February 2021 Edition

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February 2021 edition

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt Snowman with black tophat, black buttons, eyes, nose and black stick hands.

Everyone who emails Allyssa (allyssa.zoern@montana.edu) by Monday, February 8 with the page number containing the snowman symbol above will be entered in a drawing to win a 4-H themed prize. Please include the page number in which you found the symbol, something you learned from the newsletter, and the name(s) of the 4-H’er(s) to be entered in the drawing.

Scholarship Opportunities

Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The application for the Cascade 4-H Foundation, Fred Sanborn Memorial,
and Douglas and Nancy Dear Memorial scholarships is open.

Applicants must be or have been a Cascade County 4-H member at the time of their high school graduation or equivalent. Complete one Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship application to apply for multiple Cascade 4-H Foundation and Memorial Scholarships.

Please read all information thoroughly before starting the application process. All application materials are due by midnight on March 31, 2021.

Montana 4-H Foundation Scholarships

The Montana 4-H Foundation offers many scholarships to students that
would like to continue their education past high school.

Applications are due by April 1, 2021.

Office Closure: The Cascade County MSU Extension Office
will be closed Monday, February 15 for Presidents’ Day.

Project Day

The next Project Day will be held on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00am-12:00pm at the Extension Office. Workshops include Baking Cakes with
Cindy, Amy, and Emily, Wool Needle Felting with Hannah, and Intro to Sewing with Fran.

Registration for the February Project Day will be emailed and posted to Facebook about two weeks prior to the Project Day.

Future Project Day Dates:

  • March 20
  • April 17
  • May 15

Cascade County 4-H Facebook Group

Did you know that Cascade County 4-H has a Facebook Group? You can find
many posts about events, registrations, and reminders on this page. To join the group, search “Cascade County 4-H (MSU Extension)” and click join.

Camp JD and Chaperone Applications

Applications for 2021 Cascade County 4-H Camp Junior Directors (JDs) and chaperones are now available. JDs must be 14 years of age before the first
day of camp and enrolled and active members of Cascade County 4-H.

Chaperones must be enrolled and active adult volunteers. The cost of JDs is $20, and chaperones are free! Applications are available at the Extension Office or by emailing Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu.

Robotics and Cloverbud Meetings

The next meeting of the Robotics and Cloverbud projects will be Saturday, February 6. Robotics will meet in the classroom with John and continue to
learn about Ev3 robots. Cloverbuds will meet in the 4-H Room with Stephanie and learn about woodworking while working on a string art project. Sign up for these project meetings at
FB6-february1 by Wednesday, February 3. Space is

Camp Planning

The first camp planning meeting will be held Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. The first meeting will focus on team building. Meeting details will be emailed out closer to the meeting date.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to the following community members for their dedication to Cascade County 4-H!
General Fund/Foundation Sponsors
Wayne Wike
Taylors Automax Buick-GMC Nissan
K & K Trucking, Inc.
Jim & Karen Hoffman
United Way/Scheels
Green Tie Affair Sponsors
The Celtic Cowboy
Straight Flush Drain Solutions
Jonas Sprinklers & Fertilizer, Inc.
Fair Award Sponsors
Katherine Caldwell, CPA
Nora K. Seekins
Horse Project Sponsors
Nora K. Seekins
Taylors Automax Buick-GMC Nissan
Vonnie & Dave Brown
Livestock Project Sponsors
Taylors Automax Buick-GMC Nissan
Shooting Sports Project Sponsors
Jonas Sprinklers & Fertilizer, Inc.
Taylors Automax Buick-GMC Nissan
Douglas & Kathleen Deffe
Memorial Gifts
Bill McKay Memorial
Brittney Bingham
Sheryl Knowles Family Trust
Robert & Teresa Downey
Gary & Patricia Schlaeger
Larry & Donna Dugas
Michael & Catherine Odden
Julie Pribyl
Marie Crawford
Dan & Shirley Marxer Roehm
Susan Lorang
Ed Hickel
Daniel & Nancy Mortag
Bogden Livestock
Richard Maynard Memorial
Judy Maynard
Ron Long Memorial
Sheryl Knowles Family Trust

MT 4-H Live Webinar Series: GPS and Drone Aerial Mapping

Montana 4-H is excited to announce a new webinar series focusing on GPS and drone aerial mapping. The program is described as “An introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Drone Aerial Mapping Technologies and how they’re used in agriculture and natural resource applications. The wide range of practical applications provide 4-H youth and clubs with many options from which to pursue their interests and projects – from military, farming/ranching, natural resources, history, geo-spatial story-telling, outdoor activities, and so many more.” Virtual workshop dates are February 9, February 23, March 9, March 23, April 5, April 20, May 4, May 18, and June 1. Email Allyssa at allyssa.zoern@montana.edu if you are interested in this opportunity.

Cascade 4-H Foundation

The next meeting of the Cascade 4-H Foundation will be Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 pm via Webex.

Record Book Tips - Resources

The MT 4-H Center has put together a webpage dedicated to everything Record Books. This page contains copies of the required project journals and My 4-H Year journals, video tutorials, and explanations as to why we do Record Books.

Award Spotlight – John Davis Memorial Award

The John Davis award recognizes up to two Cascade County 4-H members 16 4-H years or older each year. The winner(s) of this award must be a 4-H’er in good standing that has:

  • Developed leadership talents and has worked toward achieving the broad objectives or character and effective citizenship
  • Gained a broader knowledge of 4-H agriculture and/or home economics projects and activities, and their contribution to improving family and community living
  • Learned to adapt and apply the latest practices and research findings in agriculture and/or home economics to everyday living
  • Developed skills in those practices which make for more efficient and profitable 4-H project work
  • Personally developed and instilled in others a pride and respect for 4-H work and its importance in the development of the individual, the family, the community, and the nation
  • Applied all 4-H trainings and experience in choosing and preparing for a vocation

These criteria may be applied to a member’s entire 4-H career. Members must write a 500-word narrative explaining how they meet the above criteria. The recipients’ names will permanently be displayed on a John Davis Memorial Plaque in the County Extension Office, and the recipient will receive a personal gift of a belt buckle or other appropriate item from the Davis family. If you are interested in this award, please talk with your club’s Organizational Leader.

Shooting Sports Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4_H Shooting Sports Leaders Committee will be held on Thursday, February 4 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Topics of discussion include discipline updates and COVID procedure updates.

Livestock Leaders Meeting

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will be on Tuesday, February 2 at 7:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county livestock show and sale, budget, and clinics.

Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA)

4-H members enrolled in livestock projects (beef, goat, sheep, poultry, rabbit, and swine) must complete LQA once as a junior member (9-13 years old) and once as a senior member (14 years old and older.) 4-H club leaders will host LQA training at either a club meeting or host a special meeting for those 4-H members who must take LQA . 4-H members will not come to the Extension Office for LQA training. Your 4-H club leaders will be in contact with you to set up a date for LQA. Please contact Rose at rose.malisani@montana.edu or 406-454-6980 if you are still deciding on a club and need LQA for 2021. Your 4-H club leader will pick up the essay/test, administer the essay/test, and submit them to Rose at the Extension Office. The due date is April 30, 2021.

4-H Livestock Artificial Insemination Workshop

The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders are hosting a livestock artificial insemination workshop where youth will learn about artificial insemination, reproductive systems, gestation, estrus, and much more! Dana Obrecht will bring livestock reproductive tracts for youth to practice artificial insemination on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at the Extension Office from 6:30-8:30 pm. The interactive laboratory is limited to 21 youth. Parents are asked to drop off their children at the Extension Office at 6:15 pm and pick them up at 8:00 pm. Masks are required. Please RSVP by visiting https://montana.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Bvb4x76FVwnMwd by Monday, February 22.

Intent to Enter Forms

Intent to Enter forms are available at the Extension Office for goats, sheep, swine, rabbits, and poultry. Ear tags (goats, sheep, and swine, a tattoo kit (rabbit), and leg bands (poultry) are also available at the Extension Office. Animals must have a form of identification (ear tag, tattoo, or leg band) when the animal is Intended to Enter. Full body photo(s) showing the ear tag for goat, sheep, and swine in the animal is required with the Intent to Enter form. Important dates for each species in the calendar section of the Newsletter.

Intent to Enter Reminders

  • The 4-H member and a parent must sign the form.
  • Fill out the form completely. Animal descriptions of color, unique markings, and complete mailing address of the breeder are required. Forms missing information will not be accepted.
  • A photo showing the full body of the animal with the ear tag installed that clearly shows the ear tag number is required. 4-H members are encouraged to get their ear tags early and take the pictures before the weather gets bad.
  • Intent forms can be turned in before the deadline for all species.
  • The Intent to Enter does not automatically enter your market animal in the Cascade County 4-H Show and Sale. You must fill out a separate Cascade County Livestock Show Entry from

Junior Ag. Loans Available Through MT Department of Ag

Montana youth ages 21 and under may be eligible for up to $8,500 in loan financing through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan Program. Projects can involve crop and livestock production, custom farming, marketing and distribution, processing, and other financially feasible activities. Up to 90 percent of projects can be financed through the program with repayment taking place for up to five years. Junior Agriculture Loan Program applications are available.


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

3   New 4-H Family Orientation  
4 Shooting Sports Leaders    

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

11   Communications Contest  
15   Extension Office Closed  
16 Cascade 4-H Foundation    

Project Day

Horse Learning Laboratory

21   Leadership Academy  
23   Livestock Artificial Insemination Workshop  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

4 Shooting Sports Leaders    

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project

9 Leaders Council    
14   Leadership Academy  
15     Turkey Meat
Pen in Possession
20   Project Day  
31     Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
1 Shooting Sports Leaders    MT 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project


Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

11   Leadership Academy  
15     Market Swine in Possession and ear tagged
17   Project Day  
20 Cascade 4-H Foundation    
21     Market Swine Intent
to Enter and Full Body
28     Late Market Swine
Intent to Enter
with late fee
30     LQA Assessment and Test


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Robotics Project

Cloverbud Project


Enrollment Closes,
Last day to Add/Drop Projects

Rabbit and Chicken Meat Pens in Possession

Market Sheep and Market Goat in Possession and ear tagged

1-2   Horse Camp  

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

5     Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo
6 Shooting Sports Leaders    
11 Leaders Council    
12     Market Sheep and Market Goat Intent to Enter and Full Body Photo with late fee
15   Project Day  Duck Meat Pen in Possession
16   Leadership Academy  
26     Meat Pen Intent to Enter for Turkey, Rabbit, Chicken and Duck
31   Extension Office Closed  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

3 Shooting Sports Leaders    
5   JD Day at Camp  
6-9   4-H Camp  
13   Leadership Launch  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
8-10   Cascade County 4-H Livestock Show  
12  Leaders Council    
12-17    Montana 4-H Congress  
23   Cascade County 4-H Horse Show  
24   Cascade & Teton Counties Working Ranch Horse Show  
30-Aug 7   Montana State Fair  


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
July 30-
Aug 1-7
  Montana State Fair  

MT State 4-H Working Ranch Horse Finals



Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date
24-26   MT State 4-H Horse Show  

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