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Watch WSU Women’s Basketball with 4-H Promo Code
Mark your calendars for 4-H day with WSU Women’s Basketball! March 3, at 12:00pm, the WSU Women’s Basketball team will be featuring 4-H, including games for 4-H kids at half-time.

If you’d like to purchase tickets, use promo code “4HDay” and tickets will be only $3.00! It’s never been a better time to watch WSU Women’s Basketball.

Purchase tickets here: https://ev9.evenue.net/cgi-bin/ncommerce3/SEGetEventList?groupCode=WB&linkID=washst&shopperContext=&caller=&appCode=&_template=chocolate

Register for Know Your Government Now!
Don’t wait to apply for this amazing civics conference opportunity. Regular registration ends on January 14th. On that date the cost will increase from $295 to $340. Registration is through 4HOnline.

To learn more about Know Your Government and view instructions on how to register, visit https://extension.wsu.edu/4h/youth/kyg/

Washington Swine Information Day – February 1, 2019
The Washington Swine Information Day will be held on February 1, 2019 from 9:00 AM until 4:45 PM at the Pillar Rock Grill (Moses Lake Golf & Country Club) in Moses Lake, Washington.  Swine producers of all sizes; 4-H/FFA youth producers; agency representatives; agriculture educators; and fair/show representatives are invited to participate.   The event has been organized and sponsored by Washington Pork Producers, National Pork Board Checkoff, and Washington State University Extension.

Washington Swine Information Day features an array of presentations that have been organized to meet the diverse and unique needs of Pacific Northwest Swine Producers.  This year’s featured speaker will be Dr. Chris Hostetler the Director of Animal Sciences at the National Pork Board.  As a former professor at Washington State University and manager of the WSU Swine Center Manager, Dr. Hostetler has an excellent understanding of swine production from breeding to marketing and the unique challenges and opportunities in raising pigs in Washington.  Dr. Hostetler will share his expertise in swine production and new technology in the swine and meat industry.

Dr. Hostetler will start the morning with a presentation on “New Technology in Animal Agriculture Production: What it Means for Swine Producers”. This presentation will discuss the potential impacts gene editing, cultured meat, and big data and sensors to monitor animals will have on swine and future consumer demands.  The morning session will also include presentations on current issues concerning swine diseases within US and worldwide, and swine market trade and economic outlook will also be addressed.

The afternoon session will focus on the basics of raising pigs for producers of all sizes. Dr. Dough Jasmer, a Professor and Parasitologist, will present on “Parasite Prevention and Control”.  Dr. Hostetler’s afternoon presentation will be on Swine Reproduction 101.  This presentation will cover topics from gilt and sow management, boar management, artificial insemination, farrowing and piglet care.  The day will wrap up with updates on swine premise identification number tags, Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA), Seattle Bourbon and Bacon 2018 recap and an assessment to determine the demand for a direct marketing of meat workshop.

Registration for the day’s event is $25 per person and includes seminar, handouts, lunch and break refreshments. An all-day youth registration, $20, is also available to 4-H and FFA members.  Individuals may also attend just the afternoon session for $10.  There is a $15 per person late charge for registrations postmarked after January 26, 2019.  Please pre-register so we can ensure adequate accommodations and meals.  A complete seminar agenda and registration brochure is available at https://extension.wsu.edu/animalag/event/washington-swine-information-day/ or by contacting Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at smithsm@wsu.edu  or (509)754-2011, Ext 4363.  To register with a credit card, go to www.BrownPaperTickets.com  and enter event number 4026905 (https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4026905).  Additional funding for this event was made available by Pork Checkoff funding.

Soccer Balls for Burundi 4-H Sister Schools
This year a WSU 4-H team will be visiting the six Burundi sister schools. One of the favorite pastimes for kinds in Burundi is soccer! Please help us raise funds to support the 4-H program in Burundi as well as purchase 4-H soccer balls for each school.

All 4-H clubs, councils, and groups are invited to participate! Prizes will be awarded to the groups that raise the most money by March 15th.

Mail donations (checks payable to 4-H Teen Leaders of Tomorrow) to:

C/O Kevin Wright
WSU Extension King County
1000 Oaksdale Ave SW, Suite 140
Renton, WA 98057

Updated January 8, 2019
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