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Printable version of July 2021 Newsletter (PDF)

MSU Extension Flathead County Newsletter July 2021

Upcoming Extension Meetings and Special Events for July

Forums, Committees & Councils

  • Flathead 4-H Council: Thursday, July 22nd 6 pm 4-H Building
  • Flathead 4-H Foundation: Tuesday, Aug. 24th 6 pm Fairgrounds 4-H Building
  • Ag/Livestock Committee: Thursday, Sept. 2nd at 5:45 pm 4-H Building
  • Horse Committee: TBA
  • Beef Committee: Thursday, Sept. 16th at 7pm 4-H Building
  • Hog Committee: Tuesday, July 6th at 6pm, Contact Michelle Baker at mbaker@montana.edu for location
  • Sheep Committee: TBA

Upcoming Activities & Other Meetings

🍀 July 1, State Horse Show T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline

🍀 July 2-5, Trail & Packing Camp Out, Morrison Creek Trailhead

🍀 July 5, Extension Office Closed

🍀 July 10, Beef Clinic,  10am, Fairgrounds

🍀 July 10, Hog Clinic, 10am, Fairgrounds

🍀 July 14, Hand to Heart & Little Chief Award Applications Due

🍀 July 17, Cloverbud Meeting, 10am, Fairgrounds

🍀 July 18-23, Natural Resources Camp

Watch your emails for dates and upcoming programs on ZOOM!

 Check ZSuites for upcoming info.

Table of Contents

Page 2—From MSU Extension Office

Page 3—Club Reporter Monthly Feature Story

Page 4—Flathead 4-H Foundation News

Page 5—County Events

Page 6—Agriculture/Gardening Information

Page 7-9—Horse Information

Page 9-10—Camp Information

Page 11—Market Project Information

Page 12—Miscellaneous Project Information

Page 13—Miscellaneous Information

Page 14—SNAP Recipe

 Livestock Sale Committee update

 Needed from 4-H community:

Two clerks for the Livestock Sale on August 21, 2021. We will need two people that can trade off to record the buyer and the price during the sale. Approximately 8:00 am -1:00 pm.

Volunteers to speed up the process of youth receiving their photos  for the buyer thank you. Photos must be matched with registration numbers. This can be accomplished on a weekday, evening, or Saturday at the chamber office.


Dear 4-H neighbors,


It was brought to my attention that some of you do not know why 4-H camp was cancelled this year. There are a number of reasons. 1. There is no 4-H agent. 2. The camp has been closed for repairs all season. Some of these issues included: The dock had floated away, there needed to be rails installed on the top bunks, the stairs to cabins needed to be repaired, the nurse’s cabin and the kitchen needed to be completely restocked. The trailer had been damaged and required extensive repair. 3. There was no camp manager. 4. The proper ratio between youth and adults at Flathead 4-H camp has not met state guidelines in the past. We require at least seven adults at the camp with 90 youth at all times. At other county camps, there is one adult in each cabin.

The 4-H Foundation has been successfully making progress on the repairs, holding three workdays and receiving wonderful donations of time and materials from 4-H families. The list of items still open for donation is available on the Flathead 4-H Facebook page.

I have asked for volunteers to assist me with a camp planning group but have not received any offers. We also need to revisit the daily schedule and decide how camp will run in the future. There is much to think about. I would welcome anyone that wants to meet about forming a camp planning group to contact me. We can meet face to face to start and then zoom in the future depending on what works for all of you. I plan on beginning before the holidays. A number of leaders are working on county wide day activities for the youth for this summer.


4-H Agent Search

This is the update for the  4-H Agent search. We sent out 832 emails twice inviting families, members and leaders to listen to the candidate on June 22. We had 19 people attend. I greatly appreciate the evaluations from these attendees. We have had three candidates remove themselves from the search. At this time, we have one active candidate. The position is still open and posted nationally. A decision will be made to hire the candidate that we met or to wait and see if the pool increases. If we wait, I will be depending on all of you more than ever as we hit the busiest season.


Leader Training

A group of leaders and I met at the fairgrounds on June 9. We began the process of clearly defining the roles and responsibilities of members and org leaders. Since June 9, we have reviewed the new member welcome packet and created a new leader packet of resources, event calendars, financial deadlines and responsibilities. I am excited about our progress.



I have spoken with the County Commissioners and they have offered to help 4-H at the fair. I think this is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the community we share in 4-H. The new County Administrator, will assist me on weigh in day. I will be speaking with a few of you soon about the potential roles the Commissioners could hold. Randy Brodehl raised hogs in Oregon and Brad Abel raised steer just outside Kila. I am most grateful for their support and involvement while our office is short staffed. I know you will all make them feel welcome.

That is all for now. Thank you to all of you that have called me to share your thoughts and concerns about the 4-H program.


Best wishes, keep cool.




The Ambassadors would like to thank everyone who was involved in the Veteran’s Parade on May 29th.  We were told that forty people would be a great turnout, but about 100 of you showed up with enthusiasm, ready to show our veterans that 4-H appreciates them.

Many of the veterans had grown up on farms or around animals so they loved seeing and interacting with all the animals.  Everyone went all out- the horses were painted, the lambs wore hats and patriotic butterfly wings, and even Manny, the steer, was wearing home colors.  The smaller animals were as popular as the large, as several residents asked for them specifically.  Chickens, rabbits, and guinea pigs were pulled in decorated wagons and some even were available to be pet.  The signs everyone made were also a huge hit.  Activities Director, Bonnie Compton, said, “Kudos to the sign-makers!  The signs are all so beautiful and are now decorating the halls of the home.”

The money each of you donated through your club allowed each veteran to have chips, a soda, and a flag pin.  It’s difficult to describe how meaningful the parade and these gifts were to the veterans.  Many hadn’t been outside in 14 months!  Ms. Compton said the response of the veterans was overwhelming.  She said they’d love to do it again next year, but to not feel like we need to wait until then to host another event.  We agreed!!

So mark your calendars, Flathead County 4-H!  On September 25th, the Ambassadors are hosting a “Mini Fair” for the Veteran’s Home.  Stay tuned for more details here, but also check out our Instagram, flathead4hambassadors, as we’re regularly posting there. 

We’re so grateful to be serving within 4-H and our community.  Let us know how we can serve you!  Contact Dave McLean at 309-1228 for questions, comments, or suggestions.

See you at the Fair!


Jubilee McLean for Flathead County Ambassadors

Attention 4-H Club Reporters!!


What is a 4-H Club Reporter? Do you know what a news reporter is for the newspaper or for the TV news? A 4-H Club Reporters is the same thing except they report what is going on in their 4-H Club. Do you have a story you would like to feature in the Extension newsletter? We are going to feature a different club each month so get your keyboards ready and keep your ears and eyes open for some fabulous news to share with the Extension community. Email your story to dacooper@flathead.mt.gov. We can’t wait to see what is going on in your 4-H Club!


Did you know that you could be supporting the Flathead 4H program when you shop on Amazon? Set up your AmazonSmile account with this link https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-6016521, and when you shop Amazon donates a portion to the Flathead 4-H program. 


There is a Licensed Zoom Account available for Leaders to use while hosting meetings. You can record your meeting, but remember to download your meeting if you want to keep a copy. The Zoom License is provided by the Flathead 4H Foundation, please contact Dee for login and password information. Please also remember to follow the MT 4H guidelines when hosting a zoom meeting. 

Flathead County 4-H Foundation Annual Fundraiser

The Foundation Fundraising Committee met on Wednesday, February 3rd to start planning for the 2021 fundraiser.  It was decided to do basically the same raffle as we had last summer with a few changes and additional prizes.

We are hoping that some of the clubs or families within our clubs would be willing to try to get some nice donations that we could add to our list of prizes.  Some suggestions are:  1) Traeger Grill,  2)  Big Green Egg BBQ, 3)Yeti cooler or similar quality, 4) Get away package, 5) Fire pit ring, 6) Gift cards or anything else that you feel would be appropriate for  4-H to be raffling—think outside the box.  If you approach businesses to ask for donations, please only use ones that are currently not purchasing at our Market Sale, this will get more businesses in our community involved with helping to support the 4-H program here.

Last year we sold right at $23,000 worth of tickets and by the time we paid out expenses we had $19,000 left to help support our youth, leaders and Loon Lake 4-H camp.  We are hoping we can double that amount this year with the help from all of our clubs.

If you can get donations please let us know what they are by Friday, March 12th so we can list on the tickets,  we are hoping to have tickets ready to start selling by the end of March or first part of April.  Tickets and money will once again need to be turned in by August 1st for an August 21st drawing after the N.W. MT Fair Market sale.

If you have questions please contact--Sandy at 406-249-5423, Kristi at 406-253-4303, Carol at 406-261-7456, Lesley at 406-885-6812

County Congress Results– Congratulation Participants!


1st Place Senior Demonstration: Madisyn Hall

1st Place Senior Illustrated Talk: Cainen Erickson


Senior Livestock Judging

1st Place: Madisyn Hall

2nd Place: Samuel McLean

3rd Place: Isaiah McLean


Junior Illustrated Talks

1st Place: Jubilee McLean

2nd Place: Taften Erickson

3rd Place: Jayne McLean

4th Place: Espen Erickson


Junior Livestock Judging

1st Place: Manny Barone

2nd Place: Espen Erickson

3rd Place: Jubilee McLean

4th Place: Joey Barone

5th Place: Jayne McLean


Honorable Mention to Sara Hall for Livestock Judging


Hand to Heart & Little Chief Award Applications

 Community Service is a large part of 4-H activities. The Hand to Heart and Little Chief Awards is the time to let your community service work shine.  If you are 4-H age 8-13, apply for the Hand to Heart Award and tell us all about the community service acts you have been doing through-out the 4-H year. If you are 4-H age 14-18, apply for the Little Chief Award and tell us about all of the community service acts you have been doing through-out the year. Don’t be shy, we want to hear about all of the kindness our 4-H members have been doing around the community.  Both Hand to Heart and Little Chief Award Applications are due July 14, 2021. Applicants will be contacted for interview times when a date is set. 

Hand to Heart Award Application (PDF)

Little Chief Award Application (PDF)


Department of Livestock Asks Montanans to Stay Alert

 Helena, Mont. –  The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is asking residents to remain vigilant about the presence of feral swine. Though there have been no confirmed sightings in Montana, populations are spreading and the risk of introduction to Montana is high.


Feral swine are an invasive species that damage crops, pastures, and waterways, and these animals can carry diseases that spread to livestock, people, and wildlife. The biggest risk of introduction to Montana is swine crossing the border from Canada.


Because of the challenges with a private landowner successfully eradicating an entire group of feral swine, and prior reports confirmed to be privately-owned domestic animals, MDOL strongly encourages individuals to call first. Reports can be directed to the Squeal on Pigs hotline at 406-444-2976.

Centennial Farm & Ranch Program

Sponsored by Montana Historical Society at montanahistoricalsociety.org

The Montana Historical Society Centennial Farm & Ranch Program preserves Montana’s strong agricultural roots and traditions that can define our Montana rural communities.  If you have land that owned by your family for 100 years or more it falls under the criteria of a Centennial Farm & Ranch, send in your application and preserve our Montana History.  You can apply at http://bit.ly/MTCFRapp or call (406)444-1687 to request an application by email or mail.

Printable version of Centennial Farm & Ranch Program Flyer (PDF)

Master Gardener Level One

For those of you that have always wanted to take master gardener, but couldn’t find the time, we have the answer for you. Montana State University has put together an online course that you can take whenever and wherever you have internet access. You will have a whole year from the time you start the class to finish. Please contact the MSU Flathead County Extension office at 406-758-5553 or pmcglynn@montana.edu with any questions.

Montana State 4-H Horse Event

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Montana State 4-H Horse Events this year. Your State Horse Event Committees are working hard to make this the best year yet at a very affordable cost. Fundraising has begun, registration packets are completed and will released June 1, 2021. Blocks of rooms have been reserved for best rates available for both events.

These events are provided so you have the opportunity to showcase your hard work with others at your skill level from all over Montana. When you complete at the one or both events, you can make new friends, learn valuable skills though educational opportunities, join in fun activities, and win great awards and prizes.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your County Extension Agent with questions or visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MT4HStateHorseEvents/  to stay updated. If you do not have Facebook, monthly updates will be provided in your County 4-H Newsletters.

Dates to remember:

  • Working Ranch Horse Finals- August 28-29: 406 Arena in Vaughn, MT
  • Montana State 4-H Horse Show- September 24-26: Cottonwood Event Center in Joliet, Mt

Registration for Events Opens June 1st

Keep a watch out for:

  • Information on a t-Shirt Design contest for t-shirts free to all exhibitors at September Horse Show.
  • Information on a Photo Contest (of your 4-H Project Horse) to be exhibited at September Horse Show.

Information about contributions of Silent Auction items/gift baskets for events from Counties and/or Clubs.

Come experience what 4-H has to offer at the State level

“Champions do not become champions when they win the event, but in the hours, weeks, months and years they spend preparing for it. The victorious performance itself is merely the demonstration of their Champion Character”. -Unknown

4-H Trail & Packing Club

Thank you to the Flathead 4-H Horse Committee for funding the graphics, and thank you to the Whitefish Community Foundation for the grant they provide to help purchase the trailer, and thank you to the NorthWest Montana Back Country Horsemen for providing the rest of the funds to purchase the trailer for the 4-H Trail & Packing Club! Without community support 4-H wouldn’t be able to function. Thank you very much to our Flathead Valley Community for supporting our 4-H program!

Horse Project Dates to put on your Calendar!

August 1st Register for Fair

August 14th County Fair Horse Show

August 28th & 29th State Working Ranch Finals in Great Falls

September 24th—26th State Horse Show at the Cottonwood outside of Billings

Need to watch the Every Time Every Ride Video, it’s now on YouTube, contact the Extension Office to notify you watched.

4-H Trail & Packing 2021

Note: Helmets are required for riding at all clinics.

Campout – July 2—5, 2021 – Morrison Creek Trailhead

Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Adopt-a-Cabin Program

 The Adopt-a-Cabin program was started to allow other 4-H counties and 4-H clubs to participate in the upkeep of the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp cabins. Participation is renewed annually by completing the Darrell Fenner 4-H Camp Cabin Adoption Agreement.

Have an Adventure!

July 18-23, 2020

Wildlife, Forests, Soils, Rangelands, Geology, streams, Land Use Game

$300 for 6 days!

35th Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp

Spend a week in rustic cabins at Lubrecht Experimental Forest east of Missoula, lear about our natural resources & their management, and make lasting friendships. Experience activity packed days with hands-on instruction, rafting, swimming & more! Camp start time 4:00 pm and end time 3:00 pm. Must be age 14-18 or have completed 8th grade to attend.

Return Campers

Enjoy an overnight camping trip Friday night. 10 spots available (first come, first serve) additional cost $50.00

Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp

c/o Christina Oppegard

32 Campus Drive MS 0606

Missoula, MT  59812-0606

Questions? Please call (406)243-2773 or send an email to christina.oppegard@mso.umt.edu

Applications and $150 deposit is due June 18th (deadline). The balance is due by start of camp. Core Program $300 Program costs are all inclusive. Please inquire about education and travel scholarships.


If there is any unforeseen circumstances involving the ability to run camp, a written notice and full refund will be issued.

Thank you to our many sponsors and supporters!

MSU Extension Forestry; W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation; US Forest Service; Montana Department of Fish Wildlife & Parks, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation; USDA Natural Resources Conservations Service; Blackfood Challenge; Lubrecht Experimental Forest; Missoula College; Idaho Forest Group; F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber; Weyerhaeuser; Stimson Lumber Company. Pyramid Moountain Lumber; Ottoman Forestry Consultants; Marks Miller Post & Pole; Montana Timber Legacy Foundation; Montana Forest Products; Montana Society of American Foresters; Flathead Chapeter Society of Amperican Foresters; Teller Wildlife Refuge; Yaak Valley Forest Council; Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation; REI; Sportsman’s Warehouse; Montana Women in Timber; Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation; Northwest Management; R H Semler Family Fund; The National Riffle Association Foundation; Town Pump Fundation; Northwest Energy; Howe Foundation

Market Beef

July 10th– Beef Showmanship/Clipping and Fitting: 10am-2pm, Draft Horse Barn on the Fairgrounds

July 29th- Mock Show: Practice– 6:30-8:30 pm Fairgrounds Trade Center Show Arena

Hog Clinic

July 10, 2021

10 am—12 pm

Located at the Mild Fence Arena on the Fairgrounds

If you need to weigh, there will be a scale available.

Interested in learning to judge livestock?

Flathead 4-H Foundation has purchased a membership to livestockjudging.com for Flathead 4-H members. Learn from professionals with 524 classes of livestock, horse, dairy, poultry, rabbit, and meats. Contests and competitions are occasionally also available.


Step 1

Go to livestockjudging.com

Click "sign up" 

To create an account if they don't have one.

Step 2

Log into http://www.livestockjudging.com/code

Enter this CODE ....3epk


This will now take you to your account which will now say Elite Account at the top. 


2021 Foods Fair

2021 Foods Fair date is postponed until Fall.

Theme is Hunting Camp.

 Please contact Michelle Baker at mbaker@montana.edu or 406-253-7023 if you have any questions or ideas.


Cloverbud Activity Days!!!


Saturday July 17th, located at the 4-H Building on the Fairgrounds at 10 am to 11:00 am.

For questions or more information, please call Jayme Evenson at 291-5864.


Adopt a Trailhead Program

 For the past year Glacier View have been working on adopting a trailhead, it is a weed control/knowledge kiosk program. Recently we received permission from the Adopt a Trailhead program, the Flathead County Weed Department, and USDA Forest Service.

Glacier View will be adopting Stanton Lake Trailhead (the trailhead is at Glacier View adopt a highway location) and will be implementing the Adopt a Trailhead this spring. If other clubs want to adopt a trailhead go to  https://weedawareness.org/

Need 4-H Project Manuals and you can’t get to the Extension Office? No worries, go to https://store.msuextension.org/  and search for the 4-H project manuals you need, select them, go to the check out, then use your credit card or debit card, then finish your purchase, and have them shipped right to your door. It’s that easy!


The Office Administrator goes to lunch every day from 1-2pm, many times the Extension office door is locked during that time. She also has occasional meetings and errand for the county. If you need special accommodations or a guaranteed meeting with someone, please feel free to call ahead and make an appointment.


Just a gentle reminder…

If the Extension Office doesn’t have a club meeting or event on written record in the office the meeting or event will not be covered under the 4-H insurance. Please let the Extension office know the date, time, location, what the event is, or if it is a meeting before the 4-H event, meeting, or activity.  You can use the Event, Activity and Fundraising Form if you like so you don’t forget anything or you can send the Extension office an email. If your group is doing a fundraiser, of any type, you must submit a Fundraiser Form to the Extension office to be put in your club file.  We often get questions from community members about various fundraisers. 


Browse the new Montana 4-H merchandise at the MSU Extension Store and paint our state green with 4-H T-shirts, mugs, buttons, and stickers! Start shopping at the 4-H Mall!

Dear Flathead 4-H members, leaders & families:

The MSU Extension Flathead County Office will be closed July 5th for Independence Day. We may be periodically closed for meetings or to run errands. If you need to speak with us personally, please call for an appointment time. Please leave paperwork in basket or leave in mailbox on front of building for confidential information.  Our schedule is subject to change at anytime.

Patricia McGlynn

Montana State University

Agriculture Extension Agent


Phone: 406-758-5554


Montana State University

4-H Extension Agent

Phone: 406-758-5552

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

MSU Extension, Flathead County


Phone: (406) 758-5553


SNAP Recipe of the Month

Fruit Smoothie


As temperatures heat up, try making a fruit smoothie with your family! Fruit smoothies are a great snack to sneak in a serving of fruit and even vegetables. Throw in a handful of leafy greens for a blast of vitamins and minerals in this tasty treat- I bet you won’t even taste it!

-Caitlin, Buy Eat Live Better Program


Cost/Serving: $0.98
Yield: [4 servings] / Serving Size = 1 cup


3 cups frozen strawberries or other frozen fruit

1 banana

1 cup yogurt (plain or vanilla)

1 handful of spinach or kale (optional)

2 cups milk (or water)


  1. Wash fresh produce.
  2. Collect and measure all ingredients before starting to prepare the recipe.
  3. Add the fruit, yogurt, and kale or spinach (if using) to the blender.
  4. Pour the milk into the blender.
  5. Blend for about 30 to 45 seconds until smooth.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours. Drink within 2 days.*

* These can also be made ahead of time and frozen. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator for a quick breakfast.

Be creative! Add any fresh or frozen fruit to the smoothie. If using only fresh fruit, you will need to add a few ice cubes before blending. Be sure to wash fresh fruit before using.



Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education enables young families, single recipients and seniors to learn how to best use their food stamp dollars in providing healthy nutrition for  themselves and their families. Adults can sign up for a 6 week course that is fun and provide the basic concepts of good nutrition. The only requirements to join in the classes are: that a person is receiving WIC assistance;  either receiving food stamps or are eligible to receive them; or are getting commodity foods. Please call Caitlin at the Flathead County Extension office at 758-2448 to sign-up for classes.

MSU Extension—Flathead County

Patricia McGlynn

Agriculture, Natural Resource & Community Development Extension Agent


4-H & Youth Development Agent

Dee Cooper

Office Administrator

Caitlin Coghlan

Nutrition Educator


1108 South Main Street Ste. 4

Kalispell,  MT 59901

Phone: (406) 758-5553

Fax: (406) 758-5881


Web: http://flathead.msuextension.org

Calendar:  http://flathead.msuextension.org/calendar.html

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Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm, Fri 8am-4:30pm,

Closed 1-2pm for lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,  Cody Stone, Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717