Indiana Governor Mike Pence issued a proclamation declaring October 3 – 7 as 4-H Week in Indiana. This week, Hoosier Ag Today announced the presentation of a communications scholarship as part of the Indiana 4-H Congress. Samantha Shank, of Elkhart County, was the recipient the scholarship which was presented a recognition luncheon on Saturday at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Ms. Shank is a freshman at Bethel College whose future plans include being an entrepreneur and professional blogger. “Communications is important for the future of agriculture and rural America, and we want to invest in effective future communicators,” said Gary Truitt, president of Hoosier Ag Today. This scholarship was one of 36 presented in a wide variety leadership areas by the Indiana 4-H Foundation. Hoosier Ag Today has a long history of sponsoring the communications scholarship that has, over the years, been presented to a very diverse group of young people from across the state.
The Indiana 4-H program is strong and growing. A component of Purdue Extension, it is one of the state’s largest youth organizations, with more than 130,000 active members representing all 92 counties. Nationwide, more than 6 million young people, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni participate in 4-H education and enrichment activities, including after-school programs, camps, workshops, and special events.
Although 4-H has a rich history associated with agricultural activities, the organization also has much to offer young people in urban communities, especially in emerging STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. According to Renee McKee, Indiana 4-H youth development program leader, “We are very pleased that our 2017 4-H enrollment opened on October 1 and coincides with this year’s 4-H week activities, including the National 4-H Youth Science Day Drone Discovery program.”
About Hoosier Ag Today
Hoosier Ag Today was founded in 2006 for the specific purpose of serving the informational needs of the Hoosier agricultural community. HAT currently has 65 radio stations broadcasting its programs. In addition, HAT operates a multi-media web site, smartphone app, and publishes a daily e-mail newsletter. In 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2016 Hoosier Ag Today was rated the most listened to farm radio network in Indiana by Ag Media Research. Hoosier Ag Today is represented nationally by J.L. Farmakis, Inc.
Gary R Truitt