National 4-H Council to Expand Volunteer Initiative with $500,000 from Monsanto Company

    National 4-H Council to Expand Volunteer Initiative with $500,000 from
                               Monsanto Company

PR Newswire

CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 9, 2013

New grant to fund new efforts in targeted states

CHEVY CHASE, Md., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National 4-H
Council has received another generous gift from the Monsanto Company of
$500,000 to drive the continued expansion of the National 4-H Volunteer
Initiative. The new grant will fund several initiatives including continued
outreach to attract and retain 4-H volunteers in nearly 40 states along with
new pilot programs in two states – Illinois and Iowa.

The National 4-H Volunteer Initiative provides 4-H's network of more than
540,000 existing volunteers with an extensive hands-on training experience -
enhancing their abilities to effectively mentor youth with positive youth
development opportunities to learn leadership, citizenship and other important
life skills. Core training delivery modes consist of forum events that allow
4-H volunteers to learn program information and share best practices.

"With the generous support of Monsanto, 4-H can continue to recruit and build
an extensive network of well-trained volunteers, who can inspire youth for a
lifetime," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., National 4-H Council president and CEO.
"Volunteers have always been the key to helping support high-quality, positive
youth development to our nation's youth."

Monsanto is a national champion of local 4-H volunteer recruitment programming
and is the only national corporate partner investing in 4-H volunteerism.
Since 2007, nearly 65,000 volunteers and thousands of local 4-H families have
been reached through Monsanto-sponsored 4-H volunteer training forums and
online recruitment and retention tools. In 2012, with Monsanto's support, the
National 4-H Council Volunteer Engagement and Activation Resource (VEAR)
toolkit was created. The VEAR toolkit provides valuable resources for 4-H
educators and extension agents to recruit and effectively train leaders to be
positive mentors to 4-H youth.

"Monsanto is proud to be a long-time supporter of National 4-H Council, and we
are pleased to honor the dedicated volunteers who serve as caring mentors,
engaging and inspiring youth across America to be successful leaders," said
Elizabeth Vancil, customer advocacy outreach manager, Monsanto Company, St.
Louis, MO.

In 2013, in addition to outreach in 39 states, new programs will be tested in
Illinois and Iowa for potential national replication in the future. Monsanto
also has sponsored the online volunteer management training Everyone Ready®
for the past three years, and has supported the 4-H Volunteer Management
Awards which are presented at the annual National Association of Extension 4-H
Agents (NAE4-HA) Conference.

In addition, the Monsanto Fund's America's Farmers Grow Communities program
has provided more than $1.5 million to local 4-H clubs across the United
States since the program began in 2009. This program provides farmers the
opportunity to win $2,500 and designate that to their favorite community
nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, local schools, fire departments and other
civic groups. One winning farmer is selected in each of 1,271 eligible
counties in 39 states. In 2012, counties that were designated as drought
disaster areas by the USDA were eligible to receive two $2,500 grants.

About Monsanto
Monsanto Company is a leading global provider of technology-based solutions
and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers
to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world's natural
resources such as water and energy. To learn more about the Monsanto, please
visit: http://www.monsanto.com.

About 4-H
4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning
leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private
sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs
are implemented by the 111 land-grant universities and the Cooperative
Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the
country. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-h.org and find us on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/4-H or www.twitter.com/4H. 

SOURCE National 4-H Council

Website: http://www.4-h.org