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.

Lampasas County 4-H - 3rd annual Rabbit Palooza - October 20

**Update**

Our Rabbit Palooza show is still scheduled for this Saturday!  We’ve had a lot of rain, but the barn will be dry.   We also wanted to let everyone know that we will have a concession stand for those that would like to eat breakfast, lunch, and snacks.


 



Texas 4-H - Wool & Mohair Judging - Coaches Training



Fall Fest Cancelled


Due to impending inclement weather and the condition of the Extension grounds, Fall Fest is cancelled for tomorrow.  

We will send out more information next week on the possibility of rescheduling.

Texas 4-H Center - Upcoming Retreats


Please click the link below for upcoming retreats at The Texas 4-H Conference Center!

https://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/files/2018/09/2019-Fall-Winter-Programs02.pdf


Texas A&M Soil & Crop Science Scholarships

The Soil & Crop Science Department at Texas A&M University has a great opportunity for students wanting to major in Plant & Environmental Soil Science and Turfgrass Science.  The department is awarding $16,000 scholarships to incoming freshmen and $8000 scholarships to transfer students.  Please see below for information about the scholarships and the application process. You can also find the information at this link: http://soilcrop.tamu.edu/academics/scholarships/

 Also see below for the Major Pager pdf that describes the degrees and career possibilities of Plant & Environmental Soil Science and Turfgrass Science majors.











2017-2018 IRS Filing Instructions for Texas 4-H Club/Group 990 Forms


THE DEADLINE FOR IRS FILING FOR ALL 4-H CLUBS/GROUPS IS JANUARY 15, 2019.
 
THE PROCESS OF FILING AN IRS 990 FORM IS REQUIRED OF EVERY 4-H CLUB/GROUP THAT HAS AN ACTIVE EIN, REGARDLESS IF THE CLUB/GROUP IS MANAGING ANY MONEY.
 
 

 

2018 Archer County White Tail Tune-Up








Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign Results


For the first time ever the Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign raised over a million dollars in a single Paper Clover campaign.  The final total nationally was $1,032,711, the highest ever! 

State totals are below.  Texas, of course, blew everyone out of the water!  Thank you so much for all your support on the local level!! 

Please note that this is the preliminary final total.  TSC double checks all the data  before issuing our check and the number usually shifts slightly (usual up). So the amount listed below may shift by a few dollars.  I’ll send out a finalized total with the store breakdown in the next couple of weeks as TSC shares that information with us.  Thank you again! 

3rd Annual Special Hearts Livestock Show - December 2

 

Please see the forms below for volunteering or participation. Please call the office at (830) 620-3440 or email comal-tx@tamu.edu for additional information.

 
 Donation Letter for businesses.


Close to Home 4-H Club - One Day 4-H

Close to Home 4-H Club had their one day 4-H on Thursday 10/11/18. The club cleaned the river, learned  to kayak and learned fishing skills. The river was cold, but the kids had a great time and even caught a few fish and leaves!
 

District 7 Livestock Shows



Southern Meat Pen & Single Fryer Classic - May 11, 2019

 

Bluebonnet 4-H Club - September Meeting Report


Bluebonnet 4-H Club had its first meeting on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at the River Chase Clubhouse.  There was a huge turnout with standing room only. After the motto, pledge and prayer, there was an introduction of the 2018 officers.  
During the business meeting, items discussed were awards left from the summer banquet, budget proposal, all of the activities available to you in 4-H, Poinsettia Sales, expanding the archery program, etc. 
The 4-Hers split off for an icebreaker while the parents got together with the club managers for a Q&A session. 
Everyone had refreshments and the Meeting was then adjourned. 
Our next meeting will be held on October 14th at 3 pm at Hoffmann Lane cafeteria in New Braunfels.

County-wide Community Service Project - Due November 12

The fall county-wide community service project this year is Operation Christmas Child. Operation Christmas Child is a program run by The Samaritans Purse. The idea is that you fill a “shoebox” with toys, hygiene products, school supplies, etc. and send it to children in third-world countries who don’t get a Christmas like we do. Your club managers a list of all the supplies needed to fill two boxes (one boy and one girl). If your manager did not get a list just let me know at the next council meeting. I will be providing the boxes, so all you have to do is bring the supplies. There is a donation box at the Extension Office if you are not able to deliver it to me in person. ALL items are due by November 12. Please enclose your boy and girl items in separate disposable bags when you drop them at the Extension Office. 

Please contact McKenna Hall at the email below if you have any questions.
 

Volunteer Appreciation Picnic - October 13

 
**Reminder**

Broiler orders, Majors and County Shows, Due October 10th


Broilers now on sale for all majors and county shows, $1.50 per chick.
    **Note**  For Comal county show, each exhibitor must order 50 birds.

Broiler Show Dates for SA and County are as follows:
 
·         San Antonio - February 20, 2019 (6 week old bird)

·         Comal County Show - February 27, 2019 (7 week old bird)
  o   Broilers for the 2019 CCJLS will come from the San Antonio hatch.

You must come in person to the Extension office to purchase your tags (exact change or check made payable to Comal 4-H Council).
Remember we're open 8-12 and 1-5, Monday through Friday. 

Paper Clover Campaign - October 3-14

From Oct. 3 to Oct. 14, Tractor Supply customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by purchasing a paper clover — the signature emblem of the National 4-H Council — for a donation during checkout at stores nationwide or by making a purchase online at TractorSupply.com.
 

Validation Dates - Updated!


Lamb & Goat Validation Updated!

October 18 - Smithson Valley High School - 1pm - 5pm

October 22 - New Braunfels High School - 2pm - 6pm
   (make up date)

Heifer Validation
October 23 - Canyon High School - 1pm - 4pm


Swine Validation
November 15 - 1 pm - 4 pm - Extension hog barn (with NBHS FFA)


Steer Validation
June 18 - 8 am to 12 noon - Comal County fairgrounds - DONE!

4-H Food Challenge Video Tutorial

Please see the link below for a helpful tutorial on Food Challenge!
 
 

4-H Week Proclamation

Recognizing October 7-13, 2018 as National 4-H Week in Comal County!
Thank you to our Comal County Commissioners for their continued support of 4-H!

 

District 11, 4-H Shooting Sports Coaches' Training - Markham - December 8-9, 2018




2018/19 Youth Accessories Program Oct, 1 2018- May, 31 2019



Fall Estate Youth Shotshell Program Aug 1, 2018 – Dec 1, 2018



Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training - Stephenville - October 27-28, 2018

**Reminder**  Sign up open until October 12th. 



We’re pleased to announce that District 8 4-H will be hosting a Shooting Sports Coach Certification Training for Archery, Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun in Stephenville on October 27-28, 2018. 


See the attached flyer, website, and/or participant information letter for more details. 

This training is open to any potential coaches across the state.

  • Registration will be conducted through 4‐H Connect.
  • Look for 2018 D8 4-H Shooting Sports Coach Certification (Stephenville) (Open state-wide)
  • Registration will be open starting September 24 and closes October 12, 2018.
  • Please pay close attention to the deadline!
  • Cost is $120
Participants MUST have completed and passed the Background Check PRIOR to registering for the event, so if they have not completed this, they should do so IMMEDIATELY! NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

Additional details:

  • Registration will cover meals and course materials.
  • Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun) is obtainable per participant per training.
  • Lodging will be the responsibility of the participants.
  • Event will begin at 8:00am on Saturday, October 27 and tentatively end at noon on Sunday, October 28, 2018.
  • Tentative schedule, what to bring list, and release forms can be found on the website. Additional details will be sent to those that register.
Visit the website to view more details (including lodging information):


 

Quality Counts Release

Update**

If anyone has had trouble with Quality Counts, the website has had technical difficulties, but at this point, the site is back online and ready for use.

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***EVERYONE must re-take the Quality Counts exam this year. This is an intensive course and may take 2-6 hours to complete. Each child's log in requires a separate and different email address.

·         Exhibitors will access the course and exam at a new website:  https://www.texaslivestockvalidation.com/qc/qcregister.aspx
·         Exhibitors will be able to start and revisit the curriculum as many times as needed.
·         Exhibitors will have to complete the test once it is started.
·         Exhibitors must achieve 80% or great to pass the exam, but can take it as many times as needed.

Guadalupe County 4-H Sumobot Competition - December 1

The Guadalupe County 4-H Robotics Club would like to invite your robotics team to our Sumo Bot contest on Saturday, December 1.  See the details below.
 


2019 Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair - March 1, 2019

 
The 2019 Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair Rules and Entry Form are now available on our website.  You may access them through the links below.
 
 
 
 

Texas 4-H Shooting Sports National Team Application - deadline of September 27th

**Reminder - Application due Thursday, September 27**
 


Texas 4-H Shooting Sports National Team Application
 
The application for the team that will represent the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Program at the national championships in Grand Island Nebraska is now open on 4-H Connect.  Please have the prospective team members go to the shooting sports webpage (https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/shooting-sports/ )and read the “Texas Team Application Information” before they fill out the application.  It is under the “National Championships and Texas Team” heading.  The deadline for application is September 27, 2018.  To be considered, all applications MUST be in by that date.
The date of the match in Grand Island is June 23-28, 2019.  
There will be a mandatory Team meeting in February 2019 at the 4-H Center in Brownwood for the participants that have been selected.

County qualifying events to advance to District 10 4-H Fall Round-Up


Below is the link to the District 10 rules for all contests held at Fall Round-Up. 


Some contests require a county contest. Here are the county guidelines for each contest. 

1.   Food Challenge – You must compete at the county contest and the top two (2) teams in each group will advance to District.

The County Food Challenge is Monday, October 29, 2018 @ 4:30, located at the Westside Community Center.

      To enter the county contest, please provide your team names (with individual team members) to the office by Monday, October 22, 2018. Please enter this information using Google Docs at Food Challenge Sign-up Sheet 

2.   Food Show – You must compete at the county contest and be first in your category and advance to District.

      The County Food Show is Sunday, November 4, 2018 @ 3:00 pm, located at the Extension Meeting Room.

      To enter the county contest, using the google doc link below, enter your name, grade, division, and category by Monday, October 29, 2018.


3.   Quiz Bowls – All quiz bowl teams can go directly to District without competing at county. Please register for District on 4-H Connect. 

4.   Entomology – Everyone can go to District. Please register on 4-H Connect at the appropriate time. 

5.   Educational Presentations & Public Speaking – Everyone may go to District; no County contest. Please register on 4-H Connect at the appropriate time. 

**Important**

All contestants must have eligibility forms filled out and turned in to us 1 week before the county event. If you advance to District, turn in your eligibility form to us by November 19th.   

(County and District event) to complete at District in ANY contest.   

This form and instructions can be found at the link below.


 

 

Guadalupe County Fair Food Challenge- October 14