Farming as Rocket Science
As we reflect upon the role of county fairs and showcasing 4-H at the Kansas State Fair, it is uplifting to know that 4-H is being recognized as a producer of young people that are contributing to agriculture and feeding the world. This article from The Economist is in recognition of all the work that Extension educators, community partners, parents, and of course, the youth are doing to continue to make 4-H relevant and important.
Kansas 4-H is very excited to be a part of a new event that will educate youth and other participants about the value and marketing of agricultural commodities. The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) has partnered with National 4-H to educate youth about the power of the commodity markets. CME has granted monies out to hold “Commodity Carnivals” at county fairs around the United States.
At the Commodity Carnival, youth will produce and sell a commodity (i.e. hogs) with a fun and educational game. They will put investments into their commodity and then “sell” it by letting it roll down a plinko board to see how it fares in the market
Kansas 4-H is excited to have this fun event at ten local fairs this summer! Click here to find a Commodity Carnival near you! Kansas Counties Participating
4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities
Over 400,000 individuals in Kansas may not know where their next meal is coming from. Food insecurity and hunger are plaguing the world, our nation, our state, our communities, and even our friends. 4-H and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation are working together to raise awareness of local hunger and food insecurity, while also promoting participation in Invest An Acre. Invest An Acre is a program that encourages farmers to donate a portion of their crops to help fight hunger in their communities. Kansas 4-H is proud to have 8 local units participating in this program. Together, youth and adults in 4-H have planned initiatives that will contribute over 1700 volunteer hours to reach nearly 40,000 Kansas citizens! For more information on this initiative and how to get involved, visit http://www.kansas4h.org/p.aspx?tabid=574. Join 4-Her’s in their efforts to end hunger!
4-H Healthy Living Program
A partnership between Kansas 4-H Youth Development and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan now supports 4-H Healthy Living programs, reaching more youth and increasing our resources locally for healthy living programs. UnitedHealthcare is one of the managed care organizations that provides KanCare Medicaid services to Kansas residents. The UHC members are receiving information about 4-H encouraging them to contact their local Extension office or visit the Join Kansas 4-H website. All local Extension units can benefit from this partnership. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit new youth into the 4-H program and increase 4-H Healthy Living program resources. You can network with other agencies and healthcare organizations that may be serving KanCare members to help promote the 4-H and UHC partnership and encourage 4-H participation. To learn more go to Innovative Opportunities.