Lowell has been involved with 4-H for 60 years, beginning his 4-H Club work as a ten year old boy in Union County. As a young student he participated in 4-H swine and dairy cattle shows at the Suwannee Valley, Central Florida, Florida State and Union County fairs. Lowell was elected president of his county 4-H club and qualified to attend Florida 4-H Congress at the University of Florida several times.
Throughout his commitment to 4-H, J. Lowell Loadholtz organized the Brevard 4-H Market Hog Show and Sale and recruited the Rotary Club of Cocoa to sponsor. He also organized the Brevard 4-H market Lamb Show and Sale and enlisted the Cocoa Kiwanis Club as a sponsor. Each year he involved the members of both service clubs in getting financial sponsors for the auction sales. For more than 30 years he has served as the auctioneer for the annual EPAF auction. Lowell served as a 4-H agent in Escambia County for eight years. During this time he organized the first youth Automobile Drivers Rodeo Competition for 4-H and other youth at the Pensacola Interstate Fair.
Lowell received numerous recognitions for his work, including the 4-H Career Guidance Award, Brevard County 4-H Alumni Award, University of Florida, College of Agriculture Meritorious Service Award, and a host of other awards from various professional associations.
Highlights of Lowell’s 4-H career include: Leading the planning and construction, along with Camp Trustees, of the Langley Bell 4-H Educational Building. He led the organizing of the Brevard County Extension Advisory Council. He led in procuring a long term land lease with the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Department for the construction of the 4-H Horse Arena. He assisted with the forming of the Brevard County 4-H Youth Foundation and he raised more than $130,000 for 4-H youth members.