Missouri 4-H youths participate in Aerial Ag Challenge

  • Published: Monday, Feb. 20, 2023

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Twenty-two Missouri 4-H teen leaders will teach others how to use their critical thinking skills to help solve a real-world agriculture challenge through the 2023 4-H Ag Innovators Experience Aerial Ag Challenge.

The teen leaders will conduct 45-minute activities in the spring and summer at a variety of 4-H events and summer camps throughout the state, says Maria Calvert, University of Missouri Extension state 4-H agriculture educator.

“This year’s challenge focuses on how precision agricultural practices applied with drones are helping farmers enhance crop yields, sustain world food systems and be better environmental stewards,” Calvert says. The challenge also looks at how data science and technology help producers make real-time decisions to change field conditions and how advancements in agricultural technology and innovation are critical to finding long-term solutions for climate change, world hunger and viable diverse ecosystems.

Teens leaders:

  • Julian Strickland, Johnson County
  • Lynn Dyer, Lafayette County
  • Saanvi Ramgounda, St. Louis County
  • Calvin Wang, St. Louis County
  • Ava Walker, Adair County
  • William Hickman, Clay County
  • Tobias White, Boone County
  • Meghana Hebbar, St. Louis County
  • Ashlynn Hampton, Jackson County
  • Brendan Ely, Osage County
  • Atianna Crosdale, Jackson County
  • Beau Jenkins, Gasconade County
  • Jackson Schuber, Polk County
  • Nathan Witham, Platte County
  • Zane Smith, Boone County
  • Isabella Hamner, Camden County
  • Hadley Rickard, Lincoln County
  • Bailey Schneider, Warren County
  • Ryan Tuschhoff, Gasconade County
  • Bailey Gregory, Clinton County
  • Micah Huffman, Greene County
  • Naomi Cox, Buchanan County

The 4-H Ag Innovators Experience, presented by National 4-H Council and Bayer, challenges youths to use STEM skills to solve a real-world issue while also driving youth awareness of agriculture innovation and careers in agriculture. Youths in Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Ohio and Missouri will have the opportunity to participate in the Aerial Ag Challenge throughout the spring and summer.

About 4-H

More than 50,000 members strong, Missouri 4-H is an active, dynamic organization of young people who are learning, growing and preparing to be the leaders of today and tomorrow – making a real difference in their community, country and world. 4-H is the youth development program of the University of Missouri and the nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information on Missouri 4-H, visit 4h.missouri.edu.


Teen leaders learned about this year's Ag Innovators Experience (AIE) challenge in February at a national training in Columbus, Ohio.

AIE teen leaders teach youths at the national training in Columbus, Ohio.

Writer: Maria Calvert

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