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4-H Livestock Record App

4-H Livestock Record AppNew Mexico State University has created an app that will allow you to log and track information for your project animal. You can enter information such as your animal’s weight and the amount of feed as well as income, expenses and assets.This is information that will be included in your project record books.
The app allows you to photograph your animal and log information that can later be exported or printed.
The app has currently been developed for iOS, so if you have an iPhone or iPad you can download it from their App Store.
To learn more about this app, click here.
(If you have an Android device, and think they should develop an Android app, email them.)

Sussex 4-H Invitational Rabbit and Cavy Show

rabbit illustrationThe Sussex County Regal Rabbits Show Group is hosting a Rabbit and Cavy Invitational show on Saturday March 7th. This show is open to all 4-H members in surrounding counties and states. We would like to invite you attend our show and show your animals and support for our Sussex County 4-H.

Click this link to download more information including application materials.

Entries for the show are due postmarked by February 23rd or emailed by March 5th.

Any questions please contact Mackenzie Kratzsch at 973-459-8679 or
Thank You,
Mackenzie Kratzsch and The Regal Rabbits show Group.

2015 Junior Breeder Symposium

picture of 4-H member w/cow
Kyle Young winner of a scholarship at the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium

2015 Junior Breeder Symposium

The Junior Breeder Symposium is an educational event held annually for youth and adults. It features numerous sessions throughout the day on various agricultural topics of interest. Sessions feature hands-on demonstrations with the opportunity for participants to learn by doing–the 4-H way!

The annual Junior Breeder Symposium will be held:
Saturday,March 28, 2015
Rutgers University
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
(Round House – College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ)

This is the 14th Annual Symposium and an outstanding day is being planned thanks to the efforts of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the 4-H, and faculty from Rutgers. It includes equine, goats and sheep, dairy, and poultry. The State Dairy Clip Off will also be held that day.

To download a registration form–and information regarding sessions–for the event, click here.

New Jersey Junior Breeder’s Fund

The New Jersey Junior Breeder’s Fund, a low-interest loan program, offers agricultural education/FFA students and 4-H members the opportunity to advance the breeding of livestock and the production quality of livestock. Loan applicants must be New Jersey residents, have adequate facilities for livestock and be 4-H members or FFA/agricultural education students.

It is a 501C5 non-profit corporation formed in 1930 for the purpose of offering encouragement to boys and girls by enabling them to purchase livestock, and to aid in the development of the industry.

Applicants for loans must reside within the State of New Jersey, have adequate facilities for caring for the livestock, and show an earnestness of purpose and sense of responsibility.

Every borrower who secures a loan from the New Jersey Junior Breeders’ Fund, Inc. becomes a member of the New Jersey Junior Breeders’.

For more information on the Junior Breeder program, please visit this site

To download an application for the Junior Breeder Loan, please click here.

The Junior Breeder Symposium is also sponsored by the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program and Hart Agency/Farm Family Insurance


Horse Management Lecture Series

image of black horseEnjoy four evenings with Centenary’s Equine Studies faculty discussing horse health and training tips!

Centenary College is offering a series of Monday evening programs in February. All programs are from 6:30-8:30 pm at the Centenary College Equestrian Center, 30 Califon Rd. , Long Valley, NJ.

The presentations are free to the community.

  • February 2, 2015: Arthritis from Horses to Humans
    Michael Fugaro, VMD, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 9, 2015: Performance Supplements, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    Lynn Taylor, PhD, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 15, 2015: Conditioning the Hunter/ Jumper
    Kelly Martin Munz, MSc, Professor of Equine Studies
  • February 23, 2015: Benefits of Gymnastic Training for the Horse
    Michael T. Dowling, Assistant Professor of Equine Studies (In the USET Indoor Arena)

To register or for questions please contact:

Kelly Martin Munz, MSc
908-852-1400 Ext:2327

2015 Citizenship Washington Focus

Citizenship Washington Focus logoCitizenship Washington Focus is a citizenship and leadership program conducted by the National 4-H Council for high school age youth. The program is run for six consecutive weeks during the summer months. It is held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. Using Washington, D.C. as a working classroom delegates learn about the government, citizenship and civic education.

New Jersey 4-H sends 30-40 4-H members and 3-4 adult advisers to Citizenship Washington Focus each year. The learning takes place through energetic workshops, special appointed committees, appropriate field trips (including visits with congressional representatives) and fun social events. Citizenship Washington Focus is a total Washington, D.C. experience.

There are approximately 200 4-H members representing 6-8 different states at the 4-H center during one week of CWF. The cost for the week is approximately $850, which includes registration, lodging, transportation, all activities, and most meals. There are local scholarships available to participants through their county 4-H program. Participants may only attend this event one time during their 4-H career. All interested 4-H members must be in the 9-12 grade at the time of application and must go through a local selection process. For further information about attending as a New Jersey delegate contact your county 4-H office (email Dave Foord).

Applications are due on March 1 for the conference in July.

Click here to download an application form.

Opportunities are also available for college students to attend the program as Program Assistants. The Program Assistants are assigned to state delegations and run the workshops, act as tour guides and hosts. Compensation is provided along with room and board. Contact the National 4-H Council for details or 301-961-2800.

2015 North Jersey Teen Conference

2015 NJTC LogoYou are invited to participate in the 8th annual North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference. All 4-H members in grades 8 – 13 are invited to join their fellow 4-Hers for a weekend long teen conference that will be held March 13-15, 2015 at the Regency House Hotel in Pompton Plains, NJ.

A group of dedicated teens have partnered with adult volunteers and 4-H staff to plan and implement this conference. The theme for this conference is 4-H World’s Fair and will focus on ways to learn about other countries and cultures, foods from around the world, and help build goals for the future.

For more information on the 2015 North Jersey 4-H Teen Conference (NJTC), including:

  • General Brochure – objectives, schedule
  • NJTC Participant Registration Form *
  • Workshop/Activity Selection Form *
  • 4-H Event Permission Form *
  • Passive Consent Form *

Click here to download forms

Please remember the following:

  1. The deadline for registration items to be returned to your county 4-H office is Friday, January 30th.
  2. If you have concerns about the cost of the conference, please contact your 4-H Office for information regarding scholarship opportunities.
  3. When sending in your registration form, please include the completed forms marked with an asterisk (*) above and your payment made out to your county 4-H account as indicated by your 4-H staff person. ANY INCOMPLETE INFORMATION ON FORMS WILL RESULT IN YOU NOT BEING REGISTERED. Please make sure that all forms are completed and signed.

I hope you consider attending the 8th Annual NJTC. This conference is guaranteed to be an exciting and worthwhile event. If you have any questions please contact the Sussex County 4-H Office.

2014 Volunteers Honored

l to r: Irene Wilson, Bud Luthman, Ron Rosendale, Lori Wunderlich

Sussex County 4-H honored the volunteers and leaders who contributed to its 2014 program. Seventy two of the 173 adult volunteers attended the annual dinner held at the Baleville Congregational Church in Newton.
The number of years volunteers have participated varies from just a few months to as long as sixty three years! The dinner affords an opportunity to recognize the many contributions volunteers have made to enrich the lives of local youth. In addition to the pins and certificates commemorating volunteer’s years of service, special awards are also presented.
The Sussex County 4-H Youth Development Award is presented to an individual for outstanding and continuous service to the program. Lori Wunderlich has volunteered twenty-five years of service to the 4-H Horse Program. Over the years, she has coached and mentored hundreds of 4-H youth. Lori has shared her expertise not only in Sussex County, but with 4-H members throughout New Jersey helping them prepare for national competitions.
The 4-H Alumni Award recognizes individuals who were active members of 4-H as youth and continue to contribute to the Sussex County 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Irene Wilson, joined 4-H in Illinois as a youth. She credits 4-H with helping her to develop sewing skills that led to her success at New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Today Irene shares her expertise with members of the Hardyston Sewing Stars 4-H club.
The Friend of 4-H Award is presented in recognition of distinguished service and outstanding leadership abilities. This year Sussex County 4-H recognized Carl “Bud” Luthman for his long standing service. Bud was a long time 4-H member, an alumnus and has served as volunteer with the Sussex 4-H Foundation for several years. He has been instrumental in organizing the Foundation’s annual wreath sale fundraiser.
Local businesses are acknowledged through the 4-H Business Award that recognizes outstanding and continuous service to the 4-H program. This year’s recipient, Dingman’s Dairy supplies the 4-H Teen Council with ice cream for their dairy barn during the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show. Dingman’s has assisted 4-H teens in their fundraising through generous pricing and donations of equipment. Ron Rosendale accepted the award on behalf of Dingman’s Dairy.
Other volunteers celebrating notable anniversaries with Sussex County 4-H include: Diane Gill, 4-H Teen Council, 20 years; Lori Wunderlich, Bit by Bit (horse club), 25 years; Tara Bowles, Oxbow Raiders (horse club), 45 years; Joy Ricker, Wantage Sewing and Cooking club, 55 years.

Sussex County 4-H Public Presentations 2015

It’s time to begin preparing for 4-H public presentations! All Sussex County 4-H members are encouraged to develop a public presentation on a topic of their choice. This is a great opportunity for 4-H’ers to learn something new, develop a presentation and share it with fellow members. Developing presentation skills now will benefit all members later in life. Public speaking is a vital component of professional life.

Presentations may be made at the club or county level. Members who plan to participate at the county level may schedule their presentation for one of four Friday nights in March. To register for county level presentations, please download, complete and return a registration form.

Download a 2015 Sussex County 4-H County Level Public Presentations Form


  • Registration forms must be returned to the Sussex 4-H Office no later than Sunday, February 1. This is a hard deadline with no exceptions.
  • Requests for presentation dates will be scheduled on a first received/first scheduled basis. If you want or need to present on a specific night, get your application in early!
  • Presentations including live animals may only be made at the Frankford Twp School on March 6 or March 13.
  • Some clubs require their members to make a public presentation to be eligible to compete at the fair. Please check with your club leader.

Youth Protection Policy Information

cover to youth protection guideCurrent leaders in the 4-H program have received detailed information to comply with the New Jersey 4-H Youth Protection policy. Abridged information is posted here for reference.

Working with Minors/Youth Protection Training

All leaders working with youth must take the Working with Minors training offered through Rutgers University. There are two ways to do this.

1. Go online, here.
This link will take you to a registration page for viewing the presentation.
2. Attend a Working with Minor in-person training. One is currently scheduled for January 7th at 7:00 pm. Sign-up to attend this training, here.

In addition to the training, volunteers must also review the following documents:

• Guide to Working With Minors (download here)
• Rutgers Protect Minors on Campus policy (download here)

When volunteers have completed these requirements they should initial and sign the Protection of Minors Certification document (download here) and return in to the Sussex 4-H Office.

Background Checks

All volunteers working regularly with youth must go through one of two background check processes.

Tier One

This is an informational background check for volunteers who will not be chaperoning youth overnight. It is conducted by an outside vendor approved by Rutgers (GIS) and requires submission of the volunteer’s Social Security number and recent addresses to a secure website.

There is a $20 charge for this background check (make checks payable to: SC 4-H Advisory Council). To initiate the process Volunteers should forward payment to the Sussex County 4-H Office. (Hard copy versions of the form are available by request to the SC 4-H Office.)

Tier Two

This is a Fingerprint background check for volunteers who will serve as overnight chaperones. This check is being done by MorphoTrust, through the NJ State Police.

There is a $40.70 charge for this background check (paid directly to MorphoTrust). Volunteers doing a Tier Two background check should request the appropriate form from the 4-H Office, click here.
MorphoTrust has an office in Sparta to schedule for your fingerprint scan.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)…

I don’t use the Internet or email. I don’t trust the safety of (secured) online websites. How do I complete the background check for Tier 1?
We have hard copy forms that you may complete and submit via regular mail. We will forward these to you upon request.

Can we use a County Sheriff’s office to run background checks?

What can be done with the information collected on the background check?
It can only be used for the reason it was requested, i.e., for the purposes of the protection of minors policy.

What does the background check include?
The background check includes criminal checks and checks against the national and state sex offender registries. It does not include credit checks.

Who has to get background checks?
The Protection of Minors policy provides that background investigations of Authorized Adults and those who hold Direct Contact Positions or Job Titles who have interaction with minors must be conducted.

Will the University accept background checks that have been conducted for another reason (e.g. school districts)?
No, the University will not rely upon checks completed for another reason by the New Jersey State Police or another background check vendor.

(1) NJ State law does not allow New Jersey State Police checks obtained for one purpose (school requirements) to be used for another purpose (protection of minors program at Rutgers.)

(2) The University will not accept or review background checks that were completed by any third party vendor except those completed by GIS (through UHR) for the particular purpose of interactions with minors in Rutgers programs.


4-H Holiday Wreaths-Send Us Your Pictures!

4-H members showing decorared wreaths
Summer Blossoms members proudly display the wreaths they decorated.

The 4-H Summer Blossoms club got together to decorate the wreaths their club sold. They did a great job and had a lot of fun doing it!

Proceeds from the sale of 4-H holiday wreaths through the 4-H Foundation supports scholarships for 4-H members. The Foundation also supports the participation of 4-H members in regional and national events and competitions.

If your 4-H club decorated wreaths, please share your pictures and we’ll add them to our gallery.

Happy Holidays!

12/8/2014: Tanya Patrie forwarded a picture of wreaths donated by Teen Council to the LG Cook Camp for the Camp’s first first annual Winter Gathering held on 12/6.