The Texas AgriLife Extension Service Mason County is accepting applications to the Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership (YALL) program. 4-H members that have a strong interest in production agriculture and are outgoing high school freshman through outgoing seniors or ages 15-18 as of September 1, 2016, should apply. The program is limited to 30 students. Applications are due by June 17th and the program cost is $200. The program is held July 24 to 29, 2016.
YALL participants will make daily site visits to high plains production facilities learning about crops and crop technology, crop production, genetic modification and irrigation methods. Students will also visit commercial production facilities for beef cattle including lessons on dairy production, feed monitoring, industry technology including cloning, embryo transfer, artificial insemination and the role of technology to improving profitability and beef quality.
Participants will obtain a better understanding of job opportunities in the industry, experience university campus life, and should be able to defend agricultural related topics based on the information they have learned from the week long experience.
The final stop will be at Palo Duro Canyon to watch the play, ”Texas.” Former participants in the program have said, “This program helped affirm my chosen college degree plan and provided numerous contacts to assist in my college and career future.”
For questions please contact Micah Walker, CEA, AG/NR at the office 325-347-6459 or on his cell 903-439-5935. You may also view a You Tube video from the program by searching the Youth Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Tour.
4-H students learn the history of Bradley 3 Ranch along with the economics of running a large scale cattle operation.
Students learn the process of one of the largest working feed mills in operation in Friona, Texas.
2015 Students take a group photo.