National 4H Week Highlights a Successful Year

The National 4 H Week has been very successful in the area with some clubs doubling in size. The year has been very busy with a 2022 4H Fire Up.

The Worth County Extension Office and the North Iowa Junior Beef Cattlemen’s Association co-sponsored a 4-H Beef Clinic this past April. The 4-H family members learned about fitting and grooming, 4-H beef exhibiting equipment, daily feeding and hair care, as well as training their 4-H beef calves to lead and exhibit in the show ring. Pictured are Worth County 4-H members and parents who participated in the workshop.

Worth County 4H member Aalyha Wicke was on the midday Request Show and talked about her experience with 4H.


Other activities in Worth County encompassed a number of events.

The Golden Banner 4-H Club performed on stage at the Iowa State Fair 4-H Share N’ The Fun on Saturday, August 20th.
Members of the 4-H State Livestock Judging Team at the Iowa State Fair were left to right; Owen Binnebose, Henry Hanson, Layla Scarlett, Adylyn Petersen and Dennis Johnson, Worth County Extension Education Specialist.

Worth County 4H member Gabby Branstad talked about what she accomplished through 4H while on the mid-day Request Show on KIOW.

The Worth County 4-H Livestock Judging Team had an opportunity to view the Grand Champion 4-H Livestock Carcasses in the meat laboratory at Iowa State University following their 4-H Livestock Judging Contest earlier in the day. Team members pictured left to right are 4-H Livestock Judging Coach, Dennis Johnson, Adylyn Petersen, Henry Hanson, Owen Binnebose and Layla Scarlett.
This past April the Worth County 4-H organized a sheep, goat and swine workshop that was hosted by the Chad Nelson family. Ashley (Veterinarian) and Mason Kolbet, Area Livestock Specialist led the program with information about feeding, healthcare, selection and exhibiting of the 4-H sheep, goats and swine project. Pictured are those 4-H members and parents who participated in the meeting.

Neveaha Wicke knows that she has really learned a lot from being in 4H when she appeared on the mid-day Request Show on KIOW.

More than 500 students have planted vegetables in the 4-H Garden at the Worth County Fairgrounds in the past 14 years.
This has proven to be a very good gardening learning opportunity with excellent cooperation from their classroom teachers Lisa Hagen and Anette Orvedahl.
Worth County 4-H made their biennial journey to Washington D.C. over spring break and while there they had the opportunity to meet on the U.S. Capitol steps with Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley who are pictured on the far left along with 4-H trip coordinator, Dennis Johnson, Worth County Extension Education Specialist (third from left). Worth County 4-H has had 1,000 4-H members and parents participate in the Worth County 4-H Washington D.C. trip since it was first organized 30 years ago. (Official U.S. Senate photo by Renee Bouchard).

4H Member Madison Branstad is in her final year with 4H. She has appeared before on the mid-day Request Show on KIOW, but this year was her year to reflect on everything that has happened and where it has taken her.

The Iowa State University Mascot “CY” joined the Worth County 4-H Intermediate Record Book award winners for a photo this past February. The 4-Her’s attended a an ISU Women’s Basketball game and campus tour as an award for completing their 4-H record book up through Junior High. 4-Her’s participating in front left to right are; Morgan Wallin, Camryn Backhaus, Janet Wallin, Breanna Wallin. Back Row Left to right; TJ Ausborn, Dennis Johnson, Worth County Extension Education Specialist, Kenley Meyer, Sydney Schilling, “CY”, Kelsi Liddle, Jessika Ausborn, Ariah Bode, Kale Bode, Kimberly Bode, Worth County Extension 4-H Youth Coordinator and Mike Bode.
The Worth County 4-H visited the State Capitol this past February and were greeted by State Representative, Jane Bloomingdale. The 4-H members had the opportunity to observe the House and Senate in session as well as attend citizenship and leadership workshops hosted by Iowa State University Extension Education Specialists including Worth County State 4-H Council Member, Marli Backhaus who led one of the sessions. Pictured left to right in front; Jim Hanson, Worth County Conservation Director, Dennis Johnson, Worth County Extension Education Specialist, State Representative, Jane Bloomingdale, Curt Schaub, Worth County Extension Council President, Mike Bode, Worth County Weed Commissioner, Kimberly Bode, Worth County Extension 4-H Youth Leader. In Back left to right: Khloe Kruger, Madison Edwards, Ariah Bode, Silas Girouard, Evelyn Berding, Kelsi Liddle, Iver Girouard, Lexis McHenry, Kendal Kruger, seated Weston Willand, Kale Bode, Logan Kauffman, Sophia Butler, Adylyn Petersen, Merrin Hanson, Marli Backhaus, Cecelia Hill.

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