New Jersey 4-H Youth Develop Skills at Leadership Washington Focus Conference

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

LWF delegates at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H youth are ready to take on the challenges of leadership in the 21st century after experiencing the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Leadership Washington Focus (LWF), an intensive 4-H leadership development program for middle-school youth. The conference was held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, from July 15-19.

The four-day 4-H conference provided 135 youth and 30 adult chaperones from 15 states with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to participate in experiential learning that boosted leadership competency in the four key areas of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and confidence. In addition, the LWF conference also prepared youth to return home with important skills to make positive changes in their own communities. [Read more...]

New Jersey 4-Hers Boost Leadership and Civic Skills in Washington, D.C.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H delegates to the 2014 Citizenship Washington Focus on the steps of the Capitol.

New Jersey 4-H members learned about government processes in the vibrant, living classroom of the nation’s capital as part of Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF), an intensive 4-H civic engagement program for high-school youth held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The New Jersey 4-H delegation of 30 youth and three adult chaperones attended week 6 of the conference from July 6-12. [Read more...]

Salem County school gardens help students grow healthy eating habits

As the childhood obesity epidemic continues, teaching kids the benefits of healthy eating is becoming more and more important for parents and health officials…The foundation has partnered with Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the Food Corps this year to start the "Grow Healthy" campaign to reach kids by establishing garden projects at six schools in Salem County.

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PortaScience team travels to Rwanda to educate dairy farmers on milk quality

Michael Gavin, president of PortaScience, Inc., recently returned from Rwanda where he participated in the educational segment of a program funded by a grant from Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation to commercialize a milk quality test for East African small farms…David L. Lee, professor from the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, the research and outreach arm of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and Nathaniel F. Makoni, Ph.D., of the African Breeders Services, Total Cattle Management Ltd. (ABS TCM), joined Gavin in providing educational resources to Rwandan dairy farmers.

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Landscape classes offered in South Jersey

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cumberland County will present four free classes in Woodstown and Millville this fall that focus on practices homeowners may use to make their landscapes more eco-friendly.

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