Thursday, March 10, 2022
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cape May County teens in grades 9-12 interested in agriculture are invited to apply to attend the National 4-H Agri-Science Summit taking place in March. The deadline to apply is Saturday, January 15, 2022.
New Jersey 4-H will be taking a team of youth to the Summit March 10th through the 13th at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Maryland. Youth need not be 4-H members to apply.
Linda Horner, CMC 4-H Program Coordinator, said, “The National Youth Summit on Agri-Science is for teens across the country with an interest in agriculture, gardening, food production, farming and pollinator protection. Teens will gain knowledge related to the production of food, feed, fuel, and fiber – especially in the rapidly growing areas of animal and plant sciences and technologies. Through hands-on learning opportunities led by experts in agricultural fields, teens will learn about the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability and gain a better understanding of exciting career opportunities that could be part of their futures.”
Horner added, “The application deadline is January 15; interested teens must apply right away.”
After the summit, Cape May County youth will be invited to join in a south jersey Pollinator Habitat Ambassadors Program where they can earn community service hours educating younger children about the importance of pollinators.
The summit also includes Smithsonian Museum visits and tours of national monuments. The cost of the trip, which includes lodging, meals, educational programming, tours, and transportation, is normally $950 but with financial and grant support, the cost for attendees is only $50. The application process is a competitive one.
For more information on the National Agri-Science Youth Summit and to apply online, go to: https://rutgers.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d0cSa8Dt9ZHkX42. Youth selected to be part of the NJ delegation attending the Agri-Science Youth Summit will be notified no later than January 31, 2022. We will be monitoring Rutgers COVID directives, and we will keep in touch through the process of recruitment and registration if plans change.
For more information about the agri-science summit and the Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program, please call 609-465-5115, ext. 3605, visit our website capemay.njaes.rutgers.edu and like us on Facebook at Cape May 4-H or Instagram at cape_may_4h.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Cape May County
Linda Horner, 609-465-5115, ext. 3605