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Canada: B.C. Government Supporting Next Generation of Farmer
Source: newsroom.gov.bc.ca
Source Date: Sunday, April 07, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Canada
Created: Apr 08, 2013

VERNON - The B.C. government is investing $87,000 in the B.C. 4-H Council to encourage young British Columbians to experience and pursue a career in agriculture.

The funding was announced by Eric Foster, MLA for Vernon Monashee, on behalf of B.C. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick, at a Vernon 4-H horse club first-year check, in which members were taught skills such as measuring, and checking a horse's temperature.

The funding will support the 4-H program in its 99th year of operation in B.C. and help its 2,200 youth members learn about farming and food production as well as building leadership skills and personal development. 4-H members complete hands-on projects in areas such as field crops, beef, horse, dairy, poultry, bees, agroforestry and mechanics designed to prepare them with knowledge and experiences to guide a successful career.

Ministry of Agriculture youth development staff also deliver conferences to youth and work closely with more than 600 registered 4-H volunteers, who mentor the youth and help transfer agriculture knowledge and skills from one generation to another.

4-H stands for head, heart, hands and health. 4-H members range in age from six to 21 years and are part of clubs in more than 50 B.C. communities. The goal of the 4-H program is youth development, with a focus on knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development.

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