Orange County 4-H Youth Programs Help Kids to Develop Interest in Agriculture Careers

Orange County 4-H is preparing youth to be responsible citizens and productive members of the workforce through livestock projects such as beef, swine, sheep, poultry, cavy and rabbits, which help youth develop knowledge and skills that increase their interest agriculture based careers.

According to a positive youth development study by Tufts University, when youth participate in special focus programs such as science, they are more likely to pursue science careers such as agriculture, veterinary and livestock production.

At the 2019 Central Florida Fair, a 4-H member was interviewed for a local news channel after her steer was chosen as one of the top five champions. She reported that selling her animal during the livestock auction will help her to continue with her livestock projects, save money for college and continue developing her home animal production operation: https://bit.ly/2TmoRxD.

Another 4-H member at Central Florida Fair promoted the sale of her swine project (pig) with the idea to use the revenue from the auction to help her save money for college so she can pursue a degree in livestock production in one of the most prestigious educational institution in the southern region of the United States.

Orange County 4-H has programs where local youth can be engaged and develop life skills that will help them to be prepared for the job market of the twenty-first century, all with a powerful network of private and public partners who share our vision for the future. Many thanks to the friends, supporters and most of all our more than 200 volunteers who make this possible for this generation of youth.

Orange County 4-H is always looking for responsible adults who would like to pass on knowledge and/or technical skills to youth to make the best better. For more information please e-mail: orange4h@ifas.ufl.edu.