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Inspired at 4-H leadership conference, Warren County teen makes positive impact on local environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Spurred by an idea at a Kentucky 4-H leadership conference, a Warren County teen returned home and is making a positive impact on her local environment. Anna Sweets is a 4-H member and a senior at South Warren High School. She leads her local 4-H environmental club, which she started after participating in the environmental tract at 4-H Teen Conference for the...

Cold weather doesn’t chill enthusiam, as nearly 2000 FFA, 4-H members attend UK’s 48th annual Field Day

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Nearly 2,000 FFA and 4-H members from Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana gathered on a cold April day on the University of Kentucky campus for the 48th annual UK Field Day. Throughout a busy day of competition and networking, they also learned about the many educational opportunities available in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The field day attracts...

Ryan Quarles: ‘Ag Tag’ donations are an investment in the future of Kentucky agriculture

In the weeks to come, many of you will head to your county clerk’s office to renew your farm vehicle license plates, or “ag tags.” When you do, I hope you will make a voluntary donation to the Ag Tag Fund for the future of Kentucky agriculture. Proceeds from the fund are divided equally among Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA, and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) for youth development and...

Worth the Wait: 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp gave youth front-row seat for once-in-a-lifetime event

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward At 11:55 a.m. CDT last Monday, Cory Stone, NASA solar system ambassador, gave the call for eclipse glasses to go on and excitement ensued. The moment for which campers at the 4-H Solar Eclipse Camp had been waiting had arrived. The viewing of the total solar eclipse was the culmination of a weekend of learning and fun at the West Kentucky 4-H Camp. Located in Dawson...

Kentucky 4-H Foundation names Miller as executive director, Carr director of advancement

The Kentucky 4-H Foundation recently named Melissa Miller as executive director and Benjamin Carr as director of advancement. Miller is responsible for the oversight and management of the foundation, and Carr is the organization’s chief fundraising officer. Miller, of Elizabethtown, had served as the foundation’s interim executive director for the past year and is no stranger to Kentucky agriculture...

UK Cooperative Extension service names Mains assistant director of Kentucky 4-H

A lifelong 4-H’er has taken the helm of one of Kentucky’s most popular and storied youth development programs. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service has named Mark Mains the assistant director of Kentucky 4-H after a national search. He began this role in September. Mains has served as a Kentucky extension specialist for 4-H youth development since 2004. Prior to that, he was...

As 2015’s sesquicentennial nears, UK recognizes, celebrates its roots in agriculture

Breathitt County ag agent H.B. Cravens and home demonstration agent Mary Louise Scott travel by mule to visit residents sometime between 1934 and 1940. (Photo from FCS archives)   By Carl Nathe Special to KyForward   While the University of Kentucky prepares to celebrate its sesquicentennial, it is also recognizing that the “roots” of the institution in large measure can be found...