October 9, 2020

News Release

For Immediate Release

EDITOR'S NOTE: Members of the media may contact Jeannette Rea Keywood of the Rutgers 4‑H Youth Development Program by phone at 609-827-0199 or by email at reakeywood@njaes.rutgers.edu.

Fall 2020 National 4‑H Paper Clover Event Continues until October 18

Visit your local Tractor Supply in October and purchase a paper clover to help New Jersey 4‑H members participate in 4‑H leadership and camp programs.

Every year, 4‑Her’s in New Jersey participate in a number of 4‑H programs to help position them with the skills they need to succeed in their life and career. This fall, Tractor Supply Company (TSC) stores located throughout New Jersey are continuing their long-standing partnership with 4‑H for the 2020 Fall 4‑H Paper Clover Campaign to make it possible for more youth in the community to experience 4‑H programming opportunities.

October 7–18, Tractor Supply customers can participate in the 4‑H Paper Clover Campaign by purchasing paper clovers for $1 or more at the checkout while in a store or online at the TSC website. The funds raised from the Tractor Supply 4‑H Paper Clover Campaign will be used to provide scholarships for New Jersey 4‑H members to participate in national 4‑H leadership conferences or camp programs” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, Rutgers Department of 4‑H Youth Development.

Since it began in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4‑H has generated more than 13 million in support across the nation. The fundraising effort provides support for youth to participate in 4‑H opportunities and experiences at the county, state, and national level.

The 4‑H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. 4‑H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K–13 (one year out of high school), on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, domestic partnership status, military service, veteran status and any other category protected by law.

For more information about the New Jersey 4‑H Program, administered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension call the 4‑H office in the county in which you reside or visit the New Jersey 4‑H Website at: nj4h.rutgers.edu

About 4‑H

4‑H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, 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. 4‑H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4‑H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4‑H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.

About Tractor Supply

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States.  At July 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,630 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

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Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and County Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension, a unit of the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, is an qual opportunity program provider and employer.

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