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Everyone at the NYS 4-H office is excited about this month's National Youth Science Day, and we are especially grateful to Alexa Maille, Chip Malone, and Susan Hoskins for all their hard work to bring this to fruition.  

Check out this great video provided by National 4-H Council!

Video of 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day: Drone Discovery

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Cornell University's official website has just been updated with a headline featuring our very own 4-H Career Explorations! The headline photo links to a Cornell Chronicle article about the event.

You can see the main page here, and read the article here!

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The New York State 4-H Office wants to thank the dedicated 4-H Educators, Volunteers, and Chaperones--and especially the outstanding Youth of NYS--for making this year's Career Explorations Conference an astounding success.  We hope you left Cornell energized and exhausted, brimming with new knowledge, and filled with plans for an exciting future!  

Check out our NYS Facebook page for a video slideshow that captures all that happened.

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Submitted by Tyler on April 13, 2016 - 1:25pm

Join the NYS 4-H Youth Development Program for the April 11, 2016 launch of National 4-H Council’s 4-H GROWS Campaign!

National 4-H Livestock Judging and Skillathon Contests

NYS 4-H Dog Advisory Committee Meeting

National Youth Science Day at Cornell University

Fifth Annual 4-H Robotics Challenge: Day 3

Fifth Annual 4-H Robotics Challenge: Day 2

Fifth Annual 4-H Robotics Challenge: Day 1

NYS 4-H Foundation Golf Open

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    The history of the National 4-H Congress goes back more than eighty years. An educational tour to Chicago was the forerunner to what would eventually become known as National 4-H Congress. This annual tour was held in the Union Stock Yards during the International Livestock Exposition. There, over 100 young men and women met to exchange ideas and receive recognition for individual accomplishments and community service.

    The number of participants steadily grew, and by 1922 this annual event was designated the National Boys and Girls Club Exposition. This meeting is officially considered the first National 4-H Youth Congress.

    Exhibits, demonstrations and a popular parade became the annual program for 4-H during the International Livestock Exposition. For 73 years, National 4-H Congress gave over 100,000 delegates, Extension staff, volunteers, partner representatives, exhibitors and other friends of 4-H the opportunity to participate in a special event. There was no National 4-H Congress in 1995, but two invitational events were hosted by the Southern Region and Western Region states. 1996 saw the rebirth of National 4-H Congress in Memphis under the leadership of the Extension Service – USDA. Memphis was the home of National 4-H Congress until the event moved to Atlanta in 1998.

    (Source: National 4-H Congress)

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    The National 4-H Poultry and Egg Conference recognizes senior 4-H members who are 14 years of age as of January 1, and who have excelled in their state 4-H poultry learning activities.

    The poultry judging contests teaches participants to make decisions in an orderly manner, use reasoning skills, and to communicate decisions. They also learn to use USDA grading criteria to determine quality of ready-to-cook poultry and eggs.

    In the egg preparation demonstration contest, contestants must prepare an egg dish, demonstrate presentation skills, and incorporate knowledge of the egg industry, food safety, egg quality, and nutrition.

    The avian bowl is a double elimination contest for state teams patterned after other knowledge bowls. Contestants must have a comprehensive knowledge of subject matter for several species of poultry, food safety, physiology, nutrition, eggs, and other related subjects.

    The chicken and turkey barbecue contests involve skills in barbecuing, preparation of a product, and a presentation that demonstrates knowledge of the subject industry, food safety and product attributes.

    Online registration is now available at

    (Source: University of Kentucky Department of Animal and Food Sciences)