Partnering with 4-H
With the growing global demand for food, the agriculture industry needs talented, driven and passionate youth. That is why Monsanto partners with the National 4-H Council to support positive youth development programs. Over the years, Monsanto’s support for 4-H has taken many forms, from funding 4-H Volunteer Training Forums and Salute to Excellence awards, to supporting the recruitment of 4-H volunteers, a critical component of 4-H’s success. We are also pleased to support local 4-H clubs through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Since the program’s inception, winning farmers directed nearly $2.3 million to nearly 1,000 4-H clubs across the country.
In 2014, Monsanto and the National 4-H Council collaborated to launch the 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, a program that promotes workforce skills, knowledge of STEM fields, and interest in agriculture to nearly 10,000 youths each year.
The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience aims to make agriscience relevant and fun for youth with an interactive, agriculturally focused activity that is developed by a land-grant university. The 2014 activity was the Fish Farm Challenge, which tasked participants to engineer a food distribution system that evenly dispenses soy-based fish food pellets to demonstrate the value of aquaculture.
In 2015, the Water Windmill Challenge asked participants to build a water windmill structure that simulates how wind-powered electricity can deliver clean, safe water to crops and farm animals. The 2016 activity will be focused on educating youth about pollinators.
For more information and to learn how to get kids in your community involved, contact your state 4-H office or county extension agent.