AMES, Iowa – Kristi Larson of Hancock County received a state 4-H poultry project award that includes a $100 savings bond from the Mary Jo and Glen Mente Endowment and the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Larson, 18, is the daughter of Kimm and Kathy Larson of Garner.
During her nine years in 4-H, Larson has received numerous duck and chicken awards at her county fair including junior and senior showmanship honors. She also has taken her projects to the Iowa State Fair where she has received blue ribbons.
“I have learned about the different kinds of feed for ducks and chickens, how to get each bird ready for show and what a judge looks for in a winning one,” she said. “I hope to take my knowledge of raising and showing poultry to younger 4-H members and get them involved in the project area.”
In addition to poultry, Larson has been involved in the horse, horticulture and food and nutrition project areas and has received Danforth “I Dare You,” citizenship and leadership awards at the local level. She has attended the Iowa 4-H Youth Conference and served as a county 4-H council member and her club’s vice president.
“4-H has helped me set and achieve goals throughout my life,” she said. “I have learned many communication skills, which have been very helpful towards interviews that I have participated in, and I look forward to using the many skills I have gained through 4-H in my future career.”
Larson is currently a freshman at North Iowa Area Community College.
For more information about 4-H, contact the Hancock 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.
Hannah McCulloh, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9915, firstname.lastname@example.org
Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-0775, email@example.com