Jo Turner to join National 4-H Hall of Fame

  • Published: Friday, May 18, 2018

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Linda “Jo” Turner, former Missouri 4-H program leader and former interim director of University of Missouri Extension, will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame this fall.

The National 4-H Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates 4-H volunteers, faculty and staff, pioneers, donors and others who have made a significant impact on 4-H at the local, state and/or national levels.

“Jo is an amazing colleague, mentor and friend. I am so happy for her!” said Alison Copeland, Missouri 4-H interim program leader.

Turner began her professional 4-H career in the Meramec area as a 4-H youth development specialist. In 1996 she became the state 4-H program leader for the MU Extension 4-H Center for Youth Development. During that time, she significantly expanded the resources for Missouri 4-H by establishing partnerships with the Corporation for National and Community Service and the MU Office of Student Financial Aid. She was asked twice to serve as interim vice provost and director of extension during critical transitions for the MU campus.

Prior to her retirement, Turner served as a member of the resource development team for National 4-H Council, where she helped raise $6 million to bolster 4-H programming in STEM, agriculture and healthy living. She also raised nearly $2 million to address poverty and hunger in sub-Saharan Africa by strengthening 4-H programs in Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia and Zambia.

Throughout her career, Turner has supported numerous Missouri 4-H Foundation programs and initiatives. In 2014, she and her sisters, Carol Turner and Anne Elkins, established the Waldo and Mary Belle Turner 4-H Youth Futures Scholarship in memory of their parents. Through her commitment to the 4-H Youth Futures program, Turner has helped numerous young people pursue their dreams of a college education.

The 2018 induction ceremony is Oct. 19 at the 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Writer: Curt Wohleber

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