National Youth Summit on Agri-Science

Delaware 4-H youth, Oliver Menard from Kent County and Kelsie Arisman from New Castle County, joined over 90 other 4-H’ers from 19 different states to attend the National 4-H Agri-Science Summit. This event was held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, on January 15-18, 2016. Delegates participated in variety of educational and engaging sessions including Rain to Drain, Cows and Congress, Soil Data Collection, Meat Science-Good to the Bone, and others. The content of this conference focused on how to teach 4-Hers interested in the field of Agriculture to educate the general public on different practices. Teens participated in a local farmers market where each state was given a product to buy and a set of questions to ask that producer. Throughout the summit all 4-H’ers where tasked with meeting 15 new people, staying open minded to opinions that were different from theirs and researching a topic that they wanted to find out more about. The Agri-Science Summit brought an eye-opening experience to many youth who only knew what their perception of Agriculture was and helped to provide how different perceptions are from state to state. Kelsie and Oliver definitely had the opportunity to meet new friends, learn about different topics in Agriculture and how it doesn’t just effect one family or even one state and learned to be open to new opinions.