County fairs are often synonymous with 4-H memories for alumni. In Idaho, for over 100 years 4-H members have celebrated the completion of their 4-H projects by exhibiting at the local fair. 4-H members show and sell their livestock projects, exhibit their clothing, demonstrate their public speaking skills, help others and are good sports in both winning and celebrating when their friends win. The coveted blue ribbon or rosette is often the result of hard work by the 4-H member and their 4-H club volunteer.
Please join us at your local fair, eat some cotton candy or an elephant ear and cheer on all of our 4-H members. They work hard and love the celebration that exhibiting at fair brings as they begin the process of selecting which projects they will learn about in the new 4-H year, which begins Oct. 1.
4-H Youth Development Director
University of Idaho Extension
Nauman Elected to National 4-H Hall of Fame
Arlinda Nauman, former University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development director, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 10 in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Nauman grew up as a 4-H member in Oklahoma where she focused on clothing and food and nutrition projects, along with leadership development. In 1988 she was named as the director of Idaho 4-H, a position she held until her retirement in 2012. Nauman brought a strong commitment to outreach and engagement to Idaho, with a personal determination to make improvements in the lives of Idaho children and families.
Nauman was also dedicated to building inclusive work environments. She served as the Idaho state coordinator for the Change Agent States for Engagement, a consortium of several states dedicated to supporting greater cultural diversity in land-grant universities. She also led efforts locally as part of Idaho’s Journey for Diversity and Human Rights, a UI Extension workshop designed to educate Idahoans about diversity and inclusiveness in Idaho.
During her time with UI Extension, Nauman increased the Friends of 4-H endowment from $55,000 to over $2 million. She also helped raise $4.8 million for Idaho afterschool programs and oversaw $7 million in grants for international and engagement and outreach programs. She served as the chair of the 4-H International Programs Committee and the Western Region 4-H Program Leaders, amongst other leadership positions.
“4-H provides opportunities,” Nauman said. “For younger 4-H members, projects allow the opportunity for skill development and exploration of a wide variety of options. 4-H provides older members the chance to gain knowledge and skills in leadership, public speaking and parliamentary procedure. Adult volunteers have opportunities to develop leadership skills and knowledge regarding youth development. It warms my heart and brings a smile to my face, whenever I hear about the positive impact 4-H continues to have on all involved with this wonderful program.”
Nauman becomes the ninth hall of fame inductee from Idaho, joining Larry Branen, Mary Jean Craig, Erling Johannesen, Maurice Johnson, Frankie Marler, Vi Rexford, Andy Smyth and Mary Lee Wood.
University of Idaho Extension 4-H Youth Development has seen an increased interest in livestock judging across the state. In 2017, more than 30 teams competed at the state contest held at the Eastern Idaho State Fair in Blackfoot and numbers are comparable for 2018.
Livestock judging involves teams of four youth who analyze hogs, cattle, sheep and meat goats and measure them against a standard. Participants exercise their decision-making and problem-solving skills as they determine the most logical ranking order of the animals from most desirable to least desirable traits. Once they rank the animals, participants must orally defend their placings to an official judge.
UI Extension regional educator Scott Nash oversees the Idaho 4-H state livestock judging competition and sees the oral reasoning aspect of the competition as the biggest benefit to participants.
“I think these kids become more prepared for the workforce by being able to speak to someone, think, talk and communicate,” Nash said. “When you have a chance to listen to them describe anything after they’ve been involved in livestock judging, you’re amazed at how well they can communicate.”
Teams spend several months practicing prior to competing at their county fair. County winners qualify for the state competition and the top senior team at the state fair is eligible to compete at the National Livestock Competition in Louisville, Kentucky or the Western 4-H Roundup in Denver, Colorado.
Nash noted that partnerships between citizens and UI Extension educators allow for youth who don’t own livestock to also participate in the judging competition. Local livestock producers often open up their ranches and animals to youth for practice.
“Even kids that are raised in a city are able to judge livestock because you don’t have to own livestock to learn how to judge them,” Nash said. “It gives them a chance to learn more about livestock and not have to own them.”
Nash has seen an increased interest in all 4-H livestock projects in Idaho.
“Our 4-H club projects have grown over time and I think kids having the opportunity to learn decision-making skills and oral reasoning skills and compete in a contest where they can actually showcase those skills is incredibly valuable,” Nash said.
Ag Days is a signature weekend event that takes place on the University of Idaho campus in Moscow each fall. High school students are invited to visit campus for the unique opportunity to experience college life, meet new friends and learn about everything from animal science to sports nutrition.
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