2021 4-H Beekeeping Essay – Due 03/15/21

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4-H members do not have to have a bee project to participate in the essay contest.

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. has announced their 2021 4-H Beekeeping Essay Topic. This year’s Topic is

2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Honey bee colonies have developed many ways to stay healthy. Their immune responses range from behaviors such as grooming to using materials such as propolis, a plant-derived substance bees coat on the interior of a hive for antimicrobial purposes. Even the gut of the honey bee contains beneficial bacteria to help the bee stay healthy!

In your essay, name at least two threats (a parasite such as Varroa, a pathogen such as a virus, a predator such as a bear, etc.) to honey bee colonies and then discuss the methods colonies use to defend against the threats. If possible, include at least one picture you have taken from Feb. 2020-Feb. 2021 that illustrates how colonies manage to stay healthy against a variety of threats.

Please share the contest information with your 4-H members. It can be found at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/. I have also provided a graphic to share via social media.

You can see past winner’s essays by visiting the following website and clicking on 4H Essays tab at the top of their page. http://preservationofhoneybees.org/

Essays will be uploaded at no fee on 4HOnline using the “2021 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest” event. Deadline to submit is Monday, March 15. Winners will be announced the week of April 5th.

Texas Brigade Applications Are OPEN! – Youth Wildlife Leadership Camps – Due 03/15/21

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STATEWIDE – Texas Brigades is now accepting applications for its summer Brigade Camps. The series of eight statewide camps are open to youth, 13-17 years of age, who are interested in the outdoors. Participating young men and women are introduced to subject-specific stewardship, conservation, and management topics throughout 5 days. Camp fees ($500) include meals, lodging, materials, and more. Local sponsorships are available and encouraged.

Each camp is an extensive and hands-on educational camp featuring a conservation subject or theme and is limited to 30 participants. Themes include quail, deer, bass, fisheries, marine species, waterfowl, and ranching. Texas Brigades is now in its twenty-ninth year of hosting summer camps.

“Our son LOVED it!” says Lezlee B., a cadet parent. “If your child has a chance to attend – make it happen for them.” 

Texas Brigades summer camps provide youth an intensive and exciting educational experience built on the important principles of stewardship of natural resources vital to livestock, wildlife, and waters in Texas. “Texas Brigades is a nonprofit organization providing youth with education, skills, and confidence needed to be a voice for conservation and stewardship,” says Executive Director Natalie Wolff. “We partner with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and local County Agents and Educators to bring a rich, content-specific, science-backed curriculum to our participants.” Find more information on Texas Brigades and their long-time partnership with AgriLife at www.texasbrigades.org.

Scheduled 2021 Brigade Camp dates and locations are:

  • June 4-8, Rolling Plains Bobwhite Brigade, private ranch near Abilene.
  • June 13-17, South Texas Buckskin Brigade, Welder Wildlife Refuge, Sinton.
  • June 19-23, South Texas Bobwhite Brigade, Buck Horn Creek Ranch, McCoy.
  • July 7-11, Bass Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
  • July 14-18, Waterfowl Brigade, Pintail Hunting Club, Garwood.
  • July 19-23, Ranch Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
  • July 25-29, North Texas Buckskin Brigade, Warren Ranch, Santa Anna.
  • July 27-31, Coastal Brigade, Sea Star Base, Galveston.

Apply online at www.texasbrigades.org/applications by the March 15th deadline. Interested youths will select “Cadet App,” select camp preferences, and answer questions about their interests and experiences. Adults interested in volunteering for camp will select “Adult Leader App.” Camp selections are made by April 15th.

“The dedication and passion these young men and women exhibit for stewardship, wildlife, and waters assure me that the future of Texas’ natural resources is in good hands,” said Board Vice President Jeff Petter. “Brigade camps are a major success because of the leadership roles its graduates will play in the conservation, protection, and management of both private and public lands.”


and Storyboard Contests (03/29/21D10 Fashion Show ( 04/23/21) )

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Please see letters attached for 4-H Fashion Show Buying & Construction and Natural Fibers and 4-H Storyboard.  They can be downloaded below:

Two important things to remember for these contests:

  1. We will allow construction and buying items to be entered this year that were made/bought last year (2019-2020) since we did not have a contest in 2020.
  2. Storyboard is no longer a qualifying contest. (The state contest is invitational [open to everyone!]).

COUNTY DEADLINE FOR FASHION STORYBOARDS: Fashion Storyboards are DUE to the County Extension Office by 12:00 Noon on Thursday, March 18, 2021 – this means all glue must be dry, all items are attached, and it is ready for judging at that time.  Any storyboards NOT at the County Extension Office by the deadline will not be judged at District.


Rockne Livestock Booster Club – Buyer’s Letter Overview & Templates

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Dear Families,

The following YouTube video and documents are being sent to help livestock youth write buyers group letters. Mrs. Lang and Mrs. Watson produced a video with tips on writing buyers group letters and ways to speak with potential supporters.

The attached documents include two examples. The first is an RLB template letter that can be used to contact supporters of the Rockne Livestock Booster Steak Supper. If you sold tickets in the past, you may wish to send a letter similar to the RLB template. The second letter is a sample to create your own buyers group request letter. As the video states, you can take the two letters and use them as your guide to make your own letter.

If you have questions about this topic, contact Mrs. Lang or Mrs. Watson at their emails listed below.

Thank you for helping to support your livestock auctions! Thank you and stay safe!! Susan, Barbara, and Heather


Rockne Livestock Booster Club Contacts:

Attachments (Linked):


Note: These resources will be available on the website at https://bastrop.agrilife.org/livestock/ under Livestock Project Resources and are adaptable to more than just livestock projects

D7 Shooting Sports Coach Training – Texas 4-H Center, Brownwood TX- March 13, 2021

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Please find attached, information on the statewide Shooting Sports Coach Training being hosted in District 7 at the Texas 4-H Center in Brownwood on March 13, 2021.

While the letter should answer any questions please note the following:

  • This event will be a 1 DAY training with an online portion (required to be completed prior to arriving).  Link to online training will be provided to participants once they register for the event.
  • The online Green Injection training will allow us to complete the rest of the training in 1 day rather than 2.
  • Registration for the face to face portion of the training will be done through the Texas 4-H Center Website, NOT 4-H Online.
  • Participants MUST have an active volunteer profile in 4-H Online prior to attending the training.

The letter is included below and can be downloaded by clicking here.

D7 SS Coach Training 2021 (002)

South Texas Select Club Calf Sale – 02/28/21

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D10 Food Challenge Contest – 04/28/21

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Please see the 2020-2021 District 10 4-H Food Challenge Contest Letter below.  The letter can also be downloaded by clicking here.

D10 4-H Photography Contest – Entries Due 02/26/21

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Please see the reminder below for the District 10 4-H Photography Contest – entries are due 02/26/21

  • Register online at: https://tx.4honline.com
  • See the District 10 Rules at: https://d104-h.tamu.edu/files/2020/10/D-10-Photography-Letter-2021.pdf



Registration OPEN! – Texas A&M AgriLife Summer Horsemanship School Program

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Registration for the 49th Annual Summer Horsemanship School is now open!

D10 Leaders 4 Life Contest – 04/20/21

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Below you will find the District 10 4-H Leaders 4 Life contest letter.

In order to be accommodating of the current COVID guidelines we have made a few changes to this contest to make it work:

  • Contest has been moved to Tuesday, April 20, 2020
  • Contest will be held in Seguin at the Guadalupe County Office
  • Each team will be provided a scheduled time to arrive, they will be the only one’s allowed in the building at that time

As with all of our other contests, please note that details are still subject to change as we get closer to the event. Once we have all Spring Roundup letters, they will be combined into the Spring Roundup guide.

Download the Leaders 4 Life Letter here.