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Alabama’s Chick Chain Project Expanding to Florida

Alabama has had great and growing success with the Chick Chain project since 2013. Now, other states are taking notice and adopting the program to their 4-H programs as well. Florida 4-H is taking on the Chick Chain project after seeing how beneficial and successful it was in Alabama’s 4-H program. The Chick Chain project is a program targeted at ... Read More »

Project Pig Squeal Growing Youth

pig squeal

While many children and teenagers spend their free time riding bikes and playing Xbox, some  Alabama 4-H youth are using their free time bringing home the bacon. Participants from 11 counties across the state are participating in Project Pig Squeal, a 4-H program designed to teach the importance of safe food production through hands-on experience. Each member is responsible for raising ... Read More »

Anna Denison Awarded 2015 Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship

Auburn University freshman Anna Denison from Opelika has been awarded the Ann Barr Honorary 4-H Club Foundation Scholarship for 2014-15. Denison, an identical twin, has been involved in Alabama 4-H since age 9. She was a member of the Learning Clovers 4-H Club, where she served as secretary and vice president. She also was a member of the 4-H Horse ... Read More »

4-H Goes High-Tech with Digital Badges

Youth participating in Rockets to the Rescue!

4-H got an upgrade with the use of digital badges for their National Youth Science Day experiment, Rockets to the Rescue! 4-H National Youth Science Day connected thousands of youth across the country through a mutual experiment. 4-H NYSD began in 2008, and since then over 5 million youth have participated in experiments from robotics to alternative energy. “It gets kids ... Read More »

Livestock Judging Teaches Youth Life Skills

4-H livestock judging competitors

The Alabama 4-H livestock judging program not only teaches young people how to evaluate the best animal, but it also instills important life skills in today’s youth. Stanley Windham, assistant director of Program Operation Innovations at the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and former livestock judging coach, explained that preparation is key for competitions. “Teams start to practice in April and continue into June by ... Read More »

Volunteer the Time to Make a Difference

4-H volunteers

A little time can go a long way and make all the difference in youth programs across the South. Time spent inspiring and teaching youth to become contributing members of society  is something all 4-H volunteers take to heart. Holly Hirsbrunner, a Junior Master Gardener (JMG) volunteer in Cullman County, has been taking time out of her days to contribute to ... Read More »

Why 4-H?

2014 Alabama 4-H Council

While most children are watching television, Instagramming or playing sports, 4-H youth across the nation are improving their social, academic and leadership skills through hands-on activities and team-building exercises. Ever wondered what the name “4-H” means? The four “H’s” stand for Head, Heart, Hands and Health. As any 4-H’er could recite, the national oath is, “I pledge my Head to ... Read More »

District 11 App Teaches Do’s and Don’ts of Nature

Download to play

Many of today’s youth are technologically savvy, but lack knowledge of the world on the other side of the computer screen. Alabama Extension addresses this with their new  application “District 11”, available for free download from iTunes. Tributes Charged With Saving District 11 Players are greeted by mentor and guide Gideon, who explains that District 11 has been stricken with a mysterious illness. ... Read More »

Alabama 4-H Icon Honored for her Service to Extension, 4-H and Country

Ann Barr, known as the “Spirit of Alabama 4-H,” was recently honored during a celebration at Azalea Place in Auburn for her 43 years of service to Alabama Extension and 4-H, and her years of military service. A plaque honoring Barr was placed at the base of a new flag pole at Azalea Place. Retired 4-H colleagues Tony Dozier, Bob ... Read More »