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National Ag Day Essay Contest Announces January 31 Deadline

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) calls on 9 to 12 grade students in the 2020-2021 school year to submit an original, 450-word essay or a two-minute video about the importance of agriculture. This year’s theme is “Food Brings Everyone to the Table-How is agriculture essential to bringing food to the table?”

Please visit http://www.agday.org/essay-contest for further details

Entry forms and essays must be received by midnight CST, January 31, 2021 and sent to:

2020 Ag Day Essay Contest,

Agriculture Council of America,

11020 King St., Ste. 205,

Overland Park, KS 66210

OR janaep@nama.org.

2021 National & Steuben County Swine Picture Judging Contest

Each year, the National Swine Picture Judging Contest is open to youth and adult participants, and includes divisions for 4-H, FFA & Collegiate teams. National Contest entries are DUE ONLINE BY Saturday, February 1

For more information visit their website

The Steuben County 4-H Program will also be offering the Picture Judging Contest! 4-H members will be able to utilize the same classes as the National Judging Contest but instead compete amongst other 4-H members in the county.

How to participate? Fill out the online contest form form or submit the hard copy form to our office BY Saturday, February 1st!

Contact Ainsley if you have ANY QUESTIONS or if you’d like any paper copies! 607-664-2571 / ar935@Dairymcornell.edu

2021 NY Holstein Association, Inc. Calf Scholarship

This program offers a registered Holstein calf to a youth who has demonstrated their interest and ability to develop the animal to its fullest potential. Youth must be between 12-15 years old as of January 1, 2021. For an application and the specific requirements reach out to the NY Holstein Office or visit their website!

ENTRY DEADLINE: March 2, 2021

Apply for a scholarship to attend the 2021 National Youth Summit on Healthy Living

High school students in grades 9-12 can now apply for a scholarship to attend the Virtual 4-H National Youth Summit. The summit will be an opportunity to share best practices within the topic area, meet and work with people from across the country, and work with fellow 4-Hers on action plans that will work to affect change in your community. Visit the 4-H website for summit information.

At the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living, high school students develop the knowledge and skills to address issues surrounding nutrition, physical fitness, wellness, and emotional well-being. Working alongside professionals in family consumer science and healthy living, students will create action plans they can implement in their communities to teach other youth about what they have learned.

When: February 13-16, 2021

Where: Online

Limited number of 12 scholarships to cover the $75 registration fee will be selected from the first 50 applicants. The scholarship application will be accepted until December 4, 2020, unless the number of the first 50 applicants has been reached. APPLY HERE

National Hoard's Dairyman Cow Judging Contest

The classes for the 91st annual Hoard’s Dairyman Cow Judging Contest are available athttp://judging.hoards.com/. The National Hoard’s Dairyman picture judging contest offers an interactive web-based portal containing all five classes, and allows you to submit your entries online and receive your scores by email at the completion of the contest! Entries are DUE ONLINE to Hoard’s Dairyman BY March 25, 2021 for the National Contest.

The Steuben County 4-H Program will also be offering the Dairy Judging Contest! 4-H members will be able to utilize the same classes as the National Hoard’s Dairyman Picture Judging Contest, but instead compete amongst other 4-H members in the county. How to participate? Keep a copy of your National entry & send to Ainsley BY March 25 th!

Contact Ainsley if you have ANY QUESTIONS or if you’d like any paper copies! 607-664-2571 /ar935@cornell.edu

NYS Junior DAIRY LEADER program (JDL) for the 2020-2021 year

Applications are done online at
http://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/animal-programs/dairy/nys-junior-dairy-leader-application/ and more information about the program can be found here also. In the past this program is started out with the once-in-a- lifetime week long trip to Madison, Wisconsin for dairy tours, attending the National 4-H Dairy Conference and attending World Dairy Expo. With the current situation the National 4-H Dairy Conference and the World Dairy Expo are canceled for this fall of 2020. With the next JDL class….their program year will be ending with the trip to Wisconsin in the Fall of 2021. We do have uncertainty on when we can be in person for things so the plan is to start a little later this fall and/or do things on a virtual platform to start off…..there are things that we can do in this manner and then when we can be in-person….we will do the other workshops and tours. So if you are interested in the dairy field and want to learn more about careers, personal and professional growth…..please apply. The age for this program is 16 to not have reached their 19 th by Jan 1st. Again, we will be doing all the things we have done for 21 years in the JDL program but the timeline and schedule will look a little different….instead of starting in late September and ending in August…..the program year will start later in the fall and will end shortly after the trip to Wisconsin in late September of 2021. We are here and ready to continue this great opportunity in leadership and career planning in the dairy and agricultural field.

For the Fall of 2021, the plan will be to take the 2020-2021 class(this will be at the end of their program year) and the next class of 2021-2022 to Wisconsin at the same time.

The original deadline for the applications was the end of June but we are extended that deadline until August 1 st, 2020.
Please contact me at djc27@cornell.edu if you have any questions.

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Last updated January 12, 2021