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NEWS RELEASE · 5th July 2010
Ministry of Agriculture
The Province is investing in the future of B.C.'s agriculture sector with an $87,000 grant for B.C. 4-H clubs, announced Minister of Agriculture and Lands Steve Thomson.

"4-H is an important part of both rural and urban life in British Columbia," said Thomson. "B.C. 4-H provides a vital link between youth and agriculture that contributes to the future of farming in B.C. I commend all 4-H leaders and volunteers on their dedication to B.C. agriculture and thank them for their hard work and volunteerism."

B.C. 4-H will use the money to continue youth agriculture awareness and management of the 4-H program. B.C. 4-H volunteers in clubs across the province lend their time and expertise to help children and teens gain experience in a variety of agricultural traditions. This leads to increased interest in agriculture that can help sustain the industry for future generations.

"One of the biggest concerns for farmers in B.C. is planning for the future of the industry," said Adrienne Smith, manager for B.C. 4-H. "B.C. 4-H young people are the future of agriculture and it's good to know the Province recognizes how important it is for these programs to continue."

The 4-H program teaches young people to become productive, self-assured adults and fosters knowledge, leadership, citizenship and personal development. The grant is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands.

For nearly a century, the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands and B.C. 4-H have worked together to build healthy and sustainable rural communities, and provide skilled leaders to B.C.'s agriculture and food industries. The ministry partners with B.C. 4-H to administer several programs, such as Fields for Your Future, which builds interest in agriculture careers among high school students.

For photos of Thomson and B.C. 4-H club members, please visit http://www.gov.bc.ca/al/media_gallery/events/index.html.

For more information on B.C. 4-H, please visit www.bc4h.bc.ca or call 1 866 776-0373.