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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast June 13, 2022

Purdue Extension Martin County Blast 6-13-22


All are invited to join the Martin County 4-H Swine Workshop
When: Thursday, June 23, 7:30pm
Where: Shoals High School Farm, 7900 US Hwy 50, Shoals, Indiana 47581
Who: Mini and regular 4-H swine exhibitors and all youth interested in swine
Why: Come learn about the fair, the swine show process, how to be comfortable in the show ring, safety, proper handling and a live demonstration on showmanship!
New and experienced youth welcome. Parents and mentors are invited.
RSVP appreciated but not required: Call to 812-295-2412 by June 23rd at Noon.


MEET & GREET PROGRAM IN MARTIN COUNTY:  Assistant Director of Extension & 4-H Youth Development Program Leader to visit in June

All are invited to attend a local program with Dr. Casey Mull. Topics for the program will include an overview of 4-H Opportunities 4 All; 4-H Visioning & Connections through Conversation.

Members of the State of Indiana 4-H Ambassador Team as well as entertainment from 4-H Performing Arts will be included in the evening.   RECENTLY added to the agenda:  Queen Alyssa McKillip, Miss Indiana State Fair 2022 will be in attendance. 

When: June 28, 2022 at 7:30 pm EST
Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, Community Building, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, Indiana
Please RSVP by June 24 by emailing or call/text 812-887-2783.


2022 Martin County 4-H Tractor Driving Contests

Eight Martin County 4-H members participated in the three contests for 4-H Tractor Driving on June 11th. Each contest has two age groups (Senior & Junior) with the contests being: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden Tractor & Zero Turn Mower. Each contest involves hands on driving, parts identification, and a knowledge exam.



Ag Tractor

Senior Division –

Russell Mauder: Blue, Grand Champion

Cade Maschino: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

Junior Division-

Eli Ausbrooks: Blue, Grand Champion

Tucker Mayfield: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

 Lawn and Garden

Senior Division –

Russell Mauder: Blue, Grand Champion

Cade Maschino: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

Mason Kerr: Blue

Junior Division –

Jocelyn Craney: Blue, Grand Champion

Jax VanMeter: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

Austin Kerr: Blue

Tucker Mayfield: Blue

 Zero Turn

Senior Division –

Cade Maschino: Blue, Grand Champion

Russell Mauder: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

Mason Kerr: Blue

Junior Division –

Jax VanMeter: Blue, Grand Champion

Austin Kerr: Blue, Reserve Grand Champion

Tucker Mayfield: Blue


Prepare for the 4-H Fair!

It is time to enter 4-H exhibits for the Martin County Fair!  You must go online and log into Fair Entry using your 4honline credentials. Go to, then “find your fair,” then “Indiana,” then “2022 Martin County 4-H Fair.”  ALL PROJECTS, including mini, must be entered by June 25.   Call us at 812-295-2412 and we are happy to help. 


2022 Fair entry opened June 1st

6-1-2022 – 6-25-2022

Fair Entry must be completed for all exhibits (Mini & Regular 4-H) of the Martin 4-H County Fair


All 4-H Exhibitors involved in livestock projects must have completed YQCA and submitted certificates – visit to locate the best class option.


All Exhibitors showing registered/purebred animals must submit registration papers


Poster Boards & Sleeves available

Poster boards and sleeves are available for purchase at the Martin County Extension Office. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 am – 4 pm. After hour appointments are available by scheduling.
Foam poster boards:  $4 per board
Plastic poster board sleeves:  $1 per sleeve
Plastic salon print sleeves: $1 per sleeve


Martin County 4-H Club Meetings

Every 4-H member is invited to all Club Meetings and members are encouraged to be members of multiple clubs.

Dream Team Club

Date                Day of the Week                     Time                           Location

7-2-22             Saturday                                  10:00 am                     St. Martin’s Hall

7-10-22           Sunday                                    6:00 pm                       Loogootee City Park

7-11-22           Monday                                   5:30 pm                       Martin County 4-H

                        (Records signing during fair set-up)                          Fairgrounds


Horse & Pony Club

Upcoming meetings dates TBA

Horses welcome with approved horse health certificates and MUST be signed by a licenses Veterinary.  Health certificates may be accessed at:

Or hard copy picked up at the Extension Office.

4-H members do NOT need to have a horse to participate in the Horse & Pony Club! New in 2022: 4-H members who DO NOT have their own horse are offered a Mentor Showmanship class.   


Jolly Jug Rox Club

Upcoming Dates:

Monday, June 27 6:00 pm at Shoals Recycling Center

Tuesday, July 5 6:00 pm at Shoals Public Library


Jolly Juniors Club

Location: Truelove Church

South on Highway 231

1195 Truelove Church Rd, Loogootee, IN

Time: 6:00 pm

Upcoming Dates:

July: Tuesday, July 5

Questions: Call Leader Kathy Lingenfelter at 812-709-1424


Tractor Club

The 2022 Area III 4-H Tractor Contest will be Saturday, June 25th at Warrick County Fairgrounds for all three Tractor Events: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden & Zero Turn. Exhibitors must qualify at the county level to progress to the Area Contest. (Rain date:  June 26, 2022.)

The 2022 Indiana 4-H Tractor Contest is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th for all three Tractor Events: Ag Tractor, Lawn & Garden & Zero Turn. Exhibitors must qualify at the area level to progress to the State Contest.


2022 Martin County 4-H Summer Dates

Monday, July 11

3:30 pm – Fashion Revue Event –The public is invited

6:00 pm – Set up at Fairgrounds for all 4-Hers, Leaders & Volunteers


Tuesday, July 12

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm All Static Project Exhibits Check-In Judging at the Community Building

                                Includes Mini 4-H exhibits, all 4-H perishable and non-perishable projects.


Wednesday, July 13

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm All Open Class Project Exhibit Check-In


Thursday, July 14

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 15

6:00 pm -7:30 pm Horse & Pony Check-In




Friday, July 15

3 pm – Cat Show at Emergency Management Building

5 pm – Community Building and vendors open

5 pm – Sign up for Silent Auction items

5 – 7 pm – Antique Tractor Show

6 – 9 pm – Carnival Games

6:30 pm – Queen Contest, Fashion Revue, Mini Sewing Members

30 min after Queen Contest – Zephyr Van Moor


Saturday, July 16

9 am – Community Building opens

9 am – Beef & Dairy Show

9 am – Horse & Pony Show (horses released after show)

10 am – Mud Volleyball Contest

1 pm – Rabbit Show

5 pm – Sign up for Silent Auction items

5:30 pm – Poultry Show

6 – 9 pm – Carnival Games


Sunday, July 17

1 pm – Community Building opens

2 pm – Farm Bureau Games

2:30 pm – Corn Hole registration

3:30 pm – Kiddie Tractor Pull registration

3:30 pm – Corn Hole Tournament

4 pm – Shooting Sports Demonstration

4 pm – Shoals Robotics

4:30 pm – Kiddie Tractor Pull

5 pm – Gospel Signing

5 pm – Sign up for Silent Auction items

6 pm – Baby Show

6 pm – Sheep & Goat Show

6 – 9 pm – Carnival Games

6 pm – Emergency Services Showcase


Monday, July 18

5 pm – Community Building opens

5 pm – Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest

5 pm – Sign up for Silent Auction items

5:30 – Cowabunga

6 pm – Pie Baking Contest

6 pm – Swine Show


Tuesday, July 19

5 pm – Community Building opens  

5 pm – Sign up for Silent Auction items

5:30 pm – Supreme Showmanship

7 pm – 10 year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:30 pm – Livestock Auction


The Martin County 4-H Junior Leader members Head up Fairs Cares Program

Help the local food banks at the 4-H Fair, July 15-19. For every 5 pounds of non-perishable food items, one state fair ticket will be given ($14 per ticket value). The tickets are limited, but the need for food is not. Please come out and support the food banks. Cash donations for Fairs Cares Program will also be accepted. 


2022 Martin County 4-H point sheets due 7-25-22

all 4-H Members are encouraged to submit an achievement point sheet every year of 4-H to work towards Fall Achievement Award recognition! 

The 2022 Point Sheet is available at: or from the Extension Office. 

The deadline date to provide the point sheet is July 25, 2022 and may be provided hardcopy to the Extension Office or emailed to  If e-mailing, please ask for confirmation to assure receipt.


2022 Martin County 4-H Handbook

Available at

Printed copies are available by contacting the Extension Office.


4-H Static Project Scorecards: Major Changes for Simplification!

All 2022 4-H scorecards have been reviewed, updated, and posted to the Indiana 4-H Youth Development web site.  Visit at:

Scorecards are located on individual project pages.  A general scorecard is available on the full project listing page. All previously used scorecards are outdated with the exception of some genealogy and some sewing scorecards. 

All 4-H leaders, members and families are encouraged to become familiar with scorecards as you work to create 4-H exhibits for the 2022 Martin County 4-H Fair and the Indiana State Fair!


Verification of Livestock Breed Status Deadline July 1st

Livestock who are purebred or have other registration papers with exhibitors who wish to show in those respective classes need to provide the properly registered papers by July 1, 2022 to the Extension Office. 


Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Martin County Program Deadline for Livestock Exhibitors July 1st

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) is a national multi-species quality assurance program for youth ages 8 to 21 with a focus on three core pillars: food safety, animal well-being, and character development. All youth who exhibit livestock are required to be certified annually. Certification can be obtained at an in-person class or via the online modules. 

All youth in Indiana exhibiting an animal (Swine, Beef Cattle, Dairy Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Rabbits, and Poultry) at a county or state fair must have completed a Quality Assurance Certification, by July 1, 2021 for Martin County exhibitors. 


Indiana State Fair Vet Camps

Vet Camp is an experience for future veterinarians in grades 6th thru 8th or 9th through 12th to provide an opportunity to be the doctor for the day.  Youth are invited to spend time learning about animals in a fun way from current veterinary students from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Learn about the educational pathway to veterinary school and how you can prepare for what awaits you as a veterinarian.  Don’t miss out on the opportunity to investigate being a veterinarian. 

Hands-on sessions include:

Explore blood and placing catheters in animal models

Practice surgery skills by suturing up simulated incisions

Opportunity to look at radiographs (x-rays) to learn what is inside of patients.

What: Junior Vet Camp (grades 6-8) or Senior Vet Camp (grades 9-12)

When: Session are between July 30 – Aug 20

Cost: $40, participants will receive a t-shirt, two admission tickets, and parking pass.

For more information: Stephanie DeCamp 317-927-7566

Pre-registration required.


OISC Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal

The Indiana Pesticide Clean Sweep Project is designed to collect and dispose of suspended, canceled, banned, useable, opened, unopened or just unwanted pesticides (herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, fungicides, miticides, etc.) and is being sponsored by the Office of Indiana State Chemist (OISC). This disposal service is free of charge up to 250 pounds per participant. Over 250 pounds there will be a $2.00 per pound charge. This is a great opportunity for you to legally dispose of unwanted products at little or no cost. Visit to complete the Clean Sweep Participant Form or email to have a participant form emailed.


9 am – 3 pm local time

Aug 16: Ceres Solutions Wabash County, Wabash, IN

Aug 17: Bartholomew County Solid Waste District, Columbus, IN

Aug 18: Daviess County Highway Department, Montgomery, IN

Aug 23: Davis Purdue Agricultural Center Randolph County, Farmland, IN

Aug 24: Co-Alliance Porter County, Valparaiso, IN

Aug 25: Hendricks County Fairgrounds, Danville, IN

Managing Farm Risk Webinar Series

Join an experienced team of Extension educators, specialists, faculty, and a lawyer as we present the Managing Farm Risk Webinar Series. This series will encompass techniques and tips to mitigate, transfer, and avoid risks in production, marketing, financial, legal, human resources, and social media.

When: Wednesdays, May 25 – June 29, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Register at:


Purdue Fast Start for Indiana Students

One way to earn admission into Purdue University is through Fast Start.  Indiana Students can take the Modern States online courses for free.  Those who pass a minimum of five corresponding College Board CLEP exams and meet Purdue’s standard admission requirements are assured admission to Purdue and designated Klinsky Scholars. CLEP testing centers are now open along with online options. The Purdue Extension Martin County office staff are available to help local students access this opportunity!

Dr. Temple Grandin: In Person Program in Daviess County

When: Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Where: Washington High School, 608 E Walnut St, Washington, IN

Daviess-Martin Special Education Cooperative & the Indiana Resource Center for Autism, Presenting Two Workshops:

The Importance of Good Stockmanship:  10:30 am – 11:30 am

This presentation is free and is geared toward members of Future Farmers of America (FFA), 4-H, and others involved in the livestock industry. Temp will share her experience and expertise in livestock handling and management. No cost to attend. 

Developing Different Kinds of Minds 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

This workshop is geared for school personnel, early childhood educators, adult providers, others involved in supporting someone on the autism spectrum, family members, and those who are neurodiverse. Temple will discuss her experiences, and her perspectives on leading a meaningful life. There is a nominal cost for this presentation for non-Washington School District Employees of $15 USD.

For more details, visit:

Sponsored and hosted by the Daviess-Martin Special Education Cooperative & the Indiana Resource Center for Autism


Spotted Lanternfly Feeds on Over 70 Plus Plant Species


Spotted lanternfly is a major pest of concern across most of the United States. Spotted lanternfly (SLF) is an invasive planthopper native to China that was first detected in the United States in Pennsylvania in 2014. SLF feeds on over 70+ plant species including fruit, ornamental and woody trees with tree-of-heaven as its preferred host. Spotted lanternfly is a hitchhiker and can easily be moved long distances through human assisted movement.

Tree of heaven (TOH) is the preferred host for the spotted lanternfly (SLF).  The ability to identify TOH will be critical to monitoring the spread of this invasive pest as the 4th-stage nymphs and adult spotted lantern-flies show a strong preference for TOH.

Report a Sighting

  1. Take a picture and note your location.
  2. If you can, collect a sample of the insect by catching it and placing it in a freezer. You can use any container available as long as it has a tight seal (like a water bottle) so that the spotted lanternfly can’t escape.
  3. Report the sighting at, or 1-866-663-9684.

Stop the Spread

  1. Check your car and outdoor equipment for spotted lanternfly eggs, nymphs, and adults before driving or moving to a new location.
  2. Don’t move firewood because it can spread spotted lanternfly and many other invasive insects.
  3. Stay up to date with the latest spotted lanternfly information by subscribing to our newsletters ( and review/) and following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@reportINvasive and @INdnrinvasive).
  4. Share your spotted lanternfly knowledge with others!




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