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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast May 1, 2023


Who: Youth in grades 9-12

Date: June 13-16

Location: DePauw University

The Conference is planned by a 14-member Jr. Leader Council


SJLC is for:

  • Those who want to learn new leadership skills for themselves and others.
  • Those willing to share the knowledge they gain with those at home.
  • Those who want to meet new friends from around Indiana.
  • Those who want to have fun!

While at Jr. Leader Conference, youth participate in:​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Skill Sessions
  • State Park Group meetings
  • General Sessions
  • Skits/Talent Show
  • Recreation
  • Banquet and Dance
  • Installation Ceremony for Jr. Leader Council

fun outing with the EVANSVILLE otters BASEBALL TEAM for mddle 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.



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:

Saturday, May 13th        10 am

Tuesday, May 23rd          7 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, May 15th

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 11

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 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:  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) 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.





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!



Adapted from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority IHCDA April newsletter


In the wake of recent severe weather, storms, and tornados, it’s important to guard against scams. Following storms, scammers are out in full force trying to con Hoosiers out of their hard-earned money under the guise of clean-up, repair, or rebuilding.

Unfortunately, many dubious con artists appear on people’s doorsteps, promise to make needed repairs, and then disappear with their victims’ down-payments in their pockets – never to return to do the work.

The Attorney General’s office recommends Hoosiers follow a few simple tips to avoid falling victim to storm-chasing scammers:

  • Be skeptical of people promising immediate clean-up and debris removal. 
  • FEMA doesn’t charge application fees. If someone wants money to help you qualify for FEMA funds, it’s probably a scam.
  • Check contractors’ online reviews and reputations before enlisting their services. 
  • Ask for IDs, licenses, and proof the contractor is both bonded and insured.
  • Get more than one estimate for work. 
  • Don’t believe any promises that aren’t in writing. 
  • Never pay by wire transfer, gift card, cryptocurrency, or in cash.
  • Don’t pay the full amount for the project up front.


Dealing with a disaster is never easy. But when scammers target people just trying to recover, the experience can become even more difficult. If you suspect a scam of any type, file a complaint at or call the Attorney General office at 1-800-382-5516.




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 Debbie Boyd, DVM; Indiana State Board of Animal Health

WHAT:  Learn more about the new FDA Ruling that will affect the way our livestock owners, including 4-H Families, will be able to get certain antibiotics after June 11, 2023. The most common over-the-counter antibiotics such as penicillin, tetracyclines, and sulfas fall in the medically important category and will no longer be available without a prescription.

Learn why it is important to establish the Veterinary Client Patient Relationship beforehand and how we can help our own clients in this transition process.

WHEN:  Zoom Meeting - Wednesday, May 17, 2023

TIME:  12:00 pm EST     This session will be recorded and shared if you are unable to attend live.




Dr. Debbie Boyd will be sharing the specifics about this rule and how it will affect not only our livestock producers in the ANR Realm, but 4-H Families as well that may just have livestock for a few months.  The biggest impact will be having to form that Veterinary Client Patient Relationship with a vet who can write those prescriptions when needed. 


Access to Animal Medications:  Plan Ahead for Changes Coming this Summer

By Debbie Boyd, DVM; Indiana State Board of Animal Health

Changes are coming to the way certain antibiotics will be available to animal owners by June 11, 2023.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been taking steps to improve the judicious use of antibiotics in humans and animals.  For animal owners, the next step is outlined in Guidance for Industry (GFI) #263.  This document requires drug companies to change the labels on over-the-counter medically important antibiotics (MIA) to prescription status.  The FDA has been working toward the goal of having all medically important antibiotics for animals fall under the oversight of veterinarians.  In 2017, FDA required MIAs in feed to have a veterinary feed directive (VFD) and all antibiotics administered via water have prescription labels.

Not all drugs and not even all antibiotics will be affected by this rule change—only MIAs.  Medically important antibiotics are those classes of antibiotics that are important for treating human disease.  However, the most common over-the-counter antibiotics such as penicillin, tetracyclines, and sulfas fall in the medically important category and will no longer be available without a prescription.  GFI #263 affects MIAs for livestock, equine, and small animals. 

Dewormers, some coccidiostats, and some less common and non-MIA antibiotics will not have a label change.  

Antibiotics you have on-hand after they are no longer available to buy without a prescription may be used legally.  However, stocking up on these products is not recommended they may expire before they can be used.  The best idea is to work with your veterinarian and have a plan in place for when animals may need antibiotics.  If you don’t currently have a regular veterinarian, now is a good time to reach out to one before an emergency occurs.  Veterinarians are not obligated to write prescriptions or see animals, particularly after hours, if they are not regular clients. A valid veterinary client patient relationship (VCPR) is required for veterinarians to write prescriptions.  To establish a valid VCPR, be prepared to have an annual visit from the veterinarian in order to have access to emergency visits and prescriptions.  This federal rule change does not mean a veterinarian needs to see every animal every time it is sick.  However, how you and your veterinarian will handle sick animals, prescriptions, and emergency situations is a conversation that should be completed in advance.









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