In this Issue:
  • Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017
  • Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture
  • Announcing the New 4-H Insectathon Event
  • Using LEGOs to Grow Literacy Skills in 4-H Clubs
  • Which Breed is Best for Backyard Poultry?
  • Soar with 4-H and the National Flight Academy
  • Florida 4-H Chick Chain “Egg-celence”
  • 5 Steps to Poultry Showmanship
  • 10 Tips to Prepare your Pig for Show
  • The Impact Ag Judging Had on Me
  • 4-H Science

    Remember the 3 R’s! – Earth Day April 22, 2017

    Do you remember the 3 R’s?  If you are over the age of forty you are probably thinking of a classroom, a teacher, and learning about Reading, wRiting, and aRithmetic.  These are the basic standards for learning, of course.  However, it is now 2017and the 3 R’s have a new meaning to a new generation …

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    Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture

    Fred and Bobbie Golden relocated to Jefferson County from Lakeland, Florida in 2000 to establish Golden Acres Ranch LLC.  The sixty-three-acre ranch is home to one of the largest mayhaw ponds in the region, grass fed goat & sheep, free-range chickens, guineas, pet boarding, and a country store. Bobbie and Fred have genuine love for …

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    Announcing the New 4-H Insectathon Event

    There are two kinds of people in the world- those that think bugs are really cool and those that run screaming from anything that slightly resembles an insect.  If you or a family member are the former, then prepare to be excited!  We are happy to announce that there will be a new competitive event …

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    Using LEGOs to Grow Literacy Skills in 4-H Clubs

    Books, DVD’s, audio books, magazines and…LEGO’s?  Yes, all of these can be found at the Washington County Public Library along with enthusiastic 4-H Club Leader, Renae Rountree.  Renae, Director of the WCPL, partnered with Washington County 4-H three years ago to “LEGO My Library” and start the Brick Bratz 4-H Club that meets twice a …

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    Which Breed is Best for Backyard Poultry?

    The term “Backyard Chickens” is one many people use today.  The idea of having a pet help you make breakfast is growing in popularity.  I am often questioned as to which breed of chicken is the best breed.  When asked, I always reply, “What do you want the chicken to do?”  The reason I ask …

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    Soar with 4-H and the National Flight Academy

    4-H has joined forces with the National Flight academy to bring a unique and exciting aviation camp to our 4-Hers.  The National Flight Academy builds heart-pumping, adrenaline-filled story line, which brings life to a mission as if the students are in a real-world scenario. Students apply these skills by flying the high-performance X-12 Triad, the National …

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    Florida 4-H Chick Chain “Egg-celence”

    On Saturday, October 29th, 4-H’ers from across the panhandle suited up in their 4-H Show gear, loaded up their chickens and ventured off to the inaugural Florida 4-H Chick Chain hosted at the Walton County Fairgrounds. This project was piloted last year with Alabama 4-H and is now an annual small animal science project offered …

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    5 Steps to Poultry Showmanship

    I am often asked, “How do you wash a chicken?” I reply, “Just like a turkey, only on a smaller scale!” But for many 4-H’ers, washing chickens is part of showing chickens and is a skill they have to master. Raising and showing poultry is quickly becoming a hobby for people of all ages. Youth …

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    10 Tips to Prepare your Pig for Show

    In the Florida Panhandle, it’s Fair Season!  Whether you are an exhibitor or a spectator, we are sharing some tips for you related to the Swine Project.  For spectators, it is important to understand the risks associated with disease and animals.  Though rare, influenza can spread from pigs to people.  The Centers for Disease Control …

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    The Impact Ag Judging Had on Me

    Here in North Florida, as the dogwood trees start to turn colors and drop their leaves and I wait for the first cool breezes of a seemingly delayed Autumn I often find my memory is easily awoken by hints of past falls. As a teen I participated for several years in the Agricultural Judging contest …

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