WASHINGTON – The co-chairs of the Senate 4-H Caucus, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and John Boozman (R-AR), championed a resolution supporting “National 4-H Week” that was unanimously adopted by the chamber last week.
The resolution supports the designation of October 3 through October 9, 2022 as “National 4-H Week;” recognizes the important role of 4-H in youth development and education; and encourages all citizens to recognize 4-H for the significant impact the organization and members have made and continue to make by empowering young people with the skills needed to lead for a lifetime.
“We need a strong and engaged next generation of leaders, both on and off the farm. The 4-H provides our young people with opportunities to lead hands-on health, science, agriculture, and civic engagement projects,” said Chairwoman Stabenow. “As a former 4-H’er myself, I know how 4-H equips young people with the skills they need to thrive in any career.”
“I talk up 4-H with every opportunity I have. Next to church, 4-H had the biggest on my family. My daughters were very active members and state record book winners. They were proud of their accomplishments and, as parents, Cathy and I were proud to watch them grow through their experiences in 4-H,” said Ranking Member Boozman. “4-H makes a difference in Arkansas and across the country by having a tremendously positive influence on our young people. I am pleased my colleagues came together to highlight the organization’s efforts to help shape the next generation of leaders and encourage young people to participate in 4-H.”
4-H, the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension System of land-grant universities, is the largest youth development organization in the nation, supporting nearly six million young people across the country. The organization provides experiences for young people to learn through hands-on projects in the important areas of health, science, agriculture and civic engagement.
Stabenow and Boozman were joined in introducing the resolution by the following 46 senators: Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Sens. Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Angus King (I-ME), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chris Coons (D-DE), Tom Carper (D-DE), Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Martin Heinrich (D-NM), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Jon Tester (D-MT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Gary Peters (D-MI), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Alex Padilla (D-CA) Jacky Rosen (D-NV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), Jim Risch (R-ID), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), John Hoeven (R-ND), Mike Braun (R-IN), Roger Wicker (R-MS), Deb Fischer (R-NE), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Todd Young (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Steve Daines (R-MT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).