4-H’ers attend poultry institute

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Justin Simmons, son of Cleveland and Sybil Simmons of Supply, and Elizabeth Mintz, daughter of Ray and Cheryl Mintz of Leland, were accepted to attend the 2010 North Carolina State University Poultry Science Summer Institute during the first week of August.

The four-day, four-night annual conference is “designed to broaden high school students’ understanding of the educational disciplines, scholarship opportunities, careers and industries related to poultry science.”  

Only a few years old, the program accepts less than 25 high school students (rising 11th- and 12th-graders) each year that are interested in poultry as a career choice. This exclusive program gives youth an opportunity to attend a low-cost conference with lodging, meals, field trips, workshop materials, great goody bags and entertainment. 

For four days, they experience college campus life, participate in hands-on-experimentation in a classroom setting, and interact informally with North Carolina State University faculty, staff and current poultry science students. Attendees learn about the vast field that is poultry science, as well as specific information on the university’s poultry science degree program. Students are also coached on how and when to apply for college, available career fields, scholarship requirements and availability, internships while attending college and employment connections upon graduation.

Mintz and Simmons had the honor of being among the few accepted to attend the program this year and were able to experience all the benefits that the institute offers, including classes on anatomy, reproduction, embryology, incubation, animal welfare, poultry products, and DNA fingerprinting of poultry. They also visited a hatchery, a feed mill and the university’s field labs.

To learn more about the Poultry Science Summer Institute or other 4-H related programs in Brunswick County, contact the local 4-H office by calling 253-2610 or e-mail Blair Green, 4-H youth development agent, at blair_wooten@ncsu.edu. The Brunswick County 4-H program is open to all youth ages 5-19 and offers many youth development activities throughout the year.