North Carolina Cooperative Extension clients statewide tell how Extension is empowering them and providing solutions that have improved their lives.
Ask Curtis Crump and he’ll tell you that 4-H, Cooperative Extension’s youth education program, is nothing less than “amazing.” In fact, Crump, a rising sophomore in business administration at East Carolina University, credits 4-H with putting him solidly on his educational and career path.
During 4-H Congress this year, the outdoor cookery competitions — which included grilling pork, beef, chicken and turkey — were held on N.C. State University’s Court of North Carolina, right in the middle of main campus and just a stone’s throw from the university’s bell tower. All morning, the smells of barbecue rolled along Hillsborough Street.
State 4-H Congress will be in Raleigh June 22-26, attracting 521 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more.
A team of Alamance County 4-H’ers took first place in the state 4-H Wildlife Habitat Evaluation Program competition in April and will move on to represent North Carolina at the National 4-H WHEP Invitational this summer.
“My family does 4-H like a lot of families play baseball.” So said Allyson Brake, 18, a Wilson County 4-H’er who started her first livestock project after being given a lamb named “Peanut” for her fifth birthday.
Sharon Rowland retires after a career devoted to the betterment of Cooperative Extension and the people it serves.
A snowy weekend did not daunt the more than 400 guests who attended the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ annual donor recognition event, Feb. 17.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences again had a significant presence at the N.C. State Fair — whether it was Cooperative Extension personnel manning a station at the Cultivating a Career exhibit, the always popular N.C. State Howling Cow Ice Cream booth (courtesy of the CALS Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences), CALS students teaching kids about farm animals or fashioning elaborate horticulture displays, Dr. Tom Monaco’s prize-winning peppers or a plethora of 4-H entries in a range of competitions.
As Dr. Thearon McKinney retired from N.C. State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, a new scholarship endowment was created by his friends and family to honor McKinney and his wife, Vanette. The Thearon and Vanette McKinney American Youth Foundation Leadership Conference Scholarship Endowment was announced Sept. 7 at a retirement celebration for McKinney at the university’s JC Raulston Arboretum.