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VICTORIA – The festivities are underway outside Victoria’s Parliament Buildings today as the Government of British Columbia and current ranching community leaders are celebrating B.C. Beef Day with a nod to the province’s future agriculture community leaders. The B.C. 4-H program, an organization dedicated to empowering young people is celebrating 100 years in British Columbia this year.

B.C. 4-H members and volunteer leaders have joined the fifth annual B.C. Beef Day celebration along with the B.C. government, BC Cattlemen’s Association, BC Association of Cattle Feeders and the BC Association of Abattoirs.

The 4-H program stands for head, heart, hands and health, and members learn the 4-H pledge: “My head to clearer thinking, My heart to greater loyalty, My hands to larger service, My health to better living, For my Club, my Community and My Country.” There are more than 2,200 members and 600 leaders in 160 B.C. 4-H clubs throughout the province.

B.C. Beef Day recognizes the strong partnership between government and the ranching community while acknowledging industry’s contribution to the provincial economy. In 2012, the cattle industry produced 197 million pounds of beef at a farm-gate value of almost $225 million, an increase of 20% from the previous year.

Source: British Columbia Newsroom

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