will be announced to those selected.  Leaders and office staff, if you have senior members in your clubs, please encourage them to participate.  They are amazing trips! 

Heart - volunteers are the heart of 4-H2023 4-H Volunteer Training Opportunities

As we get ready for the new 4-H year, we are looking forward to offering a variety of learning experiences (both in person and virtual) for our 4-H volunteers. Sessions are free of charge, but require registration. Some sessions have limited space. Visit the 4-H Volunteer Calendar of Training Opportunities to learn more and register!


Save the Date for 4-H Dairy Judging and State Show!

The Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Contest will take place on May 6th, 2023 at Hardy Farm in Farmington, ME and Silver Valley Farm in New Sharon, ME. The contest is open to all enrolled dairy members and will serve as the official tryouts for the Maine 4-H Dairy Judging Team. 

The Maine State 4-H Dairy Show will take place on July 22nd and 23rd at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Windsor, ME in conjunction with Maine 4-H Days. The contest is open to all 4-H members who want to participate and will include educational workshops, a fitting contest, a grilled cheese contest, and more!

For more information on upcoming 4-H dairy events visit extension.umaine.edu/4h/dairy or contact sadee.mehuren@maine.edu; 207.342.5971

4-H clover logoMaine 4-H Days: Save the Date! July 21 – 22, 2023

We’re back for fun times, workshops, overnight camping and more at the Windsor Fairgrounds in Kennebec County! More information to come, so save the dates!


Cooking for Crowds – Food Safety Training for Volunteers

There’s a lot to learn about safe food preparation and handling.  Unsafe food can “spoil” your group’s reputation — and its finances. Don’t take a chance. Sign up for the “Cooking for Crowds” workshop.

Learn up-to-date methods for safely preparing, handling, and serving food for large group functions such as a 4-H food booth, a club event or community fundraiser.
Participants receive Cooking for Crowds – a manual specifically designed for volunteer cooks, a certificate of attendance, and an instant read thermometer.
Sessions take place March 28-April 25.  Materials fee is $15 and registration is required.  Visit the Cooking for Crowds website to register for a session near you or a virtual workshop.

dairy products for dairy month

Maine Harvest of the Month

Check out the Dairy Resource Page for lessons, activities, books and more.





berries and breakfast5 tips for make ahead breakfast

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