Welcome the new 4-H summer intern!
My name is Heather Wirth and I am a senior majoring in environmental studies at the University of Connecticut. Growing up my family helped maintain a small farm in my hometown. During this time our projects included sheep, horses, pigs, poultry, a vegetable garden, and property maintenance. As a high school student I showed dogs in the United Kennel Club as a junior handler. Under the guidance of an AKC Breeder of Merit, I learned how to competitively handle, groom, and maintain my golden retriever for conformation and junior showmanship. Through hard work and perseverance, I became a nationally ranked junior, and my dog was top ranked for his breed in the United Kennel Club’s national standings for the 2016 season. This past school year I joined the UConn Dairy Club and got my first ever hands on experience handling and showing dairy cows. I also have been involved with the UConn polo club and have enjoyed riding with the program through the years. Other hobbies of mine include hiking, mountain biking, and baking.
Heather will be planning the food revolution program and helping with the fair.
We are happy to have Heather working with up this summer!
In this Issue
LATE VERIFICATION FORMS DUE BY 06/15. GET YOUR FORMS IN TODAY!
June 8: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)
June 12: Fairfield County 4-H Dog Show
June 15: Late Due Date for Verification Forms
: Big E Ruby Morris 4-H Scholarship Due to Tolland County Office
July 1: UConn Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award Nominations Due
Poultry Activity Update
4-H Verification Forms
4-H Fair Poultry Show Information
CT 4-H Horse Show
Yankee Classic Cluster Dog Shows
UConn Culinary Camp
Report Mallard Nests
UConn Hall of Fame/Rising Star Nominations
Stories and photos you send to us highlighted here
2022 CT Fair & Show Requirements
Tolland 4-H Office Hours
Avian Influenza in Birds
Record Book in ZSuite
Verification Form Deadline
Late forms are due June 15th!
FINAL Postmark deadline is June 15th
Late forms can be submitted up to 14 days after the deadline with $10 late fee per animal.
The 4-H office needs the original hard copy of each form.
All forms must contain the wet signatures of all parties. Individuals wishing to apply for Eastern States 4-H Activities at The Big E must turn in forms on-time
Animal Project Verification Form Guidelines
Animal Verification Form - Large Animals
Animal Verification Form - Small Animals
Contract for Lease of 4-H Project Animals
Policy on Late Animal Verification Forms
UConn 4-H Verification & Lease Form Checklist
Please contact Maryann if you have any questions
4-H Fair Poultry Shows
On May 18, 2022 the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in a non-commercial backyard flock (poultry) in Monmouth County, New Jersey.
In light of this and other detections nationwide, UConn Extension has determined that there will be no poultry shows at 4-H Fairs this summer.
Best practices indicate co-mingling birds from small flocks around the state is not advised at this time due to the incidence of AI found in wild birds.
Our 4-H fairs will be working to create other poultry related experiences at their fairs instead of having regular competitions.
Be sure to still get your poultry verification forms in by 6/1 for virtual poultry opportunities and submission of record books.
If you wish to track 2022 confirmations of HPAI, please visit this site
8th ANNUAL CONNECTICUT 4-H HORSE SHOW
Sunday, July 17, 2022 Rain or Shine
Tolland Agricultural Center 24 Hyde Ave., Vernon, CT 06066
THE BIG E RUBY MORRIS 4-H SCHOLARSHIP
4-H’ers must fill out the Connecticut Morris 4-H Scholarship form
and submit it to the Tolland County Office by June 30th.
Open to high school seniors, or first year of college or technical school.
YANKEE CLASSIC CLUSTER DOG SHOWS
EASTERN STATES EXPOSITION GROUNDS
1305 MEMORIAL DR., WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA 01089
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 Through-Sunday, July 10, 2022
Events for Youth: All youth are invited to participate in these events, most of which are Free.
The Holyoke Kennel Club, Naugatuck Kennel Club, Kennilworth Kennel Club and Farmington Valley Kennel Clubs are offering activities for all youth. Please see below links for entry forms and information these events. Please contact Jane Wilkinson at 413-219-5562 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions.
Junior Handler Clinic Saturday, July 9,2022
UConn Dining Services Culinary Camps for Children Ages 11-13
June 20-21, 2022 & June 23-24, 2022
Participants will have an opportunity in both camps to work with award-winning UConn chefs and learn the basics related to cooking.
For more information visit: https://dining.uconn.edu/ucann-cook-camps/
Accepting UConn 4-H Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award Nominations for 2022
UConn 4-H Hall of Fame Nominations Wanted!
UConn 4-H is establishing our very own 4-H Hall of Fame to recognize the accomplishments of volunteers and supporters of the UConn 4-H program.
Nominations are currently being sought of nominees for the inaugural UConn 4-H Hall of Fame class.
Nominations are due to your county 4-H Office by July 1, 2022.
Application available at:
UConn 4-H Rising Star Nominations Wanted!
UConn 4-H volunteers within their first 10 years who have demonstrated significant dedication and achievement as a UConn 4-H Volunteer will be recognized as UConn 4-H Rising Star award winners.
Nominations are due to your county 4-H office by July 1, 2022.
Application available at s.uconn.edu/4-hrisingstar
Questions regarding the nomination process can be directed to
Nancy Wilhelm, State 4-H Program Coordinator at email@example.com.
Share stories and photos of your club so it can be highlighted in our newsletter and on our facebook page!
Email Lauren @ firstname.lastname@example.org to submit club news
UConn 4-H COVID-19 Guidelines as of 5/10/22
With the updated UConn guidelines, masking is strongly encouraged on campus in instructional settings, workspaces, and indoor events, but no longer required. UConn 4-H activities that are hosted in spaces other than UConn property should follow the guidelines of the host facility. Any 4-H activities occurring on UConn property or in a UConn office must adhere to current UConn guidelines.
Please remember that masking is still recommended. We also strongly encourage each member of the UConn community to continue to be flexible and courteous when it comes to masking. Members of the community will be at varying stages of comfort with mask wearing and we want to be respectful of others.
Please note that the requirement for safety plans has been removed. If this should change in the future, an announcement will be made in future newsletters.
HIGHLY PATHOGENIC AVIAN INFLUENZA CONFIRMED IN BIRDS
Owners of birds should avoid visiting other farms, homes or facilities that also have birds. Please keeps this in mind when planning 4-H club activities. USDA has confirmed Avian Influenza in Connecticut.
USDA APHIS has confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) across the country. Anyone involved with poultry – commercial or backyard flocks alike – should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds.
Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus which can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl. As part of our efforts to prevent the introduction of Avian Influenza into Connecticut poultry, the department conducts surveillance testing of birds throughout the state. Commercial and non-commercial flock owners are participating in our surveillance program. We have partnered with the Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at the University of Connecticut to do low or no cost testing of birds for the Avian Influenza virus. We also have strict importation restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus in our state.
Bird owners need to be aware and report anything out of the ordinary. Anyone who may suspect a poultry on their farm may have died from unknown causes should call the State Veterinarian at 860-713-2505 or email email@example.com. Signs of Avian Influenza include depression, decreased feed and water consumption, decreased egg production, soft or misshapen eggs, and respiratory signs (coughing and sneezing). You can also find out more by visiting the Connecticut Department of Public Health's pandemic flu webpage or visit the USDA’s Bird Flu website.
CT Avian Influenza Information
CT Avian Influenza FAQ
Defend the Flock
Complete your UConn 4-H record book in ZSuite
Now is a great time to start working on your record book!
A video on how to complete a UConn 4-H Record Book can be found at
: Fairfield County 4-H Dog Show
(open to all registered 4-H members, registration due June 4)
: Late Verification Forms Due to the 4-H Office
: Big E Ruby Morris 4-H Scholarship
Due to Tolland County Office
: UConn 4-H Hall of Fame and Rising Star Award nominations due
: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)
: CT 4-H Horse Show
: Tolland County 4-H Fairboard Meeting at 6:45 pm (Tolland County Extension Center)
: Tolland County 4-H Fair
Maryann J. Fusco-Rollins
UConn Extension Tolland County 4-H
24 Hyde Avenue, Vernon CT 06066
Extension Office Phone: 860.875.3331
4-H Direct Phone: 860.870.6929