Brown County 4-H News and Updates

Dates to remember

March 1 – County deadline for Duds to Dazzle and Fashion Show

15 – Deadline to Enter Brown County Youth Fair Equestrian Show

15 – County Deadline Junior / Intermediate Photography

26 – Horse Validation for Brown County Youth Fair

Passes for the main stock exchange fairs

Major passes for the following stock shows have arrived at the Extension Desk: Houston Stock Show.

If you have registered for one of these shows and will NOT be attending or have any further questions, please contact Nick Gonzales.

Large stock show animal health regulations

Market animals do not need health papers.

All breeding animals such as: heifers, breeding sheep, breeding goats and breeding pigs must have health papers from a veterinarian within 30 days of exposure.

Austin Rodeo

All breeding heifers must have health papers from a veterinarian within 30 days of exposure.

4-H Rabbit Feeding Containers

If you purchased rabbit food from the extension office and you have containers, PLEASE return them to the extension office. Food cannot be distributed without containers and at the moment Mrs. Becktold does not have any containers.

Brown County Youth Fair Horse Show

The Brown County Youth Fair Horse Show will be held May 29 at the Brown County Rodeo Arena.

March 15 – Deadline to participate in the horse show

March 26 – Validation of horses at Rodeo Arena

May 29 – Horse Show at Rodeo Arena

Check back regularly for more updates and information. If you have any questions, please contact the extension office.

4-H contest deadlines

If you plan to enter one of these contests, contact the Extension Office before the deadline.

March 1 – District Duds to Dazzle and District Fashion Show (all divisions)

March 15 – JR/INT Photography

March 23 – Horse/Cattle/FCH Quiz

Texas Farm Bureau Scholarships

Texas Farm Bureau offers several scholarship opportunities provided by Texas Farm Bureau. Three of the scholarship programs available are for high school students who have not yet graduated:

TFB District Scholarship – (52 available)

TFB Young Farmer & Rancher High School Scholarship – (13 scholarships available)

TFB Dick Mitchell Memorial Scholarship – (1 scholarship available)

The scholarship application process is online through a portal called https://my.texasfarmbureau.org/Default?ReturnUrl=%2fHome. All scholarship information can be found on the Texas Farm Bureau website under the Youth Opportunities page. This includes deadlines, individual scholarship rules, eligibility, awards, and MyTFB. The direct link to the youth opportunities page is http://texasfarmbureau.org/youth/youth-opportunities/

All students applying for the above scholarships must be members of a Texas Farm Bureau family, with membership remaining current for the duration of the scholarship. To become a member of the Texas Farm Bureau, go to the following link: https://my.texasfarmbureau.org.

Click on “Don’t have a Membership” located in the “Sign Up” box on the MyTFB website.

All scholarship applications must be submitted online no later than midnight on March 1, 2022.

Central Texas Farm Credit Scholarship Opportunity

Central Texas Farm Credit will award five high school graduates a one-time $2,000 scholarship in 2022. Eligibility requirements include:

Applicant must be a high school student due to graduate in 2022.

Applicant must be a member of 4-H or FFA.

Applicant must plan to attend a two-year, four-year, or trades school.

The applicant must reside within the territory of the 19 counties of Central Texas Farm Credit.

Central Texas Farm Credit reserves the right to confirm eligibility criteria.

The FFA chapter or 4-H organization of the 2022 scholarship winners will receive a $500 donation. Recipients will be selected based on academic performance (GPA, ACT/SAT score), awards, community service, school involvement, extracurricular activities, essay goals, and grammar.

The deadline to apply is March 11, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Applications open for Brigade summer camps

Texas Brigades is accepting applications for its Summer Brigade Camps. The series of eight statewide camps is open to youth ages 13 to 17 who are interested in the outdoors. Participating young men and women are introduced to specific topics of stewardship, conservation and management over 5 days. Camp fees ($500) include meals, accommodations, gear and more.

Each camp is a comprehensive, hands-on educational camp on a conservation topic or theme and is limited to 30 participants. Themes include quail, deer, bass, fishing, marine life, waterfowl and farming. The Texas Brigades are now in their twenty-ninth year of hosting summer camps.

Texas Brigades summer camps provide young people with an intensive and exciting educational experience grounded in the important principles of stewardship of natural resources vital to Texas livestock, wildlife, and waters. Find more information about the Texas Brigades and their longstanding partnership with AgriLife at www.texasbrigades.org.

The dates and places planned for the 2022 brigade camp are:

June 10-14, Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, private ranch near Abilene.

June 12-16, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton.

June 18-22, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy.

June 25-29, South Texas Ranch Brigade – Duval County Ranch (Freer, TX)

July 6-10, Bass Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 13-17, Waterfowl Brigade, Pintail Club, Garwood.

July 18-22, Ranch Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 24-28, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.

July 26-30, Coastal Brigade, Sea Star Base, Galveston.

Apply online at www.texasbrigades.org/applications by the March 15 deadline. Interested youth will select “Cadet App”, select their camp preferences and answer questions about their interests and experiences. Adults interested in volunteering for camp will select “Adult Leader App”. Camp selections are made by April 15.

Texas 4-H Congress

The Texas 4-H Congress is a four-day (July 17-20) mock legislative experience for 4-H members in grades 9-12 (at time of event). During this time, 4-H members take on the roles of legislators, lobbyists, and press corps to gain a first-hand understanding of how the legislative process works. Bills written and sponsored by 4-H members address issues affecting Texas and Texas youth. These bills are assigned to the appropriate committee, debated in committee meetings, and then on the floor of the House or Senate. If a bill passes negotiation and legislative debate through all three stages, it is turned over to the Governor of Texas 4-H Congress for signature or veto. Copies of all bills enacted at the Texas 4-H Congress are provided to the Governor’s Office for review.

Texas 4-H Congress headquarters will be at the Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, 707 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78701. Registration fee of $350.00 includes hotel, meals, snacks and production costs. Other costs delegates may incur include transportation to and from Austin, meals en route to and from Austin, three (3) breakfasts in Austin, and incidental expenses.

If you would like more information on how to participate in the Texas 4-H Congress, contact the extension office.

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