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America’s farmers grow communities

By Staff | Nov 7, 2013

Pierce County 4-H would LOVE to be a Pierce County farmer’s chosen non-profit organization this year for the fourth annual America’s Farmers Grow Communities campaign! Pierce County 4-H is in the process of establishing a 4-H Shooting Sports Program in Pierce County. The 4-H Shooting Sports Program teaches safe and responsible use of firearms and archery equipment, self-discipline, concentration, and develops participation in natural resources and related natural science programs by exposing participants to the content through shooting, hunting, and related activities. Having its own equipment would allow Pierce County 4-H to offer the 4-H Shooting Sports Program to other youth in the community who may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about shooting, hunting, the outdoors, and firearm safety. Click on the following link to apply for funds for a non-profit organization in your community: www.americasfarmers.com/growcommunities/apply.aspx

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives farmers the opportunity to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite local nonprofit organization. That means winning farmers have a chance to support their local 4-H with a $2,500 donation. You can help make that happen for Pierce County 4-H by planting your idea.

Now through November 30, 2013, eligible farmers in Pierce County ND can enter for a chance to win the opportunity to direct $2,500 to their local 4-H. Community members can also get involved by suggesting an idea or initiative for their local 4-H that needs funding, such as a shooting sports program or camp scholarships, through “Plant Your Idea.” Farmers can review the ideas and consider them in their application.

To plant your idea and encourage farmers to support our 4-H clubs, please go to GrowCommunities.com

Since the start of America’s Farmers Grow Communities, winning farmers have helped make the best better by directing more than $1.6 million dollars to 4-H clubs, enough to send more than 15,000 children to 4-H camps.

Farmers can apply online and find the official rules at GrowCommunities.com or call 1.877.267.3332 to apply by phone. The Monsanto Fund will select one winner at random from each of the eligible 1,289 counties and announce winning farmers and recipient nonprofits in January 2014.

This program is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities and highlight the important contributions farmers make every day to our society.

Please help grow our 4-H clubs through fourth annual America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM!

Multi-County 4-H activity day

Saturday, November 16, 2013 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. there will be a Multi-County 4-H Activity Day held in Minot at the North Dakota State Fair Center. Numerous NDSU County Extension offices, staff, and 4-H volunteers within the Northwest District participate in this event by donating their time and talents to share valuable skills and projects with area youth. This event has something for everyone – from crafts to horses to trapping to shooting sports! It is an opportunity for youth to learn about various projects and develop new skills. Participants are not required to be members of 4-H. Youth will have the opportunity to select and attend 4 sessions from over 30 activities. The registration fee is $15 which includes lunch and all supplies for the sessions. Online registration forms can be found on the web at: www.ag.ndsu.edu/wardcountyextension Click on 4-H Youth in the left column and then on Multi-County 4-H Activity Day in the left column.

Local 4-H volunteer project training opportunity

4-H volunteers and staff help 4-H’ers achieve goals and live up to their potential. With this in mind Pierce County Extension, McHenry County Extension, and the Center for 4-H Youth Development invites adults and teens to attend a ND 4-H Volunteer Project Training on November 21, 2013 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Rugby. This training is an excellent opportunity for volunteers and leaders to gather new 4-H project ideas that create fun learning experiences for all 4-H members. Please join us for an evening to improve your skills as a volunteer or leader helping youth on their own 4-H journey!

Educational sessions offered will include: Livestock Showmanship, Communication Arts, Filmmaking, Cloverbuds, Project Entry, and Outdoor Skills.

The training is sponsored by a grant from Monsanto and National 4-H Council. Registration cost is $3 per person and includes a meal. More information is available at: www.ndsu.edu/4h/volunteers .

For more information on either of this week’s topics call the NDSU Extension Service Pierce County office at 776-6234 ext. 5.

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