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NMSU Ride for the 4-H Clover marks 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service

Date: 09/02/2014

More than 80 motorists kicked off the Ride for the 4-H Clover tour Aug. 23 in Las Cruces, N.M. The event, envisioned by New Mexico State University Regents Chair Mike Cheney, sought for a fun and unique way for people to learn about the many opportunities New Mexico?s youth can benefit through Cooperative Extension Service 4-H Program.

Participants in the 2014 Ride for the 4-H Clover motorcycle tour ride through the tunnel on U.S. 82 between Cloudcroft and Alamogordo on the second day of the Aug. 23-24 event. About 80 people participated in this year?s event, led by New Mexico State University Regents Chair Mike Cheney. (Photo by Darrell Pehr)

This year?s ride has special significance as the 100th anniversary of the Cooperative Extension Service is celebrated, an anniversary that is being recognized by a proclamation from the Grant County Board of Commissioners in Silver City, N.M.

?The New Mexico State University Grant County Cooperative Extension Service and 4-H program provide positive 4-H youth development through leadership, citizenship and personal growth,? says the proclamation. ?Extension outreach programming provides the Grant County community with supportive resources in agriculture, home economics, community development and urban horticulture.?

Commissioners proclaimed Aug. 23 ? the day the ride will go through the county ? as Ride for the 4-H Clover Day and encouraged all Grant County residents and visitors to attend and participate in this year?s event.

Established by the Smith-Lever Act, the Cooperative Extension Service is a state-by-state, national network of educators who extend university-based research and knowledge to the people.

NMSU President Garrey Carruthers joined in on the fun while many motorcyclists accompanied him from last year?s event, which were both led by Regent Cheney.

The 600-mile route began in Las Cruces, where riders met for a kickoff breakfast then headed to Silver City through Hatch, N.M., via Highway 185 and historic Hillsboro, N.M., via Highway 152.

Activities, a reception and lunch was provided by the Grant County Extension office, then riders traveled onto Reserve, N.M., where they had a chance to see fair exhibits and the junior rodeo action at the 59th annual Catron County Fair. Socorro, N.M. was the last stop on the tour Saturday, concluding with a reception and dinner.

The tour continued Aug. 24, when riders traveled to Ruidoso, N.M., where they enjoyed a lunch and activities provided by the Lincoln County Extension office.

From Ruidoso, riders motored down Highway 244 through the Mescalero Apache Reservation to Cloudcroft, N.M., then on Highway 82 from Cloudcroft down to Alamogordo, N.M. After activities provided by the Otero County Extension office in Alamogordo concluded, riders departed for Las Cruces, completing the ride.

To ?learn by doing? is fundamental to any sound educational program and is characteristic of the 4-H youth development program. Informal education provided by the 4-H program enhances the basic values provided by the home, school, community, and other youth-friendly environments.

4-H was established in New Mexico in 1912 and now has more than 60,000 participants and 11,000 volunteers statewide.

4-H is one of the largest national youth organizations with seven million youth members worldwide and has more than 603,000 volunteer leaders. The four Hs in 4-H stand for head, heart, hands and health. The hands-on experience teaches youth ways to contribute to bettering their community and participating in agriculture.

For more information on Ride for the Clover visit http://ridefortheclover.nmsu.edu/.

Written by Jocelyn N. Apodaca

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