4-H Youth Development
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
a kid walking next to two lambs
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The Indiana State Fair is the culmination of the 4-H livestock experience, where 4-H members showcase what they have learned with their animal over the course of the summer. The Indiana State Fair's Indiana Bred and Owned program is another opportunity for 4-H youth to demonstrate their skills and knowledge with their animal.
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Have you ever known a child who received free or reduced priced meals at school, or a family who received food stamps? Have you ever volunteered at a food pantry, soup kitchen, or community garden? Have you ever been a recipient of food from one of these places? And have you ever thought about how you can get involved to make a difference in your community?

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