ISA Pledges $148,000 to Iowa 4-H Foundation

ANKENY, Iowa  – The Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) has pledged $148,000 to the Iowa 4-H Foundation over the next four years. The goal of the financial commitment is to promote youth engagement and agriculture education in Iowa.

With the contribution, Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development will develop a multi-faceted approach to enhancing youth awareness of food and agriculture.

Included in the project will be the introduction of an innovative cross-country adventure race, taking place at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid, Iowa. The event will positively involve both youth and adults and endorse healthy, family-friendly lifestyles.

Owned by the Iowa 4-H Foundation, the Iowa 4-H Center encompasses more than 1,100 acres of native timber and prairie in the heart of Iowa’s spectacular Des Moines River Valley. The Center offers 11 different trails, a 50-foot climbing tower and a 360-foot zip line.

“There is no other location in Iowa where an outdoor activity such as a foot race could offer as much diversity and showcase such an exciting cross-country and vertical challenge. It will truly be a unique experience,” said Albert Grunenwald, associate director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation.

ISA President Dean Coleman, a soybean farmer from Humboldt, said, “As a former 4-H leader, I have taken 4-H'ers to winter camp at the Iowa 4-H Center and experienced the good 4-H does for youth. It is a great facility. We are proud, at ISA, to give financial support to further our youth's education in agriculture.”

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