Seeking Applicants for Minnesota 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture: A program to increase consumer awareness

College students with an interest in serving as spokespersons for animal agriculture are urged to apply as peer mentors for the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture program. There are six positions available. This program is sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association.

Selected students will serve as mentors to Minnesota State Fair 4-H 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, ages 18 or older, with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Other qualifications include good oral and written 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. Visit the Minnesota 4-H web site at for a complete job description or contact for more information.

The program will include a one-day orientation/training led by 4-H and Minnesota Farm Bureau Public Relations staff, written materials for review and coaching and daily support from staff during the fair.

Applicants must be available for the Minnesota State Fair 4-H livestock weekend, August 23-27. A $450 stipend, fair entry tickets, 4-H meal tickets and lodging will be provided.

To apply, submit a resume, college transcript and statement describing why they are interested in this position, as well as detailed industry knowledge, communication skills and leadership skills that may be applied to the position. Applications are due July 10. Send completed materials to: Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager, 2462 Lake George Drive NW, Cedar, MN 55011 or email