McPherson County

From left: Rich Lacher, Select Seeds; Tye Scott, Pioneer territory manager; Lanette Butler, president of the McPherson County Parent/Leaders Association; and Rich Achen, Frederick Seeds.

The McPherson County Parent/Leaders Association has been awarded a $5,000 grant from Pioneer Hi-Bred International. The funds will be used to update the 4-H grounds and shooting sports activities, allowing 4-H students to learn about the appropriate care of animals, market trends and safety around animals. Having livestock at Achievement Days gives the 4-H students a chance to teach the public about their project while also showing off their hard work in getting the animal ready for Achievement Days.

The grant is awarded by Pioneer dealers Rich Achen of Frederick Seed LLC in Frederick, S.D., and Rich Lacher of Select Seed LLC in Ipswich, S.D. The Pioneer Giving Program focuses on organizations that put an emphasis on food security, education and community betterment

Agriculture is an important part of small communities; however, there are people who have never seen or touched a live farm animal. Achievement Days gives them an opportunity to experience this in a safe environment. The funds will purchase panels/gates to make a corral for better containment of animals. In addition, a wash rack for animals will be built on a cement pad using custom panels, with funds paying for the well pipe, plumbing and water lines.

While 4-H is considered as an organization for farm kids only, 4-H is striving to include all youth ages 5-18. The Cloverbud program is a pre-4-H program for 5-7 year-olds that emphasizes learning in a noncompetitive manner. These young people show in an Open Class at Achievement Days to help bring awareness of the facilities and how to prepare to compete in the future. Having activities like Achievement Days and Shooting Sports gives the community an opportunity to engage in learning about 4-H and agriculture.

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, a Division of Corteva Agriscience, was founded in 1926 with a focus on supplying plant genetics to farmers. Headquartered in Iowa, Pioneer has customers in more than 90 countries.

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