Illinois Extension Gets New 4-H Youth Development Educator


CARTHAGE, Ill. (WGEM) – Kristin Huls, the former director of the Hancock County Farm Bureau, has moved a few blocks from the University of Illinois Extension Office.

Huls is the new 4-H Youth Development Educator for the extension office covering Adams, Brown, Hancock, Pike and Schuyler counties.

She said she was thrilled to take on this role and help children across the region develop leadership and career skills through 4-H programs.

“4-H and farming have always been my passions, and so I’ve spent the last nine years in a more dedicated farming role, so I just felt it was time for a change. priorities and focus on young people,” said Huls.

She said now is a particularly fun time to start this work, as the overall 4-H program continues to grow and evolve to meet growing demand for the variety of topics kids want to learn about.

“4-H has changed so much over the years…things like sport shooting, it’s a whole new audience. Robotics is a whole new audience. Lots of STEM projects … and we still have your traditional farming and farming projects,” Huls said.

It got off to a flying start, with several events in preparation.

Thursday night was the annual Trunk or Treat event held at the University of Illinois at Quincy Extension Office.

In the meantime, the organization will be welcoming new members over the next few weeks.

Hancock County is expected to welcome approximately 23 new members at a new members night on Nov. 9.

Adams County will welcome its new members on November 11.

You can find out more about Huls and how to contact its post office by clicking here.

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