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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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Cover photo for NC 4-H State Livestock Contests

NC 4-H State Livestock Contests

July 29–31, 2021 Quiz Bowl Entry Form Skillathon Entry Form Livestock Judging Entry Form Contest Rules July 29, 2021 8–9 a.m. Registration for Skillathon Contest and …

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Youth Beef Educational Workshop

What: Youth Beef Educational Workshop hosted by the NC Cattlemen’s Association (Learn about Beef Production, Processing, and Marketing) Date: July …

Cover photo for Advanced Livestock Judging Program

Advanced Livestock Judging Program

2021 Advanced Livestock Judging Program June 29 (Buncombe County) July 6 (Rowan County) July 13 (Wilson County) Youth ages 14-18 only Limited to the …

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Show Down in the Foothills

Show Cattle Clinic May 8, 2021 Caldwell County Fairgrounds, Lenoir, NC Instructor: Bob May, Mineral Point, WI, Purina Honor Chow Ambassador For more …

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WNC Jr Beef Spring Fling

When: April 9–10, 2021 Steer and Heifer Check-In: 9 a.m.–7 p.m. on April 9 Heifer Show 10 a.m. on April 10 Steer …

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East Coast Extravaganza

Swine, Goat, Lamb, Heifer, and Steer Show March 6–7, 2021 Schedule Rules Entry Form (Late entries will be accepted at the Gate at …

Cover photo for State 4-H Livestock Contest Information

State 4-H Livestock Contest Information

State 4-H Livestock Contest October 31 – Skillathon November 1 – Livestock Judging State Contest Agenda Quiz Bowl contest has been canceled. Entries are …

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Diagram of swine body parts.

Swine Exhibitor's Project Guide (7-8 Years of Age)

This factsheet offers information on showing swine for youth aged 7-8.

Swine Showmanship

This publication offers information on youth showmanship of swine.

Diagram of swine body parts.

Swine Exhibitor's Project Guide (5-6 Years of Age)

This factsheet offers information on showing swine for youth aged 5-6.

Figure 1. Developing goals and strategies.

Teaching From the Garden: Creating Transformative Learning Landscapes at Schools

This publication discusses learning opportunities and suggestions for planning, designing, and implementing school gardens.

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Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

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Home Composting with Earthworms

Earthworms can turn food scraps into a soil amendment called vermicompost — worm castings — …

Backyard composting bin

What CAN Be Composted?

List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.

Searching for ripe tomatoes.

Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

This publication includes simple recipes that childcare center cooks and educators can use to engage …