April 4-H Newsletter pdf download4-H ACTIVITY UPDATE

There have been many changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time all in person 4-H events have been canceled through April 10, 2020. We will update you with more info as soon as it becomes available.
Rec Lab and Sr. Camp have been canceled, and we’ve received word that the Forest Service is closing all campgrounds and facilities, including Camp Rotary, until June 30th. So, effectively, 4-H Camp at Camp Rotary is canceled. If that changes, we will let you know.

Check out the MSU 4-H at: http://www.montana4h.org/resources/remote_connection/index.html for some ideas and activities you can do from home. This is a great time to work on your project books and fill out applications for grants and activities that will take place at a later date. Take some of this time to spend extra family time. This is a great time to read that book you haven’t taken time to sit down with. There are many possibilities. What will you come up with?!


The 4-H Council has voted to relax the dress code for the livestock contests at the JBC Fair. Attire doesn’t have to be black pants and a white shirt. Below is the wording of the new policy:

“Showmanship attire for all livestock classes should be nice, long pants (with no rips or tears, and not faded) long sleeved, collared, buttoned up shirt, clean closed toed shoes. Boots for beef and horse classes.”

The Council has also voted to relax PROJECT book requirements.
The PROJECT BOOKS with activities to be completed each year are no longer mandatory for completion of the 4-H Year. Members are still encouraged to use and complete the books, but will no longer be penalized for not completing them by interview day. There will be an additional entry available during registration for the JBC Fair for each project book, to reward members that complete the project book activities for the year.



Get your cameras ready! Fair Time is creeping up on us quicker than you might expect. It’s time for the cover contest. The contest is open to 4-H members, regardless of age. A $40 gift certificate to North Forty will be awarded to the winner. Due to the Extension Office: Friday, April 17, 2020. Picture resolution needs to be as high as possible. Picture may be in color or black & white. No panoramic pictures. Picture will need to cover 5” W x 7 1/2”H portrait style. Pictures may include people, but should not be the primary subject. Member must take the photo. The following elements must be added to the picture:

Judith Basin County Fair, August 4-8, 2020 Stanford, MT


Three scholarships are offered through the Montana Range Days. These are available to graduating seniors in high school or college students who are continuing their education. To be eligible the applicant must be majoring in Range Science or a related field. Each of the scholarships are for $1000. Application deadline is April 30, 2020. If you are interested contact the JBC Extension office for an application or print it from our website: judithbasin.msuextension.org

REC LAB 2020

This event has been canceled.


This is the 12th year the U.S. Targhee Sheep Association is offering a free registered Targhee Starter flock to a youth at the 2020 USTSA National Show and Sale, held July 16-18, 2020 in Redfield South Dakota. Any young person, ages 9-17, as of January 1, 2020 whose family does not raise Targhee sheep may apply. Applicants should possess a keen interest in the U.S. sheep industry, commitment to raising Targhee sheep over time, and a firm belief in the abilities of the breed. Applicants must demonstrate proof of care, facilities, and transportation. Applications are due April 1, 2020 and are now available to download at www.ustargheesheep.org or by contacting Mardy Rutledge at the USTSA office ([email protected]) or 702-292-5715. Visit the USTSA website at www.ustargheesheep.org for more information.


Due to the ongoing concern of the COVID-19 virus, the Park City Show Pig sale will be hosted online at:


It will be open from Sunday, March 29th to Saturday, April 4th. If you have any questions or need to make any arrangements, please contact Mike Baker at (406) 860-7718 or Steve Witt at (406) 696-5665. Thanks for your understanding and support in advance.


Trish and Wendell Hays are inviting you to their prime pick sale. The Hays Show Lambs sale is taking place on April 11, 2020 at 2040 West M Road * Worden, MT. For more information contact Trish and Wendel at
(406) 671-7493, haysshowlambs.com or

Kay Jensen 4-H Memorial Scholarship

Deadline must be emailed or postmarked by
May 1 of current year

This scholarship is in the honor of Kay Jensen. Kay loved what 4-H stood for and what it taught youth. She was involved in 4-H in Idaho helping family members with their projects before moving to Nevada where she was a leader and drove her son all around the state to 4-H events. She made sure that her grandchildren in Montana would join 4-H and enjoy all the wonderful things 4-H has to offer. Even though she never had the opportunity as a child to be in 4-H, she still embodied the spirit of helping others that  4-H teaches. It is a privilege for the family of Kay to be able to carry on helping others in 4-H through this scholarship.

Scholarship Information

  1. Must be a current 4-H member in Nevada, Idaho or Montana.
  2. Graduating from high school in current year.
  3. Been enrolled in 4-H for at least 4 years
  4. application must be received via email or mail (postmarked) by May 1st of the current year for your application to be complete.
  5. Complete the application in the space provided, limiting essay questions to 300 words or less.
  6. 2 Letters of Recommendation from people familiar with you 4-H work (preferably one from your County Extension Agent/Educator).
  7. One $300 scholarship will be awarded. Funds will be awarded after applicant has completed 1st semester of higher education and is enrolled for 2nd semester (proof of enrollment required).

Email Applications to: [email protected]

Mail applications to : Jensen 4-H Memorial Scholarship
                                      340 Milestone Dr.
                                      Belgrade, MT  59714

Jensen 4-H Scholarship Application pdf download

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