By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

HOUSTON COUNTY- The week of Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 has been designated as National 4H Week across the United States and on Tuesday, Sept. 26, the Commissioners Court of Houston County signed a proclamation declaring the week be recognized in Houston County.

The Proclamation read in part “Throughout its proud history, the 4-H program has developed positive role models for countless Texans and through its innovative and inspiring programs, continues to build character and to instill the values that have made our state strong and great; now, therefore, be it resolved that the Houston County Commissioner’s Court hereby designates October 1-7, 2017 as National 4-H Week in Texas and commend the 4-H Youth Development Program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the many men and women who have made the program a success.”

Following the proclamation, Houston County Extension Agent Jo Smith addressed the court.

“4-H is probably the number one youth activity in the state of Texas and the United States. To sustain our future in agriculture, we are going to have to train up these young adults in our agriculture ways to sustain us as a society,” she said.

“I appreciate y’all recognizing National 4-H week. We have five clubs and a sixth club trying to get started up this year. Our program is growing. Our membership increased a great deal last year and I think that says a lot about our youth wanting to get involved,” Smith said.

As she continued, the extension agent said 4-H is more than just livestock and agriculture.

“We have fashion, photography, food challenges and there are many more areas 4-H encompasses. It can open a whole new world for these kids,” she said.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.