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December 15, 2017

SWINE: MO Pork Association Ambassador/Scholarship

Applications Open for 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship*

Diane Slater via Shane Potter

The Missouri Pork Association is now accepting applications for the 2018 Youth Pork Ambassador Program. The program allows students to actively interact with leaders in Missouri's pork industry and receive a $1,000 scholarship, payable to any technical school, community college, or a four-year institution. The Ambassador will not only be awarded a scholarship; but will also have many opportunities to increase their knowledge of the pork industry.

The main goal of the Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador is to promote the Missouri Pork Association and the pork industry at various events. As an Ambassador, participants will attend at least six events throughout the year including: University of Missouri Pork Institute, Taste of Elegance, Missouri Pork Classic Golf Tournament, the Governor's Conference on Agriculture, the Missouri State Fair, and the Missouri Pork Expo.

Participation in the Missouri Youth Pork Ambassador Program will help youth develop strong relationships with both pork producers and allied industry members. By attending various events throughout the year, the Ambassador will learn about pork production, the industry, and make life-long connections in the field. The Ambassador will improve networking, communication, and leadership skills.

To qualify: applicants must be a senior in high school up to a sophomore in college as of January 1st of the year they will begin the program. Applications and three letters of recommendation are due December 15, 2017. For complete details and an application, visit http://www.mopork.com/youth/youth-pork-ambassador/. You may also contact Diane Slater, director of communications for MPA, at (573) 445-8375, or diane@mopork.com

The Missouri Pork Association represents the state's pork producers in the areas of promotion, research, education and legislation. For more information about this or any other programs of the Missouri Pork Association, go to www.mopork.com, or call the Missouri Pork Association office at (573) 445-8375.


Get Your Ticket to Leadership!

Bradd Anderson

This March, go on location for an epic leadership adventure at the 2018 State 4-H Teen Conference! The theme is Lights...Camera...LEADERSHIP! and your State 4-H Council teens are making this another fun and exciting event for youth ages 11-13. Teen Conference is the first big trip away from home for many 4-H'ers, and it's a good choice. You'll meet amazing new friends, learn how to be a better leader and get a heads-up on all the exciting things waiting for you as a 4-H teenager! Teen Conference is safe and fun, and the hotel is super nice. Cost is $179 (if you share the large bed with a friend you select) or $229 (if you prefer your own bed). The production starts just after noon on Saturday, March 24th and the wraps at 11 a.m. on the 25th.  Teen Conference registration is open at http://mo.4honline.com from December 1 to February 15.  Be sure you don't miss out!


TEENS: Find "The Courage to Lead"

Dear 4-H teens,

Ready to grow your leadership, strengthen your team, and re-energize with friends from across Missouri and beyond? Find "The Courage To Lead" at the Missouri Youth Civic Leaders Summit, March 2-4, 2018, at Windermere Conference Center. 

You are invited to join 150-200 teens and adult leaders for YCLS 2018, a leadership conference by/for teens and adults who are active in leadership and service! Highlights include youth and adult keynote speakers, workshop sessions, EDGE challenge course, line dance/open gym, service projects, and team talent showcase! Meet new friends from Missouri, and special guests from Wisconsin 4-H and Mizzou Alternative Breaks!

Registration for teens ages 14-18 and adults is open in 4HOnline. Contact your County 4-H staff to join or form a team from your area. Cost is $160/person, including 2-nights lodging, meals, activities, and most recreation.


See you at the Summit!

Steve Henness

State 4-H Specialist - Citizenship/Community Engagement

Univ of MO 4-H Center for Youth Development



Sponsorship for your team is available from the 4-H Foundation of Cole County. Submit your application today!


December 31, 2017

SCHOLARSHIP: AKSARBEN Ag Leaders Scholarship

If you can answer yes to the following statements, you are eligible for the AKSARBEN Ag Leaders Scholarship:

  • I am a High School Senior, graduating in the Spring of 2018.
  • I am planning to attend a fully accredited 2 or 4 year college/university in the Fall of 2018.
  • I have participated in the AKSARBEN Stock Show for 3 years or more.
  • I have never participated in the AKSARBEN Buyer's Club Purple Ribbon Auction.
  • I have not received any previous AKSARBEN scholarships.
  • I have never been disqualified for any reason from the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • I have an interest in a career in an agriculture related field or professional career in rural communities.
  • I understand I am only eligible for one $2,000 scholarship award.

Application Deadline is December 31, 2017. Click here to fill out the application form. http://www.aksarben.org/p/scholarships/agleadersscholarship/301


Public Speaking Academy - June 20-21

The 4-H Public Speaking Academy is preparing for its seventh year! Extension faculty, along with 4-H volunteers will provide educational workshops to help youth build their skills and comfort with public speaking. Participants will be guided through the basics and finer points of writing and delivering a speech. Youth will receive individual assistance. The camp is open to all youth 11-13 years of age interested in learning more about public speaking.

The Academy will be June 20-21, 2018 and registration is due May 17. Lodging will be provided on the campus of Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo. The cost is $100.

For more information, contact Patty Fisher at fisherp@missouri.edu or 573-324-5464 and be sure to download the brochure on the Missouri 4-H page at http://4h.missouri.edu/public-speaking-academy/main.


SCHOLARSHIP: Missouri 4-H Foundation - Due Feb. 26

4-H Foundation Scholarships

College is expensive but 4-H can help! 4-H participation and involvement leads young people to explore various careers and educational options. The Missouri 4-H Foundation offers college scholarships that help 4-H members pursue their educational dreams.

In 2018 thanks to generous donor support, the Missouri 4-H Foundation will offer over 50 college scholarships ($500 - $2,500/scholarship). 4-Hers who are current high school seniors and former 4-Hers who are college students are eligible to apply. The scholarship guidelines and application is available on the Missouri 4-H website at http://www.4h.missouri.edu/recognition/. Applications are due date to our office by Feb. 26 to meet the State 4-H Office deadline of March 1, 2018. If you need assistance, please contact Christal at hubercd@missouri.edu to schedule a time to meet.

Check out the list of scholarships on the 4-H scholarship website and apply!  The scholarship application format is almost identical to the 4-H Missouri Recognition Form (MRF) format.  If you complete the MRF form, you've completed most of the narrative for the scholarship application, too.


PHOTOGRAPHY: Accepting applications for Photo Corps

Calling 4-H Photographers!

Bradd Anderson

Is photography your passion?  Do you like a challenge??  If so, consider applying for Photo Corps, Missouri's state 4-H photography team. Enthusiastic 4-H photographers will challenge their photo skills and learn with a team fellow photographers from across the state. The group works via social media, so no travel is required.  

This awesome opportunity is open to all members, ages 12-18, that have completed at least one year of 4-H photography. To apply, visit https://mo.4honline.com.  Applications will remain open until January 1. Don't miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the 2018 team, apply today!


January 12, 2018

HORSE: Special Horse Bowl Competition

MHSA Horse Bowl

MHSA, Boone County Extension & Stephens College Equestrian Studies Department are pleased to offer the opportunity to participate in a Horse Bowl Competition on January 27, 2018 on the Stephens College campus, to all youth ages 18 & under. Although membership in MHSA, 4-H, FFA and Pony Club is encouraged, any youth is eligible to compete.

Registration - Due January 12

Event Flyer

Divisions: Junior (9 years & under); Intermediate (10-13); Senior (14-18)

Teams: Participants are encouraged to form teams (four members) and practice before coming to the competition, to maximize the chances of performing well in the competition. Individuals may also submit applications and coordinators will attempt to create teams based on those individual applications. If insufficient individual applications are received to form teams, the management will contact individual applicants as soon as practicable before the competition date.

Cost: There is no cost to participate in the Horse Bowl. However, members of the winning teams are strongly encouraged to attend the Awards Gala so that the awards presentations can be made. Youth (12 & Under) tickets are $35. Adults (13 & over) are $45. 

Prizes: The high scoring individual in the Senior Division will be awarded a $1000 scholarship for any post-secondary educational opportunity by the members of the Boone County Commission. Stephens College, Moberly Area Community College, and the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) have committed an additional $1000 scholarship to that individual if he or she attends that institution. CAFNR will also award $1000 scholarships to all members of the winning Intermediate and Senior Division teams. Additional prizes will be awarded to the members of the Junior Division team. 

Information the Competition will cover: The Extension Service has compiled an exhaustive list of questions and answers, drawn from primary sources, which are used in 4-H Horse Bowl competitions across the United States. Those questions and answers can be accessed at Boone County Extension 4-H Website; http://extension.missouri.edu/boone/ forms.aspx

Judges' decisions: The judges' decisions are final and not subject to dispute or challenge. By signing the application and participating in the competition, the participants and their parents and coaches agree to be bound by the judges' decisions.


ROBOTICS: Training & Expo

4-H Robotics Training, January 12 & 13, 2018

Lynna Lawson

A 4-H robotics training and exposition, in conjunction with the Computers on the Farm Conference at Tan-Tar-A in Osage Beach, Missouri, will be January 12-13. Friday night is optional and will have a 4-H Technology Exposition where adults and youth can get their hands on robot kits, electronics, computer science and other equipment used in the 4-H science projects. The formal 4-H robotics training on the Lego Mindstorms EV3 will be on Saturday from 9:00 am-2:00 pm for adult 4-H robotics volunteers. 4-H members are invited to share their 4-H robotics or other projects with the participants of the Computers on the Farm event.

Tan-Tar-A offers a very inexpensive room rate for Friday night. Meals are provided for the training on Saturday. Registration for the Saturday event will be through 4HOnline and will be open by November 1. Watch this website for more details: http://mo4h.missouri.edu/robotevents/robottraining



Central Missouri Master Gardeners are proud to offer the CMMG Academic Scholarship Program. This year, three $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to three students. 

Please share with anyone interested that meets the requirements.


  1.  Applicants must be planning to enroll in an accredited college, university, technical or trade school for the fall term of the current year.  Applicants are limited to those who plan to study horticulture, agriculture, conservation, or forestry.
  2. Applicants must attend school in or must be residents of one of the counties of Callaway, Cole, Moniteau, Osage, Maries and Miller.
  3. High school applicants should have at least a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Home-schooled applicants should submit verification of GED completion.  College students wishing to be considered for the scholarship must have completed their freshman year with at least a GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Each scholarship must be used within nine (9) months after receiving the award.
  5. The application must be typed using white 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, with 1 ½ inch margins.  Use a font no small than 12 pitch and double space.

Applications will be accepted until February 28, 2018.

Submit your application to:        CMMG Scholarship Selection Committee

                                                                                c/o Jenelle Schwieterman

                                                                                905 Bannister Drive

                                                                                Jefferson City, MO  65109

Questions:  contact  Jenelle Schwieterman at 893-3538 or foxboro2@embarqmail.com


January 13, 2018

Timberland Management Workshop

A timberland management workshop is scheduled for on Saturday, Jan 13th in Versailles.This will be an all day workshop with and outdoor demonstration.We do need at least 10 people for this workshop.


Go to http://extension.missouri.edu/morgan/documents/Versailles%202018%20Woodland%20Steward%20Field%20Day%20-%20Managing%20Your%20Woodland%20for%20Health%20and%20Productivity.pdf for more information about the event.


If you have any question, please feel free to contact Joni Harper, MU Extension Agronomy Specialist, at rossjo@missouri.edu or 573-378-5358.


STATE 4-H COUNCIL: Regional Rep. applications due January 31

Have you considered running for a position on the Missouri State 4-H Council?

The Missouri State 4-H Council is an elected body of 4-H youth who serve as the voice of Missouri 4-H youth for one year terms. Council members help plan and implement events like State 4-H Congress and Teen Conference. They represent Missouri 4-H at national, regional, and state events, donating volunteer hours at the Missouri State Fair, State 4-H Contest Days, and other 4-H events. Council members are ambassadors and spokespersons for Missouri 4-H. 

Four youth from the East Central Region are elected as Regional Representatives each year at State 4-H Congress. Youth must attend State 4-H Congress in order to run for a position on the Council and must attend all Council meetings once elected. Anyone missing more than one Council meeting can be transitioned to the Alternate Representative role. 

QUALIFICATION: Any 4-H participant, age 14-17 before January 1 of the election year, may apply to be a candidate for Regional Representative. The 4-H'er must meet the age requirements listed above, be currently enrolled in a 4-H program, in good standing in their local 4-H club or unit, and have completed the previous year of 4-H work. It is assumed that candidates will be an active 4-H member in the region they are representing throughout their Council term, unless the candidate notifies the interview committee otherwise (i.e., if attending college elsewhere in the state, etc.). Candidates should be selected by their region on the following basis: 40% 4-H experience; 50% personal interview; 10% recommendation by county 4-H professional staff. Personal interviews are conducted in February.

Find the application and more information on the Missouri 4-H Council website at http://4h.missouri.edu/missouri-4h-council.aspx#gsc.tab=0. Applications must be received in our office no later than Jan. 31, 2018.


March 1, 2018

TRIP: State 4-H Congress - Save the Date

State 4-H Congress

Save the Date: May 30-June 1, 2018

Fee: $225

  • All New Leadership Sessions
  • New Focus on college/career sessions
  • Delegates will select two sessions
  • Congress Dodgeball Tournament! Make a team of 5 or a team can be made for you. Register and pay for your team at check in for Congress. $5 per person.
  • Registration:
    • You must be at least 14 years of age before January 1, 2018 to attend. You may attend more than once. The cost includes housing, meals, Congress activities, and t-shirt.
    • Registration through 4HOnline will open on March 1, 2018 and extend through April 15, 2018. We cannot accept registrations after April 15. Chaperones start registering February 1.
  •  Scholarships Available for a limited amount of delegates. $50 will be awarded to each selected delegate. Please contact our office for an application.

Go to the State 4-H Congress website for additional information