Contact Us...

If you have questions about the information posted below, send an email to the Comal County office of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service at
Comal-tx@tamu.edu or call (830) 620-3440. View the web site: http://comal.agrilife.org

Blog Rules

Effective immediately, no more photos will be posted to the blog of 4-H members or winning teams. If the coach wants any photos or information posted, that coach needs to send in the photo and names of each child in the photo. We will no longer repost from anyone’s Facebook page. Same with sharing club info. If the club wants info shared on the county Facebook page, the written material and photo(s) must come into us via email to post.

Community Service Opportunity



Community Service Opportunity

If you are watching the news, and who hasn’t been, you are aware of a national shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), including face masks. Join us in our effort to help supply face masks to Texas Oncology. Once you have completed your masks please deliver them to:
 
Texas Oncology-New Braunfels
1448 E. Common St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130

Please call or text Sue Bush before to coordinate delivery at 830-310-4492.
 
Link to a pattern: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RJg6st31LaXpkDspi52GCr797ga8LgTu/view

4-H Water Ambassadors Program Now Accepting Applications - Due by May 15, 2020


Applications for the 2020/2021 cohort of 4-H Water Ambassadors is now open.  

In just its third year, the program has had substantial impact, providing leadership opportunities and advanced knowledge on a wide diversity of Texas water issues! In 2019, the program was named winner of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality – Texas Environmental Excellence Award. With the financial support of many in the Texas water industry, water ambassadors are learning about the numerous industry careers and leadership opportunities. Since the program began in 2017, 74 4-H Water Ambassadors have reported more than 3,000 hours of education/service reaching more than 60,000 youth and adults with water education. They also provide a valuable resource to you, and can help with local water programming. Please help spread the word about this opportunity to eligible youth in your counties.

Selection Criteria:

  • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that exhibit a genuine interest in water/natural resources and a commitment to leadership
  • Student has demonstrated leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
  • Student resides in a county/district currently not represented or under-represented by existing 4-H Water Ambassadors
How to Apply:

  1. Applicant goes to www.texas4hwaterambassadors.com to download application instructions
  2. Student will complete the online application at https://fs4.formsite.com/state4h/water/index.html
  3. Applications reviewed and up to (30) students are selected
  4. County extension agents notified of selected students in their county
  5. Applications due May 15, 2020

Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador 2020-2021


Who’s Eligible?

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Be in at least the 9th grade at beginning of the 2020-2021 school year
  • Submit completed application to the local county extension office by May 1, 2020
  • Have an interest and passion to serve others in the area of health education which includes nutrition, physical activity, passenger safety, and safe environments!
What does the program entail?
After youth are accepted to the local program, they must fulfill the following obligations:

  • Complete and report 40* hours of leadership, program efforts, or community service annually. *This is a reduction in previous hours to be consistent with other ambassador programs.
  • Attend a Regional Healthy Texas Youth Ambassador Summit in a location nearest to them. 
  • Attend face-to-face and online trainings
  • Remain academically eligible.
  • Must agree to the obligations and requirements outlined in the HT Youth Ambassador Handbook.
  • Ambassadorship is a 12-month commitment, beginning June 2020. Ambassadors who fulfill the minimum (40) hours of service will be invited to reapply for the following year. New and returning ambassadors MUST complete a new application annually.
  • To meet all commitments for which the Ambassador volunteers and to complete those commitments with excellence.
    Interested youth will apply to the local office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension no later than May 1.  Ambassadors should be selected by a local committee and be notified of acceptance by June 1.  Those selected will be expected to attend one of the following regional trainings.  Locations and registration processes of trainings will be announced at a later date. 
    Central Region: July 22
    East Region: June 23
    North Region: July 21            
    South Region: July 24
    Southeast Region: June 30
    West Region: June 30           
Submit applications to:  Victoria.grissom@ag.tamu.edu or comal-tx@tamu.edu

 

Texas 4-H Photography Contest


After further discussion with our Texas 4-H Youth Development Director Dr. Williams, we have made the decision to alter the state 4-H photography contest in the following manner:
  • The contest will be open to all seniors, with a limit of 1 photo per category.
  • No county qualifying is required. 
  • Due to the unknown number of entries we may receive, the dates when awards will be announced and distributed will be determined at the completion of judging.
Please disregard the download process I recommended in my previous email since there is no need to qualify any photos.

Youth Entry Time Period:                              April 1-15


Community Service Opportunity

If you are watching the news, and who hasn’t been, you are aware of a national shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), including face masks.  There have been many social media posts with patterns, instructions and videos on how to make face masks and some health care facilities are requesting them.  We have been asked by Extension leadership to lead an Extension response involving our volunteers - particularly TEEA members, 4-H members, 4-H Ambassadors, Healthy Texas Youth Ambassadors, Master Clothing Volunteers, and Master Wellness Volunteers.   
First, and most important, is to recognize that these face masks are in no way meant to replace N-95 respirators and other PPE.  We all recognize that fabric masks are no substitute!  These masks are meant to be used in situations that will free up N-95 respirators and other masks for higher priority uses.  The CDC guidelines on homemade masks state the following:

“(Health Care Professionals) HCP use of homemade masks:
In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.”


Instructions:  Below you will find written instructions and pattern for making adult size face masks.  A video demonstration is available at https://youtu.be/VgHrnS6n4iA.  We ask that you use prewashed 100% cotton fabric (with or without a layer of fusible interfacing).  When possible, please use non-scented laundry detergent and no fabric softener when prewashing fabric. 

Distribution:  We have identified several options for distributing finished product.  Please use the following Google form when distributing completed masks https://forms.gle/UBp6LteJPRRyeQct9.

  1. We have been contacted by Dr. Tom Fisher, an oncologist with Texas Oncology, who is willing to accept ALL masks that we can produce.  There are 2 options for getting completed masks to Texas Oncology.  
    1. You can deliver the masks to one of their 210 Cancer Centers across the state.  To locate the nearest facility, go to https://www.texasoncology.com/cancer-centers-search-results, select the nearest city and hit Search.  Locations in that city will be provided.  Nurse Managers have been alerted that they may be contacted about delivering masks.  They can provide more specific instructions for delivery.
    1. If there is no site within a reasonable distance or you have no way to deliver the masks directly to a Cancer Center, you can ship all of your completed masks to the following central location and Texas Oncology will distribute them statewide.  Ship using FedEx and bill the Texas Oncology Fed Ex account 634235159. 
Ship to:
Lance Ortego
Director of Nursing Services
Texas Oncology
10408 Barbuda Trail
Keller, TX 76244

OR
  1. Check with your local health care facilities to see if they will accept homemade masks.  This could include hospitals, clinics, cancer centers, medical offices, long term care facilities, etc.   You may want to meet any local needs rather than participate in Dr. Fisher’s challenge.
OR
  1. JoAnn Fabrics is serving as a drop off point for completed masks.  You can drop off completed items at your local store.
Below is an example of a mask we made here in the office.



All Spring contests


    All Spring 4-H Contest rather in person or virtual are canceled, there are to be no competitive events at any level at this time.

Council meeting

Council meeting will be postponed until May 6th.  Delegates look for an email with more information in the coming weeks.

Cancellation of 4-H in person meetings

All Comal County 4-H in person meetings will be canceled through May 4th, no matter the size. This includes club meetings, project meetings, practices, planning meetings and any other 4-H related meeting or event. We will keep you informed if this changes.

San Angelo Floor & Prize Money Checks

A quick update from the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo. Our staff is currently working from home, but working none the less to be sure we get our exhibitors and you all the information you need. Here are a few updates regarding things we are currently processing for you all.

 #1- Floor and Prize Money checks will be sent to the SCHOOL/4-H Office like normal. These are being postmarked THURSDAY, MARCH 26 from San Angelo, Texas. Most places should receive them anywhere from one to probably five business days from then.

We are aware many of your schools/offices may be closed, but we simply cannot mail the 3,000 checks directly to the exhibitors due to a high percentage of returned mail for bad addresses. Please do your best to work with the folks that check to your mail to get these to a SAFE place until you can get them. We are fully aware our checks say void after 90 days, and are working with our bank to get this extended for this year.

Please understand we are not trying to put more work on you all at this time, but feel like this is our best option after much consideration and thought.

#2- Thank You Lists to exhibitors that made the premium sale will be directly to the exhibitor’s home address on Thursday, March 26. With there being significantly less students, we take this approach, as we always have. Exhibitors are NOT required to mail us a copy of their thank you notes. We trust they will handle it appropriately.

#3- Premium Sale Checks- will be mailed directly to the exhibitors hopefully by late April. We will have any returned mail from the Thank You lists we send out to hopefully get corrected before those mail. Again, this is our typical practice on these too, as some years it is mid-May before we can pay those, and we don’t want to chance them getting left at a school over summer.

#4- Breed Sale checks were mailed directly to exhibitors that received them around the 10th of March. Anyone that has not received one should check with our office.
 
#5- Please be aware we will share this information with families on social media. The message will be one asking for patience, as several counties throughout the state are now practicing “Shelter in place.”

Online Learning


During the school closures Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Comal County will be making online educational videos.  Please see the link below for our website or check out our Facebook page for videos and updates.  We are fulfilling our 4-H pledge of supporting our clubs, our community, our country, and our world.   We look forward to you tuning in.

Link to our website: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension of Comal County Online Learning
Link to our Facebook page:  Comal AgriLife Facebook page

District 10 Spring Round-up


Spring Roundup and Meat Judging Entries: Please continue to register for the events so that they are in the system. District 10 will NOT be approving any entries until they are told by the state office to proceed. Therefore, no one will be charged unless we do proceed with the events as planned.
 
Registration will be open March 10th -March 24th. 

Link to Round-Up Guide:  https://d104-h.tamu.edu/files/2020/02/2020-District-10-4-H-Spring-Round-Up-Guide-1.pdf

Council Officer Elections

Attached in the pdf below are the applications for council officers and district delegates.  If you are a council delegate for your club, please review the applications and watch your emails for meeting and voting information. 

Please see the image below for council members running for county officer positions.




Green Cord Award Application - due March 20th

The Green Cord Application is Now Available!  Due March 20th!

The green cord is a new award that this year's awards committee has worked on developing. Selected graduating seniors will receive 4-H cords at the April Council Meeting.


Cancellation of 4-H in person meetings


All Comal County 4-H in person meetings will be canceled through April 3rd, no matter the size. This includes club meetings, project meetings, practices, planning meetings and any other 4-H related meeting or event. We will keep you informed if this changes.


Rodeo Austin refunds



Rodeo Austin will be refunding exhibitor fees to Comal County 4-H.  We have submitted our request for a refund.  If you entered through 4-H to be a participant in Rodeo Austin, once we receive the refund we will let you know how we will disburse it to you.

CCJLSA Gala postponed

See the message below from CCJLSA:

Out of an abundance of caution and following the recommendations of CDC, the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association is making the following changes to events we had scheduled this spring:

April 25th Gala – postponed until further notice

We regret that we cannot honor our buyers that continue to support our organization and the agricultural youth of Comal County at the time we wanted to with our Blue Ribbon Gala celebration, but we will reschedule as soon as it is safe for our community to do so.

Thank you for your understanding!!

Online Texas 4-H Record Book User Trainings

Texas 4-H Online Record Book User Trainings:  Link to training

Online Record Book FAQs




All Indoor Archery has been canceled

After visiting with our State 4-H Program Leader:

In light of the closure of all the venues that we use for the State Indoor Archery Match, and with the express purpose of keeping our 4-H members, parents and volunteers safe, we will unfortunately CANCEL the rest of the State Indoor Archery Match for the year 2020.

Steers, Heifers & State Fair animal validation tags - Due April 15

It is that time of year to start thinking about ordering your Validation Tags for any Steer or Heifer projects you are wanting to show at the 2021 Major shows and 2021 County Youth Show. Also, this is the time to order your Validation Tags for any livestock project you will be raising for the State Fair of Texas.

At this time we request that you call the office to place your tag order and we ask that you mail payment to the office or use the locked drop-box by the office front door.  Our mailing address is 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78132.
 
All tags ordered before April 15th will cost $18 each.
All Late Tag Orders will cost $30 each.
 
Also, if you need help with finding a project or have question during the year please contact Troy.

Buy/reserve tags for Heifers and Steers -- Now - April 15 by calling the Extension Office.
Buy/reserve tags for State Fair animals – Now - April 15 by calling the Extension Office. 

Mission Possible Mentor Applications - Due March 20th


The Mission Possible Mentor applications are now open online. 4-H Members currently in the 8th grade and up are eligible to apply. This service learning opportunity allows 4-H members to be partnered with Mission Possible campers to provide a safe and fun camp experience for all. Mentor applications are due on March 20th, 2020 and mentors will be notified by April 3rd, 2020 on their mentor status.  


You can also access the link through our website- https://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/  

Mission Possible Mentors must be available June 28-July 1 to attend training and camp at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood, Texas.

Swine Project opportunity

HLSR Kids:
We know you’ve worked hard! We know the time put in and we can imagine how you feel right now. We want to help as much as we can with making this a better situation.
John and Brandi Weaver - Stepz All Star Gym & Busy B’s Cleaning Services will buy one project hog for $4000
Interested students please write a brief letter about yourself and your hog! Tell us about your time showing and what the experience means to you!
We will receive emails until next friday March the 20th and then award the $4000 to the winning letter as it will be voted on by ourselves and our staff. The winner will be announced on Facebook Tuesday March the 24th.
Please send letters to coachbb@sacheer.org and put HLSR in the subject.

Swine Project opportunity

HLSR kiddos!!! Texas Building Controls will buy one project hog for $3500. All the interested students needs to do is write a brief letter about themselves and their hog and what livestock showing means to them. We will receive emails until next friday March the 20th and then award the $3500 to the winning letter as voted on by our management team. The winner will be announced on Facebook Tuesday March the 24th. Please send letters to accounting@texasbuildingcontrols.com

Youth Ambassador Opportunities

Correction:  Youth must be at least 9th grade students at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.




CCJLSA


Congratulations to all of the exhibitors.
 

Clover Kudos - Hannah Dunivan

Hannah Dunivan 7th place Meat Pen at the Houston Livestock Show 2020.  



Texas 4-H Photography Contest


The State Photography entry period is coming up! 
 
As per the state rules we can only approve 1 photo as an entry per category for the county. If you would like to have a photo considered for the state contest, photos must be submitted to the county office at comal-tx@tamu.edu by March 31 at 5 pm. Entries must include contestant's name and the photo's category. Photos will be judged by an outside source and winners will be notified to enter on 4-H connect.
For more information on the state contest see the link below.

Kids Baking Championship


Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and Rodeo Austin update


By now most of you have heard the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is canceling the remainder of the 2020 show.  The decision was made by the local health department and elected officials and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is complying with their direction.  The lamb and goat shows were completed entirely on Wednesday 3/11 and the remaining activities and events will be canceled. 
 
Press Release is Below:
In the interest of public health, the City of Houston and the Houston Health Department have ordered the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ to close. The grounds will close at 4 p.m. The Rodeo will respectfully and dutifully comply with the City’s order.
The Rodeo is deeply saddened; however, the safety and well-being of our guests and our community is our top priority. Out of precaution, the City has decided that this is the best course of action for our community.
A ticket refund process is still in the works and will be communicated once it is finalized.
For more information regarding this announcement, visit rodeohouston.com/2020

As of today, Rodeo Austin has been canceled.

The Bass Brigade Experience


Club Scrapbook Award


4-H clubs are encouraged to record the history and activities of their club. One of the best ways to achieve this is by keeping an annual 4-H club scrapbook. Each Comal County 4-H Club has the opportunity to enter a club scrapbook in an annual contest. Scrapbooks are compiled throughout the year and due toward the end of the 4-H year, prior to the annual 4-H awards program.  Scrapbooks are judged according to the Comal County 4-H Club Scrapbook Scorecard. Top 3 scrapbooks will be announced at the awards program and in addition to receiving an award will be used for promotional purposes during the months of August, September, and October. Scrapbooks are due to the extension office by July 22nd.

Clubs have a choice of scrapbook format:

v    Traditional Scrapbook - Printed photographs & memorabilia in a traditional scrapbook format - Must be smaller than 13"x17".

v    Digital Scrapbook - create a scrapbook using a digital scrapbook format; print pages and submit hard copy of scrapbook, must be smaller than 13"x17".

Texas 4-H Roping School - June 21-25


CCJLSA Scholarship - Due March 16

CCJLSA Scholarship Rules & Guidelines due March 16, 2020

  • Applicant's family are members of the CCJLSA by Dec. 1 each year the student exhibited.
  • Applicant's are members in good standing in the FFA or 4-H at the time of application.
  • Applicant's participated as exhibitors in the show for at least 2 years during high school.
  • Applicant must have participated in operation of the Concession stand, or another part of the Show & Sale process, during the Stock Show and Sale each year they exhibited in the show during their high school years. Students should collect documentation for the activities in which they participated. The following information is required: (1) Student Name and Club Affiliation, (2) Signature of Adult in charge of concession stand, or any activity in which the student actively participated to assist the CCJLSA. 
Contact Victoria Grissom for more information at 830-620-3440 or Victoria.Grissom@ag.tamu.edu

 

The CCJLSA President will appoint a committee to review and select scholarship winners. Scholarship
recipients will be selected from applications received from FFA Booster Clubs and the 4-H Extension
office. If the schools and 4H program do not fulfill their 3 scholarships, the unfulfilled scholarships will
be placed in a pool. The remaining scholarships will be awarded to those students who qualify based on
a ranking system but were not selected in the first round of awards. Winners’ names will be given to the
organizations for recognition at their Awards programs. The recipients are then required to turn in a
copy of their tuition payment for the fall or spring semester from the school they are attending and a
thank-you note to the association in order to receive payment. Expiration of this scholarship award is
April 1st of the following year the award is originally made.

TAMU Summer Horsemanship Schools in Brazos County


Sterling County Reasons Clinic - May 9


The Sterling County 4-H Livestock Judging Program will be hosting an ORAL REASONS CLINIC on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at the Sterling County Community Center in Sterling City.  PLEASE NOTE THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE AND INSTRUCTIONS.
 

District 10 4-H Spring Round-Up Registration opens March 10

Registration will be open March 10th -March 24th. 
2019-2020 Spring Round-Up
April 22-25, 2020
Fredericksburg, TX
Contests included:
  • Range & Pasture ID
  • Range Evaluation
  • Mohair Judging
  • Wool Judging
  • Leaders 4 Life
  • Soil Judging
  • Fashion Show
  • Fashion Storyboards
  • Duds to Dazzle
  • Share-The-Fun
  • Livestock Judging
  • Smallbore Rifle Contest (Floresville, TX)
 

2020-2021 Council Officer Application - Due March 18


The 2020-2021 Council Officer Application is now available! Please make sure to review everything before applying. You must complete the application form and code of conduct(s) that is applicable to the positions you’re applying for. Make sure to type or use legible handwriting. Your application will be posted on the weekly news/blog the week prior to elections to allow voting delegates a chance to review applications prior to elections. Applications are due to the Extension office by 5 pm Wednesday March 18, 2020.

Runnels County invitational Livestock Skillathon Contest

Entries will be taken through our Runnels County web site https://runnels.agrilife.org/ .  Cost is $40 per team and $10 for individuals entered prior to April 15th. Please send your entry fees to: 
608 Sealy Avenue
Ballinger, Texas 76821
Scantrons will be provided.