Tuesday, September 29, 2015

TSC & 4-H paper clover campaign runs Oct. 7-18

On Oct. 7 – 18, Tractor Supply Company and Del's Feed and Farm Supply customers have the opportunity to purchase paper clovers for $1 or more during checkout. At the end of the campaign, 70 percent of the funds raised will benefit state and local 4-H youth development program activities, such as local camps and after-school programs, and grant scholarships for 4-H youth in the communities where Tractor Supply and Del’s stores are located. The remaining thirty percent of the total funds are donated to National 4-H Council to help connect more young people across America to high-quality 4-H youth development programs.

            “The Paper Clover fundraiser is a significant part of Tractor Supply Company’s support of 4-H programs throughout the 1,300-plus communities we serve,” said Christi Korzekwa, Senior Vice president, Marketing, Tractor Supply Company. “We are proud to be able to provide essential funding to more than 1,000 county 4-H programs. These programs make a positive impact on young people that last a lifetime. The continued success of the Tractor Supply Paper Clover fundraisers demonstrates the importance of our 4-H partnership with our customers, team members and communities.”

            “For many years, the fundraising event has allowed us to provide thousands of 4-H youth across the country greater access to 4-H programs,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “We are thrilled about our continued partnership with Tractor Supply Company as it drives the excitement of local community participation and support for 4-H programs, and therefore the success of the 4-H Paper Clover campaign.”

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, raised $913,553 during the 12-day spring Paper Clover campaign. The amount broke the record for most monetary donations during the four-year collaboration. Tractor Supply has raised $7,029,426 for 4-H programs across the country through Paper Clover campaigns in just five years.
            Tractor Supply Company, listed on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange as TSCO, operates more than 1,400 stores in 49 states. Tractor Supply Company stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Tractor Supply Company stores are located in the outlying towns in major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The company offers a comprehensive selection of merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets including select Purina and Nutrena brand feeds; a broad selection of agricultural products; and tools and hardware selected for our customers’ needs. In addition, the company sells light truck equipment, work clothing for the entire family, and an extensive line of seasonal products including lawn and garden power equipment products. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com
4-H is a community of seven million young people around the world learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of the Cooperative Extension System and 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). In the United States, 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension through more than 3,000 local offices serving every county and parish in the country. Outside the United States, 4-H programs operate through independent, country-led organizations in more than 50 countries. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org

Monday, September 28, 2015

Savannas, Spanish, others to be featured in Goat Rancher

The meat goat industry is one of the fastest growing segments of livestock production in the United States. The rise in popularity and demand for goat meat is the primary reason for the industry’s rapid growth. Goat producers around the country are utilizing a variety of meat goat breeds to develop their herds and meet this growing demand. Many of us are familiar with some of the most popular breeds like Boer goats from South Africa and Kiko goats from New Zealand, but what about many of the lesser known breeds?

The November issue of Goat Rancher will look at some of these breeds, the contributions they are making to the meat goat industry, and the people who produce them. If you are a breeder of Savannas, Spanish, Myotonics, Pygmies, Genemasters, TexMasters or any other unique purebred or crossbred meat goats, this special issue is just for you.

To reserve your advertising space, contact us at 662-562-9529 or e-mail goatrancher@hughes.net. Advertising rates and sizes available at http://goatrancher.com/advertise.php. Deadline to reserve space is October 10, 2015.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Sheep and Goat workshop to be held in Appleton City, Mo. on October 19th; preregister by October 15th

Stockton, Mo. – St. Clair County MU Extension Center will be providing a Sheep and Goat Workshop on October 19th at the Appleton City R – 2 High School (408 West 4th Street, Appleton City, Mo. 64724) beginning at 6:30 p. m.  Speakers for the workshop are Nate Cahill Johnson County MU Extension Regional Ag Business Specialist and Patrick Davis Cedar County MU Extension Regional Livestock Specialist.

Topics discussed at this workshop are:
      * Sheep and goat nutrition and management
      * Historical and current perspective of sheep and goat markets
      * Marketing sheep and goats; including factors that influence markets and ways to improve profitability of the sheep and / or goat operation 

The cost of the workshop is $20 and needs to be paid along with registration to the St. Clair County MU Extension Center (Courthouse, P.O. Box 523, Osceola, MO 64776) by October 15th.  Let us know a week in advance if you need special accommodations.  To register or if you have questions please contact the St. Clair County MU Extension Center at 417 – 646 – 2419 or by email at stclairco@missouri.edu.