To the Editor:
The Minnesota Farm Bureau is saluting 4-H during National 4-H Week, Oct. 6-12. This week is a great reminder of the many reasons why Farm Bureau maintains such strong support for the 4-H program.
Farm Bureau invests in 4-H throughout the year because Farm Bureau recognizes that rural youth benefit from participation in this organization. This is a program that develops leaders who will contribute back to their communities and invest in our future.
Farm Bureau partners with 4-H by serving as sponsors throughout the year for activities that include: 12 Minnesota 4-H animal science awards presented at the Minnesota State Fair; buyer at the Minnesota Purple Ribbon Auction; Minnesota State Fair 4-H stall cards; recognition for peer mentor training participants; "4-H at the Minnesota State Fair" Pioneer Public Television special; keynote speaker at the 4-H state leadership conference, YELLO; Minnesota 4-H Creating Tomorrow's Agriculturalists program; recognizes yearly an Extension Educator of the Year; has Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors assist at the MFBF Annual Meeting; assists with training the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors; and many Farm Bureau members serve as program leaders in their local communities.
County Farm Bureaus and Farm Bureau leaders also support 4-H programs by sponsoring local 4-H activities or individuals, jointly hosting events such as safety camps and serve as a driving force to maintain 4-H programs in their counties and work with 4-H to strengthen county fairs.
Farm Bureau is proud of 4-H in Minnesota, of all the youth and leaders who make this such a great organization and to be a strong supporter of 4-H.
Rochelle Krusemark, president
Martin County Farm Bureau