Delaware 4-H’ers Attend National Youth Summit on Agri-Science

4-H members take part in Bayer Science Matters sessions at the National 4-H Council on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018 in Chevy Chase, Md. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for National 4-H Council)

Three Delaware 4-H youth joined over 100  youth and 4-H’ers from several different states to attend the 4-H National Youth Summit on Agri-Science held January 12-15, 2018.  Emma Sparpaglione and Meredith Carey, both from Sussex County and Keazia Farrow from Kent County attended the event held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Delegates participated in a variety of educational and engaging sessions including a Clifton Strengths for Youth Assessment and workshop where they had the opportunity to explore and reinforce their natural talents as identified strengths. Other workshops included AgVocate: Amplifying your voice.Empowering your future, Precision Farming, Animal Management Through the Eyes of the Animal, Biosecurity Proficiencies in 4-H Animal Science, NxGen Ag – Commercialization of a New Agricultural Product, Sprouting New Seeds, and Drones in Agriculture and Their Uses. The content of this conference focused on how to teach 4-H’ers interested in the field of Agriculture to educate the general public on different practices including AgVocating for Agri-Science!

Teens participated in a Developing a Career Path in Agriculture career fair with representatives from various areas of agri-science, including Bayer. Throughout the summit all 4-H’ers where tasked with using their identified strengths, learning how they could AgVocate, and developing an action plan to AgVocate back in their states and share that science matters. The Agri-Science Summit brought an eye-opening experience to many youth who were new to agri-science and who only knew what their perception of Agriculture was and helped to show how different states are raising awareness and teaching about agri-science.

Keazia, Meredith and Emma definitely met new friends, had new experiences, and learned about different topics in Agriculture. Their action plan focused on finding a solution to effectively and efficiently educate youth in 4-H about agri-science. Their solution involves reviving the 4-H Agri-science Biotechnology curriculum in Delaware, one of the states it was originally piloted in back in 2012, by teaching older teens to facilitate the lessons for younger teens and middle school youth.