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The Oklahoma State Fair and the Tulsa State Fair are two of the state’s trademark events that signal the end of summer. After both were canceled due to COVID-19 last year, organizers are excited to be back in action this September. Read more

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The Minnesota State Fair is proud to introduce the Beginning Exhibitor Livestock Learning Experience Grant, a program that will award grants and provide mentors to 15 youth livestock exhibitors who are first-time participants in the Minnesota State Fair. The BELLE Grant is being funded by the Minnesota State Fair Foundation. Read more

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The National 4-H Council has announced the election of a New Mexico State University College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences associate dean to its board of trustees. Jon Boren, director of the NMSU Cooperative Extension Service, is one of two new members to the board. Read more

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All-terrain vehicles can be as dangerous as they are fun to ride. Fortunately, the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development program and Oklahoma Farm Bureau have launched a safety course to help children and families learn how to minimize risks associated with ATVs. Read more

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USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced an investment of more than $10.5 million to support educators at technical schools, community and junior colleges, and youth development programs across the nation. These institutions are deploying innovative techniques and technologies to continue offering high-quality skill development during these unprecedented times. USDA-NIFA will invest in eight regional or national projects to support their efforts. Read more

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High Plains Journal has partnered with 4-H to support the national organization’s current fundraising campaign, #Opportunity4All. Through the end of the year, the weekly publication will donate 25% of new, renewal and gift subscription rates to 4-H. HPJ has committed to donating at least $22,500 to 4-H National as a result of this effort. Read more

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Ryder Klaassen, son of Chris and Ginger Klaassen, was awarded the overall grand champion award showing his Doublestop CL Plus variety in the 2020 Oklahoma 4-H/FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen placed 1st in production and milling and 3rd in baking, earning him the title of 1st place as the FFA champion and overall grand champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen is from the Hydro-Eakly FFA chapter. Read more

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This fall, Missouri youths ages 5 to 18 and the volunteers and faculty who serve them will have access to projects in 4-H Goes Online through Canvas, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Projects will be available in these areas: Clover Kids, Shooting Sports, Engineering and Technology, Environmental Science and Natural Resources, Plant and Animal Science, Healthy Living, Leadership and Personal Development, and Communication and Expressive Art. Read more

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On Oct. 14 at 6 p.m. CDT, 4-H will host a virtual guided tour of Mars and a Q&A with two NASA scientists, Brian Day and Emily Law. They’ll be answering all of 4-H members' questions on Mars missions, space travel, working at NASA and more. Visit https://bit.ly/34Q1ft2 to see the live event. Read more

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4-H enrollment opened Oct. 1, and thanks to the generous support of donors, Wildcat District students in Kansas can enroll in the state program this year without paying the required $15 annual fee. Read more

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Every year, National 4-H Week sees millions of youth, parents, volunteers and alumni come together to celebrate the many positive youth development opportunities offered by 4-H. The theme for this year’s National 4-H Week, Opportunity4All, is a campaign that was created by National 4-H Council to rally support for Cooperative Extension’s 4-H program and identify solutions to eliminate the opportunity gap that affects 55 million kids across America. Read more

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As families continue to search for resources and support for their children amid COVID-19 uncertainty, 4-H is ready to help youth learn the skills needed to thrive, according to Karla Deaver, County Engagement Specialist in 4-H Youth Development with University of Missouri Extension. Read more

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In my closet is a box of ribbons from 11 years of 4-H projects. There are a lot of blues, a smattering of reds and whites and a few purples and rosettes. Some have writing on the tag on the back that tells me what year and for what project they were awarded. Many, though, in the haste of post-fair cleanup just got marked in the record book and put in the box. Read more

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“We are in desperate need,” says Michelle Kleeman, 4-H club leader and owner of Kleeman Family Farm in southwestern Missouri. These five words describe the frustration many rural families face without access to one of today’s essential school supplies—high-speed internet. The challenges are even greater this year as many schools move some or all classes online to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Read more

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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 precautionary measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19. The carnival, in-person purple ribbon food auction, in-person livestock auction, community meal, medallion hunt, fishing tournament, and tractor … Read more

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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. Read more

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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 young age will provide regular opportunity for children to learn these essential skills in a safe environment. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 livestock associations. Read more

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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. Read more

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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 honey bee populations. Read more

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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 participated in NILE events. Read more

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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 place as the FFA champion, and overall grand champion of the 4-H and FFA Junior Wheat Show. Klaassen is from the Hydro-Eakly FFA chapter. Read more