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In UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H, leadership starts at a young age

Topic(s): 4-H

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Nine-year-old Rose Ducanis did not want to go to her first 4-H club meeting. “My mom pretty much had to drag me there,” Ducanis said. “I didn’t want to go because I just had no idea what to expect.” However, during that first meeting, she realized that UF/IFAS Extension Florida 4-H wasn’t just a bunch of kids listening to adults and eating snacks — it was a chance for her to find her voice as a leader.

“As I got more involved in 4-H, I realized that I had good things to say and that people would actually listen to them. You don’t often get that opportunity as a kid,” Ducanis said. Though Ducanis grew up in Davie, Florida, a suburban community, she liked how 4-H’s focus on leadership could apply to youth from any community.

Now, after nearly a decade as a 4-H member, Ducanis is the 2015–2016 Florida 4-H state council president. She has also been chosen as governor for this year’s 4-H Legislature, the main civic education event for Florida 4-H members between the ages of 13 and 18. From June 27 to July 1, youth from around the state will be at the Florida State Capitol, where they will learn to play the part of lawmakers, lobbyists and media correspondents in a mock legislative setting.

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UF/IFAS Extension Leon County to host Spring Open House on May 7

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Extension, Families and Consumers, IFAS, Nutrition

Who:      The UF/IFAS – Leon County Extension Office to host the 2016 Spring Open House.

What:    The community is invited to learn more about gardening related topics, including tree ID, invasive plant ID, the Florida-Friendly Yards program, composting and vermicomposting (worms!), and providing wildlife habitat at the UF/IFAS Extension Leon County Spring Open House. Visitors can tour demonstration gardens, and purchase a plant at the plant sale. Other Extension program areas will also be there. The Family Nutrition Program – Farm to School will have children’s activities and school garden resources for teachers. Leon County 4-H will introduce folks to archery. The Big Bend Woodwind Quintet will also be providing musical entertainment while you tour the gardens. Light refreshments will be available.

When:   9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7

Where:  UF/IFAS Extension Leon County Office, 615 Paul Russell Road, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301.

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By: Beverly James, 352-273-3566, beverlymjames@ufl.edu

Source: Mark Tancig, 850-606-5202, tancig00@ufl.edu

Ron O’Connor named National Friend of Extension

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Extension, Families and Consumers, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

 

Ron O’Connor was named “National Friend of Extension” this month at the 2015 National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference in Coeur d Alene, Idaho.

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Ron O’Connor takes a hands-on approach to helping at University of Florida/IFAS Extension events, mentoring up and coming agriculture students, taking photographs and even securing grants for many projects.

This month at the 2015 National Epsilon Sigma Phi Conference in Coeur d Alene, Idaho, the agricultural fraternal organization’s Alpha Delta chapter honored his efforts, naming O’Connor a “National Friend of Extension.” (more …)

Michael Gutter named new Associate Dean and State Program Leader for 4-H Youth Development, Families and Communities

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Announcements, Departments, Families and Consumers, Honors and Appointments, IFAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida Dean and Director for Extension Nick Place announced Tuesday that Professor Michael Gutter has been promoted to associate dean and state program leader for 4-H Youth Development, Families and Communities within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. (more …)

Volusia 4-H members tour Kennedy Space Center with USDA official

Topic(s): 4-H, IFAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Five Volusia County 4-H youth spent the kind of day most children only dream about ─ touring the Kennedy Space Center and hoping to watch the launch of the Orion Spacecraft test flight.

The launch was delayed, but 4-H members Kaitlyn Jackson, 13; Jonathan Murdock, 13; AJ Seifert, 12; Joshua Lacey, 12, and Olivia Hall, 12, met with U.S. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden, a 4-H alumna from Georgia. Harden saw the Dec. 4 tour as a chance to connect with children in 4-H, which works very closely with USDA on youth engagement in agriculture.

“Youth programs like 4-H are key to getting children excited about the possibility of agriculture as a career,” Harden said. “NASA and USDA have complementary goals. It was great to see these 4-Hers learn more about NASA and how the space agency’s work connects agriculture and technology.”

Florida 4-H is a University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences program and works with USDA.

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UF/IFAS teen anti-substance abuse program proves successful

Topic(s): 4-H, Extension, Families and Consumers, IFAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – A University of Florida program aimed at helping young people avoid alcohol and illegal drugs works well, new research shows.

Health Rocks!, an Extension curriculum facilitated by the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ Florida 4-H Youth Development Program, teaches middle school students life skills.

UF/IFAS Extension agents, faculty and the National 4-H Council teach Health Rocks! Many times, the professionals train schoolteachers and volunteers, who teach middle school students the curriculum.

The study’s results show the Florida curriculum helps to increase young people’s knowledge and to change their attitudes about drug use and may help them avoid illegal substances, said Kate Fogarty, an associate professor in UF/IFAS’ family, youth and community sciences and a study co-author.

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Escambia County 4-H club celebrates its centennial as oldest continuous club in Florida

Topic(s): 4-H, Extension, Families and Consumers
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — In 1914, cattle in Escambia County grazed in open fields. The fledgling aviation industry, with its flimsy bi-planes and open-air cockpits, got the first United States Navy flight school in Pensacola. Air-conditioning was mere rumor. And University of Florida Extension agent Ed Finlayson started the near the   Barrineau Park 4-H Club.

A century later, 3,500 head of cattle enjoy Escambia’s fenced-in pastures. Pensacola Naval Air Station trains jet fighter pilots. Escambia residents marvel that anyone ever survived summer without air-conditioning, and Barrineau Park 4-H celebrates its status as Florida’s longest continuously operating 4-H club – and one of the nation’s oldest. (more …)

Gov. Rick Scott signs resolution honoring Extension service at Florida State Fair

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Announcements, CALS, Economics, Extension, IFAS

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TAMPA, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott pauses to be in a photograph with 4-H members, left to right,  Marissa Coughlin, Meagan Borg and Krista Baker at the Florida State Fair. Scott attended the fair and the Fresh From Florida breakfast to talk about the importance of agriculture in Florida. In the photograph, he and the 4-H’ers stand in front of cutouts of political leaders who helped create the land-grant university and cooperative extension systems. UF/IFAS photo by Javier Edwards.

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a resolution, sponsored by state Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, Thursday, at the state fair in Tampa recognizing the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established the federal Cooperative Extension Service.

Scott formally opened the 110th Florida State Fair and held a cabinet meeting on the fairgrounds as a way to highlight the state’s agricultural heritage. He spoke briefly at the Fresh From Florida Breakfast.

Through the Smith-Lever Act, extension agents in every state work to share research information with various constituents, including farmers. Florida has an Extension office in every one of its 67 counties.

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UF/IFAS to showcase Extension at Florida State Fair

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Extension, Families and Consumers, IFAS

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences will celebrate 100 years of UF/IFAS Extension achievements and community service at Florida’s 2014 State Fair, scheduled for Feb. 6-17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.

UF/IFAS Extension personnel will be on hand in the State Agricultural Hall of Fame to explain the many services provided by Florida’s leading agricultural and research university. (more …)

Palm Beach teen named to national 4-H board

Topic(s): 4-H, Agriculture, Announcements, Families and Consumers

 

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Caleb Cheng, an 18-year-old 4-H member from Palm Beach County, has been selected to serve on the National 4-H Board of Trustees, which governs the National 4-H Council, a panel that supports national and state 4-H programs with a focus on fundraising, brand management, communications and legal and fiduciary services.

The teenager is going to Washington, D.C., Nov. 13, for his official three-year appointment to the board.

“I am extremely excited to serve on the National 4-H Council’s Board of Trustees,” Caleb said in an email. “Service is undoubtedly a characteristic I hold dear and view with utmost importance in making the best better in the world around me.”

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