GALESBURG, Ill. — Four Illinois 4-H members will put their leadership skills into action while building strong agricultural foundations for the future as they join the Youth Education in Agriculture (YEA) Committee through the Illinois Farm Bureau.
This committee helps not only provide quality programs for agricultural education in Illinois, but also helps prepare youth for careers in the agriculture industry. The committee is made up of 4-H and FFA members as well as representatives from the members of the Illinois Farm Bureau Family of Companies.
Molly Warner of Knox County, Ashleigh Janssen of Tazewell County, Shelby Basham of Kankakee County, and Paige Lemenager of McLean County will represent Illinois 4-H on the committee this year.
“I am excited about giving back to the organizations that pushed me to pursue what I am so deeply passionate about,” says committee member Shelby Basham of Kankakee County. “Without these organizations, I believe I would not be half the person I am today and I am excited to bring new ideas to the table.”
The committee plans and organizes programs throughout the year to benefit 4-H and FFA members across the state of Illinois and emphasizes personal and professional development skills for youth members.
“I hope to gain valuable leadership skills and a stronger sense of awareness regarding the importance of up and coming agriculturists,” says Shelby. “I am double majoring in agricultural communications and agricultural business and economics at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and in the future I’m striving to impact the agricultural industry through a career in agricultural policy.”
To learn more about leadership opportunities with Illinois 4-H, head to the 4-H website. To learn more about the Youth Education in Agriculture Committee, please visit the Illinois Farm Bureau site.
— University of Illinois Extension