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    Quotes to Live By Essay Contest Helps Youth Reflect on Their Character

    Many people have become “a person of character” by guiding their thoughts and actions from the sage advice of tried and true maxims. To learn more about maxims, youth may participate in the SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest which youth will select a maxim and write how this essay impacts their life or our world. Additional information can be found in the State 4-H 2017 Official Contestant Packet Quotes to Live By Essay Contest.

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    The 3 Best Tips for 4-H Recordkeeping

    Record keeping is a rewarding process. For a youth, it may be a daunting process. It can be time consuming to complete. Youth participating in 4-H are encouraged to keep records annually through a 4-H Recordbook. The primary purpose of completing a recordbook is for youth to develop the skills necessary to set goals, work toward achieving those goals, reflect on his/her experiences, and set new and higher goals for themselves.

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    Knowing When Pets Are Getting Too Hot: What to do about it?

    This week’s intense heat wave has many people reminding themselves about how to keep themselves safe from the heat and humidity – but people should consider those measures for their pets as well. Heat stress signs serve as an alert to animal owners that their pet’s body is working hard to cool itself down, and that more severe problems – such as heat stroke - may result if help is not provided.

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    South Dakota 4-H Participates at Big Sioux Water Festival

    SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H participated in the 24th annual Big Sioux Water Festival on the campus of SDSU, May 10. Students from area schools were engaged in many area of the festival. The festival is a one day water themed event where youth can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.

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    Rabbit Care and Feeding Tips

    During the August 2nd Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we had a great discussion about rabbit care and nutrition management. Mike Avesing, American Rabbit Breeders Association judge and rabbit breeder, presented not only the basics of rabbit nutrition, but also covered tips and considerations to raise rabbits for show or commercial markets.

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    Tips for Feeding Poultry Wisely

    During the March 1st Animal Care Wednesday Webinar, we learned the basics of feeding poultry. Brett Kreifels, Extension Assistant-4-H with University of Nebraska-Lincoln, explained the nutritional requirements and basic feeding tips to help ensure the health and well-being of chickens.

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    Engineering Spotlight: Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

    Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials that can be used to create a wide range of products. These products can be used everywhere from the medical industry to the grocery store. Metallurgical engineers focus on the development of metals. They work with every stage of the metal making process: extraction, refining, and recycling while solving issues of corrosion and product strength.

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    4 H’s of Engineering

    4-H is at the forefront of programs that provide opportunities for youth to partake in experiential and inquiry-based learning. When a spirit of innovation, creativity, and curiosity is added to this, you have an ideal setting for engineering education. Not only does that structure of 4-H lend to an ideal setting for engineering education, but engineering lends well to the 4 H’s of youth development.

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    4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame

    The South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the 100th birthday celebration of 4-H. Its purpose is to recognize and celebrate adult volunteers in South Dakota who have dedicated themselves to making significant contributions to the development of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program in the areas of: Character, Citizenship, Leadership, and Career Accomplishment.

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    At SDSU Extension we love our volunteers!

    More than 4,000 volunteers help extend SDSU Extension’s work across many service areas in South Dakota. Volunteers use what they have learned through SDSU Extension training programs to facilitate Extension educational programming in their communities. From 4-H volunteers, to Master Gardener volunteers to AmeriCorps National Service members, thousands of volunteer hours are contributed each year for the benefit of all South Dakotans.

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