4-H Food Challenge 2017

See District 8 4-H website for District contest info and complete Rules & Guidelines, scorecards, worksheets, and more helpful resources.

Erath County Food Show/Food Challenge Information

 Registration Deadline:  Thursday, November 9, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. – call or email –

254-965-1460 or dwhite@ag.tamu.edu


Food Challenge Food Show
·         Name of team and team member names/age group ·         Name of individual participant and age group
· $25 entry fee

Make sure you have enrolled for this

4-H year.


·         Category chosen: (Protein, Fruit & Vegetables, Grains, or Dairy)

·         Make sure you have enrolled for this

4-H year.


November 18 (Saturday) at Texas A&M Research and Extension Center – 1229 N US 281, Stephenville.


8:15-8:30                     Registration and Check-In – $25/team registration due

8:30-9:00                     Food Challenge Orientation for participants

 9:00                            Food Challenge Contest begins

 9:45                            Food Challenge Judging Begins

11:30 -12:00                Tentative Awards


FOOD SHOW – Theme – “Fresh from the Farm”

            9:00                             Registration and Check-In for Food Show participants

            9:30                             Food Show orientation for participants

            9:45                             Food Show Judging

            11:30-12:00                 Tentative Awards


Bonus Information

  1. Don’t forget the registration fee of $25.00 per team for COUNTY 4-H Food Challenge. 4-H Food Show has no registration fee – because no kit is required or food purchased ahead of time.  4-H Food Challenge contestants are provided a kit and food for the contest.
  2. Food Challenge: Check your kit and be sure you have all supplies as listed in the lid of the kit BEFORE you get to contest.
  3. Aprons are not a requirement, but very useful!
  4. If you are competing in both contests (Food Show and Food Challenge), be sure and ask for order of judging for Food Show at the beginning of contest. There will be a separate set of judges for Food Show and Food Challenge.
  5. Time table for each contest:
    1. Food Show4 minute presentation – youth introduces themselves and their dish. Describe inspiration in choosing the recipe and how it relates to the theme, “Fresh From the Farm.”  4 minute interview from judges asking questions applicable to the scorecard – basic nutrition, food safety, preparation, as well as project experiences.  It always helps to review the scorecard.  You will have 1 minute to serve the judges a portion of your dish.  You don’t have to bring the whole dish – a smaller portion is actually recommended.
    2. Food Challenge – 5 minutes for the presentation; 3 minutes for judge’s questions. Review the scorecard ahead of time.
  6. Parents can help kids into the county contest with kits, etc. but there is really no place to wait. Parents not allowed in competition room.  Feel free to come back around 11:30 for the awards.  😉
  7. Who advances to the District Contest in Belton on December 13 ????
    1. Food Challenge – the 1st and 2nd place teams from each age group– JR/INT/SR
    2. Food Show – the 1st place winner from each Food Show category (Protein, Fruits & Vegetable, Grains, and Dairy) from each age division – JR/INT/SR
  8. For complete set of rules for each contest:
    1. Food Challenge – https://agrilife.org/d84h/files/2017/09/2017_D8_4-H_Food_Show__Food_Challenge_Letter_Rules.pdf
    2. Food Show –  https://agrilife.org/d84h/files/2010/07/2017_D8_4-H_Food_Show_Rules__Forms.pdf
  9. Practice recipes:
    1. Jr-Int practice recipes
    2. Sr practice recipes
  10. Food Resource Guides
    1. Cooking in the Kitchen
    2. Explore Food Challenge
  11. See District 8 4-H website for District contest info and complete Rules & Guidelines, scorecards, worksheets, and more helpful resources.


Central Texas QuickBooks Pro Shortcourse – October 5, 2017

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QuickBooks Pro computer short-courses are taught in a single-day format, beginning at 9:00 A.M. and ending at 4:00 P.M.

The class registration fee is $50 which covers computer lease payments and teaching materials.  Couples are encouraged to attend and will be charged only one registration fee if they share a computer.  Class size for each course is limited to 15 so that individualized attention can be provided to all participants.


QuickBooks Pro is a double entry business accounting program often utilized by agricultural lenders and producers, as well as small business owners.  In this one-day course, participants use a case study to apply QuickBooks in a hands-on setting.  They learn how to develop cost and profit centers, enter transactions and create meaningful reports. Program tips are discussed throughout the workshop.  No prior computer experience is necessary.


For more information on this workshop, please contact Erath County Extension Office at 254-965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

To enroll, DOWNLOAD the registration form and send it to the address below.

Payment is due upon arrival.


Texas AgriLife Extension Office

Erath County

112 W. College Street – Room 109

Courthouse Annex

Stephenville, TX 76401

Youth Fair 2018

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It’s time to begin working on your projects for Youth Fair 2018.
Please read the rules carefully, as there are quite a few changes this year.

View the new Rules and Guidelines HERE.

Erath Pasture to Packer Program 2017 – 2018

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We are now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Pasture to Packer Program.

Applications (including loan applications) need to be completed and in the Extension office by August 26, 2017.

Download P2P Application.   Download Loan Application.

The program, offered through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Erath County and Erath 4-H, is designed to teach youth:

  • the economic and production facets of an agricultural project
  • valuable leadership skills.
  • loan application process
  • marketing strategies

After acceptance to the program, the participants begin working with Lone Star Ag Credit, to request their loan for their animal cost and feed.  They will learn

  • the proper way to fill out a loan application
  • how to work thru a projected cash flow
  • record book requirements

In September, participants select steers from a pre-sorted group of commercial calves weighing between   700 – 750 pounds.  After selection, they participate in processing their calf, while learning

  • chute-side manner
  • vaccination protocols
  • animal health and diseases

The participants will have their calves on feed for 150 days.  They will have to keep records on feed performance and cost associated with the project.  Each participant will have a check-in and weigh-in on the project at various times throughout the feeding period.

During the feeding period, the group will participate in educational seminars focusing on

  • marketing
  • nutrition
  • animal husbandry
  • meat science

Erath Pasture to Packer Program has partnered with Tarleton State University Meat Department to harvest the cattle in February 2018.

Youth will bring their animals together for a live evaluation at the conclusion of the feeding program.  After the cattle are harvested, the participants will learn about carcass quality, grading and cuts of meat.  They will then be responsible for marketing their carcass. The proceeds of the carcass sales will be used to pay back the loan.

In April, the awards banquet is held to

  • recognize the youth, sponsors, and volunteers
  • present awards to the winners of each category in each age group
  • present trophy buckles to the Champion and Reserve Champion winners in each age group
  • celebrate while sharing a beef dinner

This program gives the participants full responsibility from the purchasing decision to the marketing.

If you are someone you know is interested in participating in this year’s Pasture to Pasture Program, contact the Erath Extension Office for more information at 254-965-1460 or erath-tx@tamu.edu.

Download P2P Application.   Download Loan Application.

Applications (including loan applications) need to be completed and in the Extension office by August 26, 2017.

This program is not designed to profit the child a great deal in a monetary sense.  It is designed to give them a very valuable hands-on, learning experience—from bank visits, to daily care of their cattle, combined with the marketing side and industry knowledge of where and how our food is processed.

JLSEC 2018 Rulebook

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Click HERE to download a PDF of the 2018 Junior Livestock Show of Erath County Rulebook.


Annie’s Project 2017

Annie’s Project

Empowering Women in Agriculture

Annie’s Project is a nationally awarded workshop series for women. It’s focus is farm/ranch management and dynamic decision-making in the complex world of agriculture.

Thursday Evenings beginning in September

6:00 pm. – 9:00 p.m.
September 7, 14, and 21
October 5, 12, and 19

Location: Texas A&M AgriLife
Research and Extension Center
1229 N US Hwy 281, Stephenville

Registration: $50/person covers materials for all six sessions.

Download registration form for more info.

Topics to be discussed include critical
decision-making and information areas
· Production Risk Management
· Marketing Risk Management
· Financial Risk Management
· Estate Planning Resources
· Legal Risk Management
· Human Resources Risk Management
Participants are encouraged to share their
own perspectives and approaches so all may
benefit from group experiences.

The target audience is farmwomen
with a passion for agri-business and/
or involvement in an agri-business
they married into, were a part of all
their life, inherited or just plain
wanted to start on their own.

Questions may be directed to:
Jason Johnson: (254) 968-4144 ext. 225

Central Texas Child Care Conference – Sept. 9, 2017

Central Texas Child Care Conference

September 9, 2017

Up, Up & Away!

Register by Friday, August 28th!

Register at: https://hood.agrilife.org/fcs/2017-central-texas-child-care-conference/

Download registration packet for printing or viewing offline.

For more info contact Kelli Pittcock, County Extension Agent in HoodCounty at 817-579-3280.

Food Handler Classes – August 2017

The “Texas Food Establishment Rules (TFER)” was recently revised and updated.

A major change in the revision now requires
all food employees to complete an accredited food handlers training program
within 60 days of employment, effective September 16, 2016.

In order to help restaurants provide training to their employees, our local agency (accredited by the TDSHS) will be offering this 2-hour course required for all food service employees to help promote the service of safe food.  Employees will be able to attend here in Erath County.

The certificate is good for  2 years and is valid anywhere in the State of Texas.   The course is a basic overview of food safety practices that are necessary to ensure that safe food is served at your establishment. Practices discussed include good personal hygiene, cross contamination, and time and temperature abuse.

Courses will be held:

Thursday, August 3, 2017 2 – 4 p.m. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center

1229 N US 281, Stephenville, TX

Wednesday, August 16, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Texas A&M Research and Extension Center

1229 N US 281, Stephenville, TX

To register for the course:

  • Call the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office at 254.965-1460 for more information
  • Email Donna White – d-white@tamu.edu
  • Download registration form and email it to Donna White or bring it by the Erath Extension Office

Registration form to register multiple employees from the same food establishment

Registration form for individuals

The cost is $20.00 per person and must be paid in full before the course begins.

Individual with disabilities who require auxiliary aide service or accommodation in order to participate in the event are encouraged to contact our office within 5 working days prior to the program.  Educational programs of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, sex, disability, religion, age, national origin or genetic information or veteran status.

Erath 4-H Recognition Party – July 27, 2017

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The date has been set for our

Annual 4-H Banquet Recognition Party!

It will be held on

AT 6:30 PM

Please mark your calendars now!

Slide Show– If you have any pictures of your kids from this year from any 4-H events please email them to me at ehcooper@ag.tamu.edu

DUE BY Wednesday, JULY 5th!

Remember to fill out and turn in your animal and non-animal project forms if you want to be recognized at banquet. We want every 4-Her to be recognized for their accomplishments.

Forms can be picked up at the office or downloaded here:
(forms are fillable pdf files. Download the file, save it. Then open and begin typing in the highlighted fields. Then save and print it out, or email it to erath-tx@tamu.edu)

Animal Project Form
Non-animal project form

Bring forms to the Extension Office or email them to erath-tx@tamu.edu

by 5 pm on Wednesday, July 5th.


Applications for all Star Awards are due
in the County Extension Office
by 5 pm on Wednesday, July 5th

Download Application here: STAR AWARDS APPLICATION
(Application is a fillable pdf file. Download the file, save it. Then open and begin typing in the highlighted fields. Then save and print it out, or email it to erath-tx@tamu.edu)

Download Guidelines here: Star Awards Guidelines

The Gold Star Award is the highest county achievement award. The award will be presented to the most deserving young people without regard to sex. The following requirements must be met:

  • The member must be at least 15 years of age as of January 1 of the current year and must have completed at least 3 years in 4-H including the current year.
  • The 4-H member must submit an awards program record book in the year he or she is to be considered for the award.
  • Must have attended 2/3 of their regularly scheduled 4-H club meetings.
  • The 4-H member must have completed projects in three different project areas, including submission of appropriate record forms, and have participated in one or more activities in at least three of the following areas: Method Demonstration/4-H Presentation; Contests; Project Exhibits; Projects; Camps; Leadership Lab; Citizenship Activities (volunteer work, etc.); Public Relations (demonstrations, speeches, poster displays, radio, TV newspaper, etc.); Other (exchange programs, fund-raising, State and National Congress)
  • During his or her years in 4-H, the member must have exhibited leadership skills by serving as 4-H officer or committee chairman (club, county, district or state) and/or as a junior or teen leader in an activity or project with or under the supervision of an adult volunteer program.
  • The 4-H member must have participated in one or more community service activities. Examples are working or counseling with junior 4-H members; participating in community service projects (individual, group or club-type); and motivating other 4-H members through participation in demonstrations, projects and/or exhibits.

Note: It is not expected that the above requirements for projects and activities all be completed in the current year. They may have been accomplished over the entire period of time the 4-H’er has been in the program.

The 4-H Gold Star winner(s) will receive a special award in addition to a plaque to be determined by a committee. Up to two winners are possible.

The Silver Star Award can be awarded to up to two 12 – 14 year old 4-Hers. Requirements: Must have two different project areas; must have attended either Leadership Lab or County Camp, or must have served as an officer and have attended at least two-thirds of the regularly scheduled 4-H meetings. Silver Star Award winners will each receive a plaque.

The Bronze Star Award can be awarded to a maximum of two 9 – 11 year old 4-Hers. Requirements: Must be involved in at least two different project areas; must have participated in at least three activities; must have at least on year of 4-H work; must have attended at least two-thirds of the regularly scheduled 4-H meetings. Bronze Star Award winners will each receive a plaque.

All Gold, Silver and Bronze Star applicants must create a display of their involvement in 4-H and complete an interview with a panel of judges on June 24th at the Extension Office.

 And don’t forget about nominations for
Adult Leader, Junior Leader, and Friend of 4-H.
These awards are one way we can show our volunteers and sponsors how much we appreciate their hard work in our 4-H program.

Nominations for Friend of 4-H Award, Outstanding Leader Award and Junior Leader Award
are due in the Extension Office
by Wednesday, July 5th.

Here are nomination guidelines:


  • One Friend of 4-H Award may be presented to an individual, business, company, or other group who has contributed to the success and expansion of 4-H in ErathCounty.  This award should not be awarded to 4-H leaders or others who are directly involved in the 4-H Program.
  • Award may be received only one time in a five-year period of time.
  • Any 4-H club or individual may submit nominations using the nomination form.  Forms are available from the County Extension Office.
  • An engraved plaque will be presented at the County Awards Banquet.  Until then the name of the recipient will be kept secret.



  •  A maximum of two Outstanding Leader Awards, regardless of gender, will be given each year.  The recipients will receive an engraved plaque.
  • Each club may nominate up to two leaders from the county for this award.  The nomination must be made on the form provided by the County Extension Office.
  •  Applications will be judged during the Gold, Silver and Bronze Star Award applications process.
  •  The names of the winners will be kept secret and announced at the County 4-H Awards Banquet.
  •  This award can be received only once within a ten-year period of time.
  •  The winners will be nominated for the District 8 4-H Distinguished Adult Leaders Award.


  • One 4-H Junior Leader Award may be presented to a Senior 4-H member (14 – 19 years old) who serves an important leadership role.  The 4-H Junior Leader is one who assists with carrying out 4-H events and also serves as a positive role model for younger 4-H members.
  • The 4-H Junior Leader Award recipient will be selected during the Gold, Silver and Bronze Star application process.
  • The 4-H Junior Leader Awards winner will be recognized at the banquet.
  • Individuals will be nominated through their 4-H Clubs.

Southeast D8 County Camp 2017

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Southeast D8 County Camp 2017

July 7 – 9, 2017

Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, TX

$125/campers and teen leaders


Deadline to register: May 26th

Download Registration Form

Download Waiver Form

Download Medicine Distribution Form

Download Teen Leader Application

Questions: Contact Erath Extension Office at 254-965-1460