4-H News Letter February 2021

Valentine Cakes Sale

We got the okay from the Health Department to continue with this annual fundraiser. Both cakes and cupcakes are wonderful, if you have the supplies, cupcakes would be more desirable for business’s or groups that order from us. Also, please be sure any members, cloverbuds, adults preparing cakes are healthy and conscience of cleaning and sanitizing.

We ask that each club donate a minimum of 5 cakes per club and more are welcome. The funds raised from cakes sales go to our “Leaders Education Fund”. This money is used by 4-H Leaders to attend Shooting Sports Training, Leaders Forum, Rec Lab and to provide local leaders training.

Cakes should come into the Extension Office on Wednesday, Feb. 10 or Thursday morning Feb. 11. We will get organized on Thursday afternoon and be ready to deliver Friday morning, Feb. 12. Volunteers to help deliver on Friday at 9:00 am would be greatly appreciated, we will be done by noon. Let Jennifer know if you are willing fergus4h@montana.edu or call the office, 535-3919.

To order cakes, please direct people to call the Extension Office. They are sold for $10 each and we deliver within Lewistown, out of town cakes can be picked up at the Extension Office on Friday.

Small Animal Committee Meeting

Wednesday, Feb. 10

5:15 PM

Sheriffs Complex

On the agenda; officer elections, finalize fair book revisions, finalize fair schedule, finalize fair superintendents, update on judges, set date and presenters for spring showmanship clinic, dog clinics.

Leaders Council

Thursday, Feb. 11

5:15 PM

Sheriffs Complex

On the agenda; 2021 Scholarships, Fair, Leaders Training.

Miscellaneous Projects and Family Consumer Science Committee Meeting

In the absence of an FCS Agent at this time I would like to combine these two groups for a meeting to discuss workshops and activities to support ALL indoor project members.

Thursday, Feb. 11

6:00 pm- following Leaders Council

Sheriffs Complex

Food Booth Committee

Wednesday, Feb. 17


Sheriffs Complex

On the agenda; 2021 Fair schedule, workday and tasks.

February Montana 4-H Leadership Academy

Sunday, February 21

2:00 in person at the Farm Bureau

2:30 join the virtual session from home

For all 4-H Members 12 and older

The leadership academy is a network of Montana 4-H members interested in exploring and developing their own leadership skills while serving their county 4-H program in new ways. 

Each month the officer team members will be presenting a different workshop topic that they have found to be important as they have grown their own leadership abilities. This workshop should be paired with a local county leadership meeting to work on county projects that serve the local 4-H program and community.  


Please notify Jennifer if you did not attend in January and you plan on participating, fergus4h@montanan.edu or call 406-535-3919 or text 406-366-1677.

Fergus/Petroleum County will meet as a group at the Farm Bureau weather and health permitting.  We will all join virtually from home if needed or preferred.

This Month’s Topic: Planning & Recruitment

What does your community need? How can you make this happen? Who will be involved? How will you let people know what is going on and why?

Montana 4-H Live Webinar Series

GPS & Drone Aerial Mapping

All at 6:30 pm

Feb. 9, 23. March 9, 23. April 5, 20. May 4, 18. June 1

Technologies needed; handheld GPS receiver or a smart phone with one of these apps- OnX. Gaia, Google Maps. A drone if you have one. Internet capability to participate in Webinar Meetings.

An introduction to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and Drone Aerial Mapping Technologies and how they’re used in agriculture, natural resources, geo-spatial story-telling, outdoor activities, history and more.

If you would like to participate, please contact Jennifer, fergus4h@montana.edu or 406-535-3919. I will send you the meeting links as soon as they are available.

MSU’s 33 Annual Bug Buffett- Virtually!

Feb. 20- Virtual Student Cookoff Competition

            Noon- Welcome by President Cruzado

            2:30- Live Stream Public Presentations

Feb. 22- 12:30 pm- Live Steam with Brooklyn Bug Chef Joseph Yoon, Food Insect Chef David George Gordan in


Feb. 23- On-Demand Video Series with panels of international food insect experts.

Feb. 24- Live stream visit to MSU Cereal Quality Lab- whole wheat cricket bread

Feb. 25- 4:00- Environmental Crisis, insects for food and feed

Feb. 26- Livestream visit to MSU Food Insect Lab and Biochemistry Lab

For more information contact fdunkel@montana.edu or hhunts@montana.edu

Youth Mental Health First Aide

One in five youth ages 13 to 18 lives with a mental health condition. That means in a class of 25, five students are impacted. That’s why it’s so important for all adults working with youth to take Youth Mental Health First Aid, an 8-hour course that teaches participants how to help adolescents experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. Having a more informed adults can dramatically help early intervention efforts and get youth the help they need when they need it.

I (Jennifer) have recently completed my training to teach this 1 day, 8-hour class. I am planning on keeping the group small maximum10 participants. The $20 registration fee will cover the book, snacks and lunch. This class also qualifies for 8 CEU for teachers and first responders.

The class will be on Saturday, March 20 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Sheriffs Complex. Registration is due Feb. 19 please contact Jennifer fergus4h@montana.edu or call 535-3919 to reserve your spot.


AG Newsletter

Horse Committee

Wednesday, February 10th, 6pm, Sherriff’s Complex: Horse Committee Meeting

Horse Clinics Scheduled for April 2021!: We currently have three clinics arranged for this spring, including a basic horsemanship clinic, a performance show clinic, and a working ranch horse clinic. These will be held in the pavilion at the fairgrounds.

Members who do not have a pavilion membership will need to pay the $10 daily riding fee. Some scholarships are available – contact Emily at 406-535-3919 if you may need a riding fee scholarship. Please stay tuned to these newsletters and your email for more information!

- Basic Horsemanship – Saturday, April 17th

- Performance Horse – Sunday, April 18th

- Ranch Horse – Saturday, April 24th

Livestock Committee

Monday, March 8th, 6:00pm, Sherriff’s Complex: Livestock Committee Meeting

Main agenda items at this meeting will include the carcass contest, livestock clinics, and beginning preparation for fair.

Livestock Nutrition Clinics:

- Nutrition Basics - Tuesday, May 4th, 6-8pm: Josh Stroh will cover the basics of animal nutrition needs and the most important things to consider when raising your show animal.

- Species-Focused Nutrition – Wednesday, May 5th, 6-8pm: Josh will delve into more species-specific nutrition needs. Bring your questions!

These clinics are a great opportunity for new members or members who are raising livestock for the first time. Please stay tuned to these newsletters and your email for more information!

Quality Assurance

Now that quality assurance is completely online, you can take it anytime! If you need to renew your QA this year, get ahead of the game by visiting this link: https://edpuzzle.com/open/sardami.

  1. Once there, enter your full name into the “nickname” box. Then click “Join Class.”
  2. You’ll be taken to a screen with “Assignments” listed, and there will be a Quality Assurance Online Training video. Click that video, then hit play when it pops up on your screen. Watch the whole video (you can’t skip forward), and answer the questions that go along with it as they pop up.
  3. Once you’ve finished, your answers will be automatically recorded, and we can mark your Quality Assurance as complete!