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posts on upcoming 4-H events for Sussex County 4-H members

Rutgers to host the first New Jersey Youth Institute of the World Food Prize on March 4th on Cook Campus.

World Food Prize

Calling all High School Students-
Are you interested in global issues related to food security? Issues varying from sustainable agriculture to human rights, from plant science to foreign aid? Would you like to take an active role in identifying solutions to food security issues? If so, become a student leader in the global fight against huger! Don’t miss the New Jersey Youth Institute (part of The World Food Prize) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey – March 4, 2016!

At this exciting day-long event, participating high school students (8th – 12th graders) have the opportunity to:
Present research and recommendations on how to solve key global challenges in a short speech and small group discussions with statewide experts;
Connect with other student leaders from across New Jersey to share ideas, identify solutions to these problems and build lasting friendships;
Interact with global leaders in science, industry and policy;
• Take part in educational sessions and interactive tours at Rutgers University to explore current research and issues in international development and life sciences; and
   • Meet innovative researchers, professors and college students in New Jersey working to end hunger and poverty and improve food security around the world.
To participate in the New Jersey Youth Institute, students research a global issue and write a three page paper under the supervision of a teacher or mentor (using the downloadable guidelines). Each teacher or mentor must register their participating students online and submit each student’s research paper online by February 1, 2016. Eighth through twelfth grade students in the 2015/16 school year are eligible to apply.

Papers will be evaluated by The World Food Prize Board of Reviewers (based on an evaluation rubric).

There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lunch will be provided the day of the event. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in New Brunswick, NJ.
The New Jersey Youth Institute is hosted by the State University of New Jersey with the generous support of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Jersey FFA, New Jersey 4-H, and Rutgers Cooperative Extension.

Visit the webpage for more details (including instructions, sample papers, the evaluation rubric and a link to the registration site) – Be sure to check out the list of opportunities available to NJ Youth Institute participants.

Questions about participating in the New Jersey Youth Institute should be directed to the State Coordinator Dr. Laura Lawson at or call at 848-932-8010.


Halloween Happenings 2015


Sussex County 4-H will again be hosting Halloween Happenings.  It is being held Saturday, October 24th from 5 to 8 pm. Since last year was a wonderful success at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, we will again be holding it there this year. We know many will disappointed that it is not being held again the 4-H Camp, but since we feel it is everyone’s best interest and safety to again hold it at the fairgrounds due to the size that the event has grown to. This continues to be a very fun and popular event for our members, but also introduces the public to 4-H. The event continues to be full of fun filled activities and is open at no charge to 4-H members, as well as the public.

Sussex 4-H Families and clubs have supported Halloween Happenings through volunteering.

Areas we are in need of volunteers are:
Hosting a Booth for Halloween Happenings
A 4-H club or family may volunteer to host a both at Halloween Happenings (HH). This involves decorating the booth like area for Halloween. 4-H members from the club(s) may opt to dress to complement the decoration theme. Each booth provides treats to visitors as part of a trick-or-treat trail. Think of this in terms of a ‘trunk or treat’ but minus the trunk. Last year those that did this used pop-up canopies and tables to decorate a space.

During HH we will be offer crafts and small activities in the Shotwell Building. These have included things such as face painting and pumpkin painting. If you or members in your club would like to help with or lead a new craft or activity, please sign-up or let us know.

Parking Assistance
Teenage 4-H members and adults can help to direct visitors to the appropriate parking areas. (Given this is not the most fun, we try to rotate teens to other stations during the evening.)

Teenage 4-H members can help lightly scare those on the hay rides that will be “haunted”. Early (daylight) rides will not include scaring, and may be appropriate for younger children. Later rides will include some scaring (with supervision from 4-H volunteers).

Baked Goods and Candy
We provide free baked goods and treats to visitors. Some have gotten very creative baking Halloween themed treats, but brownies, cookies and Rice Krispie ® treats are always well received! We also try to provide extra bags of candy to all the booths that have set up to off set the cost to them. If you or your club would like to provide some of these, please sign up or let us know.

A sign-up sheet has been set up online. To sign up, click here.

If you have any question please feel free to contact the 4-H office (973) 948-3040.

2015-16 Ag Ambassador Contest Announcement

2015-16 Ag Ambassador Contest Announcement

New Jersey Agricultural Ambassador contest is a state level contest involving representatives from all of New Jersey’s counties.  Those who are single male or female between the ages of 16 and 21 years old have the opportunity to apply to represent Sussex County at this event!  Those interested must be 16 years of age prior to November 1.

The contestant from each county will be required to submit an essay. The topic for this year’s contest is What Agriculture Means to Me. (Note: You do not have to submit an essay unless you are selected to represent Sussex County.) The contest will include an interview. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agricultural and its agricultural fairs. Contestants should also be prepared to make a three minute speech on How I plan on representing New Jersey’s Agricultural Fairs should I be chosen Ambassador….

The State contest will be held Sunday, November 1st (time and location details to be announced).

If you are interested in competing to be New Jersey’s Agricultural Ambassador, please send a letter stating your interest and intent as to why you think you’d be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County to Joan Smith, President Agricultural Division, New Jersey State Fair ®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

Letters should be sent to:, or to the Fair Office.
New Jersey State Fair
P.O. Box 2456
Branchville, NJ 07826
ATTN: Joan Smith

The deadline to let Mrs Smith know Thursday, October 1st.

The Rutgers Mason Gross Extension Division is pleased to offer a discounted rate to 4-Hers who woud like to participate in Mason Gross High School Musical Theatre Academy.

RHSMTAMason Gross Extension Division is pleased to offer a discounted rate to 4-Hers who would like to participate in the Mason Gross High School Musical Theatre Academy. 4H members who are accepted will receive a standard 25% tuition discount. Students who demonstrate financial need may receive up to 50% tuition discount. Payment plans are available as well. All interested students must pass the RHSMTA audition on June 13, 2015. Those who are accepted must commit to full program participation. There is no fee for students to audition.

Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy Auditions
The Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy is an exciting new program that aims to provide talented high school students from the tri-state area with the skills needed to excel in the professional world of musical theater. Students will undergo rigorous training in dance (jazz and ballet), voice, acting, and stage performance. Additionally, conservatory students will receive audition and industry coaching as well as technical feedback from New York theater professionals. At the end of the semester, students will perform in an original performance showcase where industry executives including talent agents and casting directors will be invited to attend!

Audition Details
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2015, 10:00AM – 1:00PM
Where: Mason Gross School of the Arts, 85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Age: 8th Grade – 12th Grade
Program Tuition: $1,350; Scholarships and financial aid available; Payment plans available

All participants must register for auditions in order to be considered!
Register HERE:


What to Prepare

Participants should bring:
• A headshot or recent picture
• A resume detailing your performance credits & training
• Two contrasting songs: one ballad and one up-tempo song.
• Appropriate dance attire to allow freedom of movement, as well as ballet or jazz shoes. (Jeans and hard-sole shoes are not
• permitted.)If you would like to demonstrate your tap skills, please also bring your tap shoes.

Click the link below for the official  Rutgers High School Musical Theater Academy audition flyer:

RHSMTA Audition Flyer

For more information about the program can be found on the program website:



Sparta 4th of July Parade Invitation

The Sparta Elks are hosting a 4th of July Community Parade and has invited Sussex County 4-H Clubs to participate. The parade is scheduled to take place Saturday July 4, 2015. The parade will begin approx. 10am, but participates are asked to arrive at the start holding area no later than 9 am. Entry applications are due in to the Elks by June 22, 2015. If you are interested in attending you can contact the 4-H office or at the follow the following: for more information and/or for the entry application.4th of july

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.