Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Sponsors Iowa’s 4-H Career Pathways Academy to Inspire Youth

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As a family-owned business, Latham Seeds has been a longtime supporter of Iowa’s 4-H mission to empower youth to reach their full potential. That’s why we are proud to sponsor a new, 12-month program for Iowa students that will not only provide pathways to higher education but careers in industries with the highest needs for skilled workers – such as agriculture.

The program kicked off earlier this week at Iowa State University, where 8-11 grade students from around the state met with Academy leaders and business mentors to begin their year-long journey exploring career possibilities and connecting with their local communities. These young people will take part in monthly sessions highlighting industry pathways in:

  • Agriculture
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Manufacturing

“Because agriculture is a STEM career, we have a vested interest in preparing the next generation for the growth of our industry,” says John Latham, president of Latham Seeds. “We’re especially excited that these students will participate in hands-on, research-based projects while connected with local businesses in their own communities.”

Cayla Taylor, director of the 4-H Career Pathways Academy, says its creation is the first step in establishing a more formal academy that serves as a “hub” for positive youth development, teaching and outreach for Iowa State University.

“Iowa has a continuing need for a skilled workforce, so it’s important to get our young people focused on college and career exploration at an early age,” she says. “This program will include valuable experiential learning opportunities such as guest speakers, job site visits, and field trips in healthcare, education, manufacturing, agriculture, entrepreneurship and skilled trades.”

Learn more about the 4-H Career Pathways Academy at Iowa State, and stay tuned for how Latham Seeds is working with Iowa’s youth to build strong, lasting legacies in our field.

Latham Seeds is very active in our local communities across Latham Country. Check out other programs we support in an effort to make a difference. Learn more. 

Our own Shannon Latham remembers learning how to make omelets when she attended 4-H camp — a skill she says has served her (and others!) well over the years. Today she shares a versatile recipe from the Iowa Egg Council.

Walking Omelets


3 Eggs

2-1/2 T Water

1/8 tsp Salt

Dash of Pepper

1 T Olive Oil

Flour Tortillas


Multiply this recipe by as many servings as you need and use ½ cup of the egg mixture for each omelet. For a sweet breakfast omelet, substitute a pinch of sugar for the salt and pepper and fill with fresh fruit as you would any omelet.

Beat together eggs, water, salt, and pepper until blended. In 7- to 10-inch omelet pan or skillet over medium-high heat, heat butter until just hot enough to sizzle a drop of water. Pour in egg mixture. (Mixture should set immediately at edges.)

With an inverted pancake turner, carefully push cooked portions at edges toward center so uncooked portions can reach the hot pan surface, tilting the pan and moving cooked portions as necessary.

When the top is thickened and no visible liquid egg remains, fill, if desired. With the pancake turner, fold omelet in half or roll. Invert omelet onto flour tortilla. Starting at one edge, fold the tortilla over the omelet and roll as you would for a sandwich wrap.

Helpful hint: To make your own filling, use 1 or more filling ingredients so that it totals about 1/3 to ½ cup for each omelet.