A pair of 4-H programs recently received a boost to their respective endeavors, thanks to grant dollars from the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee.
The two recipients in this year's Colorado Corn 4-H Grant Program were:
* The CSU Extension Pueblo County Office's BeeWise program ($2,500). This effort will offer 12 workshops to more than 100 participants, who will learn the techniques of beekeeping and tracking bee-colony health.
* The CSU Extension Elbert County Office's Livestock 101 program ($2,500). This program will provide next-step knowledge for about 65 4-H youth who have three or less years of experience in livestock handling.
Adding to its support of other youth-focused efforts, the Colorado Corn Administrative Committee began teaming up on this grant program with Colorado 4-H Foundation Executive Director Gary Small in 2013.
“It’s so critical that youth begin developing a true understanding and appreciation of agriculture at a young age, and these 4-H projects are shining examples in that much-needed effort,” said Colorado Corn CEO Mark Sponsler. “These projects are truly deserving of our support, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of them. We look forward to continuing our contributions to 4-H, which represent just one aspect of our many efforts aimed at cultivating a future generation of responsible and well-educated food producers and consumers.”