DUNKIRK - State Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, recently met with more than 30 local farmers and members of the 4-H program at the Chautauqua County Fair to discuss agricultural issues and the 4-H Youth Development Program.
Goodell said he is supportive of the 4-H program, especially the animal science program where young people can purchase a newborn animal, raise the animal and sell it at the Chautauqua County Fair.
"This is a great program for teaching personal responsibility, financial management, and hard work," Goodell said. "The young people must get up every morning to clean and feed their animal; they are responsible for preparing and following a budget, and they take full responsibility for the results. These important life skills lay the foundation for a successful adult."
Assemblyman Andy Goodell, R-Chautauqua County, meets with local farmers and members of the 4-H program during the Chautauqua County Fair.
The 4-H Youth Development Program, operated in conjunction with the Cornell Cooperative Extension program, helps youth become confident, mature adults ready to succeed in the world. Studies show that youth participating in 4-H do better in school, are more motivated to help others, feel safe to try new things and develop lasting friendships.
The fundamental 4-H ideal of practical, learn-by-doing experiences encourages youth to experiment, innovate and think independently. Youth learn leadership, citizenship and life skills by participating in more than 1,000 projects with topics as varied as rocketry, GPS mapping, DNA analysis, public speaking, photography, nutrition and community service.
Goodell, in partnership with state Sen. Cathy Young, R-Olean, have supported local agriculture in the state budget, which included more than $21 million in aid directed toward agricultural programs, including almost $4 million for 4-H programs statewide.
"Agriculture is an integral part of Chautauqua County's economy, accounting for over $262 million in economic activity," Goodell said. "I want to thank the members of the agriculture community who turned out and shared their thoughts. The 4-H program puts on a spectacular slate of events during fair week and their efforts to promote agriculture to younger generations are tremendous."