4- H students from around the state are here this week to compete in the 4-H Roundup with contests involving everything from food and fashion shows to livestock judging.
With support from the private sector, The Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation is able to fill in federal and state budget short falls to insure that 4-H continues to grow in Texas. This year 2.2 million dollars in scholarships will be awarded to Texas high school seniors.
"About 237 received scholarships last year that go to 38 colleges, universities, and trade schools in the state of Texas. They must be going to school for their education in Texas."
Jim Reeves is director of the Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation.
"We had a young man from up close to Waco, who applied for a technical scholarship. I looked at his application. He was in the top 3% of his class. He was a straight A student. This young man could have succeeded in any university setting there is. His head was on straight."
When Reeves asked why the young man wasn’t going to college, he was stunned by the answer.
"He said Mr. Reeves, my farm is run by my grandfather and my father. We farm 800 acres. I want to go home. I want to take care of that farm so that it doesn’t slip out of our family. And he said, I did an economical study, a spread sheet on our farm. The only way I can go home and have enough money to have a family established on that farm is, I looked at our expense side of the ledger. Hydraulics, diesel, welding, pneumatics were the things that cut a large percentage out of our profit. If I can take care of those, there’s room at the table for me."
In this case, a foundation scholarship helped preserve a family farm.
"We’ve got to make farming and ranching something that is appetizing to our young people."
"Computer chips don’t taste very good with salsa, I don’t care how good the salsa is. We’ve got to have that strength in our nation."
I’m Joe Brown, taking a look at Brazos Valley agriculture, From The Ground Up.