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Tama County 4-H Member Attends National 4-H Conference

May 2, 2019
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Tama County 4-H member, Eric Keller, along with another four Iowa 4-H members, represented Iowa 4-H at the national conference, April 6-11 in the Washington, D.C., area.

"This conference is a pinnacle 4-H experience, and a prestigious opportunity for 4-H members across the country," said Bonnie Dalager, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H youth program specialist.

Participants were chosen through a selective application and interview process a year ago, where they were evaluated on their experience and skills in leadership, communications and civic engagement.

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From left to right are Eric Keller (Tama County), Julia Quisley (Worth County), Kelsie Kinne (Worth County), Peyton Pangburn (Worth County) and Brendan Mass (Mills County) – Iowa’s delegates to the 2019 National 4-H Conference.

Keller said being selected for opportunities such as the National 4-H Conference "represent a lot of hard work and are a reminder to me of many life lessons that 4-H has taught me over the years."

National 4-H Conference is a working conference. Delegates participate in extensive roundtable sessions and workshops over the course of two days in preparation for presentations to partners at government bureaus and agencies. Out of a selection of 16 topics, Iowa delegates contributed to ag challenges, safe driving, mental health, cyberbullying and healthy relationships roundtables. Partnering organizations included the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Transportation, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Senate.

Other aspects of the trip included the chance to see the city with a monument tour, and the opportunity to meet with members of Iowa's congressional delegation. The Iowa 4-H youth had personal meetings with Senators Joni Ernst and Charles Grassley, and Representative Dave Loebsack; as well as meetings with the staff of Representatives Steve King and Abby Finkenauer.

"National 4-H Conference will be an experience these accomplished young people will cherish for years to come," said Dalager. "I hope they'll continue to advocate for the topics that they feel strongly about to benefit their communities and our world."

For more information about this and other 4-H opportunities, contact the Tama County Extension and Outreach Office at 641-484-2703 or



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