There are a few programs that focus on youth and agriculture that are available in the San Lus Valley, and the first one that comes to mind is 4-H. 4-H is a youth organization that’s focus is “engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of youth development.” 4-H is most often seen in rabbits, chickens, lambs, goats and cattle shows but their reach far extends more areas of agriculture. These areas enable our next generation to see what goes into the care and wellbeing of taking care of animals, creative skill in turn teaching them what is required to raise livestock, and rural economics.
Another great organization available to the youth here in the valley is FFA. FFA is the Future Farmers of America organization. This organization enables our children to learn the different aspects of farming and what is needed to be successful farmers. Agriculture for some youth is a family business, but for others it’s simply something that they would like to learn more about. FFA allows our youth to learn the ins and outs of agriculture in a healthy safe environment.
Currently, this past week youth from all over the San Luis Valley have been working hard to get their animal or craft project ready for show and market their animals to buyers for top value. The youth are exited to show off their hard work and perform to their best of their abilities for judging contest to win grand champion.
I want to thank all the youth that have participated in the San Luis Valley Fair and continue to get involved with agriculture and know where your food comes from. Good luck and congratulations to the champions
State Representative Donald Valdez