Friday, June 17, 2016

We are excited to have former 4-H agent (and alum) Shirley Bond as a National 4-H Hall of fame inductee.


4-H has announced the names of the sixteen individuals who will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame during a special ceremony to be held on Friday, October 7 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Laureates who will be honored for excellence in citizenship, leadership, character and career accomplishments include:  Estella (Stella) Almeida, New Jersey; Janet C. Burns Athanas, Alaska; Shirley R. Bond, Florida; Dr. James L. (Jim) Byford, Tennessee; L. Ann Domsch, Kansas; Lila Jeanne Eichelberger, Illinois; Dr. Stanley J. Lamendola, Louisiana; Dr. Eddie L. Locklear, National 4-H Council; John L. Loyd, West Virginia; Dr. Steve Mullen, NIFA/4-H National Headquarters; Linda Gould Nierman, PhD, Indiana; Marvin Olinsky, Ohio; Nancy Hottle Scheerbaum, Pennsylvania; Dr. Wendy J. Stivers, Kentucky; William Viar, NAE4-HA; and Dr. Kathleen (Kathi) E. Vos, Wisconsin.

Each laureate was selected for the National 4-H Hall of Fame because of his or her significant contribution to 4-H, the nation’s premier youth development organization that serves over six million youth nationwide.  4-H programs  in every state, U.S. territory and the District of Columbia as well as 4-H's three national partners…National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA); National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA, nominate outstanding individuals for this honor.  

The National 4-H Hall of Fame was created in 2002 as a 4-H Centennial project to recognize and celebrate those people who have made a significant impact on 4-H and its millions of members over more than 100 years.  
“These individuals have touched the lives of many people, from 4-H staff and colleagues to thousands of    4-H volunteers and members throughout the nation," said Jeannette Rea-Keywood, Chair of the National    4-H Hall of Fame.  

About the National 4-H Hall of Fame In 2002, the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents (NAE4-HA), National 4-H Council and National 4-H Headquarters at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA created the National 4-H Hall of Fame during 4-H’s centennial year.  The National 4-H Hall of Fame was established to recognize 4-H volunteers, financial supporters, staff and pioneers who made major impacts within the 4-H movement at the local, state and national levels.  Biographies and more information about inductees can be found on the National 4-H Hall of Fame website at

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Florida 4-H congratulates Miss Tampa 2016

4-H Alum, Morgan Boykin is the current Miss Tampa​ 2016. Congratulations Morgan on this accomplishment.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Past Florida 4-H agent to be inducted into National 4-H Hall of Fame

A Florida 4-H Alumna who's helped thousands of young people aspire to be their best will be inducted into the National Hall of Fame. Florida 4-H congratulates Shirley Bond! 

Pepin Academy 4-H program is what's right with Tampa Bay

Introducing new experiences to children with special needs is very important for their growth and that's why Pepin Academy 4-H program is what's right with Tampa Bay:

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Florida 4-H official announcement of the death of former livestock club leader and 2011 Hall of Fame inductee Mr. Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis, 91 passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016. 

Mr. Lewis was born in Woodville and spent remaining years in Quincy as a cattleman. Retired from U.S. Postal Service, retired Treasurer of Talquin Electric Cooperation Board, and was an Army Veteran of WW II and a member and former Deacon of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church where he was one of the first to give so the church could begin a full time childcare program.

Mr. Lewis served as 4-H Livestock Club leader for over four decades and transported countless kids and horses to 4-H Camp Timpoochee’s Horsemanship Schools.  Mr. Lewis routinely held fish fries for youth attending area 4-H Horsemanship Schools and donated horses to be auctioned off in support of youth and their fundraising efforts.

In 2011 Mr. Lewis was inducted into the Florida 4-H Hall of Fame.

Contributions may be made to; Clark-Lewis-Moore Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, c/o Gadsden Co. Extension Office, 2140 W. Jefferson St., Quincy, FL 32351. Independent Funeral Home (850-875-1529) is handling arrangements. 

- Read more about Mr. Lewis' life and dedication to 4-H 

Friday, March 4, 2016

Florida 4-H official announcement of the death of long time supporter and Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Bobby Damron

Emeritus Professor Dr. Bobby Damron, a poultry science faculty member in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida from 1968-2003, and a 2015 Florida 4-H Hall of Fame Inductee, died Tuesday, March 2nd, 2016. 

As a teen, Dr. Damron participated in the State 4-H Poultry Judging Contests, attended National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago, and completed projects in dairy, gardening, tractors, poultry, leadership, agriculture, swine, and field crops. The unique 4-H experiences did not end for Dr. Damron when he graduated from high school.

Participating in UF Collegiate 4-H Weekends at 4-H Camp Cherry Lake and working at 4-H Camp Cloverleaf helped Dr. Damron stay involved with 4-H. He also met his wife, Vera, while working at 4-H Camp.  After college, Dr. Damron volunteered to help 4-H and FFA teams learn poultry science and prepare for judging contests.

On March 6th, there will be a viewing at Kanapaha Presbyterian Church in Gainesville, FL.  In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the Florida 4H Club Foundation, PO Box 110225, Gainesville, FL 32611.  Please visit his memorial page at

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Florida Strawberry Festival Queen has roots in 4-H

PLANT CITY — The new Florida Strawberry Festival queen isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.
Haley Riley has been raising and showing livestock since she joined 4-H as a 5-year-old. And she’s not going to let the crown keep her from showing her steer, Wyatt Earp, at the festival’s livestock shows.
“This will be my last year to compete so yes, I’ll be there,” she said.
The 16-year-old Durant High School junior gets her love for agriculture naturally; several family members are farmers.