The 4-H program provides nearly six million young people with hands-on experiences in agriculture, science, citizenship and more. NDSU Extension Stutsman County agent Alicia Harstad says the experiences gained in 4-H help with her current career in Extension. “Learning public speaking skills through Communication Arts and other events was huge for me. I also learned how to sew and weld, which wouldn’t have happened without 4-H.” Harstad goes on to say that the opportunities are truly endless. “The 4-H science program is a new area that is really starting to take off. There’s also shooting sports and crop and livestock judging teams, It’s not just about farm kids anymore, it’s about anyone who wants to learn by doing.” Harstad also serves as an adviser for the North Dakota 4-H Ambassador Program. The ambassadors are a group of young adults, ages 16 to 22, who help enhance and promote 4-H throughout the state.
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