MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Never let go of your goat.
That's one of the rules when you're showing a goat at a fair, and it's a mantra that 9-year-old CeCe Foss knows well.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois State Fairgrounds Coliseum has a new name and is expected to reopen for this year's fair after being closed for repairs and renovations.
The State Journal-Register reports the facility that's home to horse shows and other events is now known as the Coliseum of Champions.
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — Chemigation training has been scheduled for Feb. 15 at the 4-H Building at the Custer County Fairgrounds in Broken Bow.
Chemigation is the practice of applying agrichemicals to cropland using an irrigation system to distribute both the water and chemicals.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin's secretary of agriculture is stepping down two weeks before the inauguration of Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt.
Oklahoma Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese submitted a letter to Fallin on Monday in which he announced his resignation effective immediately.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt has nominated a state 4-H leader to become the new state secretary of agriculture.
Stitt on Thursday said he's nominating Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur to succeed Jim Reese, who has held the post since 2011 when he was appointed by outgoing Gov. Mary Fallin.
If confirmed by the state Senate, Arthur would be the first woman to serve as state agriculture secretary.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Government documents and emails show that Iowa's top 4-H leader was fired earlier this year after a proposed policy discouraging discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender was withdrawn.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas State student who gave back a scholarship he didn't need is being honored with a new scholarship named for him.
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Students who have participated in 4-H programs have a new reason to attend the University of New Hampshire.
Starting next fall, first-year students will receive $500 scholarships for each year of active participation in 4-H, with a maximum annual scholarship of $5,000.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's statewide 4-H Program leader has been tapped to serve as interim director of University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
Lisa Phelps took over upon the retirement of succeeds longtime director John Rebar on Friday.
Rebar began working for UMaine Extension in 1984 and was named director in 2007.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin transportation officials are now accepting orders for two new specialty license plates.
One plate features the 4-H Foundation. The plate features the 4-H's signature green four-leaf clover and the message "Empowering our Youth" beneath the license numbers.
The other plate touts the Musky Clubs Alliance. It features the image of a musky leaping out of the license code. "Musky Club Alliance" is printed below the code.
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — A lamb named Henry fetched $162 per pound at an Oregon auction where lambs were generally going for $7 a pound.
What made Henry such a prize at the Umatilla County Fair is he was raised by Maddy Thomas, an 11-year-old girl from Echo who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last year. The $23,200 will help her family cover continuing medical-related expenses.
GARDEN CITY, Minn. (AP) — John Schroeder had gentle suggestions for a 7-year-old with tear-stained cheeks who made her first appearance in the 4-H judging arena.
"When you get big enough you want to hold her head up nice and high," Schroeder told Emma Appel as she showed her dairy cow Jewel at the Blue Earth County Fair.
Emma was upset that her dad couldn't make it to watch her but left the ring with a smile as Schroeder congratulated her on a strong first showing.
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's agriculture commissioner says the state's farmers donated more than $612,000 in the past fiscal year to a program that helps support Kentucky 4-H, Kentucky FFA and the state Department of Agriculture.
Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the amount donated to the Ag Tag Program in the fiscal year that ended June 30 was the second-highest total in the program's history.
SAUK CENTRE, Minn. (AP) — Some of the bunnies bumbled. Some of rabbits raced. And all of about 25 hopped through an agility course at the Stearns County Fair last month.
Four years ago, the kids who knew the most about rabbits in Stearns County formed its first 4-H rabbit agility project.
Quinn Czeck, 15, was one of those founding members who started, and remains, with the Rabbit Knowledge Bowl team.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Omaha Home for Boys 4-H club is taking troubled teens out of their comfort zones and giving them chances to raise farm animals.
MITCHELL, S.D. (AP) — A high school student in eastern South Dakota has become a national champion after winning the National Land and Range Judging Contest.
SITKA, Alaska (AP) — A group of kids gathered in the Japonski Island boathouse, sporting safety goggles and noise-canceling earmuffs, to begin to assemble pieces of two dories in the making.
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota youth rodeo program could change its separate boys and girls events to comply with federal law prohibiting sex discrimination.
Rodeo supporters and some state lawmakers have long opposed the U.S. Agriculture Department's ruling since the 1970s that the 4-H rodeo violates the law known as Title IX.
SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (AP) — County health departments in Central Ohio have linked dairy calves brought to the region for youth 4-H projects to an outbreak of a parasitic illness in nearly two dozen people thus far.
The Clark and Champaign county health departments say they're investigating 23 possible cases of cryptosporidiosis (krip-toh-spor-id-ee-OH'-sis) linked to the calves sold to children.