Inaugural event draws ag advocates together to help support 4-H
ST. PAUL, Minn. (2/12/2014)—The Minnesota 4-H Foundation hosts the first-ever "4-H Celebrates Agriculture" banquet at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 20 at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.
"Minnesota 4-H programs have been part of the state's agricultural education and more for more than 100 years. We want to recognize this vital sector of our economy and culture and grow our efforts to prepare today's youth to be tomorrow's agricultural leaders," said Cara Miller, executive director of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.
The event is slated to bring agricultural and agri-business leaders together with 4-H members, families, donors and volunteers, as well as leadership of University of Minnesota Extension, through which 4-H operates.
Keynote speakers are Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Fredrickson and Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO of the National 4-H Council. Entertainment will be provided by Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger.
The event is a prelude to Minnesota festivities celebrating National Agriculture Day on March 25. The menu will feature Minnesota-grown products, including Compart Farms Premium Duroc Pork. Individual tickets are $100; table sponsorships at the $1,000- and $2,500-level remain available.
For more information, contact Miller at 612-624-7971 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With close ties to Minnesota's agricultural community, 4-H is the state's largest youth-serving program. In 2013, more than 65,000 Minnesota youth participated in an Extension Youth Development program, representing all areas of the state. The 4-H Foundation gives more than $1 million annually to support Minnesota youth through 4-H.