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Brandon Fischer: "We never would have started our business without 4-H."

Did you see this AgriNews article about a Grove City business that got started through a 4-H project? I was curious to learn more about the family that owns North Grove Charolais, so I gave Brandon Fischer a call. Here’s the story behind the story:

Erin Kelly-Collins: How did your family get involved with 4-H?

Brandon Fischer: My mom was raised on a dairy farm in Meeker County and was a member of the Acton Buzzer 4-H Club. When my brother, sister and I were old enough, we became members too. I served as president of our club as a high schooler and have good memories of the community pride activities we did together. I especially enjoyed selling Toys for Tots. My grandparents still live on our family farm, which is where we raised cattle for our 4-H projects and now run our North Grove Charolais business.

EKC: I heard that North Grove Charolais was actually started as a 4-H project. Tell me a little more about how that happened.

BF: Although we raised swine when we were really young, all t…

Lincoln County 4-H'er Emily Clarke wins Schroeder Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation

Meet Emily Clarke, a graduate of Canby High School, Minnesota 4-H'er from Lincoln County and 2015 recipient of the Ada and Helmuth Schroeder Scholarship.
Emily has been an active member of Minnesota 4-H throughout Lincoln County. She held the office of secretary for her local Ivanhoe Greenleaf club for 4 years, and was also president of that same club from 2014 to present. She has also held leadership roles in the Lincoln County Leader’s Council as secretary and president.
When Emily is not working with 4-H, she gets involved in multiple projects to improve her community. One of her most memorable projects was her work to fundraise and bring Caitlin Boyle, founder of Operation Beautiful, to her high school to speak about body image issues that are common in teens. She participates in her annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner where they serve over 300 community members each year.  She's was a active member of FFA in high school, and represented Minnesota at the National FFA Con…

A.J. Hasslen: "4-H brought me out of my shell and helped me build skills to communicate my ideas."

A.J. Hasslen’s career ambitions are directly tied to her experiences as a Minnesota 4-H’er. She was raised in Sherburne County 4-H, starting with a rabbit project as a 5th grader and consistently adding projects each year including sheep, horse, western heritage, beef, and swine. One of her favorite 4-H experiences was serving as a Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador (2011-2013) where she developed leadership and communication skills she continues to hone today.

“4-H brought me out of my shell when I was young and helped me build skills to communicate with people and get my ideas across clearly.  Thanks to 4-H, I realize that working with people and educating the public about agriculture is what I want to do in my future career.”

At one point in A.J.’s middle school years, she strongly considered following a group of friends who were quitting 4-H, but the tenacity of A.J.’s mom kept her active. “When I was in 7th grade I wanted to quit but my mom wouldn't let me. I am so glad she didn…