September 2021 Clover Clippings

Sallye Dugas, Richardson, Misty L., Elnaggar, Allison

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Important Dates

1-Sweet Potato Sale Starts12-16 Rapides Parish Fair15-Sweet Potato Deadline13-Poinsettia Pickup @ State Evac. ShelterTBA-Parish Livestock Show2-5 District Livestock Show Location: Vernon Parish5- State Rabbit Show Location: Evac. Shelter in AlexandriaTBA-Fishing Clinic
1-Poinsettia Sale Starts26-Nov. 14 State Fair Location: Shreveport18-Sweet Potato Pickup @ 4-H Office9-12 Jr. Leadership ConferenceTBA- Ag Day
14-Livestock Club Meeting Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm @ Evac. Shelter26-Jr. Leader Meeting Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm22- Christmas Ornament Workshop24-26 Co-Op Conference
28-Jr. Leader Meeting
Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm
26-Poinsettia Order Deadline
30- Jr. Leader Meeting Time: 5:00 pm-6:00 pm

4-H Enrollment

Don’t miss out on all the fun!! Join 4-H today!! There are a few options this year for joining 4-H:

Go online: Go to our Rapides Parish AgCenter Page and click on 4-H. Fill out the enrollment form, print it and mail it along with your $7 enrollment fee to our office at: 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria, LA 71302.

Email: fill out the Enrollment Form and email to Mrs. Sallye or Mrs. Allison then mail in your $7.00 enrollment fee

Call: (318) 767-3968 and request an enrollment form to be mailed or emailed to you.

You can also join 4-H using the online digital enrollment form

We are happy to announce a new way to pay your $7 enrollment fee using our new square website.

Even if your school is not having a 4-H club this year you can still join as a member at large!!

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Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers

Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers is a group of homeschooled kids from the area who meet monthly and focus on gardening, showing livestock and crafting. Families participate in monthly meetings where 4H members, as well as younger siblings (known as Cloverbuds) learn about agricultural practices and complete hands-on activities. To join this group please go and like “Rapides Parish 4-H Homeschoolers” on Facebook. Upcoming meetings are held from 1:00 pm-2:00 pm at the State Evacuation Building located on Hwy 71 and are scheduled as follows: September 22, November 17, and December 15th.

Project Clubs

Jr. Leadership Club will meet monthly at the 4-H office and is open to all 4-H members 7th-12th grade. Please notify your 4-H agent if you would like to join. Teens communicate with each other and the agent to plan events, service projects, and vote on activities. Jr. Leaders develop leadership skills by mentoring younger 4-H members and helping with Workshops. Their service to the parish is invaluable. Please consider being a Jr. Leader. This years' service project will center on showing appreciation for medical staff for their tireless efforts through Covid-19 pandemic. Stay connected with your peers and lead by example !

Seed of the Month Club encourages youth to develop a passion for gardening and learn by doing. Don't miss out !

Livestock Club Participants will meet periodically to learn about different species of animals that they show. The first meeting will be held September 14th from 5:00 pm-6:00 pm at the Evacuation Shelter located in Hwy 71

Shooting Sports Practice schedules will be announced soon. Questions? Contact our Shooting Sports volunteer, Liz Petrus Pace at 318-452-8651 and follow them on Facebook : Rapides Parish 4-H Shooting Sports. Disciplines: Archery, Shotgun and Rifle

T-Shirt Fundraiser

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We are now taking orders for 4-H T-Shirts ! The t-shirts are heather grey and feature the words "Get Up Show Up and never give up Rapides Parish 4-H". You can use the form you received at your club meeting or order your t-shirts online. Cost of t-shirts are as follows: Youth-Adult Large $12.50 each Adult 2XL-3XL $14.50 each. Shirts take approximately 3 weeks to come in

Poinsettia Fundraiser


Just in time for the holidays, Rapides 4-H will be selling Poinsettias. There will be 5 colors: Red, White and limited quantities of Picasso, Ice Crystal, Ice Punch, Robyn Pink, Candy Cane and Orange Glow. Prices are as follows: Small $10 Medium $15 Large $25. Deadline to order is November 26th. Poinsettia pick up will be December 13th from 12:00-4:30 at the Evacuation Shelter Hwy 71. Call the office for more information (318) 767-3968 or visit our website to download the flyer.

Sweet Potato Fundraiser

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It’s that time of the year again for the annual 4-H Sweet Potato Sale. Please support the Rapides Parish 4-H Youth Development Program by purchasing a box today.

Deadline to order Monday, November 15, 2021.

Pickup will be Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. at the 4-H Office located at 300 Grady Britt Drive, Alexandria, LA 71302.

Prices are as follows:

10 lb box-$10.00 20 lb box -$20.00

**All potatoes are washed**

School Leaders

  1. The in school STEM Workshop can be scheduled all year long. To to schedule, please contact your agent.
  2. Ag Adventures will be held throughout the year at the schools request. Please get your dates scheduled now by calling Mrs. Sallye at (337) 499-4427
  3. Project books will be provided for 4th & 5th graders. Grades 6 and up can order their project book here. Click the dropdown arrow under Curriculum to explore the different project areas.
  4. For members planning to compete in the record book contest, portfolios are now required to be typed. Click on the link to down the 4-H Portfolio fillable pdf


For more information concerning livestock, contact Sallye Dugas @ (337) 499-4427 or by email

Please note: Given the health concerns with COVID-19 there is no guarantee that the Central District Livestock Show will occur as advertised. With that in mind all livestock show participants and families should note that purchase and/or validation of animals is at their own risk and financial investment.

Due to concerns with COVID-19, schedules and times are subject to be changed by Show Management!

2022 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Market & Commercial Validation/Possession Deadlines:


August 16, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by August 16, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

Beef & Dairy Commercial Heifers, Market Lambs & Commercial Ewes, Market Goats & Commercial Does:

November 8, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by November 8, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

Market & Commercial Hogs:

December 3, 2021

Must be validated by exhibitor and submitted to Parish LSU AgCenter Office on or by December 3, 2021 @ 4:30 pm.

2022 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show Breeding Animal Possession Deadlines

November 8, 2021: Beef, Sheep, Goat and Dairy Breeding

November 15, 2021: Miniature Cattle

December 3, 2021: Swine Breeding

Exhibitor Responsibility:

1. Animals must be in continuous possession of exhibitor from time of validation until the LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show. See rules in the 2021-22 LSU AgCenter State Livestock Show catalog or consult the livestock show manager for specific possession rules.

2. Exhibitors should request validation kits from agents and ag teachers as per parish guidelines. Each parish LSU AgCenter 4-H office will supply validation kits to exhibitors upon request.

3. Validation will consist of ear tagging animal and pulling a hair sample; hair sample should be placed in a properly identified validation envelope for each animal validated. Validation envelopes must be returned to local LSU AgCenter office with validation fee by specified deadline. The responsibility of tagging animals and collecting DNA/hair samples will be that of the exhibitor and/or parent. Agents/AG Teachers MAY be present and can assist.

4. Animals previously tagged for the 2021 Louisiana State Fair may utilize the State Fair Tag to complete LSU AgCenter State Show validations. All animals must be tagged with either an LSU Tag or State Fair tag to be validated. (New hair samples must be submitted to LSU AgCenter for all animals previously validated for the State Fair)

5. Animals must be validated in either the exhibitors name or in family name (Family consist of parents, legal guardians, brothers, and sisters). When official entry forms are turned in at the parish level , animals validated in the family name must be entered in the name of the exhibitor that will show the animal at the District and State Livestock Shows

Upcoming Events

Livestock ShowsJr. LeadersWorkshopsShooting Sports
Oct. 12-16 Rapides Parish Fair
Location: Alexandria
Meetings 9/28, 10/26 and 11/30 at the 4-H Office from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pmNov. 22-Christmas Ornament WorkshopPractice Schedule TBA
Oct. 26-Nov. 14 State Fair of Louisiana
Location: Shreveport
March 9-12 Jr. Leadership ConferenceApril TBA-Fishing ClinicQuestions ? Contact the shooting sports volunteer, Liz Petrus Pace at 318-452-8651
TBA-Parish Livestock ShowMarch 24-26 Co-Op ConferenceFollow Rapides Parish 4-H Shooting Spots on Facebook
Feb. 2-5 District Livestock Show Location: Vernon Parish
Feb. 12-19 State Livestock Show Location: Gonzales
Mar. 26 State Rabbit Show Location: Alexandria

Join Remind

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