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Don’t Get Tricked When Trick or Treating

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AUBURN, Ala.–It’s time for pumpkin patches, jack-o-lanterns, hay rides, colorful leaves–and most exciting for the kids–trick or treating on Halloween! As a parent or as an adult who will be handing out candy to trick-or-treaters, it is important to know how to keep children safe on Halloween. The following are a few tips for parents and homeowners from Leigh Akins, ... Read More »

4-H Grows Here: National 4-H Week Oct. 4-10

AUBURN, Ala.—More than 6 million young people across the country will celebrate National 4-H Week, an annual celebration of 4-H Oct. 4-10. National 4-H Week, is a special time to highlight 4-H programming and the great things that it offers young people. This year’s theme is “4-H Grows Here.” The nation’s largest youth development organization, 4-H grows confident young people who ... Read More »

Fall is 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season

Now that the new school year is underway, it’s time to kick off 4-H re-enrollment and recruitment season. Alabama 4-H reached 138,675 youth during the 2014-2015 club year. While membership is open all year, most re-enrollment and recruitment drives take place the first three months of the school year. Alabama 4-H Foundation agents conduct programs and activities in every county. 4-H Has Something for ... Read More »

Reaching Out To Alabama’s Military Youth

While they may not be clothed in camouflage or serving in remote places of the world, military youth still play an integral role in Alabama communities. Because of this, The Alabama Cooperative Extension System works year-round to serve military youth and their families. Extension’s annual programming for the 4-H Military Partnership creates opportunities for and provides support to military connected ... Read More »

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 »

Alabama 4-H’ers Hit Atlanta for National 4-H Congress

National 4-H Congress

While families across the state get ready for Thanksgiving and the famous Iron Bowl, a group of Alabama 4-H club members are preparing for the 2014 National 4-H Congress. The youth will be missing the tail end of their Thanksgiving break with family and friends along with one of the most talked about football games of the year – there may ... Read More »

Younger People Hesitate to Choose Farming Careers

Farming--Young Farmer

The popular nursery rhyme “Old McDonald,” is shifting from a fictional character to reality with the growing population of older farmers. It’s a fact, farmers in our country are aging, and the younger generations are not becoming as involved. According to the most recent agricultural census, the average age of farmers in the United States is 56, with the average ... 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 »

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

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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 »