National Paper Clover Campaign to benefit 4-H youth

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- With state and federal budget deficits causing funding uncertainty this year, many organizations face tough choices when it comes to cutting expenses. Among the programs facing potential shortfalls are Penn State Extension's 4-H youth development program.

In an effort to help, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores in Pennsylvania are joining 4-H to support local youth with the 4-H TSC Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraising effort to benefit state and local 4-H programming in each of the communities where a Tractor Supply Company store is located.

From now through Monday, April 25, shoppers at Tractor Supply Company stores will have the opportunity to support 4-H by purchasing paper clovers for just $1 at checkout. All funds raised will be donated to 4-H to support local camps, after-school programs and other 4-H youth development program activities locally, throughout Pennsylvania and nationally.

"4-H is fortunate to have generous contributors and dedicated volunteers in the staff of Tractor Supply Company," said Christy Bartley, Pennsylvania 4-H program leader. "Tractor Supply's Paper Clover Campaign makes support of local 4-H programming easy and affordable."

"We are excited to begin our fall Paper Clover Campaign with the tremendous support of Tractor Supply Company again this year," said Donald T. Floyd Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council.

"Tractor Supply continues to be an excellent partner in our efforts to drive local support of, and community involvement in, 4-H programs throughout the country," he said. "Their partnership in the Paper Clover Campaign will help provide funding to 4-H in more than 900 Tractor Supply Company communities across the nation, allowing youth to explore interests in everything from animal science to robotics."

4-H is a community of 6 million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, nonprofit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Institute for Food and Agriculture within USDA.

4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land-grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at http://www.4-H.org.

For more information on 4-H in your Pennsylvania community, go to http://extension.psu.edu/4-h online.

Tractor Supply Company operates more than 900 stores in 44 states. The company's 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. Stores are located in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.

The company offers equine, pet and animal products; maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; hardware and tool products; seasonal products, including lawn and garden power equipment; truck and towing products; and work/recreational clothing and footwear for the entire family.

Last Updated April 18, 2011