Celebrate KY Homemakers Week

The following Family & Consumer Sciences article printed in the October 12, 2017 edition of the Oldham Era.

2017 KEHA Week

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Celebrate Extension Homemakers during KEHA Week

Kentucky Extension Homemakers Association Week is October 8 through 14, and the state’s more than 850 clubs are celebrating their accomplishments from the past year.

Extension Homemakers are firmly rooted in community service with more than 14,000 members contributing more than 300,000 volunteer hours for Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service-sponsored activities.

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KEHA members are huge supporters of higher education and youth. During the 2015-2016 fiscal year, the organization awarded more than $58,000 in college scholarships to deserving students and gave more than $14,000 in 4-H Camp scholarships. Extension Homemakers also volunteered more than 90,000 hours to support youth development activities across the state.

The organization supports several international causes including the Kentucky Academy in Ghana. During the past nine years, Extension Homemakers have helped the academy, which is a kindergarten based in Adjeikrom, Ghana, with various projects. These efforts include building upgrades, new furniture, and a new water well. Most recently, the group has raised money to fund the construction of a library in the village of Adjeikrom.

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Outreach efforts extend to local communities too. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Oldham County Extension Homemakers volunteered 20,866 hours to our community. Charitable projects included making lap blankets for the VA Hospital, sewing hats for cancer patients and premature babies, donating time and money to local food banks, and making and delivering holiday cards to nursing home residents. Oldham County Extension Homemakers also raise money for ovarian cancer research, Oldham County Community Scholarships, Oldham County 4-H Camp, Coins for Change, and WaterStep.

Joining Extension Homemakers is a great way to get involved with and give back to your community. If you are interested in learning more, contact the Oldham County Extension office via (502) 222-9453.

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Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

Written by Kim Henken, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships for the School of Human Environmental Sciences, and Lauren State Fernandez, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

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Kentucky Burgoo Recipe

Jonathan’s Kentucky Burgoo

Servings: 8-12

This modern burgoo recipe comes from Lexington chef Jonathan Lundy and is very much in the spirit of the original dish, while taking into account modern tastes.

1 tablespoon olive oil • 2 cups diced onion • 1 cup diced celery • 1 cup peeled, diced carrots • 1/2 cup diced green peppers • 2 cups sliced shiitake mushrooms • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic • 1/4 cup teaspoon dried sage • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme • 12-ounce bottle of Kentucky ale or dark ale • 1/2 gallon brown beef stock • 2 cups braised bison brisket, diced • 2 cups roasted pork loin, diced • 2 cups roasted beef tenderloin, diced • 1/2 cup fresh roasted corn, cut off the cob • 1/2 cup frozen soybeans or lima beans • 1/4 cup chopped canned tomatoes • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

In a large soup pot, preheat the oil on high heat and sauté the onions, celery, carrots, and peppers for 3-4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, garlic and dried herbs. Sauté for 3-4 minutes more. Add Kentucky ale. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 5 minutes to allow alcohol to cook off. Add remainder of ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes before serving.

Can be made 2–3 days ahead of time and reheated.

Recipe from “Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon.”

Fall 2017 Ag Events

The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Fall 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

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All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

September Ag Calendar

1 Master Gardener classes begin
4 Office closed for Labor Day
7 Growing Daylilies, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.
8 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
11 Green Thumbs Garden Club, carpool leaves extension office at 8:30 a.m.
16 Oldham County Master Gardener Association meeting, 9:00 a.m.
16 Indoor Tilapia, Shrimp, & Aquaponics, Kentucky State University, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., details/RSVP via kathryn.mitchell@kysu.edu
19 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
25 Regional Beef Field Day, Todd Rand Farm, Bedford
27-28 Kentucky Grazing School, Versailles, Kentucky

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October Ag Calendar

5 Landscaping for All Seasons, Oldham County Arts Center, sponsored by Oldham County Community Education, 6:00 p.m.
9 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
12 Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
12 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
13 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
17 Kentucky Grazing Conference, Lexington
19 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 6:00 p.m.
23 Monarchs in Mexico, Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, sponsored by the Oldham County Master Gardener Association, 6:30 p.m.

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November Ag Calendar

9 Beef Quality Assurance Training/Certification, 9:00 a.m.
10 Oldham County Beekeepers Association, 7:30 p.m.
13 Green Thumbs Garden Club, contact office for details
17 Master Gardener Graduation Celebration, 9:00 a.m.
23-24 Office closed for Thanksgiving

2017 Kentucky Wood Expo

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The Kentucky Wood Expo will take place on September 15 and 16 in Lexington at Masterson Station Park. Open to the public, attendees will enjoy a wide variety of activities, demonstrations, and educational events. University of Kentucky Forestry and Natural Resources Extension is partnering with the Kentucky Forest Industries Association (KFIA) to put on several educational programs including: Small Scale Logging Demonstration, Your Backyard Woods, and the ever-popular Critter Tent including a new mammal display with skulls and skins of native Kentucky animals. In addition, Wood Expo attendees will once again have a chance to make and take home their own cutting boards. Other planned activities include live Country and Bluegrass Music, Chainsaw Carving Demonstrations, and a competition between local police and fire departments in forestry related events.

There are also several other contests that the public can participate in and a wide variety of crafts, food, and fun for the entire family. Make sure to come out to the Kentucky Wood Expo to cheer on the UK Forestry student team as they compete in the Collegiate Lumberjack Competition against seven other universities! Mark your calendars now and plan to join us at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo! Learn more by visiting here.

Events include:

  • Forestry Equipment Sales & Demonstrations
  • Lumberjack Competitions & Entertainment
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstration & Auction
  • Crafts
  • Wood Expo Tickets

    General admission to the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo will be $7.00 at the gate. Advance tickets are available for $5.00. Tickets are $5.00 for kids ages six to twelve. Kids under age six can enter free of charge. Parking is free.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

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    Wood Expo Competitors

    KFIA is looking for chainsaw carvers to participate in the Chainsaw Carving Competition in exchange for submitting a large carving completed during KY Wood Expo hours. Carvers will be provided wood and an outside space for carving during the show. One- to eight-foot white pine log will be supplied for the auction piece. First and second place prize money is available. The winner will be determined by the carving with the highest bid.

    Wood Expo Exhibitors

    Exhibit at the 2017 KY Wood Expo! KFIA is currently taking reservations to exhibit at the 2017 Kentucky Wood Expo, held September 15 and 16 at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association, Inc. will accommodate each exhibitor to the best of their ability while ensuring a successful show for all involved.

    For further information, contact the KFIA Office via (502) 695-3979 or michele@kfia.org.

    Summer 2017 FCS Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted.

    June FCS Calendar

    5 Homemaker Executive Board, 9:30 a.m.
    8 Canning Boot Camp, 6:30 p.m.
    9 Canning Boot Camp, 10:00 a.m.
    13 FCS Council, 10:00 a.m.
    16 Homemakers Club Reports due to Extension Office
    21 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    30 Homemaker Volunteer Hours due to Extension Office

    July FCS Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    10-12 Kids Cooking Camp
    19 Wednesday Quilters, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    19 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
    24 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
    25 County Fair Entry Day (Non-Perishables), 9:00 a.m. – noon
    31 County Fair Entry Day (Culinary), 9:00 a.m. – noon

    August FCS Calendar

    1-5 Oldham County Fair
    6 County Fair Entry Check Out, Oldham County Fairgrounds, noon – 2:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    16 Dare to Care Cooking & Nutrition Class, La Grange Community Center, 1:00 p.m.
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    Summer 2017 Ag Events

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources calendar printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    All activities are held at the Oldham County Extension office unless otherwise noted. Please call to RSVP for classes held at extension offices.

    June Ag Calendar

    1 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 County Extension Council, 9:00 a.m.
    8 Extension District Board, 10:00 a.m.
    8 Equine Farm & Facilities Expo, Lexington, University of Kentucky Extension Forages
    9 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    12 Green Thumbs, contact office for details
    15 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Ag Development Council, 7:00 p.m.
    24 Master Gardener Association Meeting and Rain Garden Work Day, 9:00 a.m., Oldham County Extension Pavilion

    July Ag Calendar

    4 Office closed for Independence Day
    6 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Henry County Extension
    6 I Love Roses, 6:30 p.m., Oldham County Public Library, La Grange. Guest speaker Janet Miller of the Louisville Rose Society. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    10 Green Thumbs, Contact office for details
    14 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    17 How Flowers Flirt and Flourish, 6:30 p.m., Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve, Goshen. Guest speaker Tavia Cathcart Brown, Wildflower Expert and Author. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    18 Oldham County Cattlemen, 6:00 p.m.
    20 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m., Shelby County Extension
    31 Ag Exhibits Entry for County Fair, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., (NEW LOCATION: Oldham County Extension office)

    August Ag Calendar

    3 Late Summer/Early Fall Gardening, 10:00 a.m. Guest speaker Jeff Wallitsch, Wallitsch Nursery and Garden Center. Sponsored by Oldham County Master Gardener Association.
    3 Master Cattleman, 6:00 p.m.
    8 Extension Foundation, 9:00 a.m.
    10 Rinse & Return for Pesticide Containers, 9:00 a.m. – 12 noon
    11 Oldham County Beekeepers, 7:30 p.m.
    16 Master Gardener/Green Thumbs Outing, Streamcliff Farms

    Landscape Help Publications Available

    The following Agriculture & Natural Resources and Horticulture articles printed in the Summer 2017 edition of the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    New/Updated Landscape Publications Available

    New and updated publications covering landscape topics are now available. These Kentucky Extension publications and others covering lawn care, flower gardens, vegetables, and fruit are accessible online at www.uky.edu/hort/home-horticulture and at the extension office.

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    Soil Percolation, A Key to Survival of Landscape Plants’ details the effect of soil quality on the success of your landscape planting, covering ways to evaluate and improve your soil as well as the importance of selecting of the right plant to fit your soil type.

    Planting Container Grown Trees and Shrubs’ covers information about handling containers grown plants and proper planting technique to insure the success of your landscape.

    Planting Bareroot Trees in Your Landscape.’ Planting bareroot trees has always been a technique used to move young trees in landscapes and fruit orchards. This publication covers the proper handling and planting methods of bareroot plants for success.

    ‘After Your Ash Tree Dies, Making an Informed Decision on What to Replant will give you resources to decide what tree varieties mature similar in size to the ash and provide diversity to your landscape.

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    ‘What is Your Tree Worth?’ Landscape trees can add to the value of your property if undamaged, healthy, and planted in an appropriate location. This publication describes how to have your trees evaluated to determine their value in your landscape.

    Get Help With Pond Weeds

    A common problem for pond owners is control of weedy plants. Correctly identifying the plant is the first step in managing it. Scoop up problem weeds in a bucket and bring to our office for identification and control tips. Keeping pond weeds in water helps preserve them for accurate identification. An open container is best because it keeps the sample fresher. A closed container can be used for same day delivery to our office, but plants will begin decaying if kept enclosed multiple days, especially in a hot environment.

    Tips for Fall Allergy Sufferers

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    Tips for Fall Allergies

    From festivals to marathons, colorful leaves to pumpkin spice, there’s a lot to look forward to in the fall. If you suffer from fall allergies, however, it can be difficult to enjoy the joys of the season.

    Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, starts with cold-like symptoms. Unlike a cold that goes away within a week, hay fever lingers until the cause of the allergic reaction is identified and treated. One of the most common causes, especially during the fall allergy season, is ragweed. Ragweed begins to pollinate in mid-August and sticks around until a hard freeze.

    Mold can cause problems for allergy sufferers any time of the year, but a warmer-than-normal fall, high humidity, or windy conditions can allow mold spores to be released into the air for an extended period of time.

    Raking leaves, a common fall chore, can also stir up mold and pollen in the ground. Allergy sufferers who rake their yard can use an N-95 respirator mask when raking leaves to lessen the impacts of allergens. Children who have allergies should avoid jumping or playing in leaves.

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    Many indoor allergies can worsen in the fall as you stay inside more. While you can’t get rid of all the allergens in your home, you can minimize them. Here are some tips:

    • Wash your sheets weekly in hot water and your blankets every two to three weeks to kill dust mites.
    • Replace pillows every two to three years.
    • Encase your mattress, pillows and other padded furniture with allergen-proof covers.

    Sometimes signs of allergies aren’t straightforward due to the difficulty in distinguishing allergy symptoms from the common cold. This is especially true with children. If you or your child has cold symptoms that last more than a week or seem to occur at the same time every year, you may want to talk with your health care provider about the situation. Only a certified health care provider can truly diagnose allergies and prescribe treatments.

    More information on healthy living is available at the Oldham County Extension office. Call (502) 222-9453 to speak with Chris Duncan, Oldham County Family & Consumer Science Agent.

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    Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of economic or social status and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, age, veteran status, or physical or mental disability.

    Written by Nicole Peritore, Senior Extension Specialist. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

    OC 4-H’ers Shine in Competition

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Summer OC 4-H Competitions

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    OC 4-H Dog Club

    Oldham County 4-H and Kentucky State Dog Show Results

    The 4-H Dog Show was held at Full Circle Farm on Saturday, July 23rd, one of the hottest days this summer. Special thanks to the owners of Full Circle Farm for making the day possible — without their support we could not have continued with the show due to the heat.

    Congratulations to the 4-H members who were county competition champions: Will Barber, Rebekah Degnan, Beth Huffman, and Ella Olds.

    Congratulations as well to those who competed in the State 4-H Dog Show:

    ♣♦ Will Barber ♦ Carrie Olds
    ♣♦ Rebekah Degnan ♦ Ella Olds
    ♦ Kailey Greenwell Keira Puckett
    ♦ Beth Huffman ♣♦ Audrey Roberts
    ♣♦ Anna Laverty Brianna Ross

    ♦ Denotes a blue ribbon winner.
    ♣ Denotes a class champion.

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    Oldham County 4-H Shooting Sports Competition

    The Oldham County 4-H Shooting Sports Club held their county competitions in August. Congratulations to all participants!

    Rifle, Age 9-11 Rifle, Age 12-14 Rifle, Age 15-18
    1st Place – Sarah Grace Jackson 1st Place – Dain MacDonald 1st Place – Shane Bickett
    2nd Place – Cole Powell 2nd Place – Brian Ball 2nd Place – John Clore
    3rd Place – Andrew Myers 3rd Place Parker Jones 3rd Place – Cameron Rice
    Pistol, Age 12-14 Pistol, Age 15-18 Trap, Age 9-11
    1st Place – Brian Ball 1st Place – Cameron Rice 1st Place – Grayson Hume
    2nd Place – Kaitlyn Snyder 2nd Place – Shane Bickett
    3rd Place Logan Roberts 3rd Place – Hannah Anderson
    Trap, Age 12-14 Bowhunter, Age 9-11 Bowhunter, Age 12-14
    1st Place – Hayden Bailey 1st Place – Nick Sauer 1st Place – Jonathan Gadberry
    2nd Place – Will Shannon 2nd Place – Lily Anderson 2nd Place – Kali Anderson
    3rd Place Eli King 3rd Place – Sean Johnson 3rd Place – Hayven Lentz
    Bowhunter, 15-18 Bare, Cloverbuds Bare, 9-11
    1st Place – Cameron Rice 1st Place – Catalina Perez 1st Place – Cole Powell
    2nd Place Drew Laverty 2nd Place – Sam Laverty 2nd Place – Izzy Perez
    3rd Place – Brandon Howard 3rd Place – Emma Reader
    Bare, 12-14 Bare, 15-18 Recurve, 9-11
    1st Place – Spencer Wieland 1st Place – Brandon Howard 1st Place – John Morgan Morales
    2nd Place Will Shannon 2nd Place – Max Renner 2nd Place – Spencer Duke
    3rd Place – Ethan Willis 3rd Place – Megan Snyder
    Target, 9-11 Target, Age 12-14
    1st Place – Trent Fitzner 1st Place – Justin Ensor

    In Rifle, Shane Bickett achieved the highest score. Cameron Rice was the highest overall in Pistol.

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    Ballardsville High Riders Excel at State Events

    The Kentucky 4-H Horse Contest was held in Lexington on June 9th and 10th. Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments:

    Heidi Keck Ella Olds
    3rd in Craft Equipment 1st in Event Photography
    5th in Original Design Art
    Isabelle Von Busch Victoria Winn
    6th in Craft Equipment 1st in Digital Collage
    8th in Original Design Art 2nd in Photography Showing Movement
    4th in Photo Collection
    4th in Original Design Art
    7th in Craft Equipment

    The Kentucky 4-H Horse Show was held at the State Fairgrounds July 3rd thru 9th. Congratulations to the following members for their accomplishments at the Kentucky 4-H State Horse Show:

    Emily Bennett Carrie Olds
    1st in Hunter 2nd in Hunter, Under Saddle W/T
    3rd in Jumper, 34″ and Below 4th in Dressage
    7th in Showmanship 5th in W/T, Over Crossrails
    6th in Hunt Seat Equitation
    7th in Showmanship
    Miranda Smith Emmett King
    3rd in Hunt Seat Equitation, Over Fences 2nd in Green Horse, Over Crossrails
    4th in Dressage
    6th in Beginner Horse, Over 2′ Fences
    7th in Hunter, Under Saddle

    Congratulations to everyone who participated in the 2016 District and State Horse Shows!

    For more information regarding the 4-H Horse program contact the Cooperative Extension office. To qualify for participation in horse related competitive events, 4-H members must complete equine educational requirements and be registered with the Extension office by April 15, 2017.

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    Oldham County 4-H Fashion Revue

    The 4-H Fashion Revue was held on Monday, July 25th at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. The Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club provided refreshments at the event. Rebekah Degnan received Senior Fashion Magic Champion Award. Molly Logsdon won the Senior Sewing Champion Award. Maggie Anderson earned the Junior Fashion Magic Champion Award. Kendall Kennedy received the Cloverbud Champion Awards in Sewing and Fashion Magic.

    Congratulations to all who participated!

    Written by Kelly Woods, 4-H Youth Development Agent. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.

    Fall OC 4-H Events

    The following 4-H Youth Development articles printed in the quarterly Oldham County Extension newsletter.

    Attention Club Leaders

    4-H Club Leader Meeting

    Club enrollment packets will be provided to all 4-H Club Leaders at a meeting on Tuesday, September 6th at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. Club leaders, please plan on attending this very important meeting to receive your club enrollment materials. Every club must have a representative. If you cannot attend, please send a volunteer from your club. Do not use enrollment forms from past years as the form has been updated. All enrollment forms (for new as well as returning members) are due October 14th.

    4-H Shooting Sports Coaches Certification

    Are you interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports coach? The Kentucky Leadership Center in Jabez, Kentucky will host the certification workshop designed to familiarize coaches with the National Shooting Sports materials and grant certification. Topics to be covered include the role of shooting sports in 4-H, productive club meetings, teaching resources, how to teach safety, and information on state competition.

    A workshop will be held at Lake Cumberland 4-H Education Center, October 7-9, 2016 for 4-H coaches seeking their first 4-H Certification. For more information about the workshop, please contact the Extension Office before September 16th.

    Attention OC 4-H’ers

    4-H Awards Night

    The Delicious Delights 4-H Cooking Club will host the 4-H Awards Night on the evening of Tuesday, November 22nd, at the John Black Community Center. Save the date!

    Nominations for 4-H Awards will be due on October 14th. Club leaders will receive more information about the awards in their club packets at the Club Leaders Meeting on Tuesday, September 6th. 4-H Awards to be granted during the awards dinner will include: Ten Year Award, 100 Ribbon Club, 250 Ribbon Club, Achievement Awards, Horse Level Books, Club Secretary Book, and Community Service Award.

    The applications for the Oldham County Outstanding 4-H Member Award for Junior and Senior members are available online.

    Be the Next Emerald Award Recipient

    The Achievement Program provides the opportunity to receive scholarships to Teen Conference, 4-H Congress, and college. Certain levels require interviews at the state level. You can get started in the Achievement Program when you are in the sixth grade and continue throughout the rest of your 4-H career.

    Call today to schedule an individual or club work session to start your Achievement Application. We have many 4-H members who can excel in this program, and now is the time get started!

    All Achievement applications are due October 14th. Download the Achievement application from the Extension website.

    Written by Kelly Woods, 4-H Youth Development Agent. Edited by Lauren State, Oldham County Extension Staff Assistant.