Shelby County 4-H clubs awarded Farm Credit Illinois grants

Front row - Delanie Yantis, Callie Holland. Second row – Garrett Ferguson, Jack Holland, Madison Beitz, Claire Holland. Back row – Craig Macklin, Amanda Hall, Ethan Macklin, Kolby Forlines, James Coleman, Jon Strohl, Delaney Nation, Ethan Kirby, Esther Becker.

Farm Credit Illinois recently awarded four $500 community improvement grants to four Shelby County 4-H Clubs - Shelby County 4-H Federation, Shelby County Cloverbuds, Strasburg Tailtwisters and Findlay Feeders. These clubs were four out of fifty clubs and FFA chapters to receive community improvement grants. In 2019, Farm Credit Illinois awarded a total of $25,000 in grant funds to clubs and chapters making tangible contributions in their communities by implementing improvement projects.

Shelby County 4-H Federation purchased two special needs swings for Forest Park in Shelbyville. Federation also paid for a portion of the swing set frame along with the City of Shelbyville. The swings should be ready for use by the middle of June.

Shelby County Cloverbuds used their grant money to assist purchasing a storage shed for the Shelbyville Community Gardens located by HSHS Good Shepherd hospital.

Strasburg Tailtwisters 4-H Club purchased paint and supplies so 4-H members could paint the dairy barn on the Shelby County 4-H & Jr. Fairgrounds. The building looks great and everyone can check out their hard work at the Shelby County 4-H & Jr. Fair, which will be July 22-24.

Findlay Feeders purchased plants and building supplies for the Findlay Community Garden. Club member Ethan Macklin was in charge of building the storage shed and raised garden beds along with other volunteers. 4-H members planted several different varieties of vegetables, which will be enjoyed by the community in upcoming months. Members also added topsoil to each of the raised beds and have purchased garden tools to be used by community participants. The Findlay FLIP committee provided a matching grant to the Farm Credit Grant. Several businesses and individuals have provided discounted material or donated outright including TSC, Triple B, and Rusty Yantis.

Shelby County 4-H Clubs would like to give a big thank you to Farm Credit Illinois for providing grants to our 4-H clubs. Pictures of improvement projects can be found on the Shelby County IL 4-H facebook page.

Jon Strohl, Farm Credit Illinois (Effingham) Assistant Vice-President Crop Insurance, presented 4-H clubs with their grants on Saturday, June 1.

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