Dear YD colleagues,
On Thursday, March 20, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation will host the first "4-H Celebrates Agriculture" banquet. The event will bring agricultural and agri-business leaders together with 4-H members, families, donors and volunteers, and Extension leadership to recognize the important role agriculture plays in Minnesota's economy and the legacy that 4-H has created over more than 100 years in providing Minnesota youth with hands-on learning experiences in agriculture-related projects.
The event, with keynote speakers Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Fredrickson and Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO of the National 4-H Council, is also a prelude to Minnesota's celebration of National Agriculture Day on March 25.
This is a very exciting time for Minnesota 4-H. We have made a commitment to improving science literacy in Minnesota youth, and to developing the next generation of agriculture leaders.
Our goals are to help Minnesota youth gain hands-on learning and exposure to cutting-edge agriculture science and technology, and explore future opportunities in college and careers in agriculture. You will hear more about our new 4-H Science of Agriculture efforts at YOUth & U in April.
I look forward to our opportunity to celebrate Minnesota agriculture on March 20, and 4-H's continued role in guiding youth on their path as leaders in agriculture in Minnesota.
Associate dean & state 4-H director