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Congratulations to the Gallatin County Junior High October Students of the Month.  Pictured (left to right):  8th grade – Alex Knight, 7th grade – Halli DeNeal, 6th grade – Lotlane Baker, 5th grade – Ridge Chappell

Gallatin Co FFA Chapter Attends National Convention

The Gallatin County High School FFA Chapter attended the 90th National FFA Convention and Expo on Wednesday, October 25th, 2017. The group started the day by leaving at 5:30 A.M. and ate breakfast on the way in Indiana. Once they arrived in Indianapolis, the members and chaperones attended the FFA Expo. The Expo included many exhibitors from the agriculture industry, career areas, and university booths. After their many hours there, they enjoyed an opening general session with the National Officers, United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, and a keynote by Laila Ali. Laila is an undefeated boxing champion, TV host, author and speaker. She is the daughter of the late Muhammed Ali. From the chapter, 37 members attended. They would like to thank the administration and teachers from the school for letting them attend, the Gallatin County FFA Alumni for always supporting the students and their chapter, and the wonderful sponsors on the trip: Mr. Matt Martin, Mr. Jim Richey, Ms. Nicole York, Jim and Karen Keasler, Sean and Sarah Martin, Treva Bandy, Melinda Robbins, Brad Wood, and a special thanks to bus driver, Pat Koester.

Front Row: (L-R) Michaela Springer, Abbie Keasler, Kallie Keasler, Chloe Dennison, Jalyn Ellison, Jaelyn DuVall, Emily Case, Morgan Schmitt, Fallon Scates, Ashlyn Nelson, Grant Bosaw, Lucas Robbins

Middle Row: Anna Martin, Jayde Pennington, Raleigh Cox, Lydia Breeding, Audrey Jackson, Aniston Price, Maddi Koontz, Hadley Weatherly, Wyatt Crane, Nick Mack, Tyler Newton, Willie Howard

Back Row: Konner Gross, Logan Arnett, Erick Bandy, Oliver Abell, MaKayla Gray, Dylan Garrison, Kiley Brown, Mason Blair, Hunter Allen, Garrett Rushing, Mason Knott, Madison Raymer, Audie Goebel

 

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4-H News

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DARE to LEAD is designed to build upon your leadership skills. If you want to hang out with other teens while you learn to be a better leader, this conference is for you. This year’s event is be open to any Illinois high school teen in grades 9 to 12. We’re excited to open the doors of this event to teens who belong to any type of organization, club or sports team – any teen who desires to step up and DARE to LEAD. The conference is Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, 2018 at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel.

Workshop sessions will focus on public speaking, watching your digital identity, social media marketing, advocating for a cause, becoming a leader, finding your leadership niche, and youth and adult partnerships. Teens need to attend in a county, club, organization or school “group” (Illinois 4-H’ers included) and each group must be accompanied by an adult chaperone (age 21 or older). If you are the only one from your area who is interested, ask your Extension office if neighboring counties have a group that you can join.

If you want to go, you need to contact the 4-H office immediately. The staff enter all the registrations for the county. Cost is $130 for 4-H members or $175 for other group members. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration will close on Monday, December 4.  DARE to LEAD – and join us!

Thursday, November 2; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. you can participate in the National 4-H Volunteer e-Forum via skype at the Extension Office. This session is titled “STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders: Learn about strategies to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) concepts into animal science program and project areas.  This is also a great opportunity for youth interested in participating in Animal Science Project areas to get some great ideas!  Please contact the office if you plan on attending.

If you are interested in 4-H members may enroll using 4-H Online. Re-enrollment and new enrollments for the 2017-18 year is now open. Directions on how to enroll or re-enroll are located under the files tab of the Gallatin County IL 4-H Facebook Group.  Feel free to contact the Gallatin County Extension Office with any questions you many have. There are a wide variety of projects, including ones new this year.

Additional information is available at the Gallatin County Extension Office, located in the Farm Bureau Building in Ridgway.  If you know a youth who might be interested in 4-H projects or activities, or you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 272-3022. University of Illinois Extension is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical or mental disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation or special dietary or disability accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 618-272-3022

Upcoming Events

11/2 Volunteer E-Forum, “STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders 6:00-7:00 p.m.

12/1 DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration

12/4 DEADLINE 2018 DARE to LEAD registration

12/ 7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work

4-H News

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What to do the day before Thanksgiving? For some the day before Thanksgiving is a flurry of activity, for others it is time spent vegging out. Why not join us on Wednesday, November 22 from 1-4 in the afternoon for scrapbooking and making cinnamon applesauce ornaments? Please bring a friend and photos to work with.  We will provide a selection of scrapbooking papers and stickers along with glue and fun scissors.  This is a great opportunity for any families and youth who are interested in learning more about 4-H and the many ways they can participate.

Cinnamon applesauce ornaments are a fun and festive way to enjoy the season!  You can make something cute for Thanksgiving or look ahead toward decorating for Christmas. Ornaments are made using cookie cutters.  We will provide a selection, but if you have something special you would like to make feel free to bring your own. We have some science activities penciled in as well- we promise they will be so fun you don’t realize you are learning science.

If you are interested in 4-H members may enroll using 4-H Online. Re-enrollment and new enrollments for the 2017-18 year is now open. Directions on how to enroll or re-enroll are located under the files tab of the Gallatin County IL 4-H Facebook Group.  Feel free to contact the Gallatin County Extension Office with any questions you many have. There are a wide variety of projects, including ones new this year. If your child has an interest, we probably have a project for them.

Additional information is available at the Gallatin County Extension Office, located in the Farm Bureau Building in Ridgway.  If you know a youth who might be interested in 4-H projects or activities, or you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 272-3022. University of Illinois Extension is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical or mental disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation or special dietary or disability accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 618-272-3022

Upcoming Events

11/22 We are Thankful workshop

11/24 DEADLINE- College & Career Conference registration

12/1 DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration

12/2 College & Career Conference

12/4 DEADLINE for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference registration

12/7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work

12/22 DEADLINE – Registration due for Illinois Teen Leadership Conference

1/13-14 Illinois Teen Leadership Conference, Decatur

2/24-25 IL 4-H Junior Leadership Conference

 

4-H News

Local youth took advantage of the Youth Equine Educational and Roping Clinic held at Darnell’s Performance Horses in Galatia, IL. Nutrition, massage therapy, general horse health evaluation, bits and bitting, and the basics of roping were all covered.  Participants had the opportunity to watch a team roping demonstrations and talk on different rodeo opportunities available locally. Lunch was provided by Southern Illinois County Farm Bureaus.

Southern Illinois University staff presented basic horse care, focusing on being aware of overall health. Participants had the chance to learn how to listen for healthy gut sounds and check the pulse of horse. The massage therapist discussed the benefits of massage for horses. Nutritional needs of horses according to their age and use was covered as well. Participants learned they needed to know tier horses weight to help determine which feed they need. Then they found out you feed by weight-not volume!  Several guessed at how much of a scoop was 2 pounds- and it varied a lot!  Larry Darnell talked about bits and bitting.  He showed kids how the bits work inside the motuh of the horse.  Then he discussed how you choose a bit according to the level of training your horse has and the job he does.

While lunch was prepared, everyone was treated to a team roping demonstration. Afterward all participants had an opportunity to try their hand at dummy roping. Several dummy steers were placed on the ground.  Each youth was given a rope, shown how to build a loop, swing the rope, and throw it. An experienced roper was at each station to help kids with their form.  By the end most were hitting the target and catching the dummy! 

If you are interested in 4-H members may enroll using 4-H Online. Re-enrollment and new enrollments for the 2017-18 year is now open. Directions on how to enroll or re-enroll are located under the files tab of the Gallatin County IL 4-H Facebook Group.  Feel free to contact the Gallatin County Extension Office with any questions you many have. There are a wide variety of projects, including ones new this year.

Additional information is available at the Gallatin County Extension Office, located in the Farm Bureau Building in Ridgway.  If you know a youth who might be interested in 4-H projects or activities, or you would like to know more about how you can volunteer your skills and time toward the enrichment of youth in Gallatin County please contact Kassy Scates at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 272-3022. University of Illinois Extension is committed to a policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, sex, religion, religious creed, ancestry or national origin, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, physical or mental disability. If you need a reasonable accommodation or special dietary or disability accommodations to participate in any of our programs, please contact the University of Illinois Extension office at 618-272-3022

Upcoming Events

11/2 Volunteer E-Forum, “STEM”ming into Animal Science, Growing True Leaders

12/1 DEADLINE – 2018 Illinois Citizenship Washington Focus Registration

12/ 7 Volunteer E-Forum, Helping 4-H’ers Grow in Life & Work