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4-H Awards Program

Posted by romeethredge on December 11, 2015

Glad to see so many kids honored at our recent 4-H awards program. These folks worked hard this past year with their projects and judging events. I was honored to receive the Friend of 4-H award this year. I have enjoyed working with 4-Hers professionally for 27 years. I love it when they learn information that will affect them lifelong.

Our judging events teach them to make good decisions, good choices. Isn’t that a lot of what life is about ….a series of choices.  We teach them how to choose the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th best Chicken and the process is the same….carefully consider many things in making decisions, all decisions.

Public speaking is taught in Project Achievement. I remember well giving my first demonstration about Pigs at 10 years old. Being able to speak in public is something that helps everyone in all walks of life.

Livestock projects teach about animals and caring for them but much more. It’s often a real family project. I’ve seen whole families getting animals ready to exhibit and tucking in kid’s show shirts. But most of the work goes on at home, feeding and working with the livestock, together.


Shooting sports ,Project S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun and Education) has been a good project to work with and I’m thankful for the gift from our Shotgun team and coaches.

Talk about a project where there is something taught that affects lives. Gun safety and how to properly shoot a gun is a lifelong important skill.


4-H is a great organization and I thank 4-H agent, Cindy Meadows, for making our Seminole county program so strong and effective for many years.



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Cotton Boll/Consumer Judging

Posted by romeethredge on October 27, 2015

I was fortunate today to be asked to give a talk concerning Cotton growth and development and what happens to cotton when it leaves the field to a group of our Seminole County 4-H’ers. We talked about how the cotton grows in the field and produces bolls with lint that goes to the gin and then later is made into comfortable clothes.

They are the Cotton Boll/Consumer judging team that will travel to a district contest in a few weeks to show what they know and give presentations concerning cotton. I listened to several of their talks today about cotton.  BethAnn Smith did her 30 second talk and she thanked the farmers for growing cotton. There’s even a photo of her and her favorite cotton farmer, Mallory Miller aka Mr. Mud on her poster below.  I think she’ll do well at the contest and more importantly she and the other kids will learn more about cotton and the importance of agriculture and other consumer topics.


4-H Agent, Cindy and program assistant, Heather are doing a good job teaching them again this year. IMG_9204

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Donalsonville/Seminole County Harvest Festival

Posted by romeethredge on October 23, 2015

Our 4-H group placed 1st in the Donalsonville/Seminole County Harvest Festival parade on Saturday. These 5 girls did a great job of representing their club and promoting the importance of agriculture in our community.  I like the way this one has our three largest crops: corn , peanuts and cotton and she has the 4 H’s spelled out! Thanks to Cindy Meadows and Heather Meadows for their great work with our students.

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4-H Poultry Judgers

Posted by romeethredge on April 23, 2015

I was very proud of our Seminole county 4-H Poultry Judgers who competed at the regional contest in Tifton, Ga last week.  Here they are and we had a Junior team that placed 3rd at regionals and our Senior team placed 2nd and will earned the chance to compete at the State Contest. Well done. We , the top 4 Senior (9th through 12th grade) judges, travel to Athens tomorrow to judge chickens: live layers, ready to cook broilers , and parts; and eggs: candling, exterior quality, and interior quality. I enjoy working with these kids every year.


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4-H December Classic (formerly Fall Forum)

Posted by romeethredge on December 23, 2014

I and several 4-H’ers from Seminole and Decatur Counties recently participated in the statewide High School 4-H event , December Classic aka Fall Forum. It was held at Rock Eagle Camp.

We had a good event and had many interesting workshops to learn in and exhibits to see. Also, Clovers and Company performed for us and it was a very good talent show.


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Georgia Agriculture and Natural Resources – 4-H Exhibit

Posted by romeethredge on November 7, 2014

Seminole County 4-H has an exhibit at the Albany Fair this week, so go by to see it if you are there. It highlights Agriculture and Natural Resources in Georgia. Some of our chosen state symbols are listed.

It has a first place ribbon on it as well!!

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Peanut Festival – Dothan Al

Posted by romeethredge on October 30, 2014

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 It’s time for the National Peanut Festival in Dothan, Al.  There’s a lot going on with all the exhibits, livestock shows, concerts and rides.

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The first Peanut Festival was in 1938 and Dr. George Washington Carver was the speaker.

Our Seminole County 4-H booth is set up so go by to see it in the Exhibits building while you are at the Festival.

Notice our peanut man has his UGA Peanut Scout Manual under his arm and primary peanut insect pests are explained in the posters.  Also the UAV (aka aerial drone) in the center is keeping an eye on things from the sky.




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Austin French

Posted by romeethredge on October 24, 2014

We’ve enjoyed watching Ga 4-H’er, Austin French, performing for years at 4-H events, and it was great to see him do well on the TV show Rising Star. We recently heard him in concert in Tifton, while at ABAC family weekend (my son studies at ABAC) and we visited Journey Church where he is a worship leader. You could say we are “French Fries”, as some of his fans call themselves. Here’s a great article about the organization he credits for some of his success.

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Austin French credits Georgia 4-H for newfound stardom

By Clint Thompson (University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)
October 21, 2014

Cordele, Georgia, native Austin French may have gained nationwide notoriety this summer on ABC’s “Rising Star,” but it was as a member of Georgia 4-H where friends and supporters first recognized his star quality.

“4-H, in general, was a huge catalyst for my music career ? just public speaking and being personable, reaching out to people. I learned all that through 4-H. Without 4-H, I don’t know if I’d be where I am right now,” French said.

The south Georgia singing sensation and Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company alumnus became a household name when he finished as runner-up on the inaugural season of ABC’s “Rising Star,” a reality television singing competition. French, who still leads church worship services at Journey Baptist Church in Tifton, believes 4-H was the springboard for his musical career.

“Going on this competition, I did so many TV interviews, talked to different people, met different executives ? without the confidence that 4-H really equipped me with, it might have turned out a lot differently,” said French.

Joining the group when he was in fifth grade, French was a member of Clovers & Company from 2005 to 2012. French is not the first Clovers & Company alum to achieve success.

“Clovers & Company acts as a catalyst to not only get youth more involved with 4-H, but also to propel them toward a successful career in the performing arts,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, assistant show director and state coordinator for Clovers & Company.

Country music superstar and Douglas, Georgia, native Jennifer Nettles is also a past member of Clovers & Company, as is songwriter and Washington, Georgia, native Hillary Lindsey. Before launching her solo career, Nettles was a member of the CMT Music Award-winning group, Sugarland. Lindsey is known for writing chart-topping hits like “Jesus Take The Wheel” and “Two Black Cadillacs,” both recorded by Carrie Underwood.

Varnadoe is not surprised by French’s success and is confident there are many more musical talents in Georgia.

“Austin was a member of our cast for eight years, so we were fortunate enough to be able to watch him grow as a performer as well as a leader. Austin was always featured prominently in our shows, and we knew that it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world discovered what a true star he was, both on and off the stage. It makes us so proud to claim someone as successful as Austin as one of our own,” Varnadoe said. “It is an honor for me, as well as the rest of the staff, to be able to work with incredibly talented young people in Georgia 4-H Clovers & Company.”

Clovers & Company was founded in 1981 and is comprised of talented Georgia 4-H members from across the state. Tryouts for the 2015-2016 Clovers & Company group will be held June 11, 2015, at the Fortson 4-H Center in Atlanta and June 16, 2015, at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton.

For more information, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or Varnadoe at (706) 542-9237 or

Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.

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Poultry Judging Team Does Well

Posted by romeethredge on May 1, 2014

Seminole County 4H Poultry Judging team has done well again this year in regional and state contests. We have no real commercial poultry….well we do raise some backyard birds and we have some quail we raise, I suppose. I would say we have more alligators than poultry in our county. But we all eat chicken and eggs and we enjoy learning about poultry and eggs. We do grow lots and lots of field corn here to feed these hungry birds.

Our Senior (9th through 12th grade)team placed 3rd in the regional contest in the highest scoring region in the state.

Our top 4 scorers advanced to the State Competition up near Athens, where they didn’t do as well, but we were thankful to be there.

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Market Hog 4-H and FFA Project

Posted by romeethredge on November 22, 2013

The Market Hog Youth 4-H and FFA project is a good one that teaches a lot to the youth that participate in it.

Will Mims won first place in the 2013 Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Market Hog Recordbook Contest. He does an excellent job with the swine project.


The Mims have used gilts that Will and his sister Katibeth have shown in the past to breed and have new showpigs there on the farm. So it’s an all year project for the Mims kids. They also help other young people with their show pigs on their farm.

He and his family also grow most of the corn used in their hog feed that they formulate and grind themselves.

Other winners in the recordbook contest are Jesse Ethredge, second place and Brooke Hornsby, third place.



Here are some of this year’s new pigs that will be shown in our February 15th Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Market Hog show and the State Market Hog Show in Perry Georgia. Weigh-in will be this Monday from 2 to 5 pm on Nov. 25th at the Seminole County Ag Center.

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