LaSalle 4-H Newsletter-March 2021

Dates to Remember


  • Honey Bee Essay Contest due 1
  • Norther Regional Shoot 1-7
  • Jr. Leader Meeting; 6:30 p.m. 8
  • Maker-Art Workshop Due 11
  • Jr. Leader Conference 12
  • Beef & Dairy Posters Due 15
  • Maker-Art Workshop 5 p.m. 18
  • Strawberry Orders due 31


  • 4-H Records due 5
  • Jr. Leader Meeting 6:30 12
  • Strawberry Pickup 3-6 p.m. 8
  • State Shoot Competition 12-17


  • State Boards due 1
  • Jr. Leader Meeting 6:30 p.m. 10
  • Last Day of School 27


  • 4-H University 22-25
  • NE District Horse Show 30-1

Livestock News

Upcoming dates for the 4-H Horse Projects are as follows:

April 1, 2021 Horse Possession Date June 30 - 1 District Horse Show

April 1, 2021 Grade Horse Certificates Due July TBA State Horse Show

June 3, 2021 Horse Entries Due to 4-H office
State Fair of Louisiana Livestock Possession Dates-Owned and in Possession

Market Steers - May 10, 2021 Market Lambs & Commercial Ewes - July 10, 2021

Market & Commercial Heifers - July 10, 2021
Market Goat & Commercial Does - July 10, 2021

Market Swine and Comm. Gilts - August 10, 2021 Commercial Dairy—July 10, 2021

DNA Validation Orders -
Market Steer, April 15 - May 10, 2021
Swine, July 15 - August 10, 2021
Everyone Else, June 15 - July 10, 2021

There is no limit to the number of animals an exhibitor may validate, however, an exhibitor may only exhibit a maximum of (3) Market Steers, (3) Market Heifers, (5) Market Lambs, (5) Market Goats, (5) Market Swine, or (3) Commercial Heifers. If you are planning on showing Market Steers contact the 4-H office ASAP! Registered Breeding Animals Possession Date: August 1.

Photography Contest

Monthly 4-H Photography Contest

Theme for March is “Selfies with My Pet” Turn in only 1 photo for the month. Include name, grade, and club and email to 4-H BEFORE the End of the Month! Attach & emailed to:
February Photo Contest Winners - Buildings / Architecture Black and White Photos

Elementary Division: 1st Place - Hadley Jackson, NES; 2nd Place - Gracie Marks, GPMS

Jr. High Division: 1st Place - Seth Richard, FES; 2nd Place - Hannah Zeagler, NES

Sr. High Division: 1st Place - Maggie McLaurin, Homeschool

2021 4-H Summer Camp

4-H Summer Camp 2021

4-H Camp is for youth in grades 4th – 6th this school year. Summer Camp will look different this year. Attending summer camp at Grant Walker is the highlight of so many Louisiana 4-H youth, and adults. Unfortunately, due to the damage caused by two hurricanes in the fall of 2020, Camp Grant Walker is not well enough to welcome campers back in the summer of 2021.

There are a few options that the 4-H office is studying that have been provided to us. The best plan for our situation at this time would be to select a one-day camp at 4-H Camp Grant Walker. These one-day camps will occur July 6, 7, or 8, 2021.

Registration for camp is $75.00 Sweet potato sales from last year, this year, or both maybe used to offset your registration cost!

The one-day camps will feature three educational tracks, recreation time activities, and include all snacks and meals.

Transportation will not be provided by the 4-H office at this time. Parent/Guardian will need to bring 4-H’er to and from the event. Camp times each day are from 8:00 am till 5:00 pm.
4-H members will get to choose from 3 different educational tracks STEM Focus, Environmental Education, or Outdoor Skills. Recreational track time includes Foam Hatchet Throwing, Camp Style Relay Races, and Arts & Crafts.

Interested 4-H members should contact the 4-H Office at 318-992-2205 for more information.

4-H Seed of the Month Club

LaSalle Parish 4-H Seed of the Month Club is underway at this time. We are still accepting members if you would like to participate. Each month members will receive a packet of seeds or planting material with instructions on planting, watering, growing, and harvesting. Project activity guides will also accompany the seeds that include recipes, and a wide variety of gardening education. To register, please contact the 4-H office at 318-992-2205.

Wildlife Workshop

Did you miss the 2021 wildlife workshop? Then you missed a lot! LaSalle Parish Jr. Leader members led and assisted in the survival paracord bracelet build. Members discussed many uses where a paracord bracelet could be used in a survival situation. In addition to the bracelets, 4-H’ers learned the basics of aging bucks by looking at key characterizes of body composition.

The workshop concluded with 4-H members constructing artificial nesting structures for birds. Four-H Jr. Leader members assisted included Phaedra Dorsey, Leanna Womack, and Clint Hall. Each member constructed a birdhouse with an opening side wall for easy cleanout each winter before spring nesting .

Participating in the wildlife workshop included Delontae Kelly, Luke Kelly, Kaylee Lee, Belia McPherson, Terry McPherson, Serenity Moore, Anna Murrell, Aaron Nugent, Jillian Parker, Jackson Scroggs, Grace Wheeler, Phaedra Dorsey, Leanna Womack, and Clint Hall.

4-H Trips, Scholarships, and Awards through Records

Record keeping is a life skill that will benefit you for years to come. Keep this book from year to year and add to it. You may include up to three years of 4-H work.

The 4-H office has its parish contest each year; then sends top records onto the State contest. Scholarships can be won on the parish or even state levels based off your records. Great award trips are also sponsored by the State office. All you have to do is keep a record of your work in 4-H. Records are due April 5 to the 4-H Office.

A Record Book consist of the Project Book or a Project Summary (in place of the book) and up to three (3) years of your 4-H portfolio. If you would like a specific project book other than the 4th and 5th grade project books, contact the 4-H office at 992-2205.

Jr. Achievement Awards - 4th-6th Grade Achievement. Fifty dollar Awards to top 5 in Traditional or Livestock/Pet Care.

7th & 8th Grade Achievement Awards 30 winners will be selected on the state level to receive the Louisiana Educational Trip.

Dairy Conference (must be 15 years of age before Jan. 1) Each parish can enter 2 portfolios to compete. Trip to National Dairy Conference in Madison, WI, to top 2 Portfolios

National 4-H Club Congress - 9th - 12th grade members. 21 Awards are presented to 4-H’ers 14 years and older to Atlanta, GA to attend the keystone conference of your 4-H career.

Orlando Leadership Trip - 15 Youth who have previously won the Club Congress trip are chosen for the trip to Orlando, FL based on quality of project work, leadership, and citizenship records.

Need a portfolio to complete your records? Check out or call the 4-H Office at 318-992-2205.

Strawberry Fundraiser

Everybody loves delicious fresh sweet strawberries!

LaSalle 4-H members will have the opportunity to sell strawberry flats.
A portion of the proceeds each member sells will be applied towards 4-H’ers attending summer camp, LOST camp, or 4-H University. Strawberry sale orders are due March 31. Strawberries are $25 a flat and will be available for pickup April 8, 2021 from 3:00 - 6:00 pm at the courthouse. You may pickup or request an order form at the 4-H Office if you are interested in participating in this fundraiser.

4-H Maker/Art Workshop

4-H Maker /Art Workshop slated for March 18, 2021 from 5-7 p.m. What is a Maker Workshop? Creativity with a dash of Imagination! 4-H’ers in 5th-7th grades will construct a cardboard robotic hand, and other imaginative activities. Deadline to register and pay a $15 fee is March 11. Registration and Face Covering Required. Call the 4-H Office at 318-992-2205 for more information.

4-H University-Short Course Contest & State Boards

4-H University is fast approaching. 4-H’ers, 8th - 12th grades, are eligible to attend. This is your chance to compete statewide against other 4-H members for cash, educational trips and awards trips.

As an update, a hybrid plan for 4-H University is currently being reviewed by the 4-H faculty, contest superintendents and AgCenter administration. The plan will include a limited number of contests for 2021 of which some will be in-person, as well as virtual. Contests determination is based on a variety of criteria, some of which include, past participation, structure of contest in relation to safety guidelines, last year’s 4-H University process and those contests which were successful in a virtual format, as well as facilities available.

The in-person format of 4-H University (if approved) will look different due to the COVID-19 restrictions and overall structure. The event will focus more on day event for contestants compared to a three-four-day experience. As with our shooting sports and livestock events, parishes will need the involvement of participants’ parents for transportation and any lodging.

Those who wish to run for a State Office or apply for a State Board Position need to contact the 4-H office at 318-992-2205 for registration before May 1, 2021. State Board positions include: Fashion Board, SET Board, Citizenship Board, Food & Fitness, Shooting Sports, and the Executive Board.

March Lesson Club Focus

Science Lab-Chemistry
Have you ever wondered how spies and secret agents could leave secret messages? Invisible ink might sound high tech, but you can create—and read!—a top secret message with one simple kitchen ingredient: lemons.

Lemon juice—and the juice of most fruits, for that matter—contains carbon compounds. These compounds are pretty much colorless at room temperature. But heat can break down these compounds, releasing the carbon. If the carbon comes in contact with the air, a process called oxidation occurs, and the substance turns light or dark brown.

Many oxidation-reduction reactions are as common and familiar as fire, the rusting and dissolution of metals, the browning of fruit, and respiration and photosynthesis—basic life functions. See if you can find some examples around your home.

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