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LEWISTOWN — Emily Shoop is the newest 4-H Youth Development Educator with Penn State Extension in Mifflin County.

Originally from Lima, Ohio, Shoop is a former 4-H Ohio student who has been raising and showing chickens since she was 3 years old. She participated in poultry, rabbit, small animal, and creative and expressive arts projects during her time in 4-H.

Shoop was the 2006 Allen County Fair Poultry Queen and a junior fair board member. She loved her time in the program and credits most of her personal and interpersonal development to the skills learned in 4-H.

Shoop qualifies as a certified Bird Nerd. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in poultry science from the University of Arkansas. While there, she traveled to Nampula, Mozambique, Africa on a fully integrated poultry farm during the summers of 2012 and 2013. She participated in Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, Poultry Science Club, Bumpers College Ambassadors and Collegiate Farm Bureau. during his undergraduate career.

She lived up to her commitment to 4-H by volunteering at the Arkansas State Fair, judging local youth poultry shows, and speaking to Arkansas clubs.

After college, she worked for Tyson Foods in Arkansas as an operations associate. Lacking her involvement in education and youth, she joined Penn State Extension in 2016 as a poultry educator, where she served small flocks and backyards, the game bird industry of the State and commercial poultry hatcheries.

His proudest accomplishments in this role were the writing and development of two online courses for small flocks and small flocks as well as his commitment to educating new owners of poultry flocks.

Shoop is no stranger to 4-H in Mifflin County, having served as leader of the Teen 4-H Council from 2018-2019. She also served on the fair committee from 2017-2019 and was the photographer for the fair. She enjoys judging 4-H, FFA and youth poultry projects across the country. She is also a licensed judge with the American Bantam Association.

She enjoys traveling to show her flock of Bantam Sultans – a rare breed – with her father, Matt, who is also a poultry judge and licensed breeder.

Emily lives with her husband, Derek, and their cat, Remy, on a cow-calf and beef farm in East Waterford. She loves to sew, cook, and spend time with her family and pets, especially her little ones, who love marshmallows.

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