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Featured Scholar: Libby Mills

Libby Mills, one of the 2014 recipients of the Minnesota 4-H Foundation Kern Scholarship, has a true passion for agriculture. She began 4-H when she was five years old and she has been actively involved ever since, especially in showing livestock and dairy judging. Libby is currently a freshman at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. "This scholarship is one of the biggest reasons that I am now at the U of M because it gave me the last missing piece of the puzzle, the financial support that I needed," Libby said. "The sense of support that comes from this is simply amazing." Libby is studying Animal Science with an emphasis in Dairy Production. On campus, she is involved with the Dairy Club, International Agriculture Club, and Gardens for Humanity among other groups.

As a freshman, Libby is still exploring career options, though she knows that her passion lies in agriculture and feeding the world. She would love to do research in developing modernized farmin…

$4,000 given by Tractor Supply Company to MN 4-H

The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce that ten Minnesota counties have been awarded funds totaling $4,030 from the Fall 2013 Paper Clover Promotion through National 4-H.

This promotion is held twice annually in partnership with Tractor Supply Company stores across the nation. During this promotion, shoppers at participating stores are asked to donate $1 or $5 to their county's 4-H program. Each contribution was honored by the display of the donor's name on a paper clover at their local store. The next TSC Paper Clover Promotion will be April 16-27, 2014.

Please help us congratulate the following county recipients:
Blue Earth • Clay • Dakota • Isanti • Morrison • Nobles • Olmsted • Scott • Sherburne • Wright

For questions about the TSC Paper Clover Promotion, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins, County Development Liaison, at the Minnesota 4-H Foundation (erinkc@umn.edu / 612-624-7667).

From Our Executive Director

In the cold beginnings of a new year in Minnesota, 4-H youth are halfway through their year of learning and experiences. Learning and experiences that will eventually be highlighted at fairs across the state this summer. Summertime is when many folks think 4-H "happens" but the truth is it is in these cold winter months when youth do their greatest learning.

Right now, youth are participating in workshops in project areas that may be new to them. They are experimenting with woodworking, baking, robotics and more to learn how they can make their chosen projects better. They may be participating in livestock ethics training or public speaking contests. Or maybe they are attending their regional Building Leadership and Understanding (BLU) retreat.

So much happens for 4-H youth from October through April all across our state! They are active, learning and developing their head, hearts, hands and health all year long. If you know a 4-H'er, take a moment to ask "w…