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Lucas County 4-H’er Earns Entomology Project Award

Renae Beard


AMES, Iowa – Renae Beard of Lucas County received a state 4-H entomology project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Beard, 15, is the daughter of Randy and Jackie Beard of Chariton.


During her six years in 4-H, Beard has maintained a beekeeping business which has won her numerous accolades including the Iowa Honey Producers 2008 Youth Award and the county 4-H beekeeping award. She also has given speeches on her bees and bee keeping, earning a state fair seal of excellence for an educational presentation and second place honors at the Iowa Future Business Leaders of America Convention.


“I am very proud of the fact that I have had so many opportunities to share what I’ve learned about honey bees and bee keeping,” Beard said. “I plan to continue bee keeping and sharing information with others.”


In addition to entomology, she has been involved in the clothing, communications, sheep and swine project areas and has received state fair recognition for numerous projects. She has also served as a county 4-H council member and her local club’s president. A sophomore at Chariton High School, Beard has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference.


“4-H is everyone’s gifted and talented program,” she said. “It allows you to go as far as you’d like in any project area. The possibilities are endless.”


For more information about 4-H, contact the Lucas County office of Iowa State University (ISU) Extension. 4-H in Iowa is administered through the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development program and headquartered on the ISU campus in Ames.



Contacts :

Brenda Allen, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1567, bsallen@iastate.edu

Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, hmac@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu


Photo of Renea Beard