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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast June 20, 2022

Purdue Extension Martin County Blast 6-20-22

Prepare for the 4-H Fair!

7-1-2022 All 4-H Exhibitors involved in livestock projects must have completed YQCA and submitted certificates – visit to locate the best class option.

7-1-2022 All Exhibitors showing registered/purebred animals must submit registration papers. 

These can be dropped off at the Extension Office or emailed to and/or 



Do you have entries that you did NOT get entered for the fair?  Fair Entry closed on June 25th.   Call the Extension Office prior to fair to talk about participation options. 


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


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 All previously used scorecards are outdated with the exception of some genealogy and some sewing scorecards.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!


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:

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 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.


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

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

AgrAbility National Training Workshop Encore Webinars
Register below for any or all of them.
Each webinar begins at 2:00 p.m. EDT on the given Thursday. For session descriptions and more information, visit

  • June 23: "Design by What You Can Find"
  • July 7: "Taking Care of ALL Generations on the Farm"
  • July 21: "Becoming an Informed Champion and Collaborator with Behavioral Health"
  • August 4: "Farm Rescue - Helping Farm Families in Crisis"
  • August 18: "Vision Solutions for Farmers"
  • September 1: "Working with Capstone Students to Augment AgrAbility Services"
  • September 15: "Managing Stress on the Farm"
  • September 29: "Making Lemonade When Outreach Events Hand You LEMONS!"
  • October 13: "Build Resilience into Your Farm: Let Nature do the Heavy Lifting"
  • October 27: "Low Stress Marketing for Farmers"

A question & answer period is scheduled for each presentation. To participate in any of these free webinars, click here to access the online registration form. Please pass on this invitation to others you believe may be interested. Contact AgrAbility at 800-825-4264, visit, or email if you have questions.



INDIANA STATE FAIR JULY 29-AUGUST 23 (Closed Mondays & Tuesdays)

Members of 4-H are encouraged to be involved at the Indiana State Fair!  Details on entries, opportunities and requirements are handled by the Indiana State Fair.   Brewers' Cup entries closed on June 22nd with the next first deadline for other entries being July 1, 2022.

The 2022 Indiana State Fair entry books, including schedules, can be found here on the Indiana State Fair website. Livestock members are reminded that 4-H Animal Affidavit & Animal Husbandry Form is required by all 4-H Exhibitors in the Beef, Dairy, Swine, Sheep, Dairy Goat, Boer Goat, and Meat Goat Departments.   
Helpful tips:

  • The Animal Husbandry Form must be maintained from the 4-H Animal Ownership Deadline (May 16, 2022) through check in at the Indiana State Fair.
  • One form is required for each State Fair Animal.
  • All medications, vaccinations, injections, medical treatments, and any foreign substances administered in any form or manner must be documented.
  • Disclosing drugs and/or alterations on the Animal Affidavit and Animal Husbandry Form does not affect the imposition of penalties should there be a violation of the Code of Ethics or drug testing /examination principles outlined in the Entry Book. Attaching accompanying veterinary documentation to support any Animal Affidavit claims is recommended.

You can find the form on at:

Overgrazing During Hot And Dry Weather Has Long Term Consequences

By: Keith Johnson

This week, high late-spring temperature occurred in the Midwest. A brief respite from the heat is predicted to occur, but high temperature quickly comes back again with no rain predicted to happen. Cool-season grasses will likely begin being in a dormant state. For the well being of the forage, do not graze cool-season grasses and legumes to a height less than 4 inches. Meristems are where cell initiation, continued division, and elongation occurs. When close grazing happens, meristems cannot produce what would be the next growth to graze. In time, less productive plants that can take close grazing (examples: Kentucky bluegrass and white clover) will become more dominant. This happens because the meristems are at or slightly below the soil surface. Troublesome weeds may begin to appear and become dominant, too, when overgrazing occurs. Another measure to consider is if more than ten percent of the area is visible soil, that is an indication that the stand is either thin or overgrazing is happening.

Watch and listen carefully. Your forages may be crying out “Don’t overgraze if you want to see us next year!”.


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