4-H Youth Development
Roasting marshmallows
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Summer is a time for relaxation, fun, and spending time with family and good friends. We celebrate with fireworks on the Fourth of July, have cookouts, and sit around campfires. As enjoyable as these simple pleasures are, they can also be accidents waiting to happen if we don't understand the personal safety dangers associated with each. Taking time to learn a bit more about fire safety can keep your summer fun all season long.
Cara showing a cow
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Summer is here, and so is the heat. As county fairs and livestock shows get underway, it is important to be mindful of the heat in regard to the safety and wellbeing of your animal. Heat stress goes beyond simply checking the forecast for the day. As you and your family prepare your animals, there are some valuable considerations before heading from pasture to show pen.
girl in 4-H showing sheep
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4-H livestock show season is approaching, and a healthy animal is part of any successful animal project. This means 4-H members and their families should know the best management practices for livestock biosecurity before, during, and after livestock shows. The focus of 4-H animal science projects is the education of the 4-H member, and biosecurity is important in that process.
peaches on a farmers' market stand
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Spring has finally arrived in Indiana, bringing budding trees and flowers, longer days, and the return of farmers markets. With over 150 farmers markets throughout the state, you are sure to find one near you. Some of the larger markets can be overwhelming to navigate, making it difficult to know if you're getting the best deals. Here are some tips to help you make the most of out of summer trips to your favorite farmers market.
Man and woman eating cotton candy
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Spring might have been slow to warm up, but summer is just around the corner, and summertime in Indiana means fairs, festivals, and food trucks. This can be the season for deep-fried, sugar-laden, high-calorie foods and beverages. If you attend one or even two of these events over the summer, you shouldn't worry too much about wrecking your diet by indulging in some of your favorite things. However, if you're like many 4-H families who will be spending much of your time at these events, you mig
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Did you know that the bicycle was invented in 1817? This early version had no steering, pedals, or brakes and was made entirely out of wood. Lucky for us, we've come a long way with more comfortable and safer options today.
kids with animals
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The Indiana State Fair is the culmination of a 4-H member's work with an animal over a 4-H program year. One important part of the learning process is ensuring that all necessary registration information is complete. 4-H members and families are familiar with the 4HOnline registration system. But 4-H members showing livestock also need to know about another registration system: Exhibitor's Corner.

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