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2017 Mississippi 4-H Youth Development Status Report

Geographic Location

  • ​38,893 live in towns under 10,000 and rural
  • 14,431 live in towns and cities of 10,000 to 50,000
  • 3,858 live on farms
  • 1,367 live in suburbs of 50,000
  • 3,069 live in central cities over 50,000


  • 51% girls
  • 49% boys

Grade in School:

  • 27% K- 3rd
  • 28% 4th-6th
  • 22% 7th-9
  • 17% 10th-12th
  • 3.5% Post-high school
  • 2.5% Special

Ethnic Background

  • 56% White
  • 41% African-American
  • 2% Hispanic
  • .5% American Indian
  • .5%  Asian        

Project Enrollment

  • 25% Animals (Cats, Dogs, Horses, Livestock, Poultry, and Other Pets) – 27,898
  • 22% Wildlife, Forestry, Shooting Sports, and Sport Fishing – 24,957
  • 17% Healthy Lifestyle Education – 19,304
  • 15 % Personal Development and Leadership – 16,557
  • 7% Plants (Field Crops, Gardening) – 7,884
  • 4% Citizenship – 4,991
  • 4% Consumer and Family Sciences – 4,934
  • 4% Science, Engineering, and Technology – 4,917
  • 2% Communication and Expressive Arts – 2,488
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Publication Number: P3044
Publication Number: F0135
Publication Number: F0805


In order to make Starkville a more walkable community, bike lanes and sidewalk additions were constructed downtown on August 15, 2017. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Jessica Smith)
Filed Under: Health and Wellness, Community, Food and Health, Landscape Architecture August 15, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Walking is an easy, enjoyable way for individuals to be more physically active and for communities to improve healthy living.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are many potential health benefits of physical activity: weight control, cardiovascular health, cancer prevention, stronger bones and muscles, improved mental health and mood, and reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

Rankin County 4-H member Robert Herrington takes a close look under the hood of a tractor as he identifies engine parts during a portion of the tractor competition on June 1, 2017. More than 700 4-H members took part in contests, workshops, tours and entertainment during their annual state meeting at Mississippi State University. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Linda Breazeale)
Filed Under: 4-H June 2, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi 4-H competitions continue to help "make the best better" more than a century after the first corn clubs for boys and tomato clubs for girls were formed in the state.

Hundreds of 4-H members converged on Mississippi State University for three days of competitions, workshops, tours and entertainment from May 31 to June 2.

Filed Under: Wildlife Youth Education May 16, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Three Mississippi State University Conservation Camps are giving Mississippi middle and high schoolers a chance to explore wildlife, the outdoors, and careers in science and nature this summer.

The MSU Extension Service and the MSU College of Forest Resources have offered the Conservation Camps since 2005.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine May 10, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.

Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.

Brittny Fairley, right, checks Dequesia Perry’s blood pressure in their health science class at the Hinds County Career and Technical Center in Raymond, Mississippi, on May 4, 2017. They are members of the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteers group in Hinds County who received training to deliver basic health information and provide supervised basic screenings. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Susan Collins-Smith)
Filed Under: 4-H, Community, Leadership, Junior Master Wellness Volunteer, Health, Rural Health May 9, 2017

RAYMOND, Miss. -- Rocheryl Ware sees members of her 4-H Junior Master Wellness Volunteer group as catalysts that can help change Mississippi's health landscape.



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