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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast May 8, 2023


Fun outing with the EVANSVILLE otters BASEBALL TEAM for middle school 4-h members: no cost for middle school 4-h members

When:  May 20, 2023

Time:  4:00 PM CST/5:00 PM EST

Where: 23 Don Mattingly Way, Evansville

Registration: On 4honline April 10th to May 16th

For:  Grades 6th to 8th graders  Area 3 4-H members

Area 3 Counties:  Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Knox, Martin, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Vanderburgh & Warrick


Youth will go on a tour of the facility and watch a baseball game. Members only need to bring money for their own food and souvenirs.



Join the Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders in fun activities, speakers, games, crafts, STEM, snacks and a lot of fun. 


WHEN:  Tuesday, June 20 & Wednesday, June 21

TIME:  1:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST daily

WHO:  Youth in grades Kindergarten – 4th grade as of 1-1-2023

COST: $15 per camper, $10 for additional campers in the same immediate family. Checks made payable to Martin County 4-H Jr. Leaders.

WHERE:  Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds and Event Center, 2668 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN  47553

REGISTRATION:  Due by June 9th.  Call Martin County Extension Office at 812-295-2412 to get the registration form. E-mail completed copy to or mail to Purdue Extension Office, 2666 US Hwy 50, Loogootee, IN or drop off at The Extension Office.


Campers will be registered when payment and completed registration form received. Campers may need to be limited with first come first served.   


Registration & payment to be completed by June 9. 


Any accommodations and/or special dietary needs requests? Please provide information by June 9 to or 812-295-2412.


All campers are invited to provide non-perishable food items to help with local food pantries. All campers who donate daily will be entered into a special drawing for prizes, each day!



You may request a copy of the 4-H Handbook from your club leader, Extension Office, search Purdue Extension Martin County 4-H Handbook 2023 on the internet or use the provided link to access on the website.





Are you new to 4-H or seasoned to 4-H? Either way, reviewing the score cards for projects can help youth decide on how to best set up project exhibits and understand how judging is completed.  PROJECT SCORECARDS can be located at:  It is a great way to work to prepare your exhibit!





Location: Loogootee City Park with rain location at St. Martin, Whitfield

Dates & Times:

Tuesday, May 23rd          7:00 pm

Sunday, June 11th            6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 27th          5:30 pm             Prior to fair set up to sign record sheets @

The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center


Horse & Pony 4-H Club Meetings

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



Jolly Jug Rox 4-H Meetings

Location: Shoals Christian Church in the CRC Building

Time: All meetings are from 6 to 7 pm



Monday, June 5th

Tuesday, June 20th



Location: Truelove Church

Time: All meetings at 6pm



Tuesday, June 6

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



6 pm Thursdays:


May 18

May 25

June 1

June 8

The Tractor Club practice track at The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds and Event Center


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 any time!

Sunday, May 21, 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 youth Kindergarten – 4th grade. Jr Leader members are day camp counselors and camp leaders.



WHEN:  June 10 and 11, 2023

TIME:  10:00 AM CST each day

WHERE:  1101 E CR Road 800 N, Chrisney,  IN  47611


Pre-Registration Deadline:  May 12, 2023

Cost will be $5.00 per Class, $25.00 Stall Fee, Parking Fee $5.00

4-H Rules Guide the Show

Any Questions:  Contact: Lane Chapman at 812-686-5345 or Christine Broster at 812-217-0028

Weather Questionable?  Call before You Haul.


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.


Upcoming Martin County training dates are: 


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. 


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. Looking to help with the 4-H Fair and have some ideas?  Join one of the committees. Wonder how we can continue to bring fun and learning to youth through 4-H all year long? Do you have ideas?  NOW IS THE BEST TIME TO GET INVOLVED!


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!



Date: June 13, 2023

Registration deadline: June 1, 2023

Time: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm EST

Location: Knox County Fairgrounds in the Farm Bureau Building

Participant Ages: Youth ages 12 and up

Class size limit:12 participants  

Cost: $25 

Learn more:


Class includes:  

Safely caring for children
Infant care and child development
Providing guidance and discipline
Handling illness and accidents
First Aid and CPR demonstration  

Lunch and snacks will be provided. 


FOR:  Youth in Grades 3 - 12

WHEN:  Wednesday, May 31, 2023

TIME:  9:00 am to 3:00 pm CT    10:00 am to 4:00 pm ET

WHERE:  Vanderburgh 4-H Center - Banquet Hall,  201 Boonville New Harmony, Evansville,  IN

REGISTRATION:  Register on 4-H Online at; by MAY 19. 


You do not have to be a 4-H member to participate. 

Questions: Contact Purdue Extension – Vanderburgh Co. at 812-867-4935.

Space is limited – first come, first serve. 

Lunch Provided

COST:  $70.00


Become a preservation pro – join us to learn freezing, drying, boiling water bath canning, jams/jelly, pickling and more! We will be covering levels A through C of the 4-H Foods Manuals.


Leave with a completed 4-H preserved foods project and a copy of the University of Georgia’s “So Easy to Preserve” book.



Attention 4-H Families

Indiana 4-H has an incredible leadership opportunity for 4-H members in grades 9-11 called the Indiana 4-H Ambassador Program. 

The mission of the Indiana 4-H Ambassador program is to empower teen 4-H leaders with the knowledge, skills, and aspirations necessary to be effective advocates for Indiana 4-H Youth Development. 

 We will strengthen and expand upon 4-H Ambassadors’ current leadership abilities so that they may serve as positive role models for younger youth; build meaningful partnerships with other 4-H teens, adults, and professionals as well as community partners and sponsors; and promote the 4-H mission in Indiana.

What does being an Indiana 4-H Ambassador entail? 

  • Promote 4-H with potential members, parents, and the general public 
  • Help conduct statewide 4-H events 
  • Organize 4-H promotional activities 
  • Represent 4-H in a public relations role with community partners and sponsors 
  • Develop personal leadership skills and self-confidence 
  • Develop and enhance skills related to leadership such as conflict resolution, facilitation, teamwork, decision-making, respect, and communication 
  • Accept and incorporate constructive criticism to enhance skills 
  • Explore and apply diverse concepts of civic engagement 
  • Teach others, facilitate discussions, and speak in front of groups


Eligible youth are in grades 9-11 and have been a 4-H member for at least 2 years. Applications will be due May 19th at 5:00 pm 


Youth will submit a short application and video to apply.


Application can be found at:

Your application will only be considered if you also include the video submission.


Learn more about the Indiana 4-H Ambassador program at



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*


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  

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 & garden) for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412. 


Monday, July 31 *****SCHEDULE UPDATED*****

8:00 am to 9:30 am                   Foods & garden projects for the Indiana State Fair are to be provided to the Extension Office or as individually scheduled by calling 812-295-2412.





Books are now live at the following address:


WHEN:  June 9-10, 2023

WHERE: Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center- SIPAC

11371 East Purdue Farm Rd. Dubois, IN  47527


WHEN: June 16-17, 2023

WHERE: Randolph County Extension Office

1885 S. US Hwy 27, Winchester,  IN  47394


Fridays: 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Saturdays:  8:00 AM- 5:00 PM


Main Content:  Soil Fertility, Water, Fencing, Grazing Systems, Animal Health, and Plant ID


Questions: Contact Jason Tower, or 812-678-4427


The fee for the first individual from a farming operation is $75. Cost for others after a farm owner/tenant has been registered is $50. Registrants after the first one do not receive reference materials. The fee for all others is $75. Snacks and lunch are part of the fee. Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require auxiliary aids and services due to a disability, please contact us prior to the event at 812-678-4427


Registration:  Please register for either location by June 2, 2023



WHEN:  June 29, 2023

TIME:  6:00 to 8:00 pm

WHERE:  Sugar Creek Sporting Clays & Hunting Preserve

                  2285 Bono Road, Mitchell,  IN  47445

RSVP:  812-279-8117 EXT #3


  • Suitable soils for pond development
  • Fish stocking rates
  • Habitat Management
  • Algae & Aquatic Plant Maintenance


  • Dena Anderson, USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist
  • David Kittaka, IDNR, District Fisheries Biologist
  • Jimmy Ferguson, Aquatic Control and Pond Maintenance Supervisor.

Bring a Chair and a light supper will be provided.  DOOR PRIZES!




WHEN:  Thursday, June 8, 2023

TIME:  11:00 am to 4:00 pm EST

WHERE:  Purdue Extension Greene County

                  4503 West State Road 54, Bloomfield,  IN  47424

REGISTRATION:  Email: – 812-659-2122

Registration deadline:  May 31, 2023  Class size limited to 9 participants.

COST:    $10.00 which will include a take home product.


by Abby Leeds


Military veteran farmers, or those interested in starting a career in farming, are invited to join National AgrAbility for a Veterans in Farming Regional Workshop in Indianapolis June 6-8.


Sessions will include veteran farm programs and resources, farming with a disability, business planning, land access and estate planning. Veterans, service providers, agriculture professionals and occupational and physical therapists are encouraged to join for educational sessions and to network with other peers and professionals. The last day will consist of tours of veteran-owned agricultural businesses.


“Veterans have served the nation in uniform and many of them want to serve on farms now,” said Joe Ricker, AgrAbility veteran outreach coordinator. “Farming allows them the opportunity to be challenged and provides some therapeutic values after service. Tied with AgrAbility and their passion to help people with physical challenges, we expect this workshop to be valuable to both the veterans and those that help them.”

Registration and additional information can be found online. The three-day conference costs $125, or attendees can attend the first two days for $75. Registration is open through May 31.

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 8910 Hatfield Drive, Indianapolis, from Tuesday, June 6, through Thursday, June 8. A room block rate of $127 a night is available at the Hilton Garden Inn through Tuesday (May 9). Contact Tess McKeel at or 585-447-9015 if you are in need of a wheelchair accessible room.

The National AgrAbility Project (NAP), hosted at Purdue University’s Breaking New Ground Resource Center, works to enhance the quality of life for farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities.




The 4-H Poster Making workshop was hosted May 8th at The Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, taught by 4-H Volunteer Extraoidairs Mimi Hawkins & Melanie Hawkins.  Many adults and eleven 4-H youth attended with the following members posing for a picture after the workshop: 

Left to right
Fallon SurVance
Landon SurVance
Savannah SurVance
Kierra SurVance
Asa Ray Money




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