4-H & FFA competitions benefit students, livestock & communities

Washington county fair 2014 - cover storyLocal and regional fairs with 4-H and Future Farmers or America (FFA) competitions build competitors’ skills, self-confidence and leadership skills while educating fair visitors about agriculture. Competitors and audiences may become be our next generation of farmers and ranchers.

4-H competitions offer students valuable feedback on their agricultural projects and a chance to compete with peers. Students face public speaking angst while improving presentation skills. Prizes offer incentives for future efforts, pay for additional projects and contribute to college educations.

Prize winning livestock often bring high prices at auction. 4-H animals are accustomed to working cooperatively with people, and may be easier to manage that other livestock.

Livestock competitions may include beef, dairy, goat, sheep, equine, rabbit and poultry classes. Learn more here.

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About Sanne Kure-Jensen

Sanne Kure-Jensen is a frequent contributor to Country Folks, Country Folks Grower and Wine & Grape Grower bringing regional and national attention to agriculture in RI and across southern New England. She has also written for newsletters of the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA), Holistic Management International (HMI), RI Beekeepers Association and RI Tree Council. Read Sanne’s work at her Sustainable Living page at examiner.com. Sanne has written successful grant applications for alternative energy projects, staff and board training, products and services. Clients include agricultural businesses, farm stand/markets and non-profit organizations. Recent successful grant projects include a $90,000 USDA Rural Development‘s Rural Energy For America Program (REAP), $10,000 Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Farmer and $20,000 Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG). Sanne is the part-time Administrator for NOFA/RI, a Rhode Island Certified Horticulturist and beekeeper. She is a NOFA Accredited Organic Land Care Professional and has lectured across southern New England on Beekeeping, Native Pollinators and Ecological Landscape Design. Learn more about the NOFA’s Land Care programs or contact Sanne for a garden consultation through the NOFA/RI website.
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