4-H rewards young leaders

4-H rewards young leaders

Scholarships & Contests

New York Ayrshire Club Calf Award Application

The purpose of the Calf Scholarship Award Program is to select a youth who is worthy of the award and to provide money that can be used to help purchase a Registered Ayrshire Calf at a public auction. The program offers the opportunity to a youth who has demonstrated the interest and ability to develop the calf to her fullest potential and who will also grow through this project. Applicants for this award must meet the following specifications 8-15 years of age as of January 1st of the current year. The youth member cannot own more than 2 Registered Ayrshire or 2 registered animals of another breed. Youth must have adequate facilities and supervision to raise a calf in New York State. Applicants must be or must be willing to join the New York and National Junior Ayrshire Club. Applicant must be a resident of New York State. Youth must welcome periodic farm visits. Winner must be willing to show the calf at appropriate shows. Winner will provide yearly progress reports to the NY Ayrshire Club. The 2018 application will be available shortly at http://www.nyayrshire.com/applications.html or email us at nyayrshire@gmail.com. Applications must be postmarked by the January 31 deadline. Assistance will be available in selecting the calf if needed.

Now Accepting 2018 Career Explorations Focus Assistant Applications

We’re looking for youth to help us plan and lead the 2018 Career Explorations Conference June 26-28, 2018. Teens should be at least 16 years old and have participated in Career Explorations in the past. Focus Assistant teen leaders will help plan, implement, and evaluate the success of the 4-H Career Explorations Conference. Focus Assistants will be leading both Focus and University U groups this year. More information, including a job description, is available on our Career Explorations website. Online applications are due January 19, 2018 including a letter of recommendation from a county 4-H staff, a letter of recommendation from a peer or an adult other than a county 4-H staff, cover letter, and completed resume http://4hstaff.cce.cornell.edu/system/files/career_ex_fa_application_blank.pdf. Please note: Focus Assistants must be available to participate in the Planning Retreat at STARR on April 13-15, 2018 and On-Campus Training Day on June 25, 2018. The Career Explorations Conference Planning Team includes 4-H Educators and youth leaders from across NY. The Conference Planning Team anticipates selecting 30 Focus Assistants. We are in the midst of recruiting Focus and UU Programs right now. Focus Assistants will be matched to Focus programs and UU groups after this recruitment process is complete. Focus Assistant Advisors will chaperone FAs during the Conference. Please contact Kim at ksb3@cornell.edu or 607-664-2571 if you have any questions.

2018 National Swine Picture Judging Contest/ Steuben County Swine Picture Judging Contest.

Each year, the National Swine Registry sponsors the National Swine Picture Judging Contest and is currently available at http://nationalswine.com/seedstockedge/picture_judging.php and must be postmarked or entered online by February 1, 2018. To enter the Steuben County Contest remember to save a copy of your placings to complete the Steuben County Swine Picture Judging Entry Form that must be postmarked by February 1, 2018 to the CCE-Steuben office or emailed to Kim Randall at ksb3@cornell.edu. If you have any questions please contact Kim by email or at 607-664-2571. This contest is open to youth and adult participants.

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NYS Association of Agricultural Fairs (NYSAAF) and the NYS Show People’s Association Scholarship (NYSSSA)

Deadline: TBA

The NYSAAF and the NYSSA offer an annual scholarship program which is available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF and who is in his/her senior year of high school in New York State and plans to attend (or already attends) college in pursuit of a degree in agriculture or fair management at an accredited institution of higher learning. The fair where you have been active must endorse your application and will submit it for you. Up to ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. Check http://nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm for updated information for 2017!

Applications, 2 letters of reference, and transcript must be submitted by a member Fair of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs. The deadline for submitting your application to a Member Fair is TBA. Steuben County applications are to be sent to Bob Whitney, 8000 Mt Washington Road, Bath, NY 14810. Applications are expected to be available the end of January at http://nyfairs.org/scholarship.htm or contact the CCE Office.

USDA Offers Agriculture Loans for Youth age 10-20

Loan recipients may use money to buy livestock, equipment, and supplies; buy, rent, or repair needed tools and equipment; and pay operating expenses for running the project. A maximum of $5000 may be borrowed. Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans to individual rural youths to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, Future Farmers of America, and similar organizations. Each project must be part of an organized and supervised program of work. The project must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce sufficient income to repay the loan, and provide the youth with practical business and educational experience in agriculture-related skills. To apply or learn more about youth loans or other loan programs, contact your local USDA Service Center or contact the Steuben County Farm Service Agency at 776-7398 ext. 2 for more information.


Kim Randall
4-H/Youth Development

Last updated January 3, 2018