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PICKENS – The Pickens County 4-H has several activities planned for January and February, including Legislative Day, a forestry clinic and an essay contest on honey bees. Here are the details:

The S.C. Horseman’s Council

The S.C. Horseman’s Council will hold a youth contest Feb. 8 in Camden for youth ages 9 to 18. This is a three-person team competition that includes a team essay, display and written test. For list of rules, send an email to jsutter@clemson.esu or call the Pickens County Extension Office at 864-878-1394.

4-H Archery Instructor Training

4-H Archery Instructor Training will be held Jan. 24 and Jan. 25 at a cost of $100 per person. For anyone who commits to running a Pickens County 4-H Club for a year, the 4-H Program will pay half. Those participating must be 21 years old and fill out the required volunteer paperwork. Call Janine at the Pickens County Extension Office at 864-878-1394 to sign up.

4-H Legislative Day

The 2014 4-H Legislative Day will be held Feb. 12. Youth can apply to participate by writing a letter stating why they would like to attend the State Legislative Day and send it to Pam Ardern at pardern@clemson.edu, State 4-H Program Leader, by Feb. 1. Three youth will be selected from each region to attend along with the State Teen Council. During the day, participants will talk to legislators, be introduced in the House and Senate chambers, visit with the Commissioner of Agriculture, and tour the capital.

4-H Forestry Clinic

The 2014 South Carolina 4-H Forestry Clinic will be held March 14 through March 16 at Webb Wildlife Center in Garnett.

During the clinic, youth will gain hands-on experience from Clemson Forestry and Natural Resources Extension Professionals. The clinic will focus on tree identification, tree measurement, compass and pacing, and other forestry skill areas. Also, youth will have the opportunity to participate in lumberjack games.

The clinic is open to the first 20 youth who register (youth must be between the ages of 14 and 18 as of Jan. 1, 2014). The clinic provides a great opportunity for youth interested in pursuing a future career in natural resources. The cost of the clinic is $100 and youth must be registered as a 4-H member.

Sporting Clays Tournament

The annual 4-H Sporting Clays Tournament will be held March 8 at the Live Oaks Sportsman Club in Swansea. The funds raised are used to help support trips to National 4-H Congress, National 4-H Conference, scholarships, and other major 4-H activities.

Sponsorships levels range from Station Sponsors ($100) to Silver Level Sponsors ($1,000). Teams of four can shoot for $400 or a single shooter can shoot for $150. Both include a BBQ lunch.

Information on participating in or sponsoring the 2014 event can be found at www.clemson.edu/extension/county/newberry/programs/4h/shootingsports.pdf

4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

The topic of the 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest is Beekeeping in Colonial Times. The essay contest is being sponsored by the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees Inc. Awards on the national level will be $750 for first place, $500 for second place and $250 for third place.

Each state winner, including the national winners, receives an appropriate book about honey bees, beekeeping, or honey.

4-H’ers are encouraged to investigate the plants in their communities that benefit from honey bee pollination and determine the results of that pollination. The scope of the research is an essential judging criterion, accounting for 40 percent of the score. The number of sources consulted, the authority of the sources, and the variety of the sources also will be evaluated.

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

Here are the rules:

• Contest is open to active 4-H Club members only. 4-H’ers who have previously placed first, second, or third at the national level are not eligible, but other state winners are eligible to re-enter.

• Failure to meet any one requirement disqualifies the essay.

• Write on the designated subject only.

• All factual statements must be referenced with bibliographical-style endnotes.

• A brief biographical sketch of the essayist, including date of birth, gender, complete mailing address, and telephone number, must accompany the essay.

• Length of the essay should be 750 to 1,000 words. The word count does not include the endnotes, the bibliography or references, nor the essayist’s biographical sketch, which should be on a separate page.

• Essays should be double-spaced, 12-pt, using Times or similar type style, following standard manuscript format.

• Submit as a Microsoft Word compatible document.

Essays will be judged on scope of research (40 percent), accuracy (30 percent), creativity (10 percent), conciseness (10 percent) and logical development of the topic (10 percent).

Essays are due in the State 4-H office by 5 p.m. Feb. 3. Email submissions to Pam Ardern at pardern@clemson.edu. Send an e-mail to jsutter@clemson.edu for complete rules.

Final judging and selection of the National Winner will be made by the Foundation’s Essay Committee, whose decision is final. The National Winner will be announced by May 1, 2014. No essay will be returned. National winning essays will be posted at honeybeepreservation.org

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