2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

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Interested in Bees?  Love to write?  Want to win some MONEY?  If you answered YES, then this contest is for you!  You must be an active 4-H member to participate!

The North Carolina state winner receives a $50 award and the winning essay is submitted to the national contest through the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees.  If selected as a national winner, 1st place is $750, 2nd is $500 and 3rd is $250. Our state essay topic and judging criteria follow the national program.

State beekeeping essays are due January 30, 2013!

Please send all essays ELECTRONICALLY to Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent- lauren_langley@ncsu.edu by January 30, 2013!

Congratulations to 4-H’er, Gabby Venturini, of Wilkes County on her state winning 2012 essay!

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2013 Essay Topic: Reducing the Usage of Bee-Killing Pesticides in my Community

Pesticides are a fact of modern life, but misuse or overuse of pesticides, or making poor choices when selecting and applying pesticides can be devastating to honey bees and other pollinators. The 4-H’ers are encouraged to learn about bee-killing pesticides being used in their communities – by homeowners, businesses, or farmers. Then, they should investigate how the impact of those pesticides on honey bees can be lessened.

The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40% of your score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources are all evaluated.

Personal interviews with beekeepers, farmers and others familiar with the subject are valued sources of information and should be documented. Sources, which are not cited in the endnotes, should be listed in a “Resources” or “Bibliography” list.

Even if dated 2012, all rules still apply: http://ipm.ncsu.edu/4-H/essay.html
National Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees: http://honeybeepreservation.org/2012/05/2013-essay-contest-topic/

2013 4-H Beekeeping Essay Rules

Contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu if you have any questions!

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Photo Contest Celebrating USDA’s 150th Anniversary

This is your opportunity to submit photos that capture the diverse ways young people are engaged in agriculture today and the impact it has on communities!!

Contestants must be a 4-H member, volunteer, alumnus, or staff and 14 years of age or older. All photographs must be taken by an amateur photographer. Visit www.challenge.gov for official contest rules.

Photos can be submitted on www.challenge.gov  now through the end of the contest, July 2 2012. Photos should reflect on one of three areas of focus: citizenship in agricultural issues, how agriculture affects healthy living, and the science behind agriculture. All eligible photos will be available for public voting during July 18-August 1. The photos with the most votes will be chosen as finalists. The finalists’ entries will then be voted on by a panel of judges consisting of USDA staff who will determine the top winners.

The winning photographs will be prominently displayed within the 4-H/USDA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during National 4-H Week, October 1-6, 2012.

The Photo contest and display are part of the 150th anniversary celebrations of the Morrill Act and Cooperative Extension.

NC 4-H Congress Photography Contest

Entries must be submitted no later than June 8, 2012.

The NC 4-H Congress Photography Contest is open to all NC 4-H members ages 9-19.  There are two age divisions: Junior (ages 9-12) and Seniors (ages 13-19).  Participation is not limited to youth doing photography projects.  The three categories are:

  • 4-H in Action
  • Nature’s Beauty
  • Lines

You may only submit one entry per category, so you may submit up to 3 entries.  All photos must be taken by the 4-H’er during the contest year.  Photos may be in color or black and white.  The winners will be announced and displayed at 4-H Congress in July.

NEW THIS YEAR: In an effort to reduce costs to photo contest participants, we are eliminating the requirement that entries be submitted in print format. Instead, we encourage all participants to submit digital entries to rebecca_kirkland@ncsu.edu.

Please follow this link for more general information and rules:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/4-HPhoto/contest-rules.html

*If you submit an entry please copy Lauren Langley (4-H Agent) lauren_langley@ncsu.edu to receive recognition for participation.

Expressive Arts Contests

*All entries are due to the 4-H office by April 26!

Military Kids Visual Arts Contest

NC OMK is excited to announce the 5th Annual NC Operation: Military Kids Visual Arts Contest. The contest is open to all North Carolina youth. Age categories are 5-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-19. Designed to introduce youth to the Visual Arts as a part of the 4-H Expressive Arts Curriculum, youth will utilize their skills and their artistry to capture their views of America and patriotism.

This year’s themes are:

  • Love of the USA
  • All American Kids
  • Spirit of Patriotism
  • Military Life
  • Honoring Our Heroes

Contest rules and guidelines can be found at www.nc4h.org/military/index/html orhttp://www.operationmilitarykids.org/public/statePOCHome.aspx?state=North%20Carolina

Eligibility of Photos: All photographs must have been taken by youth between the dates of May 1, 2011 and the time of entry. Photos may be submitted only one time and in only one division and class to the North Carolina Operation: Military Kids photography contest.

Eligibility of Artwork: All artwork must have been created by youth between the dates of May 1, 2011 and the time of entry. Artwork may be submitted only one time and in only one division and class to the North Carolina Operation: Military Kids Visual Arts contest.

Horse Short Story Writing Contest 

Extension Horse Husbandry
Sponsored by the South Central District 4-H Horse Advisory Board. Youth in junior and senior divisions improve written communication skills, use and interpret resources, and expand their equine knowledge. Youth are eligible to win individual ribbons for first through sixth place Junior and Senior Short Story. First place Junior and Senior winners will receive an award. Consult the 4-H Horse Program rulebook for complete description.   Visit the Horse Creative Writing Contests page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Poetry Contest 

Extension Horse Husbandry
Sponsored by South Central District 4-H Horse Advisory Board.  Youth in junior and senior divisions improve written communication skills, use and interpret resources, and expand their equine knowledge. Youth are eligible to win individual ribbons for first through sixth place. First place Junior and Senior winners receive an award. Consult the 4-H Horse Program rulebook for a complete description.   Visit the Horse Creative Writing Contests page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Essay Contest

Extension Horse Husbandry
Sponsored by the Orange County 4-H Horse Council.  Youth in junior and senior divisions improve written communication skills, use and interpret resources, and expand their equine knowledge. Topics identified annually
by Horse Advisory Board (see Advisory Board minutes).  State winners for both divisions receive an appropriate award. Ribbons are presented to first through sixth place winners in each division.  Visit the Horse Creative Writing Contests page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Drawing Contest

Extension Horse Husbandry
Youth increase their awareness of the horse through drawing exhibitions in three divisions: junior, 9 through 13 years old; senior, 14 through 18 years old; and cloverbud, 5 through 8 years old. Junior and senior participants
are eligible to receive awards provided by Carteret County Roadrunners 4-H Club. Ribbons are presented to first through sixth place junior and senior winners.  Cloverbuds are not ranked, but receive ribbons. Event held
in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.  Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Crafts Contest

Extension Horse Husbandry
Participants in cloverbud, junior and senior divisions learn craft skills to develop tack and attire alternatives. Youth are eligible to win individual awards donated by the West Central District 4-H Horse Council. An award is provided to the first place winner in each division. Ribbons are presented to first through sixth place winners in each division. Event held in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.   Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Painting Contest

Extension Horse Husbandry
Participants in junior, senior, and cloverbud divisions increase their artistic talent, painting skills, and knowledge of the horse. Junior and senior contestants are eligible to receive awards donated by the West CentralDistrict 4-H Horse Council. Ribbons are presented to first through sixth place junior and senior division winners. Cloverbuds receive ribbons. Event held in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.   Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Photography 

Extension Horse Husbandry
Cloverbud, junior and senior division participants learn photographic skills and gain experience developing photography exhibits. Contestants winning in each division receive an appropriate award donated by the West CentralDistrict 4-H Horse Council. Ribbons are presented to first through sixth place winners in each division. Event held in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.   Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Poster Contest

Extension Horse Husbandry
Participants show their horse interest through written communication, visuals, and illustrations. Junior and senior participants are eligible to receive awards donated by Mrs. Faith Ford in memory of Pratt Ford. First place awards and top-six ribbons are presented in junior and senior
divisions. Cloverbud participants are not ranked and receive participation ribbons only. Event held in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.  Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Horse Sewing Contest

Bob Mowery, Horse Husbandry
Cloverbud, junior and senior participants learn sewing skills while developing horse related attire and tack items.  Contestants winning in each division receive an appropriate award donated by 4-H horse volunteers Debbi Hollowell and Amanda Baucom. First through sixth place ribbons are
presented in junior and senior divisions. Event in conjunction with State 4-H Horse Show.  Visit the Horse Artistic Expression page on the Extension Horse Husbandry website for more information.

Beekeeping Essay Contest

Stephen Bambara, Entomology
Sponsored by the NC State Beekeepers Association.  Individuals submit an essay on an assigned topic in beekeeping. The state award is $50. State winning essay will be entered in the National Essay Contest sponsored
by the American Beekeeping Federation. The national award is $250. Deadline for entry is February 14th. More information online at: http://www.ipm.ncsu.edu/4-H

Entomology Exhibit

Stephen Bambara, Entomology
4-H members enter their insect collections in the NC State Fair. The objectives are: (1) to learn how to properly collect, identify, preserve, and exhibit insect specimens, (2) to promote insect collection and study among 4-H’ers, (3) to publicize 4-H Entomology achievements to NC State
Fair attendees, and (4) to reward 4-H’ers for their efforts.  Full details are available in the NC State Fair catalog under “4-H Club Exhibits” or online at: http://www.ipm.ncsu.edu/4-H First place prize $50.

4-H Photo Exhibit

Becky Kirkland, Communication Services
Sponsored by the North Carolina Agricultural Communicators Network. 4-H Photo Exhibit provides a showcase for 4-H members’ photographic accomplishments. State winners are named in six classes in two divisions (junior, ages 9-13, classes 1, 2, 3, and senior, ages 14-18, classes 4, 5, 6) and are exhibited at State 4-H Congress in Raleigh. All 4-H members, ages 9-18, may submit entries. Participation is not limited to 4-Hers enrolled in 4-H Photography Projects. All photos submitted must have been taken by
the 4-Her whose name appears on the application. There is no limit on the number of entries per county.

For more information please contact Lauren Langley, 4-H Agent at lauren_langley@ncsu.edu or 910-259-1235. Thanks!