Nevada 4-H volunteer wins Nevada Agricultural Foundation award
The Nevada Agriculture Foundation recently presented Elko County 4-H leader Darla Barkdull with their "Volunteer Leader of the Year" award. Louis Test, president of the Nevada Agriculture Foundation of Reno, made the presentation in Elko, Nev.
The Nevada Agriculture Foundation award is given to one Nevada recipient per year in recognition of excellence in agriculture education. The award is given to leaders who have shown outstanding creative and tenacious work in educating youth about agriculture.
Darla Barkdull has been a 4-H leader in Elko County for seven years and most recently helped coach the Elko County 4-H Livestock Skillathon team, which won at the state contest. Darla shared her expertise in feeds identification and livestock equipment and their uses during workshops prior to the contest. She was also instrumental in organizing the competition on the county and state level.
The Nevada Agricultural Foundation presented Darla with a check for $1,000.00 to be used for teaching supplies for further advancement of agriculture education for 4-H members. The 4-H Livestock Skillathon contest is new to Nevada and promises to be a venue for youth to learn a variety of agricultural related skills from quality assurance to marketing options in the four species of livestock - beef, sheep, swine and goats. Youth also learn about breed identification, feeds identification, meats judging, and hay and wool evaluation, as well as general health and veterinary related topics. Darla plans to use the resource to further advance the curriculum now available on 4-H Livestock Skillathon.
In its 30-year history serving agricultural, the Nevada Agricultural Foundation's main thrust has been to provide educational awards or scholarships to Nevada high school graduates who intend to major in agriculture or closely related fields at the university or college level. While they continue to give these scholarships, the Foundation has expanded in recent years to also recognize "excellence in education" and present awards to the Nevada Cattlemen's Association, FFA, and 4-H to outstanding individuals who are teaching and promoting agriculture in Nevada.