County of Monmouth
 For Immediate Release:
January 25, 2019

NJ 4-H Members Attend National Agri-Science Summit

FREEHOLD, NJ – New Jersey 4-H members attended the National Agri-Science Youth Summit at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Maryland earlier this month. The purpose of the conference was to provide members with the opportunity to learn about and develop an understanding of the critical role that agricultural science innovation plays in addressing worldly issues.

The 24 New Jersey 4-H members joined more than 250 individuals representing 27 states at the National Agri-Science Youth Summit. One of the New Jersey delegates who attended the conference was Monmouth County’s own Zahra Clarke of Freehold.

During the summit, participants attended workshops, engaged in hands-on activities, listened to guest speakers and interacted with agricultural researchers and advocates who helped the delegates gain knowledge and skills in agri-science. Topics included food security, nutrition, energy, sustainability and career opportunities.

“The importance of continuing to educate the next generation on the significant role agriculture and farming plays in our world is something I cannot emphasize enough,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to Monmouth County 4-H. “On behalf of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, I would like to commend Zahra and the other New Jersey 4-H members for their enthusiastic involvement in the National Agri-Science Youth Summit.”

The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the Monmouth County 4-H Program, call the 4-H office at 732-431-7260 x 7264 or visit the New Jersey 4-H website at

New Jersey 4-H members at the National Agri-Science Youth Summit held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.:

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