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This should have been the week all of us spent way to much time being hot, tired, and dirty but also loving every minute of it at the NJSF/SCF&HS.

Displaying exhibits, showing our animal, cleaning stalls/ pens/cages, and sleeping in a barn. Or volunteering in the Shotwell Building, working in AG Food Booth or Teen Council Dairy Barn, or enjoying food and drink from either. But most importantly making memories with club members that have become friends and family and enjoying the experience all together.

So in honor of the memories made and the memories yet to come, please share your favorite fair memories this week on your social media platforms. #itsnotfairSussexCounty4H

Best of luck to the 18 Sussex County 4-H members that entered into the New Jersey 4-H Virtual Fair. The results will be posted mid- August.

August 4-H from Home Webinars

Held Tuesday and Thursdays from
3-4:00 pm weekly

Have an idea for a Webinar or Virtual STEP Club and/or interested in hosting one.
The 4-H from Home Team is looking for 4-H volunteers/Club leaders, 4-H Teens, etc.  who may be interested in teaching youth a specific topic. Contact the 4‑H From Home team at 4hFromHome@njaes.rutgers.edu to share your thoughts or volunteer.

Youth, ages 8-16 are invited to join the Equine Science Center on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in August for Equine Trivia. Topics will include biosecurity, equine behavior, nutrition, and anatomy. Register at: https://go.rutgers.edu/TriviaAug2020

Igniting Your Leadership Potential

Are you ready for this? Igniting Your Leadership Potential is an exciting new 4-H program that brings leadership training right to your doorstep through online classes. Courses are designed for youth in grades 8-13 and offer an opportunity for them to learn about leadership, gain knowledge, sharpen their leadership skills, and prepare to lead. Youth will earn badges for each course they complete and can earn a certificate in leadership by completing four online courses.

Registration is OPEN for the two courses that will be offered to start THIS WEEK on August 4. Each course meets 1.5 hours per week for four weeks. Youth will log-in once a week for a face-to-face with the instructor and then complete some assignments asynchronously. The cost per course is $25.00. Youth can register for one or both of the courses. The summer 2020 courses are:

Course 1 – Launching Into Leadership – This course will run every Tuesday in August (August 4, 11, 18 & 25, 2020), 3:00-4:30 pm.

Course 2 – Inspiring Leadership and Civic Engagement – This course will run every Thursday in August (August 6, 13, 20 & 27, 2020), 3:00-4:30 pm.

For information more and course registration visit:  http://nj4h.rutgers.edu/leadership/igniting-your-leadership-potential/

Check Out the Great Posts by the 2020 NJ 4-H STEM Teen Ambassadors on the 4-H Science, Engineering, and Technology @ Rutgers University Blog

Some Highlights include:

Virtual Programs Available For All Ages with the Sussex County Libraries.

Subscribe to their newsletter to get weekly updates of the events they have scheduled. https://sussexcountylibrary.org/newsletter/

And don’t forget to book your appointment online to be able to stroll the stacks and pick out a book for your summer reading.

Know what you want, reserve it online for a Grab-n-Go pick up.

For more information check out their website:

Information and Programs For Our 4-H Parents and Leaders

What Should You do if you Receive Unsolicited Seeds From Another Country?

The Sussex Cooperative Extension has received reports of people receiving seeds in the mail from China that they did not order. Sometimes the seeds are sent in packages stating that the contents are jewelry. Unsolicited seeds could be invasive, introduce diseases to local plants, or be harmful to livestock.

Here’s what to do if you receive unsolicited seeds from another country:

  1. DO NOT plant them and if they are in sealed packaging don’t open the sealed package.
  2. Take a photo of the package and seeds and send the photos to the USDA SITC at  SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov

Report it to the USDA! Maintain the seeds and packaging and send to the USDA Office located at:
Attention: Gregory Soto
1500 Lower Road
Linden, NJ 07036

Please write down your name, address, phone number and email address on a piece of paper and insert it in your package.

If you have already planted or discarded seeds please send us an email to Gregory.t.soto@usda.gov.

If individuals are aware of the potential smuggling of prohibited exotic fruits, vegetables, or meat products into or through the USA, they can help APHIS by contacting the confidential Anti-smuggling Hotline number at 800-877-3835 or by sending an Email to SITC.Mail@aphis.usda.gov. USDA will make every attempt to protect the confidentiality of any information sources during an investigation within the extent of the law.

The NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE office press release can be found here: https://www.nj.gov/agriculture/news/press/2020/approved/press200729.html

4-H Boots from BOGS Footwear are Now Available

From now until the end of December 2020, BOGS will donate $5.00 to 4-H for every pair of 4-H boots purchased online from the BOGS website (https://bit.ly/2ZTSBXU). These funds will be used to support the growth of 4-H education programs in animal and agricultural sciences across the country. The number of boots purchased to benefit the New Jersey 4-H Program will be determined based on the shipping address of each order.

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:

Wednesday, August 5, 2:00 pm
What’s on the Nutrition Facts Label (Wellness Wednesdays with FCHS)

Wednesday, August 5, 5:00 pm
Home Gardeners School @Home: Pruning – Not a Mysterious Art

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