Thanks for the support
4-H projects can be great learning experiences for the youths who work on them. In addition to gaining hands-on knowledge about the project itself - from sewing to woodworking to working with animals - the youngsters also get real-world lessons in financial matters. Inputs such as materials, feed, even time and effort spent on the project, offer an enlightening perspective on the cost of production. Abstract economic concepts take on concrete meaning when they handle the work themselves.
That's especially true with livestock projects, which is why it is important to acknowledge the groups, companies and individuals who provide commercial bids during the annual livestock sale.
That assistance is even more helpful during years when higher feed prices increase the cost of raising the animals. While the 4-Hers will send the "buyers" thank-you notes, we also want to publicly thank them for supporting these enterprising youngsters.
For a list of the names of those who provide that support, see the special section inside today's edition.