Tennessee Governor Bill Lee - a former 4-Her himself growing up in Williamson County - will talk to the more than 300 9th and 10th grade youth attending Tennessee 4-H Congress in Murfreesboro this year.
Lee will address delegates at 4-H Congress, which is being held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center on Medical Center Parkway in Murfreesboro. The event will be Tuesday morning at 9:30.
"My time with 4-H wasn't just about agriculture or showing livestock, but it was also about learning to be a leader," Lee says. "It was a formative experience for me, and as governor, I'll continue my support for 4-H and programs that strengthen our commitment to agriculture in both rural and urban areas."
Lee grew up active in 4-H in Fernvale on a fourth-generation family farm, Triple L Ranch. The family still raises more than 400 head of Hereford cattle there.
4-H Congress is where Tennessee youth representing all 95 counties meet to learn about government, citizenship and leadership, to compete in public speaking and other contests, and spend one day at the state capitol in Nashville - sitting in the house and senate chambers, and voting on resolutions important to their generation.
This is the 72nd Annual Tennessee 4-H Congress, and the theme in 2019 is "Tennessee 4-H: A Roadmap to Success." The event runs March 17-20.
4-H is the youth development program for University of Tennessee Extension, with more than 186,000 youth involved statewide, giving Tennessee one of the largest 4-H enrollments in the country.