Eight 4-H students from Bladen County were able to go to N.C. State University in part because of a donation from Smithfield Foods.
The $1,000 gift enabled the group to participate in the North Carolina 4-H State Congress, an state level conference on campus for youth ages 13-18. More than 500 youth from across the state participate in community service projects while learning leadership techniques.
They are also eligible for state election as 4-H officers.
Cost of the conference, including lodging and meals for each participant, is about $300.
Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the largest pork processor and hog producer in the world.
Money donated by Smithfield Foods helped send Bladen County youth to the North Carolina 4-H State Congress at N.C. State University.