Rushville Republican

Agriculture

January 17, 2013

4-H deadlines approaching

RUSHVILLE — Rush County 4-H enrollment for the 2013 fair season is underway. Youth in grades 3 through 12 who are interested in enrolling in 4-H may contact the Rush County Extension Office, located on the first floor of the courthouse, for an enrollment form or enroll on-line at www.ces.purdue.edu/Rush.

To receive an enrollment form via mail, call 932-5974. On-time enrollment ends Jan. 15. Youth in grades K to 2 who are interested in enrolling in 4-H Cloverbuds may also do so at this time.

Rush County 4-H beef and dairy beef weigh-in will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Jan. 26 in the Livestock Pavilion on the Rush County Fairgrounds. Information and enrollment forms are available to pick up in the Rush County Extension office and will be available on Jan. 26, but will not be mailed to members. ALL animals that exhibit at the Rush County Fair will need to have an RFID tag, which will also be given on the day of the weigh-in.    Those new to the projects or to Rush County 4-H can receive additional information by calling the Rush County Extension Office at 932-5974. Snow date is Feb. 2.

The Rush County Ag Association has made a commitment to raise funds for new pens for the livestock barns at the Rush County fairgrounds. This endeavor may take one or two years, but their hopes are to secure funding and/or pledges to purchase the pens as soon as possible.

The Rush County Ag Association is a 501(c3), not-for-profit, tax deductible organization, so gifts would be tax deductible. Checks may be made payable to the Rush County Ag Association and sent in care of Purdue Extension Rush County, 101 East Second St., Courthouse, Room 103, Rushville, IN  46173. Please note on the check that the donation is earmarked for pen purchases. Questions may be directed to Will Schakel at 317-439-6397, Jeff Amos at 561-0818, Charlie Smith at 765-993-4397 or John Meyer at 765-969-0205.

The Rush County Ag. Association would like to purchase 184 metal pens for the swine, sheep and goat shows at the fair. The total cost of the project is $55,000. Any money left over would be used for upgrades in the Livestock Pavilion.

Various levels of giving have been established, but any donation is appreciated. Levels of giving are:

l Master Showman - $5,000 and over

l Senior Showman - $3,500 - $4,999

l Intermediate Showman - $2,000 - $3,499

l Junior Showman - $500 - $1,999

l Rookie Showman - $499 or under

All donations are tax deductible and a receipt will be given.

– Rushville Republican

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