On June 7, at the headquarters of National Geographic in Washington, D.C., Matthew Kelso, a 4-H member from Eudora, and 4-H youth from Iowa 4-H and the Nebraska 4-H Foundation were invited to meet with DuPont executive vice president Jim Borel, former U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle and members of the DuPont Advisory Committee on Agriculture Innovation and Productivity for the 21st Century.
The committee’s report recognizes that 4-H positive youth development programs are essential to the mobilization of young people who will lead the way in addressing the food and nutrition needs of a rapidly growing population.
Kelso was in Washington, D.C., as part of the Douglas County delegation participating in Citizenship Washington Focus, a summer educational conference held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center. In addition to meeting Sen. Daschle, industry executives from DuPont, John Deere and Hereford Project International, Kelso and the rest of the Douglas County delegates spent the week learning about citizenship and the United States government.
The delegates had the opportunity to tour the many memorials, monuments and museums in D.C. and also met with Sens. Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran. They were also given a personal tour of the Capitol by an aide from Congressman Kevin Yoder’s office.