CNY 4-H Livestock Rodeo Series Named 1 of 12 National Finalists

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) – On Friday, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County announced that the Central New York 4-H Livestock Rodeo series was a finalist for the Feed it Forward grant from Nutrena Feed – a company that helps provide feed to livestock and to pets.

“Discussing with the company, we are one of the first 4-H organizations in the country to have come this far,” said Brian Aukema, associate director of agriculture at Broome County CCE. “So that makes us really, really excited for this opportunity and the program.”

Of the twelve finalists, three will receive $5,500.

Aukema said this grant will give young people the opportunity to work with livestock.

“We will take the children through clinics on how to prepare their animals, how to prepare their animals, animal nutrition, husbandry, animal care, and then in the afternoon they will each receive their own animal with which they can work.. They will prepare the animals and train them to show,” he said.

Kids can then go home with tools they can use for their own animals.

4-H program manager Linnea Mattson said the grant will raise awareness not only for our local 4-H groups, but also for 4-H as a whole.

“Most kids who participate in a 4-H program say it’s one of the most defining things about their childhood and growing up,” Mattson said. “We just really want to want to promote 4-H through this and raise awareness of all the great things and life skills that 4-H can bring to our young people.”

To help the CNY 4-H Livestock Rodeo win the grant, you can vote online once a day until Thursday, March 17 by following this link.

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