By Lillian Bowe
PNT staff writer
As Roosevelt County’s 4-H agent, Ryan Craig oversees the clubs involvement in showing livestock, 4-H event in county, state and nationally, and also tries to bring more awareness of 4-H in the county
“It has been a busy past year, but I have learned so much and had a blast,” said Craig, 25, who has been part of 4-H since his high school days in Dora.
The past year, Craig has travel with the Roosevelt 4-H kids to Louisville, Ky. for the national 4-H convention and many other places around the state.
“I learn so much from the kids and I hope to build up the program to get more kids interested in it,” said Craig, who graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a degree in agriculture education.
One of ways Craig will be trying to get more involvement is starting the Egg to Chicken program, in which he brings in chicken eggs that second grade students who watch the egg be incubated and hatch.
What is your favorite memory that involved 4-H while growing up?
I have so many, but the one that always sticks out in my mind is actually the Egg to Chicken. I remember watching the egg being incubated and then watching them hatch was so fascinating to me. Then I got to take home a chick and raised it to a rooster. That was the first time I was exposed to 4-H and I could not get enough of it.
What has been the most fun part of being the 4-H agent this past year?
Traveling with the kids to all the many events we had this year. We just had so much fun together going to the many different places and I got to know all the kids.
What animal did you most enjoy showing in 4-H?
I really enjoyed showing chickens. They were easier than pigs or other animals and they were cheap, so I earned more money when I sold them.
Any programs you will be introducing this year to help bring more involvement in 4-H?
Well, I wanted more kids to be involved and 4-H is more than just livestock, so I will be starting shooting sports. They get to learn gun safety and other skills that anyone can learn. I also want to try other contests, like pasture and range and livestock skill-a-thon.
Why is the Egg to Chicken program important to second grade students in Roosevelt County?
It teaches them where chickens come from because many will say they come from the grocery store. It shows where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture in everyday life.