Roundup Tractor Skills Contest, 2012


4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest - March 1, 2013

Voices of 4-H History: Start with Family

Resources from the Beef Council

Missouri Educational Robotic Conference, November 9-11, 2012, Jefferson City, MO

Roundup Assembly Videos

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Calling All Public Speakers

Good Dogs of America Merit Badge Program

Rabbit and Poultry Show List


Welcome to 4-H



Roundup Tractor Skills Contest, 2012


Focus on Youth

News for OCES staff working with youth.

4-H is a community of young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills.

October, 2012

Dear Educators and Volunteers,

It is a busy time of year regardless of your role in 4-H. If you are a volunteer leader you are trying to get your members all re-enrolled. You can do this with enrollment cards or by working with the county office to print off member records for your club directly from ACCESS 4-H and having your members/parents update them, or if your county is really embracing ACCESS 4-H you can let families use their unique ACCESS 4-H code to re-enroll themselves!

If you are an educator you are trying to survive your county and at least one state fair and trying to make it to the walk-in clinic for a shot of antibiotic and some meds for your allergies which, no doubt, are really acting up by now! You are also trying to set up your PAC meetings while planning programs for the year ahead.

If you are a state specialist you are working on your issue teams, regional and national meeting programs, and renewing grants, unless you are Kevin, and in that case you are just having a shooting event every weekend between now and Easter!

On top of these normal fun events we are also working on an evaluation of the 4-H Leadership Council structure and by-laws. While we had big goals of seeing this representative structure really build new leaders, we have found that a three-year investment into a 4-H leadership role might be difficult for youth with responsibilities they may already have. To this end, we have a team of county and state staff and youth who have been gathering input and drafting revisions to the structure and process. While it will take a year or more to implement those changes, some will begin to be rolled out fairly soon. I am providing leadership to the group, and I appreciate their efforts.

One of the immediate changes we have made in regard to the State 4-H Leadership Council is their advisor for the coming year. Steve Beck will be providing primary leadership to the group, and Suzanne Simpson will be assisting as a co-advisor as she works with the team on increased visibility and social media. Karla will be assisting them with the transition. Karla has invested tons of energy into the team over the past several years, and we appreciate all of her tireless work and support of the youth leaders. Watch for more updates in the months ahead.

Charles Cox
Assistant Director, 4-H Youth Development
Oklahoma State University

4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest - March 1, 2013

For the 2013 essay contest, the topic is "Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community." Pesticides are a fact of modern life, but misuse or overuse of pesticides, or making poor choices when selecting and applying pesticides can be devastating to honey bees and other pollinators. The 4-H'ers are encouraged to learn about bee-killing pesticides

For the complete announcement, rules and information:

Jeff Sallee

Voices of 4-H History: Start with Family

If you're thinking of recording/filming oral history, "Voices of 4-H History," for the upcoming centennial of the Smith-Lever Act in 2014, you might consider starting to mine the 4-H history voices of your own family. It's a chance to hone your interviewing skills, and you might uncover some tidbits of family 4-H lore. What a great way to use technology and learn about the history of 4-H in your county. Check it out:

Jeff Sallee

Resources from the Beef Council

Frequently 4-H members are in need of information for speeches or demonstrations or may just want to know something about the beef industry. With so much information on the internet, it is hard sometimes to know what is fact and what may not be. To help you sort that out, 4-H has asked Heather Buckmaster, with the Oklahoma Beef Council, for a list of resources. All of these resources have been reviewed and approved for distribution to the public by USDA.
This website features information on a variety of topics related to the cattle and beef community, including:

  • Environment
  • Animal Care
  • Safety
  • Nutrition
  • Raising Animals
  • Families
This website features the following information:

  • Recipes
  • Online Cooking Videos
  • Beef Cuts
  • Beef Safety
  • Interactive Meat Case
  • Cooking Lessons
  • Beef & Health
Nutrition Tools
Lean Beef Recipes
Downloadable Nutrition Materials
Beef Quality Assurance Manuals and Information

If you would like to see even more resources, visit for more information

Charles Cox

Missouri Educational Robotic Conference, November 9-11, 2012, Jefferson City, MO

This is a conference for adults and teens who are leading or want to lead educational robotics opportunities in their communities. The conference is sponsored by Missouri 4-H and the Missouri AfterSchool Network.

Keynote speakers include

  • Robin Shoop, director of Robotics Academy, Carnegie-Mellon University, who will speak on the future of robots and robot education while emphasizing how learning with and about robots contributes to Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math(STEM) education.
  • Arlene Lantz, lead volunteer, G-Force robotics club and Ann Sherrard, 4-H Extension Educator, Mt Lake Park, MD, who will share their experience bringing a wide range of youth groups and robotics opportunities into a comprehensive community robotics education program.

In addition to the keynote speakers there will be 12 hours of workshops on a wide range of topics that address all levels of experience-

  • kits to curriculum
  • getting started to advanced hardware and software
  • local challenges to competitive leagues
  • running a project meeting to organizing a community program and plenty of networking opportunities

For more information, see the conference website  Registration will open September 22.

Please consider sharing your experience and expertise at the conference by presenting a workshop!

Call for Workshop Proposals Information
On-line Submission of Workshop Proposals

For more information contact -

Bill Pabst, 4-H Specialist, 573-884-7590,
Ann Boes, 4-H Robotics Volunteer, 573-327-2009,
Lynna J. Lawson, 4-H Specialist, 573-631-6467,
Terri Foulkes, Director, Missouri AfterSchool Network, 573-884-2936,

Jeff Sallee

Roundup Assembly Videos

On occasion we receive requests for videos of the Roundup Assemblies. If you had any youth on stage for winning awards, 4-H Has Talent, council members/officers or political rally, you might have an interest in this link to the archive of the Roundup video stream.

Jeff Sallee

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial, in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, recognizes individuals in grades 5-12 solely on the basis of their volunteer activities. 4-H'ers can apply online at or Applications must be submitted to a county 4-H educator by November 6, 2012. Then, each county 4-H program can select one middle level local honoree for every 1,000 members (or portion thereof) in grades 5-8 and one high school local honoree for every 1,000 members in grades 9-12. Once county 4-H programs have selected local honorees, they must certify those applications by November 13, 2012 to a state-level judging committee, which will pick the top youth volunteers in each state and the District of Columbia.

All state-level honorees receive special recognition, while the top high school and middle level volunteer in each state and the District of Columbia receive silver medallions, $1,000 awards, and a trip to the nation's capital for national recognition events. In Washington, a national selection committee (on which I serve) will name America's top 10 youth volunteers for 2013. Each will win an additional $5,000, a gold medallion, a crystal trophy, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a charitable nonprofit organization of his or her choice.

Last year, 167 county 4-H programs selected honorees in this prestigious youth recognition program, and 20 4-H'ers were among the 102 state honorees for 2012. This recognition is extremely beneficial to 4-H'ers who have performed exemplary acts of service in their communities and to 4-H as a whole.

Visit or Click on the "Apply Now" link, and follow the on-screen instructions.


Calling All Public Speakers

It is once again time to make plans to be part of the American Farmers and Ranchers Speech Contest. If you are 9 or older, there is a category for you. The theme this year is "I Believe in Oklahoma Agriculture."

Participants should discuss why they believe in Oklahoma agriculture and exhibit an understanding of the importance of production agriculture to our state as well as to our nation. The primary areas within each category and division include: economics, food supply, food safety, animal welfare, future growth, culture, environment, career opportunities, traditions and quality of life.

All District Contest registrations will begin at 4:00 p.m. and the contest briefing will begin at 4:30 p.m. Judges and speakers will then disperse to assigned classrooms for competition. Immediately following competition, a meal will be served. Awards, special recognition and final comments will conclude the contest.

2012 Speech Contest Dates
District IV Northwest


Tuesday, November 6


Fairview High School

District V Southwest

Thursday, November 8

Cache High School

District II Southeast

Monday, November 12

EOSC, Wilburton

District III Central
District I Northeast

Tuesday, November 13 Thursday, November 15

Newcastle Middle School Lonestar School, Sapulpa


Follow this link to learn more about the contest:

To learn more about the history of AFR as a source for the speech follow this link:

Charles Cox

Good Dogs of America Merit Badge Program

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Oklahoma 4-H is implementing the Good Dogs of America merit badge program as a way for 4-H volunteer club leaders to encourage 4-H members to spend time training and building positive relationships with their dogs. In order to receive badges 4-H members must demonstrate to their 4-H dog club leader that they have mastered the minimum criteria for each badge.
Upon completion of the criteria the volunteer club leader may order badges from the State 4-H Office. The badges are iron-on and may be attached to the Good Dogs of America bandana that is also available from the State 4-H Office (comes with a 4-H badge).

For more information go to and choose the Good Dogs of America link.

Steve Beck


Rabbit and Poultry Show List

There have been several calls from around the state from families looking for poultry and rabbit shows in Oklahoma that are open to 4-H members. If you know of any shows that will be occurring during the next year, please email the details to and I will set up a list that families can access on

Steve Beck

Oklahoma AgrAbility: Connecting Youth, Agriculture and Accomodations

The AgrAbility Project strives to provide education, direct assistance and networking services in an effort to support Oklahoma farmers, ranchers, and their families who have experienced injury, illness or disabling conditions.

Focus on the Farmer

We have cool programs for farmers, who need added technology supports due to injury or illness to keep them successfully farming and supporting their families, so we spend quite a bit of time on the farm or ranch working together to reduce obstacles.

Service Learning Opportunities

We are proud to announce a new initiative with Oklahoma youth and are coordinating opportunities for them to participate in our "Connecting Youth, Agriculture, and Accommodations" series.

The first component of the series is to set a date for your club or group to meet a farm family and help them out for a couple of hours with a few tasks around the farm or ranch. We'll learn about injuries, obstacles, work together to reduce barriers, try new ways of doing old things with common accommodations, and experience what a career in agriculture is really like.

Contact Us

We are excited to work with each county Extension educator and look forward to “Connecting Youth, Agriculture, and Accommodations” in an effort to prepare today’s youth for a bright and successful future!

Contact us, and let’s get started.

Sandra Stevenson, Program Manager
Toll Free: 888-885-5588 (voice/tty)
Direct: 405-744-5182



All due dates listed in this publication are the dates that county staff are to have items in the state 4-H office or other designated location. Each county will establish due dates prior to the dates posted here. These dates are set to accommodate things like screening of applications, processing payments, and adequate mailing time. All forms should be submitted through your county Extension office unless otherwise indicated. Forms that require an Extension Educator's signature may not be processed if mailed directly.