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

4-H Awards for 2014-2015

At the Comal County 4-H Awards Program on August 6th, the following awards were presented for the 2014-2015 4-H year:




Rookies of the Year:
Reagan Rahe, Peyton Wirebaugh and 
Dylan Wunderlich 













Gold Star Awards:
Jordanne Stetter, Shelby Steinbach, 
Katie Smith, Kaleigh Lawson










Silver Star Awards:
Clayton Elbel, Ashley Fuqua, 
Caitlyn Homewood



Bronze Star Awards:
Nahalie Stidhem, Makenzie Knipe and
Kenzy Hoffmann












2015-2016 Council Officers:
(L-R) Cody Elbel, Megan Eckhardt, Bridget Martin, Presley Wirebaugh, Ashley Fuqua, Clay Elbel, Phillip Vineyard, Kenzy Hoffmann, Payton Miner, Katie Smith, Shelby Steinbach



Scholarships were presented to:

Jordan Clayburne (EE Scholarship)
Emily Noland (EE Scholarship)
Kimberly Phelan (MG Scholarship)

Honorary 4-H Member: Carolyn Phelan

Meritorious Service: Comal Commissioners' Court

Friend of 4-H: Jacob Coppedge, Eddie Russell and Ken Joyce

Updated 4-H Club and Manager Contact List Updated

Click here to see the updated Club and Manager Contact List for 2015-2016. 

This list was updated TODAY!

Horse Club 2015-2016 Officers

President: Ashley Fuqua
1st Vice-President: Makenzie Knipe
2nd Vice-President: Grace Buschfort
Secretary: Cody Elbel
Treasurer: Emily Boylan
Reporter: Clay Elbel
Parliamentarian: Jacey Hall
Historian: Cheyanne Hatley
Council Delegates: Emily Boylan, Grace Buschfort, Jacey Hall, Makenzie Knipe
Alternate Delegates: Peter Skrivanek,Makenna Hall

Coach Training - Victoria, TX


Congratulations, Kenzy!

Way to go, Kenzy! She scored an amazing 185 of 200 on her test and is now an OFFICIAL Livestock Ambassador!

Meat Science Skillathon


Contests - Everything you ever wanted to know, but were afraid to ask!

4-H Contests – Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask!
4-H has many contests in which members can participate. We’re going to highlight contests here, but all of them – Individual and Team events) are on the state 4-H web site: http://texas4-h.tamu.edu

Share-the-Fun (Individual or Team of 1-9 Members)
Compete in one of the following categories: Choreographed Routines, Dramedy, Poetry/Prose, Vocal, Celebrate 4-H, Musical/Instrumental, Solo/Band. This competition encourages 4-H members to discover and develop their talents.

Consumer Decision Making (Team of 3-4 Members)
This contest includes 8 judging classes and 2 sets of oral reasons. Seven classes are selected from the study guide – the 8th class is a “mystery” class. Participants are given 7 minutes to place each class and 2 minutes to present each set of oral reasons.

Fashion Show (Individual)
Fashion Show provides opportunities for members to exhibit skills in application of knowledge of fibers and fabrics to wardrobe selection. You can make an outfit and enter the construction division or do comparison shopping and enter the buying division.

Fashion Storyboard (Individual)
Storyboard is an industry-inspired method of displaying original designs. Storyboards create vivid visual images that are interesting and appealing to viewers. The storyboard tells the story of the theme, which changes each year.

Duds to Dazzle (Team of 3-5 Members)
This is a contest that allows members the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills learned in the 4-H Clothing & Textiles Project. Contest focuses on making a viable product by recycling a textile that no longer serves its original purpose.

Food Show (Individual)
Food Show provides an opportunity for 4-H members to showcase their culinary, presentation and interview skills. Members compete in 1 of 4 food categories: protein, fruits & vegetables, grains and dairy. There is a theme each year.

Food Challenge (Team of 3-5 Members)
This is a contest that allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary knowledge and skills. From a set of ingredients provided, teams must develop a recipe and prepare the dish, then make a presentation to judges explaining prep, serving size, nutritional value and cost of the dish.

Nutrition Quiz Bowl (Team of 3-4 Members)
Contest helps participants increase their knowledge of basic nutrition, consumer info, food and kitchen safety, food prep skills and storage, and nutrition and health.

Ag Product ID Contest (Team of 3-4 Members)
This gives youth the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills when evaluating agriculture products grown in Texas in a contest setting.

Beef Quiz Bowl (Team of 3 of 4 Members)
This is an exciting, fast-paced opportunity for youth to display their knowledge of the beef industry and the science surrounding beef cattle.

Entomology ID  (Team of 3-4 Members)
Identify selected insects and complete a written examination on insects. Questions are selected primarily from study materials.

Horse Show (Individual)
Members use their own horses to compete in many different areas. There is a District and a State Horse Show each year.

Hippology (Team of 3-4 Members)
Primary objective is to provide the opportunity for youth to demonstrate the breadth of their knowledge and understanding of equine (horse) science and management, and the practical application of this knowledge and skill.  

Horse Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 2-4 halter classes and 4-6 performance classes. Three or four sets of oral reasons are required – 1-2 halter and 2-3 performance. Halter classes are chosen from the following breeds: American Paint Horse, American Quarter Horse, Appaloosa, and Palomino. Performance classes are chosen from Trail, Western Pleasure, Western Horsemanship, Western Riding, Reining, Calf Roping, Showmanship at Halter, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Hunter Hack, and Stock Horse Pleasure.

Horse Quiz Bowl (team of 3-4 Members)
This contest will follow the rules and procedures listed in the Texas 4-H Quiz Bowl Guide. It’s a question and answer jeopardy-style contest, complete with buzzers. Topics are horse nutrition, genetics, reproduction, anatomy and conformation, horse history, management, breeds, showing rules, diseases, tack and equipment, and more. There are lots of study materials available.

Livestock Shows (Individual)
Members take their own livestock projects (lambs, goats, hogs, steers, heifers, rabbits, broilers, turkeys) to local, county and/or major livestock shows. Must follow validation rules as well as show rules.

Livestock Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 8 classes (3 beef, 2 sheep, 2 swine, 1 goat), give oral reasons on 4 classes. No printed materials may be used as an aid during the contest. 

Meat Judging & ID (Team of 3-4 Members)
Meat judging and ID is the evaluation and selection of meat cuts from the beef, swine and sheep species.

Mohair Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Two classes of 4 fleeces each will be placed and reasons checked. Twenty mohair samples will be evaluated for fineness.

Wool Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 2 classes of wool and complete an evaluation form on each. Evaluate 20 fleeces for grade, staple length and yield.

Range & Pasture Grass ID (Team of 3-4 Members)
Contest is held indoors. Contestant is provided a 50 grass contest score card with written grass name answers and characteristics marked. Contestants ID 50 live or mounted grass specimens from the master list.

Range Evaluation (Team of 3-4 Members)
This is an outdoor contest held in a suitable rangeland situation. Contest consists of 3 parts: Plant ID, Range Evaluation and Rangeland Health.  More info here

Soil Judging (Team of 3-4 Members)
Judge 4 soil profiles with 20 minutes allowed for each. Determine soil characteristics and make interpretations based on observation.

Wildlife Challenge (Individual or Team of 3-4 Members)
Covers materials found within 5 Natural Resources projects: Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP), the Hunting & Wildlife Discipline in Shooting Sports, Entomology, Forestry, and Sportfishing.

District Photography Contest
Stand-alone contest. You enter and upload your photos on 4-H Connect. State Photography Contest categories are used. They will be published when received.

State Photography Contest
Qualifying contest – you must enter at the county level and have your photograph selected to move on to State Contest. Enter and upload photos on 4-H Connect after selection. Best of Show photos are enlarged and displayed at State 4-H Roundup.


If you’re interested in one of these contests, please contact the Extension office for more information. All of these are available to 4-H’ers, but we may not currently have an adult leader for every contest. Watch your emails and the newsletter for more information!

The Robots are Coming! The Robots are Coming!

There are a limited number of additional openings in a Comal County 4-H special interest project focusing on robotics in 2015-2016. Project participants will work as a member of a team to build robots based on Lego EV3 components and then compete with them. Come have fun while learning about science, technology, computer programming, and engineering principles in an exciting and imaginative hands-on way. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month September through April. Contact Project Leader David Fuqua for more information at comal4hrobotics@satx.rr.com or 830-609-9009.

Help Needed!

The Comal County Master Naturalists are asking for our help! They need small sticks, 7-9" long, as straight as possible. They need to be thinner than a pencil - thin and strong. They need about 400 of them for a bird feeder project for the October Open House. 

If you can collect some sticks, please bring them by the Extension office by October 1st. 

THANK YOU!

Barn Boarder Pens are Ready!

Attention: Lamb, Goat and Hog Exhibitors:

If you have been to a barn meeting and paid for your stalls, you may begin moving your animals in at any time.

Please let the office know when you have your animals in place!

County-wide Photography Project Meeting!

Want to learn all about photography? Come to the first session on Monday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room! This group will meet on the 2nd Monday of each month throughout the 4-H year.

Looking for an upcoming livestock show?

We have flyers from shows posted on the bulletin board in our office. We will post them on the blog when it’s convenient (one page flyer). Stop by and see what’s on the board!

Comal County Fair Food Challenge

OPEN TO COMAL COUNTY 4-H'ERS ONLY!

South Texas Double Trouble Prospect Show


Kids & Pork


Warm Up America!

WARM UP AMERICA (to benefit the homeless and those in need)

Do you know how to crochet or knit, or want to learn how?  This is a great way to learn a new skill while helping those in need.   We realize that everyone’s time is valuable and you may not have the time or skill to complete an entire afghan. 

We are collecting 7” x 9” rectangles knit or crocheted from a washable wool blend in any color which will then be sewn together to make completed adult size afghans.   Donate just one or donate several.  The more rectangles we receive, the more afghans we can complete.  For children’s afghans make the rectangles in a sport weight washable acrylic in child friendly colors.

If you want to participate, but simply don’t have the time to knit or crochet, we will accept yarn donations to share with those who are willing to help knit or crochet.

For more information and instructions, click here!


LIVESTOCK JUDGING - NOW a PROJECT!

Livestock Judging is now offered as a PROJECT! You can select it from the drop-down list of projects when you re-enroll for the 2015-2016 4-H year! 

Shooting Sports Coach's Certification - Cotulla

SUBJECT:             2015 4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Certification Workshop – Cotulla, Tx.
                                Disciplines offered:  Rifle   -  Shotgun  -  Pistol  -  Archery

The next 4-H Shooting Sports Coach’s Certification training (hosted by District 12) has been scheduled for September 26-27, 2015 at the Chaparral Wildlife Management Area on Farm/Ranch Road 133 between Artesia Wells (La Salle County) and Catarina (Dimmit County).  This event is open to any/all registered and screened 4-H volunteers (age 21 and older) wishing to become certified to lead a shooting sports program in one of the following four disciplines:  Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, or Archery

There are three additional opportunities for attending this training with specific registration fees for each.  However, there are limitations for each.   The specific alternatives and applicable fees are as follows:
  • Coach’s Assistant (Adult) – Adults age 18-20 will be candidates for a Coach’s Assistant certification ($150 registration fee).  This will transition into a Certified Coach when they reach 21 years of age with no additional training requirements.
  • Coach’s Assistant (Youth) – Youth age 14-18 who must be accompanied by a previously certified coach ($150 registration fee), this option must include the following participant as well. 
    • Previously Certified Coach (Adult) – Adult age 21 and older must register ($75) and attend the certification with the registered youth interested in the “Coach’s Assistan (Youth)” option.  The Previously Certified Coach will not receive any type of certification for their attendance.  Fees are to cover program costs.

Volunteers can only receive certification in one discipline per workshop.  Registration for this event will open on 4-H Connect on August 15th and close on September 17.  Please keep in mind that while this is being hosted in and by District 12, it isopen statewide.  The registration fee of $150 includes program costs, some meals, and materials.  One important factor to keep in mind and share with volunteers are the lodging limitations.  Due to the demand/supply of hotel rooms in Cotulla & Carrizo Springs areas by oil field workers, there is a limited supply.

County Extension Agents wishing to attend the training can do so by registering on 4-H Connect.  There is no registration fee for county Extension agents.

The training will begin early on Saturday, September 26th and conclude late afternoon on Sunday, September 27th.  Anyone wishing to receive certification must attend the entire workshop (beginning to end) and successfully complete the written examination in order to be considered for certification.

Lodging:  As a courtesy to participants, a block of rooms have been reserved at the La Quinta Inn & Suites in Cotulla at a rate of $89/day + tax through Sep. 15th.  Call 830-879-2200 and ask for Group Reservations (Group ID: D12-4H).  Registration does not include lodging for any participants, including agents.

As a county Extension agent, you should work closely with your 4-H volunteers to select those that can best support the 4-H Shooting Sports program in your county.  County certification of registration is intended to prompt you to work with interested volunteers to develop strategies for their support of the local program prior to their attendance.  Please take full advantage of the opportunity to work with them in advance, and clearly once they return from the training.

Online you can find a flyer that can be used to market this to your 4-H families.  It has been posted on the District 12 4-H website.  In addition, a direct email will be sent to all youth/adults in District 12 that have selected “Shooting Sports” as a project in the 2014-2015 program year.  County 4-H Coordinators will receive a copy of the notice to 4-H families.

Special Notice:  If anyone attending this workshop should need any type of accommodation to participate in this program or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Luis SaldaƱa (956-968-5581) or your local county Extension office by September 15th.

Featured One Day 4-H Service Project

TEXAS 4-H AND ONE DAY 4-H ANNOUNCES "FEATURED" SERVICE PROJECT FOR 2015


The Texas 4-H Youth Development Program is proud to be partnering with the Texas A&M Forest Service to help celebrate their 100th anniversary of protecting the citizens of Texas, and our country.  To help celebrate the Forest Service's anniversary, One Day 4-H will have a "featured service project" for the first time in the service events seven year history.  This project is a special, and we hope that we can count on at least one 4-H club or group in each county in Texas to participate during the 2015 One Day 4-H event to make it another historical milestone for both 4-H and the Forest Service.
To help celebrate the anniversary, the Forest Service is providing one Bur Oak Tree (the only tree that can grow successfully in all 254 counties of Texas) to each county to be planted on the courthouse square, at city hall, or other public property where the tree can grow and be appreciated for the importance of its purpose.
This project will be an educational event opportunity for 4-H members to work with the Commissioners Courts or City Officials to secure a location, invite the community to the planting event, educate attendees on the importance of Texas A&M Forest Service as well as Texas 4-H.  It also allows for the opportunity for 4-H members to work with Master Gardner's and Master Naturalist on the planting of the tree if they wish.  
Start today, and make a plan to Make a Difference in One Day, by signing up for this project.  There will be only one project per county, so it is first come first serve!  Decide quickly if you want to do as a County 4-H Council or as a 4-H club.


DEADLINE FOR SIGNING UP FOR THE TEXAS A&M FOREST SERVICE COMMEMORATIVE TREE PLANTING PROJECT IS

SEPTEMBER 11th

3D Archery Shoot - September 19

The event will be held here in San Angelo on Saturday, Sept. 19th.

If you have any additional questions, please make contact with the Leader on the flyer.  Directions and map to the new Shooting Sports facility can be found at our website at the Tom Green County Extension page under the 4-H Info tab  at:  http://tomgreen.agrilife.org/files/2014/02/4-H-Shoot-Spts-Map.pdf     

Claybusters August Meeting

Claybusters met on August 16th with 61 people present (31 members, 30 parents/adults). We re-capped our 2014-2015 season and outgoing president Reva Onderdonk installed 2015-2016 officers. Banana split review of building a good club. We discussed the upcoming 4-H Dance and raffle items needed.

Our leaders for 2015-2016 are Terry Olson, Mary Lawson and John Dean.

Submitted by Bradley Lindsey

SAVE THE DATE(S)!!

An FCS Project Leader meeting was held in August and the following dates were set:

October 27 - Food Show - 4-6 p.m. - Place TBD

November 2 - Food Challenge - Time & Place TBD

November 18 - Nutrition Quiz Bowl - 5-7 p.m. - Extension Meeting Room

December 21 - Duds to Dazzle - 9 am - Noon - Extension Meeting Room

January 28 - Clothing Leader Training - 6 pm - Extension Meeting Room

April 7 - Fashion Show - 4 pm - Place TBD

Some of the places are pending - this post will be updated as places are confirmed for each event!

If you have any questions, contact Connie Sheppard (c-sheppard@tamu.edu)


AQHYA World Horse Judging Competition


Rachel Fuqua, Grace Buschfort, Megan Feldman and Kaylee Acosta qualified to represent Texas 4-H at the AQHYA World Horse Judging Competition. 

The team won Reserve Champion in Halter and Grace Buschfort placed 6th high individual in Halter.

Congratulations, ladies!

State Recordbook Results

WOW! Comal County had FOUR recordbooks go to State Recordbook Judging on Monday, August 3rd and results are in!

Grace Buschfort - Horse - 1st place!

Caitlyn Homewood - Rabbit - 8th place!

Shelby Steinbach - Poultry - 1st place!

Jordanne Stetter - Clothing & Textiles - 4th place!

Congratulations, ladies - we are SO PROUD of you!


Food Challenge in Guadalupe County


Congratulations, Grace!

Grace Buschfort placed well in the Texas state 4-h horse show!

Halter geldings- 10th place
Western pleasure- finalist ribbon
Western horsemanship- finalist ribbon
Hunter in hand showmanship- 8th place
Hunter under saddle- Reserve Champion Buckle Hunt seat equitation- Champion Buckle Hunter flat division(over all flat English classes) reserve champion buckle


She came home with 3 buckles, a pair of custom Anderson Bean 4-h boots, and her picture in the 2016 program book (as class winner)!

Quality Counts Verification Required for all Texas Major Livestock Show

Quality Counts verification is required for all youth exhibiting livestock (market and/or breeding) at major livestock shows in Texas (including the Ft. Worth Livestock Show, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Star of Texas Fair in Austin, San Angelo Livestock Show, Sandhills Stock Show in Odessa, State Fair of Texas in Dallas, and Heart O'Texas Fair in Waco). The verification process will require junior exhibitors to pass an online test that measures their knowledge on quality assurance and character education content items.

The Quality County Program has now been in existence statewide for several years. Over this time, it has reached an average of 30,000 youth per year through the 4-H and FFA Programs. The program outcomes clearly demonstrate youth being more knowledgeable of best management practices associated with livestock projects. More importantly, the program's impact has demonstrated positive changes in personal character attributes as well as adoption of livestock best management practices.

Over these six years, Quality Counts has been supported and endorsed by every major livestock show in Texas. These livestock shows have been instrumental in helping market the program statewide and have also been a strong partner regarding the educational content developed for the Quality Counts Program. In addition, these livestock shows have fully endorsed this verification process.

Youth are able to go online to take the test and become verified. A verification number will need to be provided at the time of making an official entry into a Texas major livestock show. Thus, youth will need to have completed and passed the test before the major livestock show's entry deadline. A passing score has been determined to be 80%.

Youth exhibitors need only take the junior test (ages 8-13) once, and then the senior test (ages 14-18) one time, once they become senior-aged.

For more information, please contact the Extension office. To learn more about Quality Counts, including the verification process, please visit: http://qualitycounts.tamu.edu

Food Challenge at State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas is hosting a Food Challenge Contest this year! The contest is scheduled for Monday, September 28th and will have two contest age divisions (junior: 8-13 years of age, senior: 14-18 years of age).

Entry deadline is September 15th, and the team registration fee is $75. A complete set of rules and more information is available in the 2015 Exhibitor Handbook available at: http://bigtex.com/livestock/livestockshow/.

Hill Country Central 2015-2016 Officers

Congratulations to Hill Country Central's new slate of officers!

President: Payton Miner
1st Vice-President: Corey Friesenhahn
2nd Vice-President: Phillip Vineyard
3rd Vice-President: Chad Friesenhahn
Secretary: Jacob Timmermann
Treasurer: Tyler Vineyard

Reporter: Charlie Seiter
Parliamentarian: Bradley Timmermann
Health Officer: Mason Miner
Historian:  TBD
Council Delegates: Charlie Seiter, Tyler Vineyard, Jacob Timmermann
Alternate Delegate: Bradley Timmermann

Diaper Drive!


4-H Night at Minute Maid Park

Houston Astros Fans, make plans now to attend this year's Texas 4-H Night at Minute Maid Park on September 26th. Order your tickets in advance to earn money for your county 4-H program! http://texas4hfoundation.org/alliances/astrosbaseball/

4-H Day at the Ball Park

Bring the whole 4-H family for a fun night out at Globe Life Park to watch the Texas Rangers against the Seattle Mariners September 19th! Pat Green Post-Game Concert also that evening! Order your tickets in advance to earn money for your county 4-H program! http://texas4hfoundation.org/alliances/rangerbaseball/

Club Manager and 4-H Council Meetings for 2015-2016



Attention Club Managers and 4-H Council members, please save these dates!

September 2, 2015 - Council Meeting, Club Manager Meeting (both at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office)

November 4, 2015 - Council Meeting, Club Manager Meeting (both at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office)

December 2, 2015 - Council decorates courthouse tree (4:00 p.m. at the courthouse)

February 3, 2016 - Council Meeting, Club Manager Meeting (both at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office)

April 6, 2016 - Council Meeting, Club Manager Meeting (both at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension office)


Claybusters New Officers

2015-2016 Officers are:
President - Kaleigh Lawson
1st Vice-President - Cody Elbel
2nd Vice-President - Trey Fischer
3rd Vice-President - Andrea Hinojosa
Secretary - Colton Engel
Treasurer - Liam Ortman
Reporter - Bradley Lindsey
Health & Safety Officer - Kendall Jaroszewski
Council Delegates - Sydney Marburger, Aidan Ortman, Logan Dean

Submitted by: Andrea Hinojosa

Homegrown 2015-2016 Officers

2015-2016 Homegrown Officers
President: Jordanne Stetter
1st Vice-President: Ashley Fuqua
2nd Vice-President: Jenna Hall
3rd Vice-President: McKenna Hall
Secretary/Reporter: Jacey Hall
Health & Safety: Camryn Stetter
Historian: TBD
Parliamentarian: TBD
Council Delegates: Jordanne Stetter, Camryn Stetter, McKenna Hall, Jacey Hall

2015-2016 Comal County 4-H Council Officers



Congratulations to the 2015-2016 Comal County 4-H Council Officer team! Officers are:

Chairman: Shelby Steinbach
1st Vice-Chairman: Kaitlyn Smith
2nd Vice-Chairman: Payton Miner
3rd Vice-Chairman: Phillip Vineyard
Secretary: Kenzy Hoffmann
Treasurer: Megan Eckhardt
Reporter: Clayton Elbel
Historian: Ashley Fuqua
Parliamentarian: Bridget Martin
Community Service Coordinator: Presley Wirebaugh
District Delegates: Ashley Fuqua, Kenzy Hoffmann, Shelby Steinbach
Alternate District Delegates: Cody Elbel, Clayton Elbel