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Purdue Extension Martin County Blast August 7, 2023


The Purdue Extension Martin County weekly column is provided to help all learn

about programs & opportunities. We highlight events from Purdue University & Extension

where we hope you will choose to be part of Extension…..  where there is Opportunity4All! 




Results from Martin County 4-H members involved at the Indiana State Fair begin with this edition!  Others will be shared after those results are finalized and posted. Congratulations to all youth participating at the Great Indiana State Fair!



Save the date:  Sunday, November 5, 2023

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building


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 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!



4-H began over 100 years ago and has since grown into the largest youth development program in the nation. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults. Backed by a network of more than 6 million youth, 540,000 adult volunteers, 3,500 professionals, and more than 60 million alumni, 4-H delivers research-based programming around positive youth development. 4-H is delivered through America’s 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension Service, reaching every corner of our nation.


In Indiana, 4-H can be found in all 92 counties delivered through Purdue Extension. Community clubs, afterschool programs, school enrichment, camps/workshops, and special interest programs are all ways youth across Indiana can be involved with the 4-H program. The impact of 4-H for life skill development providing college & career pathways is proven.  Volunteer leadership in 4-H provides a part of the critical competencies required for 4-H programming. Thank you to all volunteers! 


We invite all youth, kindergarten to twelfth grade, to join 4-H! The program provides opportunity for all!



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! 



From Ryegate,  Montana. Curt Pate uses his personal experience incorporating effective stockmanship principles, supports a “for profit” mindset and focuses on highlighting the increased economic benefits of handling stock correctly.  In addition,  Curt recognizes the growing public scrutiny surrounding livestock production and the impact that improved livestock handling practices create for the sustainability of the cattle industry.


WHERE:  Southern Indiana Purdue Ag Center, Dubois, IN

WHEN:  Friday, September 29, 2023 – Beef Focused Program

               Saturday, September 30, 2023 – Sheep & Goat Focused Program




Save the date:  Monday, November 6, 2023 10 am – 12 Noon EST

Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building



To help entrepreneurs, freelancers and employees enhance their remote work skills, the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) and Purdue Extension have partnered to offer the Remote Work Professional Certificate course. Grant funding allows Indiana participants to complete the certificate for $50 compared to its regular price of $199.


The Remote Work Professional Certificate course equips individuals with the skills needed to excel in a remote work environment. The course covers topics such as time management, communication, collaboration and strategies for staying focused and productive while working from home. Participants will learn about the latest tools and technologies that are essential for remote work success.


“Remote work is the future of work, and we are thrilled to offer this course to help individuals thrive in this new environment,” said Emily Del Real, PCRD engagement specialist. “With grant funding, we are able to make this course accessible, regardless of financial circumstances.”


The online certificate course consists of nine self-paced core modules and four interactive workshops. The modules will cover how to set up a virtual office and communicate professionally, as well as understanding task management and project tracking, the legal precautions of working online, problem solving, and remote professional development. Participants will need reliable access to broadband, a web camera and microphone, and basic computer proficiency. Program coaches will be available throughout the course to answer questions and guide participants through the modules. 


To register for the online course and take advantage of the grant funding program, visit and enter discount code RBDG_Grant22.


About the Purdue Center for Regional Development

The Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) seeks to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Founded in 2005, the center partners with public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to identify and enhance the key drivers of innovation in regions across Indiana, the U.S. and beyond. These drivers include a vibrant and inclusive civic leadership, a commitment to collaboration and the application of advanced data support systems to promote sound decision-making and the pursuit of economic development investments that build on the competitive assets of regions. Learn more at


It's Okay to Not Be Okay Program: A Guide to Coping and Managing Stress, Anxiety and Depression


Not only is it okay to not feel 'okay,' it is essential. An abnormal emotional response to an abnormal situation IS normal.  Join Kelsey Neuhoff, Licensed Social Worker, as she discusses healthy ways to cope and manage stress, anxiety and depression.

When: Thursday, September 14, 2023

Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. EST

Where: Martin County 4-H Fairgrounds & Event Center, Community Building

Meal will be provided.


To register for this free event, call 812-996-2352 or visit

Registration Deadline:  September 7, 2023

Registration for this event is limited.

2024 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy

Learn to be a Leader in Watershed Management & sign up now to improve your watershed management skills. If you’re interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2024 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy.

The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:  

  • Engage with watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills
  • Meet, learn from, and engage with others who work in watershed management
  • Interact with topic experts
  • Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
  • Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management 

Enrollment deadline: November 3, 2023

Web site: For the online application and information about the Academy, visit

Format:  The program includes three face-to-face group sessions, plus distance learning and online networking (approximately 2 hrs/week). The Academy will run from January to May, 2024, with workshops on January 3-4, March 27-28, and May 22, 2024.

Recognition: Participants who complete all requirements earn a Purdue University Continuing Education Professional Certificate in Watershed Management.

For more information, please contact Sara Peel,, or see the Academy Website to fill out the registration application.


2023 Indiana State Fair 4-H Static Project Results



Elizabeth Boswell, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon


Arts and Crafts

Joslyn Julian, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Breah Kidwell, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Savannah Survance, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon

Addyson Lengacher, Advanced – Blue Ribbin

Brianna Eckerle, Advanced – Blue Ribbon



Lucas Neideffer – Blue Ribbon


Cake Decorating

Elena Lyon, Beginner – Red Ribbon

Emmalyn McNabb, Intermediate – Red Ribbon


Cat Poster

Ray Money, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon


Child Development

Elin Wade, Level A – Blue Ribbon


Computer Science

Elizabeth Boswell, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon


Consumer Clothing

Brinley Bauer, Beginner – Red Ribbon


Creative Writing

Eva Ringwald, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

William Lyon, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon

Luke Guy, Advanced – Blue Ribbon


Dog Poster

Eyan Hovis, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon



Ray Money, Level 1 – Blue Ribbon

Sabastian White, Advanced – Blue Ribbon


Fine Arts

Elena Lyon, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Madison Esch, Advanced – Blue Ribbon



Holden Lingenfelter, Level A – Blue Ribbon

Ivy Phillips, Level B – Orange Ribbon

Madison Esch, Level D – Blue Ribbon

Emma LIngengelter, Level D – Blue Ribbon


Foods- Baked

Eyan Hovis, Level A – Red Ribbon

Lillie Bauer, Level D – Red Ribbon


Foods- Preservation

Kanton Dearwester, Level D- Blue Ribbon


Garden- Tomato

Harrison Richer – Tomato Plate – Red Ribbon



Ivy Phillips, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon



Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon


Lawn & Garden Tractor Safety Education

Wesley Troutiman, Level A – Red Ribbon


Model Craft

Luke Troutman, Advanced – Red Ribbon



Ivy Phillips, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Ivy Phillips, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Josie Mathies, Intermediate – Red Ribbon

Josie Mathies, Intermediate – Red Ribbon

Kierra SurVance, Intermediate –

Noah Esch, Advanced – Blue Ribbon

Madison Esch, Advanced – Orange Ribbon

Trevor Sturgill, Advanced – Blue Ribbon


Poultry Poster

Harrison Richer, Beginner – Orange Ribbon Sweepstakes

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon


Rabbit Poster

Hunter Hilderbrand, Beginner – Blue Ribbon


Sewing Construction Non-Wearble

Bailey Esch, Grade 3 – Red Ribbon


Sewing Construction Wearble

Eva Ringwald, Grade 5 – White Ribbon


Shooting Sports

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribboon


Small Engines

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Orange Ribbon


Soil & Water Science

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon



Colton Worm, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Remington Lake, Intermediate – Red Ribbon


Veterinary Science

Colton Worm, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Brylee Bateman, Beginner – Red Ribbon

Audrey Clark, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Emmalyn McNabb, Intermediate – Red Ribbon


Weather and Climate

Eyan Hovis, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon



Audrey Clark, Beginner – Blue Ribbon

Carter Walton, Intermediate – Blue Ribbon



Chase Miller, Level C – Blue Ribbon




All State Fair static project 4-H exhibits will be released from Indiana State Fair on Monday, August 21.


Martin County Extension staff will transport static projects home and those will be ready for pickup at The Purdue Extension Martin County Office from August 22 through September 1st


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