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4-H Day set for Feb. 11 at the Capitol in Santa Fe

4-H student groups will spend a day at the New Mexico State Capitol Building, also known as the Roundhouse, Feb. 11 focusing on the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act.


The special day will take place during the upcoming session of the New Mexico Legislature.

Students will tour the Capitol, learn about the New Mexico legislative process, meet with legislators and have the opportunity to become a page for a state senator or representative.

"We want to take this citizenship project and provide our 4-H youth from across the state with an opportunity to learn about the state legislative process," said Tom Dean, director of New Mexico State University's Extension Southwest District Office.

The Smith-Lever Act, a federal law, celebrates 100 years in 2014. It created the Cooperative Extension Service and works as a cooperative union for agriculture Extension and agriculture colleges of land-grant universities.

"It's just important for all our clientele in the Cooperative Extension Service to know where we come from and how the partnerships work," Dean said. "The Smith-Lever Act is a really big deal across the nation."

This citizenship project is just one of 200 the youth can participate in with the 4-H program.

For more information on 4-H or the 4-H Day at the Roundhouse contact Tom Dean at 575-646-5819.