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Recent grad becomes a 4-H volunteer

Daniel Hayes recently completed his years as a 4-H member. So recently, that this is his first year as a 4-H adult volunteer. And he took no time finding ways to make a difference for youth who are coming after him. He has since come back as a volunteer focusing on the livestock programs in 4-H. When asked why he says, "I really just want to give back. This program gave me so much growing up."
Growing up as a member of Nicollet County 4-H, Dan was involved in many projects. From restoring a tractor to showing swine, he dipped his 4-H toes into a little bit of everything. Through the 4-H swine project, Dan developed a strong passion for the livestock industry and earned multiple opportunities to exhibit his pigs at the Minnesota State Fair. Since graduating out of the program, he has been able to carry out his passion through new roles as a volunteer.

Tony Minnichsoffer: "4-H taught me to be a citizen scientist."

A proud Chisago County alum of the Hilltoppers 4-H club, Tony Minnichsoffer grew up showing animals, gardening, doing demonstrations, and growing as a leader. He chaired several committees, including being the president of his club and county federation. In each project he participated in, Tony remembers all of the things he learned and all of the skills he gained. "A few things that stick out are the camaraderie, and learning how to be a leader. I also learned public speaking skills," he said.

Tony is a prime example of how the 4-H pledge is lived out. "I think of the pledge almost every day. My heart to greater loyalty, and if everyone thought about that, we would live in a truly different world."


He went to the University of Minnesota for his undergraduate degree. Originally wanting to be an agriculture scientist, Tony ended up majoring in agriculture journalism.

His first journalism gig was writing for the Minnesota Daily about issues like the global food challeng…

Carter E. has gained the confidence to try new things thanks to 4-H

Carter is from the town of Kasson in Dodge County, MN. For the past 12 years, he has been an active 4-H'er. He's held leadership roles in a community club called the Zumbro Rockets 4-H Club, participated in local 4-H summer camps and just finished serving as president of the Dodge County 4-H Federation. But is favorite part of 4-H, and what he loves most, is raising dairy cows to show at the fair.

 It was just a few years ago when Carter first expressed interest in showing cattle. With the help and support of his parents, Mary and Ramon, Carter has slowly built important knowledge and skills in all aspects of dairy production. His consistent effort has paid off, earning top honors at his local fair and even earning trips to compete at the Minnesota State Fair.

"It's so much fun to show at the State Fair. I get to see what youth in other counties are learning in their dairy programs and use it to improve my own project."

Competition is tough at the state level, b…

4-H introduced this pre-med student to her career and vocational passions

Lindsey McGurran is a recent graduate of East Ridge High School and one of the recipients of the 4-H Foundation's Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship.

Lindsey grew up in Washington County, where she was active in the 4-H Youth Teaching Youth program. In Youth Teaching Youth, 4-H teens get to teach elementary school children valuable life lessons, such as managing negative peer pressure, healthy eating, and internet safety. Lindsey’s experience in this program strengthened her leadership and communication skills. It also helped her discover a career interest working with children.

Lindsey continued to build her skills and passions by serving as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador. This group of young people from across the state represent 4-H at events and in the media for a full year. They also plan regional and state 4-H leadership conferences that are attended by hundreds of fellow young people.

The most memorable experiences from Lindsey’s year as a 4-H State Ambassador were the di…

Celebrating the impact of 4-H

Monthly column from Minnesota 4-H director Dorothy McCargo Freeman

October 1st marks the first day of our 75th year observing National 4-H Week. It's an annual opportunity for youth, parents, volunteers and alumni across the country to celebrate the impact 4-H has made on our lives and our communities.

Has 4-H made a difference for you?
Take a moment to think about how 4-H has made a difference in your life. Have you become more confident speaking in front of others? Have you explored interesting and challenging ideas? Have you made deep and lasting friendships? Are you inspired to lead?

4-H has made a difference for me.
I have spent my entire career learning and growing in 4-H. I can't imagine who I'd be without this special organization. Who would have imagined that the eldest child of James & Nannie McCargo, who were just 5th & 6th grade educated, would grow to become president of the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents? Many years ago, like 4-H volunteer…