A major component of supporting our rural community is advancing young, beginning and small farmers and ensuring that there are opportunities for young people to get involved in agriculture early in life. In addition to our donations to the Colusa County Fair and Glenn County Fair, we support various agriculture education programs for our local youths, namely Future Farmers of America (FFA) and 4-H. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. Similar to FFA, 4-H is the nation’s largest positive youth development and youth mentoring organization, empowering six million young people throughout the U.S. 4-H provides life changing programs that are research-backed and available through 4-H clubs, camps, afterschool & school enrichment programs. Our close contact with agricultural departments at local schools enables us to support and participate in these programs. In addition to program support, the Association provides direct financing to local youths participating in local livestock projects.