4-H shows getting major boost with $200,000 from Kubota Canada

The Canadian 4-H council recently announced a $200,000 grant from Kubota Canada Ltd., geared to assisting with sponsorship of regional and local 4-H shows across the country, culminating with the 2009 edition of the Royal Agri­cultural Winter Fair.

The grant will help supply banners and signs, equip­ment, volunteers, and prizes for more than 150 events taking place across Canada.

“This investment into youth leadership development speaks clearly of Kubota’s values and vision,” said Lyndon Stewart, executive director of 4-H Ontario. “We are very pleased to welcome Kubota and its provincial dealer family to 4-H Ontario’s summit club, recog­nizing investments of $75,000 or more per year.”

For Kubota, whose spon­sor­­ship philosophy has revolv­ed around youth, education, and creating opportunities, the money is a commit­ment to the future of youth in agriculture.

"All of us at Kubota Canada and throughout our dealer net­work are really pleased to be affiliated with 4-H right across Canada, and especially with 4-H Ontario right here in our home province,” said Ross Wallace, Kubota Canada general manager of sales and marketing.

“It all started with a co-sponsorship of the TD Can­ada Trust Agriculture Services youth leadership congress last year at the … Winter Fair.

“The quality of the young people we met within the dairy and beef competitions so impressed us that we decided right then and there that we wanted to broad­en and deepen our relationship with 4-H.

“This led us to getting involved with as many local and regional 4-H events and fairs as we could,” he said.

“The response has been fantastic and we are now part of over 60 events across Can­ada with about two-thirds of them taking place in Ontario. We couldn’t be happier.

He said “4-H is a great fit … supporting youth, education, and creating opportunities.”