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4-H Youth to Be State Ambassador for California 4-H!
Andrew Wood of Auburn, CA , an active member in 4-H for nine years, was recently chosen as a State Ambassador for California 4-H. Andrew is the President of the Gold Country 4-H Club in Auburn, as well as a Placer County 4-H All-Star. Besides his present leadership roles at the local club and county levels, Andrew has been the recipient of the 4-H Council Scholarship and the Golden Clover Award from California 4-H for his work in training guide dogs for the blind.
The California 4-H State Ambassador Program is a working honor that provides 4-H members expanded opportunities to serve the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. The 4-H State Ambassador position is one of the highest service opportunities and levels of recognition attainable in the University of California 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H State Ambassadors are youth who have excelled in the areas of leadership and community service. They are selected to serve the 4-H Youth Development Program in roles that promote leadership through education and service.
Andrew, when asked about how he felt about being selected as a State Ambassador, expressed that he was tremendously excited for the opportunity and has aspired to be a State Ambassador for numerous years. Additionally, when asked what he hopes to get out of being a State Ambassador, Andrew shared that he feels being a State Ambassador will be invaluable to continuing his leadership development and growth throughout his year of serving and looks forward to representing 4-H throughout California. Andrew in particular wants to promote 4-H to younger youth to entice them to become more involved in 4-H programs.
Andrew feels that 4-H has had a huge impact on his life. He expresses that his ability to conduct himself professionally and his strong public speaking skills are directly correlated to his involvement in 4-H.
The focus of 4-H from the local to state level is to have positive youth development through hands-on service learning. 4-H is built through a framework of youth and adult partnerships to develop our youth into being future leaders of tomorrow. Placer County has not had a State Ambassador for at least ten years, and Placer County 4-H is excited to support Andrew. Andrew’s term as State Ambassador will begin July 1, 2014 and continue through June 30, 2015. He will have the opportunity to travel all around the State of California promoting and educating about 4-H, and demonstrating the importance of having youth being involved in 4-H.
If you want to learn more about Andrew Wood’s story or have questions about the youth development opportunities within the 4-H program please visit the Placer County 4-H website at: http://ucanr.edu/sites/placercounty4h/ or call the Placer County 4-H Office (530) 889-7386.
2014 Grazing Academy to Highlight Drought Planning
This year’s California Grazing Academy will again feature participants working in teams and having a herd of cattle to manage. We will cover principles of controlled grazing, pasture and range ecology, working with temporary electric fencing, cell design, range nutrition and supplementation, feed budgeting, grazing planning, and monitoring.
There will be added presentations and activities related to drought planning. You will leave the academy with the ability to estimate the days of grazing that you have if you assumed no more rainfall. This is normally done at the end of the annual rangeland growing season, but can be used when you have dry conditions and are trying to determine how many days of grazing you have left. This is all related to estimating carrying capacity.
Those estimates of carrying capacity will be paired with a feed budgeting to determine how many days of grazing you have with your current stocking rate. We can then make quick adjustments to assess the impact of different culling levels on stretching remaining forage resources without having to rely on feeding hay.
Grazing planning will enable you to see how to map out the grazing on your property or those that you lease. Mapping out the grazing determines if we are meeting rest period targets and see how we can plan animal moves to fit best with the production year. For example, what paddocks do we want to graze when animals are having babies or being bred. The 2014 California Grazing Academy can help you get started on developing your drought plan for your ranch. Sign up today.
Click here for more information and to register. Enrollment fee includes lodging (dorm or camping) and meals
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Click here to see the Placer County Master Gardener news segment which aired on KCRA 3.