Purdue Extension hosts annual meeting

PLYMOUTH — Nov. 13 the Marshall County Purdue Extension Board held its annual meeting to highlight the successful programming and individuals involved in Marshall County Extension’s work.
The event was held at Pretty Lake Church and attended by 70 individuals, including speaker of the evening, Dr. Marcos Fernandez. He gave an extremely enlightening and educational presentation on the importance of agriculture and the future of individuals pursuing degrees in agricultural education.
“Over the next 40 years the world’s population is going to grow by nearly 50 percent,” Fernandez said “which means we will have to produce as much food as has been produced over the last 10,000 years combined.”
Fernandez also discussed the experiences for students enrolled in Purdue College of Agriculture. “Twenty-eight percent of the 2012 graduating seniors in the College of Agriculture had an international study abroad experience.”
In closing, Fernandez mentioned that Purdue Agriculture is “equipping today’s students for tomorrow’s global challenges.”
The annual meeting also included a time for recognition of important supporters of the Extension Mission and Vision.
The Friend of Extension Award was given in memory of Mr. Leon Verhaeghe, who served the youth of Marshall County and the surrounding area for several decades. Verhaeghe was instrumental in developing and organizing the Sweepstakes Showmanship contest at the Marshall County 4-H Fair. His belief in furthering youth development was evident each year from the contest’s inception in 1974 through his passing. Since his passing, several years ago, his family has sponsored a limited edition trophy belt buckle that is presented annually to the winner of the Sweepstakes Showmanship contest at the Marshall County 4-H Fair to recognize and encourage development through friendly competition and hard work. The youth and adults who have known Verhaeghe have benefited from his exceptional attitude and experience.
Each year, the Marshall County 4-H Junior Leaders recognize an outstanding leader. This year, they chose to honor a person who has been changing the lives of Marshall County 4-H members for half a century. Nancy Martin has been a life-long resident of Marshall County, and began her 4-H career in Bourbon Township as a 9-year 4-H member. Serving as a leader in the sewing project since 1977, she has also helped with foods, cake decorating, and the dairy project. Martin has taught Marshall County 4-H members life skills like dedication, responsibility, and perseverance while under her wing and her time has been greatly appreciated.
Purdue Extension is Indiana’s provider of the Cooperative Extension Service. The Extension Service is a network of colleges, universities, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, serving communities and counties across America in the topics of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Health and Human Sciences, Economic and Community Development, and 4-H Youth Development. To find out more please contact the Purdue Extension office of Marshall County at 574-935-8545.