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Emma Mullineaux Attends National Agri-Science Summit

Photo: Left to right: Emma Mullineaux, Johnsville 4-H Club and Dr. Meredith Melendez, Rutgers University Extension
Emma Mullineaux of Keymar,MD, a member of the  Johnsville 4-H, attended the Youth Champions for Agriculture National Youth Agri-Science Summit held at the National 4-H Conference Center in Chevy Chase, MD, January 16th through the 20th, 2014.... Emma was one of 80 youth representing thirteen states from California to New York State who spent five days together preparing to become Champions of Agriculture in their communities. The National Youth Agri-Science Summit provided numerous opportunities for youth to learn about the latest innovations in Agriculture science and technology and to increase their awareness of careers available in this rapidly expanding field.

Emma and attendees from the other states met with representatives from the United States Department of Agriculture, Rutgers University, University of Maryland, Merck Animal Health (sponsor of the event), and several national agricultural commodity groups and regional agribusinesses to learn about the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber and the challenges currently facing agriculture in the United States and around the world. The five-day event included field trips to the USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and the University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  The summit also included an agricultural issues forum, career panel, and several hands-on workshops about global food security, sustainability, and how youth can play a role in teaching others about agricultural science.  Session topics included precision agriculture, agricultural biotechnology, biofuels, aquaponics, food safety, the role of robotics in agriculture, and international agricultural development.

The National Youth Agri-Science Summit is one of many 4-H Science programs designed to combat a national shortage of young people pursuing science college majors and occupations, and to enhance the nation's contribution to the sciences. Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering, and technology year-long programming.
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