Dallas County 4-H Event and Meeting Calendar

Friday, September 30, 2011

2012 Calf Scramble Flyer

Attached is information related to the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show 2012 Calf Scramble.

Attachments: 2012_CS Newsletter_FWSSR Background color_4.0.pdf

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2012 Texas 4-H Photography Contest Rules and Guidelines

Attached are the 2012 Texas 4-H Photography Contest rules and guidelines. So of the changes for the 2012 contest include:

Theme Category is TRAINS. This theme allows 4-H members to take photos of all types of trains. The train theme includes both real and model trains. Photo subject must be either the engine or a train car. Photos of train accessories such as stations/depots, signs, tracks, etc are not allowed.

STORY BOARD has been added back as a category.

Formatting of photos has been simplified. In 2012 all photos must be able to be printed at a 300 dpi at a 3 X 5 inch size. Max memory size of 1.5MB.

Both entry form and uploading of photos will all be done on 4-H CONNECT.

Time period for entry will be from April 1, 2012 to April 15, 2012.

In addition to being attached to this email, the rules and guidelines are also posted on the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Website under the Youth Section > Photography.

Please feel free to contact the Texas 4-H Office if you have any questions.

Toby L. Lepley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Extension 4-H
and Youth Development Specialist
Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
4180 State Hwy 6 South
College Station, TX 77845
Voice: 979-845-1212
Fax: 979-845-6495

Email: t-lepley@tamu.edu
Web: texas4-h.tamu.edu

Attachments: youth_photography_guidelines (2).pdf

Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo Calf Scramble Information

The new Calf Scramble program is now called Ultimate Scramble Championship, and it will be a one-day tournament (Saturday, March 17th), with half of all 112 participants winning certificates of at least $1,000. The top winner will win $5,000, and all winning participants can purchase any of the following: market steer, lamb, goat, barrow, or breeding heifer or breeding goat. Online entries begin January 15th. County agents and ag teachers will be the ones to sign up students wanting to participate. The entry process will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we are no longer allotting a certain amount per district. We will have more details about the entry process up on our website as we approach Jan. 15. Here’s the link to the USC page on our website:


Feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Amanda Sudduth
Competitive Events Coordinator
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo
9100 Decker Lake Rd.
Austin, TX 78724

P 512.919.3000
F 512.919.3005


Join us for Rodeo Austin March 9 - 24, 2012!

The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, contributes more than $1.9 million annually to the youth of Texas with the help of over 2,000 volunteers, donors and sponsors. Through its acclaimed Livestock Show, Fair, Rodeo and other fundraisers, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo continues to work towards the advancement of its mission, Promoting Youth Education - Preserving Western Heritage. While delivering superior entertainment and boasting an economic impact that exceeds $68 million annually, the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo is an established community tradition founded in 1938. Staying true to the official sport of Texas, Austin is home to the world’s 5th largest indoor, regular season ProRodeo known as Rodeo Austin.

Junior Leadership Retreat Announcement

Attached please find information about Junior Leadership Retreat, November 11-13, 2011 at the 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood. Please share this information with your 4-H families. Registration is open and can be accessed from the 4-H Center website texas4hcenter.tamu.edu Just click on the Register Now button. Deadline to register is November 4.
Junior Leadership Retreat is the epitome of “youth teaching youth”. Members of the Texas 4-H Council serve as the coordinators of the weekend leadership retreat and facilitate all of the concurrent workshops. Junior and Intermediate level 4-H members have an opportunity on a state-wide basis to begin networking with other 4-H members while learning about new and exciting 4-H projects and opportunities. This year’s focus will be on Healthy Lifestyles, Outdoor Challenge, Record Keeping, Housing and Agricultural Products.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact

B. Darlene Locke, Ed.D.
Director, Texas 4-H Conference Center
Assistant Professor and Extension
4-H and Youth Development Specialist
5600 FM 3021
Brownwood, TX 76801
(325) 784-5482
Fax (325) 784-6486

Attachments (1)

JLR11 Flyer Agenda.pdf

4-H CONNECT Quick Reference Guide

Attached is a Quick Reference Guide for 4-H CONNECT for some of the more common steps being performed by county offices during this time of year. Please print a copy, review, and keep handy as you working in the system and preparing payments to be submitted.

Attachments (1)


4-H and FFA Launch TEXAS PROUD of Texas Agriculture Website

A website that tells the credible, proven and honorable story of Texas agriculture has been launched as a joint effort between Texas 4-H, Texas FFA and several Texas farm organizations.

The website is part of an initiative called Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture, where the youth of Texas will unite with a common voice to promote the positive story of agriculture across the Lone Star State.

“Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture is an exciting joint venture of great youth organizations with proven leadership,” said Chase Vineyard of Stephenville, president of the Texas 4-H Council. “Our goal is to promote trust and encourage understanding of an industry essential in maintaining food security for millions of Americans.”

The website is a hub of information for 4-H and FFA youth and includes a “how-to” toolbox for communicating agriculture’s story, messages for agricultural promotion and an activity page where youth can share their experiences.

“Texas Proud youth will tell positive stories of agriculture,” said Dakota Fleming of Troy, a member of the Bell County Farm Bureau, Beef Ambassadors and a student at Texas A&M University. “We will connect consumers with the food they eat.”

The initiative carries three main messages:

· Agriculture is critical to the life of every Texas resident. Without it, we would not survive.
· Agriculture is more than food and clothing. It contributes to your home, health, lifestyle and economy.
· America’s farming and ranching families care about their animals and their land.

“Our generation will blaze new trails in dispelling the myths about Texas agriculture and telling the truth about the rural way of life that we love,” said former Texas FFA State President Mason Parrish, a student at Texas A&M University.

The Texas Proud of Texas Agriculture website may be found at http://www.texasproudoftexasag.org/
Again, more on this tomorrow specific to 4-H and how our youth can lead this movement!


Christopher T. Boleman, PhD, CVA
4-H and Youth Development Program Director
4180 State Highway 6
College Station, TX 77845

Tel. 979.845.1211
Fax. 979.845.6495

People in the Know