Two Lincoln County 4-H members were part of a six-member North Carolina delegation to the 2013 National 4-H Conference held in Washington, D.C., April 6-11. Cody Johnsen, 18, son of Jeff and Kristi Johnsen of Denver, and Joseph Perkins, 17, son of Gordon and Cheree Perkins of Iron Station, were among the 270 delegates from across the nation to participate in the event.
Youth participated in and led roundtable discussions about current issues facing youth, the nation and the world. They dedicated three days to preparation of presentations about global issues to present to government leaders in the United States Department of Agriculture. Youth enjoyed learning more about the national government from guest speakers, including the United States Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, Carolyn Parker, director of Advocacy and Outreach, USDA, and Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, USDA.
Cody and Joseph also met with Representatives Virginia Foxx and Walter Jones and Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr. They discussed state 4-H programs with their congressional members and their staff. While in Washington, they also toured the capitol, had an evening tour of national monuments and enjoyed a dinner-and-dance cruise down the Potomac River.
The National 4-H Conference upholds a tradition dating back to 1927 when the first “National 4-H Club Camp” was held on the grounds of the National Mall in front of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Known as the “Secretary’s Conference,” the National 4-H Conference continues to be USDA’s premier youth-development event. More information about the National 4-H Conference can be found at http://www.4-h.org/4-h-conference/.
For more information about Lincoln County 4-H programs, contact N.C. Cooperative Extension, Lincoln County, at (704) 736-8458 or email@example.com.