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The COVID-19 pandemic has definitely affected our daily lifestyle in numerous ways. One of the most important questions that arose due to COVID-19 was whether or not to hold a county fair in multiple counties across the nation. Luckily, Kingman County held its county fair with multiple preca…

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Most county fairs across the state are reporting an unexpected phenomenon during the current economic downturn—an increase in total gross sales at University of Wyoming Extension 4-H livestock auctions compared to previous years.

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As parents across the country send their children off to college for the first time this fall, many are wondering if they have prepared them for life on their own. While there numerous lists of essential skills every 18-year-old needs to be self-sufficient, enrolling children in 4-H at a you…

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The Kansas State Fair is adding an open class and a 4-H poultry show to its schedule of livestock events slated for September. The show will take place Sept. 5.

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Starting this fall, Missouri 4-H will be able to reach more youths and families across the state through an easy-to-use online learning platform called Canvas that brings 4-H project-based learning directly into the home.

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Iowa county fairs are adapting to the pandemic in a wide range of ways—shortening schedules, cutting out concerts and fireworks, and even postponing until 2021 altogether. But one constant is the need to adapt 4-H/FFA shows to reward the work of the members while providing for their safety.

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4-H clubs across Missouri have raised nearly 300,000 meals to feed hungry families—far exceeding their 250,000-meal 4-H Feeding Missouri Food Drive goal for 2020.

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Kansas 4-H officials have announced that the popular Discovery Days event, which brings together several hundred youth from across the state each year, is moving to an online format at the end of May.

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In a May 12 Facebook post, the Sedgwick County Fair Board announced that the Sedgwick County Fair originally scheduled for July 8 to 11 has been canceled due to COVID-19.

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Webster defines leader as “a person who has commanding authority or influence.” If you’ve spent much time around young people at livestock shows or other youth livestock events, you’ll find leaders of all ages and experience levels, thanks to programs like 4-H, FFA and junior breed and lives…

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Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, on April 9 Kansas State University Research and Extension extended its ban on all face-to-face extension programs, meetings and events through July 4. This has affected several popular summer 4-H events in Kansas.

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For some youth, the COVID-19 closure of their school building is a time to learn about technology and design tools that they can use to create digital projects.

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Honey bees and other pollinators play an important role in the agricultural ecosystem. These same pollinators are under stress from a number of factors: pests, disease, lack of habitat, and more. The GROWMARK System would like to help 4-H clubs do their part to help sustain and increase hone…

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For almost 30 years, the Northern International Livestock Exposition has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been actively involved in their communities, leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, and participa…

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Raegan Klaassen, daughter of Chris and Ginger Klaassen, was awarded the overall grand champion award showing her Doublestop CL Plus variety in the 2019 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen placed second in production and milling and fifth in baking, earning her the title of first pla…

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Ford County 4-Hers will be celebrating National 4-H Week October 6 to 12. This year’s theme, “Inspire Kids to Do,” is a campaign that will give kids more opportunities to do and empower them with the skills they need to succeed in life and a career. To celebrate National 4-H Week, our 4-Hers…

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In 4-H, you can choose from over 30 projects that you can be involved in. No, 4-H is not just about animals—you can choose other projects like woodworking, shooting sports and sport fishing.

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Tractor Supply Company’s Mobile Fair Tour is making its way to your city this fair season. From Sept. 6 to 9, Kansas State Fair-goers will have the chance to experience fun and games at the Tractor Supply booth and celebrate 4-H and FFA youth who are making a difference in Hutchinson.

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The 2019 Taiwan Agricultural Youth Exchange Program is currently accepting applications from high school seniors or college freshmen who are passionate about agriculture and are interested in representing Kansas in a week-long exchange program Oct. 26 through Nov. 3.

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Nearly 700 4-H and FFA students and over 200 coaches from over 34 states recently gathered in Oklahoma for the 68th National Land and Range Judging Contest. After two days of practice at sites in the Oklahoma City area, the contest was held near El Reno, Oklahoma, at the Cheyenne Arapaho Tri…

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A recently introduced House bill would give an economic boost to young people in agriculture by allowing 4-H and FFA students aged 21 and younger to keep more of the modest income they earn. The students can turn around and put the money toward higher education or future agricultural project…

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Science, technology, engineering, and math careers are in high demand and will continue to be in future years. To engage youth in crop science-based education, the Innovative Youth Corn Challenge was created as a partnership between the Nebraska Corn Board and Nebraska Extension.

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Do you know a teen who loves learning about crops? Perhaps she is considering a career involving crops, insects, diseases, soils, or water or perhaps he wants to figure out how to feed the world's growing population in a sustainable way?

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Tractor Supply’s “Follow Us to the Fair” Tour recently completed its 11,000-mile cross-country journey to state and county fairs, making 24 stops in 14 states over six months from June to November 2018. The fourth year of the tour recognized more than 100 4-H and FFA youth who are making a d…

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Together is better than alone. The 4-H club my family and I are in is wonderful. On the smaller side, our club tries to be welcoming to new 4-H families and invite others to join the 4-H program and our club. For an office this year I was secretary, which was a great experience! It helped me…

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Head, heart, hands and health. For decades 4-H members have recited the pledge to use their talents and abilities for the betterment of themselves, their communities, their country and their world.

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While browsing the exhibits at the recent Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson and searching for my daughter’s projects, I marveled at all the creativity and talent on display inside 4-H Centennial Hall. I wondered how many collective hours Kansas 4-Hers had spent working on projects to fill the …

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The 4-H program was started over 100 years ago and while it has branched to urban areas, and rightfully so, I’m proud of a program that fits my rural roots.

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Linda “Jo” Turner, retired Missouri 4-H program leader and former interim director of University of Missouri Extension, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Oct. 19 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

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The summer sun is setting in the western Kansas sky, and the young 4-H member is still practicing.

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4-H and FFA champions from around the state competed in the 13th Annual Nebraska Elite Showman Competition recently at the Nebraska State Fair. The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Rural Radio Association coordinate this prestigious event in cooperation with the Nebraska S…