October 2011 www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/whitley
WHITLEY COUNTY EXTENSION OFFICE 244-7615 0R 625-3313
4-H in Whitley County:
October 17 • 6:30 p.m. • 4-H Center
4-H in Whitley County:
October 22 • 6:30-8:30 p.m.
4-H Center & Horse Barns
CHeCK OUT OUR WeBSITe! Whitley County Extension Homemakers
www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/whitley HOLIDAY BAZAAR
Would you like to see some fair pictures?
Would you like to see the fair results? & QUILT SHOW
• Does your 4-H club have a website? November 4 & 5
• Do you want to promote your Extension activity? 4-H Center, Columbia City
• Send Gloria (firstname.lastname@example.org) your club meet- Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
ing or activity information and we will be glad to
post it on our site. Saturday: 8:30 a.m. –2:00 p.m.
Cindy - Dave - Gloria - Janet - Lisa - Marissa
Purdue MISSION STATEMENT
We transform lives and livelihoods
university through research-based education.
IN THIS ISSUE:
Health & Human Sciences 4-H Youth Ag & Natural Resources
• Homemaker Happenings • October 4-H Calendar • October Ag Calendar
• October Educational Programs • 4-H Adult Volunteer Congress • Aspergillus Ear Rot
• October/November Activities • County Awards Program • Drought Stress Continuing
• Consumer Update • 4-H Spooktacular Event • Fall Fertilization
P U R D U E U N I V E R S I T Y C O O P E R AT I V E E X T E N S I O N S E R V I C E
2 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
Dates: Thursday, November 3, Purdue University
@ 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 29, Dekalb County @
Program: CARET (Council for Agricultural Research,
Extension and Teaching) is a national grassroots
master gardener organization whose mission is to enhance national
support and understanding of the land-grant uni-
fall harvest seminar
versity system’s food and agricultural research,
Extension and teaching programs in order to achieve
a better standard of living for all people.
Date: Saturday, October 1
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. PCARET is the Purdue University branch of the
Location: Whitley Co. 4-H Center national CARET organization. The purpose of
Programs: PCARET is to provide a means for Indiana citizens
Cindy Barnett – Preserving to have input into program development, budgetary
Nature’s Bounty matters and legislation. Members work with deci-
Jan Barkley – What to do with all sion makers at all levels – local, state and national.
those Pickles? The area XI (northeast Indiana) PCARET organi-
Tommy Shupe – Green with Pesto zation meets twice a year. Tony Reust & Marge
Sue Farris – Raspberry Jam Frazier, Whitley County’s representatives serve as
Al Anderson – Action Al Salsa advocates for the Purdue University land-grant
Kay Fleck – Yummy Butternut Squash Soup agricultural programs in research, Extension and
Louise Hill – Harvest SOS (Stuffing Orange teaching. If you would be interested in serving as a
Squash) PCARET member, contact Cindy Barnett, Extension
Linda Bustamante – Preserving Herbs for Educator, 244-7615 or 625-3313 or cbarnett@purdue.
Summer-Thyme Flavors & Fall Craft Projects edu.
join us for 4-h day
at Purdue football
Don't miss your chance to be a part of two great Indiana
traditions: Indiana 4-H and Purdue Boilermaker Football!
October 8th is Indiana 4-H Day at Purdue Football and
we want you to be there! Prime tickets are still available, so
reserve yours today! Here's the basic information:
Indiana 4-H Day at Purdue Football
Purdue Boilermakers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
October 8th | Ross-Ade Stadium, West Lafayette | Kickoff at 2 p.m. EST
Included in this event with your ticket purchase:
- Pre-game tailgate in the Purdue Softball Parking Lot starting at 10 a.m.
- Parking Pass for every 4 tickets sold
- The first 100 people who get tickets will be part of an on-the-field experience prior to kick-
To purchase your tickets now for only $34/ticket, please call us today at (765) 494-8483 or
email Rachel at email@example.com! Don't miss your chance to Go Bright Green and Boiler Up!
EXTENSION EDUCATOR • 3
OctOber HOmemaker Happenings
Date event time Location
3 Educational Programs:
‘Dialogic Reading’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9:30 a.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
‘Nutrition & Cancer Myths’ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
‘Stress Less’. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
10 OFFICE CLOSED – in observance of Columbus Day
11 Sewing Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
17-21 Indiana Extension Homemaker Week
20 Newsletter mailing: Club 21, Double Dozen & Etna Troy . . . 1:00 p.m.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
OctOber 2011 educatiOnal PrOgrams
Date: Monday, October 3 these foods, and what we should be eating to help
Location: Whitley County Extension Office reduce our risk of developing cancer. Come up with
your own personal guideline to help you establish
“Dialogic Reading” healthy eating habits.
Time: 9:30 a.m. “Stress Less”
Program: Reading time is perhaps Time: 7:00 p.m.
the best quality and bonding
time you can spend with young Program: Determine what stressors
children. Dialog reading is you have in your life and how to
a reading technique that gradually reverses roles manage that stress. This program
between the adult and the child, so that the adult includes activities and manage-
becomes the listener, the questioner, and the audi- ment suggestions. Leave the
ence for the child. This program will help individu- workshop with tools that will help you stress less
als learn the techniques to promote school readiness
skills for preschool age children.
All Programs are FREE & open to the public.
“Nutrition & Cancer Myths" Call 260-244-7615 or 260-625-3313 to reserve your
Time: 1:00 p.m. Contact: Cindy Barnett – Purdue Extension –
Program: We’ve all heard that certain Whitley County Office
foods that we eat may increase our risk 115 S. Line Street, Columbia City IN
of cancer. Come learn the truth about firstname.lastname@example.org
HOMEMAKER ACTIVITY: Wells County policeman.
Whitley County Homemakers Those attending were: Barb Overdeer, Kathy
Hinen, Ginny Faulkner, Dee Blackburn - Union
Attend District Meeting Busy Bells; Sheila Schilling – Club 21; Sharon
Nine Extension Homemakers represented Whitley Hesting – Twilight; Linda Hollenbaugh – Jefferson;
County at the IEHA district meeting on Thursday, Mary Lou Fries – Town & Country; & Cindy
September 8 in Wells County. Barnett – Extension Educator.
The program included updates from all the state The next district meeting will be Tuesday, March
officers and a “Personal Safety” program by a 27 in Noble County.
4 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
Congratulations to our clubs &
members for a great 2010 - 2011
club year! Awards were -present-
ed at the Extension Homemaker HOlIdAY BAzAAR & QuIlT sHOw
Awards Program, September 27th.
dates & Times:
New Member Award: Friday, November 4. 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Jefferson Club – 3 members Saturday, November 5, 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Union Busy Bells – 3 members location:
New Members: 4-H Center, Columbia City
Sally Ballard – Union Busy Bells
Dee Blackburn – Union Busy Bells Holiday Bazaar - If you are
Barbara Grostefon – Tawasi interested in renting table
Karen Hall – Union Busy Bells space, call 244-7615 or 625-
Laura Hinen – Jefferson 3313 for a registration form
Elaine Langston – Jefferson Quilt show -
Joyce Williams - Jefferson Entries due – Wednesday, November 2, 6-7:00
Community service Award: p.m. or Thursday, November 3, 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Evening Bells Entries released – Saturday, November 5, 2:00-
Happy Homemakers 2:30 p.m.
Twilight Entry fee – $2.00/per quilt
Union Busy Bells
Categories – All quilted items will be judged as
Program Excellence Award: hand or machine quilted in each of the follow-
(Educational Programs) ing categories:
Town & Country – 13 Antique (at least 50-years old)
Richland – 12 Appliqué
Twilight - 11 Children’s
Jefferson - 10 Clothing
Memorial service: Crazy Quilt
Blanch Bockelman – Union Busy Bells Home Décor
Helen Heinley – Evening Bells Made by a Child (age 15 or under)
Marie Clark – Union Busy Bells Original (completely designed, made & quilted by
Ruth McClain – Town & Country entrant)
Treva Wolfe – Town & Country Pieced
Edna Western – Etna Troy Samplers
OctOber activity Judging – All quilted items will be judged &
will receive a ribbon, unless designated as “For
Display Only”. The “People’s Choice” winner
will be announced at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday and
sEwING dAY will receive a monetary award.
date: Thursday, October 11 Call 244-7615, 625-3313 or email@example.com
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch on your own; for a registration form.
bring a sack lunch if you wish. Come as you
can, leave as you wish.
location: Whitley County Extension Office COOKBOOKs
Projects: Whitley County Extension Homemakers will
be sewing cancer pads for Cancer Services & tote The “Taste of Home”
bags for Riley Children’s Hospital. Bring your por- cookbook is a great holi-
table sewing machine, leftover fabrics and/or notions. day gift. It has over 600
Even if you are not a seamstress, you can come and recipes and sells for ONLY $5.00.
help cut out fabrics, press fabrics and sort fabric. Stop by the Extension Office to pick
Friends & neighbors are welcome.. up your copies.
EXTENSION EDUCATOR • 5
Thank you to PAT LOE, the only Extension Homemaker
who showed up to label and fold the September newslet-
We send out approximately 1,900 newsletters and it takes
more than one volunteer to do this. Please look in your
program books and mark the month that your club is
responsible and show up. Thanks again to Pat.
PuMPKIN NuTRITION PuMPKIN(OR sQuAsH) PANCAKEs
The bright These pancakes can be prepared Butternut Squash,
orange color of Hubbard Squash or other variety of winter squash.
pumpkin is a Use canned pumpkin puree, freshly prepared puree,
dead giveaway or frozen puree which has been thawed. Cold left-
that pumpkin over pancakes are an appetizing snack.
is loaded with • 1 C. all-purpose flour
an important • 1 tsp. baking powder
antioxidant, • ½ tsp. salt
beta-carotene. • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Beta-carotene • 1 egg, slightly beaten
is one of the • 2 C. pumpkin puree
plant carote- • ½ C. molasses or maple syrup
noids convert- • 3-4 Tbsp. buttermilk or milk
ed to vitamin • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter or margarine, melted
A in the body. • ½ C. chopped pecans or hazelnuts, optional
In the conver- • Powdered sugar for dusting
sion to vitamin A, beta carotene performs many 1. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking pow-
important functions in overall health. der, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Set aside.
Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods 2. In another bowl, beat egg slightly. Add pump-
containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of kin or squash puree, molasses or syrup, milk or
developing certain types of cancer and offers protect buttermilk and melted butter or margarine. Mix
against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protec- until smooth.
tion against other diseases as well as some degen- 3. Blend in the dry ingredients all at once. Mix until
erative aspects of aging. batter is smooth. Allow batter to rest for 30 min-
Current research indicates that a diet rich in foods utes or more.
containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of 4. Stir nuts into batter, and add additional table-
developing certain types of cancer and offers protect spoons of buttermilk or milk if batter is too
against heart disease. Beta-carotene offers protec- thick.
tion against other diseases as well as some degen- 5. To make pancakes, spoon a heaping tablespoon
erative aspects of aging. of batter onto a lightly greased preheated griddle
or heavy skillet. With the back of the spoon,
Pumpkin Nutrition Facts
flatter batter to about ½-inch thickness. Cook
(1 cup cooked, boiled, drained, without salt) slowly until bubbles appear ton top and bottom
Calories – 49 Zinc – 1 mg is golden brown. Lift edge to check. Turn and
Protein – 2 grams Selenium - .50 mg cook until other side is golden brown.
Carbohydrate-12 grams Vit. C – 12 mg 6. Place on a platter and set platter in a warm oven.
Dietary Fiber-3 grams Niacin-1 mg Continue making pancakes until all batter is
Calcium – 37 mg Folate–21 mg used. Makes about 24, 3-inch pancakes. Serves
Iron – 1.4 mg Vitamin A-2650 IU 4 to 6 people. Garnish with powdered sugar
Magnesium-22 mg Vitamin E-3 mg or serve with corn syrup, maple syrup or your
Potassium – 564 mg favorite pancake syrup.
6 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
HAllOwEEN sPOOKY sOAP
Create spooky Halloween soap as a fun, candy-free
option for party favors or treat bags.
Material and Tools:
• Block of glycerin soap (available at craft store
• Silicone muffin mold
• Small plastic toys (eyeballs, spiders or googly
• Tweezers or chopsticks
• Tissue paper or clear wrap
ROAsTEd PuMPKIN sEEds steps:
Don’t waste the seeds after cooking your pie or 1. Cut glycerin block along
making jack-o-lanterns. Instead, roast and salt the pre-scored lines, filing
seeds for a delicious and nutritious snack. Let the each cup of a flexible sil-
children slosh through the fibers in pursuit of the icone muffin mold with
slippery seeds, it is so much fun. two sections of soap.
• 1 quart water 2. Stick silicone muffin mold
• 2 Tbsp. salt into the microwave for
• 2 C. pumpkin seeds a few seconds, just long
• 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil or melted, unsalted butter enough to melt the glyc-
1. Preheat oven to 250°F. erin. Remove melted soap from oven and place
2. Pick through seeds and remove any cut seeds. on a flat surface.
Remove as much of the stringy fibers as pos- 3. Using tweezers or chopsticks, suspend plastic
sible. Halloween toys face down in the melted soap.
3. Bring the water and salt to a boil. Add the seeds Allow the soap to cool. Once soap has fully hard-
and boil for 10 minutes. Drain, spread on kitchen ened, gently pop bars out of the flexible muffin
towel or paper towel and pat dry. cups.
4. Place the seeds in a bowl and toss with oil or
melted butter. 4. Cover soap bars with tissue paper or clear wrap
5. Spread evenly on a large cookie sheet or roasting and tie with ribbon. These make a great non-
pan. candy Halloween party favor or addition to treat
6. Place pan in a preheated oven and roast the seeds bags.
for 30 to 40 minutes. Stir about every 10 minutes,
until crisp and golden brown. NEEd HElP PAYING YOuR
7. Cool the seeds, then shell and eat or pack in air- MORTGAGE
tight containers or zip closure bags and refriger-
ate until ready to eat. Under Indiana’s Hardest Hit
Fund Unemployment Bridge
PuMPKIN FACTs Program, the Indiana
• Around 90 to 95% of the processed pumpkins in Network is offering individ-
the United States are grown in the Illinois. uals who are unemployed
• Pumpkin seeds can be roasted as a snack. through no fault of their
• Pumpkins contain potassium & Vitamin A. own assistance in paying
• Pumpkins are used for feed for animals. their mortgage and related
• Pumpkins flowers are edible. expenses while the individual seeks new employ-
• Pumpkins are used to make soups, pies and ment.
breads. This program will cover a portion of principal,
• Pumpkins are 90% water. interest, taxes and insurance (PITI) for eligible
• Pumpkins are fruit. unemployed homeowners while they are seeking
• Colonists sliced off pumpkin tops; removed re-employment or utilizing training through the
seeds and filled the insides with milk, spices and Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
honey. This was baked in hot ashes and is the
origin of pumpkin pie. For more information go to: www.877GetHope.org.
EXTENSION EDUCATOR • 7
wAYs TO CuT COsTs AT HOME
During the recession you may have cut some of your Food Product Dating
household expenses to save money. And you prob-
"Sell by Feb 14" is a type of information you
ably discovered it felt pretty good. If you’d like to
might find on a meat or poultry product.
keep the savings coming, here’s a checklist of worthy
Are dates required on food products? Does it
possibilities, ranging from the tried-a-true to some
mean the product will be unsafe to use after
strategies you may not have considered. Following
that date? Here is some background informa-
these tips can trim hundreds more off your monthly
tion which answers these and other questions
about product dating.
• Be a power miser. It’s easy to cut energy costs all
what is dating?
over your home. For example, use cold-water de-
tergents and cycles when washing most of your "Open Dating" (use of a calendar date as op-
clothes. In our tests of laundry detergents, Tide posed to a code) on a food product is a date
2X Ultra Cold Water was nearly as good as get- stamped on a product's package to help the
ting stains out of clothes as the No. 1 rated de- store determine how long to display the prod-
tergent, and using it instead saves you 13 cents a uct for sale. It can also help the purchaser to
load. know the time limit to purchase or use the
• Do more microwave cooking. In addition to sav- product at its best quality. It is not a safety date.
ing time, microwave ovens can also save up to After the date passes, while not of best qual-
80% of the energy used by a typical oven. ity, the product should still be safe if handled
• Get a programmable thermostat. You can adjust properly and kept at 40 °F or below for the
the settings on these thermostats to turn the heat recommended storage times. If product has a
down by 5 to 10 degrees at night and when you’re "use-by" date, follow that date. If product has
not home, and turn the air-conditioner tempera- a "sell-by" date or no date, cook or freeze the
ture up by the same amount. That can cut your product by the recommended time.
energy bills by as much as 20%. what Types of Food Are dated?
• Replace your incandescent light bulbs. Energy Open dating is found primarily on perishable
saving compact fluorescents can save about $56 foods such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy
over the life of each bulb. products. "Closed" or "coded" dating might
• Bundle your telecom bills. You can save hundreds appear on shelf-stable products such as cans
a year on TV, phone, and Internet service bills by and boxes of food.
paying promotional bundling rates. When the
promotion period ends, negotiate with your car- Types of dates
rier to keep your rate. • A "Sell-By" date tells the store how long to
• Shop online for electronics. Online retailers out- display the product for sale. You should
scored walk-in stores in our Ratings of the best buy the product before the date expires.
places to buy electronics. Check out Amazon. • A "Best if Used By (or Before)" date is rec-
com, BeachCamera.com, Costco.com, Newegg. ommended for best flavor or quality. It is
com, and Vanns.com for low prices. not a purchase or safety date.
• Hunt for bargains and coupons online. Make
sure you uncover every possible discount. Check • A "Use-By" date is the last date recom-
retailer and manufacturer websites for coupons mended for the use of the product while
and other special deals. Go to coupon sites like at peak quality. The date has been deter-
CouponCabin.com and RetailMeNot.com and mined by the manufacturer of the prod-
use price comparison search engines like Price- uct.
Grabber.com and Shopzilla.com. • "Closed or coded dates" are packing num-
• Never hesitate to haggle. Let’s say you find a bers for use by the manufacturer.
great price online but prefer to copy off the Web safety After date Expires
page that lists the price, and ask your salesperson
Except for "use-by" dates, product dates don't
to match it. No matter what you’re buying, take
always refer to home storage and use after
retailers up on their pledges to match competi-
purchase. "Use-by" dates usually refer to best
quality and are not safety dates. But even if the
• Get free (or cheap) furniture and household items.
date expires during home storage, a product
For bargains on things like furniture and other
should be safe, wholesome and of good qual-
home products, scan FreeCyle.org or Craigslist,
ity if handled properly and kept at 40 °F or be-
or stop by local garage sales.
July 2011 Money Adviser – Consumer Reports
8 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
OctOber 4-H calendar
Date Event Time Location
4 4-H Leaders Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
6 4-H Council Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
6 Cat Club Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (West Room)
7 NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER NEWS DUE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4:30 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Office
8 Areas Soils Judging Contest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adams County
9 Rocketry Club Launch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2:15 p .m . . . . . . . Indian Springs Middle School
10 COLUMBUS DAY . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CLOSED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EXTENSION OFFICE
10 Thorncreek Township Banquet/4-H Council Election . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (West Room)
11 4-H Clubs, Inc . Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (West Room)
11 Columbia Township Achievement Banquet/
4-H Council Election . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (Middle Room)
13 Junior Leaders Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (Middle Room)
17 4-H COUNTY AWARDS PROGRAM . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 pm . (refreshements)
7:00 p .m . (program) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-H Center
18 Rabbit Meeting/Election of Officers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (West Room)
20 4-H Clubs, Inc . Annual Meeting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7:00 p .m . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Center (West Room)
22 4-H SPOOKTACULAR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:30-8:30 p .m . . . . . . . . . .4-H Center and Horse Barn
COMBINED NEWSLETTER FOR
NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
Remember the next newsletter is a combined November & Decem-
ber newsletter. Be sure to plan ahead and include December dates!
Articles and dates for this newsletter will be due Friday, October 7
at the Extension Office (the Office is closed on Monday, October 10 for
LAST CALL FOR RULE CHANGES
Rule changes for 2012 must be on the Columbia Township
October 6 Council Meeting agenda.
Council has ruled that it will not ac- Achievement Banquet &
cept new projects, rules or changes
after the October Meeting in order 4-H Council Election
for the 2011 Rule Book to be printed Date: Tuesday, October 11
and distributed on time for next year. Time: 7:00 p.m.
All projects are also encouraged to use the rules Place: 4-H Center (Middle Room)
used for State Fair.
We will be conducting an election for a new 4-H
Council member at this time. Parents plan on
2012 FAIR DATES attending as you will be voting! If anyone is
interested in running for this council position
Whitley County 4-H Fair – July 13-19 please contact Matt Gibson at 609-0967 to get
on the ballot!
Indiana State Fair – August 3-19
EXTENSION EDUCATOR • 9
TOWNSHIP CLUB MEMBERS Thorncreek Township
The Etna-Troy Township Advisory Council will Achievement Banquet &
have elections at the upcoming Etna-Troy Township
Achievement Awards Banquet for the Etna-Troy 4-H Council Election
Hustlers and Etna-Troy Willing Hearts in November. Date: Monday, October 10
A date and time will be coming soon, so watch the
Extension Educator for more information! Time: 7:00 p.m.
Parents, this is your chance to help guide the direc- Place: 4-H Center (West Room)
tion 4-H is taking. Please attend to vote for the par- If you are interested in running for an Advisory
ent you want to represent your club. Board position for Thorncreek Township please
Karen Western, Etna-Troy Advisory Board Member
contact Tracey Peterson or Deanna Kissinger.
ATTENTION POTENTIAL JR. NEW VEHICLE DONATION
LEADERS PROGRAM FOR INDIANA 4-H
If you are interested in becoming a Jr. Leader then When You’re Done with Your
you will want to come to the next Jr. Leader meeting Car or Farm Equipment, Indiana
on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 P.M. at the 4-H 4-H is Not!
Center (Middle Room). Recently, the Indiana 4-H
Foundation joined up with
2011 INDIANA 4-H ADULT Insurance Auto Auction’s “One
VOLUNTEER CONGRESS Car, One Difference” charity vehicle donation pro-
gram. When you donate a vehicle to Indiana 4-H
through this program, you will reap the benefits
Saturday, November 5 of IAA’s free vehicle pick-up and auction service.
At the Indiana State Fairgrounds Then you’ll get a sales receipt from your vehicle that
in the Farm Bureau Building you can file for a tax deduction.
The Indiana 4-H Foundation has teamed up with
The focus of this year’s workshop will center on the Insurance Auto Auctions “One Car, One
Healthy Living National 4-H Mission Mandate. Difference” Vehicle donation program.
• Provide opportunities for 4-H Volunteer to expe- Now, you can
rience personal growth. Donate your used cars or farm equipment and
• Share lesson plans that volunteers can lead with Designate that the proceeds benefit Indiana 4-H.
their youth audiences. Many people are familiar with car and boat donation
• Provide opportunities for 4-H Volunteers to programs. What is unique about the One Car, One
network and share experiences of working with Difference program is that not only can you donate
youth audiences. you used cars, trucks, boats or RVs, you also have
the opportunity to donate your used farm machin-
Registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. and the program ery and equipment – even if it no longer runs!
will conclude at 4:00 p.m. The registration fee is
$25.00 per person due at the Extension Office by “Indiana 4-H supporters have the opportunity to
October 13. Registration fees include a light con- donate their used and even un-useable vehicles and
tinental breakfast, lunch and all program material. farm equipment, then IAA will take care of all the
Please make your check payable to the Indiana 4-H rest – including the haul away! The donors have an
Foundation. Adults are asked to wear business opportunity to free up valuable space in their barns
casual. and other buildings at no cost while supporting
Indiana 4-H youth and reaping tax benefits from
the auction of their equipment. It’s a win-win situ-
For more information about how you can donate
your vehicle(s) to support Indiana 4-H, visit
www.1car1difference.com or call 1-877-557-1CAR
and select the Indiana 4-H Foundation as the charity
you wish to support.
10 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
LOST AND FOUND TRACTOR SUPPLY
There are still a few “lost The Tractor Supply Paper
and found” items from Clover promotion is September
various 4-H activities, the 21-October 2. Visit TSC during
Whitley County Fair, etc. at this time and buy a paper clover for $1.00 to show
the Extension Office. Please your support of the 4-H/Tractor Supply Company
stop in or call with a descrip- partnership. The funds will be distributed as fol-
tion of any item that might lows: 60% will remain in Whitley County, 10% will
have come up missing during any of the events over go to our state 4-H program, and 30% will go to the
this past year. National 4-H Council.
WHITLEY COUNTY 4-H’ERS Loeffler.
Also … Breanna Malcolm, Camden Maley, Sarah
AT THE STATE FAIR Marchand, Audra Marken, Grace McDevitt,
Elijah McDevitt, Peyton Miller, Madelyn
Whitley County was well represented at the Minnick, Jarin Myer, Dayvid Myers, Cora
Indiana State Fair. Congratulations to these Myers, Colin Nicodemus, Erica Nicodemus,
4-H’ers who exhibited during the 17-day Treyten Nicolai, Kenneth Nicolai, Danielle
event: Oliver, Lucas Overfield, Sarah Palmer, Cory
Klayton Alvord, Klarrissa Alvord, Trae Palmer, Veronica Palmer, Cooper Parish, Kaylee
Arnold, Devin Baker, Katie Barnett, Elijah Parks, Adam Patrick, Elizabeth Peterson, Sarah
Barton, Kristine Bechtold, Megan Beck, Peterson, Jacob Pettigrew, Brook Pettigrew,
Rozlyn Bishop, April Bishop, Garrett Blank, Morgan Pettigrew, Chelsea Pettigrew, Claire
Lukus Bolinger, Edmond Bradley, Caroline Reiff, Mikalah Reimer, Geordan Reimer,
Braun, Isabel Braun, Sophie Braun, Hannah Ian Rentschler, Dustin Reust, Blake Reust,
Bridegam, Skylar Campbell, Garrett Cormany, Damian Reust, Brett Roberts, Alivia Roberts,
Elise Cormany, Mollie Coy, Emma Coy, Evan Amelia Roman, Kayla Rothgeb,
Cozad, Auston Cramer, Brittany Kody Rothgeb, Max Sadjak, Holden
Douglas, Wade Eberly, Taylor Schaefer, Hannah Schaefer, Olivia
Eberly, Hope Eberly, Derek Schilling, Courtney Schinbeckler,
Eberly, Samantha Engle, Eryn Schinbeckler, Kyra
Amber Ferrell, Ashley Ferrell, Schinbeckler, Macy Schlotterback,
Chelsie Fisher, Brea Fisher, Abbi Schrader, Grace Schrader,
Kaitlin Frank, Brett Fry, Haylee Luke Schrader, Megan Schroeder,
Gardner, Rylee Gardner, Zachary Madison Schroeder, Tiffany
Gardner, Maura Garza, Majenica Schuman, Robby Sheets, Dillon Sheiss, Jessica
Geiger, Brittany Geiger, Colton Geiger, Drake Shelby, Erica Shively, Avery Sparks, Malachi
Geiger, Isaac Geiger, Bryce Geiger, Jordan Sproles, Michael Sproles, Jackie St. George,
Gilbert, Megan Goldwood, Danielle Graves, Jon Starkey, Ethan Staton, Madyson Stricker,
Landon Harris, Rachel Hartman, Jamie Heck, Andrea Teegardin, Samuel Tenney, Nyssa
Jennifer Hinen, Jennifer Hosler, Tyler Johnson, Timm, Leonie Trabert, Ashley Uecker, Mason
Brad Johnson, Natalia Johnson, Maggie Van Houten, Crystal Van Houten, Dalton
Johnson, Justin Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Van Houten, Morgan Von Seggern, Anna Von
Austin Johnson, Spencer Jordan, Bailey Seggern, Makayla Wakeman, Caleb Wakeman,
Keener, Jacey Keener, Allison Keener, Garrett Landon Wakeman, Breanna Waugh, Landen
Keener, Megan Kissinger, Ryan Klaassen, Waugh, Isaiah Wells, Thomas Werstler, Olivia
Erin Knepple, Jared Kreider, Isaiah Kreider, Western, Benjamin Western, Jessica Wietfeldt,
Dayna Kyler, Holly Kyler, Jared Lamle, Drew Aaron Wilcoxson, Justin Wolf, Hailey Woll,
Lamle, Brooke Laux, Jackie Leeuw, Zachary Casandra Workman, Jessica Wright, Lucas
Lewark, Nicholas Lilly, Rebecca Lilly, Timothy Wright, Griffin Young, and Natasha Zolman.
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4-H PROGRAM fun, educational opportunities at the local, state, na-
tional, and international levels. 4-H programs are
From time to time we need to remind ourselves what hands-on, age-appropriate, and university-based.
the 4-H Program is all about. 4-H helps youth improve their self-confidence; learn
As we end one year and begin the next it is a good subject matter; and develop important skills includ-
time to reflect on the past and look to the future. It is ing leadership, citizenship, communication, and
also a good time to look in the mirror and see what decision-making that can be applied over a lifetime.
we are and what we should be. For older teens, 4-H also offers opportunities to de-
The purpose of the 4-H Program is: “To assist youth velop and test their leadership skills as 4-H volun-
and adults in their development by con- teers and working with youth. For adults, 4-H of-
ducting hands-on educational pro- fers opportunities for training in a variety of areas
grams, using the knowledge base of including youth development, instruc-
Purdue University, other land grant tion, and more.” This is what we have
universities and the United States been, are, and will be in the future.
Department of Agriculture.” This is Sometime we lose sight of this and
our guide to what we do and how we need to re-focus our efforts. We
we function. need to make sure that 4-H is about
So what is the 4-H Program? “4-H is learning, education with hands-on,
the only federally authorized youth fun activities for youth. Competi-
serving organization. It is also the tion can be part of the program, but it
largest youth serving organization in should not be the main focus or the end
the country. It is a volunteer-led orga- result.
nization that reaches youth through a variety of pro- Let us resolve to make each year more about educa-
grams in both rural and urban settings. 4-H provides tion and fun than the past year!
COUNTY AWARDS PROGRAM
Date: Monday, October 17
Place: 4-H Center
Time: Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Program at 7:00 p.m.
For: All 4-H’ers, Leaders, Council members, parents
and supporters . . . you are invited and encour-
aged to attend
Honorees include Achievement winners in all 4-H projects, attendees of all State
4-H activities, Key Club award winners and all 4-H Leaders. An “Adult Leadership
Award” and “Friend of 4-H Award” will be presented.
Selection for the County Achievement Awards is made by a 4-H Council Award
Committee and is based on 4-H work in each project by:
1. Tenure in the project
2. Tenure in 4-H
3. Achievement in the project
4. Attitude, cooperation and helpfulness to the Leader and other members.
Awards which are given in projects where there is a Leader (for example, all livestock,
bowling, etc.) are selected by that club’s advisory board.
14 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
You are invited
to a ...
Saturday, October 22
at the 4-H Center
Doors open at 6:15 p.m.
• Haunted Barn – Guaranteed to Spook You! Lots of Fun!
• Games • Face Painting • Refreshments • Hay Ride
• Pumpkin Carving Contest
Bring your Carved Pumpkin for People’s Choice Award (Kids Only)
Painted Pumpkins • Most Detailed Carving • Patriotic • 4-H Theme • Cartoon
Prizes for Costumed 4-H’ers
Admission: One Can of Food per 4-H’er
Family Participation Encouraged.
Hope to See You!
Sponsored by Your 4-H Leaders
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OctOber Ag cAlendAr
Date event time Location
10 OFFICE CLOSED – in observance of Columbus Day
19 Plan Commission Meeting................................................... 7:00 p.m. .........................County Government Center
Aspergillus eAr rot
Charles Woloshuk & Kirsten Wise ficiency or drought stress). Feeding damage from
Purdue University Agronomy Dept. ear-invading insects also contributes to disease de-
velopment and aflatoxin contamination.
The fungus Aspergillus flavus causes Aspergillus
ear rot, one of the most important diseases in corn. Some areas covered in this publication are:
The fungus produces a mycotoxin – known as aflo- • Scouting and Identifying the Disease
toxin – inside the diseased corn kernels. • Danger to Livestock
The presence of aflotoxin will affect grain quality • Detecting Mycotoxins
and marketability, as well as livestock health if the • Minimizing Economic Losses
grain is consumed. Aspergillus ear rot is commonly • Managing the Disease
observed during hot, dry years on stressed plants For a copy of publication #BP-83-W, call Janet at 244-
(such as those exhibiting symptoms of nutrient de- 7615, 625-3313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Safe Harvest!
14 • EXTENSION EDUCATOR
drought stress now
blAnketing stAte likely
to continue into hArvest
he abnormally dry and drought conditions winter and early spring La Niña patterns lead to ex-
that most of Indiana is experiencing don't ap- cess rains, and in late summer Indiana experiences
pear to change as farmers statewide prepare abnormally dry conditions. The current status of
for harvest, according to the associate state clima- the swings from a wet early spring to late-season
tologist. drought is consistent with the La Niña signature."
Indiana is at the eastern end of a Midwest drought re- Another contributing factor is the storm tracks.
gion, which has been classified as severe and covers While the continued dry conditions may not be ideal
much of central Illinois and part of southeast Iowa, for late-developing crops around the state, Scheer-
said Ken Scheeringa of the Indiana State Climate Of- inga did forecast good harvesting conditions.
fice at Purdue Uni-
versity. Ohio has The Indiana out-
fared better, as the look is for normal to
state had almost no slightly below nor-
drought areas as mal temperatures
of the Sept. 6 U.S. throughout harvest,
Department of Ag- with slightly lower
riculture's Drought than normal rain-
Monitor update. fall.
Dry conditions "We don't see any
are categorized on real interruptions to
a scale from D0 harvest as the pres-
(drought watch, or ent tropical storm
abnormally dry) track seems to be
to D4 (exceptional just east of Indi-
drought). Nearly ana," Scheeringa
all of Indiana has said. "Ohio may
reached at least see more impacts
D0, with moderate of hurricane rem-
drought (D1) covering much of the southern half of nants than Indiana will. But the tropical storm track
the state. More severe drought (D2) blankets an area is always a big uncertainty in terms of turning the
in Johnson and Morgan counties in the central part drought region into a flood-prone area. So we need
of the state. to watch that carefully."
"The historical drought in Texas is creeping north- Although Indiana has been at the end of the lingering
ward, with Oklahoma following closely in terms of La Niña, he said there are indications of resurgence.
its drought features," said Dev Niyogi, Indiana State If this holds true, this fall and winter are likely to
Climatologist. "The swatch of drought-prone area mirror the last - although the pattern started a bit
is now reaching parts of the Midwest, particularly earlier this year.
along southern Indiana." "The timing seems a bit earlier than a year ago,"
Part of what has contributed to the dry conditions Scheeringa said. "For example, the dry conditions
is La Niña – a weather pattern that occurs when the started a few weeks earlier than last year. But if the
surface temperature of vast areas of the Pacific Ocean La Niña pattern of a year ago virtually repeats itself,
are cooler by at least 1 degree Fahrenheit. then we are likely to see a rerun of last winter's con-
"Indiana's weather patterns have been sensitive to Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682, email@example.com
La Niña," Scheeringa said. "Studies conducted at Sources: Ken Scheeringa, 765-494-8105, firstname.lastname@example.org & Dev Niyogi, 765-494-
the Indiana Climate Office suggest that typically
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turf tips – fAll fertilizAtion
Purdue University Turf Extension Specialist Category 14 license
Cool-season turf grass species should be fertilized For those that want the Category 14 license, there
mainly in the autumn. September and November are several trainings and testing’s in the area in the
are the two best times to fertilize a lawn in Indiana. next month. If you are a CFO, plan to haul manure
Fall nitrogen promotes good root development, en- from a CFO or would just like to have the certifica-
hances storage of energy reserves, and extends color tion you can contact any of the following locations.
retention in cool-season lawns. Most of the benefits Other locations and times for trainings and tests can
from late fall nitrogen will be seen next spring and be found on the State Chemist website. You have un-
summer with earlier green-up, improved turf den- til January 1 to get the certification.
sity, and improved tolerance to spring diseases such
as red thread and pink patch, and reduced weeds.
There are many fertilizer choices available to the ho- November 17, 2011
meowner. Organic, inorganic, and synthetic organic Location: Kosciusko County Office, Warsaw, IN
products are all available. As with all plants, turf Host: Kelly Heckaman, CES
grasses cannot tell the difference between the sources Registration: 574-372-2340
of nutrients. Some products contain high amounts of Cost: free
slow-release N while others contain none. Although Time: 9-12pm (eastern)
there are exceptions to the rule, it is good practice Exam Time: 12-1:30pm (eastern)
to use products with a greater percentage of slow- Trainers: Kelly Heckaman and Bob Yoder
release nitrogen sources during spring and summer Test Administration: Leo Reed, Office of Indiana
months and a greater percentage of quick-release ni- State Chemist
trogen sources in the fall. Space Limitations: Limited to 50 registered indi-
For the September application, pick a product that viduals
contains some quick and slow-release nitrogen. The
timing of the September application is anytime of
the month after the daytime high temperatures are November 28, 2011
no longer in the 90s°F. The target application rate Location: Community Building, LaGrange County
for this fertilization should be 1.0 lbs. N/1000 square 4-H Fairgrounds
feet. Host: Steve Engleking, LaGrange CES
The late-fall or November application timing should Registration: 260-499-6334
be near or after the last mowing of the year, but Cost: Free
while lawn is still green. Typically, there may be a Training Time: 1-4pm (eastern)
month or more between your last mowing and the Exam Time: 4-5:30pm (eastern)
time the grass turns brown or goes under snow Trainers: Steve Engleking
cover. Generally the first few weeks of November Test Administration: Leo Reed, Office of Indiana
are when to apply. Earlier Purdue research suggests State Chemist
that the nitrogen must be taken-up by the plant be- Space Limitations: None
fore winter to be most effective. Therefore, a quick-
release (or soluble nitrogen source) such as urea,
ammonium nitrate, calcium nitrate, or ammonium
December 1, 2011
sulfate is most effective. The target application rate Location: Jay County Fairgrounds, 4-H- Building,
for this November fertilization should be 0.5 to 1.0 Portland, IN
lbs N/1000 square feet. Host: Daisy Fryman, Delaware CES
More fertilizer program information is available in
AY-22: Fertilizing Home Lawns at www.agry.pur-
Training Time: 9-12 (eastern)
Exam Time: 12-1:30 (eastern)
If you are confused on how much of a particular Trainer: Daisy Fryman and Dan Kirtley
product to apply to achieve a particular N-rate, use Test Administration: Leo Reed, Office of Indiana
our fertilizer calculator to help determine exactly State Chemist
how much product to use: www.agry.purdue.edu/ Space Limitations: Limited to 100 registered indi-
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Whitley County Extension Office Staff
Cindy Barnett (email@example.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . CED, Family Resource Management/4-H Youth Development
Dave Addison (firstname.lastname@example.org). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-H Youth Development/Ag & Natural Resources
Janet Hindbaugh (email@example.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Manager (ANR/Health & Human Sciences)
Lisa Schrader (firstname.lastname@example.org). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Office Secretary (4-H Youth)
Gloria Reimer (email@example.com) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Extension Assistant
Marissa Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Family Nutrition Program
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