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Ousman Sonko presents to Global 4-H Summit attendees. The summit ran July 11-14, 2017, 
in Ottawa.

4-H fuels Gambian youth quest for change

Gambia’s 4-H program may not have been directly involved in the recent shifting political sands, but 4-H members were in the fray, Global 4-H presenter says

A recently roused youth demographic, including 4-H members, has set its sights on social engagement in Gambia as the country takes its first steps away from the 22-year reign of former leader Yahya Jammeh. That’s according to Ousman Sonko, vice-principal of the Rural Development Institute’s Department of Community Development and a presenter at the Global

Delegates discuss soil health issues, solutions and what should be included in a hypothetical soil health kit during a breakout session of the Global 4-H Summit.

4-H’ers dig into soil health policy and education

Soil health was a repeat topic as 4-H members from around the world turned their attention to sustainable agriculture and food security

It’s time to think about what lies below our feet. That was the message delegates from 35 countries received from multiple speakers at the recent Global 4-H Summit in Ottawa. Soil health emerged from several workshops during the third day of the July 11-14 conference, themed around sustainable agriculture and food security. Syngenta Canada, also


Part of the delegation from Kenya stops for a photo during sustainable agriculture and food security day at the Global 4-H Summit.

4-H finds fertile ground to tackle food security

Vertical gardens and composting are among the 4-H projects to help African families produce their own food

North American 4-H may have branched into everything from babysitting to robotics, but elsewhere it’s still back to the basics — producing enough food for the family. Shannon Benner, CEO of 4-H Canada and chair of the Global 4-H Network, estimates that about 60 per cent of programs worldwide are focused on agriculture or food

Kim Bearnes (l to r), Norman Small and Lee Sherry present on Nebraska’s GIS Day during the second Global 4-H Summit in Ottawa.

You are here: 4-H pitches youth GIS training

Youth in Nebraska have been introduced to geographic information systems since 2007

It’s time for 4-H members to find their footing with geographic information systems (GIS) technology. That’s according to an extension 4-H program based out of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Geospatial thinking is a necessity and, with the new equipment, the new things that are coming out, the more education and understanding that you have, the

Delegates try out the recently released Weedscout app during the Global 4-H Summit in Ottawa July 11-14.

Bayer shows off new apps at 4-H summit

Facial recognition technology can capture and identify the faces of weeds as well as humans

A new app will bring weed identification to the field with the click of a smartphone camera. That’s according to Bayer and its recently released Weedscout app, which compares a photo of a weed with a cumulative database and returns a list of potential matches. “As it’s used more and more, it’s designed to learn


VIDEO: 4-Hers assemble for global gathering

For the first event of its kind to be held in Canada, 4-H delegates from around the world are in Ottawa July 11-14 attending the 2017 Global 4-H Summit. Topics will range from leadership to sustainable agriculture, science, health and environmentalism. Follow Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford on Twitter for quick updates from the summit.

VIDEO: Managing through mentorship

Keynote speaker Krista Scaldwell, a 4-H alumnus and vice-president for insurance firm Great-West Life, gives advice on mentorship to delegates from 35 countries during the Global 4-H Summit in Ottawa, July 11-14. Follow Manitoba Co-operator reporter Alexis Stockford on Twitter for quick updates from the summit.

Long-serving 4-H leaders Leanne and Philip Fenez have been devoted to their local club because they see 4-H fostering leadership and skills development in young people in ways no sport or other program can.

La Salle couple earns recognition for 4-H leadership

4-H Canada presented awards to exceptional 4-H leaders during National Volunteer Week

A Manitoba couple who received national recognition this spring for leadership with the 4-H program says one of the reasons they moved to rural Manitoba was so their own children could be involved in the program. Philip and Leanne Fenez, who have a small farm near La Salle, were among nine individuals across Canada to


4-H Farm Safety Day comes to Ag in Motion

4-H Saskatchewan is coming to Ag in Motion this summer in a big way with an interactive Farm Safety Pavilion and 4-H Farm Safety Day. On Thursday, July 21, the Farm Safety Pavilion on 5th Street will be home to the 4-H Farm Safety Day as well as ongoing farm safety stations all three days

Accompanied by their chaperon Tracy Claeys, (far right), Manitoba delegate Amber Dyrda (front) and Christine Kilpatrick (l to r), Luke Weidenhamer, 
Levi Rimke, Jenai Buchanan and Marika Dewar-Norosky assemble before their meetings with Ottawa officials.


Manitoba delegates inspired by 2016 Citizenship Congress

Youth delegates met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and held a mock 
parliamentary debate in the Senate Chamber at the annual 4-H event

Marika Dewar-Norosky is seeing farm and rural life in a new light following a once-in-a-lifetime trip as a 4-H delegate to Ottawa this spring. The Grade 11 teen from Newdale 4-H Club was one of six Manitoba delegates visiting the nations capital in early May to participate in the 4-H Canada Citizenship Congress. 4-H Canada