July 22, 2018
Powell Inducted Into 4-H Hall Of Fame Ben Powell, former Tennessee State 4-H Leader, was recently inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony took place during the National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and recognized Powell's positive impact on 4-H at the local, state and national levels. The 4-H program is the youth development component of the UT Agricultural Extension Service and is also the state's largest youth organization. With approximately 201,000 members statewide, 4-H is available to children in every county in Tennessee. A native of Wilson County, Powell began his career with the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service in 1959 as an assistant county agent in Rutherford County. In 1969, he was appointed as 4-H Specialist and in 1981 became the Tennessee State 4-H Leader. Powell retired in 1997 bringing to a close a career spanning 38 years with the UT Agricultural Extension Service. He designed the 4-H curriculum package that is still used by Tennessee members. Many new programs were created under his leadership including 4-H Academic Conference, D.A.R.T., 4-H Wildlife Conference and 4-H Sheep Conference. Under Powell's leadership, Tennessee was recognized as the top state in the number of national 4-H project winners. Powell also served in numerous national 4-H leadership roles. A biography of Powell appears at the National 4-H Hall of Fame Web site: http://www.nae4ha.org/hof/ The emblem of four H's within a four-leaf clover signifies 4-H's emphasis on youth development. Each "H" is noted in the pledge recited by participants, "I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world." Powell is the only inductee into the National 4-H Hall of Fame from Tennessee in 2002. He was nominated by the Tennessee Association of Extension 4-H Workers.
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