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

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

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


2017-2018 4-H Council Officer Application Packet Now Available

CLICK HERE for the 2017-2018 4-H Council Officer Application Packet.

Be sure to read the description of each office and make note of all the dates you will be required to attend!

Council Officer Applications are due in the County Extension Office by 5 p.m. on March 29, 2017.

Bulverde 4-H Club - February Meeting

Bulverde 4-H Club met on February 13th with 17 present (10 members and 7 adults/parents). We had a very short meeting and for community service we framed pictures of animals to donate. Other items of special interest were the Youth Homemaking and Art Fair, sewing and the 4-H Fashion Show. 

Our next meeting is April 10, 2017 at Rahe Bulverde Elementary. We will not meet in March.

Submitted by Addison Markle, Reporter

San Antonio Food Challenge

Congratulations to Helena MacCrossan, who placed 4th in the Senior Food Challenge at the San Antonio Stock Show.

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.

Congratulations, Kolton!

Congratulations to Kolton Neuse, who showed the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb at the 2017 San Antonio Livestock Show. Way to go, Kolton!

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

San Antonio Horse Skillathon

Jacy Welch and Kate Wommack competed in the Horse Skillathon at the San Antonio Stock Show in the Junior Division.  Jacy Welch won 3rd Place. 



Jacey receiving 3rd place award.




















Kate and Jacey

Congratulations, Sherry Roach and Janet Sweet

Congratulations to Sherry Roach and Janet Sweet who were honored for their service to the 4-H program in Comal County at the State Capitol on 4-H Day. State Representative Kyle Biedermann read a statement about each of them on the House floor and had them stand in the gallery and be recognized. Sherry has coached 7 horse judging teams to national competition in her 11 years as a volunteer. Janet is in her 29th year of working with 4-H at the Extension office, and was a 10 year member of 4-H in Ottawa County, Ohio.

Texas 4-H Ambassador Program



2017 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Courses:

Texas A&M University - July 17-20, 2017 - Cost $250

Texas Tech University - July 24-27, 2017 - Cost $250

Selection Criteria:
- Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth who have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
- Students with a profound interest in animal science and animal production
- Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
- Top 25% class rank

Application Process:
- Applicant goes to http://tamuag.azl.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0JPBcTafCz8b52J
- Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
- CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
- A selection committee will review the applications and accept 25 participants per university

Applications are due June 2, 2017. Applicants will be notified by June 16, 2017 regarding application result.


New for 2017:
The course will still be headquartered in Gainesville, however a portion of the training will be held in Oklahoma City in conjunction with the NRHA Derby. Selected applicants will be treated to a behind the scenes educational experience of this storied event. Due to the difficulty in selecting applicants based on written information, 2017 applicants will submit a 2 minute video introduction and justification video along with their application.


2017 Texas 4-H Equine Ambassador Short Course:
Location: Lone Oak Ranch and Retreat, Gainesville, Texas
Dates: June 25 – June 29 , 2017
Cost: $250

Selection Criteria:
  • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her horse projects
  • Students with a profound interest in equine science and the horse industry in Texas
  • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
  • Top 25% class rank

Application Process:

  • Applicant goes to http://tamuag.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9U0Bxd2SnJcJnUx
    • Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
    • CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  • Applications are due May 1, 2017. Applicants will be notified by early June, 2017 regarding the application result

Close to Home - February Meeting

Reporter name: Nathanael Hall 
Club: Close to Home 
Date: 2/9/17 
Number of attendees: 21 members, 6 adults, 0 guests 

Our club had our valentine’s day party and had quick reminders for upcoming contests and the General WHEP class on 1st Friday of each month. 


Our next meeting is March 9th, 2017 at Tye Preston Library at 3:00 PM

Outdoor Challenge - June 16-18

This year’s contest will be held June 16-18, 2017 at the Seguin Outdoor Learning Center.  Registration will open on 4-H Connect May 1 and close on May 29No late team registrations.

The rules have been updated for 2017, and a new event, mountain biking, has been added.  The handbook and more information can be found at: https://goo.gl/yafsZ5



Gruene Kountry 4-H Club - February Meeting

Gruene Kountry held their February meeting yesterday, Feb. 12, at the Mission Valley Community Center.

35 people were in attendance (22 members, 12 adults, and 1 guest).

Our program was presented by members of our club.  Lane Golla gave a presentation on how to process bacon.  Michael Syamken shared how his family makes sausage.  He and his sister, Sarah, processed chickens that morning so they talked about how that was done.  Keene, Kasen, and Kendall Kreusler gave a speech on how to make panus and why it's a nutritious food source.
After the presentations, the members tried samples of dried sausage and panus.  Everyone  did a great job sharing how their families practice "Field to Freezer".

Lane Golla will be participating in the Commercial Steer Contest at the San Antonio Stock Show next week.  He shared information about the contest and gave the speech he will be presenting before the judges.  It was very educational.  Good luck, Lane!

Keene Kreusler gave a report on his experience at "4-H Day at the Capitol".   Keene, Kasen and ten other 4-Hers from Comal County attended the event and were recognized in the house/senate galleries.  They also got to visit with their legislators.

We finished the meeting with recreation.

Our next meeting will be Sunday, March 12.


Submitted by Kasen Kreusler 

Meats Judging Team Places 2nd at San Antonio!

Congratulations to the Meats Judging team consisting of Kenzy Hoffmann, Cody Elbel, Barrett Kerr and Clay Elbel, who placed 2nd at the San Antonio Stock Show Meats Judging Contest! Barrett was 3rd high Individual of the contest!

Bluebonnet 4-H Club - February Meeting

Bluebonnet 4-H Club met February 12th with 29 people present (17 members and 12 parents/adults). Our program, presented by Mrs. Lisa Skinner, was on Identifying the Mammals of Texas. Mrs. Skinner presented a slide presentation of the various mammals that live in Texas. She showed our club distinct characteristics of ocelots, bats, mountain lions, deer and other animals. At the conclusion of our program we tested our knowledge with an identification quiz. 

Members were reminded to read all rules for the upcoming CCJLSA and CCYHAF. Members were encouraged to sign up for the Duds to Dazzle workshop on Feb. 20. Members were encouraged to check out the newsletter for more county activities.

Submitted by: Peyton Wirebaugh

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!).

Roundup Accommodations

Planning ahead for your State 4-H Roundup accommodations? Here is some information that might help!

Texas 4-H Conference Center

Always wondered what you can do at the Texas 4-H Conference Center? Take a look at their video, which recently won the "BEST CAMP VIDEO" Best of Show Critic's Choice award during the 2017 Southwest Camp Conference!

To view the video visit YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXbutuK8t3c.  

2017 Summer Programs at the Texas 4-H Conference Center


Ronnie Wunderlich Memorial Scholarship - Due March 15th

For those of you who don't recognize the name, Ronnie Wunderlich was a long-time ag teacher and 4-H dad here in Comal County. This memorial scholarship is being offered on behalf of Mr. Wunderlich's family. They want to carry on his love for agriculture and education in the New Braunfels community.

They are honoring his service and commitment by giving scholarships annually to college-bound students from Comal County who exhibit the leadership skills and character that he valued.

This scholarship is available to current senior FFA and/or 4-H members in Comal County. Please use a generic scholarship application and include a written statement highlighting your activities and involvement.

Scholarships are due to the Extension office by March 15th.

CCJLSA 2017 Scholarship - Due May 1st

From the Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association:


Below is the link to the information for their annual scholarship. Application is due by May 1st with the participation form for at least 2 of the 4 years in High School. Applications will NOT be considered if you do not have the correct information.

CLICK HERE for the packet!


WHEP at the Fort Worth Livestock Show

Twelve members of the Comal County WHEP Team competed at the Ft. Worth Livestock Show Wildlife Contest.  The event was held on Monday, January 16, at the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.

In the junior division, Nahalie Stedham, Grace Gambrell, Layne Horak, and Abby Craun won First, Second, Third, and Fifth as individuals.

The top three junior teams were all from Comal County!

Nahalie and Grace were Grand Champion.  Layne and Layton Hemann won Reserve Champion.

Abby and Jackson Craun won third high team.  

In the senior division, Hannah Kolb and Miranda Horak placed third and fifth as individuals.  Hannah and Christian Estill were the third high senior team.

James Allen, Wyatt Skrivanek, and Marlys Baldwin also did a terrific job in a difficult contest.

Congratulations to the entire WHEP team for their hard work and dedication to this challenging project.  Next week, the team will begin preparing for the Houston Livestock Show Contest.


Upcoming District Contests!

District Meats Judging Contest – San Angelo State University Meats Lab
Registration on 4-H Connect: March 27 – April 5, 2017 @$10/individual
Late Registration: April 6 ONLY @ $35/individual
Contest Date: Wednesday, April 19th – beginning at 1:00 p.m.

SPRING ROUNDUP:
All contests are $10 entry per individual, except Livestock Judging (see below).

Registration: On 4-H Connect March 27 – April 5, 2017; Late Registration will be April 6th ONLY @ an additional $25 charge.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
7:30 a.m.          Soil Judging – Gillespie County Fairgrounds
8:00 a.m.          Range & Pasture ID – Gillespie County Fairgrounds
                         Range Evaluation – Gillespie County Fairgrounds
1:30 p.m.          Mohair & Wool Judging – Gillespie County Fairgrounds

Friday, May 5, 2017
8:30 a.m.          Duds to Dazzle – Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
9:00 a.m.          Storyboard Judging
12:45 p.m.        Fashion Show – Fredericksburg United Methodist Church ** New this year: When you register on 4-H Connect you must have a narrative prepared to enter online!

Saturday, May 6, 2017
7:30 a.m.          Livestock Judging ($20 each, includes lunch) – Gillespie County Fairgrounds
                         Small Bore Rifle Contest – Wilson County Fairgrounds, Floresville – indoor – 50 foot                          competition. Liability form required for each participant!
3:00 p.m.          Educational Presentations – Fredericksburg Elementary School

                         Share-the-Fun – Fredericksburg Elementary School

State Photography Contest - Seniors ONLY - March 10th

State 4-H Photography Contest Rules and Guidelines are posted on the state 
4-H web site at:
http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/Texas4H_Photo_Rules.pdf

The objectives of the photography project are:
- To develop skills in composition, light, story line, posing, and awareness.
- To encourage 4-H members to use photography as a meaningful communication tool in their lives.
- To provide a photography project showcase opportunity for senior 4-H members.
- To continue to share the message of 4-H.
- To utilize photographs which can promote and strengthen the 4-H program.

This contest is for senior-aged 4-H members (9th through 12th grade) ONLY. 

You will need to email your photographs INDIVIDUALLY as attachments to jlsweet@ag.tamu.edu. Please specify the photo's category in the subject line of the email! We are only allowed to submit one photograph per category to the State contest, so this necessitates a county contest. County entries are due by March 10, 2017. Winners will be notified on or before April 1, 2017, which is when 4-H Connect opens for the State Photography Contest.

Please be sure to enter your photographs in the appropriate category! Decisions of the judges are final.

What Does Agriculture Mean to Me? - March 20th Deadline

Contest Rules:
- Video must address the question "What does Agriculture mean to me?"
- Entrants must hold membership in a Texas 4-H or FFA chapter and be considered a high school student (current freshman to senior).
- Video must be uploaded to YouTube or Instagram first. Paste the video URL when entering contest.
- Video can be raw footage or edited.
- Preferred video length is 30 seconds or less.
- One entry allowed per entrant.
- Videos become the property of Capital Farm Credit.
- Entrants certify they have permission of all adults shown in each video and the permission of parents for all minors shown in each video (as applicable).
- The deadline to submit (and vote) is March 20, 2017. (Hint: The earlier you post, the sooner you can start promoting your video!)

Prizes:
- Winners will be announced March 21, 2017 based on number of votes. Voting is open to the public, one vote per user per day.
- TOP FIVE VIDEOS: Individuals receive $1,000 scholarships. Their 4-H or FFA chapter receives $500 donation.
- TOP VIDEO: Individual receives additional $1,500 scholarship ($2,500 total). Their 4-H or FFA chapter receives additional $1,000 donation ($1,500 total).

How to promote your video:
- Share the link to your specific video on personal social media and email channels.
- Enlist your friends, family and 4-H or FFA chapter to help! (Be sure to share your specific link!)

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Ft. Worth Equine I.Q. – Monday, January 16, 2017





Camryn Stetter, Ashley Fuqua and Jacy Welch competed in a very competitive Equine I.Q. Contest. Jacy Welch won Reserve Champion in the Junior Division and Ashley Fuqua placed 8th in the Senior Division.  Congratulations, Ladies!

Fayette County Whiz Bang




District 7 Shooting Sports Coach Training/Certification - Mar. 11-12


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

Where is the training held?                  Texas 4-H Conference Center
5600 FM 3021
Brownwood, TX 76801

When will it be?    March 11-12, 2017
·        Events begin at 8:00am on March 11th
·        Tentatively, events end at noon on March 12th

How much does it cost?
·        Early bird (before Feb. 28th): $120
·        Late (March 1st-5th): $180
·        Lodging is available for an additional cost:
o   Hotel-style lodging: $80/night
o   Dormitory-style lodging: $24/night

Registration details:
·        Register via the Texas 4-H Center’s registration website: http://texas4hcenter.tamu.edu/  (NOT 4-H Connect!!)
·        Registration will open February 1st and close March 5th
·        Registration includes meals and course materials
·        For questions about online registration and/or lodging, please contact the Texas 4-H Conference Center at 325-784-5482


Additional details:
·        Only one discipline certification (archery, pistol, rifle, or shotgun) is obtainable per participant at this training.
·        Tentative schedule, what to bring list, and release forms can be found on the 4-H Center website and will be sent to each participant in a confirmation e-mail.
·        Please Note:  Even though registration will be done through the 4-H Center Registration System, all participants still MUST have an ACTIVE Profile in 4-H Connect and have passed the Background Check PRIOR to participating in the training.  (This will be checked!- NO EXCEPTIONS)

Please note the different registration types and fees:

Adult Leader/Coach Candidate
Adult leader seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH. - $120
Assistant Coach-Adult (age 18-20)
Adult Leader less than 21 years of age seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach. - $120
Assistant Coach-Youth (age 14-18)
Youth 4-H member seeking certification as an Assistant Shooting Sports Coach. Must be accompanied to training by a previously certified Shooting Sports Coach OR an Adult Leader/Extension Employee participating in this training. Must be 14 years of age or older by September 1 of current 4-H year. - $120
Extension Employee
Seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH - No Charge
Previously Certified Coach-ONLY Accompanying a youth Assistant Coach Candidate (under the age of 18).
Seeking training and Shooting Sports Coach certification. May also accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). MUST BE MINIMUM 21 YEARS OF AGE TO BECOME A CERTIFIED SHOOTING SPORTS COACH-No Charge
Not seeking certification. Must be a previously certified Texas 4-H Shooting Sports Coach, AND must ONLY be participating in this training to accompany an Assistant Coach Candidate (who is under the age of 18). - No Charge



TENTATIVE AGENDA
Saturday, March 11, 2017

8:00 a.m. -Participant Check In
9:00 a.m. - Discipline Trainings
12:00 noon - Catered Lunch
1:00 p.m. - Discipline Trainings
6:00 p.m. - Catered Supper
7:00 p.m. - Green Injection - An Orientation to the 4-H Program and Youth Development
9:00 p.m. -Discipline training will potentially continue on the Range or in the Classroom (individual disciplines will continue at various time frames depending on coverage of materials – be prepared to work into the evening)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

8:00 a.m. -Continue Discipline Trainings and Testing
12:00 noon -Depart for home

What to Take As a Training Participant:

Everyone attending should take the following:
·        3-ring binder (2" or larger recommended)
·        writing materials and extra paper for notes
·        highlighters if you use them for stressed points
·        eye protection (shooting glasses or goggles) – recommended for archery, mandatory for shotgun, rifle and pistol
·        ear protection (plugs or muffs) -mandatory for shotgun, rifle and pistol
·        comfortable outdoor clothing, including a cap or hat suitable for the prevailing weather and be prepared for inclement weather
·        sunscreen
·        range chairs if desired
·        snacks and drinks between meals if desired
·        open mind ready to learn and share

Shotgun discipline participants:
·        20 or 12 gauge shotgun, any action type
·        Ammunition pouch or vest
·        Ammunition

Archery discipline participants:
·        All shooting equipment will be provided at the training
·        Personal bows may be taken and used at the discretion of the Instructor
·        Bring a whistle

Rifle discipline participants
·        Bring a target rifle if you have one.
·        Instructor will have a few available
·        50 rounds of ammunition

Pistol discipline participants
·        Bring a small caliber pistol
·        Instructor will have a few available
·        50 rounds of ammunition