Federal Premium Crowns Bill Stevens 4-H Leadership Award Winner

Federal Premium Crowns Bill Stevens 4-H Leadership Award Winner
Honors Conservation Efforts and 4-H Shooting Sports Program.

Bill Conrad 4-H Leadership Award Recipient
Bill Conrad 4-H Leadership Award Recipient

ANOKA, Minn. –-(Ammoland.com)- Federal Premium Ammunition announces the inaugural Bill Stevens 4-H Leadership Award winner.

Conrad Arnold, from Cambridge, MD is first the recipient of the award. He was honored and received the award Monday evening during the 2011 National 4-H Invitational Shooting Sports Invitational in San Antonio, Texas.

New Award Signifies Conservation Efforts in Youth
Bill Stevens retired in 2007 after more than 40 years working as Federal Premium Ammunition’s Conservation Manager. He increased Federal’s support of the 4-H program and also helped launch the 4-H Shooting Sports Program—now reaching nearly 200,000 total participants each year. Bill was also instrumental in recruiting other members of the firearms industry to support the 4-H family, the Youth Shooting Sports Alliance and other successful programs.

This year marks 32 consecutive years of support from Federal for the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. Federal also sponsors numerous 4-H youth shooting camps that teach safe hunting, shooting and wildlife management techniques. The company has been supporting the conservation efforts of 4-H since 1934.

2011 Award Winner
Conrad Arnold is an extension educator from Cambridge, MD, and is the first ever Bill Stevens 4-H Leadership Award winner. His support and advancement of the 4-H Shooting Sports Program has been hugely successful. In the last few years, Conrad has assembled and managed 4-H leader training programs across the country. These programs help certify more than 5,000 adult coaches and 200,000 participants nationwide.

Conrad is also a National 4-H Committee Member. His leadership has been a crucial part of the 4-H Shooting Sports program’s development—and has helped increase its membership and coverage. Last year was Illinois’ first year of having a Shooting Sports Program. That program certified 188 instructors who went on and taught more than 800 youth. Thanks to individuals like Conrad, youth program enrollment is expected to increase across the country.

“Conrad has been a huge asset to 4-H these last few years,” said Federal Premium Conservation Manager Ryan Bronson. “His involvement, dedication and leadership has helped further 4-H’s mission and introduced countless more youth to hunting and shooting with the 4-H Shooting Sports Program. He has led by example and we’re proud to honor Bill Stevens’ values and legacy by presenting Conrad with this award.”

Federal supports numerous conservation organizations, participates in many ammunition royalty programs, and provides many shooting sports educational materials. To learn more about Federal’s support, please visit www.federalpremium.com/hunters_education/programs.aspx.

About Federal Cartridge Company
Headquartered in Anoka, Minnesota, Federal Cartridge Company has been providing hunters and shooters with high-quality rimfire, centerfire and shotshell ammunition since 1922. It pioneered the Premium category of ammunition and is part of the world’s leading ammunition manufacturer, ATK Security and Sporting. For more information on Federal, visit www.federalpremium.com.

About ATK Security and Sporting
ATK Security and Sporting, headquartered in Anoka, MN, is a leading technology developer and supplier of ammunition for law enforcement, military and sporting applications; a manufacturer of optics, reloading gear and sport shooting accessories; and a leading producer of tactical accessories. The company serves sport shooting enthusiasts, law enforcement professionals, military and tactical markets worldwide. The group’s products include some of the most widely known and respected brands in the industry, including Federal Premium, CCI, Speer, RCBS, Alliant Powder, Champion, Weaver, Eagle Industries, and BLACKHAWK!.

About ATK
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