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4-H Re-Enrollment on Hold
Until October

4-H Online has been updated and we are working on rolling over everyone’s information into the new system. As with any new program, there have been some bugs that need to be worked out to make sure it will be easy for you to use. There are additional security requirements that may require some to supply a new password to meet the new requirements.

We will send an email to those currently enrolled in the system when re-enrollment is officially open, that will include step by step instructions for your convenience. The process will be similar, but the look of the program will be different. 

The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge- 
Mars Base Camp! 
Saturday, October 3rd, 10am-12pm and
 Space Scientists Panel 
Thursday, October 1st, 7-8pm 
Register Today!
Deadline to register is Sept. 15.

The race to land humans on Mars is on! The 2020 4‑H STEM Challenge will explore sending a mission to Mars with the activity, Mars Base Camp. Developed by Google and Virginia Cooperative Extension, Mars Base Camp is a collection of activities that teaches kids ages 8-14 STEM skills like mechanical engineering, physics, computer science, and agriculture.

Meet with world-renowned Space Scientists behind innovative Mars research, NASA collaborators, and the scientists who created the Mars Base Camp Challenge on Thursday, October 1 from 7-8pm by registering here(All Ages)

Join the exciting opportunity to explore STEM through an expedition to Mars by registering for the Saturday, October 3rd 10am-12pm Mars Base Camp Challenge here! (Ages 8-14 yrs)

Please note, registration is first come first served, so do not wait! Register for both dates Today! You MUST register for the Oct 1st panel to attend the Oct 3rd challenge. Once you register, the Mars kits will be mailed to you directly!

4-H Dog Photo Contest

Deadline: THIS FRIDAY, September 18

All NJ 4-H members (not just dog project members) are invited to participate in the NJ 4-H Dog Photo Contest. Youth may submit up to 2 photos per class (My Dog and Me, Classic Art, Costume, Breed Traits, and Trick Dog). This is your chance to get creative and share your dog with the wider 4-H community. Results and top photos will be highlighted on the NJ 4-H website. The top 3 photos for grades 4-13 will be entered in the Northeast Regional 4-H Dog Program’s Photo Contest

For More Information Go to:  https://morris.njaes.rutgers.edu/4h/docs/Dog_Photo_Contest.pdf


Saturday September 19th
from 11 am to 5 pm
(Rain date 9/20)

Unfortunately, 4-H clubs cannot participate as clubs, due to 4-H in-person activity restrictions, but 4-H families may choose to attend on their own.

Join them for a FREE community day at the Fairgrounds to celebrate the release of Rooster’s Day at the Fair, a whimsical children’s book that celebrates the tradition and fun of the Fair!

Rooster’s Day at the Fair book will be on sale with book signings – meet the artists and the authors!

The pages will be brought to life with animals, music, entertainment, fair food vendors, tractors, the Queen of the Fair, children’s activities, horses, skillet toss and the Wanderer’s Car Club.

The book can be ordered by clicking here.

The Family Fun Day will be followed by the Board of AG Chicken BBQ

Sussex County Board of Ag Chicken BBQ ‘ON the FLY’ is Open to All

The Sussex County Board of Agriculture has been holding a chicken BBQ at the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show since 1942. This year’s 78th Chicken Barbecue ‘ON the FLY’ will be held on Saturday September 19. You may pick up your to go ’ON the FLY’ dinner  at the Board of Ag BBQ building from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Your local farmers prepare the chicken, fresh from Sussex Meat Packing, slow roasted over hot coals. A secret time-tested all natural recipe sauce of Charlie Pratchaler has made this BBQ famous. Summertime favorite corn on the cob comes from Ideal Farms and Tranquility Farms, tomatoes from Lentini Farms. Holland American Bakery‘s famous dinner rolls complete the meal with delicious cookies from Clove Brook Deli. All Tickets are $15 and must be purchased in advance before Sept 13th. Tickets can be purchased at Brodhecker Farm, Ideal Farms, Space Farms, the Sussex County Fairgrounds, Sussex County Farmers Market @ Fairgrounds, Sussex Meat Packing, Tranquility Farms or Windybrow Farms. Tickets may also be purchased online at sussexcountyboardofagriculture.org

    The Sussex County Board of Ag relishes the concept of fresh, local, clean food, with no preservatives or artificial colors. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser helps fund scholarships for future farmers, and agriculture related programs. Support your local farmers, take a break after your day at Rooster’s Family Fun Day at the Fair and enjoy a great traditional chicken BBQ meal

Mark your calendar – The Tractor Supply Company 4-H Paper Clover will be held October 7-18, 2020.

Both online and in-store donations to 4-H will be accepted.

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:

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 12:00pmReal Recipes: Three Sisters Stew

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 1:00pmHome Gardeners School @Home: Foliage and Fruit for a Vibrant Fall 

Friday, September 18, 2020 11:00amReal Recipes: Cauliflower Rice

Return of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension “Earth Day, Every Day” Series this Fall

Details: Join Rutgers Cooperative Extension every Monday evening at 6:30 pm for this free series starting September 14th. These live, interactive sessions are 1 hour. To join you need either a computer, tablet, or smartphone with speakers. Sessions are provided via Webex.

To Register and more information at:  https://envirostewards.rutgers.edu/Earth-Day.html

The lineup is as follows:
9/14/20- Winterizing Your Home for Maximum Energy Efficiency
9/21/20- Collecting Native Seeds: Sow Much to Know!
9/28/20- Fall Lawn Care the Earthwise Way
10/5/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Defensive Driving to Avoid Wildlife
10/13/20- What’s An Energy Audit And Do you Need One?10/19/20- Ten Ways to Adapt to Coastal Flooding
10/26/20- RU Wildlife Wise: Demystifying Iconic Halloween Animals
11/2/20- Basics of Recycling

Have you seen this Insect?

Young juvenile spotted lanternfly.

Adult spotted lanternfly
Older juvenile spotted lanternfly.

Some people may think it is a moth but it’s really the Asian plant hopper known as the spotted lanternfly (SLF), Lycorma deliculata (White), and is a member of the order Hemiptera, family Fulgoridae. In the USA, the spotted lanternfly is an invasive species that could be very devastating to some New Jersey crops and hardwood trees.

If you think you have seen or collected a spotted lanternfly please report it (please include the town and county where the specimen was found and attach a photograph) to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture and the Department of Entomology at the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences by emailing slanternfly@njaes.rutgers.edu. Farmers, nurserymen, and vineyardists should also report sightings to SLF-plantindustry@ag.nj.gov.

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