4-H Youth Development
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Applications are now being accepted for the Indiana 4-H Dairy Youth Academy, a program for students in grades 10-12 who want to learn more about careers in the dairy industry. Academy participants will meet industry professionals and attend workshops on farm management, veterinary medicine and agribusiness.
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A Purdue University faculty member has prepared Indiana 4-H's first online curricula - and on the environmentally important sciences of weather, climate, soil and water. The curricula - Soil and Water Science and Weather and Climate Science - will help students in grades 3-12 nationwide learn about the topics that are increasing in interest among the public, said Natalie Carroll, a Purdue Extension specialist and youth development and agricultural education professor who developed the programs.
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Extension horse specialists from Purdue University and the University of Nebraska have developed an app that enables smartphone users to calculate a horse's body condition score and record the score with a photo of the horse. The HorseBCS app will be helpful for any horse owner or other trained equine professional. Law enforcement personnel also will benefit from the app, along with 4-H'ers and their leaders, as they learn the proper technique of caring for a horse.
St. Joseph Rocketry Club members
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The St. Joseph County 4-H Aerospace Club competed in the final round of a nationwide rocket challenge. The video shows how the contest tested club members' skills at building and launching a model rocket that carried a delicate cargo of raw eggs.