Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, January 2021

January 2021 Newsletter Title.The Clover Chat.

2021 Cooperative Enterprise Leadership Conference

When & Where:
The dates for the conference are Thursday, March 25- Friday, March 26, 2021. Please note that the schedule may need to be adjusted/condensed, due to travel policies that will inevitably evolve over the coming months, etc. The location for this event TBA.

Who, What, & Why:
4-H Members in the 9th-12th grades are invited to attend! At the event, conference participants will compete in teams to establish & 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 goes to the Louisiana Council of Farmer Cooperatives for sponsoring this educational experience. To learn more about the cooperative business structure, check out the following link: https://ncbaclusa.coop/resources/what-is-a-co-op/

Complete registration details along with an event flyer will be forthcoming

Ag Expo

This year Ag Expo will be done virtually by using videos. More details will be available on our Facebook Page.

Beef Poster Contest

Beef cow.The 2021 Louisiana Beef Industry Council Beef Poster Contest Theme is “Green Beef”. Posters must be on “22 x 28” poster board only. Place your name, address, age, grade in school & parish/chapter on back, upper right corner of poster. The posters are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by Monday, March 1, 2021. Contest is open to 4-H members in 4th-12th grades. The flyer will be available soon on our Facebook page!


  • Division I: 4th – 6th grades
  • Division II: 7th – 9th grades
  • Division III: 10th – 12th grades
  • Division DIGITAL: Open division. All ages compete together

AWARDS (sponsor Louisiana Beef Industry Council):

  • First Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $200
  • Second Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $100
  • Third Place: State winning posters in each division will receive $50

February & March are Demonstration Months!!

A demonstration should consist of introduction, procedure, & summary. Don’t forget your visual aid. Most importantly, practice your demonstration! 4-H’ers may pre-record their demonstrations & email to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by March 31. Videos should be no more than 5 minutes in length. Click the following link "How To Demonstrate The 4-H Way".

Golden Clover & Emerald Achievement Awards

The 4-H Golden Clover Award & the 4-H Emerald Achievement Award applications (found on our Facebook page) are due to the 4-H office by January 15, 2021. In an effort to incentivize local programming & recognition, both awards have been transitioned to parish awards.

4-H Golden Clover Award (a club member may win this award only once):
1) Must be 14 years of age or under by January 1 of the club year application is made
2) Must have at least two (2) years of 4-H club work, including award year
3) Must score at least 250 points on the application & scorecard

4-H Emerald Achievement Award (a club member may win this award only once):
1) Must be 15 years of age by January 1 of the year application is made
2) Must have three years of 4-H club work, including award year
3) Must have completed one year of active Junior Leadership work excluding award year
4) Must score at least 360 points on the application & scorecard

Google Classroom

Members at Large: The Monthly Newsletter, Lesson, & other information will be available on Google Classroom at the beginning of each month. The classroom code is: yyhg7qt or you may use the link:https://classroom.google.com/c/MTk0MjIxMDQxMDM1?cj.... Please Note: If you are part of a school club, please be sure to follow your leader’s guidelines. School Club Leaders may post added information on their School Club 4-H Google Classroom. Please contact Tara Garlington if you have any questions.

Join the 4-H Junior Leader Club!

There will not be a Jr. Leader Meeting in January. The next meeting will be announced in the February newsletter.

Junior Leader Conference

The State 4-H Executive Board is excited about an opportunity they would like to provide to our teens to “Walk their Way to Leadership” during the 2021 JLC!

  • The same, one-day leadership event will be held from 9:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on March 11 in Shreveport. Details TBA.
  • Focused on developing the leadership skills of teens.
  • Targeting 8th-12th grades.

Registration Information:

  • Our parish may send up to 4 teens on a first-come first-serve basis (alternates may be registered in case COVID guidelines change).
  • Registration information will be sent after the first of the year & will have a quick turn-around time due to the nature of our changing environment. Our hope is for the teens selected to bring the information presented back to our parish.
  • Lunch will be provided & all COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest!

Little girl chef.Although we are not certain there will be an Area/Regional Cookery Contest this year, we will continue with our Virtual Ouachita Parish Cookery Contest. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners in each category! If we are able to continue with the Area Cookery, parish winners in each category will go on to compete. More information will be available at a later date. Categories include: Rice Main Dish, Rice Any Other, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Egg, Chicken, Quick-n-Easy Ground Beef, & Beef Main Dish, which is a new category! A flyer with cookery rules & details will be available soon on our Facebook page, “Ouachita 4-H” & our website.

How to Enter:

  • Email a video or ‘picture story’ of you (the 4-H member) cooking a dish along with a recipe to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu
    • What is a ‘Picture Story’? A picture story is multiple pictures that tell the ‘story’ of how you made your dish.
    • Videos & ‘Picture Stories’ should include ingredients, cooking process, & finished products. Videos should be 5-10 minutes long.
  • Include the following in the subject line: “Ouachita 4-H Cookery Contest”
  • Include the following within the email: 4-H member’s name, school/4-H club & grade, judging category, recipe (submit recipe on the recipe form available soon on our website at www.lsuagcenter.com/ouachita)
  • Recipes used should not serve more than 12 servings.

Entries via email are due Friday, January 8, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. Please see the demonstration video link,
"How To Demonstrate The 4-H Way". Also, if you’d like a copy of our Food Demonstration Power Point, please send an email to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Photography Club

Mouse with camera.

The January Photography Club meeting will be held Tuesday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. at the West Monroe Police Department Substation. The substation is located at 211 Cypress St. There is a sign out front that reads 211 Building West Monroe Housing Authority, Code Enforcement. Sign up by emailing tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu by Monday, January 18, 2021. For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

Recycle logo.Our 4-H 2020-2021 Programming Focus will be on Recycling & Environmental Stewardship. The West Monroe Recycling Center is a free drop-off facility for the general public, despite where they may live. The Recycling Center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. & is located directly behind the Police Department at 409 Lincoln Street in West Monroe. Accepted items include: Plastics No. 1 & No. 2, cardboard, paper (newspaper & copy paper), aluminum & metal cans. Please rinse all cans & plastic jugs. No glass or Styrofoam! For more information visit www.westmonroe.com or call (318) 397-3290.

Virtual Agriculture 4-H Photography Contest!

Showcase your love for agriculture though this contest!

The 3 categories are:

1. Farm Animal
2. Horticulture/Plants/Crops
3. Any Other Agriculture.

Photos do not need to mounted this year! Entries must include: 4-H’er name, parish, school & grade; category; & a one-line title for each paragraph. Email entries to tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu with “Ag Photo Contest” in the subject line. Due date is January 5, 2021.

Rules & Regulations:

  • All photographs must relate to agriculture
  • Open to all 4-H youth 4th-12th grades
  • Divisions: 4th-6th & 7th-12th
  • Photos must be taken by individual listed on entry
  • Photographs entered must have been taken during 2020 & in Louisiana
  • Only one photograph may be submitted in each of the categories
  • Entries may not be duplicated
  • All photographs will be displayed during the Virtual Ag Expo

Welcome to 4-H!

Four-H is a club for boys & girls ages 9 to 19. Ouachita 4-H enrollment forms for 2020-2021 are now available on our website! New this year is an online enrollment, or you can print & fill out your enrollment form & mail it to us or drop it off at the 4-H office. The online enrollment & the printable forms can be found here. If a 4-H club is available at your school, follow the school’s enrollment guidelines. If there isn’t a club at your school, you may still join 4-H as a Member-At-Large & participate in all 4-H activities. Just call the 4-H office for details.

Your Ouachita 4-H Agent is Tara Garlington!

LSU AgCenter logo.Ouachita Parish 4-H, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: (318) 323-2251 Fax: (318) 387-9376
Made Available By: Tara Garlington, Assistant Extension Agent

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