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BG 4-H attends congress

Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Danny Somers, Clarksville; Rebecca Griffith, Bowling Green; and Reed Niemeyer, Bowling Green; recently attended the 68th annual State 4-H Congress.

The event was held May 29 through 31 on the campus of the University of Missouri at Columbia with nearly 300 other Missouri teens.

Participants experienced life on a university campus and the opportunity to elect the next State 4-H Council.

Workshops were held on topics ranging from creating websites to citizen response to active threats, in addition to more traditional ones for babysitting, livestock judging and food preparation using locally grown products.  Workshops for delegates are taught by University of Missouri faculty, field faculty and volunteers.

Aaron Davis, a member of the 1994 NCAA Division 1-A football championship team, challenged 4-H members to make wise choices during the summer months during his keynote address.

“4-H is about building life skills,” said Bradd Anderson, a state 4-H youth specialist.  “The state 4-H congress event helps youth explore career choices, develop leadership skills, and build connections with other positive youth from across the state.”

There are currently over 23,000 youth participating in 4-H clubs, with over 290,000 youth being reached by the variety of Missouri 4-H programs in 2013.  For more information on 4-H youth programs, visit the 4-H website at

Missouri 4-H is a program of MU Extension.