Rhonda Jewell, Caldwell County 4-H Agent at the UK Extension Office, was in studio Wednesday morning for WPKY’s weekly Extension Program.

Rhonda first told listeners about the recent Teen Leadership Academy here in Caldwell County. Students who participated visited the Caldwell Medical Center, Princeton Finishing, HydroGear, and the UK Research Center. Students were able to observe what goes into each industry and were able to talk to surgeons, doctors, administrators, owners, and researchers.

Rhonda then mentioned that the first 4-H Horse Club meeting was well attended and that the students had fun at the recent Horse Judging workshop at Murray State’s new equine center. She then stated that during the next meeting on January 27th at 6PM at the Extension Office they will be electing officers and naming the club. She also mentioned that a student who is interested can still register, but they may have issues getting all 6 educational hours to participate in the competitive events. If your student is interested you can call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787 for more information.

Rhonda then told listeners that Ronnie and Beth Drennon will be presented with the Partners in Progress Award at the upcoming Kentucky Volunteer Forum in Lexington. They were nominated by several of the surrounding counties for their involvement in the country ham program. She then mentioned that the country ham program will be held on February 17th, March 3rd and 31st at Broadbent in Kuttawa. Twenty-five of Caldwell’s 4-H students are participating this year and will salt, rinse, and wrap their hams for the curing process. They will then select one of the two hams they’ll cure to take to the Kentucky State Fair to be judged.

Rhonda then told listeners about some more upcoming 4-H events. They will be having a cookout for camp later in February to help keep overall costs of camp low for students. Then on March 27th all middle school 4-H students will be eligible to attend an educational field trip to Mantle Rock. There they will learn about the Trail of Tears, Early American life, and more. And on March 29th, 4-H students in 8th through 12th grades will be able to participate in an Early American Heritage Day Camp at the 4-H Camp in Dawson Springs. Students will learn about things that early Americans did in a fun hands on way.

For more information about any of the upcoming 4-H events and activities you can call the Extension Office at 270-365-2787.

You can catch the full interview with Rhonda Jewell below.