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As early as 1908, 4-H could trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V.L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson. The first parishwide meeting was held in an old schoolhouse in Moreauville; more than 300 attended. By 1909, a membership of 1,129 was recorded in the boys' corn clubs of the state.

Through non-formal, research-based, experiential education activities, 4-H participants gain knowledge and life skills enabling them to become positive, productive, capable and compassionate members of their communities. 4-H has three primary program initiatives: citizenship; healthy living; and science, engineering and technology. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills through a variety of projects with topics such as outdoor skills, aerospace, animal science, nutrition, forestry and community service. "Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them. They make things. They take part in club meetings. They learn interesting new things. They learn to follow, and they learn to lead. They help their neighbors and their neighborhoods through club activities.

The Louisiana 4-H Youth Development program continues to expand to meet the needs of youth, with participation exceeding 175,000.



La. 4-H History
4-H can trace its roots in Louisiana to the boys' corn club, which began in Avoyelles Parish in 1908 with the help of the parish superintendent of education, V. L. Roy, and the dean of the College of Agriculture, Dr. W.R. Dodson.
How to Join 4-H!
Contact your parish LSU AgCenter Extension office and obtain an enrollment card. Complete the enrollment card, and have your parent or guardian to sign the back of the card.
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The 4-H Citizenship Project
The 4-H Citizenship program helps to build strong leaders that are involved in their community. View the list of project books available to 4-H members interested in Citizenship.
What is 4-H?
"Learn by doing" is the 4-H club slogan. 4-H members don't just read about things; they do them.
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Louisiana 4-H Robotics
Louisiana 4-H is using robotics to increase youth interest in science, engineering and technology. Several opportunitities are available for youth to participate in robotic workshops through parish programs.
Sue Butler
Butler, Sue
Concordia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Sue Butler served as a 4-H leader at Vidalia Upper Elementary in Concordia Parish for 10 years (1988-98). When the Character Counts! program was initiated, she served as Central Area coordinator. In addition, Sue served on the LSU AgCenter’s Central Area Leadership Council for two years and on the parish advisory committee.
Sue Butler
Butler, Sue
Concordia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. Sue Butler served as a 4-H leader at Vidalia Upper Elementary in Concordia Parish for 10 years (1988-98). When the Character Counts! program was initiated, she served as Central Area coordinator. In addition, Sue served on the LSU AgCenter’s Central Area Leadership Council for two years and on the parish advisory committee.
Sandra Brumley
Brumley, Sandra
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted 2014. Sandra Brumley became immersed as a Caddo Parish 4-H Volunteer leader when her son and daughter joined the group and wanted to show chickens and livestock 18 years ago. Sandra soon became involved in the Caddo Parish Fair as a board member, poultry superintendent and eventually served as Parish Fair Superintendent for 10 years. She became more involved in her children’s local club and began serving as a key organizational leader, a position she continues today.
Sandra Brumley
Brumley, Sandra
Caddo Parish. Year Inducted 2014. Sandra Brumley became immersed as a Caddo Parish 4-H Volunteer leader when her son and daughter joined the group and wanted to show chickens and livestock 18 years ago. Sandra soon became involved in the Caddo Parish Fair as a board member, poultry superintendent and eventually served as Parish Fair Superintendent for 10 years. She became more involved in her children’s local club and began serving as a key organizational leader, a position she continues today.
Johnny Broussard
Broussard, Johnny
Vermilion Parish (deceased). Year Inducted: 2014. For 39 years, Johnny Broussard was involved in the 4-H program as a member and livestock leader. As a member, he exhibited the Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull at LSU and participated in the State 4-H Short Course Meat Identification and Poultry Judging contests.
James Abadie
Abadie, James "Zeke"
Iberia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. James “Zeke” Abadie began his affiliation with 4-H in the 1940s when he became a member in St. John Parish. After earning a degree at LSU, he was appointed Iberia Parish 4-H agent in 1958. He served his entire Extension career in Iberia as assistant, associate and county agent and parish chairman until his retirement in 1993.
Johnny Broussard
Broussard, Johnny
Vermilion Parish (deceased). Year Inducted: 2014. For 39 years, Johnny Broussard was involved in the 4-H program as a member and livestock leader. As a member, he exhibited the Grand Champion Shorthorn Bull at LSU and participated in the State 4-H Short Course Meat Identification and Poultry Judging contests.
Madge Borne
Borne, Madge
Jefferson Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. For 17 years (1992-2009) Madge Borne served as a Jefferson Parish organizational 4-H leader and served on the parish 4-H Foundation and Advisory boards for three years. Her innovative program included countless fifth-grade youth in the urban 4-H program. Club officers and committee chairpersons met weekly to ensure preparation and responsibility for activities.
Madge Borne
Borne, Madge
Jefferson Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. For 17 years (1992-2009) Madge Borne served as a Jefferson Parish organizational 4-H leader and served on the parish 4-H Foundation and Advisory boards for three years. Her innovative program included countless fifth-grade youth in the urban 4-H program. Club officers and committee chairpersons met weekly to ensure preparation and responsibility for activities.
James Abadie
Abadie, James "Zeke"
Iberia Parish. Year Inducted: 2014. James “Zeke” Abadie began his affiliation with 4-H in the 1940s when he became a member in St. John Parish. After earning a degree at LSU, he was appointed Iberia Parish 4-H agent in 1958. He served his entire Extension career in Iberia as assistant, associate and county agent and parish chairman until his retirement in 1993.
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Junior Master Gardener Program
Find out how you can implement a Junior Master Gardener program in Louisiana.
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4-H Youth Wetlands Program: Training future leaders to save America's Treasure
The Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program is a statewide LSU AgCenter 4-H program sponsored by the Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration. The program is designed to heighten students’ awareness of Louisiana’s wetland loss through an organized educational program of outreach, empowerment and advocacy.
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Orleans Parish – VIET's MLK Day of Service
Shout out to VIET for celebrating MLK, Jr. Day by doing a day of service and helping beautify their community by planting trees and cleaning up the neighborhood!
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Emblem Pictures
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Orleans Parish 4-H Builds with KaBOOM!
4-H agents gathered at Langston Hughes Academy, along with hundreds of other volunteers and Verint Systems employees, to construct a playground for students. Playground construction was made possible through KaBoom Build.
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