4-H group awarded grant money from crop seed company

The Slope County Bandits 4-H Club received a grant from DuPont Pioneer Seeds as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program.

The Slope County Bandits 4-H Club received a grant from DuPont Pioneer Seeds as part of the DuPont Pioneer sponsorship program. Pioneer makes contributions to community-based organizations on behalf of the business and employees.

Consideration for outreach grants is given to communities where Pioneer sales representatives, DuPont Pioneer employees, and their customers live and work, and that support quality-of-life initiatives to create an improved, sustainable lifestyle for people worldwide.

The 4-H club was nominated by Homestead Seed owners Tom and Twig Zahn from New England, to apply for the DuPont Pioneer Seed grant. The 4-H club was awarded $1,000 from DuPont Pioneer in November.

The money that was awarded will be used to help defray the cost of various camps that the young 4-H members plan to attend this summer.

Group leaders from the Slope County 4-H group are planning to send a majority of their members to showmanship camps, shooting sports camp, and other camps that 4-H has to offer. These camps will tremendously help the young 4-H members better themselves in their 4-H activities, and their involvement in 4-H. The camps will also help the members prepare themselves for the Slope County Fair in the summer.

One of the main reasons Tom and Twig Zahn selected the 4-H group was because of the enthusiasm the kids have for 4-H, and how much the club has grown over the years. They also appreciated how hard the kids work, especially during their yearly wreath fundraiser.

“The purpose of the grant is to support kids in agriculture. The enthusiasm and the way this group has been growing is really impressive,” Tom Zahn said. “Also what they have done they deserve this. For little kids like this to knock on doors and have fundraisers this hard, I think it is very worthwhile.”

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