Extension begins rebuild of 4-H program

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People of the Cooperative Extension Service wear many hats in the community:  big ones, small ones, hats that are worn in public, and hats that fit best working behind the scenes.

I have worn many hats in the past, but the day I began my career as the County Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources/4-H Youth Development, I put on my biggest hat to date.  This hat is unique in that it is two-sided.  Do you recall Bill Swerski’s Superfans? In one of these Saturday Night Live skits, the Superfans begin talking about “Da Bearss” but then switch to discussing “Da Bullss.”  To signify this switch, they literally rotate their hats to show the Bulls logo rather than the Bears logo. This is the type of hat I currently wear.  One side is Ag and the other, 4-H.

With that said, let me rotate my hat to 4-H…

4-H is a critical branch of Extension.  Why?  Because the program allows us to reach, teach, and inspire youth—the future of our community.  The 4-H Program in Carroll County is currently in a rebuilding phase due to the absence of a 4-H Agent.  Although we hope to have a 4-H Agent soon, the FCS Agent and I are taking steps to lay the foundation for the overall 4-H program in the county.  That foundation starts with the 4-H Advisory Council.

The purpose of the 4-H Council is to actively involve local volunteers in developing, conducting and evaluating a 4-H program/activity that is based on the needs of volunteers, youth, and the entire county.  Members of the 4-H Council work together to improve the quality of the 4-H program by contributing thoughts and ideas.

Do you have an interest in 4-H?  Do you have ideas on how to build our 4-H Program again?  If so, I encourage you to attend our next 4-H Council Meeting on December 5 at 12 p.m. at the Extension Office.  All residents of Carroll County are welcome to participate in the discussion.  Please do not think the council must only consist of those who have children.  It takes all minds and experiences to bring new ideas to the table.

The 4-H program in Carroll County has the potential to see great success.  Who will benefit from this success?  Our youth, our community, and our future.  I encourage you to join the discussion.

Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.

Upcoming dates of interest

Nov. 2 – Agricultural Development Council Meeting, 7 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.

Nov. 22 – Carroll County Cattlemen’s Association Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Carroll County Extension Office.  The guest speaker will be Dr. J.D. Green, UK Extension Specialist in Plant & Soil Sciences, and the topic will focus on problematic weeds and control methods.