Michigan Farm Bureau honors Tiffany Spedowski with 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award

Michigan Farm Bureau recognized the 2017 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award recipient at MFB Voice of Agriculture Conference. Pictured are (from left) Cathy McCune, chair of MFB State Promotion and Education Committee; award recipient Tiffany Spedowski; and MFB President Carl Bednarski. (Courtesy photo)

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GRAND RAPIDS — Tiffany Spedowski, of Mecosta County, was recently honored with the 4-H Excellence in Agriculture award at Michigan Farm Bureau’s (MFB) Voice of Agriculture conference in Grand Rapids.

She was the recipient of a $1,000 grant to designate to a 4-H agricultural program of her choice, for volunteer training, supplies or curricula to enhance 4-H programming locally and statewide.

Spedowski has been a 4-H volunteer for 20 years, leading the largest 4-H community club in Mecosta County with more than 70 youth members, known as the Stanwood Pioneers 4-H Club.

Aside from being a club leader, Spedowski is involved in the Junior Livestock Association, Horse Leaders Association and Mecosta County 4-H Council. Through those groups, she holds officer roles and is actively involved in the county program as a whole which impacts and benefits the lives of all Mecosta County 4-H members. Through these associations and 4-H, youth are able to learn about raising quality animals and are exposed to agriculture careers, by expanding their skills and knowledge in agriculture.

“Tiffany is showing her youth how to recognize, understand, and appreciate multi-culturalism,” said Jenn Marifo in her nomination for Spedowski. “She also does this by showing through example helping out those individuals that wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate in 4-H. The members of her club are always growing and contributing through their service and leadership and help in any area they are needed.”

Community service is a big focus of the Stanwood Pioneers 4-H Club. The club participates in many service projects that contribute to the quality of life in the community. Club members volunteer to ring bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign, they make and deliver baskets to elderly shut-ins at Christmastime, complete yard clean-up and spring freshening at a local township hall, assist the Fraternal Order of Eagles with cleaning up their facility, that in turn gives back to the community, and does several other service projects throughout the year. Through these projects, the club stays active and involved during all seasons and helps youth to learn the importance of giving back and advancing their citizenship.

Supported annually through the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture and funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Endowment Fund, the 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Awards recognize outstanding achievements of Michigan 4-H volunteers or groups that have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science.

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