WSU Extension

4-H Tuesday News

February 3, 2009
WSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program

In this issue. . .

  • Youth Horse Field Day
  • Camp In at the Pacific Science Center
  • Aviation for Young Women
  • 2010 National 4-H Camping Institute
  • National Make It With Wool contest
  • Lamb Referendum Begins Monday
  • USDA to Conduct Referendum on Lamb Check off Program
  • Advance Notice for CYFAR 2009 Online Registration


Youth Horse Field Day
--Janet Schmidt

Whitman County 4-H Horse Council in cooperation with WSU Whitman County Extension is pleased to present the 4-H and FFA Youth Horse Field Day, scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2009, 8:30am at Palouse Empire Fairgrounds in Colfax.  The registration fee of $5/person or $10/family is requested by February 23.  A light lunch will be provided.  Topics include:  From the Judge's Perspective, Equine First Aid & How to Apply Leg Wraps, Everything About Bits, How to Become a Rodeo Queen and Conformation & Judging of Horse Breeds.  All horse enthusiasts young and young at heart are invited to attend the field day.  For questions or more information, contact Janet Schmidt, WSU Whitman County Extension, at: (509) 397-6290 or An informational brochure can be found at:    

Camp In at the Pacific Science Center
--Janet Edwards

What could be more exciting than heat, light, gas and color change? Pull apart molecules and learn the chemistry behind colored fire, fountains of foam, and flaming dollar bills!  Pack up your enthusiasm along with your pillow and sleeping bag and a couple of friends and come to the annual Camp In at the Pacific Science Center on March 28.  Don't miss out on the fun.  Register now to beat the March 13 deadline.  See the brochure for all the details at:

Aviation for Young Women
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Women Fly! provides opportunities to explore a variety of aviation and aerospace careers first hand from professionally active women. The event will take place on March 13. For more information and for registration information visit:

2010 National 4-H Camping Institute
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

The National 4-H Camping Institute, March 16-20, 2010 will be conducted at the Oregon 4-H Center near Salem.  The call for proposals is now available and can be accessed at the following address: Please share this web link with faculty and staff who have an interest in camping.  The planning committee is working hard to make this event an enriching professional development experience.  Proposals are due June 26, 2009.  Registration will open in July.

National Make It With Wool contest
--Susan Parr

Michaela Nordheim of Waitsburg, WA was third runner-up in the Junior Division of the National Make It With Wool contest in San Diego, CA. Held in conjunction with the American Sheep Industry national convention, the contest included judging of the contestants as they modeled their garments (60%) as well as construction judging (40%). Thirteen-year-old Michaela was one of 28 junior-age contestants (13 - 16) from all over the United States. Her brown plaid vest and newsboy cap, creamy shirt, and brown gabardine pants were all constructed of 100% Pendleton wool. She won an overlock machine, $100 savings bond, and other nice prizes besides the expense-paid trip to San Diego.

Seventeen-year-old Katie Jahnsen of Chehalis represented Washington in the Senior Division with her dark navy coat in 100% wool cavalry twill fabric. She was one of 29 senior-age contestants (17 - 24) competing in the national contest. She also received wool yardage and an expense-paid trip to San Diego. The Washington Woolgrowers' Auxiliary is this state's sponsor of the contest.

The Make It With Wool Contest is open to all ages (including adult divisions). While it is not a 4-H competition, it gives further opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their sewing abilities as they sew, knit, or crochet garments of at least 60% wool. District contests are held throughout the state during the month of October. This year's state contest will be held on October 31, 2009 in Spokane. For more information, contact State Director, Susan Parr at:

Lamb Referendum Begins Monday
--Submitted by Susan Kerr

The nationwide lamb referendum will be conducted from February 2 - February 27. The lamb check-off funds the programs of the American Lamb Board, which have proven beneficial for U.S. sheep producers.

Lamb producers, feeders, seedstock producers and first handlers are eligible to participate in the referendum if they can certify they were engaged in the production, feeding or slaughter of lambs in 2008. Youth producers are also eligible.

The voting form “LS-86, Lamb Promotion, Research, and Information Referendum,” may be obtained by mail, fax or in person from county Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices. The form is also available at:

The American Sheep Industry Association (ASI) and the National Lamb Feeders Association join several dozen state sheep producer organizations in promoting a 'yes' vote on the lamb referendum. "It is very important that producers take the time to vote yes," commented Burdell Johnson, ASI's past president. "As producers, there are issues within the sheep industry that we ourselves can not control; however, this vote is entirely our decision and our responsibility."

USDA to Conduct Referendum on Lamb Check off Program
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

Beginning February 2, 2009 sheep producers and handlers will have the opportunity to vote on whether to continue to pay an assessment which funds marketing and research efforts of the American Lamb Board. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will conduct a nationwide referendum on whether to continue or terminate the Lamb, Promotion, Research and Information Act of 1996. The referendum ends February 27, 2009.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service will conduct the referendum with the assistance of USDA's Farm Service Agency. Eligible sheep producers and handlers may vote by mail, fax, Internet or in person in the county where their farm records are maintained with the Farm Service Agency. If they do not participate in FSA programs, they may vote at the county FSA office where they own or rent land.

To be eligible to vote, persons must certify and provide documentation, such as a sales receipt or remittance form, which shows they have been engaged in the production, feeding, or slaughtering of sheep during calendar year 2008. Persons eligible to vote may obtain form LS-86 from their county FSA office or online at:

USDA monitors activities of the American Lamb Board.

The mandatory program is financed by producers, breeders, feeders and exporters who are assessed one-half cent per pound when live ovine animals are sold. The first handler, primarily packers, pays an additional 30 cents per head on ovine animals purchased for slaughter.

For more information contact Billy Cox, Agricultural Marketing Service, at: (202)720-8998 or or Dawn Scott , Program Specialist, Farm Service Agency, at: (509) 323-3017.

Advance Notice for CYFAR 2009 Online Registration
--Submitted by Pat BoyEs

This is advance notice and register for the annual National 4-H Headquarters, CSREES/USDA Children, Youth and Families At Risk (CYFAR) Conference, May 18-21, 2009.

When you register for CYFAR 2009, you can also pre-register for the CYFAR 2009 Pre-conference, Monday, May 18, with nine (9) different exciting pre-conference sessions to select from with everything from the CYFAR/KaBOOM! Playground Build to computer labs on using online collaboration tools to enhance your programming.

When you register for CYFAR 2009, you can also register for the 4-H Military Partnerships Post-conference, Thursday, May 21 or for one of the 4-H Military Partnerships tours on Tuesday, May 19.

On February 16, registration will open to the general public.  There is no on-site registration for the conference.

CYFAR 2009 will offer a wide range of high quality workshops, computer labs, program showcases, keynote addresses, research presentations, research poster and interacts. Gather your CYFAR colleagues and collaborators, and plan to experience this professional development opportunity.

CYFAR 2009 will be held at the beautiful Baltimore Marriott Waterfront, on Baltimore's beautiful Inner Harbor.  Cost of rooms: $209.00 for single or double occupancy; an additional $20 for extra roommates. Information on making hotel reservations at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront and securing the CYFAR 2009 conference rate will soon be available on the conference website:


Although I can highly recommend the quality of the CYFAR Conference, please keep in mind that out of state travel restrictions remain in place. Be sure to obtain advanced travel authorization from your supervisor and district director.


Just a Reminder!

When you have new Extension staff that will be working in some capacity with 4-H, please let Nancy in the State 4-H Office know. They will be added to mailing lists, added to the 4-H Talk list serve, sent a 4-H Welcome Packet, and be assigned a state 4-H staff person as a point of contact, as appropriate. 4-H News is sent via the 4-H Talk list serve each week. Archived copies of previous weeks “Tuesday 4-H News” are available on the 4-H web site: Please send submissions by Friday of each week to Tiffany Boswell, State 4-H Office, Detailed event information and registrations forms can be found on the 4-H web site.

Contact Us, Toll Free: 866-458-0196; Puyallup Office: 253-445-4550
Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6248 USA