2023 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

4-H members do not have to have a bee project to participate in the essay contest.

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. on February 15th announced their 2023 4-H Beekeeping Essay Topic.

2023 Essay Topic: The Importance of Beeswax

Although honey bees are much-beloved for honey, bees also produce beeswax that can be used in many ways. For this essay, a 4-H student should discuss why beeswax is so important to the hive (it’s a pantry, it’s a nursery, it’s the dance floor), but also discuss their favorite way to use beeswax outside the hive. Photos of candles, soaps, or lip balms that are made to show the 4-H’er’s skill in using beeswax are welcomed as are recipes or brief instructions.

Please share the contest information with your 4-H members.  It can be found at https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/projects/entomology/.  I have also provided a graphic to share via social media.

You can see past winner’s essays by visiting the following website and clicking on 4-H Essays tab at the top of their page. http://preservationofhoneybees.org/

Essays will be uploaded to 4-H Online using the “2023 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest” event.  Deadline to submit is Monday, April 3, 2023.  Winners will be announced the week of April 24th.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office.

Jana Barrett | Extension Program Specialist 4-H
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service | Texas 4-H Youth Development Program

Postal Service :  MS 2473; College Station, TX  77843-2473

ph: 979-321-5287 | jcbarrett@ag.tamu.edu| http://texas4-h.tamu.edu


County Photography Contest


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

This is a call for entries for the 2023 Tarrant County 4-H Photography Contest.  As a reminder, this is the contest that will serve as the qualifier for State for Senior 4-Hers.

All photos must be uploaded through the entry form. 4-H Photo Contest Google Form  by Friday, March 17, 2023.

We will follow the 2022-2023 Photography Rules and Guidelines 

Remember, the State photo contest will be open for entries from April 1st to April 15th through 4-H Online and Submittable. The county contest will be judged before this time to allow our Senior members to enter the state level contest if they choose.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Kate Marshall

Tarrant County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76196

p: (817) 884-1553 | f: (817) 884-1941

kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu | https://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu


TCJLS – Ultrasound Jackpot


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Below is information about the TCJLS – Ultrasound Jackpot.


Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter – February 2023


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Here is your February 2023 Tarrant County Newsletter!!!  Click on the link to see all important due dates coming up!!!

February 2023 Tarrant County 4-H Newsletter



Public Speaking – Spring 2023


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

It’s time to start another Public Speaking project series with Dr. Jeff Johnson.  As many of you know, Dr. Johnson and his Toastmasters International friends have been leading this project for 32 years.  With experience and a passion for public speaking, he leads even the most reluctant 4-H youth through fun and amusing exercises to become confident leaders and speakers.  This project is a great aid to every 4-H member, especially those who would like to serve as officers at the club or county level.

Please see the following details:

  • There are only 8 spots.  By signing up you are taking one of these limited spots.  If your schedule changes and you cannot attend all eight weeks, you will be depriving another youth of the opportunity to attend.
  • The project meets every Thursday from 6:50 p.m. to 9 p.m. from February 9th to March 30th.
  • Meetings take place at the Extension office located in downtown Fort Worth.  If you have never visited the office, please see this link for directions and parking information.
  • It is very important that members be present and ready at 6:50 p.m. each week.
  • You may miss one or two meetings, but please consider signing up at a different time if you already know you will need to miss two or more days.
  • Parents may stay and sit in on the course, as well as younger siblings, as long as they do not distract from the program.  There is also another meeting room for parents and siblings to spread out their own work or to read quietly.
  • Members who have taken Public Speaking in the past can take the course again.  If it has been less than a year since you took Public Speaking, you may be asked to relinquish your spot to a member who has not taken the course before.

Register here by completing the google form.

Registration will close as soon as we reach our limit of 8 or on February 3, 2023 at 5pm.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Kate Marshall

Tarrant County Extension Agent – 4-H & Youth Development

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500 | Fort Worth, TX 76196

p: (817) 884-1553 | f: (817) 884-1941

kate.marshall@ag.tamu.edu | https://tarrant-tx.tamu.edu


2023 4-H Day at the Capitol – Event Update and Registration Information


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

I just wanted to send out the information about the upcoming 4-H Day at the Capitol Event.

It will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, at the Texas Capitol in Austin.

Registration will open on 4-H Online on Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at 12:00pm (noon) and will be open until Wednesday, February 8, 2023 (or until registration is full). Registration is limited to 250 youth and 50 adults and will be filled on a first come first served basis on 4-H Online.  The cost to register is $40 per participant and includes lunch and a t-shirt while at the Capitol.

Please review the below document for additional information (this will also be shared in next week’s email to members/volunteers) and let me know if you have any questions.


Megan Logan, M.S.

Extension Program Specialist II – 4-H Youth Development – Leadership & Citizenship

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

Email: mmlogan@ag.tamu.edu

Phone: (830) 988-6146

Physical Address:

1470 William D. Fitch Parkway

College Station, TX 77845

Mailing Address:

2473 TAMU

College Station, TX 77843-2473


Livestock Project Tattoos!!


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

As we are gearing up for the start of the Stock show season there are a few things that we need to make sure we have while packing to go the shows.

  1. First and foremost – you and the project!!!
  2. If your animal is a registered animal, be sure that you take your original registration papers!!!
  3. DOUBLE CHECK YOUR PROJECT’S TATTOOS!!!   If you are showing a heifer, double check to make sure the tattoos match the papers.
  4. If you are showing a market animal, make sure the 220 tattoo is legible.  If they are not, we need to get them redone ASAP!!!!  We have received an email from the state validation offices stating they will be checking tattoos this year.  All placing livestock that do not have a visible and/or legible tattoo will be DISQUALIFIED at Texas major livestock shows.

If a tattoo needs to be redone, please let me know ASAP and we will set up a time and place to get this done!!

Jacklyn Jones – Doyle
Ag & Natural Resources Extension Agent

Tarrant County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor St.  Suite 500

Fort Worth, Tx 76196

Tel:   817.884.1296

Fax:  817.884.1941






4-H Robotics Youth Opportunity


Hello 4-H Families,

National Engineers Week will be held starting February 19th.  Tarrant County 4-H has the opportunity for outreach AND public service to set up a booth with a hands-on demonstration at the Fort Worth Children’s Science Museum with activities related to engineering.  I am hopeful that some of the members of the robotics team would be willing to assist with staffing a booth and a demonstration with their competition robots.  Other 4H members are also welcome to assist as well.  I’m thinking that we will have 1-2 hour shifts for individuals to sign up for (with 2-3 youth members needed and 1-2 adults). Email Catherine Stanley if interested below.

Below are the dates, I have also included my availability to help:

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 10:00-4:00
  • Thursday, February 23 from 10:00-4:00; 6:00-8:00
  • Friday, February 24 from 10:00-4:00
  • Saturday, February 25 from 10:00-4:00  (I’m Available)
  • Sunday, February 26 from 12:00-4:00 (I’m Available)

Action Requested:  Please let me know which date(s) and time(s) you can commit to working a shift by Friday, January 20, 2023.  Catherine Michelle Stanley at 512-563-6285

Hint:  This is a county-wide opportunity to reach numerous youth with public service and outreach.  For those that plan to major in engineering, science (including ag sciences), technology or math — this is a great item to add to your 4-H resume.


Jordan Peldyak

Tarrant County 4-H

Prairie View A&M University

College of Agriculture & Human Sciences

200 Taylor Street Suite 500

Fort Worth, TX 76196



2023 TCJLS


Hello from your TCJLS representatives!

There are a few things that I need to bring to your attention, so thank you in advance for reading this!

Sale Catalog Senior Ads  –  Non-Business Ad Catalog Form 2022

If you have a graduating senior and would like to place an ad in the buyers catalog to celebrate your child, please find the attachment below and return it to Brandi Gilbreath by February 22nd.

Buckle Sponsorships –  Buckle Sponsor Form 2023

If you, or any businesses you know would be interested in sponsoring a buckle, please look at the attachment below and return those also to Brandi Gilbreath as soon as possible.  We still need about 100 buckles sponsored.

Silent Auction  –  TCJLS Silent Auction Form  

Reminder that every club or chapter needs to donate at least one silent auction basket.  That form is also attached to this email.

Thank you!



TCJLS Helping Hands Livestock Show


Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Helping Hands Livestock Show is a special needs livestock show that is held in conjunction with TCJLS.  Please share this with friends and family and classes in your area with special needs students.  Entries are limited to ten in each division, and animals will be provided.  If your child is interested, please fill out this form to show interest. Thank you!