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The Ag Innovators Experience, sponsored by National 4-H Council and Monsanto, helps develop critical workforce skill in young people and show that agriculture can be relevant and fun. This annual interactive activity challenges young people to apply critical thinking and STEM skills to a real-world agricultural challenge. The program reaches more than 5,000 youth in five select states with an annual interactive activity that challenges youth to apply critical thinking and STEM skills to address a real-world agriculture challenge. 

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The 2019 4-H Ag Innovators Experience will help youth learn about Native Bees, key pollinators that impact our food supply and agriculture. Through this experience, youth will understand the challenges that impact native bees including habitat loss, disease, climate change, and pesticide exposure. The collaborative, hands-on challenge will help youth learn about the different types of native bees and their life cycles, learn why bees visit flowers, understand the importance and economic impact native bee pollination has on our food supply and agriculture, understand challenges that impact the native bee population, and explore ways to increase the native bee population and promote biodiversity. 

Nebraska was selected as one of five states to deliver the 2019 Ag Innovators Experience. More than 5,000 youth across Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska will be challenged to learn about native bees, pollination, and the need to work together to be good stewards of the land. This year's experience will include a variety of hands-on activities for teens to facilitate. Across Nebraska, teen teachers will help deliver the educational experience to 1,000 youth through a variety of delivery modes. Teens interested in facilitating Ag Innovators Experiences should contact their local Extension office

For questions about this program or the information on this page, please contact:

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COORDINATOR: Lisa Kaslon
EMAIL: lkaslon2@unl.edu
PHONE: 402-584-2261