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Manitoba 4-H gains greater autonomy

The organization is taking over many responsibilities from the provincial Agriculture Department

The Manitoba 4-H Council is taking on a raft of new responsibilities Sept. 1.

It’ll be assuming responsi­bility for club, member and leader support, 4-H Area Coun­cil program support, member and leader records and volunteer screening, taking over from Manitoba Agriculture, something the organization describes as an exciting evolution.

“It’s terrific that Manitoba 4-H Council will be responsible for a bigger role in the delivery of the program,” said Carlie Whetter, president of Manitoba 4-H Council.

Manitoba Agriculture’s position will continue to support the 4-H program in project and resource research and development, technical project expertise and training as well as financial support to Manitoba 4-H Council.

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“This is an important step forward for 4-H in Manitoba, and one that reflects our shared commitment to building leadership and capacity among rural organizations,” said Ralph Eichler, Manitoba’s minister of agriculture. “It will be exciting to watch the organization flourish in the future with these new roles and responsibilities.”

Along with the transition, the Manitoba 4-H program is expanding to offer new projects, programs and opportunities for members and leaders. A recent focus on “innovative programming” including science and technology, the environment and healthy living, provincial membership increased by more than five per cent last year.

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