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Saturday, October 13, 2018

The goal of 4-H is to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth. Hands on experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.

In 1902 several people throughout the United States comes together to form a group that would use hands on learning to help kids connect to life. Both public and private resources were gathered and used. The group known as 4-H was founded with the purpose of instructing rural youth to improve farming and homemaking practices. However, by the 1970's the group had new goals that included more youth involvement, and a wider range of experiences.

USDA and universities who were trying to update agriculture procedures saw that the farming community was not accepting them eagerly. Youth on the other hand seemed truly interesting and wanted to share them with the adults. So the rural youth program became a way to introduce ag tech to adults.

A group of programs started to educate the youth. During the 19th century both boys and girls were involved in many programs. Youth became involved in the county fairs to help update the older age fairs. There they showed off produce, fruit, veggies and livestock.

During this week of 4-H it is a great time to join in Find out what you can do and have lots of fun

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