The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors approved $10,000 to the 2020/2021 fiscal year of the Siskiyou County 4-H program.

At the board’s meeting last Tuesday, Rob Wilson, Farm Advisor for the Siskiyou County Cooperative Extension Office, addressed the Board about the need for funding this “long supported program.”

The extension office is a part of the University of California, Davis Agriculture, and Natural Resources department.

The problem, Wilson said, is that state dollars have not kept up with the cost of running the program.

He told the board the Siskiyou 4-H organization is facing a $15,500 funding shortfall and that the $10,000 would go a long way towards helping fund this needed service in the county.

“We’re having more difficulty covering that funding gap,” he said.

4-H helps more than 800 kids in Siskiyou County.

He added that in June, they had a successful search for a new livestock/natural resources advisor. Wilson said that Grace Woodmansee would be coming on board soon.

Commissioner Ray Haupt said 4-H is a vital educational component for the youth in the area.

Haupt, who lives in the Scott Valley, said he had seen countless times the positive benefits of 4-H for kids and teens, especially in such an agriculturally driven area like the Scott Valley. Haupt said the program provides invaluable leadership skills to the youth of the community.

“Without 4-H I don’t think my kids would have been as successful,” he said.

The 4-H Youth Development program in Siskiyou County is a non-formal educational youth program, conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension. The goal of 4-H is to help “young people discover and develop their potential and grow into competent, contributing, and caring citizens.”This includes learning by doing activities, youth-adult partnerships, and research-based educational programs.

Wilson added the program is always looking for help and donations and encouraged the community to support them. For more information go to http://cesiskiyou.ucanr.edu/4-H_Program/.