Win a Trip to Washington D.C. with Bayer and National 4‑H Council

Research Triangle Park, N.C. (Nov. 1, 2017) – Through their collaborative program Science Matters, Bayer and National 4‑H Council are encouraging youth to consider how science impacts their everyday lives through a photo contest, “Why Science Matters to Me.” The winners of the contest will receive a trip for three to the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science, January 12-15, 2018. Held annually in Washington, D.C., the summit provides high school students from around the country with hands-on educational experiences that help them develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security and sustainability.

Students may enter to win through the 4‑H website or Instagram by submitting a photo showing how life science is behind the food you eat, benefits your health or helps your animals. Each photo should also include a 300-word maximum caption telling why science matters to them. All posts must include “#ScienceMattersContest” and be submitted by November 26, 2017.

“The contest inspires young people across the nation to think more critically about how life sciences are intertwined with their lives,” said Ray Kerins, Bayer’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs. “From taking care of pets to consuming a healthy diet, science impacts us in ways many youths may not realize. This contest enables students to see that science is so much more than a classroom subject; it’s fun and relevant. We can’t wait to see creativity from young people across the country.”

A panel of judges comprised of both Bayer and National 4‑H Council employees will review all entries and select 10 finalists. The public will then have an opportunity to help choose the winners by voting on the 4‑H website for their favorite photo from December 1 – 6, 2017.

Three grand prize winners will receive a trip for three to Washington, D.C., to attend the National Youth Summit on Agri-Science in January 2018. Additionally, seven honorable mention award recipients will receive a $250 gift card to, 4‑H’s online shop and another 50 contest particpants will be selected at random to win a $100 gift card to

To be eligible for this promotion, participants must be between the ages of 14-to-18-years old and legal residents of the U.S.

Science Matters is an initiative set forth by Bayer and National 4‑H Council to spark the interest of young people across the nation in STEM-related fields, as well as instill a love for scientific discovery and provide students the tools they need to pursue STEM-related careers. To learn more about how Bayer and 4‑H are supporting the next generation through Science Matters, visit 4‑

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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 six 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. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. 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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Bayer: Science for a Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In fiscal 2016, the Group employed around 115,200 people and had sales of EUR 46.8 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.7 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015. For more information, go to