Macon County youth get lesson on food and life during embryology study

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Youth in Macon County now know more about how their food is produced, thanks to Illinois 4-H's Tech Wizards program. 4-H Tech Wizards is a national mentoring program funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

During March, the students studied embryology, all the while carefully caring for incubating eggs. Once the chicks hatched, a local business, 1912 Barn, allowed the students to build a large chicken coop at their farm to serve as the chicks' new home. While on site, the students also helped plant a garden. Watch their story.

Judy Mae Bingman, University of Illinois Extension Marketing and Communications Manager

Judy uses powerful words and photography to tell the Extension story. She is a skilled communication strategist and storyteller with demonstrated success in building teams and creating strong organizational brand identities that deepen Extension’s impact among key audiences, build brand loyalty, strengthen employee talent, and expand public engagement. She is a frequent conference presenter at the National Association of Extension 4-H Agents Conference and helps Extension staff across the nation tell compelling stories.