July 18, 2014
Cooperative Extension Service
The 4-H Youth Development Program is a flagship program of the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service. Through our 4-H programs over 55,000 New Mexico youth gain knowledge and skills in the areas of science, citizenship, and healthy living. Perhaps the largest benefits of 4-H are the critical life skills they gain. Studies have shown that 4-H youth are 2.5 times more likely to engage in civic involvement 2 times more likely to participate in STEM programs, 4.9 times more likely to graduate from college, and half as likely to use drugs.
New Mexico State University Board of Regents Chairman, Mr. Mike Cheney, had a vision for a motorcycle tour to increase awareness of the importance of 4-H youth programs and the Cooperative Extension Service to New Mexicans. As a result, we have our second annual "Ride of the 4-H Cover" motorcycle tour on August 23rd and 24th. This will be a great chance for people to have some fun and learn about the ways the New Mexico Cooperative Extension Service serves our communities, all at the same time. Riders will have an opportunity to tour and learn about Extension activities in Dona Ana, Grant, Catron, Socorro, Lincoln, and Otero counties. A welcome reception will be held the evening of Friday, August 22nd for all participants at Barnett's Las Cruces Harley-Davidson with live music. Riders will gather for a kick-off breakfast on Saturday, August 23rd, at the Dona Ana County Extension Office and travel to Silver City through historic Hillsboro. Lunch will be provided in Silver City and riders will then travel to Reserve to attend the Carton County Fair. We then will head to Socorro for dinner, programs, and a reception. Action will resume on Sunday, August 24th, when riders will head to Ruidoso and then end the day in Alamogordo, NM.
The 91st State 4-H Conference was held July 14-17, on the NMSU campus. Four hundred and eight 4-H members and leaders attended this year's event. 4-Her's participated in workshops, competitive life skills building events such as livestock judging, entomology, public speaking, parliamentary procedure and many more. Business meetings and elections for the 2014-2015 state 4-H officers were conducted. Those individuals elected were: Wade Stearns-President, Rhett Grant-Vice-President, Makayla Richardson - Secretary, Brett Dixon-Treasurer, Jami Maetas - Reporter, Sullivan Woodall - Song and Rec Leaders. Holding the 4-H events on campus is an excellent recruiting tool and an opportunity for the high school students to see our beautiful campus in hopes NMSU will be their college of choice.