Many of you should have received a letter via email and through 4honline in December explaining why Elko County 4-H must eliminate the 2-year breeding rule and the 80% participation rule. While there is a lot of confusion about why this is happening, I would like to take a moment to go over what the relationship is between 4-H and USDA.

Legislation that established the land-grant system and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, as well as subsequent legislation that established the State Agricultural Experiment Stations and Cooperative Extension, has proven to be some of the most significant legislation passed in improving the quality of life in the United States. The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 created the Cooperative Extension as a partnership between USDA, the land-grant university (LGU) system, and local governments. This unique federal-state-local partnership has functioned effectively for more than 100 years. 4-H youth development is an integral and essential part of the total Cooperative Extension System’s educational program. From the very beginning it was intended that the Cooperative Extension would provide for the teaching of youth. Funding for Cooperative Extension programs conducted by LGUs is provided at the federal level by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and at the state (University of Nevada, Reno) and local government levels (Elko County). Other federal agencies may provide additional funding to support specific programs. In addition, National 4-H Council, state and local 4-H foundations, and/or other private sources may provide private funding to support specific programs.

This information was provided by the United States Department of Agriculture and can be found at:

**A meeting is scheduled for February 2, 2018, 5:30 p.m. at the Extension Office. During the meeting, we will be discussing the options of rules or requirements the 4-H members must meet in order to show and sell a market animal. This will be the time to give input and help provide a solution to the 2-year breeding rule being dropped. If you have any questions please give the office a call, 738-7291.**

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