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Apply Now for the Washington State 4-H Scholarships!
The Washington State 4-H Scholarship Applications is available now! If you are a senior 4-H’er, now is the time to apply. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2020.

More information and instructions for applying can be found here:

Save the Date to Host a Summer International Delegate
This summer from July 24 – August 19, your family can host a delegate from Japan or Taiwan. A Washington 4-H International Exchange host family needs to have a child or the same gender and within 3 years of the delegate’s age to fill the role of “host sibling”. Host families do not need to be active in 4-H.

Make this a summer to remember by giving your family a global experience.
The host family application is online at
For more information go to

4-H Youth in Action Spotlight: 4-H PART SciBorgs
The robotics students have been very busy developing our newest robot for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition game: Infinite Recharge sponsored by Star Wars!

Our team is challenged with picking up and throwing soft, gator balls and rotating a control panel to protect the FIRST city. The students on our 4-H Palouse Area team are making prototypes and using CAD SolidWorks to design the 125lb robot. In 2020 our biggest challenge is the endgame climbing and balancing on a gigantic “coat hanger” structure with two other robots!

We hope you can catch the action at West Valley High School on March 6-7, or at the PNW District Championship at Eastern Washington University on April 2-4. We would love to have you as our guests.

We are so proud to be inspiring the youth of the Palouse area in the areas of science, technology, coding, mechanical skills, and business. It’s all hands-on experience!

Congratulations to the Washington State 4-H Livestock Judging Team
Congratulations to State 4-H Livestock Judging Team who represented Washington State 4-H and recently returned from Western National Roundup in Denver, CO.

Sincere thanks and  appreciation is extended to Marlin Newhouse, Snohomish County, who coached the team and helped prepare them for this event. Marlin shared that:

“The Washington State 4-H Livestock Judging Team completed their competition at the 2020 Western National Roundup with a trip to Denver January 8-12.  The climatic judging event on January 10 in the historic Stadium Arena was conducted with 4-H volunteers and twelve classes of livestock provided by several stock owners.  The team members, Shelby Holmes (Spokane County), Samantha Schallon (Thurston County), Elaine Joyce (Kittitas County) and Kayla Richardson (King County) represented Washington state professionally.  They practiced judging classes of stock at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on January 9th.  In spite of placing 26th out of 28 complete state teams, the team enjoyed the opportunity and learned a whole lot, which will inspire them for future livestock evaluations in their counties. It was quite an accomplishment for Shelby to place 5th in the hog division. Overall, they all were very pleased to have had the opportunity to participate at the 100th anniversary of the Western National Roundup.

In addition to the seriousness of the competition, the team enjoyed the adventure to Fort Collins, going out to eat together a few times, seeing local sights and attending the Western National Stock Show.  It was a privilege to show the team and three parents the old historic stockyards and the 1916 Stock Exchange building.  They were in awe of the history before their eyes especially after realizing that this may be the last year to witness the historic site before all the modernization that will be done.  Those who could stay for the rodeo Saturday night were delighted by the Colorado versus the World Team competitors. No doubt, the Team’s preparation for and participation at the Western National Roundup will be highlights in their 4-H educational career!

I am very grateful for the three prior years I traveled with the state team to the Western National Roundup as it certainly prepared me to serve as the team coach. I believe it is very important for Washington State youth to discover the strong agricultural influence and opportunities that the youth across America enjoy and in which mindfully pursue careers.“

Congratulations to all!

Join in the 4-H Mosaic hosted by Manna Pro
From February 1 – April 30, 2020 Manna Pro is hosting a contest to build a 4-H picture mosaic online.  This is a chance for 4-H members, supporters, and friends to upload pictures to Manna Pro’s site.  Those pictures are integrated into tiny pieces to make a larger photo.  As an incentive for photo uploads, Manna Pro is providing $6,000, $3,000, and $1,000 prizes to the three states that upload the most photos weighted by state population. 

Full rules will be available online, but general guidelines are as follows:

  • The contest is open to all 50 states (territories are excluded).
  • Each person can enter up to 5 entries total during the entire campaign period.
  • The winning state will be decided by the most entries weighted by state population.
  • Promotional materials will be available via our social channels @national4h @mannaprohomestead @cityyolks.

More information will be shared soon, but start looking through your photo albums for pictures you’d like to share!

Save the Date – 2020 Springtime Youth Calf Sale
The 2020 Springtime Youth Calf Sale sill be March 21, 2020 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds. The event has been moved to the Dairy Barn this year.

Calf grant and scholarship applications are available now. Grant applications are due February 18th. Scholarship applications are due March 1st.

For more information visit

Register Now for the 2020 Sewing & Stitchery Expo
More than 22,000 sewing and textile arts enthusiasts from across the world attend this annual gathering to be inspired with new ideas, rub elbows with sewing stars, and connect with friends! New classes, teachers, vendors, and resources have been added for 2020.

This event runs February 27-March 1, 2020 in Puyallup. Tickets can be purchased now! To see the classes available and purchase tickets, please visit

2020 Washington State Swine Information Day – February 7

The Washington Swine Information Day will be held on February 7, 2020 from 9:00 AM until 5:00 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.  The morning session will feature training and certification in the National Pork Board’s Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA+) for adults and the Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) for youth producers.  Both the PQA+ and YQCA are national programs that train best management practices for raising and marketing pigs from farm to harvest to build consumer confidence in every segment of pork production. Some pork packers and fairs are requiring pork producers and handlers supplying pigs to be PQA or YQCA certified.  Individuals successfully completing the training will be certified in these national programs. Youth participating in the YQCA training will also learn the science behind pork quality and cooking of pork meat to enhance the flavor and tenderness of pork; which will include a taste testing session. The morning session for the adults will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Susan Kerr, DVM, on the role of producers and Washington State Department of Agriculture to promote good animal health and protect animal agriculture.

The afternoon session will focus on the basics of raising pigs for producers of all sizes. Dr. Shannon Neibergs, WSU Extension Livestock Economist, will present an update on the current and future market outlook for pork and grain. Mr. Clay Zwilling, CEO of the National Swine Registry, will be the afternoon’s feature speaker, presenting on implementation genetic selection to enhance farm production, pork quality, and farm sustainability. Sarah M. Smith, WSU Regional Extension Specialist, will present on the perception and reality of pigs raised by youth for fairs.   The afternoon break will feature the much anticipated “featured pork tasting” by Chef Sammie of Pillar Rock Grill.  The day will conclude with a presentation by Dr. Susan Kerr, DVM, about the impact African Swine Fever has had globally and the importance of keeping the disease out of the U.S.

Registration for the day’s event is $25 per person and includes seminar, handouts, lunch and break refreshments. An all-day youth registration, $15, 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 28, 2020.  Please pre-register so we can ensure adequate accommodations and meals.  A complete seminar agenda and registration brochure is available at or by contacting Sarah M. Smith, WSU Extension Regional Specialist at  or (509)754-2011, Ext 4363.  To register with a credit card, go to  and enter event number 4494883.  Additional funding for this event was made available by Pork Checkoff funding.

National Endowment for the Arts 2020 Musical Theater Challenge Open for Submissions

Calling all high school songwriters! Beginning  January 13, the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Theatre Wing are accepting submissions to the 2020 Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This national contest is for high school students with a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musicals. The goal of the program is to engage the musical theater field in nurturing the next generation of songwriters.

The Songwriting Challenge provides six winners with a coaching team consisting of a mentor and music director (both musical theater professionals) to hone an original song into a Broadway-ready composition and then have that song recorded by Broadway musicians and vocalists in New York City. Final songs will be distributed on streaming music platforms and compiled into a songbook created by Concord Theatricals. The final recordings of the songs by the 2019 winners are on the recording sessions landing page.

The application is simple and can be completed online. The deadline is April 6, 2020 at midnight ET.

Washington State Advisory Board Minutes – October 2019
Would you like to know more about what happens at the State 4-H Advisory Board meetings?  You will find a summary of the minutes and the full minutes at

Updated January 27, 2020
Washington State University Extension