4-H Ontario will receive $700,000 per year for the next two years to support the growth of the province’s next generation of agri-food leaders, thanks to a grant from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

The organization will use the grant to develop educational content and first-hand learning experiences to “inspire the next generation to explore exciting careers in the agri-food sector.”

4-H Ontario youth members will learn about careers in agriculture and agri-food businesses and develop the necessary skills training that build Ontario communities.

“This important program is an investment in Ontario’s local food security,” says Ernie Hardeman, Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “4-H Ontario provides critical youth development to thousands of young people across the province and is one of the ways we can ensure the sustainability of our agri-food sector. With the motto, ‘Learn to Do by Doing,’ there are few educational opportunities that have the long-lasting influence on youth that 4-H does.”

The 4-H program provides community-based learning clubs for youth aged 6-12. Developing leadership skills and learning about agriculture and food form the foundation of the 4-H program, the organization says.

“4-H Ontario is exceptionally proud of our continued relationship with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs,” says Cheryl Sullivan, president of 4-H Ontario. “The generous funding means that we can ensure the next generation of youth in Ontario have access to programs, training, and opportunities that promote excellence and leadership in agriculture and far beyond.”

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