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.

State Fair of Texas Virtual Contests

State Fair Exhibitor will have 3 virtual contests available.  Please use the worksheet and instructions below to enter these contests.

 

You will enter online, then bring your payment and hard copy worksheets to the office by August 19th.  We will have to verify entries and send hard copies for submission.

 

YOUTH ENTRY WORKSHEEt (click here)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

·         Youth livestock entries must include a current quality counts number.

·         A CEA/AST must approve, sign, and submit all youth entries online and mail COMPLETE hard copies with payment by applicable deadlines.

·         Submitting an entry application DOES NOT guarantee entry acceptance.

2020 competitive events hosted in Dallas:

• Youth market steers

• Youth market barrows

• Youth market lambs

• Youth market goats

• Youth market broilers

• Virtual Contests:

– Agri Science Fair

– Job Interview

– Public Speaking

 

2020 competitive events hosted in Waco in conjunction with the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo:

• “The United” Shows:

– Youth breeding heifers

– Youth prospect steers

– Youth purebred breeding gilts

• To make an entry in “The United” show, please visit HOTFair.com

(CLICK HERE) TO eNTEr ON THE sTATE OF tEXAS WEBSITE

NEW!! Texas 4HOnline 2.0 - Quick Family Sneak Peek - Coming August 15, 2020

4HCONNECT TO 4HONLINE, AUGUST 2020 TRANSITION

 

THINGS TO KNOW

• 4HConnect will be offline for maintenance August 1-14, 2020.

• 4HConnect will be renamed 4HOnline on August 15, 2020.

• 4HOnline will look different when enrollment opens on August 15, 2020. Family profiles, member profiles and login credentials will stay the same.

• 4HOnline is mobile friendly and easy to learn.

• 4HOnline will have better accessibility options.

• 4HOnline has major improvements in the payment, search, training, communication and report areas.

• Families will have to re-enter credit card information starting August 15, 2020.

• Every family account must have an email address. Visit google.com to create a free email account if needed.

• With any new program there will be issues to work out. The time period between August 15 to September 1 will be used to work those out

 
Please view this video to see a few changes. The website address will remain the same.
 
 
 
 

Junior Master Photographer/Photography Ambassador Workshops

Junior Master Photographer/Photography Ambassador Workshops

The Texas 4-H Junior Master Photographer (JMP) program provides advanced instruction to photography enthusiasts.  As a Junior Master Photographer, youth will be expected to return to their counties and districts to serve as teen leaders for the project. Additionally, Junior Master Photographers may be called upon by the County Extension Agent or 4-H Specialist to serve as photographers for various 4-H events and activities.  Only dedicated photography project youth wishing to expand their knowledge as well as service to others should apply for this opportunity.  In other words, youth do need to have a good working knowledge of their camera prior to attending this advanced training.

 

To be a certified Junior Master Photographer, candidates must:

 

 

Although there is no yearly performance requirement, Junior Master Photographers are expected to return to counties and districts to help expand their photography programs. They receive the Junior Master Photographer pin and certificate. Certified JMPs in 9th grade are eligible to apply to the State 4-H Photography Ambassador Program.

 

The JMP training consists of two one-day workshops.  Below are the details for both:

 

JMP Workshop I
Date:  Saturday, September 26
Location:  Dallas Research and Extension Center

Grades:  7-12
DSLR Camera Required

 

JMP Workshop II
Date:  Sunday, December 13

Location:  Dallas Research and Extension Center

Grades:  7-12
Must have attended Workshop I

DSLR Camera Required

 

Please see the PDF brochures of the JMP and Ambassador programs below.

Texas 4-H Junior Master Photographer

Texas 4-H Photography Ambassador Program

National 4-H STEM Challenge

National 4-H STEM Challenge

The 4‑H STEM Challenge, formerly known as the National Youth Science Day (NYSD), is an annual initiative to inspire kids everywhere to take an interest in science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on learning.  For the past 12 years, 4‑H has developed  fun, accessible challenges that shows kids how STEM skills can be applied to the world around them.  With the relaunch of the US space program, now is a perfect time to build upon that excitement. 

 

The race to land humans on Mars is on! The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

 

Order your kits today.  October is officially 4-H STEM month, so help shine a spotlight on this fast-growing project area.  There are two versions of the kit available this year.  The “Family-sized Kit” is suitable for 1-4 youth.  The “Educator Kit” is ideal for up to 12 youth.   

 

Order kits here.

Educational resources here

4-H AT HOME: CODING & COMPUTERS

4-H AT HOME: CODING &

COMPUTERS

Clear your mind and strengthen your body with this week's collections of 4-H at Home activities on mental and physical wellness! Don't forget to visit the links to learn more about the activity and check back every Monday for new ideas and hands-on, educational resources for all young people.

 

How is your program meeting the learning needs of children and families who are at home during COVID-19? Submit your efforts for an opportunity to be featured.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE FOURWARD FUND

FUNDRAISING FOR THE FOURWARD FUND 

The second round of promotional assets are now available on the MORC (Marketing Online Resource Center). The FOURWARD promotional toolkit includes talking points, customizable fundraising flyer, email signature template, and social media graphics and messaging.

VIRTUAL CONCERT BENEFITING 4-H

VIRTUAL CONCERT BENEFITING 4-H

The #FarmON Benefit Concert is the grand finale of the Farm Journal Field Days, serving as a ‘thank you’ to farmers and ranchers for their hard work and determination to keep our food system going.

 

Tune-in to the livestream on August 27th at 7 PM CDT / 8 PM EDT.

The concert benefits 4-H’s FOURWARD Fund, which helps provide resources and learning opportunities to kids when they need it most.

Summer & Fall Paper Clover, July 15-26 and October 7-18, 2020

Summer & Fall Paper Clover
 
It's time again for the Tractor Supply Co. Paper Clover campaign. The summer campaign will take place completely online. 4-H'ers are not being asked to take part in asking for donations at the store, but rather encourage folks to shop online July 15-26, 2020.  
 
Save the date for the fall campaign: October 7-18, 2020
 

2020 4-H STEM CHALLENGE KITS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

The 2020 4-H STEM Challenge, Mars Base Camp (developed by Google & Virginia Cooperative Extension) teaches kids how to use STEM concepts such as engineering, physics, computer science and agriculture. New this year: choose from family sized (up to 3 kids) or class room sized (up to 12 kids).
 
For a limited time only, receive $5 off each kit (limit 20 discounted kits per order) thanks to the generous support of the 4-H STEM Challenge national partner, Toyota. Order your kit now and the discount will automatically be applied at checkout.
 
 
SHOP NOW!  MARS BASE CAMP 4-H STEM CHALLENGE

2020 Federal Fall Youth Shotshell Program

Federal has launched a special Fall 2020 Shotshell Program –open Aug, 1st through Aug, 30th (to submit orders). Our Customer Service Team will input the orders as they receive them and we will be shipping all orders Sept 1st through Sept 30th. We encourage orders to be paid by credit card if possible and payment will be taken at the time of shipping. In order to expedite the ordering process please do not call in to provide the information unless requested to do so by a Federal representative. Order Forms, available products and ordering details are attached below.

 

*This is for ammo to be used in youth programs exclusively, and is not for resale.*

*Please note the 25 case minimum order restriction – you may mix/match products to get to the 25 case min.*

 

Reminders and Important Information to Review Before Submitting Your Order

 

1.     Order forms MUST be signed and dated certifying your age. If you submit your order without being completed our Customer Service Team will move onto the next order submitted to process so please complete the entire order including signatures in order to expedite processing. Please do not alter the order forms in any way, we must receive them completed and signed in order to process the order.

 

2.     We encourage orders to be paid by credit card. If you selected to pay via credit card our Customer Service Department will contact you to acquire the needed information to process your order.  Please allow them to contact you for payment when they are ready to process the order. Calling in early to give your information will only delay your order from being processed. We will take payment at the time of shipping so expect this to be in September.

 

3.     If your program is State Sales Tax Exempt you must submit the correct State Sales Tax Exemption paperwork declaring you program as tax exempt with your order.   (NOTE: your Federal 501C3 declaration letter is not the correct document.)

 

4.     Please do not post this program information publicly, it is exclusive to qualified youth programs only.

 
 

Explore 4-H Virtual Event

 

Awards Program Update

Awards Update

Our Virtual Awards will still take place on Thursday August 6th at 6:30 pm via Facebook and YouTube, however, due to a delay in production of many of the awards our pickup/photo op date will be pushed back. We are hopeful that the delay will be minimal and can host a pickup/photo day on Friday August 14th.  

Lamb & Goat Tags for Major Livestock Shows

To help with consistency and record keeping this year, we are introducing order forms for tag orders. No orders will be finalized without both the form and FULL payment. Orders are due directly to the extension office by Wednesday, August 26 @ 5pm.
 
Lamb and Goat validation tags will be available starting August 1st!

Cost is $18/animal and must be ordered and paid for by Wednesday, August 26th. 


Tags purchased after August 26 will be $30/animal.


You can submit the form and payment to the Extension Office by dropping them off in the black box by the front door or by appointment with the Extension Office (please call prior to arrival). You can also mail the form and payment to 325 Resource Dr., New Braunfels, TX 78132. It is your responsibility to make sure the mail arrives before the due date.

We are open 8-12 and 1-5, Monday through Friday.

**Validation will be some time in October - date TBA**
 


2020 State Fair of Texas


Titus/Coryell County 4-H Online Plant ID Contest

Teams online at https://www.judgingcard.com/ by August 26th
 
 
 

The Heart O' Texas Livestock Show


Mammen Family Public Library’s Career Day for Kids


On Monday, July 20th, Rachel Hall, Victoria Grissom, and Flori Rosenthal presented as part of the Mammen Family Public Library’s Career Day for Kids summer series. Rachel and Victoria talked about their backgrounds in agriculture and education, their jobs in the Extension Office, and the various programs available for children through curriculum enrichment. Then, Flori presented all about 4-H. Flori talked about the history of 4-H, the different clubs in Comal County, the variety of projects available for members to participate in, and how to contact the office. Flori also included a few Quiz Bowl questions to help show how much you can learn! Rachel, Victoria, and Flori were all excited to be involved in the Career Day for Kids and hope to be able to present again in the future. 
 

2020 Texas Sheep and Goat Expo - August 14-15, 2020


Comal 4-H Council Meeting Dates

Location and time is TBD.

2021 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Commercial Steer Show

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will be limiting the amount of the exhibitors in the Junior Commercial Steer Program for the 2021 Show. This decision was made due to facility and time limitations we have in conducting this contest. The first 160 contestants to submit an intent form will have a space reserved in the contest.

Electronic submission of intent forms will open Aug. 17, 2020 and will remain open until the deadline to submit intent forms of Sept. 15, or until we reach 160 contestants, whichever comes first. Once an exhibitor has received confirmation of a space being reserved in the program, they will be able to purchase their steers. Ear tags will be mailed to the exhibitor to include as the tag number for scale tickets. Each pen of steer will consist of three steers as in past years.

Additional information regarding scale ticket processes, the rules and the record book will be posted to the Livestock Exhibitor page of the website.

Should you have any new exhibitors for 2021 that you would like to add to the contact list, please email their information to livestock@rodeohouston.com with the subject line of "New JCS Exhibitor".

Fight BAC recipe contest

 

Did you spend time #AloneTogether perfecting your

 recipes? 

Do your friends want to know “how did you make that?”

Are you passionate about promoting food safety?

Enter your best 30-minute meal recipe, along with a high-quality photo of
your dish, between June 23 – August 17, 2020. Submit recipe here!
Click here for the Official Rules. Individuals are limited to two (2) entries.

Major/CCJLSA Turkey Order form


This year to help with consistency and record keeping, we are introducing order forms for all poultry orders and tag orders. The first order this will affect is Major/CCJLSA turkey orders.  

To order turkeys you must complete the form and make payment. Payments should be made to Comal 4-H Council. No orders will be finalized without both the form and FULL payment. Orders are due directly to the extension office by Tuesday August 18th @ 5 pm. There will be NO late orders accepted!

Remember this order only gets you the birds you must still register for livestock shows on November 4th, 5th, or 6th, exact time TBA.

2019-2020 4-H Awards Program


We are working on getting everything together for the awards program. We will be going virtual this year! On the evening of Thursday, August 6th, we will have a video premier on Facebook and YouTube Live. On Friday, August 7th we will have an award pickup and photo-op day at the Extension Office's new Amphitheater. We will be sending out a sign up for photo timeslots at a closer date.    

Club Scrapbooks Due July 22

Club scrapbooks are due to the Extension office on July 22nd.

District Record Book results

A special congratulations to Abigail Martin, Reagan Hoffmann, Ty Schaeferkoeter and Nahalie Stidhem for advancing to the state Record Book contest!



Awards Banquet


Due to current restrictions and the number of national qualifying events occurring the last week of July the awards program will be postponed. Be on the lookout for information on the new plan.

Virtual Texas 4-H Congress

While we can't learn about the Texas Government with a couple hundred 4-H youth in Austin this summer, we CAN learn virtually from a Texas Congressional member, a Lobbyist, and a Governmental Staffer on Facebook Live! We can also learn about what a bill is, how to write a bill, and what the Press Corps and Lobbyist positions look like for the 2022 Texas 4-H Congress in our zoom sessions led by Texas 4-H Council members and 4-H faculty! Even better - we CAN review bills written by 4-H youth that had already been submitted for the 2020 Congress. Additionally, if you or your 4-H'ers were Governor for a day, what would YOU support?  

Join us on Facebook Live Monday July 13th, Tuesday July 14th, and Wednesday July 15th at 10 AM on the Texas 4-H Facebook Page for live interviews with leaders in our Texas government as mentioned above. What have your 4-H youth always wanted to ask someone who works in our Texas government? You and your 4-H'ers can submit the questions we will actually ask in the live Interviews!  

Then, join us on Zoom at 10:45 AM Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday to learn more about Texas 4-H Congress and allow your youth to discuss submitted bills as if they were the 2020 Texas 4-H Congress Governor. Participation is NOT limited to 4-H members. 

Keep a watch on social media later this week for the announcement of who we will be interviewing.  

Submit questions and register for the sessions at https://forms.gle/ufJhqV21HiiBY9xN8 

The Zoom session links will be sent to registrants on the mornings of July 13, 14, and 15. 
 
Please note that this event is not limited to senior aged 4-H members only as Congress would have been. Both the Facebook live interviews and Zoom sessions are open to youth and adults, not just 4-H youth, of all ages. Some of the topics discussed may not be as captivating for junior aged youth as we will be addressing some of the actual bills submitted for Congress on the Zoom calls, but all youth and adults are welcome to attend.

Virtual Foods & Nutrition Camp

Link to register:
https://forms.gle/AhGVHcBZV8wA388s9

2020 Texas 4-H State Games Update


TAMU Summer Horsemanship Schools Go Online

Please help us spread the word to all Texas youth about this opportunity to get personalized horsemanship instruction through an online video submission from June 29th-July 6th.

 Youth simply submit a 2-5 minute video (https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Xi0beEA3Wba4gl) of themselves riding with information about what they want to learn/improve and a Texas A&M Summer Horsemanship School instructor will reply with useful training tips and feedback. Great practice for the upcoming State 4-H Horse Show! 

Upcoming Deadlines



Comal County Recordbook Results




Texas 4-H STEM Ambassador Applications



2020 Texas 4-H Advocacy Academy

Congratulations to Trey Hoffmann! He has been accepted to attend the 2020 Texas 4-H Advocacy Academy.