The CHS Foundation Helps Grow Next Generation of Agriculture

By National 4-H Council October 23, 2018

(Chevy Chase, MD, October 23, 2018) – The CHS Foundation recently partnered with National 4‑H Council as a sponsor of the 2019 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science. The Summit, held at the National 4‑H Center outside of Washington, D.C., brings together hundreds of the best and brightest high school students to develop their skills and knowledge to address today’s most pressing agricultural challenges.

“The CHS Foundation is extremely excited to partner with National 4‑H Council to bring agri-science education to youth across America,” said Nanci Lilja, president, CHS Foundation. “Through our support of the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science we continue to build on our commitment to equip youth with the skills they need to become the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry.”

Support from the CHS Foundation will provide scholarships for youth to attend the four-day Summit. While there, they will be immersed in an agenda focused on agriculture, food security and sustainability. Through hands-on activities and workshops youth dive into topics including soil health, animal biosecurity, drones and precision farming. Students are also exposed to careers in agri-science through an interactive career fair, while developing action plans to tackle a unique science challenge in their community.

Jill Bramble, Vice President, Chief Development Officer at National 4‑H Council, says the Summit goes beyond textbook learning to bring together leaders in the agriculture industry to lead workshops that help youth see how agri-science connects to multiple aspects of their lives.

“When young people have the opportunity to learn-by-doing, they grow skills that allow them to pursue their passions and contribute to the world around them. We hope the Agri-Science Summit serves as a catalyst for youth to return home and continue to pursue their work in agriculture.”
To learn more about the 2019 National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, visit National Youth Summit Series - National 4-H Council.

About the CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation, funded by charitable gifts from CHS Inc., is focused on developing a new generation of agriculture leaders for life-long success. Together, with our partners, we are igniting innovation and driving excellence in agriculture education, cultivating high-impact programs for rural youth and accelerating potential for careers in agriculture. Learn more at

About 4‑H

4‑H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4‑H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

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