THe RCE /4H Office will be closed Monday, May 30, 2022 in honor of Memorial Day.

2024 4-H Animal Project Representative

Applications for the 2024 4-H Animal Project Representatives are now being accepted. Applicants must be members in grades 7-13, with priority given to those in 11- 13th grade.

Additional requirements to be eligible are:

  • Applicants must have completed three years in the animal project area they are applying for, and be a member in good standing in the club that relates to that project area.
  • Applicants must have given a county-level public presentation during the current project year.

The S. C. 4-H Animal Project Representative application packets must be completed and turned in to your 4-H club leader. Applications received by club leaders should be submitted to the 4-H office no later than June 1

In the event of a competition for the representative position (more than one application received for a specific species), the 4-H Office will schedule interviews judges will receive the contestants’ application packets before the interview portion.

By submitting this application, a contestant is also agreeing to attend the following mandatory events during the Fair:

 – Assist with specie shows and events. 
 – NJSF/SCF&HS Opening Ceremonies (and parade if applicable) on the First Day of Fair.
 – Queen of the Fair Contest on the first Saturday
 – Be available in your species barn from 5:00pm to 6:30pm on the Thursday of the Fair to assist Round Robin participants.
 – If not a participant, assist during the Round Robin event.
 – *MAS Livestock Reps Only– Assist with Market Animal Dinner and Sale (Tuesday evening)

Optional events you are encouraged to attend:
 – Daily Fair Tractor Parade (2pm daily during fair week)
 – Branchville Memorial Day Parade
 – Newton Holiday Parades

State 4-H Public Presentations

8th -13 grade 4-H Members that completed a county-level 4-h Presentation and received a score of 90 or above (blue ribbon) are eligible to participate in the State 4-H Public Presentations.
If you are eligible you should have received an email inviting you to participate a couple of weeks ago. If you believe you are eligible and would like to participate, but did not receive the information please contact Tanya for more information.

If you are eligible and plan to participate, register via 4-H Online on or before May 27th. Registration instructions are available here. Check out the State 4-H Public Presentations website ( for additional information.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact the 4-H Office.

Workshops and STEP Clubs are open to all, 4-H members and non-4-H members.

An Evening Abroad: Ireland! 
June 22nd at 7 PM

The New Jersey 4-H “family” includes people from all over the globe. An Evening Abroad highlights members of our extended family to show off just how diverse the NJ 4-H program truly is! In this June 22 session, we’ll explore the Emerald Island known as Ireland from Warren County 4-H volunteer, Sinead Twohig. Register to receive a link for this hour-long, fun, and in-depth virtual exploration of Ireland. An Evening Abroad is fun for all 4-H members and their families and begins at 7 p.m.

NJ 4-H Virtual STEP Clubs

New Virtual STEP Clubs coming soon.

Calling all 4-H volunteers, teen leaders, and parents! 

This 4-H virtual program is for anyone who wants to learn how to handle conflict in any 4-H setting better!  To register click here.

Missed the sessions, all sessions are available by request.

Feel free to contact Laura Eppinger with any questions or concerns.

4-H Photo Corps – May Challenge

The NJ 4-H Photo Corps is open to youth in grades 4-13. You do not need to be enrolled in a 4-H Photography Project to join PhotoCorps. Mays’s PhotoCorps theme is:

As a photographer, what images do you see that show similarities and differences? These images could be of people, places, designs, and more! Through your photographs, inspire your viewers to appreciate the diversity in our everyday world! Entries for this theme are open from May 1 through May 31.

Registrations will now go through the member’s 4-H Online account. Youth members (grades 4-13) will, click Register under each month’s theme, answer a few questions about their photo, and then upload it. Directions are attached and available for download at,

If you have any questions, please contact

Florida 4-H Multi-State 4-H M.E.E.T. (Mingle Event for Excelling Together)

The M.E.E.T. Program is an opportunity for youth 4-H leaders from across the U.S. to connect with one another, to create new connections across America, and inspire others.

Open to youth ages 14-18. June 4, 2022, via Zoom.

Register here: 

Club Fundraising Opportunity

Contact the 4-H Office for more details if you are interested in participating as a club.

Open to all 4-H Members

For information and submissions email:


Expressive Arts 4-H is introducing Poetry X Hunger as part of National Poetry Month in April.

Do you want to help eliminate hunger and poverty through the power of your pen?  Join in the Poetry X Hunger project promoted by Expressive Arts 4-H of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Write poems that inspire your readers to prevent and eradicate hunger and poverty.

Your poems will be posted on the Expressive Arts 4-H website, with the potential for inclusion in the national Poetry X Hunger website.  You can read your poems at 4-H, school, and community events. Through your poetry, you will encourage your audience to become advocates against hunger and poverty. Your poetry can spark social justice legislation and community service volunteerism such as food pantry work and food collection.

Poetry X Hunger was created in 2017 by Dr. Hiram Larew, former Director of International Programs at the USDA National Institute for Food and Agriculture and award-winning poet. Aware of the power of poetry, Larew has rallied the public to write poems that motivate the world to end hunger.

If you would like to learn more about the many forms of poetry you can choose from. or have questions about submitting your poetry to Poetry X Hunger, contact Ellen Williams, Expressive Arts 4-H Agent at

For more information about Poetry X Hunger visit their website.

Weeklong Makerspace Camps for Middle and HS 

Middle & High School Summer Maker Camps
Do your students love problem-solving, engineering, and innovation? Middle school and high school students are invited to Summer Maker Camp at Rutgers Makerspace!

Students will choose from a variety of problems to solve, with the goal of designing and engineering an innovative product or system. Using the Engineering Design Process and Makerspace tools such 3D printers, laser cutters, and CNC machines, students will create Shark Tank-like pitch.

Middle School Dates: August 8-12, 2022. 9am-4pm
High School Dates: August 1-5, 2022. 9am-4pm.
Location: Rutgers Makerspace in Piscataway
Learn More
$450 Early Bird rate (until May 15th, 2022)
$500 (May 31st deadline)

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine

Tufts Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program that will give you a deeper understanding of the veterinary profession and the demands of veterinary school.

Explore the wide variety of careers available within veterinary medicine and discover first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. 

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

Free Training on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)

Concerned about Avian Influenza and your flock? Penn State 4-H is offering this free webinar on the topic to build your knowledge and keep your animals safe: 

Rutgers NJAES Calendar All Statewide Events

Upcoming Classes:

Friday, May 13, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Asparagus Facts and Recipe Ideas
Friday, May 13-19, 2022 – CORE Training Program for the NJ Pesticide Applicators License (ONLINE)
Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Build a Better Beverage
Friday, May 20, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries
Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 4:30 pm – North Jersey Tree Fruit and Vegetable Twilight Meeting
Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 2:00 pm – Wellness Wednesday: Benefits of Physical Activity for Seniors
Friday, May 27, 2022, 11:00 am – Real Recipes: Strawberry Salsa
Monday, May 30, 2022 – ALL State and County offices closed
Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 3:00 pm – Live Well & Stay Healthy Webinar: Ten Inflation-Fighting Hacks for Older Adults

June 8 In-person PRIVATE Pesticide Applicator Exam
at the Sussex County Extension Office.

Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education has announced an in-person session of the Private Applicator Exam, exclusively for the farmers and growers, to be hosted on Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00am at the Sussex County Office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 130 Morris Turnpike, Newton NJ 07860-4914

The exam session can accommodate up to 18 people, so if the demand is there, 2 sessions will be held that day (10am & 12pm). Only Private Applicator Exams will be offered for this in-person testing event.

All examinees must be preregistered by the end of the day Monday, June 6 (details below), no walk-ins are allowed and no refunds will be given. If you register for June 8 and do not come to take the exam you will have to re-register and pay again. The examinees must be registered ahead of time in PACER, They should register themselves for an online exam, pay the $50 fee online, and then contact Jill Sullivan by phone at 848-932-7443 or by email at by the end of the day on Monday, June 6 to say they want to take the exam in-person. She will send a confirmation email with the time of the exam and location details.

For those who need help registering in PACER, please fill out the registration form and fax it to Jill at 732-932-1187. Please submit registration forms no later than Friday, June 3. Please contact Jill to provide her with payment information at 848-932-7443. REGISTRATION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL PAYMENT IS RECEIVED. Payments will not be the day of the exam.

Join us at 10am on the third Wednesday of the month to brush up on your horticultural knowledge.

To register follow the link or scan the QR code above:

For more information please call 908-475-6507 or email

As Luck Would HIVE it …..
Customers are BUZZING about these Beekeeping Classes

🐝 New!  The Ins and Outs of Treating Your Colony

  June 15, 2022 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – LIVE IN ZOOM

It is the goal of every beekeeper to maintain healthy, productive colonies. This can only be accomplished by reducing the frequency and prevalence of disease within beehives. It is important for beekeepers to be aware of, learn to identify, and effectively manage pests and diseases to maintain healthy colonies. This is particularly important because the health of one beekeeper’s colony can impact another beekeeper’s colony in the surrounding area. Review recommendations for detecting and treating colonies for parasites and pathogens in a sustainable way for the long-term health of your colonies.

🐝 New!  Take Note of Your Hive: Record-keeping for Beekeepers

June 22, 2022 – 6:30 pm – 8 pm – LIVE IN ZOOM

While even experienced beekeepers can learn from hive notes, it is an even more important part of beekeeping for beginners. Good hive notes promote a better understanding of the dynamics of the hive. Beginning to keep proper beekeeping records (no mental notes!) is one means of assuredly improving your beekeeping success. This means fewer bee losses, more honey production, and better broods. We’ll discuss the why, what, and how of beekeeping records. Then you can decide what’s right for you.

Discounts are available!  For more information, BEE sure to contact Pamela Mayer at

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