Friday, October 30, 2009

Reminder: Next Thursday, November 5th

The Cherokee County Extension Program hosts
A Swine Project Clinic
at the Cherokee County Show Barn on Loop 456 in Jacksonville,TX
Starting at 6 pm

Texas AgriLife Extension agent and swine judge, Ricky Thompson will be providing the project guides, selection tips, and management strategies to help you compete on the top level for market hogs. There will be a judging demonstration on live swine and a few gilts will be available for purchase after the clinic. There will be more project swine available at the project sale in Henderson on November 15, 2009.

This is a free clinic and all materials will be provided. All area 4-H and FFA chapters are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information or to RSVP contact Cooperative Extension Agent, Rene' McCracken or Texas AgriLife Extension Agent, Aaron Low at 903-683-5416.

Please distribute attached flyer to those interested in swine projects.

Youth Loan Workshop

Rusk's Singletary Public Library Hosts Youth Loan Workshops for 4-H & FFA Projects
Submitted by: Rene' McCracken, CEP-AgNR Cherokee County

Cherokee County Cooperative Extension Agent, Rene' McCracken has coordinated with the Singletary Public Library in Rusk and Truman Lamb of Heritage Land Bank-Palestine to present Youth Loan Workshops for agriculture projects on Nov 2nd and Nov 9th. This is a free workshop for all youth 10 yrs and up currently enrolled in a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter. The loan terms are: up to $5,000, for one year, with minimum interest paid back after the sale of the project. The loan can be used to purchase market or breeding livestock, materials for shop projects, or to purchase feed for livestock.

At Workshop #1 general loan information will be provided and application forms distributed to those interested youth. At the 2nd Workshop on November 9, 2009, we will hand in the completed forms and assist in completing them if necessary. Loans should be funded by the middle of November. Program begins at 4:30 pm each session. Space is limited - so RSVP early at 903-683-5416 or

Who Should Come? All FFA & 4-H Youth (10 yrs and up), Ag Teachers and 4-H Leaders, Extension Agents, Mentors and Parents. If you cannot attend the meeting but would be interested in the loan program contact Truman Lamb at Heritage Land Bank 903-729-4667. Extension programs serve people of all ages regardless of socioeconomic level, race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Imediate Attention: YES! Camp - Short Fuse!

YES! Camp is fast approaching. We had 11 kids attend last year; lets go for 15 this year.

3 Kids have already signed up. Partial reimbursement of the registration fee will be available from the County PALS association at a later date.

Select this link for more information.

Sorry for the short fuse on this, but our office has been busy setting up the Hay Judging Competition and we let time get away from us.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Food Show / Food Challenge 2009

Please follow the given link for more information on the Food Show / Food Challenge for 2009.

For more information or questions about this publications or the contest itself, contact Wendi Green or Willie Arnwine in the CEO. (903) 683-5416

Thursday, October 1, 2009


Who: Open to any member or parent/leader that desires to be a part
of the governing body over the County Level FCS Competitions like-
Food Challenge, Food Show, Fashion Show, etc...

What: 4-H Family and Consumer Science Task Force Mtg.

When: Tuesday, October 6th @ 5:30 PM

Where: County Extension Office Mtg. Room
(1st Floor of the Courthouse Annex)

Contact CEA-FCS, Wendi Green for more information...
(903) 683-5416