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From the Field: Monumental Milestones in Washington DC
4-H CWF 2015 Delegations from 1890’s at the US Capitol

From the Field: Monumental Milestones in Washington DC

Each year the 4-H Citizenship Washington Focus program is sponsored through the National Contributions Program. Farm Credit sponsorship provides scholarships for 4-H youth from historically black land grant universities and tribal colleges to attend the summer program. This year was extraordinarily special because of the 125th anniversary of the universities’ establishment as land-grant institutions. The week was filled with celebratory activities and opportunities to connect with leadership from each college within the system along with members of congress and Farm Credit representatives.

Sponsored 4-H CWF delegations from Fort Valley State University, Alcorn State University, Southern University and North Carolina A&T University had the wonderful opportunity to attend the special congressional hearing related to the 1890 land grant institutions’ 125th anniversary. Delegates got to listen to the official testimony from university leadership and observe our government in action. At the conclusion of the hearing, the Library of Congress hosted a reception and exhibition. CWF high school youth attended this networking event and took full advantage of exploring education opportunities with the 1890’s universities and discovered potential career paths that lead back to agriculture. Following the reception, CWF delegations had a unique opportunity to meet one-on-one with Congressman David Scott of Georgia, who is also a member of the Agriculture Committee.

To top off a monumental week, Farm Credit had the incredible privilege of celebrating our anniversary and entrance into our 100th year of support to rural America and agriculture. The Farm Credit Council hosted lunch for the CWF delegations to tell them more about Farm Credit and the work that is being done on the Hill. Students were also able to share their community action plans that were developed throughout their time at CWF and how they intend to implement them when they return home.

After a whirlwind week in DC, students left inspired to go back to their communities to make a difference and pursue higher education and a flourishing career in agriculture.