Judson Minear became involved in 4-H in Palm Beach County at the age of 10 during the Great Depression in the mid-1930s.
“When I joined 4-H I took on the responsibility of a poultry project. Through that I learned management skills and in turn this helped build character for which I am grateful,” said Minear. “Being active in 4-H through the years has been a very fulfilling experience.”
Minear is now a retired dairyman, who owned dairies in both Palm Beach County and Martin County. While he was an active dairyman he made his dairy herd available to the Florida Cooperative Extension Service to support 4-H activities.
Martin County 4-H agent Cindy Harris commented, “Jud, with his easygoing way, has helped make my job much easier by working with our 4-H Foundation. He uses his contacts in the community to further the achievements and successes of
the county 4-H program and is also able to help obtain money for the college scholarships that we bestow upon our club youth.”
He also made heifers available to youth to use as 4-H and Future Farmers of America projects and sponsored workshops on care and grooming of the animals. In addition to this Minear has helped with numerous fundraisers, programs, workshops and the Martin County Fair. Minear uses his contacts in the community to obtain money for college scholarships for youth.
“4-H helps youth develop,” said Minear. “It taught me skills that I have used throughout my life and I feel an obligation to provide the same opportunities for today’s youth.”
Through his involvement and leadership in the community, Minear can look back and thank 4-H for instilling both character and the real concept of responsibility. His work with the Martin County 4-H Foundation has made the county 4-H program stronger and better able to help more young people.
In addition to his work with 4-H, Minear has been an active and committed community member and an avid supporter of agricultural agencies. He is a member of the Martin County Fair Association and has served as its president. He served as President of the Dairy Herders Improvement Association and as President of the Florida Jersey Cattle Club. He has also been involved with the Florida Holstein Association and Jupiter Chamber of Commerce.
He remains actively involved in the local Farm Bureau and Kiwanis Club and is an active member of the Palm City Presbyterian Church where he serves as an elder.