Business & Policy
Syngenta, 4-H Canada continue sustainable ag partnership
By Top Crop Manager
Syngenta Canada and 4-H Canada will continue their existing sustainable agriculture leadership partnership through to 2023.
Since 2014, Syngenta has been the lead partner for programming within 4-H Canada’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security leadership development pillar. As a result of the renewed partnership, Syngenta Canada will contribute $350,000 toward the 4-H movement in Canada, including $60,000 for provincial 4-H organization. To date, Syngenta has provided more than $232,000 to provincial organizations through the program.
The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security pillar focuses on helping youth leaders explore sustainable farming practices, agricultural career paths and food security at home and abroad.
“I believe we’re at a critical reflection point in agriculture, where the way our food is produced and consumed has a wider public interest,” said Syngenta Canada president Trevor Heck in a statement. “We know Canada has a great sustainability story to share and we’re thankful to 4-H for bringing forward Outreach Initiatives within the Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security pillar giving our future leaders new opportunities to engage and develop.”
Past outreach initiatives include Proud to Bee a 4-H’er, Dig Into Soil and Steeped in Soil. Those programs were also included in 4-H at home, an early-pandemic initiative to provide youth and families with the opportunities to connect with ag activities from home.
“From the beginning of the pandemic, it was clear that youth need 4-H now more than ever, and we are grateful to Syngenta Canada for supporting our 4-H at Home programming,” said Shannon Benner, 4-H Canada CEO in a statement. “Not only have the Outreach Initiatives allowed members to stay actively learning and engaged during these challenging times, but introduced the benefits of 4-H programming to families across the country.”