Monday, January 18, 2021

Multi-County Consumer Education Project - RSVP by 01/18/21

 We are excited to host a multi-county Consumer Education Project series with Travis and Williamson County!

RSVP Required!
Be sure to sign up for the series at https://bit.ly/21ConsumerEd by the end of the day TODAY: January 18, 2021

A Printable copy of the schedule and project overview is available at http://bit.ly/ConsumerOverview21

Right now, we are planning on the practices being virtual – we are working on a way to incorporate in-person activities when possible



    Friday, January 15, 2021

    Multi-County Consumer Education Project - RSVP by 01/18/21

     We are excited to host a multi-county Consumer Education Project series with Travis and Williamson County!

    RSVP Required!
    Be sure to sign up for the series at https://bit.ly/21ConsumerEd by January 18, 2021

    A Printable copy of the schedule and project overview is available at http://bit.ly/ConsumerOverview21

    Right now, we are planning on the practices being virtual – we are working on a way to incorporate in-person activities when possible



      01/15/2021 4-H Livestock Email Blast - Major Show Updates, Bastrop & Smithville Reminders, & Weigh Days

      INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

      • Major Show Updates
      • Livestock Project Weigh Day
      • Bastrop Area Livestock Show Reminders
      • Smithville Livestock Show Reminders
      • Other Opportunities

      Howdy and Happy Friday, Y’all!

      We wanted to pass on some quick updates for livestock exhibitors – we were hoping to have more information for you this week, but we are still confirming details with most of the major livestock shows.  In the meantime, please remember that Ashley and I are happy to make arrangements to visit you and your livestock projects or answer any questions you have!    

      MAJOR SHOW UPDATES:

      • Passes: We have not yet received any passes in the mail – we are expecting San Angelo’s to arrive this weekend
      • Information/Reminder Emails: We are working on putting together our reminder emails to send to the exhibitors attending each show (San Angelo & San Antonio should go out Tuesday/Wednesday of next week) – this is a little delayed as we collect information on what passes we will receive at the office and what wristbands/passes will be included
      • Eligibility letters: Eligibility letters have been arranged to go out about 2 weeks before the check in of each of your entries – these were based on the currently posted schedules and are being monitored for any updates

      LIVESTOCK PROJECT WEIGH DAY:

      • The next weigh day is scheduled for Saturday, January 23, 2021, from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn
      • RSVP is required – if you are planning on weighing your animal, email or text Miss Mellanie (MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or 512-522-9174) or Miss Ashley (Ashley.Radde@ag.tamu.edu or 254-315-7420) by next Wednesday, January 20th.  If we do not receive any RSVP’s we will cancel the weigh day.

      BASTROP AREA LIVESTOCK SHOW REMINDERS:

      • Reminder that the next Validation & Entry day is Thursday, February 4, from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn
        • Validation night only for exhibitors who submitted Rabbit intent forms
        • Western Art & Ag Mechanics entries are due with payment
      • Families must attend and complete entries and payment for these species
      • We are working on finalizing plant pick-up day/time
      • The show board has extended the show schedule to accommodate several factors
        • he show will be spread over February 28 – March 6, 2021
        • the board is working on finalizing a letter to be mailed out to all exhibitors with the final details and confirmed schedule ASAP

      SMITHVILLE LIVESTOCK SHOW REMINDER:

      OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

      • Other Livestock related opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
      • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186

      That is all for now!  Please let us know if you need anything and have a safe and happy weekend!

      M

      Mellanie L. Mickelson

      Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

      P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
      p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
      MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

      Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
      Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
      Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

       

      Saturday, January 9, 2021

      Multi-County Consumer Education Project - RSVP by 01/18/21

      We are excited to host a multi-county Consumer Education Project series with Travis and Williamson County!

      RSVP Required!
      Be sure to sign up for the series at https://bit.ly/21ConsumerEd by January 18, 2021

      A Printable copy of the schedule and project overview is available at http://bit.ly/ConsumerOverview21

      Right now, we are planning on the practices being virtual – we are working on a way to incorporate in-person activities when possible



      Friday, January 8, 2021

      01/08/21 4-H Email Blast: General Updates & Information

      INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

      • OFFICE HOURS & STAFFING
      • IN PERSON MEETING OPPORTUNITIES/GUIDELINES
      • 2020-2021 DISTRICT 10 4-H COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY
      • 2020-2021 SPRING PROJECT PLANNING SURVEY – RESPONSE NEEDED
      • 2020-2021 COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
      • 2020-2021 CONSUMER EDUCATION PROJECT UPDATES
      • DOG PROJECT REMINDERS
      • OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

      Howdy, happy Friday, and Happy New Year!!!

      As we jump straight into the new year, we are excited to pass on some upcoming opportunities to y’all.  Right now, in person opportunities may be a little limited as we receive updates from the State and Local governments, as well as our Agency.  With that in mind, we are working on making the virtual activities provided as hands-on or interactive as possible. 

      We are also working on livestock emails for those who entered Major Livestock Shows, we are trying to balance out sending emails to y’all while waiting until a little closer to the shows than usual in case there are any big changes in format/schedule.  We’ll also send out a separate livestock email blast early next week with some updates.

      If y’all have any questions, please let us know!  Other than that, let’s jump in!

      OFFICE HOURS & STAFFING:

      Recently, one of our staff members tested positive for COVID, we have let anyone who was potentially exposed know so that they can monitor themselves.  At this time, we are using an abundance of caution and are quarantining.  This means we will not be allowing any foot traffic in the office for the next week or so – we will still be answering phones and emails during that time.

      IN PERSON MEETING OPPORTUNITIES/GUIDELINES:

      For 4-H meetings/activities, our current status is “Red” from January 7-21, 2021.  The current guidelines were updated to allow some in-person meetings for Red status:

      • Group INDOOR events at 25% capacity of space or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced. Events must be pre-approved by CEO through a preparedness plan.
      • Group OUTDOOR events may be held with a maximum of 30 people. Events with greater than 30 people must be pre-approved by CEO through a preparedness plan.
      • Face to face group events should be mission critical. Events with priority are ones with time, fiscal and workforce implications.
      • Face to face guest speaking or presenting at other entities’ events must be approved by supervisor 14 days in advance.
      • No overnight events.

      2020-2021 DISTRICT 10 4-H COMMUNITY SERVICE ACTIVITY:

      • The District 10 4-H Council has decided that for this year’s community service project they want to give back to local schools within our own Counties! They would like for each county to host a school supply drive, collect the items in the County Extension Office (CEO) and then prepare boxes/baskets to be dropped off at local schools in county for the teachers and students to have access to.
      • If you would like to donate any school supplies, please drop them off at the CEO as you are able to do so (remember, we have our drop box on the front porch to the right of the front doors). We will plan on donating supplies received at the end of each month from January to May 2021.
      • If your club decides to donate items on their own, please send me an email letting me know when and what was donated, as well as which school it was donated to.

      2020-2021 SPRING PROJECT PLANNING SURVEY – RESPONSE NEEDED:

      • We are working on planning for our Spring 2021 4-H Projects and need a little bit of feedback from each of you on a few of them.  Please help provide us some feedback by responding to our 3 question survey at http://bit.ly/21SpSurvey1
      • If you are responding as a family instead of as an individual, please note how many people you are responding for in the “name” area.  The survey should take about 1 minute to complete and will be open until 12:00 Noon on January 14th.

      2020-2021 COUNTY PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST:

      2020-2021 CONSUMER EDUCATION PROJECT UPDATES:

      • We are excited to host a multi-county Consumer Education Project series with Travis and Williamson County!
      • RSVP Required – sign up for the series at https://bit.ly/21ConsumerEd by January 18, 2021
      • A Printable copy of the schedule and project overview is available at http://bit.ly/ConsumerOverview21
      • Right now, we are planning on the practices being virtual – we are working on a way to incorporate in-person activities when possible

      DOG PROJECT REMINDERS:

      • Texas 4-H Dog Show will be held on July 9-10, 2021 at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Texas.
      • To be eligible for this show, dogs must be validated by January 10, 2021 in 4-H Online.
        • Watch a video with instructions herefor validating dogs. The 2021 Rule Book will be posted here
        • The 2020 Rule Book is currently available and there should not be any significant changes related to events.
      • We do encourage you to validate any dogs that you are eligible to show. Situations may change through the year. DO NOT to wait until the last day to complete your validation. It will be difficult for your County Extension Office to help you at 4:45 p.m. on the last day.

      OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

      •  
      • HEB Virtual Cooking Classes: has been hosting virtual classes – you can check out their website for current classes or their HEB YouTube Channel

      • Take Care of Texas: K-5 Art Contest Season
        • The Take Care of Texas Kids Art Contestis now open for K-5 students! Teachers and parents can use this contest to educate students on how to protect the environment, while letting them artistically express their ideas for a chance to win a prize.
        • The contest is open Jan. 4 - March 5, 2021. Mail-in entries must be postmarked on or before March 5, 2021. Entries can also be submitted electronically. The students that submit the best art can win a tablet or laptop computer! Contest prizes will now be awarded per grade level this year, and are made possible by the Texas Chemical Council
        • Learn more on the Art Contest Website!

      Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great week!!!

      M

      Mellanie L. Mickelson
      Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

      P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
      p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
      MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

      Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
      Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
      Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

       

      Monday, January 4, 2021

      2020-2021 Bastrop & Travis County Photography Contest Information - ENTRIES DUE MAY 2, 2021

      We are excited to host our second county photography contest with Travis County!

      ·        Registration for the County Photography Contest will be done via e-mail and entries are due by 5:00 PM on Sunday, May 2, 2021.

      ·        Entry into the contest is free. Please email all entries to CEP 4-H Agent Nathan Tucker at: Nathan.Tucker@agnet.tamu.edu

      ·        Instructions for labeling photos and the category descriptions can be found in the rules at http://bit.ly/21PhotoRules.



      Texas 4-H Dog Validation - DUE JANUARY 10, 2021


      This letter has been sent blind copy to 4-H families enrolled in the 4-H Dog Care and Training Project.  If you no longer wish to received Dog Project information, remove the project from your list in your 4-H Online profile.

       

      Texas 4-H Dog Show will be held on July 9-10, 2021 at the Walker County Fairgrounds in Huntsville, Texas.  To be eligible for this show, dogs must be validated by January 10, 2021 in 4-H Online. Included below are detailed written instructions.  Misty Cathy has also created video instructions https://youtu.be/x5kaZ1Ou4-c if that is more convenient.  2021 Texas 4-H Dog Show Rule Book will be posted https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/dog-care-training/ soon.  The 2020 Rule Book is currently available and there should not be any significant changes related to events.

       

      As 4-H members complete their validation, here are some things to keep in mind:

      • For purebred dogs (they do not have to be registered, just look purebred) you will select the correct Group and list the breed. 
      • For mixed breed dogs you will select the Weight Group of the dog and list the dominant breed along with the word “Mix” or list the two breeds if known.  (Example: Border Collie Mix or Mastiff/Great Dane.) 
      • Photos of the left and right side of the dog should be a side view of the whole dog. Get on the dog’s level so they do not turn into top views.  They should also be clear and light enough we can see all markings and color of the dog.   
      • None of the previously validated dogs carried over to 4-H Online.  Everyone will need to complete the full online validation form and upload photos this year.
      • We do encourage you to validate any dogs that you are eligible to show.  Situations may change through the year.

       

      You may have received this information from your County Extension Office or you may have seen it in the Texas 4-H Newsletter or on their Facebook page.  DO NOT to wait until the last day to complete your validation.  It will be difficult for your County Extension Office to help you at 4:45 p.m. on the last day.  If you are having trouble with 4-H Online, contact your local County Extension office. 

       

       

      M. Michelle Mihalek, MEd

      County Extension Agent - 4-H Youth Development

      Montgomery County | Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

      9020 Airport Rd. Conroe, Texas 77303

      P: (936) 539 – 7823 Ext. 3 | F: (936) 538-8199

      mmmihalek@ag.tamu.eduhttp://montgomery.agrilife.org

       

      http://AgriLifeExtension.tamu.edu

      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension provides equal opportunities in its programs and employment to all persons, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

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      Friday, January 1, 2021

      Happy New Year!

       HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! We hope all of your hopes, dreams, and goals come true! We can't wait to see what this year brings!



      Thursday, December 31, 2020

      12/31/2020 4-H Email Blast: General Updates & Information

      INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

      • Office Hours
      • In-Person Meeting Opportunities/Guidelines
      • Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training
      • Upcoming Trainings & Opportunities
      • Other Opportunities

      Howdy and Happy Thursday, Y’all!

      We hope you had a fabulous and relaxing holiday!  As we get ready to jump into 2021 tonight, we hope all of your hopes, dreams, and goals come true!  We can't wait to see what this year brings and we are excited for you to be taking the journey with us!

      Please remember that you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/.  Right now, these may be a little limited as we receive updates from the State and Local governments, as well as our Agency.  We are going to be calling some 4-H Ambassador and Club Manager Meetings to try to plan for spring opportunities with the information we have and the updated livestock show schedules.

      OFFICE HOURS:

      • The CEO will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021, in observation of the New Year's Holidays
      • Normal Office Hours:
        • Monday – Friday
        • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
        • Closed from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Lunch
      • Current Staffing for January 2021:
        • Mondays/Tuesdays - Mellanie & Ashley are working in the office
        • Wednesday - Fridays - Hillary is working in the office
        • We will be periodically sending out updated schedules as we send out reminders to livestock exhibitors for the shows

      IN PERSON MEETING OPPORTUNITIES/GUIDELINES:

      • As we move into the spring, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services and the Texas A&M University System has provided all county 4-H programs with updated guidance on in-person activities and programs.  These guidelines look at several different factors and categorize the counties into Green, Yellow, or Red categories:
        • Red Level: No face-to-face Extension-hosted or Extension-sponsored events; No guest speaking or presenting at other entities’ events; No overnight events
        • Yellow Level: Group meetings with a limit of 10 people at 75% capacity of space or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced; No overnight events; Seek alternative methods to deliver face-to-face meetings and educational programs.
        • Green Level: Group meetings with a limit of 50 people at 75% capacity or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced (requires prior approval of County Extension Office); All overnight events require a submission of a preparedness plan that is approved; AgriLife Extension requires a screening form for each participant at day youth events and all overnight events and programs; Daily temperature checks are required at all overnight events.
      •  We are currently listed as a "RED" categorization through January 6th, at which time we will receive an updated status.  This means that we are NOT allowed to host any in-person meetings or activities at this time.  We can attend and participate in the livestock shows since those are not run by 4-H/Extension. 
      • We are working on virtual opportunities for projects while keeping them fun – we are open to any ideas/suggestions, please feel free to send them our way!
      • Projects we are working on include:
        • Consumer Education
        • Leaders 4 Life
        • Fashion & Interior Design

      TEXAS 4-H FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP TRAINING – MEGAN LOGAN

      • If you missed the link for the Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training put on by Megan Logan, the recording is available online at https://youtu.be/3_RrhOeHb_4 at your convenience!
      • Graduating Seniors, please make sure that you are working on these applications now, while you have the time.  Please let us know if you have any questions!
      • The Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Information is available at https://texas4hfoundation.org/about-scholarships/
      • ALL Applications are due February 15, 2021 in the scholarship portal

      UPCOMING TRAININGS & OPPORTUNITIES:

      • LIVESTOCK PROJECT WEIGH DAYS - RSVP Required
        • Scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn on the following Saturdays:
          • Saturday, January 23, 2020
        • RSVP by texting or emailing Miss Mellanie or Miss Ashley if you are planning on coming to the weigh day(s)

      OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

      • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
      • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186.

      Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great week!!!

      M

      Mellanie L. Mickelson
      Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

      P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
      p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
      MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

      Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
      Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
      Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

       

      Thursday, December 24, 2020

      Happy Holidays 2020!

      We are incredibly thankful for all of our community members!  We hope you and your families have a fabulous holiday break with rest and relaxation, and we wish you a happy and prosperous new year!!

      Please note that our office will be closed in observation of the winter holidays on the following dates:

      • Thursday, December 24th
      • Friday, December 35th
      • Friday, January 1st 

       


      Wednesday, December 23, 2020

      2020-2021 District 10 4-H Community Service Project

       The District 10 4-H Council has decided that for this years community service project they want to give back to local schools within your area. 

      They would like for each county to host a school supply drive, collect the items in the County Extension Office and then prepare boxes/baskets to be dropped off at local schools in your county for the teachers and students to have access to. Below is a flyer regarding the project. 

      This will be an ongoing community service project for Bastrop County 4-H from January 2021 to May 2021.  We will plan to drop off supplies collected at the local schools around the county at the end of each month.  Please let us know if you have any questions!




      Tuesday, December 22, 2020

      Big Youth Workshop - 01/05/21

       

      Save the Date! The BIG Youth Workshop is set for January 5, 2021. This workshop will be held in conjunction with the BIG Conference, but will be held virtually. Students will gain knowledge about “Connecting Agriculture & their Communities” from our amazing line-up of speakers. Registration is currently open and will remain open until January 1, 2021. Registration is, however, limited to those students in 7th-12th grade.

      Monday, December 21, 2020

      Dairy Judging Contest - Save the Date - 02/06/21

       


      With the cancellation of many of the Dairy Judging contest at our major shows this spring, the Texas 4-H Program along with Districts 4, 8, 10 and 11 will be hosting a joint contest in Sulphur Springs, TX on Saturday, February 6, 2021. For Senior 4-H teams, this contest will serve as the national 4-H qualifying event. The team and individual rankings will be based upon the Sulphur Springs 4-H Dairy Judging Contest Rules and Guidelines. 


      This contest will be open to all 4-H members. There will be no limit to the number of teams a county can enter.

       

      Contest Rules and Guidelines will be posted to the Texas 4-H Roundup page in December. https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/events/roundup/


      Registration will open Monday, January 4, 2021 through 4HOnline and close on Monday, January 18, 2021. You will be able to register for a District contest using the same event should you be from D4, D8, D10 or D11. You will still be considered for the overall state rankings as long as you select you want to participate in the State contest along with your District’s event.


      The Texas 4-H Program will offer state level awards based on age divisions to the top 2 overall teams as well as the Top 10 Individuals.


      The highest placing Senior 4-H team at the Texas 4-H / Multi District Dairy Judging Contest will be given the opportunity to represent the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisconsin in October 2021.


      The second highest placing Senior 4-H team at the Texas 4-H / Multi District Dairy Judging Contest will be given the opportunity to represent the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky in November 2021.

       

      Be aware that the national contest registration process and fees as well as cost of travel will be the responsibility of the county and/or individual 4-H members that qualify.


      See the 2021 Texas 4-H Roundup Guide and the specific national contest guidelines for additional rules.

      2020-2021 District 10 Photography Contest Information

       Please see the letter below regarding the 2020-2021 District 10 4-H Photography Contest.  

      The letter may also be downloaded from the District 10 website at 
      https://d104-h.tamu.edu/district-events-activities/photography/





      Monday, December 14, 2020

      12/11/2020 4-H Email Blast: General Updates & Information (Resent 12/14/20)

       

      INFORMATION IN THIS EMAIL BLAST (IN ORDER)

      • Office Hours
      • In-Person Meeting Opportunities/Guidelines
      • Pecan Auxiliary Raffle Tickets
      • Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training
      • Upcoming Trainings & Opportunities
      • Other Opportunities

      Howdy and Happy Friday Monday, Y’all!

      I wanted to resend our email blast today - it seems we had LOTS of technology issues going on last week with internet and the email blast getting marked as spam in our Outlook system. We think we have everything fixed and addressed, however, please be sure to check your spam folders for information every once in a while.  Thank you all SO MUCH for your patience with all of these challenges this year - we apologize for the inconvenience and want you to know that you are appreciated!

      We wanted to pass on a few quick updates now that we have submitted all major livestock show entries and are getting ready to move into a new year.  Please remember that you can see all of the upcoming workshops and opportunities on our calendar at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/calendar/.

      OFFICE HOURS:

      • The CEO will be closed Thursday & Friday, December 24-25, 2020, in observation of the Christmas Holidays
      • Mellanie will be off work from December 21-23, 2020, with the exception of a couple of meetings.  She will periodically check emails.
      • The CEO will be closed Friday, January 1, 2021, in observation of the New Year's Holidays
      • Normal Office Hours:
        • Monday – Friday
        • 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
        • Closed from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 PM for Lunch
      • Current Staffing for December 2020:
        • Mondays/Tuesdays - Mellanie & Ashley are working in the office
        • Wednesday - Fridays - Hillary is working in the office

      IN PERSON MEETING OPPORTUNITIES/GUIDELINES:

      • As we move into the spring, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services and the Texas A&M University System has provided all county 4-H programs with updated guidance on in-person activities and programs.  These guidelines look at several different factors and categorize the counties into Green, Yellow, or Red categories:
        • Red Level: No face-to-face Extension-hosted or Extension-sponsored events; No guest speaking or presenting at other entities’ events; No overnight events
        • Yellow Level: Group meetings with a limit of 10 people at 75% capacity of space or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced; No overnight events; Seek alternative methods to deliver face-to-face meetings and educational programs.
        • Green Level: Group meetings with a limit of 50 people at 75% capacity or less are allowed only if social distancing can be practiced (requires prior approval of County Extension Office); All overnight events require a submission of a preparedness plan that is approved; AgriLife Extension requires a screening form for each participant at day youth events and all overnight events and programs; Daily temperature checks are required at all overnight events.
        •  
      • We are currently listed as a "Green" categorization through December 23rd, at which time we will receive an updated status.  If we continue to be listed as a green county, we will work on integrating some combination in-person/virtual activities in the spring.

      PECAN AUXILIARY

      • Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bastrop County Pecan Auxiliary has decided to have a fundraiser raffle in lieu of our traditional December Bake Show and Sale.  All items for the raffle have been donated, therefore all proceeds raised will benefit 4-H scholarships for Seniors and 4-H leadership lab tuition assistance.  Tickets are $5 each, or a book of 6 tickets for $25.  Winning tickets will be drawn on January 4, therefore all tickets and money will need to be returned to the County Extension Office by December 31 at Noon.  If you are interested in selling tickets, please contact the Extension office to schedule a time to pick up tickets. 

      • If you have questions, you may call the County Extension Office at 512-581-7186, Rachel Bauer at 512-468-7953, or Becky Schaefer at 512-284-4989.


      TEXAS 4-H FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP TRAINING – MEGAN LOGAN

      • If you missed the link for the Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Training put on by Megan Logan, the recording is available online at https://youtu.be/3_RrhOeHb_4 at your convenience!
      • Graduating Seniors, please make sure that you are working on these applications now, while you have the time.  Please let us know if you have any questions!
      • The Texas 4-H Foundation Scholarship Information is available at https://texas4hfoundation.org/about-scholarships/
      • ALL Applications are due February 15, 2021 in the scholarship portal

      UPCOMING TRAININGS & OPPORTUNITIES:

      • VIRTUAL OPPORTUNITIES: RSVP Required for the opportunities below
        • All Meeting access information will be emailed out about 24-48 hours before the meeting.  We will check for late RSVP's
          • DOG PROJECT INTEREST MEETING:
            • We are hosting a virtual planning meeting for the Dog Project at 5:00 PM on Monday, December 14, via Zoom.
            • The meeting will last about 1 hour and will include a brief overview of the dog project, some of the opportunities, what we did last year, and answering any questions about the project.
            • RSVP online at https://forms.gle/Bp7ndBLYwbBVxob7A
            • NOTE: due to our technology issues, we will be recording this session and sending it out afterwards.  We will check for any last minute RSVP's about 15 minutes before tonight's session, as well!
          • NEW PARENT ORIENTATION:
            • We are hosting a virtual New 4-H Parent Orientation at 6:00 PM on Thursday, December 17, 2020
            • RSVP online at https://forms.gle/1FnYmYdrYj68zCYq8 
            • The meeting will last about 1 hour and will include a brief overview of the structure of 4-H and the role of parents and volunteers.  We'll also address how some of those things are changed by this year and resources that are available to 4-H families.

       

      • LIVESTOCK PROJECT WEIGH DAYS - RSVP Required
        • Scheduled for 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM at the Bastrop Area Livestock Show Barn on the following Saturdays:
          • Saturday, December 19, 2020
          • Saturday, January 23, 2020
        • RSVP by texting or emailing Miss Mellanie or Miss Ashley if you are planning on coming to the weigh day(s)

      OTHER OPPORTUNITIES:

      • Other opportunities can be found on the County Calendar – registration information should be included for each post.
      • Other Contest related opportunities can be found on the Judging Card Calendar – to sign up for these opportunities, please contact Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu or at 512-581-7186


      Please let us know if you have any questions and have a great week!!!

      M

      Mellanie L. Mickelson
      Bastrop County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development
      Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services

      P.O. Box 650 | 901 Pecan Street | Bastrop, TX 78602
      p: (512) 581-7186 | c: (512) 522-9174 | f: (512) 581-7187
      MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu

      Website – https://bastrop.agrilife.org
      Blog – www.bastrop4h.blogspot.com
      Facebook – www.facebook.com/BastropCounty4H

       

      Wednesday, December 9, 2020

      4-H Dog Project Interest Meeting - 12/14/20; RSVP Required

      Hey all! We are getting ready to start up our Dog Project for this year! If you are interested in learning more about what this project looks like, be sure to RSVP by sending a completed virtual waiver to MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu.

      Virtual Waivers are available at https://bit.ly/Virtual_Waiver and are FILLABLE! You may add everyone's names so you only have to complete one per family. Please let us know if you have any questions at 512-581-7186 or MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu!



      Thursday, November 26, 2020

      Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!

      We are so thankful for all of you and for the amazing community that you all have created here in Bastrop County.  We hope that all of you have a fabulous Thanksgiving week filled with love, laughter, and gratitude. Happy Thanksgiving! 



      Wednesday, November 18, 2020

      REMINDER: 2020 Lost Pines Winter Classic - Free Showmanship Clinic & Contest (12/05/20)

        The Bastrop County 4-H & Lee County 4-H Youth Livestock Coalitions are excited to invite you to our 2020 Lost Pines Winter Classic - Free Showmanship Clinic & Contest!!  We are super thankful to our sponsors, Circle WL Beefmaster & Boullion Cattle Company, for sponsoring our event this year!

      Please note that an RSVP is REQUIRED this year - we need to have a head count for insurance, meal planning, and materials.  Please complete the Online RSVP Form (linked) by Monday, November 30, 2020

       

      Thursday, November 12, 2020

      Jan 2021 - Apr 2021 4-H Winter Pen Pal Program - Registration Opening Nov. 16!

       States’ 4-H will be offering another Pen Pal Program this winter.  Registration Opens November 16th.  Details and registration link is below.  Last time this was offered (this summer) slots were filled in two days so strongly encouraged youth to register early if they want to participate.  

      States' 4-H is launching online registration for its second Pen Pal Program on November 16!

      Program Details:

      1. The program will run from Jan 18 - April 18, 2021.
      2. Participants must be between the ages of 9-18 and from an active States' 4-H state.
      3. There is no cost for participation.
      4. Participants sign up by completing an online registration form, which includes a Terms of Use agreement.
      5. States' 4-H will match participants with an international peer from one of the participating countries. States' 4-H will make its best effort to match based on country preference, age, gender, and interests.
      6. Participants are asked to communicate at least TWO times per month with their international pen pal.
      7. A positive and enthusiastic attitude are crucial for this program as it will be up to the US participant to initiate contact with their pen pal.

      Register Online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/7N8RBHY starting November 16, 2020!