At the recent National Youth Summit on Agri-Science high school students from across the nation came together to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Conference Center have partnered with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians and advocates to host the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. This summit emphasizes hands-on educational experiences led by experts in the agricultural community. Representing Hampshire County were 4-H members Madison Bohrer, Kirsten Hiett and Makayla Kidner. Local 4-H’ers were part of a West Virginia delegation to this conference.

4-H’ers were engaged in daily workshops that included “The Science of the Squeak: Cheese Curds and Other Dairy Science;” “Basic Soil Science;” “Commodity Carnival;” “Meat Science — Good to the Bone;” “Rain to Drain — Slow the Flow;” “Growing Plants and Flowers the 4-H Way;” “Cows and Congress: Where Government and Agriculture Collide;” and “Soil Data Collection.” Additional hands-on learning activities included an ag literacy quiz bowl, an ag issues Town Hall meeting, career exploration, local agriculture field trips and a showcase of ag literacy activities that included agriscience online, acres of adventure, agriculture in the classroom, ag issues poster sessions 4-H AGsploration and planning for community projects. 4-H’ers also enjoyed a night tour of Washington, D.C.

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