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Teens attend National 4-H Congress

Thirteen teens from Illinois attended a five-day national conference in Atlanta, Ga. Nov. 23 - 27. Illinois delegates to National 4-H Congress are selected on their outstanding 4-H accomplishments, said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and director of Illinois 4-H.

If 4-H club meetings are the training grounds for leadership development, National 4-H Congress is the pep rally that inspires the members to excel. In addition to trainings and nationally recognized speakers, members network with 4-H members across the United States.

Teens learn livestock practices

Teens with an interest in livestock production may participate in an overnight University of Illinois Extension 4-H conference to build their skills in livestock management and marketing. The conference is Jan. 26 through 27 at the Decatur Hotel and Conference Center. Registration closes Dec. 17, and cost is $165 for the weekend training.

The Youth Livestock Conference is organized and taught by members of the Illinois 4-H Livestock Ambassador Team, an elite group of 4-H livestock members and alum who have received training from industry experts.

It’s all about skills

The Illinois 4-H team took reserve champion honors in the 2018 National 4-H Livestock Skillathon Contest held Nov. 14 in Louisville, Ky. The skillathon division of the North American International Livestock Exposition tests the competitors’ knowledge in a wide range of livestock management issues, including breeding, meat evaluation, animal handling, feeding, marketing, and health.

History made; Illinois wins

Never, since its inception in 1919, has the National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest ended in a tie; that is, until this year. The 4-H teams from Illinois and Virginia were even at the end of competition. Illinois was named the national champion based on its higher reasons score.

In addition to the team championship, Illinois 4-H member Mason Engnell of McDonough County was named the overall individual winner of the contest held Nov. 13 in Louisville, Ky.

HORSE JUDGING: Illinois 4-H team takes 6th

Illinois 4-H placed sixth out of 22 teams at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Horse Judging Contest held Nov. 3 at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Ky.

Illinois placed fourth in the conformation division, sixth in oral reasons, and seventh in the performance division to claim the sixth place team finish.

HIPPOLOGY: Third place finish for Illinois 4-H team

Illinois 4-H placed third out of 22 teams at the Eastern National 4-H Horse Roundup Hippology Contest held Nov. 3 at the North American International Livestock Expo in Louisville, Ky. Dana Daugherty Taylor, Macon County 4-H alumna, coached the team.

There are four phases to the contest. Illinois placed third in the hands-on stations, fourth in the written exam and team problem solving, and ninth in live judging to take the third place award.

DAIRY QUIZ BOWL: Illinois 4-H team is 4th

The Illinois 4-H team claimed fourth place out of 17 teams in the National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl contest held Nov. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The team includes Emma Carlson of Boone County, Payton Erbsen of Carroll County, Lane Heinzmann of Clinton County, and Briley Lenkaitis of Saline County. Carlson was sixth overall.

The contest challenges contestants’ knowledge of dairy production, business management, dairy products, and dairy science. Illinois won four rounds, but fell at the hands of the 4-H team from Vermont.

State’s highest award presented to 4-H members

Twenty-two 4-H members from across the state were honored for their lifetime 4-H achievements. The Illinois State 4-H Award recognizes exemplary work in five major areas: communications, community service, leadership, personal growth, and project mastery. The winners were recognized during a ceremony held Oct. 20 in Champaign.

These member are experiencing all 4-H has to offer

Illinois 4-H challenges youth to try new things, experiment in project areas they may enjoy, and explore opportunities around the state and country. The 4-H Experience Award recognizes youth who excel in that challenge.

“The 4-H Experience Award celebrates youth whose 4-H experiences have expanded to the state, national or international level,” said Lisa Diaz, University of Illinois Extension assistant dean and Illinois 4-H director.


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