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Nearly 800-strong, 4-H contingent set to turn Capitol Rotunda green on Feb. 12

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture 

Fast facts:

  • 4-H at the Capitol Day set for Feb. 12
  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson, a 4-H alum, to offer a tribute to the youth development program
  • Nearly 800 people expected with 4-H contingent 

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Newsrooms: With filers 4-H Day at the Capitol images:

LITTLE ROCK— For a few hours on Feb. 12, the polished white marble of the Arkansas State Capitol will turn green, thanks to a contingent of nearly 800 4-H members, parents, volunteers and others. 

ALL GREEN -- More than 450 Arkansas 4-H members from throughout the state attend the 4-H Day at the Capitol in 2017. (UA System Division of Agriculture photo by Ryan McGeeney)

“4-H Day at the Capitol is an event we look forward to during every legislative session,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System. “This is an opportunity for our youth to get a real-world citizenship lesson meeting with Gov. Asa Hutchinson and other state officials, as well as their House and Senate members.” 

The Feb. 12 schedule:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Public Event: A Tribute to 4-H in Arkansas featuring Gov. Asa Hutchinson, with special remarks by Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, State Land Commissioner Tommy Land, Sen. Bruce Maloch and Rep.  Joe Jett, on the second floor of the Capitol Rotunda. 
  • 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. – Rotunda Presentations. 4-H members on hand to meet with legislators and discuss special projects.

Before the 10:30 a.m. event with the governor, the youth will get a short civics lesson with Cochran and Rutledge in a class hosted by the Arkansas Association of Counties. 

The Arkansas 4-H Youth Development program is delivered by the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. It is the only youth development program affiliated with the state’s land grant university, the University of Arkansas. In 2018, more than 300,000 youth took part in a 4-H activity statewide. 

“We want to thank our supporters for helping make this event happen,” said Cochran. “We’re grateful to the governor and his cabinet, as well as our legislators who offer encouragement and inspiration to our 4-H youth.”

Sponsors for the event include: Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Arkansas Farm Bureau Federation, The Poultry Federation, Farm Credit of Arkansas and the Arkansas Association of Counties. 

For more information about 4-H, contact your county extension office or visit

About the Division of Agriculture 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. 

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.  

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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