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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program is excited to announce that Clarke Wiltsie, a senior at Frewsburg High School, has been selected to participate in the 2015 -2016 Cornell University Junior Dairy Leader program. Clarke has been an active 4-H member of the Frewsburg Hayseeds 4-H Club for nine years participating in the dairy and hog projects.
The Junior Dairy Leader program presents youth with a realistic view of the dairy industry as a viable, profitable and progressive business sector, while also building personal and professional skills. Clarke Wiltsie was selected as one of 29 young people from throughout NYS for this educational program. These select youth are provided an opportunity to discover the diversity of career choices in agriculture through a series of workshops that focus on multiple facets of the dairy industry, personal development and technical skills.
One of the unique learning opportunities provided by the Junior Dairy Leader program is to travel to the “World Dairy Expo” in Madison Wisconsin. A highlight for the youth is to participate in the National 4-H Dairy Conference which connects leading dairy youth from all across North America at the University of Wisconsin College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in conjunction with the World Dairy Expo. Youth spend four days networking, learning, and growing through hands-on seminars, industry tours, and speakers. Delegates had the opportunity to tour the Hoards’ Dairyman Registered Guernsey Farm, National Dairy Shrine Museum, Nasco International, University of Wisconsin Food Science, Crave Bros. Farm and Farmstead Cheese LLC, and MilkSource Genetics.
Clarke stated the following about his recent National 4-H Conference experience: “I have learned most about product marketing and dairy cattle feeding, management and genetics. I also gained communication and leadership experience, while meeting new people interested in 4-H and the dairy industry.”
Clarke is using the information he is gaining through his involvement in the Junior Dairy Leader program in his employment at a local dairy farm in Frewsburg, NY, helping manage the farm’s dairy cattle. Clarke currently owns four registered Holstein dairy cattle and is very interested to continue to grow his herd. These experiences will continue to help Clarke learn and apply new ideas as he cares for his own cattle.
Clarke attends BOCES studying Diesel Mechanics, is a member of the BOCES National Technical Honor Society and is Vice-President of the Hewes BOCES FFA Chapter. Clarke is a hard working student maintaining a 95% average throughout his four years in high school. Clarke plans to attend Alfred State College next fall to study Heavy Equipment Mechanics.
Clarke will continue to be involved in Junior Dairy Leader activities once a month through August 2016, developing his leadership skills and learning about the many career opportunities available in agriculture.
Congratulations to Clarke Wiltsie from Frewsburg, NY on being selected to participate in the Junior Dairy Leader Program and continued success to him as he continues to further his experiences and college studies to pursue a successful career in agriculture.
The 4-H Dairy Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.