Seeking students for 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture, a 4-H program to increase consumer awareness


College students with an interest in serving as spokespeople for animal agriculture are urged to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture peer mentor. Six positions are available. This program is sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association. Juanita Reed-Boniface serves as project manager.

People in these positions will serve as mentors to selected 4-H State Fair livestock exhibitors in all species (beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits) to encourage, model and role play positive interactions with State Fair visitors to livestock displays.

Positions are open to college students age 18 or over, with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Other qualifications are communication, teaching and coaching skills, ability to work with a variety of adults and youth, expertise in production, processing and promotion of one or more animal species and experience as a livestock exhibitor and industry spokesperson. See the Minnesota 4-H website Minnesota, 4-H State Fair Employment, for a complete job description, or contact

The program will include a one-day orientation/training led by 4-H and animal agriculture industry staff, written materials for review and coaching and daily support by staff during the State Fair.

Applicants must be available the five days of the 4-H Livestock weekend, which is from August 26-27, 2018. A $450 stipend per person, fair entry tickets and 4-H meal tickets and lodging will be provided.

To apply applicants must submit a resume, transcript and statement describing why they are interested in this position and detail industry knowledge, communication and leadership skills that they bring to the position. The application deadline is on August 3, 2018. Send completed materials to Juanita Reed-Boniface, project manager, 2462 Lake George Drive Northwest, Cedar, Minn., 55011, or email


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