Judy Corbus, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, has been appointed Interim County Extension Director following the retirement of Andy Andreasen, Washington County Extension Director, on Dec. 31. 

Andreasen came to Washington County in 1999 from Jackson County, where he was Livestock Agent.  UF/IFAS Washington County Extension provides research-based information and educational programs in agriculture, lawn and garden, nutrition, money management, housing, food preservation, and 4-H youth development.

Washington County 4-H is full of educational opportunities in the coming months.  All Washington County Youth Fair entry forms are due Friday, Feb. 1 by 4 p.m.  A new event will debut at the Fair this year.  Youth will have the opportunity to show rabbits. 

To prepare for this, we are hosting Hop2It!, an educational workshop on raising and showing rabbits. Hop2It! Rabbit Workshop is today, Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., in the Agricultural Center East Wing. 

The Washington County Youth Fair will open on Friday, March 1 at 8 a.m., for school tours and will be open until 6 p.m., on Saturday evening.  Florida agriculture will be highlighted throughout this year’s fair.  Come learn interesting facts about the fruits, vegetables and livestock that make Florida so unique.  The annual Farm Bureau Spaghetti Supper will be held on Friday, March 1, beginning at 4:30 p.m. 

Also in March, club officers will have the chance to attend 4-H Day at the Capitol, where they learn how the various aspects of Florida government operate.  Members of Top Nocks 4-H Club and Sure Shots 4-H Club will compete on the state level for individual and team titles.

Throughout each month, 4-H community clubs meet to practice the skeet and trap shooting as well as archery, learn more about livestock, create sewing projects and focus on biological sciences.  There are many active community clubs in which you can involve your child for high quality, hands-on educational experiences. 

In April, students in grades four thru six will begin the 4-H Tropicana Public Speaking Program.  As one of the most successful 4-H in the Classroom programs, students are taught the art of public speaking from selecting their topic all the way to speech delivery techniques and skills.  After competing in classroom and school-level contests, the top public speakers will compete on the county level.

For more information on 4-H Youth Development Programs, contact Julie Pigott Dillard at juliepd@ufl.edu or 850.638.6180.  Extension programs are open to everyone.