On February 23, 5 p.m., GBC, McMullen Hall room 219 will be the next workshop for Fashion Revue and Clothing members. This exciting workshop will have information and activities that will benefit all levels of sewers and Fashion Revue participants. You will have the opportunity to be guided through pattern books and learn how to adjust patterns to your personal preference. These tips will help ease some of the frustration of sewing and working with patterns. If you aren’t a seamstress, you’ll learn about the terms used to describe classic and modern features of fashion. This workshop will benefit everyone who participates in the Fashion Revue as you write your commentaries later in the 4-H year. Please register by calling Salli McDermott at 340-7984, or register online by visiting www.4honline.com.

Stay tuned to the newsletter for upcoming information about the Fashion Revue which is August 8. Our first piece of exciting news is that the Purchased category will have 2 divisions. You can enter your outfit in the $20 or less or $50 or less categories. Shoes and accessories are not figured into the price. Make sure you save your receipts for all purchases as they MUST be turned in with your entry. Remember, this category is to demonstrate your consumer and decision-making skills. The main focus is on value rather than cost. You will need to compare prices, construction quality, and make a decision to put together a versatile look. This year we will send home interview questions for you to practice and there will be more points awarded for your knowledge and ability to answer questions. At the county workshops you can get more information about the scoring and specifics of the category so you won’t want to miss out.

Congratulations to the new 2017-2018 Elko County Officer team!

President – Elena Petersen
Vice President – Aprilia Craven
Secretary – Mackenzie Wachtel
Treasurer – Amanda Goicoechea
Reporter – Holly Hooper
Sentinel – Katie Jerome
Representative – Estrella Anderson
Representative – Layla Tinnin

Your County Officers have been working in full force, and would like to announce that this year’s camp theme is “Throw Back”! Pull out your poodle skirts, parachute pants, disco balls, top hats, crazy hair, and dancing shoes, because this year’s camp is going to be totally groovy!

Was this your first or second year in beef, sheep, goat, poultry or rabbit breeding? If you answered “yes,” then you need to turn in a copy, (keep your original), of your breeding project record to the Extension Office. In order to qualify to sell a market animal in the future, a copy of your breeding project sheets for the first two years of your project must be on file at the Extension Office. Be sure to have your General Leader sign it first and get it turned in as soon as possible; breeding project sheets must be turned into the Extension Office before June 1, 2018.

There will be Poultry and Rabbit Workshops on Thursday, February 15, 4 p.m. for poultry and 5 p.m. for rabbit, at the Extension Office. Whether you are a first-year member or have been doing rabbits and poultry projects for years, you will learn something new and interesting at these workshops. Contact the Extension Office to sign-up, 738-7291.

At times, we might forget what appropriate behavior regarding 4-H looks like. University of Nevada Cooperative Extension’s Code of Conduct is as follows:

As a University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Volunteer, I will:

  1. Represent Cooperative Extension with professionalism, dignity and pride, and be responsible for conducting myself with courtesy and appropriate behavior.
  2. Follow through and complete accepted tasks.
  3. Conduct myself in a respectful manner, exhibit good sporting conduct, and be a positive role model.
  4. Seek training for my volunteer role by participating in meetings, self-study, or other training opportunities to help me work more effectively with appropriate audiences.
  5. Display respect and courtesy for Extension employees, other volunteers, program participants, visitors, clients and property.
  6. Provide a safe environment by not harming youth or adults in any way, whether through discrimination, sexual harassment, physical force, verbal or mental abuse, neglect, or other harmful actions.
  7. Respect the privacy of persons served by the organization and hold in confidence sensitive, private and personal information. (Reports of child abuse or neglect will be handled as per Nevada State law and Cooperative Extension policy.)
  8. Keep Extension staff informed of progress, concerns and problems within the program(s) in which I participate.
  9. Work cooperatively as a team member with Extension employees and other Extension volunteers.
  10. Respect and follow Extension policies, along with specific county policies and program expectations.
  11. Keep personal opinions and actions separate from those made as a representative of this organization.
  12. Avoid conduct, both on and off duty, that would jeopardize program effectiveness.
  13. Promote and support Cooperative Extension in developing effective local, county, state and national programs.

And, as a Nevada Cooperative Extension Volunteer, I will not:

  • Use vulgar or inappropriate language.
  • Solicit gratuities, gifts or bequests for personal or professional benefit.
  • Use or be under the influence of illegal drugs.
  • Consume or be under the influence of alcohol or consume tobacco at youth events.
  • Discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status or disability, and, in accordance with University policy, sexual orientation.

If you have any questions, please contact the Extension Office, 738-7291.

The Countywide Leadership Training will be from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, February 17, Great Basin College, High Tech Center room 123. The cost is $5.00 (pizza) to be paid the morning of the event. If you didn’t sign up and would like to attend, call 738-7291 to see if there are spots available.

The leadership training will focus on setting goals, leading with vision, and how to be an effective leader. The County Officer Team will open up with a mock meeting and demonstrate how to use parliamentary procedure.

The OneUSDA Internship program will pair with USDA’s existing internship opportunities to make sure YOU have lots of paths to exploring agriculture with USDA.

  • Applicants will be able to select their specialty area of interest and desired locations (up to three).
  • You will need to submit a resume, cover letter, and informal transcript – in addition to responding to the questionnaires contained in the job application.
  • Candidates for the internship must meet the qualification requirements described below for the occupational series of the position to be filled:
    • GS-2: High school diploma or equivalent
    • GS-3: Completion of 1 academic year of post-high school study
    • GS-4: Completion of 2 academic years of post-high school study or associate’s degree
    • GS-5: Completion of 4 academic years of post-high school study leading to a bachelor’s degree

Visit us at https://www.usajobs.gov/ (Announcement number: AG-01-2018-0023) to check out this exciting new opportunity!

Many of you should have received a letter via email and through 4honline in December explaining why Elko County 4-H must eliminate the 2-year breeding rule and the 80% participation rule. While there is a lot of confusion about why this is happening, I would like to take a moment to go over what the relationship is between 4-H and USDA.

Legislation that established the land-grant system and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as subsequent legislation that established the State Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension, has proven to be some of the most significant legislation passed in improving the quality of life in the United States. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the Cooperative Extension as a partnership between USDA, the land-grant university (LGU) system, and local governments. This unique federal-state-local partnership has functioned effectively for more than 100 years. 4-H youth development is an integral and essential part of the total Cooperative Extension System’s educational program. From the very beginning it was intended that the Cooperative Extension would provide for the teaching of youth. Funding for Cooperative Extension programs conducted by LGUs is provided at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state (University of Nevada, Reno) and local government levels (Elko County). Other federal agencies may provide additional funding to support specific programs. In addition, National 4-H Council, state and local 4-H foundations, and/or other private sources may provide private funding to support specific programs.

This information was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and can be found at: https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/resources/How%204-H%20is%20Implemented.pdf

**A meeting is scheduled for February 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. During the meeting, we will be discussing the options of rules or requirements the 4-H members must meet in order to show and sell a market animal. This will be the time to give input and help provide a solution to the 2-year breeding rule being dropped. If you have any questions please give the office a call, 738-7291.**