February 2020 - Clover Connection

Clover Connection - February 2020 Edition

2020 Junior Leadership Conference

The Louisiana State 4-H Executive Board is hosting the annual Junior Leadership Conference, March 13-15, 2020, at Camp Grant Walker. This conference is for 4-H’ers ages 14 and older. During this conference, you will be engaging in a hands-on track designed and implemented by your peers, meeting new people from across the state, and learning about ways to serve on state leadership boards. The total cost to attend is $90 and must be submitted to the 4-H Office by February 5, 2020. Transportation can be arranged, but it will be on your own.

4-H Beef Poster Contest

Louisiana 4-H is hosting the 2019 Louisiana Beef Industry Council Beef Poster Contest. This contest encourages youth to learn more about the beef industry while promoting the beef industry nutrition and products.

This contest is open to all 4-H’ers, 4th-12th grades. Poster can be either done on a “22x28” poster board or digitally using Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Canva.

Deadline to submit all poster is March 2, 2020. For more contest rules and regulations see file at the bottom of this newsletter

4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

Writers put your story telling skills to the test and compete in the annual 4‑H Beekeeping Essay Competition. The 2020 essay topic is Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season.

Essay Requirements:

  • Must be typed single-sided pages and formatted following standard manuscript format using double-spaced type and 12pt font in legible font face.
  • Must be between 750 to 1,000 words. Word count does not include sources, works cited or the writer’s biographical statement.
  • All factual statements and interview references must be cited in a “sources” or “bibliography” list.
  • Essays will be judged on (a) scope of research, 40%; (b) accuracy, 30%; (c) creativity, 10%; (d) conciseness, 10%; and (e) logical development of the topic, 10%.
  • On a separate page, please include a brief biographical statement of the writer including mailing address, email address and phone number.

Cash Prices and Plaques to 3 Top Winners: 1st Place - $100, 2nd Place - $75, 3rd Place - $50. Deadline to submit essay is March 2. For more contest rules and regulations see the file at the bottom of this newsletter.

4-H Camp Registration Now Open

The time has come to begin registering for 4-H Summer Camp! The camp is held at Grant Walker 4-H Educational Center in Pollock, LA, approximately 20 miles north of Alexandria, LA. East Feliciana 4-H will be attending camp Monday June 8th – Friday June 12th, 2020.

4-H members in grades 4th-6th grade have the opportunity to attend camp this summer. The cost for camp is $225.00 per camper which includes lodging, meals, transportation, parish group picture and camp t-shirt. There are is a scholarship available at assist financially. A limited number of spots available, therefore spots will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis with a $75.00 nonrefundable deposit due February 14th, 2020. For an application and more information visit 4-H Events/Camps.

4-H Scholarships

College can be expensive and 4-H would like to assist in furthering your education. Apply for a 4-H Scholarship today! In order to apply for a scholarship, you must be a graduating senior. Two scholarships are available, Scott Truck and Tractor & the Louisiana State 4-H Scholarship. Applications can be found at the bottom of this newsletter. Deadline to submit applications to the 4-H Office is February 28.

Ag Career Day

Join the Southeast and Southwest regions at the annual Ag Career Day, April 9th at the St. Gabriel Research Station. This opportunity is open to 8th through 12th graders. During the day, participants will participate in interactive, hands-on workshops that expose them to the various career options in the agriculture industry. Space is limited; therefore, spots will be given on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The deadline to submit your application is March 16! Applications can be submitted by mail, email, or hand-delivery. For an application contact see file attached at the bottom of this newsletter.

Character Counts

Word of the Month: Caring

Caring is made up of two parts: a concern for others and a passion for an ideal, belief, or cause.

Here are some ways you can show that you care:

  • Show Compassion - Notice when others are uncomfortable or suffering and try to help.
  • Show Epathy - Understand how others feel.
  • Show Charity - Give more of your time, energy, and money to help others.
  • Show Mercy - Forgive when others make mistakes.
  • Show Forgiveness - Try to understand a wrong-doing, accept and move on.
  • Show Conviction - Speak up when you believe something’s wrong.
  • Show Commitment - Be willing to pay the price and work hard for what you believe.
  • Show Persistence - Be determined not to give up!
  • Show Endurance - Follow through on your plans.

Cooperative Enterprise Leadership Conference

The Cooperative Enterprise Leadership Conference (formerly known as Co-Op Camp) will be held March 26 – 28, 2020, at Camp Grant Walker. During this conference, delegates will compete in teams to establish and manage their own cooperative businesses. In the process, 4-H’ers will have opportunities to sharpen their leadership, marketing, money & management skills with guidance from industry leaders. In addition, educational award trip & cash prizes will be presented to top business leaders! The cost for this conference is $50.00 and the registration fee is non-refundable. Registration is online and is the responsibility of the member. The deadline to submit your registration is February 14. For more information on how to register contact Mr. Xavier.

Feliciana Livestock Show Results

On January 17 and 18, several 4-H’ers competed at the annual Feliciana Jr. Livestock Show in St. Francisville, Louisiana. Congratulations to all exhibitors who competed on a job well done and represented East Feliciana 4-H. See below the results:

Dairy Exhibitors:

  • Eden Robinson (Homeschool): Grand Champion AOB & Overall Showmanship
  • Greer Gardener (Silliman): Grand Champion Ayrshire
  • Emma Knight (Homeschool): Grand Champion Commercial Dairy

Beef Exhibitors:

  • Julia Knight (Homeschool): Grand Champion Brangus Heifer
  • Ashley Pugh (SCCS): Grand Champion Brahman Heifer & Grand Champion Red Brahman Heifer
  • Jimmy Sibille (SES): Reserve Champion Angus Heifer
  • Ethan Barnes (Silliman): Grand Champion Hereford Heifer
  • Greer Gardner (Silliman): Reserve Champion Brahman Influenced Commercial Heifer
  • Hollis McGraw (Homeschool): Grand Champion Non-Brahman Commercial Heifer

Swine Exhibitors:

  • Kade Milton (MAL): Grand Champion Hampshire, Grand Champion Duroc & Reserve Champion Market Hog

Poultry Exhibitors:

  • Joyce Perry (MAL): Grand Champion Rose Comb Clean Legged, Overall Best in Show & Reserve Champion Showmanship
  • Ally Perry (MAL): Grand Champion English
  • Charlie Perry (MAL): Reserve Champion Rose Comb Clean Legged
  • Skylar Norred (Silliman): Grand Champion American

Gardening Contest

Put your gardening skills to the test and participate in the inaugural parish‑wide garden contest.


  • Garden must be worked primarily by 4-H members.Adults may assist with spading, rototilling and control for insects and disease problems.
  • Gardens may be an individual plot or may be connected to a family garden.If connected to a family plot, rows bust be marked off (stakes, string, etc.) and maintained by the 4-H member.
  • Gardens may be a flat or raised bed or may be a container grown garden.Gardens with rows should have at least 2 rows that are 4-8 feet long each.
  • Each garden Must have the four following vegetables planted in them: tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and beans.

All Entry Forms are Due to the 4-H Office By February 3, 2020

For entry forms and more information contact Mr. Xavier

Healthy Living Spotlight

Strawberry & Yogurt Bites


  • ½ cup chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbs honey


  • Mix strawberries, yogurt and honey in bowl. Add to heart-shaped molds or ice cube tray.
  • Freeze at least 2 hours, or until set

Nutritional Value

Calories 62 Fat 0g Protein 5g Carbohydrates 12g Fiber 0g Sugar 12g Cholesterol 3mg Sodium 26mg Calcium 0% Iron 1%

Service-Learning Spotlight

Turner Syndrome Awareness Month

Turner syndrome (TS) is a chromosomal condition that affects only girls and women. Females typically have two complete X chromosomes (the sex chromosomes). Turner syndrome is caused by the absence of all or part of the second X chromosome in some or all of the cells of the body.

Signs of Turner Syndrome

  • Short Stature of unknown cause
  • Kidney irregularity (horseshoe shape,
  • absence, or unusually small)
  • Unexplained delayed puberty/
  • menstruation
  • Reduced Fertility
  • Many moles
  • Educational difficulties (particularly math)
  • Droopy eyelids, low set/prominent ears,
  • narrow roof of mouth
  • Neck webbing (from fetal cystic hygroma)
  • Hearing Loss (both conductive and sensorineural)

TS affects approximately 1 in every 2000 live born baby girls. It is the second most common genetic/chromosomal disorder in females. For more information visit us at www.turnersyndrome.org or call: 800-365-9944.

Teen Health Advocate Training

Come get equipped! Get energized! Participants will learn teaching skills, health content, and develop leadership capacity, while deepening mutual collaboration as teens and adults work and plan for change. Join teens and adults from across the state March 23rd, in Alexandria, LA for the annual T.H.A.T. (Teen Health Advocate Training). A minimum of one adult and two teens (9th-12th graders) per team is needed. The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes food and materials needed. The deadline to apply online is March 5. If you would like to contact Mr. Xavier

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