Beauregard Clover Chatter - January 2021 Edition

Livestock Exhibitors

The Spring Livestock Shows are fast approaching. Remember that all animals must have current health papers in order to attend any livestock show. Health papers are good for 60 days; therefore, you should get health papers written on your animals after January 4, 2021 in order to make it through the state show. It is the responsibility of the exhibitor and parents to obtain health papers on your animals. The Louisiana Department of Agriculture has gone to a system of electronic versions of health papers; therefore, it is important to have a Veterinarian/Client relationship and exhibitors need to visit their practicing Veterinarian to seek appropriate health papers for their show animals. Those showing animals should be aware that we will write excuse letters requesting your school to allow you to miss the days that you will need to exhibit your animals. It will not entitle you the privilege to miss an entire week of school if you only need to be out of school for two days. The address for the web site with the Livestock Show Catalogues, forms, etc. is Then under features on the right hand side of the screen click on Livestock Show – then under services on left hand side of screen click on catalogues or forms which ever one you need to get the 2021 Livestock Show Catalog and forms.2021 Beauregard EXPO schedule has been posted on the BJLA Facebook page, they also posted the SW District schedule and the State Show schedule has been shared on their and the Beauregard 4-H facebook page. Due to Covid-19, the schedules are adjusted and spread out. Please review these schedules and adjust accordingly.

Louisiana 4‑H Draw a Dairy Billboard Contest

Demonstrate communication skills by drawing a billboard encouraging or promoting the consumption of milk and/or milk products. Use a 22” x 28” poster board to illustrate billboard design. Share their knowledge with others. Sponsors: Co‑sponsors are the Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service. There are Three divisions: I 1st ‑ 4th, 5th and 6th grades; II 7th and 8th grades; III 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grades

1.Billboard design must be made on 22” x 28” poster board ONLY.

2.Do Not Attach anything to the poster that is more than 1/2” thick.

3.Do not use the names of commercial brand name products on the poster. Do not uses jingles, slogans, signs or pictures that are trademark or copyright protected on the poster.

4.Be Sure to print name, address, grade in school and parish on back of the poster in the upper right‑hand corner. Posters are due to the 4-H Office no later than March 1, 2021.

5.First place parish winning posters will be sent to the State competition.

2021 Achievement Day
March 31, 2021Tentative
Beauregard Parish Fair Grounds
The Theme will be “4-H Roundup”

Record Books are due in the 4-H Office no later than Friday, February 26, 2021

Portfolio information and Outstanding forms will be distributed in January and February 2021.

Record Book Tips

Record Book Due, February 26, 2021

Don't let these books go unopened!

4-H projects and records are a very Big part of your 4-H Club work. The following tips should help you in your 4-H pro­ject work:

  1. Keep 4-H materials in a special place: a box, drawer, etc.
  2. Set aside sometime each month to work in your books and to make plans for the next month's activities.
  3. Keep a notebook of all 4-H events you participate in. Write down anything you see/do that is related to 4-H.
  4. Record all 4-H meetings you attend and programs you see, as well as other youth you have assisted.
  5. Have someone take pictures of you when you do a 4-H activity. Keep the pictures with your project books.
  6. Turn in your project books in the form of a record in February or when asked for by your leaders.

For Judging; Record Books, participation forms and Outstanding 4-H member applications will be due in the 4-H Office on February 26, 2021.The last date to qualify books or participation forms to attend Achievement Day is Friday, March 5, 2021. More specific detailed rules to be distributed in January and February 2021.Due to the 2020 events, there are still some record books at the 4-H Office that you may pick up or we will work on returning to 4-H members in January and February.

Jr. Leadership Conference

Walk Your Way to Leadership

4-Her’s will have the opportunity to select one of three locations. Each parish will be allowed 4 members to participate on a first come first serve basis. This event is open to 8-12th grade members. Beauregard Parish is allowed to send 2 boys and 2 girls. Contact the 4-H Office by January 20, 2020.Dates of the new conference day format are March 11th in Shreveport, March 12th in Alexandria and March 13th in Baton Rouge. Times for the Conference is 9:45 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Space will be limited do to Covid-19 restrictions. Lunch will be served, and all Covid-19 guidelines will be followed. Track information available at 4-H Meetings & Jr. Leader Meeting. Contact Mr. Mike if interested. More information to come and posted on facebook when we receive it.

Coop Conference

March 25-26, 2021
Camp Hardtner, Pollock, LA.

Coop Conference will be held at a different location due to damages at Grant Walker Educational Center.4-H Members in the 9th-12th grades are invited to attend! At the event, conference participants 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! Special thanks go to the Louisiana Council of Farmer Cooperatives who is sponsoring this educational experience. To learn more about Cooperatives, please visit the Cooperatives page .Registration and educational programs offered will be posted at a later date.

4-H Graduating Senior Honor Cord Recognition

Reminder Graduating seniors. The application process must be completed online. The deadline to submit the application online is Friday, January 29, 2021.4-H Honor Cord qualification information and application: Honor Cord Application

2021 4-H Emerald Achievement Award

(formerly the 4-H Key Club Award)

Due Friday, January15, 2021 to the parish 4-H Office. Due day was wrong in the December Clover Chatter; therefore, applications will be due January 15th.We will try to have these applications posted on the webpage and as a link on facebook.

4-H Golden Clover Award

Due Friday, January 15, 2021 to the parish 4-H Office. Due day was wrong in the December Clover Chatter; therefore, applications will be due January 15th.We will try to have these applications posted on the webpage and as a link on facebook.

2021 4-H University

June 22-25, 2021 LSU Campus: Participants will either compete or participate in one educational program Individually or as a team. We will provide participants with educational materials and training opportunities to compete for award placings and possibly trips. Talk to Mr. Mike if you are interested.

2021 4-H Camp Date: June 28 – July 2, 2021

Camp Grant Walker, Pollock LA

Summer Fun ………………

For 4-6th graders. Our 4-H Camp facilities did have significant damages during Hurricanes Laura and Delta; however, efforts and construction are being conducted to hold our summer camping activities and the schedule may be adjusted. Make your plans now to attend for a great camping experience. We will begin taking deposits in January 2021.Camp activities include The Artist Within; Outdoor Adventures; Arts and crafts, sports, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, Archery, Hunters Education; Food and Fitness, Get Ready SET; Science, Engineering and Technology; Renewable Energy; and Wetlands, Wildlife and You.

Personal Development Continued

We have been discussing the different aspects of personal Development. We have discussed the importance of Goal Setting, being able to understand whom we are; Solutions to problems; Introductions; Non verbal communication; Phone Etiquette and Understanding differences. We we’ll continue focusing on aspects of Personal Development. In our everyday lives, working with others is important to accomplish tasks and navigate life. We are different, but the same in many ways and many times our differences help strengthen our working relationships and team efforts. Teamwork is when groups use each person’s skills to do a task. Another important aspect in Personal Development that also lends to effective Teamwork and good relationships. It helps people share feelings and ideas, exchange messages of expectations and reduce tension and solve problems. It also allows us to develop a better understanding of others. Effective communication can be complicated. It involves a sender, a receiver and a message. If any of these parts are unclear or contradictory, then communication “breakdown” may happen.

As we develop as a person; acquire various leadership skills. Leadership Characteristics are as unique as your fingerprints. Each person’s knowledge, skills, learning experiences, personality, and more help to shape individual leadership abilities. Groups that are successful focus on the strengths of each member to reach goals. There are many different leadership theories and ways to describe leadership. Kurt Lewin labeled three styles. Authoritarian Leaders who set clear expectations for what, when and how things are to be done. Decisions are made by the leader independently with little or no input from the group; Democratic leaders who offer guidance to the group, participates in the group and allows input from the group. Third - Laissez-Faire leaders who provide little or no guidance to the group and leaves decision-making up to the group. There may be other leadership types, however we will discuss these three types this month.

Seed of the Month Club

We have many students participating in the Seed of the Month Club that have already planted Lettuce, Carrots and Radish. Our plant for January is the Pine Tree. Forestry is one of the largest Agriculture commodities in Louisiana and Beauregard Parish. We currently have the variety of Slash Pine seedlings available for Club members to receive and plant. They will be available at 4-H meetings and at the 4-H Office. Information regarding Pine Trees and a planting guide are included in the module. For those currently participating in the Seed of the Month Club; Please send me pictures of your project process at

The Beauregard 4-H Facebook Will Post Our Clover Chatter

Please email Mr. Mike at if you are interested in participating in the below listed events or activities. You may come by the Beauregard 4-H Office at 403 West Third Street, DeRidder, LA. 70634 to pay camp deposits or drop 4-H information off.

Please check each activity you plan to participate. Make your check or money order payable to “Beauregard 4-H Foundation.”

1._________ 4-H Summer Camp, June 28- July 2, 2021.$90.00 per person deposit to hold a spot.

2._________ Career Exploration Camp (7th & 8th graders).February 25-26, 2021.Virtual Camping Experience, no cost.

3. _________ Junior Leadership Conference: Cost TBD. Application due January 20, 2021.

4._______ 4-H University, June 22-25, 2021.I am interested in competing in ____________________ contest.

Make check or money order payable to Beauregard 4-H Foundation.

Total Amount Closed _________________________________________________________

Parent/Guardian Signature

Beauregard Parish Cooperative Extension Service Extension Programs

203 W. 3rd Street
DeRidder, LA 70634
Phone: (337) 463-7006 / Fax: (337) 463-7007
4-H Youth Programs


Michael A. LaVergne
County Agent (ES) (4-H)
Beauregard Parish

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability. If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in the meetings or activities, please call the Beauregard Parish Extension Office at (337) 463-7006.

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