State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium Drew Participants from Nine Counties

Rabbit hopping in action.

Rabbit hopping in action.

Nearly 100 4-H members and volunteers representing nine counties (Cumberland, Gloucester, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, Salem, and Warren) attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium on Feb. 28 in Clayton, New Jersey.

“The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its second year, that offers  4-H’ers an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy and rabbits,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison. “In addition, the event provides a venue to compete at an advanced level and meet other 4-H members from around the state.” [Read more…]

NJ 4-H Avian Bowl Winter Event Contestants Gear-Up for State Qualifier Event Set for September

4H avian 3Nineteen 4-H members were part of six teams representing four counties (Hunterdon, Middlesex, Ocean, and Salem) who competed in the New Jersey 4-H Avian Bowl Winter Event held on February 28 in Gloucester County. This event was co-sponsored by Click Flic and held in conjunction with the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium.

The 4-H Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for teams patterned after other knowledge bowls. Teams consist of 2-4 members per team for both the Junior and Senior Divisions. Avian Bowl is an educational project, in which 4-H contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs and other related subjects. [Read more…]

Salem County Agent Dave Lee Receives Two 2014 Rutgers Cooperative Extension Awards

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) presents Dave Lee with his award.

RCE Director Larry Katz (l) presents Dave Lee with his award.

Each year, Rutgers Cooperative Extension  (RCE), a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), honors faculty and staff for their outstanding work and outreach through their programs and support. The winners for 2014 received their awards at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Annual Conference at the Cook Campus Center in New Brunswick on October 20.

This year, Dave Lee, Salem County agricultural agent and county extension department head was the recipient of two awards: the County Faculty Person of the Year and Award of Excellence for Faculty.  The County Faculty Person of the Year is awarded to a county faculty employee who has provided accomplishments, activities, programs, publications and services in the advancement of outreach in their county. RCE Excellence Awards is to recognize faculty, staff and volunteers who demonstrate outstanding performance and creativity, and their contribution to RCE, how it has resulted in a positive change or has made a significant impact and enhanced RCE at a local county, state and/or national level. [Read more…]

Rutgers and Local Foundation Team Up to Bring FCHS Educator to Salem County

Rutgers’ Department of Family and Community Health Sciences (FCHS) and the Salem Health and Wellness Foundation announced the establishment of a Health Educator position for Salem County, which has been without a FCHS health educator for over 20 years.

Kathleen Morgan, Chair, FCHS Department.

Kathleen Morgan, Chair, FCHS Department.

FCHS, a unit of Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), sought to establish this position in Salem County, using the basis of its highly regarded, award-winning Get Moving—Get Healthy school and workplace wellness program. Get Moving—Get Healthy uses evidence-based research and innovative methods to educate and motivate students, professionals and the public to take action toward improving their overall health and wellness.

Kathleen Morgan, chair of FCHS and a health educator for the past 21 years, saw the Rutgers and Foundation partnership as mutually beneficial. “Since we established Get Moving—Get Healthy in 2007, we’ve been looking for a way to introduce the program to every county in New Jersey, especially Salem County, where there is a critical need for health promotion information. [Read more…]

New Jersey 4-H Youth Develop Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H youth are ready to take on the challenges of leadership in the 21st century after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4-H leadership development program for middle-school youth. The conference was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from July 15-19.

The four-day 4-H conference provided 135 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 15 states with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in experiential learning that boosted leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and confidence. In addition, the LWF conference also prepared youth to return home with important skills to make positive changes in their own communities. [Read more…]