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University students backed by 4-H for leadership

Four students honoured Feb. 10 at Ottawa event

Four Canadian university students inspired in their career paths by their 4-H experiences are getting an extra boost from the organization. The annual Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (LEAD), presented Monday during the 4-H Leadership Awards event in Ottawa, aim to recognize 4-H participants who, according to the organization, “demonstrate 4-H values in the way

Taylor (left) and Harleigh (right) with 
their show heifers on their family farm 
near Elm Creek.

4-H family rolls out mobile ag-education display

Faces of Ag: Teenagers Taylor and Harleigh Carlson developed a mobile educational 
livestock display as a school project

When Taylor and Harleigh Carlson were little, they’d sit in the barn and read books to their cows. That was their job. The cattle got used to having kids around, which made them easier to halter-break and train for cattle shows. Taylor and Harleigh were practically born into 4-H and cattle showing. Their dad Trevor


Farm business coach Elaine Froese credits the lessons and skills attained in 4-H for her career choices.

A head to clearer thinking

4-H Canada has chosen Manitoba farm business coach Elaine Froese to receive the first 4-H Canada Distinguished Alumni Award

People often ask Elaine Froese when she first began public speaking. Her reply is always ‘when I was nine.’ That’s when the Boissevain-based farm business coach, today giving lively talks to audiences all across North America, started 4-H — with the Dugald 4-H Club. And like many who recall that first speech given somewhere in


Laci Buydens (left) and Nikki Anderson (right) were two of the Gladstone Handi-Workers members who nominated Heather Lea for one of 4-H Canada’s leader of the year awards. Both have done Fibres and Fabrics projects with her and this year are vice-president and president of their 4-H Club. Keira Reimer, the third nominator and club secretary, was not available for the picture.

Gladstone 4-H leader is Manitoba’s recipient of award recognizing exceptional volunteer leaders

The awards recognize the pivotal role volunteer leaders play in the 4-H program

A Gladstone 4-H leader who’s led projects wherever she’s lived in rural Manitoba has been recognized by 4-H Canada for exceptional volunteer leadership. Heather Lea has volunteered with the provincial 4-H program off and on since the mid-1970s when she first offered to lead a sewing project while living in Cartwright. Her career as United


Rural Ontario leader appointed to Senate

A leader in Ontario’s agriculture and rural community is one of Canada’s newest senators. Rob Black, executive director of the Rural Ontario Institute and a former president of 4-H Canada, was named Thursday as one of two new senators from Ontario by Governor General Julie Payette. Why is this significant? It has been a long

Shaelyn Beswitherick (l to r), Megan Beswitherick, Shalyssa Sawatzky and Adrienne Driedger, all of the Sidney 4-H Beef Club, gave their view on the future of beef during one of three Manitoba Beef Producers Emerging Beef Leaders Forums Nov. 3 in Austin.

Beef industry speaks to the sector’s future

Manitoba Beef Producers and Manitoba 4-H Council are making the rounds through the province with three youth-focused forums

It’s time for the next generation of beef producers to speak up. Manitoba Beef Producers, which has been engaged in its annual membership meeting circuit this fall, has handed them the microphone at a series of three emerging beef leaders’ forums, as a joint project with the Manitoba 4-H Council. Brian Lemon, MBP general manager,

Will Jermey (r) displays his senior champion female with bull calf at the Canadian Junior Angus Association Showdown in Lloydminster, Sask. His herd is largely drawn from former 4-H projects.

4-H beef program aims at breeding over butchering

A small number of 4-H’ers in the Interlake are turning their heifer projects into purebred herds

It’s all about the ladies at Ashern’s Lakeside 4-H Beef Club. Unlike other clubs, and their focus on finishing cattle for market, this group is concentrating on breeding heifers, and senior members are aging out with a purebred herd already in hand as a result. Steers, ordinarily a 4-H staple, are in the minority, making


This year’s Japanese contingent meets with provincial Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler (front right) as the 4-H Japan Homestay program marks 30 years.

Expanding horizons: 4-H Manitoba exchange program hits 30 years

For decades Manitoba 4-H’ers and Japanese high school students have got a taste of the other’s nation through the Japan Homestay program

Thirty years after the first group of 4-H’ers bound a plane for Japan, a homestay program is still going strong. In the late 1980s, the Mani­toba 4-H Council and Manitoba Agriculture joined forces with the York-Benimaru Foundation, an organization founded by a major Japanese retailer, to provide international travel for high school students in the

Lakeshore Holsteins near Bruxelles is one of several dairies to sign up for 
Open Farm Day 2017.

Ag industry gets ready to shine with upcoming Open Farm Day

Agriculture venues across the province are getting ready for their moment in the spotlight on Open Farm Day

Rural Manitoba is preparing for a temporary population jump. Forty-six locations have signed on for the eighth annual Open Farm Day Sept. 17, including farms, museums and agricultural research centres, which will draw droves of interested non-farmers into the countryside. Participating locations have steadily increased over the past three years, Manitoba Open Farm Day co-ordinator