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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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Livestock Judging Clinic

NC State Livestock Evaluation Course will be hosting a livestock judging clinic to be held Thursday, November 3, 2022. It …

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Livestock Show Calendar

Show Information We have tried to include the majority of livestock shows going on in NC in the upcoming months. …

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Southeastern Regional Contest

2022 Southeastern Regional Contest Date: Saturday, November 5th Location: Washington County Fairgrounds and SWVA Higher Education Center, Abingdon, VA SER Rules and …

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Gary Stamey Livestock Clinic

Schedule and Details Registration Information When: August 4, 2022 Sheep & Goats Where: NC Mountain State Fairgrounds, Fletcher NC What: We will cover …

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North Carolina Junior Beef Roundup Information

Held at the NC Mountain State Fairgrounds Fletcher, NC August 5–7, 2022 Entries are due July 25, 2022 2022 Show Results Agenda 2022 Rules and Information Class Listing …

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2022 State 4-H Livestock Events

State 4-H Livestock Contests July 27-29 , 2022 Agenda – Final Please note several changes from previous years, including an awards …

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Advanced Livestock Judging Program

This program is designed for kids ages 14-18 that have some previous livestock judging experience. This program allows youth …

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Advanced Skillathon Clinics

Advanced Skillathon Clinics Open to youth ages 14-19 who have participated in Livestock Skillathon for two or more years. These …

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Jammin' June

We are excited to offer a brand new contest this year for the youth of North Carolina, The Jammin’ …

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Sweet Union Jackpot Show

Entry Information : More Information Contact: Jerry …

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Mid Atlantic Showcase

Youth must register for points to be considered as part of the showmanship circuit. Registration for the Circuit Reminder this enters …

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NC State Livestock Science Camp

The NC State Livestock Science Camp is a summer camp experience for youth 15-18 years old. It is designed …

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The Paramount Swine Jackpot

The 2022 The Paramount Swine Jackpot Show is Saturday, February 26, 2022 (9:00 a.m. start time) at the Johnston …

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North Carolina 4-H Livestock School

NC 4-H Livestock School When: February 19, 2022 Where: Lenoir County Livestock Arena, Kinston What: We will cover Sheep and Goats for …

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Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens

This publication focuses on easy-to-grow, child-friendly, warm-season fruits and vegetables suitable for childcare center gardening. …

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Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens

This publication focuses on developing fruit and vegetable production gardens in the Outdoor Learning Environment …

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Growing and Cooking Fruits and Vegetables at Childcare Centers

This factsheet summarizes the benefits of fruit and vegetable gardening with children. It includes age-appropriate …

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