How 4-H Club Members are Teaching Others to Help with Global Food Production While Developing Their Leadership Skills

How 4-H Club Members are Teaching Others to Help with Global Food Production While Developing Their Leadership Skills

If you enjoy coffee, chocolate, apples, almonds, and many other foods that are part of our daily lives, you may be surprised to learn that without pollinators they might no longer exist. About one in every three bites we eat is the result of pollinating insects, an essential component in global food production.

As farmers now look ahead to their harvest for the next year

and begin preparing, it’s a great time to be reminded of the contribution pollinators make to the U.S agriculture. Pollinators contribute more than 20 billion dollars to the U.S. economy.

Learning about the importance and benefits of pollinators on the world’s food supply is the idea behind the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program.

Over the next three years,

the program will teach 30,000 youth nationwide about the importance of pollinators and pollinator habitats while encouraging the establishment of quality pollinator habitats. The program will feature a “Teens as Teachers, “approach which is a true win-win for kids.

The young people learn skills from teen ambassadors they look up to while those older 4-H’ers develop their leadership skills through teaching.

The participants will be provided with a toolkit

to plant their own pollinator gardens at home and in their community to increase biodiversity.

Globally, nearly 80% of plants grown for human consumption require animal pollination, so it’s vital for our existence. While most folks may think of bees and butterflies when they think about pollinators, other animals such as ants, flies, birds and even bats pollinate plants.

However, there are many challenges that impact pollinator populations, including habitat loss and pesticide exposure.

Join me in a recent interview

with 4-H teen ambassador, 14-year old Lauren Baugh from Arkansas as she discussed the 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program, how kids can get involved, and explain the importance of the program for the future of U.S. agriculture and the global food supply.

Hear the entire interview here.

For more information, go to  4-H.org/Corteva

Bio

Lauren Baugh, Arkansas 4-H

4-H Pollinator Habitat Program Teen Ambassador

My name is Lauren Elizabeth Baugh. I am 14 years old and I am 3 years into the 4-H program. I have been beekeeping for about five years. Beekeeping started out as my dad’s hobby. He later taught my younger brother and I how to care for our honeybees—now we’re their primary caretakers!

Beekeeping is a great hobby to have at any age. I’m from a small town in Arkansas and 4-H has allowed me to meet new people and have opportunities that I wouldn’t get anywhere else. 4-H has also given me a platform to share my knowledge of honeybees and spread awareness about how important they are to the environment, agriculture, and our global food supply.

Through 4-H, I’ve realized that I would like to pursue a career that helps people or brings people joy in some way.

The 4-H Pollinator Habitat Program is a partnership between National 4-H Council and Corteva AgriScience.

*Interview and logo courtesy of the National 4-H Council & Corteva AgriScience

Cynthia Tait

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