You may recognize Fresno County 4-H when you go to the Fresno Fair. These boys and girls are the ones behind maintaining the show animals like cows, pigs, and goats.
However, recently University of California said they will soon pull all funding for this organization in Fresno County.
Alena Pacheco is the Community Educator with Fresno County 4-H. She said those in 4-H are between the ages of five to 19. She said they will all be impacted.
“Because we are part of University of California we were actually just informed very recently that we have about a three year time frame before we have to be financially independent,” said Pacheco.
Pacheco said there are more than two thousands members within 4-H. She said members learn life long skills they can take with them when they are ready for the work force.
“Really the essence of 4-H is where young people learn by doing,” said Pacheco. “Hands on learning and basically finding their spark.”
A lot of former 4-H members continue working in agriculture.
Ryan Jacobsen is the CEO of the Fresno County Farm Bureau. He said 4-H provides students with a solid foundation for future agriculture.
“You talk about speaking opportunities and leadership development,” said Jacobsen. “There was a lot of other things that people don’t normally associate with 4-H that’s so extraordinarily important.”
Although University of California is phasing back their funds, 4H does receive funding in three different ways. The receive federal funding, local county funding and state funding.
Fresno County 4-H will be holding a meeting Tuesday August 27th at 6:30 p.m. in regards to the potential lack of funding. The meeting will be held at the UC Cooperative Extension 550 E. Shaw Avenue Room: Inyo / Kern Fresno, California 93710.