Zach Rosenkrans

Zachary Rosenkrans of Palmyra with state Rep. Louis Riggs at the 4-H Legislative Academy in Jefferson City. (Photo by Tim Bommel)

Zachary Rosenkrans, 17, a member of the Mt. Zion Country Clovers 4-H Club of Marion County, participated in the University of Missouri Extension 4-H Legislative Academy, Feb. 18-20.

Rosenkrans was one of 15 youths selected statewide to represent Missouri 4-H at the academy in Jefferson City.

State Sen. Sandy Crawford and state Rep. Jeff Knight, legislative hosts of the 2019 academy, introduced the youth delegates on the floors of the Missouri Senate and House. 

4-H delegates dined with legislators, agricultural leaders and guests at the Jim Russell Foundation legislative banquet.

Rosenkrans and the other delegates learned about Missouri history through tours of the State Capitol, Governor’s Mansion and Supreme Court. 

The academy included opportunities for the youths to meet Gov. Mike Parson, First Lady Teresa Parson and Lt. Gov. Mike Kehoe.

Rosenkrans and the group also visited the Missouri Department of Conservation’s Runge Nature Center and the Missouri Department of Agriculture headquarters, learning about 4-H’s partnerships with state agencies as well as internships and scholarships available from Missouri’s agricultural commodity groups and Missouri Farm Bureau.

4-H Legislative Academy presenting sponsors included FCS Financial, First State Community Bank and the Missouri Pork Association. Delegate sponsors included the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, Axiom Strategies, Missouri Automobile Dealers Association, Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Trucking Association and Nelda Godfrey.

Missouri 4-H is an 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 nation’s Cooperative Extension System. For more information, visit