4H Members Present at the G8 Summit

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June 25, 2012 Cassandra Corridon

On Friday, May 18th the Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security, Advancing Food and Nutrition Security at the 2012 G8 Summit met at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. With this gathering of leaders from around the world two Maryland 4-Hers - Caitlin Moore, an AGNR recent graduate and who was an active 4-Her and is a Collegiate 4-Her, and Josh Freeman, an outstanding 4-H member and 4-H Ambassador from Harford County, were part of the National 4-H Council Delegation to the Public Session.  Caitlin and Josh traveled to represent 4-H Youth and Agriculture, and to witness the discussion of international dignitaries on the topics of Healthy Agriculture, Farm Futures and Food Security on the global front.  Josh describes the conversation coming from all the different Presidents, `His Majesty's', `Your Honor's' and even Bono, as something that he will never forget.

Caitlin describes the experience stating, “Josh and I would both agree that this was an incredible experience. Being in close proximity to some of the world's greatest leaders and seeing agriculture be given a turn in the spotlight was unforgettable. I have often said that to have successful agricultural production, we need to listen to those who do it best- the small farmer. This belief was affirmed by nearly every international representative present at the symposium. It was incredible to hear.  I told my family that night that it was one of the best days of my life. Being in that close proximity to some of the world's most influential people was something I will never forget. It was incredible to see the future of agriculture becoming a priority.”

Special thanks to National 4-H Council for giving the University of Maryland Extension 4-H Youth Development Program the opportunity to offer life altering experiences for our outstanding 4-H Youth.  We are proud to provide opportunities for our Maryland  youth highlighting our UME Positive Youth Development!