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Minnesota 4-H Celebration of Agriculture

Saturday, February 23

4-H'ers and mentor in field with cattle

Join us to hear from two distinguished 4-H Alumni about their experiences, how 4-H shaped their future and their continued connections with youth and agricultural programs at the University of Minnesota.

For over 100 years, Minnesota 4-H has educated young people about agriculture thru our Animal Science and Agriculture programs. Currently, we have nearly 45,000 active youth in these programs. We invite you to join us to recognize and celebrate the links between 4-H and Minnesota agriculture.

The agriculture and food industries stand as the second largest employers in the state. This bedrock to the state’s economy and culture will be the focal point of the Minnesota 4-H Celebration of Agriculture.

Keynote speaker

Libby Montreuil

Libby Montreuil

Host of 4-H at the Fair, Pioneer Public Television
Dakota County 4-H Alum

Libby’s heart is deeply rooted in 4-H and agriculture. Her 4-H dairy and leadership experiences in Dakota County led to her election as State 4-H Federation president, and she also served as a Minnesota State 4-H Ambassador. A University of Minnesota alumna in agricultural industries and marketing, Libby has also done master’s work in landscaping design and horticulture. She and her husband, Todd, own Boulder Images, a landscaping firm, and have two children who plan to start their own 4-H club this year. Libby hosts an annual documentary on how 4-H builds leaders and changes lives.

Featured speaker

Kent Horsager

Kent Horsager

Chief Executive Officer, Compass Strategic Investments
Wadena County 4-H Alum

Kent grew up on a farm in Wadena County, as part of an active 4-H family. He is a University of Minnesota alumnus in applied economics and holds a master’s degree from the University of California, Davis, in the same field. Kent traded in the pits of the Minneapolis Grain Exchange before being elected to the board and serving as chair and chief executive officer. He is the CEO of Compass Strategic Investments and president of CSC Arbitrage Group, and has served on a number of industry and University boards. Kent and his wife, Beth, have three grown children and pilot a small plane together in their travels.

Youth speaker

Branstyn Peterson

Blazin' West Stars 4-H club, Sibley County

Event information

Saturday, February 23
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington
3900 American Blvd West
Bloomington, MN 55437
United States

Shelly Tschida


$100/ticket ($40 is tax deductible and will go directly to support Minnesota 4-H)


To attend this event, please contact Shelly Tschida at 612-624-7480 or stschida@umn.edu.


6:00 p.m.—social hour

7:00 p.m.—dinner and program

Event sponsors


  • Christensen Farms


  • CHS
  • Extension


  • Bev and Mike Durgan
  • Youth Development State Fair Animal Science Team
  • Libby Montreuil
  • Kent Horsager


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