From left, Dayton Tendore, Susan Avila Dixey and Kirstyn Farmer.
By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — Three local Fort Hall Extension (FHE) 4-Hers were featured on the cover of the latest issue of the Intertribal Agriculture Council (IAC) Success Stories national newsletter.
Dayton Tendore, Susan Avila Dixey and Kirstyn Farmer are in the photo with their 4-H lamb projects. Other livestock club members include Paizlee Furniss, Lennix Tendore, Beauleah Farmer who showed lambs, along with Osei Burns and Tessa Cutler who showed lambs and heifers in the breeding stock division.
FHE Director Nola Cates said the program participated in the IAC Food 4 Families Initiative. IAC partnered with Farm-Aid, Indian Land Tenure Foundation and the First Nations Development Institute on the Initiative.
The concept was top offer a “Food 4 Families Processing Coupon” to Native youth in 2020 that had a show animal that would not be able to be sold in their canceled live auction sales. The coupon would increase the marketability of their livestock according to the IAC and give incentive to private treaty buyers to pay a higher premium to the youth or allow the youth to process their animal to feed their own family or community.
The Food 4 Families Initiative consisted of three tracts: A — Live auction participation, B — processing coupon and C — add-on premium.
The 4-H Club was in C — the add-on premium that requires them to participate in the livestock show to request the IAC’s support in providing an add-on premium in a sale that doesn’t allow for animals to be donated back to the youth organization. The club members had to do a brief essay application to receive the $320 premium.
All of the youth sold their lambs at the Bingham County 4-H Market Animal Sale August 4, 2021.
Cates said she’s incredibly proud of the kids. “They work hard with their animals and deserve every cent they make.”