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Cumberland County 4-H proudly represented the Garden State at the recent 4-H Agri-Science Summit held at the 4-H National Conference Center in Chevy Chase Maryland January 16th – 19th. Seven 4-H Youth from the county attended, including Sarah Lampligy, Nina Callavini, Jillian Tozer, Chase McPherson, Ryan Rugenus, Jake Newkirk and Bryan Pettit. The delegation was chaperoned by long time 4-H program assistant Cyndy Hetzell and 4-H volunteer Vicki Rugenus. The trip was made possible thanks to financial support from the Cumberland County 4-H Advisory Committee.

“Cumberland County may be ranked the poorest county in the state, but I believe we offer our kids one of the richest 4-H experiences in New Jersey”, offers County 4-H Agent Julie Karavan. “It’s the people who make the difference in our county program. We are incredibly fortunate to have committed staff and volunteers who get the job done.” In addition to active participation in state and regional programs, Cumberland 4-H regularly sends delegations to National 4-H Center programs as well. Cumberland 4-H maintains an active outreach to local schools, a broad based free county club program, numerous county events, workshops, professional development training and an array of summer enrichment programs.

The National Youth Summit on Agri-Science enables high school students to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability. National 4-H Council and National 4-H Youth Conference Center partnered with agricultural scientists, researchers, leaders, politicians, and advocates to host the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. The Summit included hands-on workshops, curriculum, tools, and visits to agricultural government and advocacy agencies as part of the learning experience.

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