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Tony Rose reminds 4-H'ers of Country Ham Project deadline

Friday, December 12, 2015, is the Deadline for Adair County 4-H members to sign up for the Country Ham Project. There is a $60 fee. Participants are limited to 30. Applications can be picked up at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service, 409 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY, during regular business hours.

By Tony Rose, Adair County Extension Agent for Youth & 4-H

Do you like to eat country ham? Would you would like to learn how country ham is processed and process your own country ham? If the answer is "Yes," to these questions, then the 4-H Country Ham project is for you.

4-H members throughout the state spend several months preparing their hams for the Fair, where their meat is judged by commercial country ham producers according to its smell, roundness, color, and texture.

To sign up for the project, youth and parents must complete the Country Ham Project Agreement and pay the $60.00 fee. Starting sometime in January, youth will meet to start curing their hams. This year will be cure them in the Adair County 4-H Ham House. Youth will also have to attend regular meetings to complete the required six hours of trainings to learn about hams and the curing process. In August, the ham will be taken to the Kentucky State Fair to be judged and youth will give a speech.

After the hams are sured
Youth are required to give a presentation on any aspect of the project such as nutrition or value added. In addition, the processors evaluate ham on such factors as leanness, shape, appearance, and aroma. The combined presentation and judging scores determine the overall winner. This takes place during the Kentucky State Fair. Benefits
Youth develop valuable technical merit, communications, research and organizational skills from the presentations. Persistence and responsibility are among the traits 4-H members develop during the nine months they cure hams at the processing plant. Youth also learn to appreciate the importance of value added to a raw commodity. And, there's a financial benefit. All participants also receive a State Fair premium.

Participants pay a $60.00 fee. This year each youth will be able to keep both hams or keep one of the hams and the second ham will be auctioned off at an event. The livestock club will get 10% of the sale to use with the club and 10% will go to the Ham Scholarship. Auction money will be divided equally between the members who participate in the ham project.>BR?>BR? Failure to complete the project will results in forfeiture of the 2 hams and the $60.00 fee.

The deadline to sign up for the Country Ham project is December 12, 2015.

Adair County is limited to 30 participants, so this will be a first come - first served sign up. Applications can be picked up at the Adair County Cooperative Extension Service located at 409 Fairground Street.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

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