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Information related to the 4-H dairy program

Dairy Princess Visits the Jets!

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Becky Freeborn poses with Muhammad Wilkerson and local youth

Becky Freeborn, our 2014 NJ Dairy Princess visited the training facility of the NY Jets to participate in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program being sponsored by NJ dairy farmers in partnership with the NFL.

After a day of learning about fueling up with ‪‎milk‬ and other nutritious foods, and getting to toss around a football with New York Jets Muhammad Wilkerson. New Jersey students happily posed with the NFL star and Becky. The day was a reward for the students’ participation in the dairy farmers’ Fuel Up to Play 60 program.

Becky Freeborn promotes milk at Shop RiteBecky has also been busy promoting the nutritional benefits of milk. She recently made an appearance at the Shop Rite of Greater Morristown.


Becky Freeborn Selected as 2014 NJ Dairy Princess

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Becky Freeborn, 2013 New Jersey Dairy Princess

Becky Freeborn, a member of the Sussex County Milkmakers 4-H Club, was selected as the 2014 New Jersey Dairy Princess. She succeeds Kayla Vaughan (also a Milkmakers member), the 2013 Dairy Princess.

Becky attends Kittatinny Valley Regional High School where she is an Honors Student, participates in several clubs and plays lacrosse. She also volunteers at the Yellow Frame Church during her spare time.

Her plans include attending college to pursue studies in elementary and special education.

As the New Jersey Dairy Princess, Becky will attend events to promote agriculture and the dairy industry. She hopes her work will assist the education of younger New Jersey’s residents about these important topics.

Congratulations to Becky on this fine achievement!


Kayla Vaughan Selected as 2014 Agricultural Fair Ambassador

Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador
Kayla Vaughan 2014 Ag Fair Ambassador

Kayla Vaughan, a member of the Sussex County 4-H Milkmakers Club and 2013 NJ Dairy Princess, has been chosen as the 2014 New Jersey Agricultural Fair Ambassador. The 18-year-old graduate of Sussex County Technical School was selected from among seven contestants by the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey.

“Kayla is the fifth-generation on her family’s dairy farm and will be a wonderful spokesperson as she attends our state’s agricultural fairs next summer,” said New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher. “She also will serve as an inspiring mentor for young people interested in or already involved in agricultural youth organizations.”

As ambassador, Vaughan is charged with visiting the state’s agricultural fairs in 2014, discussing the fairs, promoting agritourism to the public and bringing people together to support the state’s agriculture industry.

“Agriculture is not just something I do for a living, it is what I live for,” said Vaughan. “I will spend the next year representing the agriculture industry as a whole and the families that work so hard at it.”

She studied commercial baking in high school and is enrolled in the Culinary Institute of America with a goal of opening a bakery on her own dairy farm using her own natural products.

Vaughan participated in Skills USA where she placed third in the state for baker’s aid. She also worked as a volunteer for a variety of organizations, including Catch a Dream Foundation and hospice.

This is the 11th year the Agricultural Fair Association of New Jersey has named an ambassador. In choosing an ambassador, the Association seeks a good representation of young people active in agriculture in the Garden State and their county fair.

There were 21 agricultural fairs in the state this past summer, including the New Jersey State Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds. The earliest fair is held in June, with the final fair of the season in late August.


2014 Annual Junior Breeder Symposium and Junior Breeder Loan Program

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Kyle Young winner of a scholarship at the New Jersey Junior Breeder Symposium

2014 Junior Breeder Symposium

The Junior Breeder Symposium is an educational event held annually for youth and adults. It features numerous sessions throughout the day on various agricultural topics of interest. Sessions feature hands-on demonstrations with the opportunity for participants to learn by doing–the 4-H way!

The annual Junior Breeder Symposium will be held:
Saturday, April 5, 2014
Rutgers University
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
(Round House – College Farm Road, New Brunswick, NJ)

This is the 13th Annual Symposium and an outstanding day is being planned thanks to the efforts of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, the 4-H, and faculty from Rutgers. It includes equine, goats and sheep, dairy, and poultry. The State Dairy Clip Off will also be held that day.

To download a registration form–and information regarding sessions–for the event, click here.

New Jersey Junior Breeder’s Fund

The New Jersey Junior Breeder’s Fund, a low-interest loan program, offers agricultural education/FFA students and 4-H members the opportunity to advance the breeding of livestock and the production quality of livestock. Loan applicants must be New Jersey residents, have adequate facilities for livestock and be 4-H members or FFA/agricultural education students.

It is a 501C5 non-profit corporation formed in 1930 for the purpose of offering encouragement to boys and girls by enabling them to purchase livestock, and to aid in the development of the industry.

Applicants for loans must reside within the State of New Jersey, have adequate facilities for caring for the livestock, and show an earnestness of purpose and sense of responsibility.

Every borrower who secures a loan from the New Jersey Junior Breeders’ Fund, Inc. becomes a member of the New Jersey Junior Breeders’.

For more information on the Junior Breeder program, please visit this site

To download an application for the Junior Breeder Loan, please click here.

The Junior Breeder Symposium is also sponsored by the Farm Credit Northeast AgEnhancement Program and Hart Agency/Farm Family Insurance