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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


NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador Competition

Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador
Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador

The NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador competition is coming up on Sunday, Nov. 2. Each year the Agricultural Division of the New Jersey State Fair®/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show sends a nominee to participate in the competition. Last year, our representative, Kayla Vaughan, was the winner and became the NJ Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The Ag Ambassadors are expected to attend the NJ Agriculture Convention in February to represent their respective Fair.

In order to compete, the representative must be a single male or female between 16-21 years of age, and will be required to submit an application, resume and essay and will need to give a short speech at the competition. Contestants will be judged on their presence, their public speaking and knowledge of New Jersey’s agriculture and its agricultural fairs.

Joan Smith, President of the Ag Division of the Fair, will be accepting letters of interest from anyone who would like to be the Ambassador for the NJ State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show.

If you are interested in representing the NJSF/SCFHS at NJ Ag Convention, please send a letter by email to Mrs. Smith at jbsmith11@embarqmail.com.

In the letter please detail the reasons why you would be a good ambassador for agriculture in Sussex County and our Fair.

The deadline for the letter is September 25.

The Ag Division officers will review the letters and choose a representative.

New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award

NJ Department of Agriculture logoNew Jersey residents who are entering their senior year in high school this fall and are planning a career in agriculture or science may apply for the New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award.  One winner will be selected and awarded a scholarship to honor their achievements.

The New Jersey Agricultural Achievement Award, sponsored by Dr. Amy Butewicz, a former New Jersey Equestrian of the Year, was started because of her desire to give back to the community. Worth $500, this scholarship is meant to assist its recipient in beginning their future in agriculture.

The qualifications for receiving this award include submitting an application, found here www.jerseyequine.nj.gov/agachievementapplform.pdf, a resume along with an essay answering the question, “How has your involvement within your respective nominating organization helped to shape your future career choice?”

In addition, a contestant is required to be a current, active member of an organization either on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and/or represented at the Youth Reception portion of the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention.  Each organization on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board and a participant of the State Agricultural Convention is able to nominate a maximum of two contestants.

The winner of the Agricultural Achievement Award must attend the Annual New Jersey Bred Equine Breeders Award Luncheon to be held on Sunday, January 26, 2015 in Eastampton and will read his or her essay to the attendees.

Please mail application, resume and essay by January 2, 2015 to:

Attn:  Lynn Mathews
P.O. Box 330
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

If you have any questions, contact Lynn Mathews, 609-292-2888 or lynn.mathews@ag.state.nj.us.

Events in the Ag Area at this Year’s Fair

NJ State Fair LogoThere’s lots going on in the Ag Arena at the 2014 New Jersey State Fair/Sussex County Farm and Horse Show! While some events will take place at their regular day and time, there are many new events to check out this year.

The schedule is pasted below. You can also download a copy here.


Friday, August 1

  • 4-H model horse show 9-11 AM
  • Cloverbud Carnival 12-2 PM*
  • Beef Obstacle Course 4-6 PM (between barns)*
  • TBA 6-9 PM (possible wrestling event)

Saturday, August 2

  • Open Beef Show 9-5
  • Open Sheep Show 9-5 * (earlier start)
  • Woodchoppers Competition 7-10

Sunday, August 3

  • Open Beef Show 9-3
  • Open Sheep Show 9-3* (earlier start)
  • Fiddler’s Competition 3-5:30
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Rabbit and Small Animal Show- 6-10 PM

Monday, August 4 (split ring)

  • 4-H Dairy Goat Show 9-5
  • 4-H Market Goat Show 1-5
  • 4-H Swine Show- Barn 4- 4:00
  • 4-H Beef Show 5:30-8:00
  • TBA Entertainment- 8:00 PM

Tuesday, August 5- Children’s Day

  • 4-H Market Lamb Show 9-10 AM
  • Cow Kids Showmanship 10:30-12:00
  • Rooster Crowing Contest 12:00-1:00
  • Open time slot- 1-5 (Bluegrass Band tentative)
  • 4-H Market Animal Social and Sale 5-10 PM

 Wednesday, August 6

  • 4-H Junior Dairy Show 9-5
  • 4-H Sheep Costume/Obstacle Contest 7-10 (in barn) *
  • Show-De-O 7-10 *

Thursday, August 7- Senior Citizen Day

  • Colored Breed Open Dairy Show 9-1
  • Oxen Demo 1-2
  • 4-H Breeding Sheep Show 1-6
  • 4-H Round Robin Showmanship 8-10

Friday, August 8

  • Holstein Open Dairy Show 8:30-4
  • 4-H Goat costume contest 4:30-6
  • Rabbit Costume Contest 5:30-7:30
  • 4-H Dog Agility Demo- 6:30-8 *(tentative time)
  • Country Line Dancing- 8:00 * (tentative)

Saturday, August 9

  • Open Dairy Goat Show 9-6
  • 4-H Seeing Eye demo 6-7
  • Turkey Calling Contest 7-10

Sunday, August 10

  • 4-H Alpaca Show 9-3




Devon Schneider Takes Top Honors at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival

DSchneider_MD_SheepWoolShow_2014Congratulations to Devon Schneider on her success at the 2014 Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival! Devon, a member of the Sussex County Shepherds 4-H Club, entered her fleece at the show and took top honors among 4-H fleeces. There were over 700 fleeces entered this year, and while they weren’t all from 4-H members, the quality of Devon’s won out over fleeces submitted from 4-H members from several other states.
This was a great honor for Devon, but not the first for Sussex County. Alexandra Rogers (also a Sussex Shepherds member) won the 4-H competition the last two years. While the Shepherds are a comparatively small club of just 15 members, they’re very accomplished!

Kayla Vaughan Selected as 2014 Agricultural Fair Ambassador

Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador
Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador

Kayla Vaughan, a member of the Sussex County 4-H Milkmakers Club and 2013 NJ Dairy Princess, has been chosen as the 2014 New Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The 18-year-old graduate of Sussex County Technical School was selected from among seven contestants by the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey.

“Kayla is the fifth-generation on her family’s dairy farm and will be a wonderful spokesperson as she attends our state’s agricultural fairs next summer,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “She also will serve as an inspiring mentor for young people interested in or already involved in agricultural youth organizations.”

As ambassador, Vaughan is charged with visiting the state’s agricultural fairs in 2014, discussing the fairs, promoting agritourism to the public and bringing people together to support the state’s agriculture industry.

“Agriculture is not just something I do for a living, it is what I live for,” said Vaughan. “I will spend the next year representing the agriculture industry as a whole and the families that work so hard at it.”

She studied commercial baking in high school and is enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America with a goal of opening a bakery on her own dairy farm using her own natural products.

Vaughan participated in Skills USA where she placed third in the state for baker’s aid. She also worked as a volunteer for a variety of organizations, including Catch a Dream Foundation and hospice.

This is the 11th year the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey has named an ambassador. In choosing an ambassador, the Association seeks a good representation of young people active in agriculture in the Garden State and their county fair.

There were 21 agricultural fairs in the state this past summer, including the New Jersey State Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The earliest fair is held in June, with the final fair of the season in late August.


2014 Sussex County Ag Society Scholarship

Illustration of barn and siloGraduating seniors at all Sussex County high schools are invited to apply for the Sussex County Agricultural Society Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship has been presented for over 25 years to graduates pursuing degrees in many fields related to agriculture. In past years, multiple scholarships have been awarded in amounts of over $500 each. The number of scholarships and amount awarded varies annually, depending on the number of applicants, qualifications and available funds.

The following are the qualifications for this scholarship:

  1.  The student is to major in a field of study that is related to agriculture after high school. This may include horticulture, dairy science, production agriculture, veterinary science, or agricultural mechanics/engineering.
  2. The student must be a resident of Sussex County
  3. The winner(s) will be determined by the Ag Society.
  4. The award will be presented at the recipient’s school awards assembly

You may download an application here.

Applications are due Monday, March 10, 2014

If you have questions about the scholarship or application, please call Mrs. Julie Shotwell, 973-383-9868.


Tom Everett Memorial Scholarship – Agricultural Major or related field

$2000 Academic Scholarship & $500 Continuing Ed

With the new year approaching please keep in mind the Tom Everett Memorial Scholarship, with college students on winter break it’s a good time to get it in.

Deadline is March 31, 2014

$2000 Academic Scholarship

  • Applicant must be enrolled at and in the academic rank of sophomore, junior or senior at any accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university in The applicant must be a NJ resident majoring in an agricultural subject area (i.e. Botany, Plant Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Entomology, etc.) or other related fields.
  • Applicant must also intend to pursue a career in production agriculture or in a field related to agriculture. The applicant (or parent, if under 21) must be a current member of NJ Farm Bureau.

$500 Continuing Education

  • The applicant (or parent if under 21) must be a current member of NJ Farm Bureau and will be attending an accredited or approved seminar, workshop, or conference related directly to production agriculture or a field related to agriculture.
  • The committee will review both the applicant and the seminar for eligibility. This scholarship will be awarded by March 1st of the following year, but will be transferred only after the successful applicant has attended the approved conference.
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.

Please see the link below for all details and qualifications pertaining to this scholarship.