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      State Fair Board Increases Funds for 4-H and FFA Livestock Exhibits

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      The Nebraska State Fair board has approved an additional $27,000 per year for 4–H and FFA livestock exhibits.

      According to State Fair Executive Director Joseph McDermott, the increase in funding for the two groups will make premiums equitable across the board as well as increase livestock premiums by 40 percent for 4-H and 38 percent for FFA.

      The board says now that FFA and 4–H share thesame facilities, the two groups can work with the state fair to promote youth activities.

      Kathleen Lodl, ex officio state fair board member representing 4-H, said, "Along with learning about the science around livestock production, exhibiting an animal at the Nebraska State Fair helps young people gain the necessary skills to equip them for their future careers."

      McDermott added, "4-H and FFA has always been at the heart of the Nebraska State Fair and this is another way to show additional support our next generation of agricultural leaders."

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