Current Events

Our Location

Our location is 200 Taylor Street Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas 76196. Parking at the meters is available on Burnett, Weatherford, and Taylor Streets.  The entrance to our building faces Burnett St.  If you prefer to park in the lot adjacen to our building, please enter the parking lot on 2nd street and enter at the west side entrance that faces Burnett Street.  The Taylor Street entrance is closed and the only open entrance is on the west side of the Plaza building.

Mailing Address
Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
Tarrant County 4-H
P. O. Box 1540
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
Fax Number 817-884-1941
 

 Support for Tarrant County 4-H

Looking for a way to support Tarrant County 4-H without taking money out of your pocket? Do you search the internet? Do you make online purchases? If so this opportunity may be just what you are looking for.. . Join www.GoodSearch.com, and every time you search the internet, a donation is made to the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and Adult Leaders Association.

It’s easy, doesn’t cost a thing, and turns every day actions into an easy way to raise funds for many of the events and activities that are sponsored by the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and the Tarrant County 4-H Adult Leaders, including the annual County Awards Banquet.

All you need to do is log on to www.goodsearch.com and choose “Tarrant 4-H Council” as your      charity.  You can even make a profile so that you don’t have to select Tarrant 4-H Council each time and you can watch the funds grow!

A penny is donated every time you search with www.goodsearch.com.  It is easy, painless on your pocketbook, and benefits our Tarrant County 4-H youth.

There are even other ways to make money through www.goodsearch.com for 4-H while shopping or dining.  Just go to their website to find out more.  Don’t waste any time.

Start helping our Tarrant 4-H youth while you search the Internet today!

Chartering for 4-H Clubs for the new 2014-2015 Year

The state 4-H office is moving the charter deadline to July 15 this year, in order to process club charters before the beginning of the 4-H year.

For those clubs which are currently chartered, the process is very similar to last year.    Below is a list of items that will be needed (and forms are attached for your convenience).

  • 2014-2015 Charter Application
  • Club officers list
  • Annual Review of Support Group Funds (New:  must have at least one reviewer who is not affiliated with the club)
  • Club Budget  (Clubs with no funds may substitute with an explanatory letter.  A form letter is attached.)
  • Bank Statement copy for each account   (Clubs with no funds may substitute with an explanatory letter.  A form letter is attached.)
  • Bylaws – Note:  New:    The officers listed in the bylaws must match the club officers list.  If you have a vacant position, please notify me for optional bylaw wording to provide some flexibility.

All forms may be returned by email to CPBryant@ag.tamu.edu    .

I need to receive it before 7/13, so that I will have time to process it and post it to the state site by the 7/15 deadline.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Charter Application 2014-2015

Annual Review of Support Group Fund-c

Club Officers List

Club Budget

No Bank Account – Letter

No Budget – Letter

Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show

The Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show and 8th Annual Youth Fair will be held on March 26-27-28, 2015 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center Swine Barn in Fort Worth, Texas.  For 4-H members all entries need to be submitted to your club manager by the due date designated by your club manager.  The club manager will turn all forms in to the TCJLS by January 24, 2015. Please read the rule book carefully before completing your entry form.

TCJLS Rule Book for 2015 Show

2015TCJLSA list of classes

TCJLS Exhibitor Eligibility Form (not academic eligibility form)

Code of Conduct

TCJLS Livestock Entry Form

Youth Fair Entry Form Universal

Youth Fair Recipe Form

Rabbit Entry Form

 Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show Broiler Order

It is time once again to place your orders for broilers for the 2015 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show.  The orders are due on December 10, 2014.  The cost is $1.75 for each broiler with a minimum order of 10.  Payment must accompany order. Please make your check payable to the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Association. NO CASH will be accepted, payment can only be made with a check or money order.  Order form is located on the Tarrant 4-H website under Livestock News.

Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show anticipates delivery of broilers on February 13 at Brewer High School located at 1025 @. Loop 820 N., Fort Worth, Texas 76108. Make sure you provide us with a valid e-mail address so that we will be able to notify you of the specific delivery instructions when they become available.

This year all orders will be sent to the Tarrant County Jr. Livestock Show Poultry Superintendent Regina Watkins. Please do not send any orders to the 4-H office as this would delay your order from arriving by the deadline to the show. All questions regarding the ordering process or specific questions regarding poultry in regards to the show must be addressed to Regina Watkins.  Her email is rwatkins@wsisd.net .

2014-2015 TCJLS Broiler Order

4-H Winter Formal

All teens (ages 14 – 19) are invited to join us for an elegant evening of dining and dancing at the 4-H Winter Formal.  This year’s event will be Friday, January 30, 2015….so save the date on your calendar.

Tickets will be on sale November 17 – December 31, for a price of $15/ticket, while supplies last.  If any tickets remain, they will be available for a price of $25/ticket during January 1 – 9.

Beginning November 17, reserve your tickets via email at     tarrantyouthcouncil@gmail.com with a cc to   tarrant4hala@gmail.com    .

Payments for reserved tickets may be made at the 4-H office on business days 8 – 4:45 pm, as well as at after hour events such as the   November County Council meeting and County 4-H Christmas Party.    (Please make checks payable to:  Tarrant 4-H Adult Leaders Association with a note “Winter Formal – Member’s Name”.

Last year, we sold out of tickets early, so don’t hesitate if you plan to attend.

  Fort Worth Stock Show Parade

The annual Fort Worth Stock Show Parade will launch the new Stock Show season on Saturday, January 17 at 11:00 a.m. in downtown Fort Worth. 4-H Youth and Adults are encouraged to join us as we walk, wave & smile.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Parade Release of Liability form located on our website under Current Events and return to the   4-H office by December 15th .  (Fax: 817-884-1941) or Email: (nfswindle@ag.tamu.edu) w/cc: to CPBryant@ag.tamu.edu .

2015 FW Stock Show Parade Release

Texas 4-H Opportunity Scholarship

Attention:  Parents of High School Seniors  ( and parents of high school juniors who are seeking information in advance)

The Senior year is filled with excitement, but it is often a very busy year.

If your child is planning to attend college, you may want to seriously consider submitting applications for scholarships, etc.   While May seems like a distant event, scholarship application season has already arrived.

The 4-H program offers some scholarship opportunities.   Because donors for various scholarships often have specific goals, the requirements and criteria may vary.  Therefore, it is important to read the information for each scholarship carefully.

Some families find it especially helpful to create a spreadsheet with scholarship names, due dates, and requirements.   Others prefer to utilize a folder-file system containing the information and necessary forms, transcripts, etc.

  • If your child is planning to apply for 4-H scholarships, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you (parent) go online and file for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).   Please do this as soon as possible (like this week), so that you can use the information from your 2013 tax return.   (If you wait until the new year, you will be required to use the 2014 tax return information, you will not have time to file a tax return and the FAFSA, and receive your EFC number back from FAFSA.)
  • Note:  File the FAFSA regardless of your financial income (high or low).  Some people think they might not qualify based on financial need; however, many scholarships are not need-based but do require a FAFSA number.
  • Make sure you have taken the SAT or ACT and that you have the original score report.  That is the report that is mailed to you.  It is not the one that is downloaded from the internet.
  • If a scholarship requires a reference letter, notify your references in advance so that they will have time to prepare the letter for you.

Attached is general information on the Texas 4-H Opportunities Scholarships, as well as the application.  Applications are due in our office by January 21, 2015.

2015 Rules & Guidelines for 4-H Opportunity Scholarship

2015 Opportunity Scholarship application

2015 FAFSA Instructions

Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show Scholarship

Scholarship Rules – 2015

1.)  Applicant must be an active 4-H or FFA member and be a graduating senior in 2015.

2.)  Applicant can apply as a 4H Member or FFA Member, not both.

3.)  Applicant must have participated in the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show and/or the Tarrant County FFA & 4-H Youth Fair in at least one division during the past 2 years and be entered in at least one division of the 2015 Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show or 2015 Tarrant County FFA & 4-H Youth Fair.

4.)  4-H members must have turned in a 4-H record book the previous year. CEA must attest.

5.)  FFA members must have earned their FFA Chapter degree. AST must attest.

6.)  Applications are available after November 1, 2014; email application requests to Paul Burrough at paul@nationalfinance.org or call 817-882-4700.

7.)  Applications must be completed as directed. Please do not add extra pages or pictures to your application. Late, incomplete or applications with extra pages will NOT be accepted.

8.)  Applications must be postmarked no later than February 17, 2015.

9.)  All applications are to be mailed to Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation, P.O. Box 162386, Fort Worth, Texas 76161. Do not send by FED EX, they won’t deliver to a PO Box.

10.) A minimum GPA of 2.5 and a copy of applicant’s high school transcript are required.

11.) Applicant must have taken the SAT or ACT before January 1, 2015 and attach a copy of scores to scholarship application.

12.) Applicant must submit two letters of recommendation with scholarship application.  Applicants must submit one academic reference and one personal reference.

13.) Applications will become the property of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation.

14.) Scholarship Awards will range from $1,000 to $3,000 per award, with no more than $19,000 total for all awards in 2015. Allocation of awards is the sole discretion of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board of Directors.

15.) Interviews and awards will be determined by a panel of not less than 3, nor more than 5 judges elected by the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board of Directors. The judges will be representative of the community.

16.) Based on applications and letters of recommendation, applicants selected for scholarship interviews will be notified by February 28, 2015. Scholarship interviews will take place on Tuesday February 24, 2015 at a location to be announced.

17.)     Scholarship(s) will be paid to the university, college or trade school for the benefit of the winner when a written request for funds, along with a certified copy of school registration and class schedule are submitted by the winner(s) to the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation. Scholarship winners have one year from March 1, 2015 to claim their award. If the scholarship is not claimed within one year, the monies will be forfeited. No exceptions.

18.)     Scholarship recipients must be present at the awards ceremony held prior to the 2015 TCJLS Premium Sale.  They must also attend and volunteer to assist with the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Gala event scheduled on April 23, 2015.

19.)     If you have any questions or concerns please contact Heather Banks at hbanks@carterpark.com or Paul Burrough at paul@nationalfinance.org

20.)     All deadlines are final and awards will be approved solely by the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation Board.

The mission of the Tarrant Ag Scholarship Corporation is to raise funds to provide scholarships to qualified members of 4-H clubs or the FFA in Tarrant County, Texas.

TCJLS Scholarship Application

 Livestock Project Registration

It is time to send in your livestock project sheets to the 4-H office. Livestock Project Sheets must be renewed each year just as your member enrollment form.  For new members the form is due when you enroll in 4-H and get a project.

The Livestock Project Sheet is due for renewing members on October 1, 2014.

Livestock Project Registration Form

If you have any questions or concerns about signing up for any stock show please call or email Marian Ross immediately at 817-884-1294 or   m-ross@tamu.edu .

 Quality Counts Verification

If the Quality Counts Verification you completed as a junior member has expired, you are required to take the Senior level verification.  This must be done prior to entry into any major fall, winter or spring livestock show.  Upon completing the verification process please email ag department to make them aware of your status.  You cannot enter you into any shows from this point forward without a senior level designation.

The Link for verifying is at http://qc.wieghatgraphics.com/

Please see the  document below that has the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Quality Counts.

Quality Counts Verification Frequently asked Questions

District Consumer Decision Making

CONTEST INFORMATION

1.       Date.  The contest will be held on Thursday, December 11, 2014.

2.       Location.  TAMU Commerce Sam Rayburn Student Center, 2nd floor.

3.       Schedule.                                 

Contest Check-in:            TBA (plan for early or late afternoon; we will post the exact time once we receive confirmation from the facility)

Orientation:                         TBA

Judging Begins:                 Following orientation

Reasons:                               Following judging

Awards:                                 Conclusion of contest and tabulations

4.       Registration.  Each participating member is required to register on 4-H Connect and pay the district $10.00 contest registration fee.  Registration will close at midnight November 23, 2014.  Late registration will open November 24 and close midnight, November 30 at an additional fee of $20.

5.       Participation. Contestants must be active 4-H members enrolled in a Texas 4-H and Youth Development county program in District IV.  Contestants must also be academically eligible (according to UIL rules) to compete on the day of the contest.  A contestant may compete as an individual or as a member on a team.

6.       Age. Age divisions are determined by a participant’s age as of September 1 of the current 4-H year.  Age divisions for this contest are:

Junior                                    8 and in the 3rd grade, 9, or 10

Intermediate                     11, 12, or 13

Senior                                   14, 15, 16, 17, or 18

7.       Entries per county. Each county may enter unlimited teams/individuals per age division listed above. The top 3 senior teams and/or individuals (if they are not already on one of the top 3 teams) will advance to state.

8.       Members per team.   Teams consist of 3 or 4 members of the same age.  Junior members will be allowed to move up to the intermediate age division in order to complete a team. Juniors and intermediates are not allowed to move up to the senior age division.

9.       Awards.  1st through 5th place individual and team awards in each age division will be presented.  Awards will be presented for overall, placing, and reasons scores.

10.   Participants with disabilities.  Any competitor who requires auxiliary aids or special accommodations must contact the District Extension Office, or note when registering on 4-H Connect, at least 2 weeks before the competition to request such needs.

11.   Contest Rules.  District IV follows the rules set forth in the Texas 4-H Consumer Decision Making Contest Guide.  Contestants will judge 5 classes from the current study guide (listed below) and one mystery class.  Juniors will not give any reasons.  Intermediates will give one set of reasons.  Seniors will give two sets.

Classes

  • Jeans
  • Boots
  • Fast Food
  • Computers
  • Outdoor Equipment
  • Mystery

Class category descriptions and study guides:  http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/files/2013/10/consumer_decision_making_201314_categories_descriptions.pdf.

Contestants will use the Universal A scan sheet to record their placings.  Please make sure they are familiar with the sheet prior to judging.  An example of one can be viewed here:  https://www.judgingcard.com/ScanSheets/samples/705A-12.pdf

12.   Resources.     http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/project_consumer/cdm  Beyond the information found in the study guide, members are encouraged to research credible resources for additional consumer/product information.

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