New Jersey 4-H Members Attend National Agri-Science Youth Summit

New Jersey 4-H delegates at the national Agr-Science Summit in MD. Front row, L-R: Isa Perkins, Newark; Trevor Hettrick, Montclair; and Rebecca Byrne, West Milford. Back row, L-R: Brittany Smith, Oxford; Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno, Belleville. Photo credit: Jeanette Rea-Keywood.

New Jersey 4-H delegates at the National Agr-Science Youth Summit in MD. Front row, L-R: Isa Perkins, Newark; Trevor Hettrick, Montclair; and Rebecca Byrne, West Milford. Back row, L-R: Brittany Smith, Oxford; and Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno, Belleville. Photo credit: Jeanette Rea-Keywood.

Six New Jersey 4-H members representing four counties–Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Warren–attended the National Agri-Science Youth Summit held Jan. 15-18 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The purpose of the conference was to provide youth with an opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of the critical role of agricultural science innovation in addressing the world’s most pressing issues.

The New Jersey 4-H’ers, who joined 85 youth and adults representing 15 states at the summit, included Susan Asali and Victoria Bruno from Belleville, Rebecca Byrne of West Milford, Trevor Hettrick from Montclair, Isa Perkins of Newark and Brittany Smith from Oxford.

“Today, many young people are generationally and geographically removed from farming and agriculture,” said Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H agent, Rutgers Department of 4-H Youth Development. “Yet, it is vital that these young leaders and future decision makers understand the critical role agriculture plays in our society.” [Read more…]

Flemington Resident a Member of New Jersey Team to Attend National 4-H Avian Bowl Contest

Two 4-H members will represent New Jersey at the National 4-H Avian Bowl Contest to be held at the National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference scheduled for Nov. 18-19, in Louisville, Kentucky. Approximately 250 individuals will be attending this national conference… The 4-H Avian Bowl is a double elimination contest for teams patterned after other knowledge bowls. Teams consist of 2-4 members per team. Avian Bowl is an educational project, in which 4-H contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs and other related subjects. The National 4-H Avian Bowl is sponsored by the Poultry Science Association… "This the first time in the history of the National 4-H Avian Bowl competition that New Jersey has had a team participate. Avian Bowl offers 4-H’ers an excellent opportunity to work as a team to advance their knowledge in poultry related topics. We are proud of our team and look forward to participating in future years!" says Jeannette Rea-Keywood, State 4-H Agent and New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program – Small Animal Project Advisory Council liaison.

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Somerset County Teens to Attend National 4-H Congress

Somerset County 4-H member James Meier has been selected to attend National 4-H Congress scheduled for Nov. 27-Dec. 1 in Atlanta… James will be part of the New Jersey delegation of 17 teen 4-H members from nine counties (Atlantic, Cumberland, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic and Somerset)… National 4-H Congress is the premiere national educational and recognition event for the 4-H youth development program. For over 90 years, youth from the United States and its territories have participated in this youth leadership development conference… The theme for 2015 event is "Excite, Spark, Ignite." The conference will focus on the Cooperative Extension System’s belief that young people can be significant partners in addressing the issues that face our nation, especially those affecting youth. The educational programs were developed for National Congress by a design team of youth and adults from around the country… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station.

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Cumberland County 4-H Directs High Impact School Outreach Model

Cumberland County 4-H Program Assistant Donna Griebau visited Saint Mary’s School to begin a series of classes that explored electricity… The series is part of an effort to refocus on school-based 4-H programs using a new model which is intended to bring the benefits of 4-H club experience into the classroom… The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension and is the oldest positive youth development program in the country. 4-H is a leader in experiential learning programs and helps youth learn how to run a meeting using parliamentary procedure, develop public speaking skills, engage in community service work, set goals, complete project work, and benefit from recognition opportunities for their efforts… "Cumberland 4-H will continue to work with area schools providing one-time, hands-on enrichment programs," said Julie Karavan, County 4-H Agent.

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Atlantic County 4-H Volunteer Inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame

Class of 2015 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates. Dorothy Calimer is front row, third from right.

Class of 2015 4-H Hall of Fame Laureates. Dorothy Calimer is front row, third from right.

Dorothy (Dot) A. Calimer of Cologne, New Jersey was inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on October 9 for her lifetime achievements and contributions to 4-H.

Honored by the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program, Calimer was one of 16 people inducted during the ceremony at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame honorees are nominated by their home states, National 4-H Council, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents or 4-H National Headquarters/NIFA, USDA based upon their exceptional leadership at the local, state, national and international levels. [Read more…]