Wells County

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Agriculture and Natural Resources
Health and Human Sciences
Economic and Community Development
4-H Youth Development

Purdue Extension is a service tailored to meet the needs of Indiana, needs we know firsthand. Our educators, specialists, and volunteers live and work in all 92 Indiana counties. We provide the link between Land Grant research and Indiana citizens. In doing that we provide practical solutions to local issues. We provide information and expertise that's available in the form you want, when you want it. That's Purdue Extension, Indiana's home team advantage.

What We Do

We improve lives and livelihoods by delivering tested and trusted educational resources. The Cooperative Extension Service is one of the nation's largest providers of scientific research-based information and education. It's a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America. The Purdue Extension focuses on: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Human and Health Sciences, Economic and Community Development and 4-H Youth.

Contact Us

Purdue Wells County Extension
1240 4-H Park Road
Bluffton, IN 46714
(260) 824-6412

County offices

wells County Staff

4-H Enrollment Open Now!

It's 4-H enrollment time! Youth in grades K-2 (mini 4-H) and grades 3-12 can now sign up! To learn more about 4-H and what projects are offered, visit the Indiana State 4-H Page linked below.

Learn More Here

Wells County Newsletters

Check out Health and Human Science Newsletters with helpful articles on health, nutrition, family and finances.

The September-October edition includes the following articles:

Mental Health Treatment Works 

Concerned that you or a loved one may be experiencing mental illness? You are not alone. Get professional help.

 Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being, yet mental illness affects millions of people and their families nationwide. Know that treatment for mental illness is effective—and help is a phone call away.

 Mental Illness Is Common, But Too Often Not Treated

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, about one in five adults had a mental illness. Without a doubt, the pandemic has affected the state of mental health in our country and made mental illness even more common. It is rare that a family is not touched by a mental health condition, one that can interfere with your or a loved one’s ability to work, sleep, eat, and enjoy life.

 Mental health disorders include anxiety, depression, seasonal effectiveness disorder, or more serious illnesses as bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and more. Unfortunately, most people with mental illness do not receive mental health services that they need.

 People with mental illness can have symptoms that include a range of feelings, emotions, or experiences, including:

  • Shifts in mood
  • Sadness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Low energy
  • Delusions
  • Hallucinations
  • Sleep problems

Mental illness is not always easy to detect. Someone does not need to have all these symptoms, perhaps just one or two.

 Treating a mental illness is not something to attempt on your own. Like many health conditions, help for mental illness takes professional diagnosis and treatment.

 Treatment Works, Treatment Is Available

The good news: Research shows treatment for mental illness works. With appropriate treatment, people can manage their illness, overcome challenges, and lead productive lives.

 Treatment for mental illness is effective. Mental health services also are covered by most health plans—by law. And like physical health conditions, it’s clear the earlier you get treatment for mental illness, the better—and the better you or your loved one will feel and do.

Need Help?

If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of mental illness, get treatment or help them get treatment. Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) for 24-hour, free and confidential treatment referral.

 Source: https://www.samhsa.gov/mental-health-treatment-works


5 Easy Tips to Get More ZZZs 

  1. Everyday Routine 
    • Have a consistent bedtime routine (i.e. change into pajamas, brush teeth, wash face).
    • Go to bed and get up at the same time every day
    • Plan wind-down time 30 minutes before bed
    • have a notebook by bed to write down thoughts
  2. Electronics
    • Minimize use of cell phones/tablets in bedroom
    • Avoid using devices an hour or more before bed
    • Avoid checking email before bedtime
    • Avoid social media before bedtime
  3. Environment
    • Bedroom temperature comfortable - 60-67 
    • Lighting - Dark blinds, natural light
    • Comfortable mattress, pillow, etc.
    • Noise - invest in noise block
  4. Eating Healthy
    • Eat a well-balanced diet
    • Limit food and drink
    • Limit caffeine amounts before bedtime
    • Limit alcohol before bedtime
  5. Exercise
    • Get regular physical activity most days
    • Get 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity 5 times a week
    • Avoid vigorous exercise 4 hours before bed

Adapted from: National Sleep Foundation, www.thensf.org

 Other Announcements Included in Newsletter 

  • Volunteers needed for 4-H Pancake Booth. Click HERE to sign up.
  • CADA Awards luncheon to be held, October 28, 2021 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the Loving Shepherd Ministries Event Center, 1935 N Main Street, Bluffton, IN 46714. Lunch is provided. Event is free and open to the public.
  • Extension Homemakers will have a community support work day on October 7, 2021, 9 am - 2 pm at the Wells County Community Center, 4-H Park, 1240 4-H Park Road, Bluffton, IN 46714. Bring a dish to pass for lunch. Drinks and table service will be provided.
  • Purdue Cooperative Extension Service will be offering a Retail Food Certification training and exam on November 10th & 17th at 9:00 AM. This is for food handlers who need to obtain a Retail Food Certificate.

A photo ID with signature is required to take the exam. The cost of the training with exam and book is $165.00. The cost of the exam with the book is $115.00. The cost to take the exam only is $65.00. Pre-registration is required by November 3rd in order to receive a textbook and avoid a $20.00 late fee. To register go to https://www.purdue.edu/servsafe.

For more information call Molly Hoag, Wells County Extension Educator, mhoag@purdue.edu or call The Education Store at 765-494-6794. The class will be at the Wells County Community Center, Bluffton, IN.

  • The Wells County Health Fair is canceled for 2021. 


Sept. - Oct. 2021 HHS Newsletter

News Notes for Parents is a newsletter geared towards parents with children ages 8 and under. You will find articles about parenting, early childhood education, nutrition and much more.

In the November issue of News Notes for Parents, you will find the following articles:


What Is The Fall Harvest?
Traditionally, the Fall Harvest is a time where people celebrate a successful and bountifulharvest of crops! Coming together, people give thanks for the crops they've gathered, sharefood and gifts, and celebrate a strong sense of community before they prepare for the winterseason.
The Fall Harvest has diverse roots in many global cultures and is celebrated in a variety ofways today. For example, did you know that in the United States and Canada the Fall Harvesttakes on the form of Thanksgiving celebrations? And in Asia, the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festivalis one of the most widely celebrated harvest festivals in the world! Although our traditionsmay be different because of where we live, each of these celebrations focuses on the samevalues of celebrating with friends and family, expressing gratitude for crops and food, andbuilding meaningful connections within our communities.
By exploring celebrations around the world and within their own community and homes,children will learn that their cultural differences make them special and that the Fall Harvest isa wonderful celebration that brings people together in the spirit of gratitude—something wecan all share no matter where we're from!


There are many ways to engage children in the kitchen. All children can help with menu planning and groceryshopping. Younger children can assist with a variety of simple tasks, from setting the table to mixing ingredients.Older children can prepare simple snacks and dishes themselves. No matter what age your children are, workingwith them in the kitchen can motivate them to try new and healthier foods.

Tips for Involving Younger Children

  • Pick out at least one new fruit or vegetable to try, when shopping
  • Wash fruits and vegetables
  • Rinse canned beans
  • Measure dried pasta, beans, vegetables, etc.
  • Add premeasured ingredients to recipes
  • Stir ingredients
  • Stuff ingredients into a pita pocket
  • Assemble food for table presentation
  • Crumble cheese for topping a side dish or salad


The October issue of the Wells County 4-H Newsletter includes the following information:

  • A Fond Fairwell From Emily Luc - Friday October 1st was my last day as the 4-H Extension Educator here in Wells County. I will be staying within Purdue University Extension, but I am transferring to Kosciusko County to be the Assistant Agriculture and Natural REsources Extension Educator. I recently got engaged and my fiance is located in Kosciusko County so I will be joining him there. It has been so great to work with all of you! I have greatly enjoyed my time here in Wells County as the 4-H Educator. Thank you so much for welcoming me and making me a part of your community over this past year! I wish you all the best here in Wells County!
  • Dog project returning for 2022! Sign up in 4-H Online.
  • Sixth Graders can join 4-H Junior Leaders this year! If you are interested in exploring 4-H beyond the traditional 4-H fair and project exhibition, then maybe this leadership opportunity is the route for you! Meetings will occur nearly every month to do community service, to plan events and activities for the fair, to socialize, and to learn teamwork and leadership. These opportunities are perfect for youth seeking community service hours and volunteer opportunities. 
  • Wells County 4-H Fall Festival on October 23rd at the 4-H Park. There will be carnival games, prizes and information about joining 4-H. Bring your friends! 5-7 pm - carnival games and prizes geared towards younger youth. 7-9 pm - decorated/haunted woods open for older youth
  • If you are able to help with the Log Cabin Trick-or-Treat, please contact the Extension Office at 824-6412
  • Are you interested in joining the Wells County 4-H First Lego League Robotics Team? Meetings are Thursdays in the Community Center at the 4-H Park at 6 pm.
  • There will be four area STEAM workshops offered. Check out the information in the flyer on our website.
  • 4-H enrollment opens October 1st. 4-H Members and volunteers must enroll annually. Visit v2.4honline.com to enroll.  
  • Update to Adult Volunteer Training: This year there will be three required video trainings. These trainings can be completed through the volunteer sign up process in 4-H Online. 


October 2021 4-H Newsletter

Upcoming Wells County and State Extension Events

Local Happenings

Purdue Extension.
Extension Homemaker Holiday Happenings

The Wells County Extension Homemakers invite you to joint them for a fun holiday demonstration on how to make a Thanksgiving centerpiece and a beautiful bow!

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Purdue Extension.
CADA Awards Luncheon

Please join CADA as they recognize individuals and organizations who stand out in the fight against addiction in Wells County.

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Purdue Extension.
Area XI 4-H Youth Full STEAM Ahead!

Area XI 4-H Youth are invited to attend STEAM related workshops.

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Purdue Extension.
Food Preservation Workshop: Holiday Jams & Jellies

Join Purdue Extension Master Home Food Preservation instructors to learn how to preserve jams & jellies safely and prepare two different recipes.

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Purdue Extension.
ServSafe Class Offered

ServSafe Food Manager 1-Day Class & Exam offered to teach food service workers about food safety.

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State Extension Events

Sprayer boom in action applying ag chemicals.
Tight agriculture chemical supply, high prices could impact 2022 growing season

Supply chain disruptions and material shortages are fueling speculation about a herbicide shortage for the 2022 agriculture growing season. Bill Johnson, Purdue professor of weed science and Purdue Extension weed specialist, is encouraging...

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Two deer in forest area with snow on ground.
Deer Season in Full Swing, FNR

Hunters have been busy preparing food plots, hanging tree stands and working on their marksmanship skills in hopes for getting that buck of a lifetime. The Indiana deer hunting season for 2021-2022 started September 15th and goes to January 31st...

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Capital Comments
Capital Comments: What Three Forecasts Say About Our Economic Future

Where is our economy going? Let’s ask some folks whose job it is to forecast the future of the U.S. economy. How about looking at three forecasts – one from government economists, one from academic economists, and one from business...

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Combine harvesting soybeans
Indiana farm fatality summary stresses importance of farm safety

Purdue University’s Agricultural Safety and Health Program released the annual Indiana Farm Fatality Summary with Historical Overview, coinciding with National Farm Safety and Health Week.

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Field corn infected with tar spot. Infected plants display small, raised black and circular spots on healthy or dead tissue of leaves, stalks and husks.
Indiana corn's tar spot epidemic could result in significant yield loss

The tar spot disease in field corn is causing concern this season across the Midwest, including Indiana. Purdue Extension’s field crop pathologist, Darcy Telenko, expects this year’s outbreak to result in significant yield loss.

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Ashley Adair sits in a greenhouse with organic peppers.
Purdue Extension specialist brings new perspectives to Indiana organic farming

Ashley Adair, the new organic agriculture extension specialist in Purdue’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture department, is bringing new ideas to Indiana organic farming.

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