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4-H Clubs Could be Shut Down Across State

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  • #81961
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    Funding cuts could shut down 4-H clubs across state

    Monday, May 31, 2010

    BY KATHY LYNN GRAY

    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

    Some 4-H clubs that nurture young farmers and channel prize pigs, cows and chickens to Ohio fairs could go out of business by year’s end, and others could follow as the 88 county extension offices that support the clubs struggle to survive.

    READ MORE: http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2010/05/31/funding-cuts-could-shut-down-4-h-clubs-across-state.html?sid=101

    #376837
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    that would be sad.

    #376838

    joev
    Participant

    I have to say, I’m kinda surprised 4-H is partially funded with tax dollars. Not to say it’s not a worthy cause.

    #376839
    Porky
    Porky
    Participant

    No kidding, as much as some of those champions sell for I’m surprised they’d need any tax money.

    #376840

    GW_Justice
    Participant

    Well that would suck for the farm kids who look forward to 4H projects and comps at county fairs all year. Although I don’t know what state funding has to do with the org, we paid for everything involved with our projects ourselves.

    Porky, the money from sales of animal goes to the kids who raised them. That big prize money is what sends some kids to college (not many grand prize winners though).

    I assume what the state money pays for is the administration costs of the org. It might be able to limp along as an org with local funding or higher dues. It’s not like farmers have money to spare now. Really sad situation.

    #376841

    Kerry
    Member

    GW_Justice wrote >>

    I assume what the state money pays for is the administration costs of the org. It might be able to limp along as an org with local funding or higher dues. It’s not like farmers have money to spare now. Really sad situation.

    You’re correct, state monies pays for the extension office administration which provides many services, including 4H. It’s sad to think that 4H which is was stated in Ohio and grew into a worldwide program may cease to exist here.

    Allen county was able to raise funds via facebook last year to save their program, thousands were raised in only a matter of weeks. Through the efforts of a 4Her who didn’t want to see her county loose out on the many benefits of 4H.

    I am hopeful the 4H community will find a way to save its programming.

    #376842

    joev
    Participant

    From what I understand, 4-H is only in jeopardy in three counties that failed to pass levy issues for their counties’ extension offices. If the people in those three counties don’t value the extension offices’ services enough to pass a levy, I don’t see the problem with losing 4-H there. The statewide program isn’t in danger – just in these three counties.

    #376843

    berdawn
    Member

    I don’t know anything about Highland or Carroll counties, but I can’t believe that Jackson County wouldn’t fund the 4-H program. hell, I’m still surprised when people don’t want to fund schools, tho.

    #376844
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    joev wrote >>
    The statewide program isn’t in danger – just in these three counties.

    Thanks for the clarification. The way it was worded in the original article left me a bit confused about that. Just updated the thread title to hopefully be more clear.

    #376845

    joev
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>

    joev wrote >>
    The statewide program isn’t in danger – just in these three counties.

    Thanks for the clarification. The way it was worded in the original article left me a bit confused about that. Just updated the thread title to hopefully be more clear.

    That’s the Dispatch, for you. Their vagueness gets you to read the story, though, I guess.

    #376846

    bayrea
    Participant

    I misread this as “4-H Clubs SHOULD be shut down across the State” All I could think of was that Walker REALLY loves downtown and must HATE surburbia a lot more than I realized.

    #376847
    Porky
    Porky
    Participant

    GW_Justice wrote >>
    Porky, the money from sales of animal goes to the kids who raised them. That big prize money is what sends some kids to college (not many grand prize winners though).

    I understand the money goes to the kids, I was being facetious, kinda, but it sure seems like there should be enough money to go around.

    #376848
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    bayrea wrote >>
    I misread this as “4-H Clubs SHOULD be shut down across the State” All I could think of was that Walker REALLY loves downtown and must HATE surburbia a lot more than I realized.

    Suburbia has 4H? I always thought it was more of a rural kinda thing. ;)

    #376849

    mnwke
    Member

    I was in 4-H until I was 12, raised a pig or two and I learned a lot. I’d be sad if this great program for rural youth gets shut down in certain counties here in Ohio.

    #376850

    GW_Justice
    Participant

    Walker wrote >>
    Suburbia has 4H? I always thought it was more of a rural kinda thing. ;)

    Check out the stats for 4H membership:

    http://4-h.org/groups/large/ABOUTUS/13147544 (crappy flash interface)

    Only 12% of the kids are rural now. The clubs are all about computers and engineering and leadership and other non-farm stuff. This is not the farm kids org I was in many years ago.

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