2019 December Clover Chatter

Michael Lavergne, Leger, Toby

4-H Shooting Sports

Saturday, January 11, 2020; 8:00 a.m.; Rowdy’s Range.

The December shoot is scheduled for December 14th. Check The Beauregard 4-H Shooting Sports FB page for updates.We will also hold Archery and Air Rifle events on December 7 at the Fair Grounds and CM Farms at 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 8th at the Ragley Rec. 2-5 p.m.January 11th from 8-11:30 a.m. at Rowdy’s Range.

Beauregard 4-H Equine Club has started meeting again. Our December meeting is set for Sunday afternoon, December 15, 2019. The January date has not been set yet.

Beauregard 4-H Rabbit Club is open for membership. Please contact our office if you would like to participate. Our next meeting is set for Tuesday evening, December 17, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Fair Grounds Livestock Barn.

Achievement Day Honoree

As in past years a special recognition program will be held at the 2020 Achievement Day. The idea is to Honor and Dedicate Achievement Day to an adult who has touched and improved the lives of 4-H youth in Beauregard Parish.Each club is encouraged to submit a possible honoree candidate. To nominate a deserving person, send the candidate’s name & a short resume’ (no more than 1 page) to the 4-H Office by the end of January, 2020.

2020 4-H Emerald Achievement Award

(formerly the 4-H Key Club Award)

Due Friday, January 10, 2020 to the parish 4-H Office.The 4-H Emerald Achievement Award gives recognition to 4-H Club members who have shown outstanding leadership in their club and parish.This award may only be received one time. Applications available in December.The basic requirements are:

  • 4-H’er must be 15 years of age by January 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least three (3) years of 4-H club work, including award year.
  • Must have completed one (1) year of active Jr Leadership work excluding award year.
  • Must score at least 360 points on the application and scorecard.

Forms may be found on our web page as well.

4-H Golden Clover Award

Due Friday, January 10, 2020 to the parish 4-H Office.The 4-H Junior Award of Excellence gives recognition to 4-H Club members who have shown active participation in the parish, area, and state 4-H activities.This award may only be received one time. Applications available in December.The basic requirements are:

  • 4-H’er must be between the age of 14 or under by January 1, 2020.
  • Must have at least two (2) years of 4-H club work, including award year.
  • Must score at least 250 points on the application and scorecard.

Forms may be found on our web page as well.

4-H Graduating Senior Honor Cord Recognition

The State 4-H Awards Committee has implemented an awards program that recognizes graduating seniors.The application process must be completed online.Please follow the two links to review the qualifications and the application.The deadline to submit the application online is Friday, January 31, 2020.2020 4-H Honor Cord qualification information and application link can be found here.

For 4-H Seniors to receive the 4-H Honor Cord, they must:

  • Must be an enrolled 4-H member in good standing
  • Must be a graduating senior
  • Must have been enrolled in 4-H for 3 years of their high school career
  • Must have participated in at least one state sponsored 4-H program in the last 3 years.
  • Must fill out the application form online and submit by Friday, January 31, 2020.

Applications will be available in December.

4H Career Exploration Camp

February 20-21, 2020Open to 7th and 8th Graders only (Cost $50.00).Parish quota is approximately 6 4-H’ers.Contact the 4-H Office, 463-7006, by December 16, 2019.This camp is set up to allow youth to learn about and explore potential careers.Spots are very limited.More information will be provided in the December newsletter.More information will be distributed in December.

2020 Achievement Day

We will select the Achievement Day Theme differently this year.The Jr. Leaders/Executive Council have narrowed down the Theme Ideas to several Ideas.Clubs will rank the TOP 5 ideas to obtain our 2020 Achievement Day Theme.Clubs need to submit their ranking to the Parish 4-H Office by December 21, 2019. Clubs are to rank their top 5 themes in the order of 1 through 5, with the lowest number in favor of the 4-H 2020 Achievement Day Theme. Please email and forward a hard copy to the 4-H Office.

2020 Achievement Day Themes

  • 4-H RoundupSurfin’ the Waves with 4-HReach the stars in 4-H
  • First Down for 4-HGoin’ Down the Bayou in 4-H4-H Diggin’ a Little Deeper
  • Touch Down for 4-H4-H LuauFlyin’ High with 4-H4-H Just My Style
  • Hooked on 4-HSwim Deep into the Heart of 4-H4-H:Grow with the Green
  • 4-H: Changing the World One Step at a Time4-H: Something You Can Sink Your Teeth Into
  • 4-H: The Stepping Stones to SuccessDiscover Yourself in 4-H

Foods Field Day

Saturday, January 11, 2020 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fair Grounds. Main Exhibit Building

Specific Rules will be distributed to Leaders and possibly on 4-H Facebook and Web Page.Rules will be provided to leaders, available at the 4-H Office and at Club meetings.A change for parish contest is that dishes may be brought hot and do not have to follow previous years’ rules.

  • Beef food dish – must have at least 1 lb. of ground beef in recipe.
    Divisions: Low Calorie – less than 300 calories per person; and/or One Dish Meal – must have a serving from at least 3 food groups; Poster contest for grades 4-6;Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Seafood food dish must have at least 1 cup of seafood in the recipe and dish –Divisions:Crab, Shrimp, Crawfish, Fish, Other Seafood; Poster contest for grades 4-6; Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Sweet Potato food dish must have at least 1 cup of sweet potato in the recipe and dish – Divisions:Appetizer/Salad, Main Dish and Dessert
  • Wild GameNew Division1. For venison (deer) division, dish must contain at least (1) pound of venison.2.For other wild game division, dish must contain at least (1) pound of boneless, or (2) pounds, bone-in wild game meat.Categories are:
  • Meat ID - Identify cuts of beef – example – round steak, ground beef, etc.
  • Poultry food dish must have at least 1 lb. of chicken or turkey in recipe.
    Chicken/Turkey or Processed Chicken/Turkey.
    Poster contest for grades 4-6; Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Egg dish must have at least 1 cup of eggs in dish.Poster contest for grades 4-6; Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Rice food dish must have at least 1 cup of rice in recipe. Poster contest for grades 4-6; Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Pecan food dish must have at least 1 cup pecans in recipe. Poster contest for grades 4-6; Essay contest for grades 7-8; Speech contest grades 9-12.
  • Bento – Healthy Boxed Lunch
    Bring a prepared healthy box or Bento lunch to the contest.It should be representative of “MyPlate” recommendations. www.myplate.gov

Each competitor will create a lunch to be eaten at school by a student age 9 to 12. The beverage to accompany the meal will be water (do not need to include).

No raw egg, seafood or meat protein allowed in any category.

Each competitor will transport their Healthy Box or “Bento” Lunch to the contest packed in a portable, lock-top, and leak proof container, chilled and on ice. The food should be exhibited in a disposable serving container, not to exceed 18”. To allow adequate space for all entries. You will be asked to remove items not directly related to the dish, such as place mats, flower arrangements, figurines, trays, footed chafing dishes, soup tureens, etc.Non-edible items are not to be used as garnish. No serving utensils will be allowed.

All of the rules can be found on our 4-H FB page through the link provided.These contests are open to all 4-H’ers 9-19 (boys and girls).You may enter in one or all categories. An educational workshop will take place while dishes are being judged. Cloverbuds will have contest in Sandwich and Cookie categories.

There will no longer be a District contests in any of the categories. However there will be a Regional Ambassador contest held in Alexandria, March 2020.Regional Ambassador Winners will compete in the state contest in Baton Rouge in April. Please consider participating in the Ambassador contest.

If you are interested in participating in these contests be sure to contact your club leader or the 4-H Office at 463-7006 to get a handout with more specific guidelines, rules and regulations for these contests. Registration will be in December Clover Chatter.

These guidelines will also be made available at club meetings to interested 4-H’ers. Guidelines will be posted on our web page as well.

Registration for this event will be in the December Clover Chatter.

There is a $5.00 fee in order to be able to participate in this activity.The $5.00 helps to pay for a hands on educational activity, extra insurance and refreshments.

2020 4-H University

June 23-26, 2020

LSU Campus

Participants will either compete or participate in one educational program Individually or as a team. We will provide participants with educational materials and training opportunities to compete for award placings and possibly trips.Talk to Mr. Mike if you are interested.You will get to explore the LSU Campus.

Livestock Exhibitors

The Spring Livestock Shows are fast approaching.Remember that all animals must have current health papers in order to attend any livestock show. Health papers are good for 60 days, therefore you should get health papers written on your animals after December 18, 2019, in order to make it through the state show.It is the responsibility of the exhibitor and parents to obtain health papers on your animals.Those showing animals should be aware that we will write excuse letters requesting your school to allow you to miss the days that you will need to exhibit your animals.It will not entitle you the privilege to miss an entire week of school if you only need to be out of school for two days.This also does not exempt you from any class work you will miss while out of school.Please try to obtain class work you will miss prior to leaving for a show and turn in this work in a timely manner.It is important that you do not abuse this privilege; if abuses occur, this privilege may be taken away. Please do not miss more school than necessary.The address for the web site with the Livestock Show Catalogues, forms, etc. is http://www.lsuagcenter.com. Then under features on the right hand side of the screen click on Livestock Show – then under services on left hand side of screen click on catalogues or forms which ever one you need to get the 2019 Livestock Show Catalog and forms.If you know of someone planning to show who didn’t receive a Livestock Show packet or tag their animals, please contact the 4-H Office at 463-7006.

2020 4-H Camp Date

June 28 – July 3, 2020

Camp Grant Walker, Pollock LA

Summer Fun ………………

For 4-6th graders.Make your plans now to attend for a great camping experience.We will begin taking deposits in January 2020.Camp activities include Dramatic Arts, Outdoor activities, Arts and crafts, sports, swimming, canoeing and kayaking, Archery, Hunters education, Outdoor classes

Stand Up To Bullying

Bullying is a big problem that affects lots of kids.According to research; 80% of Adolescents reported being bullied during their school years.90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.15% of students bully regularly or are victims of bullies.Up to 7% of 8th graders stay home at least once a month because of bullies.Bullying involves repeated acts of physical, emotional or social behavior that is intentional, controlling and hurtful.It can be either direct or indirect.We will discuss Myths and truths about bullying this month.

Tips to deal with Bullying.

  • Don’t give the bully a chance.
  • Stand tall and be brave.
  • Get a buddy (and be a buddy).
  • Tell an adult.

There are three types of participants in bullying situations:1.) The Bully, 2.) The Target (or the one being bullied) and 3.) The witnesses continue to discuss the relationships among the participants.It is like a three-legged stool; If we can remove one of the three, then bullying will collapse.As 4-H members, lets help each other make sure we understand the myths about bullying and help all involved to stand up to bullying.

4-H Door Decorating Contest

Clubs are encouraged to work with their leader to decorate a classroom door to highlight 4-H and our 4-H Club meeting educational focus.School clubs are encouraged to decorate a classroom door during January to be judged at the end of the month.Please follow the criteria below.

  • All entries must be submitted by January 21, 2020.
  • Promote your 2019-2020 school year focus (Life Smarts social/emotional health)
  • Only 1 door per 4-H club may be entered
  • Be as creative as possible (make 3-D images)
  • Door decorations must be consistent with school rules and policy
  • Beauregard Parish door will be judged between January 22 and 28th.
  • Parish winners will go forward to compete on a regional level in March.
  • Clubs need to contact the 4-H Office that they will enter the contest.

Beef Poster Contest

Due in Beauregard 4-H office January 31, 2020

Design a poster on white poster board (22” x 28”) encouraging the use of beef and/or beef products. The finished poster must not have anything attached that is more than 1/8th thick.The finished poster should be appropriate for use in a calendar. Ideas and information can be obtained from magazines, news articles, and other publications or from friends, ranchers, butchers, and supermarkets.This contest is open to all 4-H’ers.There are four divisions, 4th – 6th grade, 7th – 9th grade and 10th – 12th grade (10th-12th Digital).All participants receive a ribbon.Your name, address, grade, phone number, and name of 4-H Club must be on the back of the poster.Posters are due to the 4-H Office no later than January 31, 2020.

2020 LBIC Beef Poster Contest Theme: Better with Beef.

Posters must be on “22 x 28” poster board only.

Place your Name, Address, Age, Grade in School and Parish/Chapter on back, upper right corner of poser.

Digital entries must be designed using one of the following programs: Microsoft Publisher, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Canva. Digital designs should be formatted for “22 x 28” poster size prints. All digital entries must be saved in high-resolution 300 DPI in All of the following: original design file, .png file format, and .pdf file format. Digital designs should be saved to a blank jump drive, placed in a 3 ½ x 6 blank envelope labeled with Name, Address, Age, Grade in School and Parish/Chapter on the front. Contact state contest coordinator for alternative delivery format. Posters and digital designs should generate positive images and promotion of beef (not live cattle production) using the indicated theme. Posters should promote beef without projecting any negative messages towards other agricultural commodities (chicken, pork, etc.).

Do Not use copyrighted materials • You may develop ideas from magazines, parents, friends, nutrition bulletins, Beef Ambassador Fact Sheets and meat publications but the end concept should be original and not copied material.

No Templates may be used in the digital division. All design work must be original and from scratch, just as a poster would be designed.

We Have A Winner

Our 2019-20 Name the Dolphin Winner is:

Ava Burse has named our Dolphin “Swimmer”

Congratulations Ava!

Beauregard Parish Cooperative Extension Service Extension Programs

203 W. 3rd Street
DeRidder, LA 70634
Phone: (337) 463-7006 / Fax: (337) 463-7007
Contact: Michael Lavergne
Website: www.lsuagcenter.com
4-H Youth Programs

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.If you have a disability which requires special assistance for your participation in the meetings or activities, please call the Beauregard Parish Extension Office at (337) 463-7006.


Michael A. LaVergne
County Agent (ES) (4-H)
Beauregard Parish
(337) 463-7006

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas

And a Happy New Year

11/22/2019 8:12:32 PM
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