United States
Late 1890s
  • The first corn contests for boys began in Illinois.
1906
  • The General Education Board, founded in part by the Rockefeller Foundation, agreed to finance demonstration work in the South under the supervision of Seaman A. Knapp.
1907
  • White agriculture clubs for boys began in Holmes County, Mississippi, with a corn contest for 120 participants. The early corn clubs established the basis for a cooperative system between county officials, state land-grant colleges, and the federal government that became the standard organizing structure for 4-H.
North Carolina
1907
  • Cassius R. Hudson began agricultural demonstration work in North Carolina.
  • James A. Butler became the first county agent in North Carolina (for Iredell County).
1909
Jerry Alexander standing next to his corn yield in Asheville, North Carolina Durham County 4-H Corn Club holding their ears of corn
  • Ira O. Schaub became the first director of the North Carolina corn clubs, which later became 4-H Clubs.
  • North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts (later North Carolina State University) signed an agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture to develop corn clubs and demonstration programs.
  • The first North Carolina corn club for white boys was formed in Ahoskie, Hertford County.
Timeline based on sources listed in annotated bibliography.
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