4-H

4-H logoWelcome to the Taylor County 4-H Website!

The Taylor County 4-H Program is a great place for young people to build self-confidence, learn leadership skills, and responsibility….and have a GREAT time doing it! We have many resources on our website for youth and adults interested in participating in the Taylor County 4-H Program, but if you don’t see something and you’d like more information about it, don’t hesitate to contact us at the Taylor County Extension Office at 715-748-3327 x4 or x3 or visit us at 925 Donald St., Room 103, in Medford.

Current Announcements

4-H Communications Survey We would like to improve our communications with our 4-H members. Please complete our survey of your communications preferences. Communication is essential for any organization. Thank you – we appreciate your help. https://taylor.extension.wisc.edu/4-h/4-h-communications-survey/

Taylor County 4-H Cookbook Recipe Submission Form The cookbook will be sold to raise funds to benefit 4-H programs in Taylor County. Deadline for recipe submission has been extended to February 10, 2020.

4-H T-shirt Order Form Show your support for Taylor County 4-H. Wear one of our new Taylor County 4-H T-shirts or sweatshirts. Order by February 10, 2020.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Federation meetings: The Federation usually meets the 2nd Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. at the County/USDA Ag Service Center on Donald St in Medford. All 4-H members are welcome and encouraged to attend. Dangerous winter weather may cause cancellations.
    The next meeting is scheduled for February 10. Agenda
  • Annual Leaders Social and Club Leader/VIP Training:
    Sunday, March 8, 2020; 1:00-4:00pm
    Medford Service Center, 925 Donald Street, Medford
    This training is the annual leader training that each chartered club and project needs to attend. Please send at least one club leader – but it would be great if more are able to attend. We are also opening the training to any new 4-H volunteers and leaders who need the VIP training to complete the enrollment process.
    Snacks will be provided. Please RSVP to Lanice Szomi, Taylor County Federation of 4-H Leaders at (715)965-8324 or grazingrocks@gmail.com. Deadline to RSVP is Friday, February 28, 2020.
    Taylor County is also inviting our 4-H friends in Price & Clark Counties to this training opportunity. It’ll be great to meet leaders from our surrounding counties and share ideas.  We hope you can join us!AGENDA
    1:00 p.m.            Introductions & ice breaker
    1:15-3:15            VIP training
    3:15-3:30            Break
    3:30 – 3:45          Brief update on what’s happening with the Federation, agent search, trips, etc.
    3:45-4:00-ish      Finish up with reflection, idea sharing, where do we go from hereThank you to Heidi Vanderloop, Chippewa County 4-H Program Coordinator, for doing the training!
  • NOTE: There will also be an opportunity for new leaders to receive VIP training in Phillips on March 21
    Volunteers in Preparation Training (VIP)
    Saturday, March 21, 9:00-11:30
    Phillips High School
    RSVP to Danielle (priceuwex@co.price.wi.us) by 3/19

ANIMAL OPPORTUNITIES (includes Extension offerings, MASS, and more):

Check out the Wisconsin Youth Livestock Program website (many resources about all types of livestock): https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/

  • SMALL RUMINANT LIVESTOCK SERIES (these can be accessed on home computer or by phone):
  • Lambing Open House – Thursday, February 20 at Arlington Research Station. Lambing Open House – Press Release
  • Marathon Feed Inc Annual Show Clinic – February 29 from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. Topics: Meat Evaluation and Feeding Strategies. Information on Marathon Feed FB page.
  • Livestock Quiz Bowl and Skillathon: the registration deadline is February 21. For more information, go to: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/programs/quizbowlskillathon/
  • An in-person YQCA Training will be offered in Rusk County on March 1 at 1 p.m. and March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Senior/Youth Building at the Rusk County Fairgrounds. Please contact Breanne Meyer, Rusk County 4-H Program Coordinator if you have questions: breanne.meyer@wisc.edu or 715-532-2155. You can also do YQCA training online. For information and links, go to the Youth Livestock YQCA website: https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/youthlivestock/yqca/
  • The 2nd MASS Orientation will be held Tuesday, March 24, at 7 p.m. at Gilman High School.
  • A swine weigh-in will be held for the 2020 Fair and Sale on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Taylor County Fairgrounds. A copy of a negative PRRS/PEDv test result must be turned in upon arrival at the fairgrounds and before unloading. If you buy pigs from a breeder, you can use the test results from their herd. Be sure to get a copy of those results when you pick up your pig(s).
  • MASS and the County Fair Board are co-hosting a Northwoods Premiere on Saturday, May 16, for those showing beef. This is a good opportunity for you and your animal(s) to gain experience in the show ring. It would be nice to see all Taylor County 4-H members who are showing beef at this event. More details to come.
  • Starter Flocks – Sheep

CLUB LEADERS:

    • Enrollment for leaders/volunteers in 4-H Online: One of the main changes is that you will need to select a club and a volunteer type. For those leaders not affiliated with a club, there will be a “no club designated” (or something similar) club listing. Descriptions of each volunteer type and details will be available soon (watch for more information), but the options are:
      • Activity/Event Volunteer
      • Adult Advisor/Chaperone
      • Club Enrollment Coordinator (formerly Club Enrollment and Club Manager)
      • Club Leader (includes Organizational/General and Co-Organizational/Co-General)
      • Committee Volunteer
      • Project Leader (includes Key Leader and Resource Leader)

We do not yet know when the 4-H Educator/Positive Youth Development position will be filled. Until it is, you may contact me with 4-H questions. However, because it has been a while since I did this and there have been some changes since that time, I may need to check with someone else or refer you to someone else. Also, please remember that 4-H is just one part of my job, and it may take a little longer for you to get a response.

Cathy Mauer, Program Assistant
715-748-3327 x3
cathleen.mauer@wisc.edu

ENROLLMENT OR RE-ENROLLMENT: Remember that current members and leaders need to re-enroll by November 1. As noted above, there will be some changes from previous years. If you have problems, please check Re-Enroll in 4-H through 4HOnline  or contact your club leader or the Extension office. If you are new to 4-H, please see Enrolling in 4-H through 4HOnline as a NEW family.

Direct link to 4HOnline.

Useful Links:

Like us on Facebook at the Taylor County 4-H page.Facebook "like" symbol

Contacts: 

If you have any questions regarding 4-H & Youth in Taylor County, please contact:

Cathy Mauer, Program Assistant

Taylor County Extension
925 Donald Street, Room 103
Medford, WI 54451-2095
Phone: 715-748-3327 ext. 3