Ouachita 4-H Newsletter, February 2021

The Clover Chat February Newsletter Title with 4-H clover and website.

2021 Area 4-H Commodity Poster Contest!

Little girl chef.This contest will take the place of the traditional Area/Regional Cookery Contest for the 2020-2021 school year. Entries are due to the Ouachita Office by Monday, March 15. If you are in a school club, please turn posters into your club leader by Monday, March 15.

Area/Regional Awards: 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place and Blue, Red & White Ribbon groups will be given in each category. Monetary awards will be given for the top three places: 1st place $30, 2nd place $20, 3rd place $10. Monetary awards will also be given on the parish level: 1st Place winner will receive $20, 2nd Place winner $15, & 3rd Place winner $10.

Categories include: Rice, Pecan, Sweet Potato, Egg, Chicken, & Beef.


  • No dishes will be entered with this contest.
  • Each 4-H’er may enter a maximum of two (2) posters at the area contest, but only one (1) per commodity. Each commodity will have a Junior Division (Grades 4-6) & Senior Division (Grades 7-12).
  • Posters should be on 22” x 28” sheet of any color poster paper.
  • All posters must contain at least one 4-H clover (at least 3” x 3”) prominently placed on the poster.
  • Each poster should contain nutritional value of the commodity & a recipe using the appropriate amount of the commodity as listed. The recipe should be handwritten or typed on the recipe form included with this packet.
  • 4-H’ers name, grade, school & parish must be placed on the back of the poster in the upper left corner.
  • No items attached to the poster should be more than ¼ inch thick.


  • Rice – Recipe must contain at least one cup of uncooked rice or two cups of cooked rice (white or brown rice). If contestant is using rice bran instead of rice, the recipe must contain at least ¼ cup of rice bran. Wild rice is acceptable as long as there are two cups of cooked white or brown rice also included in the recipe.
  • Pecan – Recipe must contain at least one cup of pecans. Any type pecan recipe may be entered.
  • Sweet Potato – Any type sweet potato recipe may be entered. Recipe must contain a minimum of one cup of fresh, canned, or frozen sweet potatoes.
  • Egg – Recipe must utilize a minimum of four (4) eggs. This can be four whites, four yolks or four whole eggs. The recipe with four eggs must make only one standard size dish. For example, a recipe with four eggs that makes two pies of standard size will not qualify. Any type egg recipe may be entered.
  • Chicken – Recipe must contain a minimum of two (2) pounds bone-in or one (1) pound deboned chicken meat. Any type chicken recipe may be entered.
  • Beef – The recipe must contain a minimum of one (1) pound of beef. Any type beef recipe may be entered.

2021 Cooperative Enterprise Leadership Conference

(formerly known as Co-Op Camp)

Due to facilities restrictions based on ongoing Phase II guidelines, the Cooperative Enterprise Leadership Conference for March of 2021 has ben cancelled. Planning for the 2021-22 school year will be underway soon.

Ag Expo

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

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". Parish Contest: 1st Place winner will receive $30, 2nd Place winner $20, & 3rd Place winner $10.

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.

Hurricane Donations

Hurricane donations are still desperately needed! Some of the most needed items are: bottled waters, canned foods, paper plates, plastic forks/spoons, paper towels, & garbage bags. Please drop your donations to the 4-H office, 704 Cypress Street, West Monroe. This event will be ongoing for the time being. We will announce an end date at a later time. When dropping donations, please leave your name and /or school name, approximate number of people who helped with the donations, & phone number. Thanking you in advance!

Junior Leader Club!

If you are in 7th grade or above, you may join the Ouachita 4-H Jr. Leader Club. The February meeting will be held Thursday, February 25 in the 4-H auditorium, 704 Cypress Street in West Monroe, from 4-5 p.m. For your protection, we will be following social distancing guidelines.

Louisiana 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. Entries are due to the Ouachita 4-H office by Monday, March 1, 2021. If you are in a school club, please turn posters in to your club leader by Monday, March 1. Contest is open to 4-H members in 4th-12th grades. The flyer will be available soon on our Facebook page! Ribbons & monetary awards will be given on the parish level: 1st place winner will receive $20, 2nd place $15, & 3rd place $10.


  • 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

Louisiana Draw A Dairy Billboard Poster Contest

Carton and glass of milk.Co-sponsors are the Louisiana Dairy Industry Promotion Board & the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service.

Promote the dairy industry by drawing a billboard encouraging or promoting the consumption of milk and/or milk products & their importance for health.

  • Posters must be on 22”x28” poster board & must not contain any copyright materials.
  • Do not attach anything to the poster that is more than 1/2” thick.
  • A 4-H club member can win first place in each division only once.
  • Include name, address, grade, & parish on back upper right-hand corner.

Entries are due to the Ouachita Office by Monday, April 5, 2021. If you are in a school club, please turn posters into your club leader by Monday, April 5. Winning posters at the state level become the property of the Extension Service & will be displayed at statewide events.

Ribbons & monetary awards will be also be given on the parish level:1st place winner will receive $20, 2nd Place $15, & 3rd Place $10.

State Prizes: A $100 check for first place State winners in Division I, II, & III. Second place State winners in each division will receive a $75 check. Third place State winners in each division will receive a $50 check.

Division I: 4th, 5th & 6th grades
Division II: 7th & 8th grades
Division III: 9th, 10th, 11th & 12th grades

Photography Club

The February Photography Club meeting will be announced on Facebook soon!!

Recycling & Environmental Stewardship for 2020-2021

Recycle logo.

Our 4-H 2020-2021 Programming Focus is 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. Start your recycyling plan today!

Summer Camp

Options for summer camp are currently being discussed. We will share on Facebook & in the March Newsletter as soon as we have the detailed information. Thank you for your patience!

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
Email: tgarlington@agcenter.lsu.edu

Visit our website: www.LSUAgCenter.com
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