University students backed by 4-H for leadership

Four students honoured Feb. 10 at Ottawa event

Reading Time: 3 minutes Four Canadian university students inspired in their career paths by their 4-H experiences are getting an extra boost from the organization. The annual Leadership Excellence Awards of Distinction (LEAD), presented Monday during the 4-H Leadership Awards event in Ottawa, aim to recognize 4-H participants who, according to the organization, “demonstrate 4-H values in the way […] Read more

The box can hold up to 50 chicks and is designed to prevent dead-on-arrivals.

4-H youth solves problem of chick death with “Safer Chick-ments”

A 14-year-old Canadian created a new design for the boxes in which chicks are shipped and applied for a patent

Reading Time: 3 minutes Glacier FarmMedia – It all started with a 4-H project for 14-year-old Mac Dykeman. A member of a 4-H poultry club at Langley, B.C., she was often dismayed when her orders from the United States arrived with dead birds in the shipment. “I would receive them and open the box and many times find them […] Read more

4-H Canada announces agriculture scholarship winners

Reading Time: < 1 minute Three Ontario young people are among the recipients of the 4-H Canada 2019 TD 4-H Agriculture Scholarship. Twelve 4-H members were selected from across Canada. Each will receive $2,500 to pursue post-secondary studies in agriculture, agricultural science or agricultural business, beginning in fall 2019. “We could not be more proud of this year’s scholarship recipients, […] Read more

The update to the 4-H pledge now includes a reference to 'the world.'

4-H updates the pledge

The iconic pledge will now include a reference to “the world”

Reading Time: 2 minutes The 4-H pledge, recited by generations of 4-H members across Canada has been updated to include reference to the world. The change reflects the responsibility youth have to the global community and also the international opportunities available from the organization. Why it matters: The 4-H pledge has espoused the guiding principles of the organization, so […] Read more

Rabies vaccinations and livestock fairs to be simplified

Reading Time: < 1 minute The provincial government has proposed simplifying the rule that resulted in many 4-H animals having to be vaccinated for rabies before they were taken to local fairs. The regulations implemented by the previous Liberal government required that animals that came in contact with the public had to be vaccinated. The regulation said that as long […] Read more


Beyond the practical education of 4-H programs, the soft skills they teach are also of value.

Editorial: The value of 4-H

Reading Time: 3 minutes My youngest was this summer the first of my children to participate in a 4-H livestock club. It was a good experience that showed me that the most valuable lessons of 4-H continue to be taught and experienced. 4-H has changed significantly since I spent my teenage years in the Howick Dairy Calf Club in […] Read more

4-H Youth Service Leaders include Emelia Huff, Leah Haan, Ally Spielmacher, and Nicole French, all from Ontario.

Hands to larger service

A new 4-H program sends youth leaders to do community work across the country

Reading Time: 2 minutes Travelling to Canada’s east coast to work with like-minded small-town and rural people and contributing to a community project sounds like the perfect summer job for Peel Region’s Nicole French. But to the leadership at 4-H Canada, the opportunity to set up a pilot project under the newly formed Canada Service Corps, one of 10 […] Read more

Competitors made sure that their pigs had enough water during the warm days at the Ontario Pork Congress.

Making bacon at the Ontario Pork Congress

Reading Time: 2 minutes There were a record 60-plus entries at the Bacon Maker Classic at the Ontario Pork Congress this year. The 4-H members showed their market pigs in showmanship and confirmation classes. Pigs mill about as the judge looks over this Bacon Maker Classic class for conformation.


Parliament Hill, Centre Block in Ottawa.

OPINION: Giving young people a chance to understand policy

Capital Letters with Kelsey Johnson

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most days, Parliament Hill is buzzing with political activities where party politics and issues of the day dominate the corridor conversation. On a recent Saturday, the focus shifted to a more behind-the-scenes group of individuals who help keep Parliament running smoothly. More than 400 former and current House of Commons pages reunited in Ottawa to […] Read more

Rural Ontario leader appointed to Senate

Reading Time: 2 minutes A leader in Ontario’s agriculture and rural community is one of Canada’s newest senators. Rob Black, executive director of the Rural Ontario Institute and a former president of 4-H Canada, was named Thursday as one of two new senators from Ontario by Governor General Julie Payette. Why is this significant? It has been a long […] Read more