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40 Iowa Youth Begin Term on State 4-H Council

September 21, 2023, 3:51 pm | Sydney Peterson, Madeleine Bretey-Smith

Forty Iowa youth are beginning their new terms as State 4-H Council members. They will serve as ambassadors for the 4-H Youth Development program throughout the state and in their local counties.  

Iowa 4-H Announces Youth Livestock Judging Contest Winners

September 21, 2023, 9:45 am | Sydney Peterson, Celine Beggs-Shoemaker

More than 170 4-H members from 34 counties participated in the 2023 State 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Participants were asked to evaluate eight classes of cattle, sheep, swine and meat goats, reviewing breed characteristics, physical conformation and structure, and gain efficiency.

Mental Health Grant Awarded to Iowa 4-H SWITCH, a Collaborative School Wellness Initiative

September 20, 2023, 8:30 am | Sydney Peterson, Laura Paulsen, Sally Shaver DuBois

SWITCH, an innovative school wellness initiative, has received additional funding from the Scanlan Center for School Mental Health at the University of Iowa. SWITCH is a collaborative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H Youth Development and an interdisciplinary research team at Iowa State. Currently schools may enroll in SWITCH for the 2023-2024 school year.

2023 Iowa State Fair Skillathon Contest Results Announced

September 11, 2023, 1:42 pm | Sydney Peterson, Celine Beggs-Shoemaker, Amy Powell

This year, 247 youth from 49 Iowa counties participated in Iowa State University Extension and Outreach skillathons for dairy, meat goat, sheep and swine at the Iowa State Fair. Participants identified feed samples, breeds and meat cuts while answering questions about genetics, nutrients, quality assurance, handling and welfare.

Iowa 4-H Youth Display Projects at the 2023 Iowa State Fair

September 8, 2023, 8:47 am | Sydney Peterson, Gail Castillo

Over 3,200 static 4-H exhibits created by 2,372 youth exhibitors were displayed in the Bruce L. Rastetter 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2023 Iowa State Fair. Youth showcased cumulative learning projects in agriculture and natural resources; food and nutrition; home improvement; consumer management; child development; science, engineering and technology; visual arts; photography; personal development; clothing and fashion; and sewing and needle arts.  

Extension Project in Crawford and Marshall Counties Fosters Career and College Readiness in Latino Youth

September 7, 2023, 1:37 pm | Kimberly Greder, Cayla Taylor

Local schools and organizations in Crawford and Marshall counties are partnering with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach to engage Latino families who have youth in middle school. The families will participate in two extension educational programs that foster career and college readiness.