MOUNDRIDGE – MKC is recently presented $2,500 to the Butler County 4-H Leadership Development fund.

“Butler County 4-H is blessed by this donation from MKC,” said McKenzie Smithson, Butler County 4-H extension agent. “The funds will help provide many opportunities for positive youth development for our county 4-H members. With these funds, we will be able to help provide opportunities to attend leadership training at state 4-H events like Kansas Youth Leadership Forum, Citizens in Action at the State House, and local trainings on community service with our local 4-H clubs. Our goal in Butler County 4-H is to provide a growth model of experiential learning to help develop lifelong learners and civically engaged citizens for the 21st century.”

A large portion of MKC’s donations go toward programs that promote ag education and leadership development, alleviate hunger in its communities and improve or enhance community safety.

“This is a great opportunity for us to assist local 4-H organizations that play such a positive role in the lives of so many young people within our trade territory,” says Dave Christiansen, president and CEO, MKC. “It is exciting to think those same youth will be the future leaders of our communities.”

Funds totaling more than $175,000 have been donated to 4-H since 2006 with matched contributions from the Land O’ Lakes, Inc. Foundation.

In 2019, MKC made donations to Butler, Dickinson, Ellsworth, Harper, Harvey, Haskell, Kingman, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Morris, Pottawatomie, Reno, Rice, Riley, Saline, Seward, Sumner and Wabaunsee counties.