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The University of Georgia
College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Cooperative Extension Service
Dr. Beverly Sparks, Associate Dean for Extension
Arch Smith - State 4-H Leader/ Director of 4-H

Georgia 4-H Headlines Archive 2017
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2017 State DairyJudging Contest Results

Pictured from left to right:  Kurt Sutherland, Caleb Carr, Luke Ryan, Gracy Sexton, Halle Moore, Brooklyn Carr, Annelies Carr

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Pantry Pride Contest Winner Appears on Georgia Farm Monitor

Savannah Padgett  of Decatur County 4-H was the winner of the third annual  Georgia 4-H Pantry Pride Contest held last fall at the Georgia National Fair. The purpose of the contest was to: Raise awareness among 4-H’ers about poverty, hunger and the underprivileged in Georgia; Challenge 4-H’ers to think creatively about food and cooking by developing recipes using ingredients commonly found in Georgia Food Banks; Educate 4-H’ers about the cost of food, and what it takes to feed a family; and Provide youth and families across Georgia with a “recipe bank” for inexpensive, nutritious meals.

The contest was sponsored by the Arby’s Foundation, the Georgia Food Bank Association, Georgia 4-H and the Georgia National Fair.  Savannah’s winning recipe was “Peach Kissed Pork”.  As part of Savannah's prize for winning the contest,  she was  videotaped at the Georgia Department of Agriculture kitchen and appeared on the most recent episode of Georgia Farm Bureau's Meals from the Field. See the link below for the segment. Congratulations, Savannah and Decatur County 4-H!

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Georgia 4-H Food Challenge Teams Excel at National 4-H Food Challenge Contest

The Georgia 4-H Food Challenge first and second place winning teams earned third and fourth place honors respecitvely at the National 4-H Food Challenge Contest held recently in Dallas, Texas. 

Paudling County was named the State winner in the project and received third place honors at the national event in a field of twelve teams from all over the nation. Team members were Erin Gilroy, Kinsey Hamlin, Rhiannon Perrien, Samantha Reynolds and Madison Thomason. Team Coaches were Kathleen Gilroy and Brittani Kelley. 

The second place Georgia state team earned fourth place honors at the National 4-H Food Challenge. Team members were Katie Fenno, Amari McDonald and Anna Morris. Team Coach was volunteer, Martha Morris. 

The 4-H Food Challenge is a “highly charged” foods experience. This contest, modeled after such competitions as the Food Network's “Iron Chef,” challenges teams of 4-H members to create a dish using only a pre-determined number of ingredients. From these ingredients, team members must identify and prepare the dish, then make a presentation about it to the judges. The presentation includes information about the serving size, nutritional value, and cost of the dish. The 4-H Food Challenge allows 4-H members to demonstrate their culinary and food safety skills to judges and observers.

Congratulations to all these Food Challenge champions and their counties!

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Georgia LifeSmarts Championship Winners

Douglas County 4-H has earned first place in the Georgia LifeSmarts Varsity Team compeition for the second year in a row.  They will represent Georgia at the annual national high school consumer literacy championship which will be held this year in Pittsburg, PA in April. Douglas County 4-H beat out three other finalist teams at the first ever in-person Georgia LifeSmarts Championship held recenlty on the University of Georgia campus. They captured the Georgia LifeSmarts Championship by successfully fielding questions about real-life marketplace issues. 

Second place in the Varsity Division was won by Clarke County 4-H and third place went to the Varsity teams from Bartow County and Gwinnett County.  

Varsity Champion team members are:  Kathryn Tackett, Palmer Casteel, Christian Casteel, Helen Pahno and Rhiannon Perrien.  Team Coach is Rosemary Smith and Assistant Coach is Jeremy Cheney. 

In the Junior Varsity competition, Gwinnett County earned first place honors. These team members are in grades 6-8. Members of the winning team are Jerahmy Davis, Saffiyyah Muhammad-Davis, Brianna Ormsby, David Pugh and Kendall Ross. The team was coached by volunteer, Jean Martin. 

Second place honors went to Douglas County with the JV teams from Gordon County and Madison County placing third. 

LifeSmarts, a consumer education competition that challenges teens in knowledge about personal finance, health and safety, the environment, technology, and consumer rights and responsibilities, is a program of the National Consumers League, the nation’s pioneering consumer advocacy group, headquartered in Washington, DC. In Georgia, Cheryl Varnadoe , Extension 4-H Specialist runs the program. 

At the National LifeSmarts Championship, state champion teams competefor the national title, as well as individual awards in LifeSmarts topic areas. Winners receive prizes and scholarship money. Students also get a chance to meet peers from across the country, with 44 teams representing states from across the country.

The Georgia 4-H team is sponsored to attend the contest by Georgia United Credit Union. We appreciate their support to this wonderful group of 4-H’ers and their coaches! 


LifeSmarts is a program of the National Consumers League. State coordinators implement the program locally. For more information, visit:,, or call the National Consumers League’s communications department at 202-835-3323. 

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Georgia 4-H Food Product Development Team Presents at Flavor of Georgia Contest

The 2016 Georgia 4-H Food Product Development Contest champion team recently presented their new food product, Ice Cream Dippers at the Annual Flavor of  Georgia contest in Atlanta. Spalding County 4-H’ers Hannah Rutledge, Isabel Rutledge, Carrianna Simmons, Nathaniel Haulk, Jordan Turner and Francisco Javier Zepeda presented their winning product concept and shared samples of their actual product with judges and food industry experts.  The team was coached by Lisa Kelley, Spalding County
4-H Program Assistant. 

The Georgia 4-H Food Product Development contest  is sponsored by Golden Peanut and the UGA CAES Food Science Department.

Congratulations again to Spalding County 4-H!  

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Georgia's Amelia Day Selected as 4-H Youth In Action Award Winner for Citizenship
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Newton 4-H’er will be on Fox 5 during Farm Monitor


Newton County, Georgia 4-H student C.J. Harris, who is also an aspiring engineer, has developed an amazing talent for using 3D printers. He has received recognition, and assistance, for his work creating prosthetic hands for kids who need limb assistance. )

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The University of Georgia and Ft. Valley State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and counties of the state cooperating. The Cooperative Extension Service offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. An equal opportunity/affirmative action organization committed to a diverse work force.