4-H and Youth Development

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“4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills.”

Ector 4-H is part of Texas 4-H, which is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M System. Founded in 1908, 4-H is the largest youth development program in Texas, reaching more than 550,000 youth each year.

The 4-H Motto is “To Make the Best Better”

The 4-H Slogan is “Learn by Doing”


Major 4-H & Youth Programming in Midland County includes:

    • 4-H Family & Community Health projects including Food & Nutrition, Fashion & Interior Design, and Photography
    • 4-H Livestock projects such as Swine, Sheep, Goats, Steers
    • 4-H Small Animal projects such as Rabbits
    • Shooting Sports disciplines – Archery, Air Rifle, Rifle
    • Leadership & Citizenship development through the Midland 4-H Club
    • Curriculum Enrichment activities such as Kids, Kows, & More, Hatching in the Classroom and Agricultural Science Day at a local ranch

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Adult Leaders Association: The ALA is the 4-H volunteer/parent association that oversees and plans yearly activities, camps, and focuses on improving the 4-H program throughout the year.

Archery: The Archery project focuses on bringing out your inner archer. It teaches you the safety and proper use of archery equipment and prepares you for competing in contests throughout the year

Clover Buds: 5 years old and not old enough to participate in 4-H? This program is designed to prepare young 4-H prospects for their adventure as a 4H member. They will attend regular meetings monthly, and participate in activities to prepare them for future project possibilities.

Fashion & Interior Design: This is a project that focuses on clothing, textiles, sewing, and fashion.

Community Club: This 4-H Club encompasses all projects and focuses on planning 4-H activities throughout the year. They do it all from fundraisers to community service!

Food & Nutrition: Foods & Nutrition focuses on enhancing 4-H knowledge in the kitchen, proper nutrition management, and prepares them for contests such as food show & food challenge.

Livestock Judging: This project helps you develop and enhance your livestock selection and evaluation, and public speaking skills. It also prepares you for local and statewide contests.

Midland 4-H Shooting Sports: This club meets every Thursday, February- August to practice and compete in all shotgun competitions

Photography: This project focuses on basic principles of photography, shooting and lens techniques, contests at the County, District, and State levels.

Robotics: This project sharpens the creative minds by putting together robots and competing at the County, District, and State level.

Small Animals: This project is designed to enhance your knowledge of small animals such as rabbits and chickens and how to properly feed and care for them.

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Once you get your show project picked out, call your 4-H agent  @ 432-686-4700 to get started!

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