Somerset County 4-H members qualify for State 4-H Horse Show

Sixteen 4-H horse club members will represent Somerset County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 22-24, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. More than 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions…"The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows." said Carol Ward, County 4-H Agent…The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension.

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National Moth Week Celebrated in New Jersey

PrintSixteen public events scheduled across the state; hundreds more worldwide

The third annual National Moth Week, a worldwide citizen science project started in New Jersey in 2012, will be celebrated across the state, beginning with an early kickoff “Moth Ball” slated for Friday, July 11, in Bergen County.

Started by the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission, the creators of National Moth Week are connected to Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Liti Haramaty is a marine sciences researcher at Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, David Moskowitz is completing a Ph.D. in Entomology. National Moth Week officially takes place the last full week and two weekends of July. This year’s dates are July 19-27. After its launch in 2012, National Moth Week quickly went global. As of July 2, hundreds of public and private events are registered on the National Moth Week site in all 50 states and 41 countries. [Read more...]

New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

Somerset County RCE Commemorates Centennial with Proclamation and Tree Planting

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

L-R: Ed Seidel, President, Somerset County Board of Agriculture; Nick Polanin, RCE Ag Agent; Annette Smutko, Vice President, Somerset County 4-H Association; Mellissa Smutko, Somerset County 4-H member; Carol Ward, RCE 4-H Agent; and Patrick Scaglione, Freeholder Director, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders. Photo credit: Linda Van Zandt, Public Information Officer, Somerset County.

On May 13, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County was presented with a proclamation from the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders in recognition of the centennial anniversary of Cooperative Extension. The proclamation also recognized the various milestones of RCE faculty and staff dating to 1918 when RCE of Somerset County was established.

This recognition was followed on Wednesday, May 14, with the official planting of a Rutgers dogwood variety Hyperion®, in collaboration with the Building and Grounds Committee of the Somerset County 4-H Association. [Read more...]

Rutgers Cooperative Extension to commemorate 100th anniversary

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County will plant a dogwood tree at the Ted Blum 4-H Center, Bridgewater in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Cooperative Extension on Wednesday, May 14, at 7 p.m. The public is invited. This year is the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Smith-Lever Act, which established the Cooperative Extension Service throughout the United States as a collaborative effort of federal, state and local governments. Each state’s land grant institution, which is Rutgers, The State University in New Jersey, coordinates Cooperative Extension.

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