Cargill takes lead support role in 4-H event

The Canadian arm of agri-food giant Cargill has pledged $30,000 per year for the next three years to support the National 4-H Citizenship Seminar.

The seminar, held annually in Ottawa since 1972, gives senior 4-H delegates the opportunity to travel to the capitol and learn about “governance, political procedures, and the rights and responsibilities of being a Canadian citizen.”

“The National 4-H Citizenship Seminar is one of our most popular program opportunities for 4-H members across Canada,” Bob McAuley, president of the Canadian 4-H Council, said in a release Monday.

“Feedback from the seminar has always been extremely positive. Members, chaperones, and parents all remark on the fantastic experiences that this seminar provides.”

Over 50 delegates will visit Ottawa between March 27 and April 2 for this year’s seminar, the council said.

Len Penner, president of Winnipeg-based Cargill Ltd., said the company sees its involvement with the council and the annual seminar as an investment in the future of Canadian youth.

“4-H members develop leadership, communication and life skills that are so important for the future of the Canadian agricultural industry,” Penner said Monday. “By partnering with the Canadian 4-H Council, we are able to contribute to that future.”

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