Sen. Bradley endowment sends 4-H youth to Tallahassee

Johan Ibrahim, 14, isn’t even in high school. But as he walked through the Florida Capitol building, he felt like a grown up. “By the end of the week, I felt like I was really responsible. I learned that preparation is key,” said Ibrahim. He was visiting the Capitol as part of 4-H Legislature, which draws about 200 youth from across Florida each year to act out a mock legislative session. Ibrahim would not have been able to attend 4-H  More»

Teens get immersed in college life at 4-H University

Emily Lightner, 17, is passionate about pigs — show pigs, to be exact. A long time 4-H member in Seminole County, Lightner has been interested in agriculture from a young age. When she was 11 years old, she told her parents she wanted to start breeding show pigs and convinced them to drive her to Ohio to get piglet from a prize-winning litter. “From there, I started showing all over the United States and have raised over 100 pigs a year  More»

4-H may be the extracurricular your science-loving kid needs

When was the last time your child programmed a robot, raised a chicken or entered a bug collecting contest? With more public schools focused on raising students’ test scores, there may be fewer opportunities in the classroom to explore science in a hands-on way, said Heather Kent, regional specialized agent for the University of Florida IFAS Extension Florida 4-H Youth Development Program. Public education may have changed over the years,  More»

4-H preps kids for adulthood

Most kids can’t wait to grow up. But today, many parents are concerned that their children aren’t ready to enter the adult world, according to researchers with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. “In a survey of parents of first-year college students, from the work of my colleague Heidi Radunovich, parents rated their children lower on social and conflict management skills as well as navigating  More»

UF professor inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

  Joy Cantrell Jordan, University of Florida associate professor emerita, has been named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame. Jordan is considered a pioneer in 4-H curriculum, developing programs now used by educators across the county. On Oct. 6, Jordan will be inducted with 15 other 4-H leaders at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Laureates are recognized for their significant contribution to 4-H, the  More»

Learn to prevent plastic pollution July 21 at Depot Park

Who: Maia McGuire, Sea Grant agent with the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. What: Residents are invited to a free science café, “Eight ways to save the ocean: How to reduce microplastic pollution,” to learn about microplastics and how to prevent plastic pollution in our oceans. Attendees will have a chance to see microplastics under a microscope and ask McGuire  More»