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National Events Mark 4-H Centennial

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Over the next few months, many national events will help mark the centennial of 4-H.

  • In January, President George W. Bush will sign a proclamation. The U.S. secretaries of agriculture (Ann Veneman), health and human services (Tommy Thompson) and education (Rod Paige) will also sign. The three Cabinet members are among the 60 million 4-H alumni. The 4-H flag will fly over the USDA. A banner proclaiming the 100 years will hang over the agriculture building in Washington.
  • In February, the National Conversation on Youth Development in the 21st Century will take place in Washington. About 1,600 youths and adults from across the nation will attend this last stage in the conversations, which have gone on nationwide in 2001.
  • In April, a report from the conversations will be presented to President Bush, Cabinet members, the USDA assembly, members of Congress and USDA administration.
  • A virtual National 4-H Hall of Fame will also be opened on the World Wide Web.

(Faith Peppers is the director of public affairs with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)

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