Monday, September 22, 2014

Video Proves a Point

Hays County Sheriff Cutler shared this video and encourages everyone who operates a vehicle to please watch it and keep it in your thoughts while driving.  Click here to watch the video.

4-H Horse Judging

Brenda DeWitt shared the following info:
The Horse Judging team is getting started and preparing for a contest Oct. 25 in Conroe.  We are practicing on Thursday evenings this year, with a few fieldtrips and Saturday practices. Dates in Sept. and Oct. are: Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16,18 and 23.  All are welcome. Please contact Brenda DeWitt, 512-466-1067 for more information.

TSC Paper Clover Promotion

Mark your calendars for the Fall 2014 TSC Paper Clover Promotion which will take place October 8-19.  Encourage everyone you know to go purchase a paper clover at one of our 3 TSC stores in Hays County.  The majority of each $1 comes back to support Hays County 4-H!!  4-H clubs should consider working with their area store to plan something special during the promotion.

Friday, September 19, 2014

District 4-H Community Service Projects

The District 4-H Council has come up with 2 service projects this year, and is inviting everyone to take part.

Animal Shelter - Collect and donate supplies to your local shelter.  Items could include dry or canned dog/cat food, cat litter, treats, towels, newspapers and toys.  Click here for more details.

Children's Hospital - The wish list includes toys, books, craft items, board and electronic games, etc.  Click here for info.  We will collect these items and get them to the District 4-H Council officers who will deliver them to the Children's Hospital in San Antonio.  Either take your donated items to upcoming district 4-H contests and activities or bring them to our office and we will get them to the district officers.

District 4-H Camp Out & Community Service

Join 4-H families from across District 10 for this Camp Out & Community Service.  It will take place on Oct. 18-19 at Garner State Park.  Registration will be on 4-H Connect between Sept. 24th and Oct. 8th.  This opportunity is limited to 40 members and adult volunteers, so be sure to get registered if you are interested in attending.  Click here for more details. 

4-H Dance

Comal County 4-H invites you to their annual dance and fundraiser on Saturday, October 4th, at the Historic Anhalt Dance Hall in Spring Branch.  Click here to see the promo flyer.

Rockets to the Rescue Workshop

4-H members in Guadalupe, Hays and Travis Counties who are in middle and high school are invited to participate in this workshop on Wed., Oct. 8th - National Youth Science Day!!  We will complete this year's NYSD project, Rockets to the Rescue, and learn about space projects happenings at the Southwest Research Institute.  This is a free workshop that is limited to the first 40 participants.  Click here to find out more. 

Only a few openings are left, and the deadline to register will be Wed., Sept. 24th so we can order supplies and get prepared.

Friday, September 12, 2014

4-H Hunter Safety Camp

During this camp, 4-H'ers will learn about hunting safety, wildlife conservation, wilderness survival and first aid, how to safely handle an assortment of firearms from pistol to muzzleloader, wildlife ID, and they will have to opportunity to receive their hunters safety certificate.  The camp is set for October 17–19 in Hamilton.  Cost is $25 (includes dorm and meals).  Participants must be a current 4-H member and be at least 12 years old.  Registration ends on September 30.  Click here to see a promotional flyer with all the details.

4-H Food Contests

The Hays County 4-H Food Contest will be on Sat., Nov. 15, 8:45 am, at the Extension office.  This will include 4-H Food Show, Food Challenge and perhaps Nutrition Quiz Bowl.  

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the 4-H Food Project Leader Training on September 11th.  Click here to find out more about the food project and more specifics about the various food contests.  

Check back here soon for more details include an entry form and contest paperwork.

4-H Food Workshops

Hey 4-H'ers!!  Join us on Wednesday, September 17th and 24th for 2 great 4-H Food Workshops.  These 2 workshops are open to all 4-H'ers, and will take place 4:30-6:30 each day.  We'll learn about MyPlate, make a variety of recipes, learn about food photography and participate in some physical activities.  There is no cost for the workshop, and all supplies will be provided.  Sign up with our office.  Click here to see the promo flyer.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

4-H Veterinary Science Project

A 4-H Veterinary Science Project Group is forming in Hays County.  They will be having their Vet Science meetings on the 3rd and 4th Tuesdays of the month starting Sept.16. The meetings will be held at 7:00 pm at the home of Carmen Farmer. Those that are interested can email or call her and she will give directions on how to get to her house in Buda.  This is open to all Hays County 4-H members.  Carmen can be reached at or by phone at 360-265-3299.

Bobcat Classic Prospect Show

The bobcat Classic Prospect Show will be held on Saturday, October 18, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.  This will be an opportunity for 4-H and FFA members to exhibit their sheep, goat, and beef projects.  Registration will take place the morning of the show.  A flyer for the show can be accessed by clicking here.

Monday Night Horse Riding Series

The Monday Night Horse Riding Series has started again.  Our first event will be held on Monday, October 6, at Dripping Springs Ranch Park.  We will start at 6:30 p.m.  DO NOT BRING YOUR HORSES TO THIS EVENT!

We will cover a few items related to the Hays County 4-H Horse Project and have educational presentations given by Dr. Matt Moskosky of Salt Flat Mobile Vet Services and Carie Kahanek of Equine in Motion.  This would also be a great time to turn in ownership papers and Coggins papers for your horse projects. 


Monday, September 8, 2014

4-H Council and Adult Leader Meetings

County 4-H Council and the County 4-H Adult Leaders Association bring together representatives of all 4-H clubs to share ideas and plan for county-wide 4-H activities.  They meet every other month.  Their first meeting for the 2014-15 year will take place on Monday, September 22nd, at 7:30 p.m., at the Extension Office.  

If you are an adult involved with 4-H, then please make every effort to be involved in the 4-H Adult Leaders Association.  A draft copy of the Adult Leaders Association agenda can be found by clicking here.

Horse Committee Meeting

The Hays County 4-H Horse Project Committee will meet on Monday, September 22 at the Hays County Extension Office in San Marcos.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

A draft agenda for the meeting can be downloaded by clicking here.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Attention Hays CISD Students!!

We have been notified by Hays CISD that all 4-H members attending their schools must complete and submit the Hays CISD Extracurricular Code of ConductClick here to download and print the form.  Hard copies of the form should be available at your September 4-H club meetings.  You will need to read the form and then complete the signature page and submit to our office either in hard copy or via e-mail - we only need the last page which is signed so please keep the rest of the form for your own reference.  If you have any questions about this form, please contact Suzi Mitchell with Hays CISD at 512-268-8538.

Dove Hunt with West San Marcos 4-H Club

West San Marcos 4-H Boosters are hosting their 5th Annual Dove Hunt on Sat., Sept. 13th at the Krackau Ranch, 5670 FM 1979 just outside San Marcos.  Entry Fee: $75 per person (includes lunch, skeet shoot and t-shirt).  Silent auction and door prizes available.  Reserve your spot soon!  Register by Aug. 31st for a chance to win a Yeti cooler.  Click here for more details, visit or contact contact Lori Krackau at or 210-325-8972.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

TIme To Order Major Livestock Show Swine Tags

It is now time to order swine tags for the 2015 Major Livestock Shows.  All market tags are $10 each.  All orders, along with payment, must physically be in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19, 2014.  Validation will take place on the morning of November 8 in Dripping Springs.  You can access an order form by clicking here.

Time to Order Broiler Projects

It is time to order broiler projects for the Hays County Livestock Show, San Antonio Livestock Show, Houston Livestock Show, and Star of Texas Livestock Show.  All broiler orders must be received in the Extension Office by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22.  Please see the order form for prices and when birds will arrive.  You can access an order form by clicking here.

Friday, August 29, 2014

One Day 4-H - Sat., Oct. 11th

One day 4-H is one day for all the 4-H members, parents, leaders, and volunteers to step out into their communities and county and say “thank you” by giving back for them more than 103 years of support to 4-H in Texas. This day of community service is whatever you and your 4-H club wants it to be.  It could be as simple as picking up trash and mowing the lawn for senior citizens to elaborate as hosting a 5K Walk/Run and raising money for a cause.  

Does the event have to be on Oct. 11th?  No!  The point is that around that time 4-H is making a difference in their communities.  We realize there are many conflicts on one date, so find a date and time that works for your group.

To find out more about One Day 4-H, register your event and to purchase a t-shirt ($4), click here.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Horse Project Validation

If you are planning on entering a horse project in the 2015 Hays County Livestock Show, please remember that you must have your horse validated by November 1.  Validation includes either turning a copy of your horse’s registration papers or a Grade Horse form into the Extension Office by the November 1 deadline.  You also need to submit a copy of your current Coggins as well.  You can either bring in these forms, fax them, mail them, or email them to the Extension Office.  Horses must be revalidated each year.  If you need a Grade Horse Form, you can download one by clicking here.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Upcoming Prospect Shows

Atascosa County Fair Prospect Show - Steer, Heifer, Lamb, Goat - October 4-5

Click on show name for more information.

2014-15 Hays County 4-H Handbook

Hard copies of the Handbook are being distributed during 4-H club meetings, but you can view and download your own copy now by clicking here.  This handbook is an excellent resource for all 4-H families.  Please review it and learn about all the great opportunities 4-H has to offer!!

Quality Counts

Since 2012, Quality Counts verification has been required for all youth exhibiting livestock (market and/or breeding) at major livestock shows in Texas (including the Ft. Worth Livestock Show, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Star of Texas Fair in Austin, San Angelo Livestock Show, Sandhills Stock Show in Odessa, State Fair of Texas in Dallas, and Heart O'Texas Fair in Waco). The verification process  requires junior exhibitors to pass an online test that measures their knowledge on quality assurance and character education content items.

The Quality Counts Program has now been in existence statewide for eight years. Over this time, it has reached an average of 30,000 youth per year through the 4-H and FFA Programs. The program outcomes clearly demonstrate youth being more knowledgeable of best management practices associated with livestock projects. More importantly, the program's impact has demonstrated positive changes in personal character attributes as well as adoption of livestock best management practices.

Over this time, Quality Counts has been supported and endorsed by every major livestock show in Texas. These livestock shows have been instrumental in helping market the program statewide and have also been a strong partner regarding the educational content developed for the Quality Counts Program. In addition, these livestock shows have fully endorsed this verification process.

If you are planning on participating in one of the livestock shows listed above, you must take the Quality Counts online program, take the test and become verified. A verification number will need to be provided at the time of making an official entry into a Texas major livestock show. Thus, youth will need to have completed and passed the test before the major livestock show's entry deadline. A passing score has been determined to be 80%.  If you have already taken the test, you do not need to retake the test unless you have turned 14 years of age since you last took the test. 

Do not wait until the last minute to take the test.  Major Livestock Show will not be accepted at the Hays County Extension Office without a Quality Counts Number.

To find out how to enroll and take the training program, click here.

To take the test, click here.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Magic of Electricity

On August 20, 4-H members from Hays, Guadalupe, and Travis Counties met at the Philips Corporation in San Marcos to explore the Magic of Electricity.  This video is an overview of the fun and learning that took place during this event.  Click here to download the video.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Get Enrolled in 4-H!!

As of August 15th, youth and adults could begin enrolling for the 2014-15 4-H year.  To help everyone get started, please click here for a "help sheet."  If you are still having trouble, please contact our office.  Please note that you can only register for district and state 4-H events once your member/volunteer profile is "active."

All adults working within the 4-H program should also enroll as volunteers on 4-H Connect.  The volunteer application fees are covered by the 4-H Adult Leaders Association, so it doesn't cost you anything.  And all enrolled 4-H members and volunteers are covered by the Texas 4-H liability insurance as well as the county's supplemental medical insurance.

All 4-H members will receive 4-H Members cards again this year.  Our 4-H adult volunteers will also receive 4-H Volunteer cards.  We will prepare these in large batches so we hope to start getting them out to your Club Managers to distribute at your November 4-H club meetings.  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Kids Art Contest

CTMC (Central Texas Medical Center) invites children 2-18 to create artwork for a 2015 Calendar.  This special keepsake calendar will celebrate healthy living by focusing on 8 great principles for living life to the fullest.  Click here to find out more.

Texas 4-H Roundup Theme Contest

The first step in making the 2015 Texas 4-H Roundup a memorable one is getting the logo and theme that will help provide the groundwork for the rest of the year.  Images must be hand drawn or computer generated.  Deadline for entries is Sept. 12th.  Click here for all the details.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4-H Honored at Commissioners Court

A special thanks and congratulations to all of our 4-H members and volunteers who attended the Hays County Commissioners Court meeting on August 12th!!  We had a great group of about 20, and the Judge and Commissioners were very complimentary of our 4-H program.  We provided a 2013-14 Highlight Report and recognized recent award recipients.  Rachel McDaniel also provided some comments about the impact 4-H has made on her life.  Click here to view the 2013-14 Hays County 4-H Youth Development Report.  You can also view the presentation by clicking here.

Monday, July 7, 2014

4-H Club Manager & Officer Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in our this workshop on July 12th.  All 8 of our 4-H clubs were represented, which is great!!  We covered a lot of info, but more importantly our 4-H club members and volunteers got to interact and share ideas with each other.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presented during the workshop.  Special thanks to Texas State University's FCS program for allowing us to have the workshop in their building at no cost.  Please take a few minutes to write a few thank you notes to:

Dr. Rodney Runyan (allowed us to use the building)
School Director
FCS 104
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

Mrs. Denise Dorsey (opened building and helped with set up)
Administrative Assistant
FCS 101C
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666

We discussed having a 4-H Club Resource spot on this website, so we'll be working on that over the next month or so.  It will contain resource handouts and ideas for clubs to utilize.  Please share with us any suggestions you have for what should be added.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) Virus Information

Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus is a disease that is currently threatening the United States Swine Industry.  It is not just commercial swine operations that are at risk.  Show pig operations are also being affected by this.  By putting into practice some basic biosecurity measures, you can help to lessen the chance of bring PED home with you from a show or breeder.  Please click here to find out what you can do to prevent the spread of PED Virus.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Change to 2015 Hays County Livestock Show Steer Show

There will be a big change to the 2015 Hays County Livestock Show Steer Show.  All steers will be exhibited by breed.  This will only affect steers, not heifers.  For more information about the breed characteristics that the classifiers will use, please click here.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Youth Livestock Project Resource

There is a new online resource to support you and your livestock projects - Texas Youth Livestock and Agriculture.  The goal of this website is to provide unbiased educational resources for educators, volunteers, 4-H/FFA families and others interested in youth livestock projects and agricultural advocacy. We are committed to connecting people to credible sources of information and educational opportunities to ensure the successful development of young people involved in agriculture.  Livestock projects supported on this website include beef cattle, goat, sheep, swine, horse, poultry, and rabbits.  The website can be found at

Friday, November 15, 2013

4-H Volunteer Training Scholarships

With the dissolution of the District 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association, their funds will now provide scholarships to 4-H volunteers for training.  So if you are looking at volunteer trainings (Volunteer Conference, Shooting Sports Coach Certification, etc.), then check the 4-H blog for an application.  Each county is limited to 2 scholarships per year, and the amount given will be $100 per volunteer.  Scholarships will be issued until the money is depleted.  You can access the scholarship form by clicking here.

Monday, November 4, 2013

District 4-H Facebook Page

The District 10 Facebook page is up and running!  Please “like” the page for up to date information on events and activities in the program:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Hays County 4-H Adult Leader Reimbursement Policy

The Hays County 4-H Adult Leaders Association has money allotted in their budget to reimburse Hays County 4-H members that participate in District, State, and National opportunities. Their reimbursement policy was approved at their September 23, 2013 meeting. It was amended at the May 22, 2014 meeting. Their reimbursement policy to Hays County 4-H members is:
"Members will be reimbursed for registration and lodging only. Reimbursement will not exceed $125 per event. Reimbursement for lodging will only be one per family. Reimbursement will be made after participation in the event. If a Hays County 4-H member has not yet attended or participated in the event, the Hays County 4-H Adult Leaders Association has the right to approve reimbursement on an as needed basis. All receipts for reimbursement must be turned in within 60 days after participation in the event.

Example: Bobby will be reimbursed for registration of $25 and lodging of $100, totaling $125. His sister, Sue, participated in the same event. She will be reimbursed her registration only.

A maximum reimbursement of $250 per member will be allowed during each 4-H year. Members must also complete 20 hours of community service. Of the 20 hours, at least 15 hours must be given in service to the Hays County 4-H program. A check request, copies of receipts and documentation of service must be submitted for reimbursement prior to the Adult Leaders Meeting. No reimbursement checks will be written until after approval at the Hays County Adult Leaders Association meeting."

A copy of the check request form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

4-H News & Events App

Check your app store for the "4-H News and Events" app.  This is a free app that includes info for county, district and state 4-H activities.  We are beginning to add dates and events to the app for Hays County as yet another way to keep folks up to date. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

New Opportunity - 4-H SPIN Clubs

Texas 4-H is also offering a new initiative this year, 4-H SPIN clubs, which are short-term experiences focused on a specific topic.  SPIN, standing for Special Interest, clubs allow kids ages 5 to 18 with common interests or hobbies to meet as a club and share their special interest.  Whatever their passion is, kids can gain knowledge and enhance their skills through a positive group experience.  A SPIN club can be started with a minimum of one adult volunteer and five young people with an interest in a particular topic.  While the adult provides expertise and guidance, club members take an active role in planning and running their own activities.  SPIN clubs reach out to youth and families with common interests and brings them together. They are a great way to introduce young people to a specific hobby or interest they might not otherwise have a chance to develop within a group setting.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lots of Ways to Help Hays Co. Food Bank

The Hays County Food Bank has one mission - to feed hungry people in Hays County.  There are many opportunities to help them do this, so here are a few:

- Your 4-H club could participate in the Turkeys Tackling Hunger campaign in which you can help "feed a family for Thanksgiving."  Share your good fortune and help others by putting up posters, coordinating a fund drive at your office, or even donning a turkey suit for special events. For every $20 that you raise, a family enjoys a home-cooked Thanksgiving dinner.  Contact Laura or click here to find out more.

- We are scheduling times during the year for 4-H members and volunteers to help organize food donations.

- 4-H teens could partner with parents and/or other adult volunteers to do pick up's of donated food.

- And the Food Bank is always glad to receive donations - both food or money.  They accept a wide variety of healthy, nonperishable food items including boxed or bagged food, and canned food.  Most needed items include rice and beans (preferably in 1-pound bags); macaroni and cheese; canned fruits and vegetables; cereal and oatmeal; tuna, salmon, and other canned meats; peanut butter and jelly; pasta and pasta sauce; Jell-O (regular and sugar-free).  Last year Buda 4-H collected lots of foods through their "trick or treat for canned goods" project.  There are many great ideas, so just find fun ways to collect and donate food to help those in need.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Community Service Opportunities

Helping the community is such a part of what 4-H is - hands to larger service!!  Here are some ideas for individual, group, or club community service project opportunities:
Central Texas Children’s Home in Buda - contact them for details on what items are needed - 512-243-1386
Greater San Marcos Youth Council (youth shelter) - always need gently used clothing, shoes, food, household items, hygiene products, etc.  - 512-754-0500
Southside Community Center’s Homeless Shelter - could use toiletry packages including deodorant, shampoo, conditioner,  toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap etc.; canned foods; furniture; towels, blankets, etc.; Wimberley 4-H has prepared and served meals there, so this is also a great project for other clubs - 512-392-6697
There are many other opportunities, so help make a difference in your community!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

College Prep Resources

Preparing for college is not something that is limited to graduating seniors. Most guidance counselors and university admissions advisors will tell you that once students enter high school, there are many things they can and should be doing to prepare for college. Extension and 4-H are in a very unique position when it comes to post-secondary education and college preparedness. Many county and district events have valuable partnerships with colleges and universities across the state. This is a valuable way to expose young people to higher education; and in many cases, it is the only opportunity a young person may have to visit a college/university campus.

Educational programs for 4-H members and 4-H parents are a great way to help 4-H members and 4-H families prepare for college. In fact, many college admissions offices are willing to come and conduct workshops for 4-H families. One unique opportunity is to have your local college admissions office conduct a FAFSA workshop for your 4-H families. This is especially helpful for families with high school seniors need to complete a 4-H Opportunity Scholarship application. There are infinite resources available to parents and families related to college preparedness. More resources can be found by clicking here.

Monday, November 28, 2011

4-H FCS Project Toolkit

This is a web-based resource for volunteers to use when managing and leading 4-H FCS projects including food & nutrition, clothing & textiles, consumer education, family life, health, housing & home environment, and safety.  General project info is provided along with project resources, lesson plans, activities and videos for each project.  The toolkit can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On-Line Orientation for 4-H Volunteers

The Texas 4-H & Youth Development Program is pleased to announce the availability of an online orientation course for 4-H volunteers. The goal of this course is to provide volunteers with an understanding of the organizational structure of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and how the 4-H program operates. It also helps volunteers recognize their roles and responsibilities within the structure and program. Specifically, the course provides information on:
• An overview of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service
• 4-H 101: Facts about 4-H
• An overview of the various methods of participation available in the 4-H program
• Volunteer qualifications, roles in which volunteers may serve and the responsibilities associated with each role
• A list of resources for 4-H volunteers

The course is available online at and can be completed within one hour. If you cannot complete the orientation in one sitting, you have the capability to come back to it at a later time. Once the course is complete, you can print off a completion certificate. Directions on how to enroll in the course can be found at