Ulmer represents state at national conference
by The Press and Standard | May 3, 2019 5:00 am
Last Updated: May 1, 2019 at 11:21 am
Lodge resident Garrett Ulmer joined three other South Carolina 4-H members as the state’s representatives to the recent National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.
The National 4-H Conference is the Secretary of Agriculture’s premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.
This is a working conference that brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, its territories and the Canadian Provinces.
Ulmer was joined at the national conference by Ian Adams from Charleston County, Morgan Marlett from Greenville County and Allie Trotter from Saluda County. Their participation was the result of a selection process that included their portfolio, resume, and interview scores.
Ulmer, a fourth generation 4-Her from Lodge, is president of the 2018-2019 South Carolina 4-H Teen Council and a member of the 4-H Barrow and Beef projects.
“My 4-H projects revolve around leadership and livestock,” he said.
Ulmer relishes his time with the 4-H. “South Carolina 4-H has given me and over 100,000 South Carolina youth the opportunity to make the best better.”
During National 4-H Conference, the youth were involved in round table discussions on issues facing today’s youth and also participated in professional development workshops that highlighted the essential elements of belonging, independence, mastery, and generosity.
The round table discussions culminated in a Town Hall Meeting, and the delegates’ top recommendations were shared with officials across Washington, D.C.
“This trip is not only a lot of fun, but also a lot of work,” Ulmer said.
The delegates met their roundtable groups on the Sunday after they arrive in Washington. This year, there were over 15 roundtables that were based on everything from mental health to safe driving.
“My roundtable focused on agriculture challenges and what we can do to face and overcome them,” Ulmer explained. “We presented to the National Institute of Food and Agriculture on Tuesday, only two days after we met each other for the first time.”
Having little time to prepare was not a problem, as “this wasn’t your typical group of teenagers,” Ulmer said.
“We brainstormed and presented on three focus areas: agriculture careers, consumer perceptions, and youth, families, and consumers,” he said. “We did a phenomenal job with our presentation and the men and women at National Institute of Food and Agriculture were very impressed.”
“After our presentation, the South Carolina delegation spent two days touring Washington, D.C., and learning about government,” Ulmer said. “We were able to tour the White House and U.S. Capitol Building. We also met with both U.S. Sen. Tim Scott and U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, along with the staff of our U.S. Congressmen.
“The National 4-H Conference was an amazing experience and I would highly recommend it to anyone that is even slightly interested in the impact they can make on our nation,” said Ulmer.
In addition to the trip, each of the South Carolina representatives receives a $1,000 scholarship.
The funds for the trip were made possible by the proceeds from the 4-H Sporting Clays Tournament, the annual fundraiser. This year’s tournament will be held May 31 at the National Wildlife Turkey Federation’s Palmetto Shooting Competition in Edgefield.
Ulmer called his participation in the national conference, “One of my greatest 4-H experiences. I not only got to meet the top 4-H’ers from across America, but I was able to present with them to the National Institute on Food and Agriculture.”