The first place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year’s 4-H Congress, state awareness team members and the state 4-H Council officers will be in Meridian July 17 as part of their state tour.
They will stop for a 9 a.m. tour of East Mississippi Electric Power Association and a 10 a.m. tour of the Lauderdale County Farmers Supply before leaving for Jackson.
In addition, they will be at Mississippi State University July 16 and 19. Other stops on their tour are Mayhew, Greenville, Greenwood, Scott, Jackson and Ridgeland.
Youth will spend a day learning about the structure and goals of business cooperatives and experience one firsthand by establishing and operating their own soft drink cooperative. Their bus tour will include an electric power association, a farmers’ supply, grain terminal and a cotton gin. The youth also will spend time visiting the Mississippi Capitol.
The 4-H program is the youth development program of the MSU Extension Service, open to those ages 8 to 18 in all of Mississippi's 82 counties.