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4-H Youth Development

4-H is the largest youth development organization in North Carolina, educating hundreds of thousands of young people each year. Extension’s 4-H program is growing the next generation of leaders and equipping youth with the skills to succeed.

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Cover photo for Pender County 4-H Goat Show

Pender County 4-H Goat Show

2023 Pender County 4-H Goat Show, Saturday, October 28th! 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 8:30 …

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NC Cooperative Extension History

Extension has a long history in the United States. President Lincoln signed the Morrill Act that created the ‘land …

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