Green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf, Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection and another green clover with white "h"'s in each leaf

Alternatively, download a printable version of the March 2021 Cascade County 4-H Clover Connection

Newsletter Scavenger Hunt black and white pot of gold clipart

Everyone who emails Allyssa ( by Monday, March 8 with the page number containing the pot of gold 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.

Thank You Sponsors!

Thank you to the following community members for their dedication to Cascade County 4-H!

Horse Project Sponsors

Jassen Family
Tiger Butte 4-H Club
Associated Veterinary Services

Livestock Project Sponsors

Jassen Family
Tiger Butte 4-H Club
Associated Veterinary Services

Memorial Gifts

Holly (Briggs) Kessler, William Kessler

Scholarship Opportunities

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. All scholarships available through the MT 4-H Foundation can be found on the MT 4-H Foundation website.

Applications are due by April 1, 2021.

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. If you do not receive an email from Allyssa within 48 hours of submitting your application, please email Allyssa at or call the Extension Office at 406-454-6980.

Kids’ Chance of Montana Scholarship

Kids' Chance of Montana provides scholarships to students who have had a parent killed or severely injured on the job. Montana has one of the highest
rates of fatalities and severe work-related injuries in the country. The application deadline is March 31st.

Eligibility criteria is quite minimal beyond the experience of having a parent who has suffered a significant workplace injury or fatality. The scholarships
can be used toward 2-year and 4-year colleges/universities, technical/career education opportunities, and are renewable.

Cooking Webinar

Come join Cascade County 4-H volunteer Brenda C. for a virtual cooking class!
Youth will create PB&J sushi and an easy microwave breakfast sandwich. They
will learn about consistency in presentation and plating and compare the cost of making food at home versus heading to a restaurant. The class will take place on Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 am via Webex. Sign up for
this virtual cooking event early!

Project Day

The next Project Day is scheduled for March 20 from 9:00 am – Noon. Workshops featured in the March Project Day include Rabbit Standard of
Perfection with Jenna, Cooking with Cindy, Amy, and Emily, and Photography with Heather. Sign up for the March Project Day will be emailed and posted on
social media two weeks before the Project Day.

Future Project Days and Tentative Workshops

April 17 – Rabbit, Poultry, Needle Felting, and Cat
May 15 – Record Book Office Hours and State Fair Prep

Invisalign Change Makers

The Invisalign Change Makers Initiative, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is accepting application for $5,000 cash award opportunity for 4-H Youth. All teens ages 13-19 who have made an impact in their community in the past 12 months are eligible to apply for a chance to be recognized for their contributions and win one of 100 cash awards ($5,000 each). At least
30 of these awards will be given to 4-H'ers. Applications are due
March 31, 2021.

Camp Health Care Professional Needed

Cascade County 4-H Camp is in need  of a camp health care professional.
The camp health care professional must be either an RN, LPN, or EMT, attend the entirety of camp from June 5-June 9, and be a certified MT 4-H volunteer. Duties of the camp health care professional include, administering medications, administering first aid, and assisting in any medical emergencies. If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please
email Allyssa at

Interstate Exchange Gift Card Raffle

The Cascade County 4-H Interstate Exchange group is holding a gift card raffle to help offset costs for their upcoming trip. Raffle tickets are 1 for $1 and 6 for $5. Entrants will have 2 chances to win gift card packages worth over $200 each. The drawing will be held on Wednesday, March 17. Tickets can be  purchased from Interstate Exchange participants or from the Extension

2021 Citizenship Washington Focus

The 2021 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) trip will be fully virtual! Instead of the traditional fully week of CWF activities, youth ages 14-19 will attend the event online for 2-3 hours once a week for five weeks. The theme of the 2021 CWF is Youth Voice. Meetings will consist of conversations about how young people use their voice to affect change throughout their community. The cost for the 2021 CWF is $250. Cascade County 4-H youth are eligible for a partial refund from the Cascade 4-H Foundation for registration fees. Email Allyssa at if you are interested in attending the 2021 virtual CWF.

Leaders Council

The next Cascade County 4-H Leaders Council meeting will be held on  Tuesday, March 9 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex.

Dairy Booth Managers Needed

Dairy Booth managers serve as the coordinators and supervisors for the 4-H Dairy Booth at the Montana State Fair. Successful applicants will have the  ability to work with and lead others, be organized, have excellent money  management and customer service skills, and be innovative thinkers. Mangers will work with Allyssa to fill shifts, determine the number of shifts needed, track income and expenses, make daily deposits, and maintain the Dairy Booth. All mangers will participate in Food Handler certification classes. This paid position requires a time commitment of 3-5 days pre-fair to set-up and clean, 9 days for fair, and 1 day of post-fair clean up. Applicants must be enrolled as a 4-H volunteer in Cascade County and be 21 years old or older. Email Allyssa at for an application or more details.

Record Book Tips – Activities and Learning Experiences

Each 4-H project requires a certain number of activities and learning experiences to complete the year and the project. The required number of activities and learning experiences can be found on the Project Requirement table. Paper copies are available at the Extension Office.

What is the difference between an activity and a learning experience? An activity is project book specific. If it is in the project book, then it is generally an activity. This includes all chapters, challenges, or optional activities from the project book.

A learning experience is much broader than an activity. Examples of learning experiences are giving a project related presentation, attending a workshop, conference, or clinic related to the project, participating in a show, contest, or exhibition related to the project, planning, organizing, or assisting with a workshop or project event, touring a business or shop in your project field, participating in a skill-a-thon, quiz bowl, or judging, and many more.

Award Spotlight – Vicki Johnson Horsemanship Award

The Vicki Johnson Horsemanship Award is awarded to one senior (14 years old and up) Cascade County 4-H member. The recipient must have been enrolled in and completed at least 3 years of Horsemanship projects (i.e. Western, English, Colt-to-Maturity) and participate in at least 2 community service projects per year. These community projects can be project related or non-project related. Two 250-word narratives are required for this award. The first narrative must tell about where the member started in the horse project, why they took the project, and where they are now regarding the project. The second narrative must tell how the member has developed through their horse experience and how it has helped the member grow as a person. A $25.00 cash award will be presented to the recipient during Achievement Night. If you would like to be nominated for this award, please reach out to your club’s Organizational Leader.

Shooting Sports Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders will be Thursday, March 4 at 6:00 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include upcoming seasons, discipline updates, camp planning, and more.

Shooting Sports Leaders Trainings

The MT 4-H Shooting Sports committee is happy to announce the  rescheduling of this year’s 4-H Shooting Sports Leaders Trainings. If you are interested in becoming a 4-H Shooting Sports Leader, please email Allyssa at for more information.

2021 Trainings

April 9 & 10 in Billings, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Shotgun
April 16 & 17 in Bozeman, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, and Shotgun
April 23 & 24 in Kalispell, MT: Rifle, Pistol, Archery, Shotgun, Hunting, and Muzzle-Loading
May 14 & 15 in Logan, MT: Shotgun, Muzzle-Loading, and Western Heritage

Livestock Leaders

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

Livestock Workshop

Mark your calendars! The Cascade County 4-H Livestock Leaders will have a “how to feed” your sheep, goat, and swine workshop on Sunday, April 18 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Extension Office.

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease

4-H members with rabbits should take extra precaution as rabbit hemorrhagic disease (RHDV2) has been found in Yellowstone County. RHDV2 is fatal to both domestic and wild rabbits and is a foreign animal disease. It is extremely contagious with sometimes the only signs being sudden death. Please evaluate your rabbits for blood stained noses from internal bleeding. RDHV2 is resistant to extreme temperatures and can be spread easily. Since there isn’t a vaccine for RHDV2, rabbit owners will need to be careful by not allowing pet or wild rabbits to have contact with other rabbits, not allow visitors to handle rabbits without protective clothing, wash hands with warm soapy water before and after entering a rabbit’s area, do not introduce new rabbits from unknown sources, quarantine new rabbits before introducing to rabbits for 30 days, and sanitize all equipment and cages. The American Rabbit Breeders Association is recommending no events with rabbits be allowed within a 250-mile radius of Billings for 60 days.

Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA)

4-H members enrolled in livestock projects (beef, goat, sheep, poultry, rabbit, and swine) must complete LQA. 4-H members need to take 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 special meeting for those members who must take LQA. 4-H members will not come to the Extension Office for LQA training. Your 4-H club leader will be in contact with you to set up a date for LQA. Please contact Rose at or 406-454-6980 if you are still deciding on a club and need LQA. 4-H members must take an essay/test to show they have been trained in LQA for 2021. Your 4-H club leaders 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 Rabbit Project Days for March and April

Jenna Sasek, senior 4-H member, will be presenting at both the March 20 and April 17 Project Dyas at the Extension Office. She will go over the Standards of Perfection, reasons, picking a quality breed, and Project Books on March 20
from 9:30 am to Noon. The April 17 workshop from 9:00 am to 10:30 am will feature starting your own rabbit breeding project, meat pens, and project books. A SignUp Genius link will be emailed, so please sign up for these awesome workshops!

ATTENTION: 4-H members attending the rabbit project day are asked not to bring rabbits and wash hands and change clothes if they handle rabbits before the project day as Jenna will bring her own rabbits.

Intent to Enter Forms

Intent to Enter forms are available at the MSU Cascade County Extension Office for goats, sheep, swine, 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 can be found in the calendar section of this 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. 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 form.

Horse Leaders

The next meeting of the Cascade County 4-H Horse Leaders will be on Tuesday, March 2 at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office and via Webex. Agenda items include planning education opportunities, county horse show, horse camp, State Fair horse show, and clinics.

4-H Horse Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer Workshop

Veterinarian, Jack Newman, will host a horse artificial insemination and embryo transfer workshop at Newman Stables (626 40th Ave. S, Great Falls, MT) on Saturday, March 20 at 10:00 am. Dr. Newman has been working with horse owners for decades in breeding horses in Great Falls. This workshop will be interactive and informative! The interactive laboratory is limited to 30 youth. Parents are asked to drop off their children at the Newman Stables at 9:45 am and pick them up at 11:30 am. Masks are required. Please RSVP for the 4-H Horse Artificial Insemination and Embryo Transfer Workshop. You will receive a message stating “thank you for completing the survey” after you have registered.

4-H English Series: Open Rides and Clinic

The 4-H Horse Leaders are offering an English Series which includes open rides and a clinic. The open rides will be on April 1 and 15 at Newman Stables and the clinic will be on May 16 at the Chesnut Valley Equine Center.

The clinician is Renae Talton who began riding horses as a youth in Montana in 4-H. Renae started competing on the local jumper circuit and transitioned to eventing in her teens. She moved to North Carolina, taking the horses, and started her east coast training in the eventing world with some great trainers. Her main focus is on dressage where she fell in love with the discipline. She has earned both a USDF Bronze medal and USDF Silver medal. Her thirst for learning has put her in contact with classical dressage judges, trainers, coaches, and educated mounts. Contact the Extension Office at 406-454-6980 or email Rose at for a registration form or more information. Questions regarding the series can be directed to Desiree Roth at 406-590-7911.

4-H Patterns Workshop

Have you ever looked at a pattern and wondered what all those lines and drawings meant? The 4-H Horse Leaders have a workshop for you! The workshop will focus on how to read a patter, maneuvers performed during a pattern, and how to practice the pattern. Youth will be able to then make their own patterns and practice with each other. The workshop will be on April 27 at Newman Stables (626 40th Ave. S, Great Falls) beginning at 6:00 pm. Registration information will be emailed to families from Rose at a later date.




Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date


CommunicationsContest Make Up  

Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

4 Shooting Sports Leaders    

Cloverbud Project

9 Leaders Council    
13   Virtual Cooking Class  
14   Leadership Academy  
15     Turkey Meat
Pen in Possession

Project Day

Horse AI and EMbryo Transfer Workshop

23 Camp Planning


27 Robotics Project



Cascade 4-H Foundation Scholarship Application

Kids' Chance of MT Scholarship Application

Invisalign Maker Application


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

Cloverbud Project


Horse Leaders

Livestock Leaders

9-10   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Billings  
11   Leadership Academy  
15   Horse Open Rides Market Swine in Possession and ear tagged

Shooting Sports Leader Training in Bozeman


Project Day

18   Livestock "How to Feed" Workshop  
20 Cascade 4-H Foundation    
21     Market Swine Intent
to Enter and Full Body
23-24   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Kalispell  
27   Horse Pattern Clinic  
28     Late Market Swine
Intent to Enter
with late fee
30     LQA Assessment and Test


Day Meeting Activity/Event Due Date

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
14-15   Shooting Sports Leader Training in Logan  
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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Program Contacts

Katrin Finch
Family and Consumer Sciences

Rose Malisani
Agriculture and Natural Resources

Allyssa Zoern
4-H and Youth Development

Nina Polk

April McLean
Administrative Support 

Suzi Trebas
Administrative Support

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