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Grams leaves big shoes to fill for 4-H coordinator job

The kids, Jill Grams said, were the greatest joy of being the 4-H coordinator for McLeod County for 13 years.
Grams recently left that position to teach agriculture and be the FFA adviser at Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart High School.
“Those are going to be big shoes to fill,” McLeod County Commissioner Paul Wright said of finding a replacement for the 4-H program.
Grams said she grew up on a cash crop farm south of Hector, but was not a 4-H member growing up. She did, however, belong to the Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop High School.
She went to college in River Falls, Wisconsin, with the idea of being an agricultural educator. While there, she did an internship with Extension, working with the 4-H program.
“I absolutely loved it,” Grams said of that internship.
After finishing college, Grams said she was open to being either an Extension educator, or a high school instructor.
When the 4-H job opened in McLeod County, Grams applied and was accepted.
“It brought us closer to home,” she said.
And Grams enjoyed it so much, she stayed for 13 years.
Grams feels one of her best accomplishments in the job was educating people on just how much 4-H has to offer, beyond the traditional crops and farm animals programs.
And she had great cooperation from everyone in helping promote 4-H in the county, Grams said.
“I loved the kids, I loved the volunteers; there is a lot of community support,” Grams said. “It was very easy to make partnerships.”

For more, see the Sept. 16 print edition of The Chronicle.