4-H junior leadership members from Christian, Jersey, Macoupin. Montgomery, and Counties took part in the 4-H Ag Career Exploration trip to Springfield, IL on April 10. Participants explored education and career paths in agriculture. The group visited three locations: Lincoln Land Community College-Kreher Center, Brandt Headquarters, and the Illinois Department of Agriculture on the Illinois State Fairgrounds.
The day was filled with facility tours, hands-on learning stations, and career advice from current professionals in the field. Bill Harmon, Rich Teeter, and Elizabeth Conrady at LLCC provided information on ag education and guided the youth through simulations related to horticulture, precision farming, and animal science. Rod Riech from Brandt offered a tour of the headquarters, presented on the history of Brandt, and also gave insight to current trends in agriculture. Riech was full of excitement for the future of agriculture and encouraged youth who have a passion for ag to pursue it and take advantage of all the opportunities out there.
The discussion panel at the Department of Ag included a variety of professionals that provided insights into different career paths in the field. Through educational opportunities like this, 4-H hopes to spark interest in agriculture and help provide youth with information to help them make the best choices for their future career planning decisions.
4-H Members attending from Macoupin County were as follows: Carter Joiner, Saralynn Joiner, Payton Harding, Hallee Kaburick, Josiah Schuette, Luke Wolff, Ethan Cloninger, Caleb Cloninger, Isabella Gilbreth, Natalie Royer, Johnathan Royer, and Reese Heyen.
Montgomery County 4-H members: Emma Hughes, Amanda Niemann, and Fallon Knodle.
Jersey County 4-H participants: Keeley Shoemaker and Ava Pulley.
Christian County 4-H member: Adelaide Dunkirk.
If you are interested in finding out more about 4-H, call the University of Illinois Extension Office at 217-287-7246.