4-H Challenge Seeks To Grow New Crop Of Ag ScientistsOne team is developing GPS ear tags so cattle farmers can track herds from afar. Another thinks drones can protect livestock from predators. Yet another is developing a rechargeable portable warmer to prevent vaccines from freezing when dairy producers inoculate their herds in the winter.
Statewide 4-H Pop Tab Collection Helps Ronald McDonald HouseThe South Dakota State 4-H Youth Council has collected 1,250 pounds of pop can tabs to help the Ronald McDonald House provide families with a place to stay while their child is in the hospital.
Minnesota State Fair Cancels Poultry Shows Due To Bird FluAll poultry shows have been canceled at the Minnesota State Fair and county fairs across the state this year as authorities try to stop the spread of bird flu. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is also prohibiting birds from being included in swap meets, exotic animal sales and petting zoos.
Wacky Weather Putting Potential Damper On 4-H CompetitionThe summer fair season has arrived and in the next few weeks, children from around state will bring their livestock to 4-H competitions. Last year, there was concern that the dry weather would have an impact on the size and turnout of livestock during this year's fair season.
July Heat Wave Stunts Growth Of Swine, Cattle In CompetitionSome kids in the 4-H program and the FFA are showing up to the county fairs with smaller animals than years past due to the record breaking temperatures in July. Philip Clark, whose family has won ribbons in the swine competition Carver County Fair, can attest to the fact that the blue ribbon is a badge of honor.
As Swine Flu Spreads, Fairs Take PrecautionsGovernment health leaders have a message for people planning to visit a county or state fair: be careful if you pet the pigs. The Centers for Disease Control says it's seeing a big jump in swine flu cases. Most are in children who've recently been to a fair.