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Blinn’s Ag Sciences Program presented Friend of 4-H Award

Agriculture Club totaled 5,500 hours of community service at more than 100 events last year

August 16, 2016

The Blinn College Agricultural Sciences Program was recently presented the Washington County 4-H Friend of 4-H Award in recognition of its commitment to agricultural education and community service.

Among its many civic engagement projects, Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program provides a venue and judges for the 4-H Roundup, helps to organize each year’s Washington County Fair livestock judging contest, assists with the 4-H Fashion Show and hosts local 4-H events at the W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex.

Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program enrolls almost 800 students – making it roughly four times the size of any other two-year agricultural program in the state. Blinn offers agricultural science classes on all its campuses, with the Rankin Complex in Brenham serving as the program’s hub.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular educational activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture and agriculture sciences.

“The sense of gratitude that you get that the community as a whole has recognized all the hard work your kids are putting in and that you are perceived positively out in the community, to me is an overwhelming achievement,” said Bryn Behnke, Assistant Dean for the Division of Agricultural & Natural Sciences.

Last fall, the Agricultural Club volunteered more than 950 hours at the Washington County Fair, and at least 80 Blinn students have volunteered at Washington County Fair each of the past eight years. Additionally, the club volunteers at the Galveston, Austin, Brazos, Colorado, Burleson and Harris county fairs, the San Antonio and Houston livestock shows.

During the 2015-16 school year, the Agriculture Club totaled 5,500 hours of community service at more than 100 events. The club partnered with 4-H, FFA, the Coastal Conservation Association of Texas, Texas Parks & Wildlife and the Texas Extension Service.

“You like to think that people notice when our kids work hard, and to me this award does that,” Behnke said. “The community as a whole is saying, ‘We recognize all the contributions that the Blinn Ag Program makes and the hard work their kids have put in.’”

Additionally, Blinn hosts its annual Agricultural Mechanics Show, the Area III State Convention and the District FFA Convention.

Since its inception in 2002, Blinn’s livestock judging team has produced 41 national champion and reserve finishes, 29 academic All-Americans and 22 members who went on to become national champions at a four-year university. Eight former students have gone on to become team coaches at major universities.

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