April 2018 4-H Clovertalk Newsletter

Stephanie Bailey  |  8/27/2018 8:09:05 PM

2018 Ag Magic

The LSU AgCenter is proud to present the 2018 Ag Magic Event to be held at the John M. Parker Coliseum on the LSU Baton Rouge Campus. The event will run from April 16-20 for school tours and open April 21 and 22 for the general public from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

This fun, interactive event allows participants to walk through the various and different agriculture industries that are found in Louisiana. From agronomy to zoology, attendees will witness and experience it all. Hands-on stations allows youngsters to see first hand what agriculture really is. Most exhibits are geared towards youngster up to 5th grade level; however, this event is great for the whole family! Mark your calendars, you won’t want to miss it!


4-H University

Louisiana 4-H’ers can compete for best in the state in more than 40 events ranging from plant identification, photography and computer simulation to speechmaking and fashion design. In addition, almost 300 students will take part in the noncompetitive learning event called Clover College, which includes seven hours of instruction over the three days.

During 4-H U, participants will be introduced to aspects of life that college students experience on an everyday basis. Students will tour a working dairy, a biomedical center and athletic facilities. Students will also get to see how college students live during the week by residing in campus dormitories, eating at campus dining halls and even going through the rigors of scheduling classes.

4-H members who were 13 years old before January 1 are eligible to attend 4-H University to be held on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge. 4-H U gives you the opportunity to meet 4-H'ers from throughout the state and compete for trips and prizes through a variety of project-area contests. (More information is available on page 3)

Backyard Buddies

The Backyard Buddies Program worked hard on their animal projects and it showed at the LSU AgCenter District and State Show. They took home many awards and titles! The next meeting will be April 12 at 6:00 pm at Central Library.

EBR Cookery Contest

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The EBR 4-H Cookery Contest will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 3:00 pm at the Eden Park Branch Library.

The parish cookery contest is a great opportunity for young cooks to explore their culinary skills. Dishes can be an original creation or a family favorite, internet find or Pinterest project, it’s up to you! Dishes must be prepared at home and brought to the contest for judging.

We have divisions in Seafood, Poultry, Egg, Beef, Sugar, and a Bento Contest.

These winners will be able move on and compete at the Regional Cookery.

Be on the look out for more information!

Please contact the 4-H agent Rochelle Wilking for contest rules.

Fun in the Sun! Summer Camps in 2018

Summer 2018 is sure to be one for the record books! Over these sunny months, 4-H has lots of different events going on for you to participate in. Below are two great camping opportunities available to you. Think ahead and plan NOW…

4-H Summer Camp • Spots are Limited! REGISTER NOW!

4-H camp will be at Camp Grant Walker from July 16, 2018 –July 20, 2018. Camp is for4-H members grades 4th-6th. The cost is $275.00 which includes a camp t-shirt, parish and camp group picture, transportation to and from camp, all meals, and $20.00 to be spent at the Camp Store. If your child receives free or reduced lunch, they are eligible to receive a scholarship from the LSU AgCenter Chancellor reducing the cost to $215.00.

Registration is open and there will be limited spots! Please register by April 12, 2018!

The Educational Track Descriptions this year will be:

1. Water Safety, That's What’s SUP!

2. Food & Fitness

3. Outdoor Adventures

4. Explore Louisiana: Wetlands, Wildlife, and YOU!

5. The Artist Within

6. Hunter Safety Certification

For more information or to register please contact Mrs. Rochelle at rwilking@agcenter.lsu.edu


Attention 7th-8th graders – here’s a camp just for YOU! Join 4-H’ers from all 64 parishes in a quest to learn about different career choice opportunities through hands-on scientific learning and discovery while partaking in traditional camping activities. Louisiana Outdoors Science & Technology (LOST) Camp focuses on implementing the outdoors with science to achieve mastery through exploration and critical thinking.

LOST Camp will take place July 29– August 1, 2018 at Camp Grant Walker in Pollock, LA. In order to register for LOST Camp please contact Mrs. Rochelle at the Parish Office.

4-H University

Join 7th-12th grade 4-H’ers from every parish June 19-22, 2018 on LSU’s campus. Not only will you have the opportunity to compete in a contest or Clover College, but this is a great opportunity to live like a college student! Please be on the look out for more information!


Here’s a list of some of the different contests that have been available in the past.

Here’s a list of some of the different contests that are available. If you don’t see something that interests you, contact us and let us help!

4-H Has Talent

Agriculture Demo



Career Prep Interview

Child Development

Compact Tractor

Computer Simulation

Consumer Dec Making

Consumer Foods Judge

Dairy Judging

Diesel Operations

Dog Care

Entomology Demo

Env. Cons III Talk

Fashion Causal

Fashion Creative

Fashion Designer’s Choice

Fashion RTW

FCS Demo

Fishing Sports


Hort. General Demo

Hort. Use Demo

Hort. Judging

Insect ID

Meat ID

Outdoor Skills


Plant Science

Poultry Judging

Public Speaking AOS

Public Speaking COOP

Solutions Unlimited

Soybean III Talk

Sports Broadcasting

Teens Driving Teens

The Louisiana Chef

The Next Food Star

Wildlife Habitat Judge

Horse Club

This year we will have a T-shirt contest to design the official Louisiana Delegate t-shirt given to the participants at the 2018 Southern Regional 4-H Horse Championships. Please see the attached entry rules. Please do not use the LSU AgCenter, 4-H, or FFA Logo in any of your designs. The winning design will be chosen by the committee and will be used this year. The winner will receive a free t-shirt if they participate in regionals or not. Please send in submissions by April 27th at 11 am. The next Horse Cub meeting will be on April at 10th 6:00 at the Central Branch Library. For information on this please contact Dr. Neely Walker at 225-578-5338 or nwalker@agcenter.lsu.edu.

**Quiz Bowl practice will be held at Central Perk on March 29th at 6:00**


Livestock Club

The next time the livestock club meets will be at 6:00 pm April 10 at the Zachery Gas Utility building in Zachary. This will be their end of the year party so don’t forget your dishes. During this meeting we will be talking about the changes that we will make next year.

National 4-H Conference

February 1, 2018 - The 2019 National 4-H Conferenceapplications will be available. 4-H youth in their sophomore year of high school are eligible to apply.

In February and March, we will host 2-3 webinars about the application process. These will be open to volunteers, parents and youth.

May 7, 2018 – Applications will be due to the state office.

May 15, 2018 – Interview Schedule will be released.

June 19, 2018 – Interviews will be held in the afternoon during 4-H University.

June 19, 2018 – Winners will be announced during 4-H University night assembly.

Please visit https://4-h.org/parents/national-4-h-conference/ for more information.

New Agent

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Jessie Hayden is the new 4-H agent for East Baton Rouge Parish. He will be helping enhance the programs and reach more of the community. Jessie is from Lorman, Mississippi and was a member of 4-H from 2007 to 2011, where he has participated on both the state and national level. His education consists of a Bachelors degree from Alcorn State University in Agriculture Economics and a Masters degree from Mississippi State University in Agriculture and Extension Education Leadership. If you have any questions please feel free to contact him at jhayden@agdcenter.edu

State Shooting Sports

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4-Hers that qualified at regionals will be able to compete in the state shooting sports competition April 17-21. Congratulations to those that competed at regionals and those who qualified for state.

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