Six 4-H members from Nova Scotia will travel to western Canada from July 6 to 17 to learn about agriculture and Canadian culture. The members will be participating in the annual Royal Bank of Canada 4-H Interprovincial Exchange Program. During the exchange, Nova Scotia delegates will live with rural families in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia. Representatives of 4-H from those provinces will visit Nova Scotia in August as part of a reciprocal travel program. “This program is an excellent opportunity for 4-H members to meet Canadians with similar interests and to learn about the agriculture industry in other communities,” said Chris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Our young people will learn a lot while representing Nova Scotia and our 4-H program.” The Nova Scotia delegates were selected through an interview process that was based on their contributions to the 4-H program and involvement in the community. Megan Sanford of Newport, Hants Co. and Monica Firminger of Hopewell, Pictou Co. will travel to Saskatchewan. Sarah Haughn from Italy Cross, Lunenburg Co. is going to Manitoba and Kristy Waalderbos of Amherst, Cumberland Co. and Sarah Lees of Pictou, are travelling to British Columbia. Melissa York from Truro, will travel to Alberta. “This program allows 4-H members to experience agriculture practices and rural life in another part of Canada,” said Elizabeth Crouse, manager of 4-H and rural organizations. “We couldn’t provide this exchange opportunity without the support of the Royal Bank of Canada.” The Royal Bank of Canada has been sponsoring this event for 43 years and will host the 4-H travel delegates from the Atlantic provinces at a farewell banquet and reception on Wednesday, July 6.