Agribusiness in Adams County

​​​​​​​Youth Agriculture Programs Help Develop Future Leaders

Agriculture importance for youth

Andrea D. Foore |
Posted on Oct 01, 2020

Despite the challenges we all faced this year as a result of the pandemic, agribusiness in Adams County continued as crops were planted, livestock was raised, and our food supply chain was tested. Throughout this period of uncertainty, the agriculture industry has shown immense strength and courage.

 

There is no greater example of this than in the faces of our youth. As schools, Future Farmers of America (FFA), and 4-H curriculum and programs moved online earlier in the year, many kids also stepped into a larger role on their family’s farm. They understood the responsibility bestowed upon them to continue providing food locally and beyond.

 

Organizations like FFA and 4-H are extremely beneficial to our community. They help develop our youth into leaders, while teaching them life skills and allowing them to make connections with local professionals. I have a deep personal connection to the 4-H programs in southcentral Pennsylvania as I was the fourth generation in my family to be a member.

 

While I was in 4-H, my favorite projects were my market steers. I would exhibit them throughout the year at various shows and sell them at the York Fair or the PA Farm Show. I had to create a project book and part of it included keeping records of my cattle and maintaining a budget. After selling my steer, any profit I had made went into my savings account for college. Fiscal responsibility is an important skill that I first learned in my years as a 4-H member.

 

I was also able to connect with other youth and industry professionals through camps, leadership conferences, livestock judging contests, and shows. In 2013, the judge at our local 4-H Fair was Gabe Zepp. Little did I know that we would end up being co-workers years later at my current place of employment.  

 

I like to think that my experience has come full circle. After my 4-H years, I majored in Agribusiness Management at Penn State and graduated in 2016. Shortly thereafter, I joined ACNB Bank as an agribusiness lender. I now attend the 4-H and FFA livestock sales --- along with Gabe Zepp, Agribusiness Loan Officer for NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank, and Wayne Steinour, SVP/Agribusiness Lending Manager --- as a representative of the Bank to support the youth and purchase their projects.

 

While my experience with 4-H has been primarily in livestock, 4-H and FFA also offer a variety of other projects such as environmental and earth sciences, citizenship and civic education, healthy lifestyles education, and STEM opportunities. It is important for local businesses throughout Adams County and elsewhere in the United States to support youth programs like 4-H and FFA as they help to guide and teach our future leaders. For more information, contact Adams County 4-H and/or your local school district’s FFA program.

 

Photo Caption (above). From left to right: Andrea Foore, ACNB Bank Assistant Vice President/Agribusiness Loan Officer and 11-year-old Kolton Grim of East Berlin, PA, participated in the Kids Feed the World livestock auction held this summer at the York County 4-H Center. Kolton’s Angus steer sold at auction for $7,000.00. He exhibits many of his cattle on a national level through the National Junior Angus Association.

 

York County 4-H Fair

In 2013, Andrea Foore and her brother, Logan, exhibited steers at the York County 4-H Fair in York, PA, with Gabe Zepp serving as a judge. From left to right: Gabe Zepp, Agribusiness Loan Officer for NWSB Bank, a division of ACNB Bank;  Logan Foore, Sales Representative for Bobcat in Adams and York counties; and, Andrea Foore, Assistant Vice President/Agribusiness Loan Officer for ACNB Bank.

AndAndrea D. Foore, Agribusiness Loan Officer

Andrea D. Foore
Assistant Vice President/Agribusiness Loan Officer