4-H Is More Than Animal Showing

4-H Is More Than Animal Showing

August 16, 2016

If you attend your local fair this summer, you will be sure to see 4-H students showing livestock: from cows, to rabbits, and just about everything in between. But the organization is about more than showing animals and has opportunities for students with a multitude of interests, including environmental science, plant and animal science, nutrition, and leadership.  Six million 4-H students also complete 5 million science projects, 2.5 million healthy living projects, and 2.5 million citizenship projects per year.

Students in 4-H  “learn by doing.” The club encourages creativity and hands-on learning experiences, whether it be with animals, computers or even robots. 

4-H got started because universities wanted to start teaching corn production differently, so they gave the seeds to children to see which of them could grow the best corn.

“We’ll never move away from ag, but what that looks like in the future is far different,” said Renee McKee, the head of the Indiana 4-H program at Purdue University Extension.

4-H is not trying to stray away from their ag-based roots. On the contrary, by emphasizing the need to keep up with technology, the organization aims to ensure that students are provided more opportunities to grow and to be prepared for a much wider array of jobs – within agriculture and within the world in general.

The organization is doing well: enrollment increased in 2015, with each member pledging “my head to clearer thinking, my heart to greater loyalty, my hands to larger service, and my health to better living, for my club, my community, country, and my world.”

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