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September 4, 2020 - 5:15pm
posted by Billie Owens in Announcements, GC 4-H, Tractor Safety Program, COVID-19.

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On Tuesday, Sept. 1, the Genesee County 4-H Program announced that 13 local youths completed their National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Certification on Saturday, Aug. 22nd.

The NSTMOP Tractor Safety Certification allows youth age 14 and 15 years of age to legally operate farm equipment for hire.

The program includes training on farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation and other related topics. After completing the training course, youth are required to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.

Completion of this year’s program was delayed due to public gathering restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. The program was able to safely resume in August to allow participants to complete their certification.

The Genesee County 4-H Tractor Safety Program is made possible by the generosity of 4-H Volunteer Instructors and several local tractor and machinery dealerships. The program is typically held January through March.

For information about the 2021 Tractor Safety Program or about joining the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

Enrollment forms are also available online here.

Editor's Note: We tried but were unsuccessful in getting the names of those who were certified.

August 5, 2020 - 2:35pm
posted by Billie Owens in news, GC 4-H, Market Animal Auction Program 2020.

Submitted photos and press release:

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H members who participated in the 2020 Genesee County 4-H Market Animal Auction Program.

Although the Genesee County Fair was cancelled this year, 4-H youth remained committed to raising high quality meat animal projects. The auction was held in an online-only format July 29-30 and featured poultry, goat, lamb, dairy steer, beef steer and hog projects raised by local 4-H youth.

The Genesee County 4-H Program would like to thank all of the friends and businesses who supported the 4-H Market Animal Auction by bidding on or purchasing a 4-H project animal.

The 4-H Program would also like to extend a huge thank you to the William Kent Family for providing their online auction services and to the Genesee County Agricultural Society for their dedication in providing a facility for our youth to showcase their project animals.

Above, Madison Harrington, Champion Live Placing Poultry.

4-H Market Poultry Results

  • Champion Project – Jillian Brewer
  • Champion Live Placing – Madison Harrington
  • Reserve Champion Project – Madison Harrington
  • Reserve Champion Live Placing – Chloe Lamb
  • Master Showman – Maggie Winspear
  • Reserve Master Showman – Jillian Brewer

Above, Campbell Riley, Champion Project and Champion Live Placing Goat.

4-H Market Goat Results 

  • Champion Project – Campbell Riley
  • Champion Live Placing – Campbell Riley
  • Reserve Champion Project – John Riley
  • Reserve Champion Live Placing – John Riley
  • Master Showman – Campbell Riley
  • Reserve Master Showman – Clare Mathes

Above, Chelsea Lippert, Champion Live Placing Lamb.

4-H Market Lamb Results

  • Champion Project – Madelynn Pimm
  • Champion Live Placing – Chelsea Lippert
  • Reserve Champion Project – Makayla Sugg
  • Reserve Champion Live Placing – Chelsea Lippert
  • Master Showman – Madelynn Pimm
  • Reserve Master Showman – Emily Ehrmentraut

 Above, Justin Deleo, Champion Project and Champion Live Placing Dairy Steer.

4-H Dairy Steer Results
  • Champion Project – Justin Deleo
  • Champion Live Placing – Justin Deleo
  • Master Showman – Justin Deleo
  • Rate of Gain – Justin Deleo

 Above, Caleb Carlson, Champion Project and Champion Live Placing Beef Steer.

4-H Beef Steer Results

  • Champion Project – Caleb Carlson
  • Champion Live Placing – Caleb Carlson
  • Reserve Champion Project – Shianne Foss
  • Reserve Champion Live Placing – Shianne Foss
  • Master Showman – Caleb Carlson
  • Reserve Master Showman – Audrey Dorman
  • Rate of Gain – Shianne Foss

Above, Ben Kron, Champion Live Placing Market Hog.

4-H Market Hog Results

  • Champion Project – Cody Carlson
  • Champion Live Placing – Ben Kron
  • Reserve Champion Project – Cody Carlson
  • Reserve Champion Live Placing – Cody Carlson
  • Master Showman – Ben Kron
  • Reserve Master Showman – Hudson Weber
December 5, 2019 - 2:05pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, Tractor Safety Program, Announcements.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program is now accepting registrations for the 2020 4-H Tractor Safety Program. It is open to youth age 14 and over and covers farm safety, tractor safety, tractor operation and other related topics.

The National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program is a certification program that allows youth age 14 and 15 to be certified to legally operate farm equipment for hire. After completing the training course, youth will need to pass a written knowledge test and driving test to receive the certification.

The program is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. January through March at farm machinery dealerships throughout Genesee County.

The fee for the program is $10 and youth must also be currently enrolled 4-H members. Registrations are due Jan. 24.

To register for the program or receive more information, please contact the Genesee County 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

October 2, 2019 - 2:25pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, Milestones.

Above photo: Leadership County Medal Award recipients, from left: Eva Rhoads, Brooke Frega, Teagan Mathes, Clare Mathes, (not pictured: Caroline Pelton).

Submitted photos and press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Program celebrated the completion of the 4-H Program Year with its annual 4-H Achievement Night on Thursday, Sept. 26th. More than a hundred 4-H members and their families attended the event at the Genesee County Fairgrounds.  

Congratulations to all of the 4-H members and volunteers who received an award.

Highlights include:

  • Achievement County Medal: Ian Keberle, Maia Zerillo;
  • Community Service County Medal: Eva Rhoads;
  • Leadership County Medal: Brooke Frega, Clare Mathes, Teagan Mathes, Caroline Pelton, Eva Rhoads;
  • Outstanding First Year Member Award: Thomas Keele, Levi Miller, Riley Smith, Ellie Tanner;
  • Club Secretary of the Year: Alexandria Tarbell – ACES Club;
  • Club President of the Year: Karly Smith – Boots & Bling Club;
  • 4-H Spirit Award: Justin Deleo, Emma Haacke, Tyler Jirovec, Thomas Keele, Evan Winspear;
  • Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award: Maggie Winspear;
  • 4-H Member of the Year: Becky Kron;
  • 10 Year Volunteer Milestone Award: Melissa George, Tom Nesbitt, Hermann Weber;
  • 20 Year Volunteer Milestone Award: Dwight Kauppi;
  • 30 Year Volunteer Milestone Award: Kathy Winspear;
  • Outstanding Volunteer Awards: Debra Baris, Joy Brewer, Julie Ehrmentraut, Melissa George, Todd Hofheins, Amanda Hofheins, Denise Hull, Sue Johnson, Julie Keller, Jamey Pagels, Katie Rhoads, Lindsey Thurber, Kathy Winspear, Lauren Zuber.

Now is a great time to enroll in the Genesee County 4-H Program! New youth members and adult volunteers are always welcome to join.

For more information, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131. 

Below: Outstanding Youth Volunteer Award recipient Maggie Winspear.

Bottom photo: Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients, from left: Joy Brewer, Katie Rhoads, Melissa George, Denise Hull, Lauren Zuber, Jamey Pagels, Todd Hofheins, Kathy Winspear.

August 27, 2019 - 1:07pm
posted by Billie Owens in Milestones, GC 4-H, horses, hippology, NYS Fair.

Genesee County 4-H Hippology Contest Participants for 2019 -- Eva Rhoads, left, and Alexandria Tarbell.

Submitted photo and press release:

Congratulations to the Genesee County 4-H members who competed in the 4-H Hippology Contest at the New York State Fair.

Hippology is a contest that tests the participant’s equine knowledge through a variety of stations and written questions.

4-H members from across New York State competed in the contest on Sunday, Aug. 25th

The Genesee County 4-H Team placed fifth in the contest. In individual results, Eva Rhoads placed 11th and Alexandria Tarbell placed 15th

Congratulations to all of the 4-H’ers competing at the New York State Fair!

For more information on the Genesee County 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

August 23, 2019 - 11:44am
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, agriculture, Announcements.

Press release:

Now is a great time to start a 4-H Club in the Genesee County 4-H Program. The new 4-H Club Year begins Oct. 1 and runs through Sept. 30, 2020.

The 4-H Program teaches youth life skills through hands on activities in a variety of project areas. Youth ages 5 to 18 years are always welcome to join.  Adult volunteers and new 4-H Clubs are always welcome as well. 

Starting a 4-H Club is fun and easy. You can start a 4-H Club in five easy steps!

How to Start a 4-H Club in 5 Easy Steps:

1.  Complete the New 4-H Volunteer Enrollment Form.

2.  Attend an orientation meeting with 4-H Staff.

3.  Enroll 5 youth in your club (age 5 – 18).

4.  Have members choose a club name.

5.  Plan monthly club meetings and projects with parents and youth.

For more information on starting a 4-H Club or joining the 4-H Program, please contact the 4-H Office at [email protected] or (585) 343-3040, ext. 131.

November 5, 2015 - 1:39pm
posted by Billie Owens in GC 4-H, agriculture.

Press release:

The Genesee County 4-H Youth Development Program will be offering the National Safe Tractor and Machinery Operation Program to youth 14 to 15 years of age. This course will qualify youth to be certified to operate farm equipment for hire.

The course is scheduled to run Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, beginning in January and running through March.

The training program encompasses 32 hours of intensive instruction. Upon the completion of the training, each student will be required to take a 50-question knowledge test with a minimum passing score of 70 percent. Students who successfully pass the knowledge test will be permitted to take the Skills and Driving tests. After passing both the written test and driving tests, the students will receive their formal certification from U.S. Department of Labor.

The fee for the course is $25. Note: youth are also required to be current enrolled 4-H members. (Genesee County 4-H enrollment fees are: $25 per youth or $50 per family for Genesee County residents; $35 for out of county residents.)

To request a registration packet or more information please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County at 343-3040, ext. 101, or e-mail: [email protected]

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