At its summer meeting held this month in Lincoln, NE, the Farm Foundation held a panel "Educating and Training Youth."
(L to R): Jennifer Sirangelo, CEO, Nat'l 4-H Council; Mark Poesci, CEO, Nat'l FFA Organization; Sheila Fowler, Ass't Principal, Chicago High School for Ag Sciences (CHSAS), and Ronda Hamm, Global Academic Relations Mgr, Corteva Agriscience.
The speakers noted there are 58 million youth in the U.S. 4-H and FFA reach half of those located in rural areas. CHSAS was opened in 1985 on the last farm in Chicago's city limits. It annually receives 3,000 applications and accepts 200, boasting a 93% graduation rate of which a third go on to study at an ag college.