OSU Extension/4-H Youth Development program has received a $2,500 donation recently from America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and directed by local farmer Erik Hamilton of Highland County.
The funds will be used to hire a summer intern for the local 4-H program. This opportunity will not only help out with summer staffing, but will also give a youth the opportunity to gain workforce development skills.
“My wife and I both showed in 4-H, me in Brown County and she in Highland County. It’s a great program and we would like to see Highland County 4-H continue to grow. We hope our daughter (to be born in August) will have the same opportunity to participate in 4-H as we both did,” Hamilton said.
For six years, America’s Farmers Grow Communities has collaborated with farmers to donate over $22 million to more than 8,000 community organizations across rural America. Winning farmers will direct donations to nonprofits to help fight rural hunger, purchase life saving fire and EMS equipment, support ag youth leadership programs, buy much needed classroom resources, and so much more.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support local nonprofit causes that positively impact farming communities across rural America. Grow Communities is one program in the America’s Farmers community outreach effort, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Other programs include America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, which encourages rural youth to remain in agriculture and provides $1,500 college scholarships to high school and college students pursuing ag-related degrees and America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, which works with farmers to nominate rural school districts to compete for $10,000 and $25,000 math and science grants. Visit www.AmericasFarmers.com to learn more.
Submitted by Kathy Bruynis, county director4-H Youth Development educator, College of Food Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, OSU Extension, Highland County.