COLUMBIA, Mo. - Mary Ann Patten, University of Missouri Extension 4-H youth specialist in Versailles, Mo., received the 2008 Outstanding 4-H Youth Specialist Award from the Missouri Farm Bureau Federation, Oct. 28. The MU Extension Council and Farm Bureau in Morgan County nominated Patten.
The Outstanding 4-H Youth Specialist Award recognizes MU Extension faculty members for service to young people in their community.
Patten works with young people from Morgan and Moniteau counties who are enrolled in MU Extension's 4-H program. During the last six years, Patten has expanded membership and increased opportunities for young people to practice leadership and serve their communities. In Morgan County, 4-H membership has quadrupled, and a Clover Kids Club is reaching 5- to 7-year olds.
She also has been instrumental in helping community members revive the youth livestock show at the county fair. Realizing that making improvements to the fairground facilities, Patten helped parents, volunteers and community groups work together to make needed improvements to the fairground facilities and secure more than $5,000 in corporate donations.
In 2008, young people from five counties entered 170 animal projects in the Morgan County Fair.