November 2022 Newsletter

New 4-H Member Record Book!

There is a NEW 4-H Portfolio to use for the Record Book contest this year! Record-keeping is an important part of every 4-H educational project. Many awards, educational trips and college scholarships are given to club members on the basis of their records and project work. Records show your progress toward your goals. Keep this book from year to year and add to it. You may include up to three years of 4-H work.

This form is designed to help you keep your records and other supporting materials in an orderly manner. Do not alter the basic format of this book.

You can download it from our website. It’s never too early to start working on your record book!

Cooperative Communication Monthly Lesson

Cooperation is important because it allows people and groups to work together to achieve a common goal or derive mutual benefits. Cooperation exists at many levels and takes place between individuals and organizations as well as between states and countries. Cooperation allows participants to exchange valuable information that helps both sides improve their knowledge bases and work in a time- and resource-efficient manner. Members will practice cooperation with their team this month as they navigate an activity that will only be successful through full cooperation.

Hunter Safety Class

All shooting sports participants are required to show proof of hunter safety by December 31st. Both classes that we offered through our office are full. There are multiple hunter safety classes being offered through Wildlife and Fisheries. You can check on their website and view all upcoming classes that are being offered through them. We will not be offering any other classes through the 4-H office this year.

Life Book Contest

A Life Book is the record of a youth’s life in his or her own words using photos, artwork, and mementos collected along the way. These journals allow youth in foster care to document their history, celebrate accomplishments, and let their talents shine! This contest is open to any 4-12th grader in Acadia Parish! The contest is to design a creative cover and assemble a Life Book for a foster care youth. Entries should be single-sided. Multiple entries will be accepted. Cover designs will be judged separately in two divisions: 4th-6th graders and 7th-12th graders. Entries are due to the 4-H Office by December 1, 2022.

National 4-H Week Display Winners

The National 4-H Week promotional contest is designed to encourage clubs to promote 4-H in their community through the design and creation of a promotional display. We are excited to announce the winners of this great competition. The 2022 winners are as follows: 5th St. Francis, 4th Mermentau, 3rd Rayne Catholic, 2nd Lucky Clovers, 1st Estherwood. The winning club will be awarded with ice cream!

Commodity Cookery & Contests Extravaganza

This is the biggest contest day that we will be offering this year! This event will be held on Monday, November 21, 2022 at 8:30am, at the 4-H office. The contests available are the Commodity Cookery, Demonstrations, Journey into Jobs, Meat ID and Poultry ID.

Commodity Cookery Rules & Regulations (All Grades): Registration for the cookery begins at 8:30 AM. Judging will begin at 9:00 AM. Once judging begins, no late dishes will be accepted. ALL participants DO NOT have to submit their recipe in advance; however, participants must remember to put their category, division, name, grade and school club on the back of the recipe. Only one copy of the recipe (neatly handwritten or typed) is required. Each participant may ONLY ENTER ONE DISH IN EACH COMMODITY. Remember, dishes must be prepared at home. Each dish must be chilled on ice, plated in a disposable container and brought to the contest in an ice chest accompanied with ICE. Only Completely CHILLED DISHES (even cakes and cookies) will be allowed. No place mats, serving utensils or flower arrangements, etc will be accepted. NOTE: only 3-4 servings of the dish must be plated at the contest. For example, if the recipe states that it serves six, only three servings must be displayed but your recipe must state the entire serving.

Ground Beef Cookery A min. of one pound of ground beef must be used. Divisions: Low-Calorie Main Dish (Provides less than 300 calories per serving. Calculation of calories must be stated on recipe.), Quick & Easy Main Dish (A dish that is ready to serve in less than one hour. The time for each step and for cooking and baking must be stated on recipe.), & One-Dish Meal (Provides a complete serving from at least three of the five food groups. The servings of the dish should be on the recipe.)

Rice Cookery Each dish must contain at least 1 cup of cooked rice. Wild rice, rice cereal, rice flour, etc. must also contain cooked rice. Example: Traditional Rice Krispie treats do not meet the contest requirements. The contest will be divided into three categories: Rice Main Dish: contains significant amounts of rice and protein. Rice Side Dish: rice dressing would be considered a side dish. Rice Dessert: breads, cakes, pies, cookies, candies, icebox pies, ice cream, pudding, etc.

Sugar Cookery Recipe must include at least one cup of sugar which includes raw, brown, powdered & granulated sugars only. Divisions: Baked items (bread, cakes, pies, cookies, etc.) and Other Dessert (candies, icebox pies, ice cream, etc. Homemade jams, jellies and preserves or raw eggs are NOT accepted entries).

Seafood Cookery Recipe must use at least 1 cup of seafood. Canned seafood will not be accepted. Divisions: Shrimp, Crawfish, Oyster, Fish/Non-Traditional, and Crab.

Healthy Boxed Lunch or “Bento” A bento lunch is a compact, balanced, and visually appealing meal packed in a box. Each competitor will create a lunch to be eaten at school by a 9- to 12-year-old student. The beverage will be water and should not be included. Your entry should be representative of “MyPlate” recommendations: Each competitor will transport their Healthy Box or “Bento” lunch to the contest packed in a portable, lock-top, and leak proof container, chilled and on ice.

Journey into Jobs: This contest will help you prepare for future job interviews and applications. Contestants must pre-register through this link Registrations are due November 8th. Applications are division-specific (Division I: grades 4-6, Division II: grades 7-8, Division III: grades 9-12). Contestants will be interviewed, and asked questions related to a present or future career or job. All contestants are expected to dress nice and neat to best present themselves to the judges. The applications and interviews will be conducted as if applicant has all required schooling/experience for the job posting chosen. Example: If you are applying to be a 4-H Agent, you would fill out the Education section as if you graduated from college or you would answer questions as if you went to college and received a certain degree. Contestants should be prepared to interview at 8:30am on November 21, 2022.

Demonstrations: Open to all 4-H members. Individual and team (2 members only) will be accepted. Members of a team demonstration can be from different clubs and different grades but will compete in the oldest team member's grade division. All demonstrations must be practiced and prepared prior to the contest. There is a limit of no more than one entry per category. Categories are Civic Engagement/Leadership, Healthy Living, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). A demonstration which was presented for a regional and/or state competition may not be presented by the same person or team on demonstration day. All demonstrations must pre-register through this link Any demonstration not pre-registered will be unable to participate. Deadline to register is November 8th.

Meat ID & Poultry ID: open to all members. No need to pre-register. Youth will identify cuts of meat along with meat and poultry judging practices. All the rules, regulations and study guides can be found on our website,

Achievement Day Theme Winners

4th Grade Placings:

  • 1st Reid Bielstein, Richard
  • 2nd Cohen Andrus, Branch
  • 3rd Addalyn Betrand, Egan
  • 4th Michael Prejean, Richard
  • 5th Reilly Cormier, Richard

5th Grade Placings:

  • 1st Ava Schniers, Iota Elementary
  • 2nd Julianna Walker, Estherwood
  • 3rd Addelyn David, Iota Elementary
  • 4th Libby Fontenot, Lucky Clovers
  • 5th Camille Gary, Evangeline

6th Grade Placings:

  • 1st Levi Deville, Branch
  • 2nd Riley Brown, Armstrong
  • 3rd Katherine Richard, St. Michael
  • 4th Bentley Richard, Estherwood
  • 5th Lainey Wynn, Richard

7th-8th Grade Placings:

  • 1st Emma Murphy, Richard
  • 2nd Ella Richard, OMP
  • 3rd Ryleigh Oestriecher, St. Michael
  • 4th Koehen Boone, Richard
  • 5th Ryleigh Oestriecher, St. Michael

9th-12th Grade Placings:

  • 1st Isaac Manuel, Iota High
  • 2nd Greta Manuel, Iota High
  • 3rd Amelia Fontenot, Lucky Clovers
  • 4th Maya Fickes, Iota High
  • 5th Jenna Fontenot, Iota High

Shooting Sports Camp

There will be a Shooting Camp held December 16-18, 2022, in Pollock at Grant Walker Educational Facility. The camp is open to 4-H Youth ages 9-13 years old. Participants will choose one of the following: Archery, Shotgun, .22 Rifle, or Air Rifle/Air Pistol/BB (Combined). Parents and coaches are welcome to attend but it is not mandatory. The cost will be $100 per youth/per parent/per coach which will cover registration, lodging, meals, and t-shirt. All youth will be required to bring their own bow/firearm and arrows/ammo. Transportation is not provided and must be independently organized.

You can register for this camp through your 4HOnline account under the events tab. Deadline to register is November 25th.

4-H Night with the Pelicans

Don’t miss out on a fun night of basketball and fan experiences! The 4-H Night with the Pelicans game is scheduled for January 6, 2023. There will be a private pre-game party for 4-H members and Pelican fans at the Smoothie King Center starting at 4:30 PM and Tip-Off at 7:30 PM!! Ticket prices vary. The packages include access to the pre-game party, your chance to participate in an on-court fan experience and a 4-H Night with the Pelicans T-shirt. Tickets can be purchased here Deadline to purchase tickets is December 9, 2022.

Career Day

The annual LSU AgCenter Southwest Region Agricultural Career Day at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Rayne, LA is on December 14, 2022. The agricultural Career Day offers youth in grades 8-12 a unique opportunity to learn more about agricultural careers, research, and production. Youth will experience firsthand the basics behind agricultural production. A field tour will give an up-close look at rice production. In addition, participants will learn about potential agricultural related careers from university, research, and extension leaders. You do not have to be a 4-H member to attend. The deadline to sign up is December 1st.

Horse Clinic

Come join the Horse Clinics this

year for FREE! This year Acadia parish will be offering horse clinics. We will again team up with master horsemen throughout the region. The dates for the clinics are November 14th and December 12th held at the Acadia Parish Rice Arena from 6 -8 p.m. In order to attended youth must be a registered 4-H member AND bring your own horse.You MUST pre-register to attend the clinics through your 4H Online account under events. For more information or questions, please call Emma Zaunbrecher Tyler at 337-366-2109

New Process Livestock Validation & Possession Dates!

4-H & FFA exhibitors are required to enter animals that they intend to show under their 4-HOnline profile. This is NOT entry into the actual Parish, District, or State Shows. When entries are due only those animals successfully entered in 4HOnline by the deadline will be eligible to be entered in the spring shows. For step by step directions on how to enter animals in 4-HOnline visit and visit the livestock page.

All animals (breeding and market) must be entered in 4HOnline by the possession /validation deadline for that species. The only exception is Market Steers; they will have until Nov. 1st to be entered. Animals requiring validations will only be approved after agents have received the validation envelope and payment for the respective animal.

4-H Online is not a tailor-made program and as such certain form fields had to be adapted. There are descriptions specifying what is needed in each field, but sometimes these descriptions are in smaller print and may not always be easily read. The list of these changes are as follows:

  • Home Raised is for Louisiana Bred. Select “Yes” if the animal is LA Bred.
  • License Number is for the Louisiana Bred Tag Number.
  • Tag would be the leg band number
  • Colors and Markings is the Variety/Color (i.e. – white, blue, barred, buff, etc.)
  • Type of Poultry is whether the bird is Standard or Bantam.

When entering Exhibition Poultry, the fields are as follows:

Broilers are not in the system yet but will be added in due time.

All animals can be validated by the exhibitor or parent on their own premise. The responsibility of tagging and collecting DNA hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Exhibitors should request a validation kit from the extension office. The validation will consist of ear tagging, pulling a hair sample & placing it in the envelope provided. Validation envelopes must be returned to the 4-H Office with the $7 fee by the deadline stated below.

Animals validated must be in the exhibitor’s name or family name. Animals tagged for the 2022 LA State Fair may utilize the State Fair tag but must still pull hair to complete the LSU AgCenter State Show validations.

Validation Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor, tag assigned, and DNA/hair samples must be submitted to parish LSU AgCenter Office by listed deadline) Com.=Commercial

  • November 4, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Com. Does, Market Goats, Com. Lambs, Market Lambs, Com. Heifers and Com. Dairy Heifers
  • December 1, 2022, by 4:30 P.M.: Market Swine and Com Gilts
  • Possession Dates: (Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor by this deadline. Registration papers must be submitted within 30 days of possession deadline.)
  • November 7, 2022: Beef, Sheep, Goat, Dairy Breeding, and Exhibition Poultry.
  • November 14, 2022: Miniature Cattle
  • December 2, 2022: Swine Breeding

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