GHENT — Daisy Trowbridge, a member of the Columbia Country Feeders 4-H Club, attended the first National 4-H Agri-Science Summit in March. She was one of just 12 4-H members in the state to receive a scholarship to attend.
Daisy is the daughter of PJ and Miranda Trowbridge and attends Chatham High School. She is an accomplished livestock showperson, even at just 15 years old. Her favorite species to raise and show are beef cattle, sheep and swine.
For the National 4-H Agri-Science Summit Daisy spent three days online with educators and experts in the agricultural community participating in workshop tracks focused on agricultural technology, environmental science, food security, ag literacy, food science, animal science and plant science.
Trowbridge enjoyed being a part of the Summit because, “it provided an opportunity for kids my age around the world to develop necessary knowledge and useful skills addressing today’s topics in agriculture”, she said. She found it most intriguing to learn that there is a shortage of people choosing to go into agriculture careers.
Trowbridge says she will use what she learned in the Summit to educate others about the opportunities in agriculture, the positive impact 4-H can have on youth, and the importance of educating yourself about topics in agriculture where people are misunderstood or uneducated.
She is a member of the Columbia & Greene 4-H Livestock Work Group where she is able to help design learning opportunities for her fellow 4-H members. She shows her animals at the Columbia County Fair and participates in the market livestock project which pinnacles with the 4-H Livestock Sale, taking place on Labor Day, the last day of the fair.