While Minnesota may be the "Land of 10,000 Lakes," it is also home to over 80,000 farms. Agriculture makes up an enormously valuable part of our state's culture and history. Throughout the years, Minnesota 4-H has remained firmly tied to its roots in agriculture even as it has incorporated other areas of learning. 4-H programs have been a part of the state's agricultural education for over 100 years and we are excited for the opportunity to recognize this invaluable connection.
The special and longstanding relationship between 4-H and the agriculture industry will be the focal point of a new event, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation's Celebration of Agriculture, set for Thursday, March 20 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
The formal event will gather farm and agricultural leaders, legislators, educators and public media, joined by 4-H families, volunteers, donors and enthusiasts. There will be live music performed by local bluegrass artists Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger, dinner, and a program that celebrates the importance of agriculture to 4-H and to the state of Minnesota. The evening's menu will feature all Minnesota-grown products.
Compart Family Farms and the Minnesota Pork Producers Association will be providing a fine pork dish for the main course. Compart Family Farms started as a 4-H project in Nicollet, Minnesota and has grown to be one of the largest family-owned swine genetics businesses in the Midwest.
The Minnesota 4-H Foundation's Celebration of Agriculture will help set the stage for National Agriculture Day, celebrated in Washington, DC and across the country on March 25th. Additionally, the event is intended to provide support for the new Minnesota 4-H Agricultural Sciences Endowment Fund.