Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 NC 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

Did you know that honey bees maintain a temperature of 92-93F in their hive regardless of the outside temperature? Sounds pretty balmy on a day like today!

We encourage our 4-H youth to explore more about the fascinating story of the hardworking honeybee by participating in the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest. The essay provides a platform for youth to creatively express their working knowledge and research of the craft of beekeeping.

2017 Beekeeping Topic: “How can MP3 (Managed Pollinator Protection Plan) more effectively protect honey bees from pesticide exposure?”
Beekeeping has had is five minutes of fame for the past seven years. Now more than ever, the general public along with beekeepers are asking “What will happen if the bees are gone?” With the continued threat of pesticides, this is a very real question. Your paper should research and help answer this question.
Survey your community to see what is being done. Include your state in your survey to see if there are any programs they are using for pollination or any other program that could aid the honey bee.

Essay Guidelines

honey bee on daisyThe scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information

and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Note that “honey bee” is properly spelled as two words, even though many otherwise authoritative  references spell it as one word.

For more information visit the link. Includes tips and guidelines.    


Winner of the state contest is forwarded on to the National Contest.  National prizes include:  1st place - $750, 2nd place - $500 and 3rd place - $250.

Essays are due to Amy by February 23rd @ 5 pm.  All essays should be emailed to  

Friday, January 6, 2017

Innovative Approaches Survey

Appalachian district health care logo
We need your help!!!  AppHealthCare has received a grant called, “Innovative Approaches: Community Systems Building Grants for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs” from the NC Division of Public Health, Children and Youth Branch.

The Innovative Approaches initiative serves to improve the system of care for children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) age birth – 21. CYSHCN have or are at risk for having on-going physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional health needs that need different services or care than what other children their age may need. For example, these children may need care for asthma, autism spectrum disorder, depression, cerebral palsy or developmental delay.

Thank you for completing this survey, which will help us better meet the needs of families like yours.

Please complete the survey only once and all answers will be kept anonymous.

Innovative Approaches Survey

You may also print a hard copy or feel free to contact the office and we will be happy to mail you a  hard copy.

Printable Innovative Approaches Survey

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute

We hope each of you had a great Holiday Season and are looking forward to 2017.  We wanted to send out a brief reminder that applications for the Nance Family Meat Goat Leadership Institute are due this Friday, January 6th.  

  1. Applications are due in the State 4-H Livestock Office by Friday, January 6, 2017.  The top eligible applicants will be selected for the Institute.  All applicants will be notified by February 1st.
  2. Youth ages 10-19 can apply.  We will break the group into two sections depending upon age.
  3. Cost:  FREE, meals, snacks, learning materials will be provided.  Youth will only be required to make arrangements for travel to and from the event.
  4. Youth completing the institute will be asked to conduct some leadership activities throughout the following year.  For example, students may be asked to speak at their local Meat Goat Association meeting, 4-H Club meeting, serve on a committee, conduct a training session, etc.
  5. Applications should be mailed to:
                              North Carolina State University
                              Brent Jennings
                              Attn:  Meat Goat Leadership Institute           
                              Campus Box 7621
                              Raleigh, NC 27695-7621

The application can be found on our website at the link below.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2017 Horse Eligibility Card

NC 4-H Horse Program Logo
Attached you will find the 2017 Standard Operating Procedures and NC 4-H Horse Program Eligibility Card document.  Please be sure to review the SOP carefully as there are a few changes from last year.  Cards should be turned in to the Extension Office by February 24th.  Names will be cross referenced for registration and attendance at upcoming shows.  If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597. 

Horse Eligibility Card

Standard Operating Procedures - 2017 Horse Eligibility Card

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2017 Annual Form Updates

It's time once again to get all those forms updated.  You can find them all below or contact the office and we'll be happy to print off hard copies for you.  Every participant must have updated Enrollment, Medical and Media Releases in order to participate in any 4-H event. Looking forward to a wonderful 2017!!!

4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Release 
4-H Photo Release 

Formulario de inscripcion
Información Médica de 4-H y Consentimiento Informado
Autorización Opcional Para los Derechos de Publicidad  de Fotografías, Videos y Audio

6th Annual Ski & Snowboard Trip

clipart of kids with snowboards
Who: Youth ages 8+ (under 12 requires a parent/guardian)
When: Friday, January 27th- 3:30 pm - 1 am
Where: Applachain Ski Mountain / French-Swiss Ski College
Cost: $30 Ski - $35 Snowboard This includes equipment & lift ticket.
(**Dinner on your own at the snack bar or $8 for chic-fil-A**)
Deadline to register: Monday – January 23.

We are getting ready to take our 6th annual ski/snowboard trip at the French- Swiss Ski College at Appalachian Ski Mountain in Blowing Rock on Friday, January 27th. All youth ages 8+ (under age 12 requires a parent/guardian present) are eligible to attend. The cost will be $30 for skiing and $35 for snowboarding. Price includes equipment and lift ticket.  Clothing rental will be additional. Dinner will be available for purchase (approx. $8 from Chic-Fil-A) or you may eat on your own at the Snack Bar. You must let us know if you want dinner from Chic-Fil-A when you register.

We will leave the office at 3:30 p.m. and will return around 1 a.m. Spaces are limited so contact the office to register (336) 372-5597.

This is an excellent opportunity for first time skiers and snowboarders!!! The ski college is great with kids and provides first-timer lessons.

To see the slopes live visit:

Ski & Snowboard Registration Form.  

You must also have updated Enrollment, Medical and Photo Releases and pay your registration fee to hold you spot.  Spaces are limited.

4-H Enrollment Form
4-H Medical Release 
4-H Photo Release

Formulario de inscripcion
Información Médica de 4-H y Consentimiento Informado
Autorización Opcional Para los Derechos de Publicidad  de Fotografías, Videos y Audio

December Horse Program Newsletter

The December 2016 Issue of the NC 4-H Horse Program Newsletter is now available.  Visit the link to learn more about  4-H Horse Program events, activities and contests.  Several important deadlines and event details are described in the newsletter.  

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

December Clover News

The December edition of the Alleghany Clover News is now available online.  

Click here to view.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 Judging in January

Hosted by the North Carolina Junior Hereford Association

When:  January 28, 2017
Where:  NCSU Beef Educational Unit
              4505 Mid-Pines Rd
              Raleigh, NC 27603

Entry Form

Entries are due January 20th.

Cost: Participants - $12 for non-NCJHA members / free for NCJHA members coaches - $6 including additional adults

North Central District Winterfest 2017

snowman with clover

When:  January 7, 2017
Where: Guilford County Extension Office
Who: Youth ages 11-18 (must be 11 as of January 1)
Cost:  $20
Deadline to Register:  December 21, 2016

Join us for a day of exciting workshops and fun activities.  We will also be doing service activities and ending with a fun activity of either bowling or ice skating.  For more information or to register, contact the Extension Office @ 336-372-5597.  Transportation and lunch included in registration.