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

T-Shirt Design Contest for State 4-H Dog Show


Dog Validation - Due January 10, 2018

 January 10, 2018 is the deadline for Dog Validation on 4-H Connect.  


There are no fees and, similar to horse validation, we encourage members to validate any dog that may be eligible for them to show.

Dogs must be validated to participate in the Texas 4-H Dog Show on July 13-15, 2018 in Belton, Texas at the Bell County Expo. 



The 2018 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book is in the revision process and will be distributed as soon as that process is complete.  It will also be posted to the Texas 4-H web page http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/.

BROILERS arrive in January, 2018

County and San Antonio broilers will arrive on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Houston and Austin broilers will arrive on Friday, January 26, 2018.

Sherwood - December Meeting

Sherwood 4-H Club met on December 11th with 67 present (40 members and 27 parents/ adults). We participated in our annual Christmas party, white elephant and ugly Christmas outfit/sweater contest.
We collected blankets and jackets to send to SAFE shelter in Austin and Warm Coat.
Our next meeting will be January 9th at Bill Brown Elementary School.
Submitted by Kayla Wunderlich

Pictured are the participants in our tacky outfit contest!

District 10 Fall Roundup - Official Results

Nutrition Quiz Bowl
3rd place Senior Team - Nutrition Nerds: Kenzy Hoffmann, Magnolia Lind, Sarah Syamken, Presley Wirebaugh

Horse Quiz Bowl
1st place Junior Team - Comal County Spurs: Madelyn Hall, Avery Larios, Kate Wommack

3rd place Intermediate Team - Comal County Mavericks: Charlotte Anderson, Nathanael Hall, Jacy Welch

1st place Senior Team - Comal County Mustangs: Clayton Elbel, Ashley Fuqua, Jacey Hall, Bridget Martin

2nd place Senior Team - Comal County Wranglers: Cody Elbel, McKenna Hall, Peter Skrivanek

Food Show
Junior Grains 
Alexandra Kelley - 5th place

Junior Protein
Madelyn Hall - 4th place

Intermediate Dairy
Trey Hoffmann - 2nd place

Intermediate Fruits & Vegetables
Peyton Wirebaugh - 5th place

Senior Dairy
Kenzy Hoffmann - 2nd place

Senior Fruits & Vegetables
Jacey Hall - 2nd place

Senior Grains
McKenna Hall - 4th place

Senior Protein
Nahalie Stidhem - 3rd place

Educational Presentations

Junior Companion Animals
Flori Rosenthal - 5th place "How I Trained My Dog"

Senior Horse
Clayton Elbel & Ashley Fuqua - 1st place "So, You Want An Athletic Horse?"

Senior Safety & Injury Prevention
Cody Elbel - 1st place "The 'Kissing Bug' in Texas"

Senior Sheep & Goat
Kenzy Hoffmann - 1st place "Oh pretty sheep - Why are you so tough?"

Congratulations to all participants from Comal County 4-H!

Gruene Kountry - Learning cake baking and decorating!



Members of Gruene Kountry 4-H Club met on Tuesday, Dec. 12 for a Cake Decorating Class taught by Mrs. Carolyn Phelan.

The members learned how to bake a cake, make a buttercream frosting, and finally, how to frost and decorate a cake.  They learned how to use different decorating tips and practiced on one-layer cakes.

Thank you, Mrs. Phelan, for leading this class and passing on all of your cake knowledge!
Making a frosting dam
Frosting with buttercream
Using decorating tips




Finished cakes!

Capital Farm Credit

We wanted to let you know about TWO awesome opportunities from our friends at Capital Farm Credit!

Below is the information for the Capital Farm Credit Community Outreach Grant Program and the “What Agriculture Means to Me” Video Contest.

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Capital Farm Credit is committed to the communities we serve. As the largest agricultural lender in Texas, we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference.  A big part of our mission is to help rural areas grow and thrive by providing farmers and ranchers with the capital they need to make their businesses successful. By providing support at the local level, we're helping invest in the vibrancy of rural communities throughout Texas.

Community Outreach Grant
In 2018, Capital Farm Credit is unveiling a brand new Community Outreach Grant Program.  The program is designed to provide grants to Texas FFA chapters and 4-H clubs that have developed a project to better their community. The grant will range from $500-$1000; dependent on the proposed budget of the chapter. Funds will be awarded to assist club and chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make local communities better places to live.  Each proposal will be reviewed and scored by a grant review team.

The applications for Community Outreach Grants are available here, and the deadline for applications is March 1, 2018. All applications should be emailed to grants@capitalfarmcredit.com.   FFA Chapters or 4-H Clubs will be notified no later than April 1 if they’ve been awarded a grant. 

If you have questions regarding this grant program please contact grants@capitalfarmcredit.com


Video Contest
Each year, to celebrate Ag Day, Capital Farm Credit holds a contest for high school aged 4-H and FFA in Texas.  Students create a 30 second video to tell us “What Agriculture Means to Me” and uploads the video link to enter.  Winners are determined by online voting.  The video that receives the most online votes wins that high school student a scholarship, and their 4-H or FFA Chapter will also receive a donation.

    • First Place Student: $2,500 & their chapter receives $1,500
    • Second Place Student: $1,500 & their chapter receives $1,000
    • Third Place Student: $1,000 & their chapter receives $500
    • Corporate Selection: $1,000 & their chapter receives $500 (This is a new category this year. We will have a panel of judges to identify a video based on effectiveness of message and quality of video.)

Students can begin creating their video at any time, but they will not be able to upload or start receiving votes until February 1, 2018.  The contest ends on Ag Day, March 20, 2018. Stay tuned for a link to upload videos.


Capital Farm Credit is committed to supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  But we’re also committed to supporting the people and organizations who will continue the proud traditions we hold so dear.  We encourage you to share this information with your local 4-H Clubs and FFA Chapters.

Chicken Feeders and Automatic Water System for Sale

We have several chicken feeders and an automatic water system for sale.   If you know of anyone looking for these items we can be reached at 830-832-6706 or 210-825-6595.

The Timmermann Family

District Food Show Results

Congratulations to Junior Madelyn Hall who took Fourth Place in Protein at the District 10 Food Show, Jacey Hall for placing Second Place in Fruits & Vegetables Senior division, & Senior McKenna Hall for placing Fourth Place in Grains.

Madelyn

McKenna





Jacey



District Roundup Educational Presentations

Educational Presentations

SENIORS HEADED TO STATE!!!!
First Place Health & Safety - Cody Elbel
First Place Horse - Clay Elbel & Ashley Fuqua
First Place Goat - Kenzy Hoffmann

District Horse Quiz Bowl Contest

District Horse Quiz Bowl - Comal Senior Teams take First & Second - On to State!!
Cody Elbel, Peter Skrivanek, Jacey Hall, Ashley Fuqua, Clay Elbel, McKenna Hall, Bridget Martin
Junior First Place Team: Madelyn Hall, Kate Wommack, & Avery Larios
Senior Team Ashley Fuqua, Jacey Hall, and Bridget Martin
Intermediate Team Nathanael Hall, Jacy Welch, & Charlotte Anderson

Gruene Kountry - December Christmas Party

Gruene Kountry met on Sunday, Dec. 10 for our Christmas Party.  There were 59 items in attendance: 31 members, 4 siblings, and 24 adults.

We collected food donations and homemade stockings from members.  We filled the stockings with snacks and made soup kits in a jar.  We put everything in gift bags and they will be donated to Communities in Schools.

We then had a gift exchange and had refreshments.

Our next meeting will be on January 14 from 3 to 4 pm at the Extension Office.  Our guest speakers will do a presentation on robotics.


Submitted by Keene Kreusler

Measuring spices for soup kits

Assembling the soup kits

Filling stockings

Filling the goody bags




Ready to donate to Communities in Schools

District Food Challenge - December 8, 2017

Congratulations to the Junior Food Challenge Team, the Spice Wizards, for taking Third Place Nutritious Snacks in the District 10 Food Challenge competition.

Good job Samuel Hall, Ashley Dudzikowski, Madelyn Hall, & Berkley Bates!


3rd place Senior team: Celestial Chefs - consisting of Savannah Schwab, Reagan Hoffmann, Ty Schaeferkoeter, Camryn Stetter and Presley Wirebaugh!

ReFashion Retreat - February 9-11, 2018


































Registration for Re-Fashion retreat is open!  4-H members in 3rd-12th grade can register to attend the retreat on February 9-11, 2018.

Specialist, agents, and members of the Clothing and Textiles advisory board will be leading educational sessions throughout the weekend. Each camper will create a refashion project with items they purchase at the local Good Samaritan Ministries during the retreat. 

National Youth Summit on Healthy Living - Feb 16-19, 2018

Healthy Living: February 16-19, 2018

At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues including nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. National 4‑H Council and National 4‑H Conference Center have partnered with professionals in family consumer science and healthy living to host the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. Students are trained to create action plans to implement in their communities and teach other youth about what they have learned. The structure of the summits maximizes the amount of hands-on learning experiences and translates that learning to direct outcomes.
The National Youth Summit on Healthy Living takes place February 16 – 19, 2018. Summit fees include accommodations at the National 4‑H Conference Center, meals, educational programming and tours including a guided night time tour of the monuments and memorials in Washington, DC. All-you-can-eat meals are served at the Clover Cafe at National 4‑H Conference Center beginning with dinner on Friday, February 16 and ending with a box lunch on Monday, February 19, 2018.
National Youth Summit on Healthy Living – Registration will open November 27, 2017 and will close February 2, 2018.
Participants
This Summit is open to any high school student in grades 9-12. Participate as a team (as few as two and as many as 10) with at least one adult mentor/chaperone. There should be at least one chaperone for every eight youth participants. Youth interested in attending National Youth Summit on Healthy Living should contact leaders in their school, club, scout troop, religious organization or parent to identify an adult to register and accompany them at the event.

CCLS 4-H Club's December Meeting

CCLS will meet December 18th at 7 p.m. in the Extension Meeting Room. We will be making Christmas cards for the nursing home. Remember to bring your white elephant $10 gift card for our Christmas exchange!

Sherwood's December Meeting

The Sherwood 4-H Christmas party will be held during our meeting Dec 11th at Bill Brown Elementary School at 7 pm. 


We are doing a blanket and coat drive, playing games including a present exchange game, and making Christmas cards to send with the blankets. 

Youth Hunter Education Camp - January 19-21, 2018


Join the Texas 4-H Center in January for a Youth Hunter Education Camp!

At this camp you will learn hunter safety, hunting responsibility, and hunting laws and ethics. The camp is interactive with live fire sessions. All equipment provided.

This camp is designed to follow the Texas Parks and Wildlife Hunter Education Certification curriculum. All participants will be able to receive their basic Hunter Education Certification by attending the camp and completing the course requirements, which includes a final written exam.Each registrant for the camp will receive additional information concerning the camp and the Hunter Education Certification registration process.

This camp is open for 4-H Members from 9 to 15 years of age

Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarships - DUE JANUARY 19, 2018

The Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program and the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is once again pleased to offer to our senior high school 4-H members and current college students the opportunity to apply for an Opportunity Scholarship through the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation.  This year Texas 4-H members can apply for scholarships in three areas, baccalaureate, courageous heart, and technical. Former Texas 4-H members will be able to apply for scholarships through the collegiate scholarship program.  All applications and support materials can be downloaded from the Texas 4-H website at:  

Changes for the 2018 Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship Process
  • Texas 4-H will continue to accept both the old and new versions of SAT scores for the 2018 application process.
  • Applicants must work directly with their school administrators to ensure they have quartile ranking for their application. A quartile ranking is required to be considered for a Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship.
  • Scholarship Interviews will be conducted in College Station in May, 2018.
  • Dr. Toby Lepley will resume leadership as Scholarship Coordinator for 2018.  Please direct all questions directly to Dr. Lepley or your District 4-H Specialists.

The application and the instructions are separate documents for easier completion and direction.  The application form is being offered in Microsoft Word edition.

Due to a continued increase in incomplete and the incorrect completion of the scholarship applications from applicants, any incomplete or incorrect application submitted will not be considered.  It is the responsibility of the 4-H member and parent/guardian to ensure all information is correct and complete prior to submitting.  Absolutely no follow up or updates will be allowed once submitted.

Due dates and deadlines for 2018 Scholarship process are as follows:
November, 2017                                 Release of 2018 Application
November – January                          Scholarship Trainings
October                                                 Applicant can start completing FAFSA and receive report
January 19, 2018                                Application due to County Office
February 2, 2018                                 Applications due to District Office
February 16, 2018                              Applications due to State 4-H Office
April 13, 2018                                      Interview selection notification
May 4-6, 2018                                     Interviews in College Station, Texas
June 12, 13, &/or 14, 2018               Awards Assemblies/Banquets (College Station, TX)

Requirements for the Baccalaureate, Technical, and Courageous Heart Scholarships
All applications MUST meet the minimum requirements/criteria to even be considered for judging (see guidelines for complete details).  Those applications not meeting the requirements should not be submitted to the county Extension Office and/or Agent.

Trainings

The Texas A&M Collegiate 4-H Club will be hosting a face-to-face training in College Station on the campus of Texas A&M University on Saturday, November 18th from 9 am to 3 pm.  Registration is $20.00 per person and sign up can be completed on 4-H CONNECT until November 15th.  For other trainings check with your District 4-H Specialist to see about any district based training(s) might be held in your area. 

District 4-H Photography Contest - Deadline Feb. 1, 2018

CLICK HERE to see the entire packet!

Regular Registration for the District Photography Contest will be held on 4-H Connect January 22 to February 1, 2018. Cost for registration will be $5 per person. Late Registration is February 2-5, 2018 at a cost of $30 per person.

Each 4-H member may enter up to three (3) photos in SEPARATE CATEGORIES. You may not enter them all in the same category! Photos must be taken by the 4-H member between April 16, 2017 and February 1, 2018.

Read the packet to see how to submit the photographs for judging - how to format, label them, etc. The categories and their descriptions are in the packet, as well. Photographs must be uploaded into 4-H Connect (www.4honline.com).

This is a stand-alone contest and does not have anything to do with the State Photography Contest, which is open to senior-aged 4-H'ers only.

Gruene Kountry - November Meeting

Gruene Kountry met on November 12th at the Extension office.  There were 52 people there: 31 members, 5 guests, and 16 adults.

In the business meeting, we passed the updated bylaws and voted to make soup kits for CIS families.  We will make stockings and fill them with food to donate at Christmas.  We also talked about the Homemaking Fair deadline, upcoming stock shows, and our Christmas party.

Michael Syamken led the science activity.  We had four groups using the 2017 4-H science kits: making fitbits.  Each kit came with mini motherboards and materials.  We hooked everything up to laptops and saw the readings from the fitbits.

Submitted by Kasen Kreusler, reporter




Bulverde 4-H Club - November Meeting

The Bulverde 4-H Club held its monthly meeting on November 13, 2017.  There were 31 people in attendance, 18 members, 10 parents and 3 younger siblings.  We all brought non-perishable foods to donate to the Provisions Food Pantry in Bulverde.  For our program Mrs. Hoffmann and Reagan taught us how to make Stuffing in a Bag.  We all got to help make it and take some home.   Our next meeting will be held December 11.  Bring an ornament valued around $5.00 for a gift exchange. 

Cody Stricker

Reporter

Looking for Houston Livestock Show scholarship recipients

If your name is on the list below, please read this email!

1978 Donna   Duelm
1979 John Steven Lackey
1979 Phyllis Ann Boren
1979 Jeffrey Ralph Stapper
1982 Vicki Ann Munie
1982 Reginald John Stapper
1983 Charles Samuel Pender
1983 Carlon Anthony Stapper
1984 Donna  Kaderli Fuqua
1984 Mark Dale Haecker
1984 David Allen Hartman
1985 Delbert Wade Hollis
1985 Carolyn Fey Phelan
1987 Staton Michael Childers
1987 Robin Michelle Devin
1987 Shelley Suzanne Rogers
1987Roxane Holz Voss
1988 Kay Lynn Mc Neill
1989 Michael Brent Haecker
1989 Clay Patrick Mathis
1989 Korvan Charles Kreusler
1993 Richard Aaron Cummins
1993 Christina Batenhorst Finke
1994 Jason M. Hudson
1997 Elizabeth E. Walch
1997 Jinny L. Edwards
2001 Amanda   Dietert
2001 Grace   Preiss
2002 Reagan P. Johnson
2002 Amanda Elizabeth Owens
2002 Jackie   Townsend
2006 April   Asher

One of the missions of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo alumni task force is to reconnect Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLS&R) with all previous recipients of HLS&R Scholarships. The show is trying to contact over 8,500 scholarship recipients. 

Membership to the Alumni Association is FREE and the scholars listed above will receive, at no cost, a Life Membership to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (a $500 value).

Scholars may join the HLS&R Alumni Association by emailing the show at the following email address: alumni@rodeohouston.com. Please indicate in the email that you were contacted/located by Walter Campbell and Troy Luepke, CEA-AG/NR, Comal County.

You can contact Walter Campbell, alumni task force, with any questions:
Walter Campbell
1450 Copperfield Parkway, Suite 100
College Station, TX 77845
Campbell@ThePayneLawGroup.com
979-776-9800


Congratulations, Karson!

Karson Neuse placed 2nd in his Medium Wool class at the State Fair!

Rabbit Club Officers

The Rabbit Club elected officers. They are:

President McKenzie Dunivan
Vice-President Skyler Dunivan
2nd Vice-President Caitlyn Homewood
Secretary Megan Whitman
Delegates Colton Seidel, Courtney Myers

Comal 4-H Showmanship Clinic & Show

$10 per animal.

Teen Retreat - Deadline Dec. 22

Registration has opened for Teen Retreat, January 5-7, 2018. 4-H youth currently in 8th through 12th grade can register to attend. Agents, specialist, and former summer staff will lead educational sessions covering the topics of Survival Guide to Turning 18, Leadership in Community Service, Team building, as well as others. Below is a flyer with the retreat and registration information listed.

Random Acts of Kindness

This information was originally released at the District 10 4-H Conference and Council Meeting.


Below you will find the flier for the community service project as well as the “card” to be distributed when accomplishing the project. The Council Officers are extremely excited about this project and we are looking forward to seeing the posts on social media. If you would like the RAK card (Word file), let Janet know and she can send it to you.


National 4-H Conference - Deadline Dec. 15th

WHAT IS NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE?              
National 4-H Conference is the Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program. If you want to strengthen your leadership and/or citizenship projects, this is an excellent opportunity.

National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults--at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture--assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces.

As the sponsor for this conference, the National 4-H Headquarters--located within Families, 4-H, and Nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) --is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, national Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. Each delegate chooses an important societal topic to discuss in a roundtable situation with other delegates. From the roundtable discussion, the groups prepare a briefing to present to federal stakeholders. This experiential approach ensures that the conference is a meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants. Social activities in the evening, tours of Monuments and Museums and cultural entertainment round out the conference.

For a true youth view of the National Conference experience, please see the quotes below!

LOCATION:             
The 2018 National 4-H Conference will be held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. The Center is located in a quiet, 12-acre campus-like setting in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and one mile from the nation’s Capitol, making it the perfect gateway to Washington, D.C.’s leaders, monuments and museums. The Conference Center is operated by the National 4-H Council. To read more interesting history on the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, visithttp://www.4hcenter.org/center_history.html. Delegates will also have the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill and the offices of Congressman and Federal Offices.

WHO SHOULD APPLY?          
The National 4-H Conference requires youth who are focused and committed to working during the Conference and in their state. The Texas delegation will consist of 10-20 youth delegates, who will be required to engage in pre- and post-conference work and participate in all scheduled conference activities.  The minimum age requirement for a Texas youth delegate is 15 years old (must be by January 1, 2018). The maximum age for a Texas youth delegate is 18.

APPLICATION PROCESS:        
Applications must be submitted online and certified through 4HCONNECT by December 15, 2017. Choose ‘2018 National 4-H Conference’. A fee is NOT required to complete the application. County Extension Office personnel will certify the application, so please communicate with your Extension Agent of your intent to apply. Final selection of delegates will be made on the basis of the online application; you may be contacted for a telephone interview. The final selection of delegates will be announced on, or before, January 12, 2018.

COST:     
The delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals, and transportation costs is $2,000.00. This registration fee will be due on February 2, 2018 payable through 4-H Connect.

TEXAS DELEGATION MEETING LOCATION:          
The Texas delegation will travel out of Houston, Austin or Dallas (depending on the cost of airline tickets and the geographical makeup of the delegation). All travel costs to the airport to meet the group is the responsibility of the delegate.

PAST NATIONAL 4-H CONFERENCE PARTICIPANT COMMENTS:
The following comments are direct quotes from Texas 4-H members who have attended National 4-H Conference.
The 2016 National 4-H Conference overall was an amazing experience that I would recommend to anyone that has an interest in a hands-on view of the United States’ government, leadership, and culture. Overall, this opportunity helped to further my development in professional communications, networking, and collaboration within a diverse and accomplished group.
I believe it is safe to say that the roundtable sessions were a primary focus of the conference, as the groups would later be presenting to varying congressional committees. With that mentioned the roundtable session topics covered a wide range and included the interests of every participant. I was very involved in my topic, “The Importance of Agriculture” because it is my personal mission to be a leader in the agricultural community. Due to this, I was very pleased when our facilitator challenged us to search for the most important issues opposing the future of agriculture. This required outside research and use of my applied knowledge.  Shelby Lepley, Walker County, District 9
National conference was, without a doubt, one of my favorite 4-H experiences. I learned an immense amount about a plethora of different subjects. I got to work with amazing people from across the world and work with the government to improve subjects directly related to youth and America’s future.
Of course, I learned a large amount in preparing my briefing to the Department of State. I advanced my public speaking skills and my research skills in preparing for my briefing. Furthermore, I learned a lot about having to collaborate with a group in order to make a presentation excellent. Time management was also put to the test as we put together a lengthy and detailed presentation in a rather short amount of time. The workshops we attended were also extremely useful. I learned about various leadership styles as well as how to resolve conflict. Something I learned that particularly stuck out was about 4-H across the nation. The program varies significantly from state to state. Even though Texas program is by far the best, from what I learned, there are certainly things we can learn from other state's programs. Dylan Sione, Gillespie County, District 10
National 4-H Conference was one of the highlights of my 4-H career.  Being surrounded by so many like-minded 4-Hers who shared the same passion and love I have for leadership and service. The week was packed full of round tables, key note speakers, workshops, recreation and presentations. I would highly recommend National 4-H Conference to members who are ready to be pushed outside of their comfort zones in order to become a better leader. This was an experience I will always remember. The week began with awkward hellos to complete stranger from all over the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico and ended with bittersweet goodbyes. Lyndi Luttrull, Wise County, District 3

IMPORTANT DATES
·         APPLY NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 15!
·         DELEGATION ANNOUNCED JANUARY 13, 2018

·         REGISTRATION FEE OF $2,000 DUE FEBRUARY 2, 2018