Youth in Animal Agriculture: Excellence in Exhibition (Free courses)

Welcome to the Excellence in Exhibition courses! Animal agriculture is important to Iowa’s economy and is an important part of 4-H and FFA. Working with and exhibiting animals is a great experience! Not only do you gain knowledge about animals, but you also develop responsibility, good sportsmanship, and confidence.

However, there are diseases that can be spread between people and animals, especially when you have such close contact with your show animals. These courses were created to teach you how to keep yourself and your animals safe and healthy so that you can continue to enjoy showing and teaching others about animal agriculture.

There are two courses, one for elementary students (age 7‐12) and one for middle and high school students (age 13‐18). Each course is divided into six separate lessons. Lessons may take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes to complete.

4H youth showing pigs
Source: Linn County Fair licensed under Creative Commons
Club Leaders and Instructors can access additional free material »
Learn more about these courses by reading this introductory letter.

Supplemental Material for the Course for 7‐12 Year Olds:

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Supplemental Material for the Course for 13‐18 Year Olds:

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IDPH, IOWA Department of Agriculture, Pork Checkoff, FFA, 4H, ISU Extention, 4H National Peer Reviewed