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Colorado 4-H contributes millions to state's economy

January 22, 2014

Every dollar county, state and federal agencies invest in the Colorado 4-H Program is returned to the state's economy six times over.

As part of his 4-H model rocketry experience, Art Hoag, Weld County, built and launched the largest privately owned rocket in Colorado.That’s one of the findings of a new CSU study evaluating the economic contributions of the youth development program.


“This is a conservative estimate of the contribution of 4-H,” said Rebecca Hill, a CSU extension research economist and author of the study. “In addition to the monetary benefits, there are other benefits that are not easily quantifiable.”

4-H Day at the Capitol

Full results of the statewide study will be released at 8 a.m. Jan. 24 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver as part of Colorado 4-H Day.

Hill analyzed 4-H member record books completed during the 2012-2013 record year to compile expenditures made by participating families. She found that Colorado’s 4-H families spend $22.5 million a year in their communities supporting their children’s projects. When secondary effects spending are calculated, the Aubrie Brown, Gunnison County, visits with the judge while she shows her beef project at the Gunnison County Fair.program’s statewide economic contributions swell to $45 million.

More than 14,000

The Colorado State 4-H Program asked Hill to study the program’s economic benefits so county, state and federal officials had accurate information on which to base their budget decisions. More than 14,000 Colorado youth participate in organized 4-H clubs each year.

'Strong economic evidence'

“We have always known that 4-H is good for kids, families and communities,” said Jeff Goodwin, Colorado 4-H Director. “Here is strong economic evidence to support that fact as elected officials get ready to tackle tough budgetary issues.”

Contact: Jeff Goodwin
Phone: 970-491-1152