National 4-H Council and Tractor Supply Co. are pleased to announce that they are extending their partnership agreement for another three years. The funds raised by Tractor, on behalf of 4-H, will continue to fund county, state and national 4-H programs across the country. The new grant will support the continuation of the bi-annual Paper Clover Campaign, a new mobile app, and animal sciences programs through spring 2016.
Since 2010, 4-H and Tractor Supply Company have partnered to promote the bi-annual Paper Clover Campaign—a national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4-H youth development programming activities in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located. This year, customers supported 4-H in nearly 1,000 communities by choosing to purchase paper clovers for $1 at checkout, raising $509,039 overall.
In just three years, across 48 states, the TSC 4-H Paper Clover Campaign has provided more than $2 million to 4-H across the country. All proceeds raised directly benefit 4-H, with 70 percent of funds being returned to state and local 4-H programs where they were raised. The effort has provided direct support for local camps, after-school programs and other activities, and has granted scholarships to these events so that youth can explore their interests in everything from agriculture to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
As part of the ongoing partnership, youth will have the opportunity to experience hi tech record keeping. National 4-H Council will develop a new mobile app for animal project record keeping, which will allow 4-Her's to track information about their animal projects and create reports.