2021 Public Presentation Confirmation emails have been sent out.

If you think you should have received an email and did not, please contact Tanya ASAP. patrie@njaes.rutgers.edu

The deadline to upload video recordings is Monday, March 15.
Late entries WILL NOT be excepted.

The 4-H office is looking for volunteers (8th grade to adult) to serve as virtual Room Host for our Zoom Presentation Nights. We are also still looking for volunteers to assisting in judging the record video presentation. If interested in participating in either contact Tanya (email above).

Empowering Young Women: A Live Discussion
Register: https://go.rutgers.edu/nt8n3447

Join @scnj4h on March 9 from 7 pm to 8:30 pm for a live panel discussion and Q&A joined by successful New Jersey women who will share their stories and inspire tomorrow’s pioneers to accomplish their goals and forge their own path. Topics covered include female empowerment, social responsibility, local leadership, and using your voice to initiate change.

With varied backgrounds in different branches of government, law enforcement, STEM, business, and arts – our diverse panel of speakers include Kayla Rowe, Officer Shannon Snook, Dr. Karyn Malinowski, Dr. Nada Boustany, Doris Zampella, and Stephanie Moench.

This event is open to the public for anyone in 6th grade or higher.

For more information about this event, visit the Somerset County 4-H website here: https://4histops.org/events/empowering-young-women
#choosetochallenge #IWD2021

2021 South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference :
Be Torchbearer

The teen and adult members of the South Jersey 4-H Teen Conference Planning Committee invite you to join us for EMPOWERED TOGETHER WHILE APART, a virtual teen conference on Saturday, March 20th. The conference will take place via Zoom from 9:45 am to 1:00 pm.

This half-day conference is open to teens in 8th grade through one year out of high school who would like to come together with other teens to be inspired, see old friends and make new ones, learn new life skills, share some laughs, and feed your soul (and your belly!).

Highlights include:

  • Renowned Keynote Speaker Rhett Laubach, BE A TORCHBEARER!
  • Two sessions of empowering workshops on mindfulness, upcycling DIY, decluttering tips, and how to strengthen your mental health and financial muscles.
  • Create your own Buddha Bowl lunch with the help of Globetaster 4-H STEP Club chefs
  • Our conference wrap-up will be a fun compilation video starring YOU! Submit a 10-15 second TikTok-like video on one change you can make or one thing you can do to help the environment.
  • Each participant will receive an AMAZING conference swag bag!

For full details click here, including a save-the-date flyer, conference agenda, speaker’s bio, workshop descriptions, and Buddha Bowl lunch activity flyer.

Be a part of this awesome event by registering at: https://go.rutgers.edu/qaz2uarz
The conference registration deadline is MONDAY, MARCH 8th!

The cost of this conference is $30.00. Please send payment by Friday, March 12th to:
Sharon Kinsey
312 Douglass Avenue
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

Thanks, and don’t hesitate to contact your county 4-H staff for more information.

Be A Better You

Are you ready to “Be a Better You” in 2021? Join New Jersey 4-H to embrace all four of the H’s as we take on a 10-week challenge. Build skills, change your mindset, get involved in service, and improve your health!

Share your progress, interact with other participants, and get recognition for your accomplishments with us on our private Padlet board.

Let’s start 2021 by Making the Best Better!

Registration Link – Be A Better You

Junior Breeder Symposium – Saturday, March 27

This year’s NJ Junior Breeder Symposium will be held online, via Zoom, from 8:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 27 (NO fee this year).  We have put together an all-star line-up of Rutgers professors, veterinarians, animal care professionals, graduate students, and volunteers.  

Registration deadline is March 15.
Register today (it’s FREE) to learn about animal care, behavior, training, breeding, showmanship, and more through three interactive sessions that you choose!  Our experts will engage both youth and adults through live demonstrations, discussions, illustrated talks, and games.

Sessions are designed for those interested in horses, cattle, sheep, goats, and rabbits.  There are also some more general sessions that are useful for those in any animal project.  Full descriptions of each session can be found on the Junior Breeder Symposium web page. Once you proceed to the registration page, you will be asked to choose one session from each time slot.

All Youth and Adults Must Register by March 15.
More details, along with a Zoom link, will be shared a week before the event.

Thank you to Farm Credit East for their generous support of this year’s symposium.  The symposium is a collaboration between Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Department of Agriculture.  4-H and FFA members interested in low-interest loans through the Junior Breeder Program should contact Lynn Mathews at lynn.mathews@ag.nj.gov.  For questions about symposium offerings or registration, contact Chad Ripberger at ripberger@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Sussex County 4-H Foundation Fund Scholarship due April 1.

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Applicants must be currently active in the 4-H program and for at least five (5) years, four (4) of which should be in high school.

Applications are due to the 4-H Office, by emailed to foord@njaes.rutgers.edu, or postmarked by April 1

For the Application go to:

Agricultural Scholarships are now available

Agricultural Scholarships are presented each year by the Ag. Division of the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm & Horse Show and applications are now being accepted for any Sussex County graduating high school senior or college student currently enrolled in an agricultural program pursuing a two or four-year degree, or graduate studies in one of the many fields of Agriculture. 

For more information and the application please go to Sussexcountyfairgrounds.org and click on Fairgrounds/Ag/Ag. History for the PDF application.  Information is also available in local guidance offices. 

The application can also be found here: Agricultural Scholarship (sussexcountyfairgrounds.org)

Mail application to the Ag. Scholarship Selection Committee, c/o G. Danko, P.O Box 2456, Branchville, NJ 07826.  The deadline is April 15th.


Join the
Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

Are you changing the world?  Invisalign has partnered with National 4-H Council and is giving $5,000 to 100 teens (ages 13-19) who are changing the world for the better. Share your story!

Read National 4-H Council’s latest blog post and apply to the Invisalign® ChangeMakers Awards Initiative by March 31, 2021. By sharing how they’re making positive change in their communities, teens could win one of 100 cash awards (30 will be awarded to 4-H’ers!).

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Check out the Rutgers NJAES Online Calendar to see all of the classes and seminars that are available.
NEW Classes are added daily

Rutgers NJAES Calendar: All Statewide Events

Classes scheduled for next week are:

Monday, March 8, 2021; 6:30 pmGardening@Home Series – Houseplants III (fee)
Tuesday, March 9, 2021; 12:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Kimchi Fried Rice
Wednesday, March 10, 2021; 2:00 pmLet’s Go Nuts
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 1:00 pm – Winter Lunch and Learn Online Series: Cultivating a Diverse Workplace (fee)
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 1:00 pmRutgers Pet Care School: How to Speak Dog – Communicating More Effectively with Your Domesticated Dog (fee)
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 6:30 pm – RU Ready 2 Garden FREE webinar – Pruning Your Fruit Trees
Thursday, March 11, 2021; 6:30 pmSeasonal Planting for Honey Bees (fee)
Friday, March 12, 2021; 11:00 amLucky Lunch

The Buzz at Rutgers University OCPE that the Online Mini Bee Series is the Bees Knees!

For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at pspring@rutgers.edu

Seasonal Planting for Honey Bees

March 11, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will address planting for key times during the year to best support your local bee populations.

Small Scale Queen Rearing
March 24, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5 hour webinar will introduce beekeepers to several queen rearing techniques and cover topics such as queen and drone biology, tools and equipment, and more!

Sustainable Beekeeping
April 6, 2021 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm
This 1.5-hour webinar will present ways that beekeepers can maintain their beehives in a more sustainable way.

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