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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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McDowell Young Guns Win Big!!!

On Saturday, August 14, 2021, North Carolina 4-H held their Western Regional 4-H Shooting Sports Tournament at Polk County …

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Wasps at Porch Lights

In recent weeks we’ve been getting a lot of messages regarding large wasps coming to porch lights. In all …

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McDowell 4-H'ers Attend Camp

On Sunday, June 20, 2021, things started to get back to normal for McDowell 4-H. Seven 4-H’ers loaded up …

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NC Tomato Growers Scholarship

The NC Tomato Growers Association is offering a $1,000 merit/need-based scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year. Any North Carolina …

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Diagram of swine body parts.

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This factsheet offers information on showing swine for youth aged 5-6.

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List of items that can and cannot be composted at home.

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Snacking and Cooking with Warm-Season Produce from Childcare Production Gardens

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