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

Wildlife Conservation Camp - Deadline May 15th


2016-2017 4-H Council and Club Manager Meetings

Last full Council meeting of the 4-H year!

April 5 - Council and Club Managers - 6:30 p.m. (Officers @ 6:00 pm)

Council Officer Elections will be held at this meeting (applications are due by March 29th!).

Comal County 4-H - Relay for Life Team!

Jacey Hall has made a team for Comal County 4-H to participate in the Relay for Life in New Braunfels.

Our team name is: Comal 4-H

Jacey is the team captain. Her goal is to get 20 kids and parents to participate.

The date is April 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM

This will be the SPRING County Community service.

This is the link to the website to join a team, Comal 4-H should then show up as one of the teams.



If you have questions, please contact Jacey at jacey@purplepod.com

Youth Agriculture Lifetime Leadership (YALL) Tour - July 16-21

The Youth Agriculture Lifetime Leadership Tour is set for July 16-21, 2017. This year marks our third year to host this tour. We would like to invite young agriculturalists from districts 7, 10,11, & 12 to participate in a unique opportunity this summer. Our 2017 tour will be to south Texas to tour the various agricultural industries south Texas offers. The purpose of this tour is to provide youth from their sophomore year to graduating seniors an opportunity to witness the commercial agriculture opportunities both academically and through career exploration.  If you'd like a copy of the application, email Janet at jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu and ask for the YALL application.

A more detailed itinerary is being developed. Please go online to our YALL Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/4HYALL/  A video from the 2015 tour interviewing participants and discussing the tour is available on a youtube link at: https://youtu.be/K4-2ulRe8k8

Deadline to apply is June 16. 


Thanks to great sponsorships we are able to keep this week long tour to a minimal cost of $200/participant. The total cost of the tour will be around $1000/participant, but due to the generous donations from our donors we are able to reduce that cost substantially to the participants. 


Gruene Kountry - March Meeting

The Gruene Kountry 4-H Club met on Sunday, March 12th, at the Mission Valley Community Center. 

The Program was provided by Mrs. Syamken and the senior members of the Gruene Kountry 4-H Club. Mrs. Syamken talked about goal setting- to encourage us to set goals to accomplish in the future.
The senior members talked about 4-H District, State and National Opportunities. They also talked about 4-H camps they went to and told us about them.

We voted to have our May end of year meeting, election and party at Fischer Park.
There were 33 people total,​ ​(20 members, 10adults, and 3 guests) in attendance. 

Our next meeting is April 9,2017 at 3pm-4pm at the MVCC. 

Submitted by Brynnleigh Miller, reporter

Congratulations, Shelby!

Congratulations to Shelby Steinbach, who placed 20th with her turkey and 25th with her chickens at the Houston Livestock Show.

Texas 4-H Horse Validation - It's Time!


If you want to show your horse at the District or State Horse Shows, or board your horse at the Extension office facilities, you MUST validate your horse(s). Please be aware that you will need left side, right side and front facing photos of your horse when you validate.

For more information about horse validation and the State 4-H Horse Show, 
CLICK HERE.

Annual Volunteer Recognition Event

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

The Texas A&M University System, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the County Commissioners Courts of Texas Cooperating.  

Paper Clover Days at Tractor Supply - Apr 26 - May 7


State Fair Lamb and Goat Tags - Due April 10th - UPDATED!

It's time to order State Fair Lamb and Goat Validation Tags. We need to know how many of each you will need for State Fair 2017.

Please call Janet at 830-620-3440 (Mon-Fri 8-12, 1-5) or email her at jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu and let her know how many of each tag you will need. 

If you email and don't hear from Janet, please call the office to verify we received your email.

Deadline to order is April 10th. COST OF TAGS IS $17 EACH.

Close to Home - March Meeting

Reporter - Nathanael Hall
Club - Close to Home
Date - 3/9/17

Number of people - 21 members, 7 adults, 1 guest

Program topic - Health Education slide show on First Aid Basics by Krystal Snider

Mrs. Snider talked about what you need in a first aid kit and the basics on how to treat wounds and how to stay safe.

The general WHEP will have a field trip to the Texas State Aquarium on the 1st Friday of the month at 10 AM.


Our next meeting is April 13 at 2:30 PM @ Tye Preston Library 

4-H Has Talent!


Texas A&M Horse Judging Camp


What: The 11th Annual Aggie Horse Judging Camp
Up-to-date industry instruction on halter and performance classes. Reasons option with group and personal instruction.
When: June 21-23, 2017 and July 5-7, 2017
Where: Texas A&M University; College Station, TX
Who: Youth ages 12-18
Fees: Entries due by: June 1, 2017
$350 per participant (includes meals, housing, judging manual, notebook and t-shirt); $300 per participant if commuting and for coaches.
Registration: Register online (registration will open April 1st)
If you cannot register online, please download the registration form and mail the form along with your payment to the address on the form.
What to bring: Toiletries, towels, bedding, pillows and a winning attitude!
Housing available at the Hullabaloo Hall.
New this Year: Teaching will be conducted at the Hildebrand Equine Complex!
For more information, please contact Jennifer Zoller at jennifer.zoller@tamu.edu or 979-862-5980.

Congratulations, Helena!

Congratulations to Helena MacCrossan, whose photographs will be going on to State competition. Helena had the winning photograph in the following categories (see captions):
Animals - Wildlife























Catch-All
Plant - Flora

















Elements of Design

Kidsfest - April 1, 2017

Each year we have the opportunity to participate in Kidsfest, which is held at the Comal County Fairgrounds in New Braunfels the first Saturday in April – April 1st this year (no kidding!).

At our booth, we will be promoting 4-H and making popsicle stick animals with Kidsfest participants in 3 hour shifts. Shifts are 8 – 11 a.m., 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., and 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.


Be sure to specify which shift you want when you RSVP to Janet at jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu. Thanks for your help!

Garden Gourmet at the Don Strange Ranch - April 12th


Service Project for Panhandle Wildfires

THE TEXAS PANHANDLE NEEDS YOUR HELP!

CALLING ALL 4-H
MEMBERS AND FAMILIES!
Our friends in the Panhandle need our help due to the wildfires. The District 1 and District 2 4-H Programs are accepting donations at the two addresses below through the CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON MARCH 16TH for the following items:
  • Pre-packaged snacks
  • Chap Stick
  • Visine
  • Bottled Water
  • Gift Cards
Please see the information in the graphic below and send your items directly to these shipping addresses. Due to the need and time limitations, please do not wait to ship/mail any items

The Panhandle District is very thankful for the outpouring of support in response to the 4-H request for relief supplies for firefighters. However, after our morning status teleconference with agents in the affected counties, they have confirmed that the Emergency Management Coordinators are telling them that firefighters are being taken care of by local communities and there is not a need at this time for water and food supplies.  We know that Texans want to help their neighbors, and there is a way to help.  Many miles of fencing have been destroyed and equipment that has survived the fire will need new tires.  Landowners may not have insurance to cover these items, so monetary assistance would be very helpful.

By the end of the day we will hopefully have information on two additional ways that people can donate to landowners affected in other counties, but at this time, we have information for donations to persons affected by the Perryton Fire in Lipscomb and Ochiltree Counties. As of late yesterday afternoon the Forest Service website shows that 315,135 acres had burned in the Perryton Fire and the fire was 60% contained at that time.  If you or your club would like to help the residents who were affected by the Perryton Fire, funds can be sent to:

Make check payable to:  Lipscomb County Firefighters Association

Mail check to:                     First Bank Southwest – Booker
                                                Attn:  Pam Sanders
                                                PO Box 636
                                                Booker, TX 79005




Youth Homemaking & Art Fair Scholarship and Group/Champion Winners






Category Champion Name 4-H Club
Pies Group Marcus Patranella Bluebonnet
Pies Group Miranda Horak Bluebonnet
Pies Reserve Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Pies Grand Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
       
Gardening Grand Tyler Vineyard Hill Country
       
Sweet Quick Bread Group Kaitlyn Keil Bulverde
Sweet Quick Bread Group Cody Stricker Bulverde
Sweet Quick Bread Group Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Sweet Quick Bread Grand Ella Pinkham CCLS
       
Scrapbooking Reserve Brynnleigh Miller Gruene Kountry
Scrapbooking Grand Layton Hemann Bluebonnet
       
Photography Group Tyler Vineyard Hill Country
Photography Group Avery Shrum Bulverde
Photography Group Camryn Stetter Bulverde
Photography Group Ella Rankin Sherwood
Photography Reserve Cody Stricker Bulverde
Photography Grand Megan Skarvosky Bluebonnet
       
Horticulture Group Avery Shrum Bulverde
Horticulture Reserve Presley Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Horticulture Grand Trey Hoffmann Bluebonnet
       
Sweet Yeast Bread Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Sweet Yeast Bread Reserve Helena MacCrossan Bluebonnet
Sweet Yeast Bread Grand Arnold Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
       
Crafts Reserve Isabella Martin Bulverde
Crafts Grand Nathanael Hall Horse Club
       
Clothing Group Abby Cloe Bluebonnet
Clothing Reserve Austin Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Clothing Grand Lila Moseley Bluebonnet
       
       
Food Preservation Group Madilyn Howell Sherwood 
Food Preservation Reserve Kendall Kreusler Gruene Kountry
Food Preservation Grand Andrew Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
       
Non Sweet Quick Bread Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Non Sweet Quick Bread Grand Kenzy Hoffmann Bluebonnet
       
Candy Group Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Candy group Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Candy Group Ella Pinkham CCLS
Candy Group Helena MacCrossan Bluebonnet
Candy Group Wyatt Edwards Gruene Kountry
Candy Group Bailee Dunlap Bluebonnet
Candy Reserve Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Candy Grand Clay Hoffmann Bulverde
       
Cookies group Kaitynn Keil Bulverde
Cookies Group Trey Hoffman Bluebonnet
Cookies Group Travis Migura Gruene Kountry
Cookies Reserve Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Cookies Grand Wyatt Edward Gruene Kountry
       
Bars Group Ray Allen Schaefer Gruene Kountry
Bars Group Presley Wirebaugh Bluebonnet 
Bars Group Peyton Wirebaugh Bluebonnet
Bars Grand Kenzy Hoffmann Bluebonnet
       
Yeast Bread Group Austin Rodriguez Gruene Kountry
Yeast Bread Group Reagan Ackermann Gruene Kountry
Yeast Bread Reserve Kasen Kreusler Gruene Kountry
       
Nutritious Snacks Group Madlyn Howell Sherwood
Nutritious Snacks Reserve Trey Hoffmann Bluebonnet
Nutritious Snacks Grand Emily Hartmann Gruene Kountry
       
Decorated Food Grand Nahalie Stidhem Close to Home
       
Paintings & Drawings Group Madison David CCLS
Paintings & Drawings Group Dylan Wunderlich Sherwood
Paintings & Drawings Reserve Samuel Hall Close to Home
Paintings & Drawings Grand Kaitlynn Keil Bulverde
       
Industrial Arts Group Dakota Barrett CCLS
Industrial Arts Grand Chad Friesenhahn Gruene Kountry
       
Cakes Group Madison Migura Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Morgan Elsworth Sherwood
Cakes Group Rylee Wunderlich Sherwood
Cakes Group Shelby Steinbach Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Clay Migura Gruene Kountry
Cakes Group Ainslee Childress Claybusters
Cakes Reserve Keene Kreusler Gruene Kountry
Cakes Grand Ashley Fuqua Horse Club


Congratulation to all! Well done!

2017 4-H Fashion Show and Storyboard Information

The 2017 4-H Fashion Show and Storyboard information packet is now posted on our web site.  CLICK HERE to see the packet.

Please note:

Names, ages and divisions of all participants for Fashion Show and Storyboards must be turned in by Friday, March 17, 2017. Be sure to read the packet and enter the correct category!

Storyboard theme: Inspired by Music

County 4-H Fashion Show is Friday, March 31st in the Extension Meeting Room. 

4:00 p.m. - Contestants report
4:30 p.m. - Judging begins
6:30 p.m. - Fashion Show - open to the public

Support Your First Responders



Congratulations, Mason!

Congratulations to Mason Miner, who showed the Reserve Champion Turkey at the 2017 Comal County Junior Livestock Show!  Way to go, Mason!

Freestone County Classic - June 3, 2017


District Horse Judging Contest

Congratulations to Jacy Welch, who was the 1st place Junior Individual with 287 points, Kate Wommack, who was 3rd with 268 points, and Kacee McLendon, who was 4th with 267 points.

The 1st place Junior team consisted of Jacy Welch, Kacee McLendon, Kate Wommack and Wynter Mosse. They scored 822 points.

Emilee McLendon was the 4th place Intermediate Individual with 305 points. 

Congratulations to the 2nd place Intermediate team of Ashlynn Jordan, Emilee McLendon, Madison Crowder and Nathanael Hall, who scored 894 points.

Senior High Point Individuals were Jacey Hall, 4th, with 399 points and Sarina Mims, 5th, with 394 points.

The 2nd place team of Jacey Hall, Madison Oquin, Sarina Mims and McKenna Hall had 1176 points.

The 3rd place team consisting of Carlye Lawrence, Emma Feldman, Hannah Strahl and Kate Roach had 1127 points.

District Consumer Decision Making Contest

Congratulations to Abby Cloe who was the 3rd high junior individual in the District 10 Consumer Decision Making Contest with 284 points!

Way to go, Abby!

National 4-H Congress - Atlanta, Georgia - Deadline April 16th

The application period for youth to apply to participate in National 4-H Congress is March 1 through April 16, all applications must be submitted through 4-H Connect. There is no fee to apply.

National 4-H Congress is held annually in Atlanta, Georgia over the Thanksgiving holidays. The program combines a variety of fun and exciting educational, recreational and networking opportunities. The program combines sessions, seminars, discussion groups, and a service learning experience. The nation’s most outstanding community leaders, speakers, and educators present the most current and timely information available.

OBJECTIVES:
    To improve the ability of teen 4-H youth to express themselves in written and verbal forms of communication that are necessary and important “life skills” for today and in the future.
    To increase the awareness of the importance of Leadership, Citizenship, and Community Service in 4-H Youth Development.

Eligibility:
    Youth who possess the maturity to interact with other youth from different regions, cultures, experiences and beliefs.
    Youth in grades 9-12 at time of event, November 23-28, 2017.
    Youth must still be in high school during the time of the trip.
    Must have approval of county Extension Office/4-H Coordinator

IMPORTANT DATES:
Online Application Opens: March 1, 2017 (there is no fee to apply)
Online Application Closes: April 16, 2017
Interviews Announced: April 28, 2017
Interviews during Roundup: TBD
Delegation Announced: June 8, 2017
Deposit (1st Payment) due ($750.00): June 30, 2017

Final (2nd Payment) due (balance of $1,000-1,500): July 31, 2017 (donor/sponsor search underway; final registration amount to be announced by May 1, but will not exceed $1,500)

Included in the registration fee:
- Congress registration
- Lodging
- Airline ticket
- States lunch
- Shirt
- State photograph
- Trading pins
- Evening refreshments/snacks
- Ground transportation in Atlanta
- Educational tour

NOT included in the cost:
- Transportation to and from the airport the delegation will be leaving from.
- Luggage fees; $25 per bag each way
- Spending money for souvenirs and meals during travel to and from Atlanta

Interview and Announcement Process:
Interviews will take place during Texas 4-H Roundup in June via face-to-face for those attending the event. Those applicants not attending Roundup will have a phone interview scheduled. The interview will focus on the application submitted online. The applicant will be asked to expound on how they will use the knowledge gained from National 4-H Congress to strengthen the 4-H Program in their county. The interviews are normally conducted by the state coordinator and/or chaperones assigned to go on the trip. The final delegation will be announced during the general assembly on Thursday night. Delegates do not have to be present for the announcement.

The delegation will travel on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd, from a centrally located airport and fly to Atlanta, Georgia. Final schedule and airports will not be determined until the delegation and chaperones are selected. It will be the delegate's responsibility to get to the designated airport.  

Travel end date: Tuesday, November 28, 2017