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Lehigh’s Science of Agriculture Challenge Team

Jun 25, 2018 • by Penn State Extension 4-H Lehigh County
Position from left: Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, members Kerigrace Hertzog, Marisa Berger, and Carrie Spangler with mentors Kelly Hower and Kelly Weisner.

State College, Pa— The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a state competition challenging student teams to work with mentors and industry leaders to create solutions to agriculture-related issues in their communities. Lehigh County 4-H had a team of three members present in the challenge. They came up with a presentation to increase marketing for Pennsylvania-grown potatoes.All three girls have participated in this year’s 4-H Potato Grading and Identification contest at the 102ndPennsylvania Farm Show, no doubt giving them first-hand experience with their vegetable of choice. They even came up with an Instagram page to share their ideas: @lehighspuds.According to The Pennsylvania Pressroom, the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge focuses on the pillars of agriculture literacy – the relationships between agriculture and the environment, food, animals, lifestyle, technology, and the economy — while connecting students with local and national agribusinesses and fostering an understanding of workforce needs. Members of the top three teams in the challenge will receive scholarships to support their post-secondary education pursuits.“Agriculture connects us all, from the clothing we wear to the tools we use and the food we eat,” said Secretary Redding. “The Science of Agriculture Challenge encourages students to use their knowledge and skills to the benefit of their communities, a mission that speaks to the role that agriculture plays in our lives each and every day.”With their background in Lehigh County 4-H, the team had a wonderful learning experience and gained information that they can now use in the future with their clubs and communities.Additional information about the Science of Agriculture Challenge can be found at http://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=703.Additional information about the Lehigh County 4-H program can be found at https://extension.psu.edu/programs/4-h/counties/lehigh.

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