YouthLab’s Impact on Dallas County 4-Her’s

Dallas Youth participating in 4-H eventAs a follow-up to the magnificent experience during the 2016 Youth Leadership Laboratory (YouthLab), 30 4-H members in Dallas County got a chance to be Agricultural Scientists for an entire week. Under the leadership of Noel Estwick, Information Specialist with the Cooperative Agricultural Research Center (CARC) in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences (CAHS), the 4-Her’s were able to see how the work of Agricultural Scientists impacts the world.

The youth extracted DNA from strawberries to learn how scientists improve the quality of our food by manipulating genes. They also tested lactose levels in goat, cow, soymilk and Lactaid. It was the first for the youth to actually smell and taste goat milk. Estwick also presented activities to demonstrate how The Global Positioning System (GPS) impacts some agricultural practices.

Dallas Youth in Geocache treasure huntThe weeklong activities ended with a Geocache Treasure Hunt, which successfully led their teams to the treasure. For more information contact Cynthia Pierfax; Dallas County CEP 4-H Agent; 214-904-3050 or by email:

Dr. Carolyn J. Williams


Carolyn Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Administrator, Cooperative Extension Program
(936) 261-5122