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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast March 6, 2023



Calling all 4-H Members to help with Ag Day!  Would you be able to help at Martin County Ag Day?  All enrolled 4-H members, 3-12 graders, help is needed!  Please call 812-295-2412 to sign up and report at 7:30 am on the 18th at the Community Building.



WHERE:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN

TIME:  8:00 am to 11:00 am EST


Door prizes – Petting Farm – Vendor’s – Celebrate Ag – Breakfast Tickets


Why celebrate Ag Day?  Because all Americans need to understand the value of agriculture in their daily lives.  Here are just some of the key reasons why it’s important to recognize and celebrate Ag Day each year!

  • Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet & health
  • Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that will support a competitive agricultural industry in this country and abroad.
  • Employment opportunities exist across the board in agriculture.



Save the date:  Tuesday, April 25, 6 PM, Community Building, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center. More details coming soon! Deadline to register is Thursday, April 20th.  Qualifiers will be invited to participate in the Area III Youth Performing Arts Contest to be hold on Friday, May 12 at North Posey School.



WHEN: Monday, May 8th

TIME:  6 pm – 7:30 pm

WHERE: Community Learning Center, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

WHO:  All 4-H Ages & parents/leaders/mentors.


Come to your Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center to this NO CHARGE workshop to learn the basics of 4-H exhibit poster making! 


RSVP requested at 812-295-2412 but NOT REQUIRED. 


Concepts will be taught and then practiced during the workshop.  If you are running late, please still join in or stop in to purchase poster board, poster board sleeves & salon sleeves for your exhibits!  


If you haven’t yet enrolled in 4-H, it isn’t too late!  An enrollment station will be available during this workshop. 




Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm



Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, April 3

Tuesday, April 18 

*April 25 Performing Arts performance at the Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Tuesday, May 2

Tuesday, May 15

Monday, June 5

Tuesday, June 20


Horse & Pony 4-H Club Meetings

Location: Community Learning Center or Horse & Pony Barn based on weather, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

Time: 3 pm

Date: Sunday, March 26



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm


Tuesday, March 14

Tuesday, April 4

Tuesday, May 9

Tuesday, June 6

Tuesday, June 27 to sign record sheets at fair set up


Jr. Leaders 4-H Club Activities

Jr. Leaders is for 4-H Members in 7-12 grades.  All are invited to join in for the fun, leadership building, community minded club. Member may join in at anytime!

Sunday, April 2: Easter Egg Hunt Community Service Event, followed with monthly meeting 

Sunday, May 7, 7 pm: Monthly meeting, Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center

June 13-17: State Jr Leader Conference (free for many members to attend, sign up now!)

June 20-21: Day Camp for younger youth. Jr Leader members are day camp counselors and camp leaders.


WHEN:  Every 4th Thursday in March, April & May: March 23, April 27, & May 25, 2023

TIME:     7:00 TO 8:30 PM EST


Interested in exploring your very own family tree? Join us for a free virtual SPARK club where you’ll learn about fascinating genealogy research methods as you construct family trees, charts, and reports for your 4-H Genealogy project! 


Embark on a journey of self-discovery that, with a little bit of work, will be a thrilling education into your own history. You'll be the detective of your very own cold case as you learn the skills to go back through time and piece together the stories, places, and people that created YOU! 


This SPARK Club is free for all approved 4-H members. Registration can be completed through your 4honline account at


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program information


The Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Program training replaces the YQCA program. Youth in grades 3-12 showing Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Sheep, Goats, Swine, or Rabbits at the Martin County 4-H Fair and/or the Indiana State Fair are required to complete this training by July 1st to be able to exhibit.  


Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training core components, program goals and expectations emphasize the importance of care, safety, and youth as industry ambassadors. The goal of the Indiana 4-H Quality Livestock Care Training program is to help youth understand their responsibility in increasing consumer confidence, animal stewardship, and overall gaining and applying pertinent information and credibility, relating to food systems. The curriculum is relevant and timely with an emphasis on assisting youth in making their best livestock practices even better.


Cornerstone beliefs of the training include:

  1. Animals from youth livestock programs are treated with the utmost care.
  2. Youth livestock exhibitors are contributing to a safe, wholesome food supply.
  3. Youth livestock exhibitors are prepared to be ambassadors for animal agriculture.


Martin County training dates are: 


Monday, May 1, 2023               4 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           2 PM

Thursday, June 15, 2023           4 PM


Registration is due two days prior to class by calling 812-295-2412. The training cost is $3 and payment by cash or check will be accepted at the door.


Indiana 4-H will accept online YQCA certifications for 2023. If you choose to complete the YQCA option (still required for most national shows, especially swine), you will register for the online course at The cost of the online YQCA course is $12. After completing the course, you must email your certificate to the Dena at or bring a copy to the Extension Office. 



WHEN:  Saturday, April 22, 2023

WHERE:  Dubois County 4-H Fairgrounds, 4157 South State Road 162, Huntingburg, IN 47542

Registration:  7:30 to 8:30 am EST

Contest Begins:  9:00 am EST

Lunch will be included in registration cost

Preregistration Recommended by 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at:  Or mail paper form to Purdue Extension-Dubois County.

Scantrons will be used, so bring pencils and clipboards.  ALL 4-H/FFA Judging teams are welcome to attend. 

For more information:

Steve Oeding – 812-351-2468

Josh Lichlyter – 812-827-9424

Grant Weyer – 812-661-0490



WHERE:  Tippecanoe County Fairgrounds

TIME:  10:00 am EST

REGISTRATION:  9:30 am to 10:00 am EST

COST:  $10.00 Per youth participant

FOR INFORMATION:  Contact Ashlee Davis – or Mercedes Brunton –



4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology Contest – March 25th at Purdue University, West Lafayette

4-H Horse Communications Contest- April 13th held Virtually

4-H and FFA Horse Judging- May 6th at Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds



WHEN:  May 20, 2023

WHERE:  Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 3852 W SR 256, Madison,  IN  47250

INFO:  Check in, Friday, May 19, 7:00 – 8:30am  and Saturday, May 20, 7:00 – 10:00am

             For more Information call:

             Brice Gray – 812-599-6182

             Tanner MaHoney – 812-701-6698

             Brent Gray – 812-599-5296


Upcoming sessions of the 4-H VOLUNTEER Leader Training Series

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


Thursday, March 30, 2023 6 pm


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


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 Club Leaders are needed for All Terrain Vehicle Program, Shooting Sports and STEM/Robotics. Various content specialist and general volunteers are also needed.


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!



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! 




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


MARTIN COUNTY 4-H FAIR 2023 4-H Related Schedule of Activities

*More activities to be added/subject to change*


Wednesday- Friday, April 26-April 28

8:00 am – 4:00 pm                    4-H Swine tags to be picked up 


Friday, April 28

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Martin County 4-H Animal tagging day for cattle, sheep & goats

(No new livestock tags will be distributed after April 28)


Thursday, May 11

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm                    4-H Poultry Bleed & 4-H Rabbit Tattooing


Monday, May 15

All 4-H project drop/add on

All 4-H animals must be identified on

Equine Health forms & applicable leases are due


June 1-June 20

All 4-H exhibits for the fair must be entered on


Saturday, June 10

9:00 am                                    4-H Tractor Contest – All Disciplines


Tuesday, June 27

6:00 pm                                    Set up at 4-H Fairgrounds for all 4-Hers, Leaders & Volunteers – check in & out at the tree


Thursday, June 29

3:30 pm                                    4-H Fashion Revue Judging, at the Community Learning Center

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    Static Project Exhibit Check-In Judging at the Community Building

                                                 Includes Mini 4-H exhibits (excludes 4-H foods, 4-H garden and 4-H floriculture)


Saturday, July 1

                                                All livestock purebred animal registration papers due

Quality Assurance training certificates for cattle, swine, sheep, goat, rabbit & poultry exhibitors are due

Health forms for felines & poultry are due


Wednesday, July 5

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H floriculture, 4-H foods & 4-H garden projects exhibit check in 

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


Thursday, July 6

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm                    4-H Livestock Check-In


Friday, July 7

3:00 pm                                    4-H Cat Show in The Emergency Management Building

5:00 pm                                    Community Building and vendors Opens

6:30 pm                                    Queen Contest, 4-H Fashion Revue & Mini Sewing Modeling


Saturday, July 8

9:00 am                                    Community Building Opens

9:00 am                                    4-H Beef & Dairy Show

1:00 pm                                    4-H Rabbit Show

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm                   4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 1

5:30 pm                                    4-H Poultry Show


Sunday, July 9

10:00 am – 11:00 am                4-H Horse & Pony Check-In Option 2

1:00 pm                                  4-H Horse & Pony Show **** Schedule change ****

1:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens

6:00 pm                                    4-H Goat & Sheep Show


Monday, July 10

5:00pm                                    Community Building Opens

5:00 pm                                    Oreo stacking and watermelon seed contest by Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders

6:00pm                                    4-H Swine Show


Tuesday, July 11

5:00 pm                                    Community Building Opens 

5:15 pm - 6:00 pm                    4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

5:30 pm                                    4-H Supreme Showmanship

7:00 pm                                    4-H Ten year and Last Year Member Recognition

7:00 pm – 745 pm                     4-H Projects released & 4-H gratitude station Opens

7:15 pm                                    4-H Livestock Auction


Wednesday, July 12

6:30 pm                                    Clean up *All 4-H members & 4-H volunteers/leaders*


Monday, July 17 to Friday, July 21

8:00 am – 3:00 pm                    Static projects (except foods) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 

Tuesday, August 1

4:00 pm to 4:30 pm                   Foods projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.


A program of The Daviess, Dubois and Martin County Soil and Water Conservation Districts


Do you want to learn more about invasive species on your property?  Have an Invasive Species Specialist come to your property and identify invasive species that are taking up residence?  We can help you learn to identify, prioritize, and control problematic invasive plants.  You can even receive an invasive management plan customized to your property.  We can also refer landowners to state and federal programs for invasive control cost-share assistance.  Help raise awareness about invasive species in your county. 

This Service is available in Daviess, Dubois, and Martin Counties.  Contact Emily Finch, Invasive Species Specialist at 812-482-1171 Extension #3, or Email at:

This Program is provided by the Daviess, Dubois and Martin County Soil and Water Conservation Districts.  With funding from a Clean Water Indiana Grant.



Purdue Extension works with residents to build vibrant communities, strong families and profitable businesses.  Purdue Extension provides programing to residents in the following 4 areas:

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


Our vision:  We will be a leader in providing relevant, high-impact education programs that transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals and communities in Indiana and the world.


Make a difference today:  You can Help!  For in person donations to Martin County Extension, please contact: Dena Held at or visit us at 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN.

To make a donation on line visit:




Find out how to manage your pond to keep it healthy and to maximize your summer enjoyment!


WHEN: March 22, 2023

TIME: 5:00 to 7:00 pm

LOCATION: Warrick County Fairgrounds, 133 W Degonia Road, Boonville, IN 47601

REGISTRATION: Susan King, Warrick SWCD: email:

or call: 812-897-2840 EXT 3 or Purdue Extension Office at 812-897-6100.

SPEAKERS: Amanda Mosiman and Dave Osborne, Ag and Natural Resource Extension Educators

Topics Include:

·         Basic Pond Maintenance

·         Effective Pond Weed Management

·         How to increase Fish Habitat

·         How to Increase the quantity/quality of fish in your pond




MECHANICAL DAMAGE TO TREES:  Mowing and Maintenance Equipment One


Author Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist, Purdue University

Adaprted from: 2 FNR-492-W • Mower/Trimmer Injury and Prevention

One of the most dangerous pests of trees is humans, especially humans with equipment. Lawn mowers and weed trimmers can cause injuries that create a hazard when an injury leads to tree disease or death. This publication explains why the damage is so dangerous and suggests ways to protect your trees. Defended by Bark The site of injury is usually the root flare: the area where the tree meets the turf and gets in the path of the mower or trimmer. The root flare, like the rest of the trunk, is protected by bark, which guards a very important plant transport system just behind the woody bark layer. Specialized tubes move nutrients and water between the roots and leaves to keep the tree alive. Any damage to this transport system can affect tree health and the tree could die. Damage to the cambium layer can cause serious health issues for the tree. The bark layer can vary in thickness on different tree species. It can be more than an inch in thickness or less than 1/16 of an inch on young, smooth-barked trees such as maples and birches. This isn’t much protection against string trimmers and mowing equipment, especially on young, newly planted trees. Damage Done Any damage to or removal of the bark and the transport system can cause problems for a tree. Even when a tree tries to recover from a wound, leaves and branches often decline and die back, because food and water pathways were destroyed. Although a large wound is generally more serious than a smaller one, repetitive wounding adds up to greater trouble for the tree. If the damage extends completely around the base of the tree (a situation called girdling), the tree ultimately dies. All tree wounds are serious when it comes to tree health. No matter what size the wound is, the damage done is irreversible. The tree must devote a great deal of energy and many resources into trying to seal off the damaged area to prevent further complications. The wounded area is an opening for wood-rotting organisms and decay fungi to enter and cause further damage. These microorganisms often attack the injured bark and invade adjacent healthy tissue, greatly enlarging the wound and extending the damage. Trees can be completely girdled from pathogen attack following injuries. Fungi that are active on the wound surface can also deteriorate the structure of the woody tissues beneath, decaying and weakening the tree. This weakened, structurally unsound tree may eventually die and become a hazard to people around it. Preventing Problems Newly planted, young trees need our help to become established in the landscape. They are the trees most commonly and seriously affected by maintenance equipment. However, injury to these trees can be avoided easily and at very low cost if you follow one or more of these suggestions.


  1. Physically remove turf or prevent grass and weeds from growing at the base of the tree. This lowtech solution can eliminate a potentially serious problem.
  2. Spray herbicides to eliminate vegetation around the base of the tree to decrease mowing maintenance costs. Be sure to use care when applying herbicides around trees. Carefully follow label directions.
  3. Add a mulch ring, when possible, to help reduce the competition for water and nutrients. Mulch or other ground coverings reduce mowing requirements in the landscape.
  4. Add a 2˝ to 3˝ layer of mulch on the root zone of the tree to provide an attractive and healthy environment for the tree to grow. This also provides a visual cue to keep equipment away from the tree.
  5. Add trunk guards or similar devices to give the tree additional protection. White, expanding tree guards can help help trees withstand equipment contact and also can help to reduce winter injury.


Trees are a valuable asset to your property and are important to our environment. Every tree contributes to the urban forest and improves air and water quality in your neighborhood. Protect and preserve these growing assets by keeping mowing and weed-trimming equipment away from tree trunks. The damage lasts and it cannot be undone. Don’t create a hazard!


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