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Joel Luehmann: "I give because our youth are our future."

Joel Luehmann is a recent donor to the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. He first connected with 4-H when he was growing up in Winona County outside of Lewiston, Minnesota. Joel was a member of the Silo Happy Hustlers 4-H Club.

His favorite parts of being in 4-H were learning, meeting new people, and seeing new places. "My favorite project was commodity marketing. I was fortunate to participate in learning through trips to the Chicago Board of Trade, Washington D.C., and the Bicentennial tour in Minnesota," said Joel. He also benefited from project areas like demonstrations and public speaking.

He attended the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, and majored in Agricultural Economics. Joel uses the skills he built in 4-H to be successful in his professional life as senior director of enterprise risk management at AgStar Financial Services. "My career requires lifelong learning, working with others, speaking, and writing. 4-H helped prepare me to continue learning throughout my career."

Even though his time in the program are years behind him, Joel still loves to learn new things from youth and adults alike. He has good advice for fellow 4-H alumni. "Give back! Find ways to interact with, help, and learn from today’s youth. Mentor, volunteer, but most importantly show interest in what they are learning and doing. I learn something fun and interesting from youth nearly every week." He is not currently involved in Minnesota 4-H, but he is a loyal customer at his county’s food stand during the county fair each year.

Joel is a financial supporter of Minnesota 4-H because he knows what a different in can make our state. "Our youth are our future, and 4-H remains a wonderful way to help our youth." His gift is for any program that might need it. "4-H programming at all levels- club, county, state, and national- are all important pieces of the overall experience."

We are grateful to Joel for his support of Minnesota 4-H.

Laura Wyatt
Minnesota 4-H Foundation

Did you know?
Youth in 4-H are 4x more likely to actively contribute to their communities than their peers.

4-H is available to youth in every Minnesota county and tribal nation. Find your local program here.

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