For as long as it’s been around, the 4-H program has brought Indiana County kids together to learn some well-defined skills, everything from raising goats and riding horses to rocketry and robotics.

One of the county’s newest 4-H projects, coordinated through the Penn State Cooperative Extension Service, has its young members learning one of the broadest topics yet — the Science of Agriculture. The club’s goal is to apply scientific methods to identify a community problem and recommend a workable solution.

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4-H members Annalee McCloskey, 12, left, Elizabeth Bruner, 14, Ryan Fabin, 13, and Josiah Empfield, 12, practiced their problem-solving skills ahead of a statewide Science of Agriculture Challenge.

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4-H member Annalee McCloskey, 12, practiced problem-solving skills ahead of a statewide Science of Agriculture Challenge.

Staff writer/Web Editor, The Indiana (Pa.) Gazette