Sunday, February 28, 2010

What is your plan for teaching Quality Counts?


Mandatory participation in Quality Counts education for all major livestock show exhibitors.

Now don’t hit the panic button yet…many of you have been educating our young livestock exhibitors on quality assurance for years and, more recently, have been teaching from the Quality Counts curriculum. Major shows have not yet set a timeline or specific guidelines on the requirements of mandatory participation in Quality Counts but they have assured us that this will be required of all junior livestock exhibitors in the near future. Now is the time to make a plan in your county to provide opportunities for livestock exhibitors to be exposed to the Quality Counts program.

Consider incorporating Quality Counts lessons at club meetings, project clinics, or major livestock show signup events. You may even consider training teen leaders as Livestock Ambassadors or Quality Counts Ambassadors to assist you in your efforts. All county offices should have a copy of the Quality Counts notebook. Additional resources, including the Quality Counts Texas Trail can be found at Texas Trail is an online learning module that 4-H members can navigate through from any computer and learn about many elements of Quality Counts and quality assurance.

Starting making a plan now so you won’t be caught off guard when the specific guidelines are unveiled. We will keep you posted as we get more details!

This article was submitted by Jodi McManus, District 11 4-H and Youth Specialist.

AgriLife Extension Shirt Order

We have an opportunity to order AgriLife shirts as part of a group in the South Region. These shirts are excellent ways to show our brand name as you conduct programing in your counties In addition, we've included an apron and baseball cap in several color options. I will send you a email soon explaining the ordering process. There will also be several styles for men and women to choose from, along with aprons and caps.

If you are interested in ordering AgriLife merchandise review the email, and meet the deadline with payment included, If you have any questions give me a call.

D11 Personnel news:
I will be presenting a candidate to the San Patricio County Court this morning, and he will have a start date of March 15th, as the new San Patricio County 4-H agent.

The 4-H agent position in Calhoun County has been released externally and I will be identifying individuals to interview soon. I will be conducting Performance Reviews in San Patricio, Lavaca and Aransas Counties this week.
Monthly Reports are due on Friday March 5th.