Mississippi 4-H members from across the state included Meridian in a statewide tour Wednesday.
A group of about 100 visited EMEPA and Lauderdale County Farm Supply to see how cooperatives work.
These 4-H leaders said it's important for them to see business in action as they prepare for their own careers.
"4-H is not just agriculture. 4-H has a wide variety of projects that different kids can get in. Like I said, it's different things from modeling to whatever you're interested in," said Rakel Gibson, of Lee County, state 4-H vice-president. "There's different projects that if you're not interested in one then you can just go out through different ones, different projects whichever one is best for you whichever one you like to do."
"I'm a business major at the 'W' and it will help me just to, you know ,expand my knowledge of how a business is run," said Symone Bounds, a former Lauderdale County 4-H member. "To learn more about parliamentary procedure and just getting like just a feel of life a real business."
"It's like you need electricity, like this one," said Justin Lucky , a member of Lauderdale County's 4-H Leadership Team. "This is what brought electricity to rural areas of Lauderdale County and other counties, surrounding counties, that most companies or corporations would not even want to bring electricity to because it's not actually a profit for them to make at all."
The group was made up of first place winners in the senior level of 4-H competition at this year's 4-H Congress, as well as state awareness team members, and the state 4-H Council officers.