The Missouri 4-H Foundation recently announced that it received a major donation to support the state's 4-H livestock judging teams. Missouri 4-H Foundation Trustee Robert "Bud" and Betty Hertzog, Lee's Summit, are establishing a 4-H State Livestock Judging endowment with a gift of $50,000.
Both financial and human resources support for the State Livestock Judging Contest has eroded over the last few years, says Ben Gallup, State 4-H specialist. Currently, Missouri 4-H sends only one team to the national contest in Louisville, Ky. It was forced to discontinue sending the second and third place teams. The endowment will ensure the program's future and will allow the top three teams to travel to national contests.
Bud is a 1952 graduate of the University of Missouri's College of Agriculture and a 1956 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine. He will serve as 4-H Foundation board chair beginning in fall 2007.
"The Herzog's generosity shows tremendous support in the leadership and abilities of the Missouri 4-H program staff and volunteers, and the youth who participate in 4-H livestock programs," says Cheryl Ream, executive director, Missouri 4-H Foundation. "We are grateful to the Hertzogs for their ongoing commitment to improving 4-H experiences for Missouri youth."
The Hertzogs will be recognized Sept. 8 at the Missouri 4-H State Livestock Judging Contest at the University of Missouri-Columbia.