By Alisha Nord, NDFB Southeast Field Representative
I believe in 4-H. And not too long ago, I found this from Cornell Cooperative Extension that sums up my thoughts perfectly: 4-H is more than just a county fair. It’s
– Learning about economics and marketing
– Enhancing self-esteem by working with others who have similar interest
– Developing life skills in nutrition and health care
– Recognizing importance of record keeping and documentation
– Developing responsibility
– Learning to take constructing criticism
– Developing career interests
4-H IS FOR LIFE
That’s why I was so happy when McIntosh County Farm Bureau sponsored the 4-H Livestock Showmanship and Quality Assurance workshop last week. They paid for 12 student registration fees to take the class, along with snacks and door prizes. McIntosh County believes in supporting the local youth, and this was a great way to start off our summer!
At the workshop, Travis Hoffman, NDSU Extension Sheep Specialist and Janna Kincheloe, NDSU Extension Livestock Specialist, taught showmanship skills and livestock nutrition. There was beef, sheep, hogs and rabbits on site for live demonstrations. Extension Agents Crystal Schaunaman, Kelsie Egeland, and Sheldon Gerhardt instructed the youth in the quality assurance (YQCA) training which is now mandatory for state fair participation.
4-H reaches almost six million young people across the country, and we as McIntosh County Farm Bureau want to keep that number growing. It takes around 500,000 volunteers to help mentor and teach our youth, so if you are a 4-H volunteer reading this blog, THANK YOU for using your valuable time to help shape our youth. Since 4-H began more than 100 years ago, it has become the nation’s largest youth development organization.
Not only did this training help the youth prepare for their summer projects, but also provided them with lifelong skills about how to properly care for their livestock. It was fun to see the youth so attentive, knowing that the future of ag producers are in good hands. They are constantly learning, and gaining the support needed to be proactive forces in their communities.
If you are interested in joining 4-H or becoming a volunteer, please contact your local county office or Brad Cogdill, Chair, Center for 4-H Youth Development at email@example.com and he can point you in the right direction.