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Coastal Community | Animals | Country Lifestyle | May 15, 2016

Coastal Journal - 4H, FFA & Family

It takes a community

For Maddie Neuschwander and her family, 4H and FFA are a natural part of their life. The values and lessons learned from raising animals or making presentations are just a small part of the positive impact these organizations have on their life. It's all about community. Whether it's raising a steer for market or tending to a hedgehog for the county fair, there's a togetherness that naturally happens when you're working toward a goal.

Organizations like 4H and FFA are a place for kids to learn responsibility, test their boundaries and instill a confidence that will carry them through life.

Coastal has long been a sponsor of 4H and FFA because we believe in the values and education that comes from working toward the goals these kinds of organizations help set for kids and their families.

Over the next few months we'll be highlighting some of the families that dedicate themselves to the hard work of introducing the value of our agricultural heritage to the next generation. We're proud to be a part of the community.

Frequently asked Questions

What is FFA?
The Future Farmers of America was founded in 1925. It is a national organization to help students become interested and involved in food, fiber, natural resource industries, including agriculture.

What is 4-H?
4-H stands for Head, Heart, Hands, and Health. It is an informal learning-by-doing education program for young people. It is headed by professional and volunteer staff.

What are 4-H animals?
4-H animals include nearly all domesticated and livestock animals, including cows, sheep, dogs, cats, rabbits, and mice.

Do you have to sell your 4-H animals?
Participants are not required to sell their animals, but it is part of the ongoing and economic foundation for most participants. Selling an animal helps fund the next project, much like professional agricultural businesses.  

What is the difference between 4H and FFA?
While 4-H is coordinated locally through county governments or by volunteers, FFA is usually part of a school district planned agricultural science program.

What animals can you raise in FFA?
Livestock options include small animals. These may include dogs, cats, and rabbits.

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