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Tractor Supply Company, 4-H teaming together to raise scholarship money

Members of the Chatham County, N. C., Low Riders 4-H Club participating at the 2015 Spring Paper Clover Campaign at the Siler City Tractor Supply Store.
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Members of the Chatham County, N. C., Low Riders 4-H Club participating at the 2015 Spring Paper Clover Campaign at the Siler City Tractor Supply Store.

KINGMAN – If you’re shopping at Tractor Supply Company on Stockton Hill Road in October, you might run into 4-H members tending displays and dispensing information about the youth development organization.

Tractor Supply Company, in partnership with National 4-H Council, is announcing the October launch of the 2016 Fall Paper Clover Campaign. Funds will be raised Oct. 5 – 16 when Tractor Supply shoppers purchase a paper clover for $1 or more at checkout and will be awarded as scholarships to individual 4-H members wishing to attend 4-H camps and leadership conferences across the country. Tractor Supply and the National 4-H Council hope to reach the milestone of $10 million raised with the completion of the 2016 fall campaign for 4-H members since the partnership began seven years ago.

“All funds generated (in Kingman) stay local,” said Gerald Olson, Mohave County extension agent for 4-H youth development. “They fund the leadership and camping programs.”

The 2016 spring campaign raised more than $935,351 raised nationwide. Tractor Supply and its shoppers have now raised more than $9.2 million for 4-H programs across the country in only seven years of Paper Clover Campaigns. The effort has provided direct support to further county level 4-H programs. Effective this fall, funds raised will be used to provide scholarships to youth for 4-H camps and leadership experiences.

“It’s been quite successful in past years,” Olson said. He said between $1,500 and $2,000 has been raised locally during each campaign.

Kids and teens ages nine to 19 are participating in the fall campaign. There are approximately 300 Kingman-area participants, some of whom will spend their weekends at Tractor Supply Company answering questions. There is also a Clover Kids program for kids from ages five to eight.

Although many might associate 4-H with animals, the 4-H program’s spectrum covers many technical, science and engineering fields. 4-H grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills.

Olson has been involved with the Arizona 4-H Youth Development program for 35 years as an extension agent with University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

“Our mission is to bring research from the university to the people of the counties and state,” he said. “Our projects and programs provide an avenue and tools to teach leadership and responsibility.”

Tractor Supply Company operates more than 1,500 stores in 49 states. The stores supply products for recreational farmers, ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. The company also sells work and recreational clothing and footwear for the entire family, and maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. For more information on Tractor Supply, access the website at www.TractorSupply.com.

Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-H.

For information on Mohave County 4-H, contact Gerald Olson at 928-753-3788 or by email at golson@ag.arizona.edu.

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