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Four Iowa Youth to Attend National 4-H Conference

Four 4-H members have been selected to represent Iowa at the National 4-H Conference in Chevy Chase, Md. The conference will be held March 20 through March 25. This year the conference will focus on citizenship.

“These delegates will represent Iowa’s interests in the national 4-H program. These four youth are excellent representatives of 4-H’ers from across the state,” said Brenda Allen, Iowa State University Extension 4-H youth development specialist.

The Iowa delegates are Grant Bargfrede, 18, Ankeny; Emma Christianson, 18, Lake Mills; Natalie DeBerg, 18, Burlington; and Sara Rockow, 18, Fort Dodge. Additionally, Annette Brown, ISU Extension 4-H program specialist from Boone, will accompany the youth. The Des Moines Register and Monsanto will sponsor the youth’s trip to Maryland.

ISU Extension only sends four delegates per year, and candidates are eligible to attend National 4-H Conference only one time. Delegates must submit an application and be selected by a committee.

“We selected these four representatives due to their involvement in 4-H at the local and state level as well as their leadership and communication skills,” said Allen.

The youth 4-H delegates have many conference highlights to look forward to. They will meet with all of Iowa’s legislators to inform them about current 4-H accomplishments. Delegates also will have opportunities to collaborate and highlight local 4-H programs and activities. Additionally, the newly renovated National Museum of American History will host the closing banquet with Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture and fellow Iowan, as the featured speaker.

“This conference brings top 4-H’ers from across the country to share ideas to strengthen the 4-H program nationally and at the state level,” said Allen.

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