University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming State 4-H Foundation awards $69,000 to state’s youths

4-H logoMore than $33,000 in new scholarships has been awarded to Wyoming 4-H’ers by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.

In addition, foundation director Steve Mack said past Ella E. Schloredt scholarship recipients with a grade point average of at least 3.0 are eligible to continue receiving the scholarship for up to four years. Fifteen continuing scholarships were awarded, ranging from $1,750 to $2,200 for the fall 2016 academic year.

In total, 4-H youths attending the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming community college were awarded over $69,000 in scholarships for the coming school year, said Mack.

The Wyoming State 4-H Foundation over the past 20 years has given between $45,000 and $69,000 annually to 4-H-ers for college scholarships.

“This total will be over $1,000,000 in just the past 20 years,” said Mack.

The ability to provide for a family, donate within a community and contribute to society at large is enhanced when higher levels of education are achieved, said Johnathan Despain, Wyoming 4-H Program director.

“If 4-H can assist in reducing barriers that may preclude youths from getting education or engaging in learning, then we try to do our part,” he said.

Whether $300 or $1,750, a few hundred dollars can be the difference between being able to get an education or not, Despain said.

“Tuition is the bulk of the cost of an education, but housing, food, books and required fees and equipment tend to be breaking points for students who are tight financially,” he said. “Three hundred dollars can pay a month’s worth of food or a third of the cost for books for a semester. Every piece supports the opportunities.”

Scholarships and first-time recipients by county are:

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4-H educator starts Dec. 7 in Converse County

Stacey Fitzgibbons

Stacey Fitzgibbons

A 4-H educator will join the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, Dec. 7.
Stacey Fitzgibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business concentration from the University of Wyoming in 2014. She most recently worked as the livestock show coordinator for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and had completed an internship with the extension rangeland and livestock programs in Platte County.
Fitzgibbons, who grew up in Meeker, Colo., is a former 4-H’er.
“It is my goal to promote the development of our youth through an organization that shaped me at a very young age,” she said.

The Peterson Farm Brothers show farming cool, help raise money for state 4-H

They rock, rap and bale. They produce corn, cattle and videos.

The Peterson Farm Brothers – Greg, Nathan and Kendall – have gone viral on YouTube.

Now the Kansas brothers are coming to Laramie.

The Albany County 4-H Foundation is presenting the Peterson Farm Brothers at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena, 460 Highway 230, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, to raise money for scholarships and support 4-H teams traveling to state and national competition. Tickets can be purchased at the Albany County office of the University of Wyoming Extension, at the door or online at

The Peterson brothers’ music videos, shot primarily on their family’s thousand-acre farm near Assaria, Kan., are parodies of popular songs that provide first-hand perspectives on modern agricultural production.

According to their website,, their video “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, received more than 5 million views in more than 200 countries in two weeks in 2012. Continue reading

Albany County 4-H’ers earn top National Western Stock Show and Rodeo catch-a-calf honors

4-H logoTwo Albany County 4-H’ers corralled top honors at the catch-a-calf show last weekend at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.

Hailey Anderson won the show, and Joanna (Joey) Harris was grand champion. Harris’ calf is only one of two catch-a-calf steers eligible for the NWSS junior livestock auction.

Other Wyoming 4-H’ers participating were Clayton and Wyatt Atkinson of Casper.

4-H’ers from Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska catch a calf during a rodeo performance at the NWSS. They receive a calf in May to raise the next eight months. 4-H’ers must maintain a record book, write monthly letters to their sponsors (who provide NWSS money to purchase the calves) and raise the animal. They return to Denver with their finished market steer to exhibit at the NWSS.

By winning the overall production phase, Anderson won the show. By being the junior livestock show qualifier, Harris was named grand champion.

Wyoming 4-H’er placings were:

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4-H advocate from Wyoming enters National 4-H Hall of Fame

Oliver "Ollie" Hill

Oliver “Ollie” Hill

Long-time 4-H advocate Oliver “Ollie” Hill of Albany County will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 10, in recognition of lifetime achievements and dedication to 4-H.

Hill, while in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, was assistant state 4-H leader and later director of Ag Development and College Relations, among other duties. His efforts helped start the State 4-H Foundation and build the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena near Laramie.

Ceremonies are at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Hill attributes his success and impact on the support, patience and encouragement of his family and continues to believe in the importance of the 4-H program and educating youths.

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