Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Texas Budget Cycle

Spring is a busy time of the year, planting season, educational programing, and 4-H District contests have our main focus, and I appreciate your efforts to implement our partial cost recovery initiative in your spring plans of work,.

However, it is also clear that many of you have questions on the Texas Budget and how the proposed budget cuts could affect our agency. To date we do not know what the budget reductions would involve because the budget has not been pasted. Below is a good explanation of the Texas Budget process and a how the budget process moves through the house and senate prior to being submitted for approval.  I suggest you take a look at this article from the Texas Tribune to gain a better understanding where we are in the overall process. If you have any questions feel free to give me a call.

District 11 Spring Faculty Conference and 4-H Scheduling 
May 24-25, Sinton, Texas

Our annual spring faculty conference and 4-H scheduling has been scheduled for May 24th, and 25th, in Sinton at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds, Civic Center.  We will have a full two days of instruction starting with a BLT Centra that will be viewed by selected individuals , we will follow the Centra presentation with a general session, involving a distance technology training, the evening of the 24th we will have a social with an expectation that every agent be in attendance. We will present several awards to our agents, and have administrative updates from state administration. Tentatively we will have our social and program at the Welder Wildlife Refuge north of Sinton. The following day May 25th, we will continue with 4-H programing and scheduling. Please mark your calender as every Agrilife and CEP Agent will be expected to attend.More details to come soon.

Partial Cost Recovery
As we close March 2011, we will start to work on our District Cost Recovery Report.  Please make sure that you have submitted any funds associated with your programing in our first month of our new imitative. Please go to the web site for forms and information on the procedures.

District 11 4-H Contests

We are about to start our Spring 4-H Contests in order to qualify our young people for State Round Up. I would like to remind you that each an every one of you are youth educators. We will assign you to the many tasks that we need accomplished, I expect for you to continue to provide enthusiasm for the contest,  also be positive as you assist with your task.  These contests are important to our 4-H members and leaders. Your support of our young people is of great importance to them and their leaders. Most of the time all you need to do is be there and provide your support to the contestant and their family.

An agent needs to remember that the monetary cost involved in participating in a contest is very high. There is an investment by a parent or leader in time and money to practice and travel to the contests. It is important that they know we are appreciative of their investment in our programs. Please read the rules, meet the deadlines, and finally be professional  in your attire, we must look the part.  These contests are just not another Saturday we have to work, these Saturdays are important times in our young peoples lives.

In the words of a former District 11 agent , Jack Hunter, "every body got to be some where, if we got to be here we need to make it the best". District 11 Horse Show Beeville, Texas , 105 degrees, June 1999.

District 11 4-H Round up Blinn College April 9th
District 11 Horse Judging , TAMU April 9th
District 11 4-H Fashion Show , Victoria Mall, April 16th
District 11 Livestock Judging, Entomology ID, Meats Judging & ID, Range & Pasture Grass ID, Soil Judging, TAMU, April 30th

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds you plant. -Robert Louis Stevenson