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Self-esteem is crucial in development
An important aspect of development for youth is the development of a healthy self-esteem. Unfortunately, many youth do not have the supportive home environment needed to nurture a positive self-image. In these situations, it is up to adults besides the parents to provide the love, nurturing, and guidance that the children need.

Helping youth build their self-esteem will help them to work hard to achieve their goals. This "self-esteem" refers to the feeling of worth that they have about themselves, as well as how well they like and how much they value themselves. These feelings will influence many areas of their lives, such as how well they get along with others and their emotional well-being. Children with high self-esteem tend to be more resistant to depression and other hardships.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Better than a purple ribbon
As we start the 2015 4-H program, an aspect that needs to be remembered is the 4-H Motto: "To Make the Best Better." The point of the 4-H program, its activities, and the fair exhibits, is not that members and their projects be the best, but that 4-H members always strive to improve their abilities and skills and make their best efforts even better. The pride and satisfaction a 4-Her can gain from a job well done will affect his or her life years after the ribbons have faded and the trophies have tarnished.

Many times in today's fast-paced world, we need to take a look back to the past in order to refocus our attention on areas of real importance. I have a collection of old newspapers containing articles my grandmother, Edna L. Legg, wrote for The Farm News. I found an article which I believe is as fitting

Thursday, January 29, 2015
Farm Bill sees changes; events upcoming
The 2014 Farm Bill has many changes from the previous version and there is a lot of information that farmers must soak up before they make their elections. Farmers and land owners can decide whether or not to update their base acreage and also whether or not to reallocate their base acres. According to the Center for Commercial Agriculture (CCA) at Purdue, "increasing corn base acres {is} expected to boost revenue from 2014 Farm Bill" because "payments per acre for corn are likely to be higher than soybeans". The new Farm Bill provides "Shallow Loss Protection", which previous versions have not.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
4-H Member Involvement in Educational Opportunities
There truly is something for everyone in 4-H! 4-H members, youth in grades K-12, are very active within the county, attending club meetings, project workshops, community service events and the annual 4-H Fair. Many 4-H members are also gaining additional knowledge and experience by attending area, state and national educational events. In 2014, there were 85 Montgomery County members who participated in events throughout Indiana and the nation.

Events attended by county youth in 2014 include: National 4-H Horse Round-Up; State Fair Achievement Trip to Washington, DC; State Engineering Science Workshop; State 4-H Round-Up; State Jr. Leader Conference; State Fair Youth Leadership Conference; State Fair 4-H Exhibit Hall Employees; State 4-H Horse Round-Up; Purdue Pork Day; Area Rabbit Workshop; Area 4-H Camp Counselors; Area 4-H Camp; and, Area Livestock Round-Robin. Locally, 155 youth participated in 9 project skill related workshops, including scrapbooking, photography, genealogy and electricity.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Christmas trees are all around
Now that the holiday season is in full swing, pine, fir and spruce trees are being seen everywhere - a true symbol of that the Christmas season is here. Every year that you put up a tree, you are faced with the crucial decision: real or artificial. While artificial trees have many benefits and seem very convenient, real Christmas trees can have many benefits as well.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Join 4-H and learn how you can develop leadership skills
The 4-H program has grown over the past 100 years. From its' beginning of corn and canning, 4-H has developed into a program focused on offering youth life lessons based on science, engineering, technology and mathematics.
Monday, November 24, 2014
Thanksgiving has evolved over the years
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, as is a wonderful meal full of turkey, sides, and sweets! But why do we have turkey on Thanksgiving? Are the birds that we eat wild or farm raised? Let's delve into the wonderful world of turkey . . .
Sunday, November 23, 2014
It's 4-H time once again
It's 4-H time again in Montgomery County! Yes, you read that correctly. The new Enrollment window for Indiana 4-H is now November 1-January 15.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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