Matt McKinney named ag leader of the year
In recognition of the role of agriculture in our global economy, the Nevada Agricultural Foundation named Valley resident Matt McKinney Nevada 4-H 2014 Ag Volunteer Leader of the Year.
The NAF annually recognizes those volunteers who dedicate much time and energy to enhance the lives of 4-H Youth.
The award is sponsored by the NAF and their criteria states that “the recipient should be that educator who each year has been the most creative and tenacious in incorporating the reality of agriculture in their youth curriculum or program.”
McKinney was honored with a plaque and a $1,000 check to be used for teaching supplies for the development of 4-H Youth.
The ceremonies took place at the Nevada State 4-H Livestock Judging Competition and the annual NAF Banquet at John Ascuaga’s Nugget in Sparks on May 9.
“Matt has been the backbone of the Douglas County 4-H program and Volunteer Leader’s Council for the past 8 years,” said Shannon Montana, youth development coordinator in Douglas County “As a 4-H project leader, leader’s council president and 4-H community outreach spokesman, he has served more than 3,000 youth and adults annually, just in Douglas County. However, his commitment to promoting and educating youth on agriculture and 4-H principles extends across the state and beyond.”
Currently, McKinney serves as a volunteer 4-H leader for the Douglas County 4-H shooting sports and livestock programs, as well as being the 4-H leader’s council president.
Past volunteer efforts have included, livestock judging as well as pioneering a project “Cloverbuds” where even the youngest of 4-H members learn about agriculture in an experiential and hands on environment.
4-H is a youth development program of the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension.