4-H Canada and Farm Credit Canada Renew Their 25 Year Partnership

Ottawa, ON, June 23, 2015 – 4-H Canada and Farm Credit Canada (FCC) are happy to announce the extension of FCC funding to 4-H Canada to 2018. FCC’s annual 4-H Canada funding commitment of $250,000 supports national, provincial, and club level programs and initiatives, including the popular FCC 4-H Club Fund. The announcement was made at 4-H Canada’s Annual General Meeting on Friday June 12, 2015.

4-H Canada and FCC have much in common, particularly their efforts to foster a thriving agricultural community in Canada. Their partnership over the past 25 years is therefore easily understood. 4-H Canada's goal of helping young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive, and fun environment has been supported greatly by FCC through the life of the 4-H FCC Club Fund and other funding initiatives.

For Canada’s leading agriculture lender, nurturing responsible, engaged, and confident leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada is a win-win outcome.

“From supporting program development at 4-H Canada, to events and initiatives with the provincial associations right down to club activities, FCC is proud to support 4-H at all levels,” said Todd Klink, FCC Vice-President, Partners and Channels during the announcement. “We’re very excited to be solidifying our strong partnership with 4-H until 2018, and doing our part in creating future leaders who are positively impacting communities across Canada.”

“We are grateful for the support that our partner FCC has contributed to the 4-H movement in Canada for the past quarter century,” said 4-H Canada CEO, Shannon Benner. “As our most generous corporate partner, we have truly built something special and long-lasting for 4-H clubs across Canada. The positive outcomes and tangible benefits can be seen across the country.”

Many clubs choose to put their Club Fund package towards Achievement Days, where members show off their accomplishments to their family and community.

“It’s a chance to evaluate how much you as a show person and how much your animal have improved over the year,” says Kendra Elliott, who will be showing a market steer, a heifer and a continuation heifer at the Pipestone 4-H Beef Club Achievement Days in Manitoba on July 4 and 7, 2015. “It’s fantastic to know that FCC supports us. These events bring a lot of meaning, a sense of accomplishment and memories to the life of every 4-H’er.”

For more information on the FCC 4-H Club Fund, please visit: https://www.4-h-canada.ca/fcc4hclubfund

A list of FCC 4-H Club Fund recipients is available here: https://www.4-h-canada.ca/sites/default/files/partners/fcc_4-h_club_fund_recipients_2014.pdf

About 4-H Canada
For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has more than 24,500 members and nearly 7,700 volunteers. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, engaged and
confident leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit www.4-H-Canada.ca.

About Farm Credit Canada
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $27 billion and 21 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to
producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca. Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.

For more information, media may contact:

Jennifer Austin, Director, Marketing and Communications
4-H Canada
613-759-1013 ext. 130

Éva Larouche, Corporate Communication (bilingual)
Farm Credit Canada