Youth delegates gather for eleventh annual 4-H Legislative Academy

February 29, 2016

Story source: Steve Henness, 573-884-6618

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri 4-H youth representatives from 12 counties gathered at the State Capitol in Jefferson City Feb. 15-17, 2016 to share their stories and experiences with legislators, commodity groups and state agency leaders.

The eleventh annual 4-H Legislative Academy, presented by FCS Financial and the Missouri Pork Association, immersed youth delegates in three branches of Missouri state government over three days. Academy delegates included 4-H youth from the following counties: Adair, Bollinger, Cooper, Dade, Franklin, Johnson, Lafayette, Moniteau, Monroe, Platte, Scott and St. Charles.

During the opening luncheon, delegates met with local attorneys and judicial educators to learn more about law-related careers and the implications of court decisions. Later, the group toured the Missouri Supreme Court and met with Justice Mary Rhodes Russell to gain perspective on Missouri’s highest court.

At the Missouri State Capitol, delegates learned about etiquette and the state budgeting process from MU governmental relations leaders. Senator Brian Munzlinger, the legislative host of the 2016 Academy, explained to the group how bills move through the legislative process to become law. Rep. Mike Kelley led delegates on an evening tour of the Capitol building.

While in Jefferson City, delegates also met with agricultural commodity group leaders, and presented college and career plans to a crowd gathered for an evening banquet sponsored by MO-AG.

Delegates rounded out their academy experience by networking with state agency leaders and visiting the offices of Secretary of State Jason Kander, State Treasurer Clint Zweifel and Governor Jay Nixon.

As a result of the academy, delegates said they have a positive impression of leaders they met within the three branches of state government. Delegates also said they are more likely to be active as citizens and leaders in their communities, and to potentially pursue careers in public leadership and service.

Premium sponsors of the 4-H Legislative Academy included FCS Financial and the Missouri Pork Association. Delegate sponsors included the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Axiom Strategies, Missouri Automobile Dealers, Missouri Cattleman’s Association, Missouri Corn Merchandising Council, Missouri Sheriffs’ Association, Missouri Trucking Association, Nelda S. Godfrey, and Polsinelli. Supporting sponsors included Ameren Missouri, Gamble & Schlemeier, Missouri Agribusiness Association, MO-AG’s Jim Russell Foundation and the Missouri Department of Conservation.

Note: Photos from the 11th annual Missouri 4-H Legislative Academy are available on our Flickr page.