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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast November 28, 2022


Purdue Extension Martin County Blast November 28, 2022 

Adult Volunteer Enrollment and Certification

All adult volunteers must re-enroll to obtain certification for 2022-2023 programming season. Enrollment opened October 1, 2021. Please log onto and complete your profile. If you have any questions, please call 812-295-2412 or email


VOLUNTEER opportunities

Have you ever thought about a talent you have or a talent you want to develop alongside youth in the 4-H Program?  Purdue Extension & Martin County 4-H is seeking adults to work to MAKE THE BEST BETTER through 4-H programs. Contact Dena to explore how to work together in this way.  No matter how much time you have, volunteering with 4-H makes a difference by helping youth explore and discover the skills they need to lead for a lifetime. There are lots of ways to get involved!

Currently, 4-H Leaders are needed for Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. 

Parents, family and adult friends of 4-H members are often a natural fit to help with programming and is one way to spending quality time with the youth in your lives!


4-H Enrollment is NOW!

Enrollment may be completed by parents/guardians at Mini 4-H includes youth in grades kindergarten, first and second. 4-H is for youth grades 3-12.  


What is 4-H?

4-H members may belong to a club, enroll in projects and learn from the guidance of volunteer leaders. Members share knowledge, socialize and build friendships. Various programs are offered.  The 4-H name represents four personal development areas of focus: head, heart, hands, and health.  Some goals of 4-H include to develop citizenship, leadership, responsibility and life skills of youth through experiential learning programs and a positive youth development approach.


4-H’ers Excel

  • Nearly 4x more likely to make contributions to their communities
  • About 2x more likely to be civically active
  • Nearly 2x more likely to participate in science programs during out-of-school time
  • Nearly 2x more likely to make healthier choices




2023 INDIANA STATE FAIR – JULY 28 – AUGUST 20, 2023 Closed Monday & Tuesdays.


Dubois & Martin County 4-H Leader Training Series

All are invited to the following Professional Development 4-H Leader Training Series.  Current leaders and prospective new leaders are targeted, but anyone with an interest is welcome to attend! RSVP requested but not required: Dena Held at or 812-295-2412 or Lauren Fenneman at or 812-482-1782.    


Monday, December 12, 2022 6:30 pm – 8 pm: Generosity: Opportunity to value and practice service to others and includes community service ideas, best practices for kicking off the 4-H year in January and best practices to close out the 4-H year from June to September.

Location: Cedar Crest Intermediate School Cafeteria, 4770 South State Road 162, Huntingburg, IN 47542


January, February, & March Sessions: SAVE THE DATES!  

Thursday, January 26, 2023 6 pm

Thursday, February 23, 2023 6 pm

Thursday, March 9, 2023 6 pm

Thursday, March 30, 2023 6 pm


Location: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, Community Learning Center, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN



January 21 and 22, 2023 at Hamilton Southwestern High School, 12499 Ohio Road, Fishers, IN  46037

4-H Junior Leader Officer program & Retreat Resources

The Growing 4-H Junior Leaders committee is preparing to launch a series of resources designed to help Jr. Leader Advisors and Officers lead Officer retreats designed to provide the Jr. Leader Officers with skills they need to lead effectively. A webinar to introduce these resources will be held on Monday, December 5, 7-8 p.m. (ET). Please plan to join us!  Log on at:


WHAT:  4-H Camp Counselor Applications for Southern Indiana 4-H Camp




Would you like to interact with other 4-H teens from the area, have three fun-filled days camping and be a positive role model to younger 4-H members?  Now is your opportunity.  Being a Camp Counselor is a fun, rewarding event. Camp is June 2, 3 & 4 2023 at Country Retreat Center, Underwood, Indiana.  Check out the Website listed above for a copy of the application, information of upcoming interviews and details on how to apply.  Application deadline is Wednesday, February 1, 2023 via 4-H Online. Interviews will be done via Zoom starting Tuesday, February 28, 2023 and will continue on Wednesday and Thursday March 1 and 2, 2023.  A Link to sign-up times will be sent once your application submission is complete.  Be sure to visit the bit link for any information you might need to take part in this exciting event.  

The Young Ladies in Ag Forum

Where: Terre Haute Convention Center

When: February 22, 2023

Who: Young ladies in grades 8-12 & college age

Check-in: 1:00-1:30 PM EST

Program: 1:30-8:30 PM EST

Dinner included!

Topics include: Financial Strategies for Young Women, Networking and Exploring Jobs in the Agriculture World, Marketing Yourself, Building a Strong Resume


2022-2023 Indiana Beef Cattle Association (IBCA) and Purdue Area 3 Beef Meeting

When: Wednesday, January 11, 2023 7:00 pm ET

Where: The Village Inn, Hwy 57 South, Petersburg, IN

Why: The meetings will feature great food and valuable information on a variety of beef topics. IBCA will provide an update on current policy and programs. Purdue Department of Animal Science will provide the educational presentation.

The counties in this area are: Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh, and Warrick.


Heart of American Grazing Conference

When: February 20-21, 2023

Where: Ferdinand Community Center, Ferdinand, Indiana

Topics include: Bale grazing, soil science and health, the power of managed grazing, grazing options of ruminants, and shared experiences from seasoned graziers

Featured speakers: Dr. Greg Halich, University of Kentucky; Dr. Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-ARS North Carolina; Mr. Johnny Rogers, Coordinator, Amazing Grazing Project, North Carolina State University; and several local celebrities. For more information visit:


Managing for Today and Tomorrow: 

A Course Designed For Women, Assists with Farm Generational Transitions


There is no “one size” fits all solution when it comes to farm transitions. Developing a viable transition and succession plan is a major undertaking and can be challenging. However, it is completely necessary to have these plans in place to ensure the future success of the farm and its productivity. Women play a vital role in helping their families navigate the transition planning process and making these important decisions. Purdue Extension in cooperation with Annie’s Project is offering a five-session course where women can learn and be better equipped to plan and execute a successful farm transition. The “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning” program, is a course designed by Annie’s Project and has been scheduled for this December virtually via zoom on December 5, 7, 9, 12, and 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A Course Designed For Women, Assists with Farm Generational Transitions

Women will learn about business, estate, retirement and succession planning from Purdue Extension specialists and area professionals. In addition to brief presentations, there will be discussions based on participant questions and follow-up activities for family members to complete at home.

“We’re happy to be a partner in bringing this valuable program to Indiana,” said Beth Vansickle, Purdue Extension Educator and program chair, “This farm transition course is an opportunity for women to meet with others who share similar issues and concerns. We limit the size of the class to make it comfortable for everyone to speak up and get questions answered.”

Annie’s Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in agriculture to be successful through education, networks and resources. The organization provides agricultural risk management education programs for women involved in agriculture. Annie’s Project courses has successfully reached more than 18,000 women in 38 states and one U.S. territory. “This Farm Transition program emphasizes the role women play in helping transfer farms from one generation to the next,” said Beth Vansickle, Purdue Extension Educator. “Managing for Today and Tomorrow: Farm Transition Planning will empower women to take ownership of the future of their farms,” continues Vansickle “Farm Credit Mid-America is a statewide sponsor of this courses.”


For more information contact Jennifer Logue at 765-458-5055 or; Online registration is available at: by November 28th. If you require special accommodations, please contact Jennifer Logue by November 28th.



 Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women

WHAT:  A 4-part workshop for landowners and tenants.


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Build your land management and leasing knowledge while networking with other women in agriculture at our upcoming workshop series, which will be held at LOCATION NAME IN CITY, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates:

“The Power of Negotiation and Communication: Land Leasing Strategies for Midwestern Ag Women” is a three-state collaboration of extension women in agriculture programs at Kansas State University, Purdue University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Sessions will be held simultaneously at multiple locations in Kansas, Indiana, and Nebraska.

These workshops will help raise your awareness of local land values and cash rental rates, along with the factors that influence them. Whether you are a landlord or a tenant, you’ll learn more about the importance of having a written lease, what should be included in it and how to ensure it is equitable for both parties.

Participants will hear from keynote speakers who will be streamed live to dozens of workshop sites in all three states. Each site will also host local speakers and hands-on activities. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions of local extension experts while learning negotiating strategies and best practices to improve the landlord-tenant relationship.

You will leave with a greater understanding of conservation programs, including compliance requirements and voluntary programs that are available.

The workshop costs $50 per person and participants should plan to attend each session. A virtual option is available for those unable to attend a workshop site, although in-person attendance is highly encouraged to better network with other attendees and interact with speakers. Registration is required by Jan. 13.

Find more information and register at This material is based upon work supported by USDA NIFA under Award Number 2021-70027-34694.



Join Purdue University Extension for a hands-on goat AI clinic featuring David Carwell of B & D Genetics. Learn the biology and procedures behind artificial insemination of goats and how to have the most success in AI conceptions in your goats.  

People of all ages and all abilities are welcome!

WHERE: Hamilton County 4-H Fair Grounds

                  2003 Pleasant Street

                  Noblesville, IN  46060

WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2022

TIME:  8:00 am

ON LINE REGISTRATION: By Monday, December 5, 2022



REGISTRATION FEE:  $ 250.00 Hands-On Attendee

                                         $ 50.00   Guest

PHONE:   812-547-7084



WHAT:  This online session will provide an overview of affordable housing in Indiana and strategies for how communities can define and foster housing affordability through inclusive policies and systems. 

WHEN:  Wednesday, December 14, 2022

TIME:  11:00 am to 12:30 pm


REGISTRATION FEE:  $20.00 for APA & Purdue Educators or $30.00 for Non-Members

Speakers will be:  Tanya Hall-Purdue Extension Community Development – Deb Myerson-Myerson Consulting – Samantha Spergel-Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.


Beginning Farmer - How to Plan, Support and Grow your Farm

Are you a beginning farmer, and eager to enhance and improve your management practices? Are you interested in starting a farm, but unsure of how to get started or where you can find help? Purdue Extension’s online Beginning Farmer Workshop can help put you on a path to success! During the series (January 12 – March 9), you’ll learn about:

  • Assessing your farming assets
  • Addressing the realities of starting a farm
  • Defining realistic goals
  • Creating feasible plans to achieve your goals

Outside the weekly workshop sessions, you’ll complete individual work to give you a clear perspective on planning farm projects and moving forward with confidence! Program participants will have the opportunity to hear from Purdue Extension Educators on a range of topics including: asset mapping, goal setting, technical assistance, finding resources, and more.

The workshop includes 8 sessions held Thursdays from 7:00- 8:30pm EST

Session dates are below. Participants register for the entire program, not individual sessions. To learn more about the program, including registration and refund policies, visit

Pre-registration is required with payment due by January 10, 2022, 11:59 pm EST.

The program fee of $75 is payable by credit card on our secure server.

  • Session 1 –Orientation & Networking-1/12
  • Session 2 –Vision/Mission Statements -1/19
  • Session 3 –Biophysical Assets -1/26
  • Session 4 –Financial and Economic Assets - 2/2
  • Session 5 –Social Cultural Assets & Opportunities and Challenges To Your Farm - 2/9
  • Session 6: Setting Goals - 2/16
  • Session 7: Feasible Action Plans - 2/23

Week of 3 – no class Indiana Small Farms conference

  • Session 8: Forming Projects & Wrap-Up – 3/9

To further enhance the program there will be optional weekly discussion/information sessions – which will be held on evenings at 7pm EST Tuesdays starting 1/17.

If you require special accommodations to attend this event or have any questions about this event, please email Amy Thompson–



For those excited by science, who enjoy working with animals and would like to find out more about what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician, this program is just the ticket! Aspiring veterinary healthcare professionals will experience first-hand the fascinating world of veterinary medicine. 


The only camp of its kind in Indiana, Boiler Vet Camp gives want-to-be veterinarians or veterinary technicians the chance to live out their dreams. This camp is designed for students who are interested in becoming veterinary healthcare professionals and provides a preview into the real and vast fields of veterinary medicine. Students who attended a previous camp cannot repeat the same camp.


Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits and in-depth, hands-on activities, students will discover what modern veterinary medicine is all about. Students will gain personal experience of what it is like to attend vet school and what it takes to become a veterinarian or veterinary technician through this seven day on-campus experience at one of the premier veterinary schools in the country.


The Boiler Vet Camp application is now open and will remain open until February 1st at 11:59 p.m. EST. Boiler Vet Camp applicant decisions will be released at the end of February. Information will be sent via email to the email addresses listed in your application. Many partnering organizations have joined with the College of Veterinary Medicine to provide financial assistance for both camps. PARTIAL scholarships are available. Camp fees are all-inclusive for the hands-on in-residence camps.



The seven-day Senior Camp cost is $1600 and it is open to students entering 10th, 11th, 12th grades in Fall 2023 - Camp is scheduled for June 18- 24, 2023



The seven-day Junior Camp cost $1100 and it is open to students entering 8th - 9th grades in Fall 2023 - Camp is currently scheduled for June 11 - 17, 2023. The minimum age required to attend Vet Camp is 12 years of age.



CARBON MARKETS Before You Sign: 7 Tips for Entering Carbon Markets

By Author: Hans Schmitz Lead Conservation Cropping Systems Agronomist Department of Agronomy Purdue University

Many private companies and some public entities are offering opportunities to participate in carbon markets. Legal language provided in these contracts commits producers to various levels of paperwork and farm management practices. Below are some suggestions and questions you should verify before signing up your farm entity to participate in a market.

  1. Know your payment. Many markets report payments per ton of carbon sequestered. This creates uncertainty that needs to be converted to total dollars or dollars per acre enrolled.
  2. Know the true length of the contract. Carbon market contracts with farmers can require a practice anywhere from one year to 10 years or more. Some contracts may require renewal or practice continuance after the intended expiration.
  3. Know the reporting conditions required by the contract. Some farmers are hesitant to report intricate details of farm management, such as input expenses or actual production history. No matter what details are required, reporting will probably take a significant amount of time for one individual on the farm. Author: Hans Schmitz Lead Conservation Cropping Systems Agronomist Department of Agronomy Purdue University
  4. Is the farm allowed, per the contract, to receive other payments for the same acres enrolled? NRCS EQIP programs also incentivize some practices that carbon markets incentivize. Ensuring that the farm will not be prevented from capitalizing on opportunities is important.
  5. Does the contract require new practice adoption, or can it reward current conservation practices? Some companies are now beginning to find ways to bring longtime no-till and cover crop users into the market.
  6. How will data be verified? Some markets may require third-party verification, including site visits to see the practices on the acres. Some markets may require frequent soil testing. Others may use an honor system with offsite checks for data feasibility.
  7. Who pays for verification? Many markets pay for verification at no cost to the farmer, with the knowledge that practice adoption in-field incurs costs to the farmer. Others may require the farmer to pay for soil testing, shipping, or other expenses.


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