In this Issue:
  • Local Farmers Inspire the Next Generation about Agriculture
  • Which Breed is Best for Backyard Poultry?
  • 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
  • Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest
  • 4-H Grown & Raised
  • 4-H Grows Family Tradition for Four Generations
  • All Aboard the 4-H Chick Chain!
  • Animal Sciences

    Animal Sciences

    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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    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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    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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    Announcing the 4-H Tailgating Cookery Contest

    The “unofficial start of summer” was Memorial Day and nothing makes me think of summer more than the sounds and yummy smells of grilling out with family and friends.  Not only do I get to spend time with the people I love, but I also have the added benefit adding protein to our diets using …

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    4-H Grown & Raised

     What drives a 4-H Volunteer to do what they do? Quite simply, quoting Elizabeth Andrew, “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the HEART.”  In relation to 4-H, they have a heart that bleeds green! Jamie Burgess joined 4-H in 1990 with her first project in market lambs. Throughout high school she showed …

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    4-H Grows Family Tradition for Four Generations

    “When I was growing up 50 some years ago in West Gadsden County, I had no idea that the people that were a part of my everyday life would someday chart my path for the future.” I didn’t realize until recently just how deeply my roots are tied to 4-H. Not only does my family …

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    All Aboard the 4-H Chick Chain!

    Can you feel it? The promise of spring is in the air. Pollen is falling, grass is greening up, azaleas are blooming and it’s time to kick off the 2016 Florida 4-H Chick Chain project. This program is designed to help youth learn how to raise baby chicks to laying age while learning responsibility, record …

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