Friday, January 18, 2019

Salute to Excellence Nominations Being Accepted

The 2019 Volunteer Recognition Packet has been released and nominations are now being accepted for the Salute to Excellence recognition scheduled for Wednesday, June 12 during the 2019 Texas 4-H Roundup. You can download the recognition packet at

Nominations are now open to recognize volunteers, donors and AgriLife personnel for their continued commitment to the Texas 4-H Youth Development Program. The six recognition categories are:
Leader Legacy
Citation for Outstanding Service
4-H Alumni
Commendable Service
Meritorious Service
Salute to Excellence

Descriptions of each category can be found in the recognition packet.

Please take a few minutes and nominate individuals or groups for their efforts. We all know the value of our volunteers and donors, don’t miss the opportunity to publicly recognize them.

Online nominations accepted: January 18, 2019 – April 1, 2019
Salute to Excellence luncheon: Wednesday, June 12, 2019 in College Station

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jana Barrett at

2018-2019 National Contest Results

Texas was well represented at the national level this year!!

Click here to see results

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Monday, December 3, 2018

Texas 4-H Council Announces Statewide Community Service effort

Texas 4-H has decided to give back to those who have given so much to us. Texas 4-H’s State Wide Community Service Activity will be a Donation Drive to the VA Health Care Systems across the State of Texas. All items needed, and locations are located below. Make sure to contact your corresponding VA for more information and for an updated “Items Needed List”.

Districts with Corresponding VA’s
District 1
Amarillo VA Health Care System (Amarillo, TX)
District 2
Partner with District 6 and/or District 1
District 3
Partner with District 4
District 4
Dallas VA Medical Center (Dallas, TX)
Sam Rayburn Memorial Veterans Center (Bonham, TX)
District 5
Partner with District 4 and/or District 8
District 6
El Paso VA Health Care System (El Paso, TX)
West Texas VA Health Care System (Big Spring, TX)
District 7
Partner with District 6 and/or District 8
District 8
Central Texas Veterans Health Care System (Temple, TX)
Doris Miller Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (Waco, TX)
District 9
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - (Houston, TX)
District 10
South Texas Veterans Health Care System (San Antonio, TX)
Kerrville VA Hospital (Kerrville, TX)
District 11
Partner with District 10 and/or District 12
District 12
VA Texas Valley Coastal Bend Health Care System (Harlingen, TX)

Items Needed= All Items Must Be New and Unused
Commodities- No Hotel Samples Will Be Accepted
    • Deodorant
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Denture Adhesive
    • Denture Cleaner
    • Shower Gel (No Bar Soap)
    • Shower Wash (No Bar Soap)
    • Shampoo
    • Conditioner
    • Lotion
    • Body Powder
    • Foot Powder
    • Hairbrushes
    • Combs
    • Feminine Products
    • Shower Shoes
    • Lip Balm
Undergarments- Sizes XS - 3X Only
    • T-Shirts (Men’s Sizes with Sleeves, No V-Neck)
    • Underwear
    • Boxers
    • Panties
    • Sports Bras
    • Socks

Friday, September 28, 2018

Updated Quiz Bowl Guide Released

The 2018-2019 Texas 4-H Quiz Bowl Guide along with the updated resources for the Beef, Swine, Horse and Nutrition contests has been released. You can download the new Guide online at

You will notice that there are significant changes that have been made to this Quiz Bowl rules this year. The changes come from the result of the Roundup Review Committee established in 2016. The Quiz Bowl review team has spent significant hours in reviewing other quiz bowl contest and have worked diligently to enhance the quiz bowl experience for our Texas 4-H members.

If you have questions, please contact Jana Barret at or 979-458-0910.

Jana Barrett
Extension Specialist I
4-H Youth Development
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
1470 William D Fitch Parkway 
College Station, TX 77845
Phone: 979.458.0910

Monday, August 13, 2018

2019 Texas 4-H Roundup Guide Released

A copy of the Texas 4-H Roundup Guide can be downloaded from

Contest Rules will also be posted at We will notify everyone when they are uploaded

2019 Texas 4-H Roundup Guide
Changes, Reminders and Clarifications for 2018-2019 4-H Year

  • Food Challenge Teams will consist of team of 3 – 4 members.
  • Food Show categories will be Main Dish, Fruits & Vegetables, Breads & Cereal, and Nutritious Snacks
  • Quiz bowl teams will be made up of 4 team members.
  • Updated Quiz Bowl Contest Rules and resources will be released by September 1, 2018
  • Educational Presentations will consist of Individuals or Teams of 2.
  • Categories for Educational Presentations (See Roundup Guide for category descriptions)

1.       Agricultural Technology & Farm Safety
2.       Animal Science
3.       Beef
4.       Horse
5.       Health & Wellness
6.       Open Agriculture & Natural Resources
7.       Open Family & Consumer Sciences 
8.       Safety & Injury Prevention
9.       Promote 4-H
10.   Open
  • Soil and Poultry Judging Contest Rules are in review and will be updated.
  • Storyboard Categories Updated. 
    • Non Wearables - DISCONTINUED 
    • NEW Home Décor – items that are easy to move and make a home visually appealing, examples of home décor items include: throw pillows, table runner, or wall hanging. 
    • NEW Home Furnishings – items that make a home comfortable for living or working in. Examples include: couch, ottoman, chair, tables, desks, beds and the like. 

  • Specific contest rules will be posted in the Fall 2018. Our goal is to have all Qualifying Contest rules posted by September 1, 2018.
  • Soil Judging will remain Invitational for 2019.
  • Entomology Identification will remain Invitational for 2019.
  • Dairy Judging - Texas 4-H does not coordinate a state level contest. The Texas 4-H utilizes the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo Contest as our contest to determine who will represent Texas 4-H at the national contest opportunities.
  • Youth MAY NOT participate in more than one contest in a day. A schedule has been posted which outlines what day each contest will be held. A schedule with time/locations will be posted in April with the registration information.

Substitutions (Page 3)
  • Only the number of 4-H members who qualify at district will qualify for state.
  • Substitutions are allowed in the event of an emergency or unexpected circumstance and a team member can no longer compete at state.
  • The purpose of making a substitution is to keep the original number of team members that competed at District eligible to compete at State.
  • Substitutes must be 4-H members from the same county and certified as having competed at the district level in another 4-H contest.
  • *NEW* The deadline for requesting any substitutions, except for an emergency, is the close of the regular Roundup Registration deadline. If substitutions occur during the late fee period, additional fees may be accessed.


       1 member            No Substitutions Allowed
             2 or 3                  1 member
             4 or 5                  2 members
              6 or more           3 members

Substitutions of team members may involve a monetary fee depending on the time of substitution.

Intermediates participating as seniors in Invitationals (page 6)

Intermediate Age youth can compete as a Senior to complete a team for SOME Invitational Contests. Those choosing to do so, will be eligible for awards in that level only. Intermediates moving up would be considered as Seniors for ranking. This will NOT be allowed for the following contests: Hippology, Healthy Lifestyles, Livestock Skill-A-Thon, Poultry Judging, and Soil Judging as these contests allow for national competition open to Seniors aged youth only.