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News Release


4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their communities thanks to grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded 60 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $250 grants to establish projects that will make their local communities better places to live.

This is the eight year Farm Credit Illinois has funded community improvement grants, now totaling more than $60,000. Examples of award-winning projects this year include managing community gardens, fairgrounds improvements, and constructing a roadside welcome sign.

“It’s a privilege for Farm Credit Illinois to share a vision for healthy rural communities with 4-H and FFA members,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for Farm Credit Illinois. “We congratulate this year’s grant recipients and salute them for making positive and tangible contributions to their local communities.”

•    Liberty 4-H Club (Bond County): Repair and Refurbish the Bond County Fairground Bleachers
•    Old Ripley 4-H Club (Bond County): Landscape and Provide Repairs at Old Ripley Church of Christ in Pocahontas
•    Pocahontas Dreamcatchers 4-H Club (Bond County): Plant and Maintain the Community Garden at Pocahontas United Methodist Church
•    Calhoun FFA Chapter (Calhoun County): Plant and Grow Fresh Vegetables in the Calhoun County Community Garden
•    All School 4-H Club (Champaign County): Plant and Maintain the Hunger Garden and Flower Project at Dodds Park in Champaign
•    Philo 4-H Friends (Champaign County): Create First Aid Kits and Educate Philo Community Organizations on Safety
•    4-H Clovers & Cloverettes (Clinton County): Provide Landscaping at Veterans Park in Germantown
•    Aviston 4-H Aces (Clinton County): Prepare Casseroles for Cosgrove's Kitchen in Aviston
•    St. Rose 4-H Clover Crew (Clinton County): Plant and Maintain Gardens at the St. Rose Development Club Park and Fire Department
•    Mattoon FFA Chapter (Coles County): Create and Maintain Three Micro Gardens in the Mattoon Community
•    Oakland FFA Chapter (Coles County): Provide Safety Updates at East Oakland Park Playground
•    Clinton FFA Chapter (DeWitt County): Build a Hydroponic System to Grow Tomatoes in the Clinton High School Greenhouse
•    Bone Gap Cardinals 4-H Club (Edwards County): Install Landscaping and Host an Easter Egg Hunt at the Bone Gap Chowder Park
•    Ellery Panthers 4-H Club (Edwards County): Maintain Landscaping at the Little Prairie Christian Church in Albion
•    Carrollton FFA Chapter (Greene County): Provide Blankets for the St. Louis Children's Hospital
•    Show and Grow 4-H Club (Greene County): Host a Farm Safety Day at Greene County Fairgrounds
•    Barbwire Gang 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Provide Lunches and Hygiene Items for Children in Need Throughout the Enfield and McLeansboro Areas
•    County Line Crew 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Purchase Canning Supplies to Preserve the Hamilton County GIFT Garden's Crops
•    Funny Farmers 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Design and Construct a Fence around the Raised Garden Beds at Dahlgren Elementary School
•    Hamilton County 4-H Federation (Hamilton County): Construct Re-usable Game Booths for the Christmas Celebration in McLeansboro
•    Pioneer Country Kids 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Purchase a Bee Hive and Beekeeping Supplies for the Hamilton County GIFT Garden
•    Piopolis Busy Bees 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Purchase American Flags to be Presented at Patriotic Holiday Ceremonies in Hamilton County
•    Silly Shamrocks 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Provide Supplies for the Community Safety Day at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds
•    Corn Fed Clovers 4-H Club (Hardin County): Begin Recycling Program to Donate a Bench and Planters for Downtown Rosiclare
•    Hardin County FFA Chapter (Hardin County): Plant and Maintain the Hardin County High School Community Garden
•    Milford FFA Chapter (Iroquois County): Renovate, Update, and Clean the Buckley Lake Recreation Areas
•    Prairie Champions 4-H Club (Iroquois County): Repair and Repaint Benches, Pavilion, and Basketball Court at the Milford Community Park
•    Jefferson County 4-H Youth Representatives (Jefferson County): Design and Construct a Walking Bridge and Provide Landscaping at Jefferson County Fairgrounds
•    Trailblazers 4-H Club (Lawrence County): Repair and Refurbish the Horse Barn at Lawrence County Fairgrounds
•    Green Machines 4-H Club (Macon County): Purchase Shelving to Organize and Set Up the New Blue Mound Food Pantry
•    Mt. Zion Eagles 4-H Club (Macon County): Plant Flowers and Paint a Wall Mural in Downtown Decatur
•    Choates Lads & Lassies 4-H Club (Massac County): Construct and Maintain a Community Garden in Metropolis
•    Gibault Catholic FFA Chapter (Monroe County): Construct and Maintain a Community Garden at Gibault Catholic High School in Waterloo
•    Waterloo FFA Chapter (Monroe County): Design and Constuct a Life-Size Gingerbread Family for the Waterloo Downtown Christmas Walk
•    Montgomery County Clovers 4-H Club (Montgomery County): Re-establish the 4-H Community Butterfly Garden in Hillsboro
•    Agri-Stars 4-H Club (Morgan County): Construct a New "Welcome to Morgan County" Sign on U.S. 72
•    East Side Jr's 4-H Club (Morgan County): Replace and Reconstruct the East Side Junior's 4-H Club Patio at Morgan County Fairgrounds
•    Lucky Four 4-H Club (Morgan County): Replace and Maintain Landscaping at Morgan County Fairgrounds
•    Triopia FFA Chapter (Morgan County): Replace and Maintain Landscaping Around the Triopia High School and the Schoolground's Memorials
•    Perry County Panthers 4-H Club (Perry County): Design and Construct Raised Beds for the Perry County Community Garden
•    Prairie Schooners 4-H Club (Randolph County): Grow and Donate Produce to Families in Need in the Evansville Area
•    Steeleville High School FFA Chapter (Randolph County): Teach Steeleville Elementary School Students to Plant and Care for a Garden
•    Island Grove 4-H Club (Sangamon County): Replant Flower Pots in Downtown New Berlin
•    SparkTank 4-H Club (Sangamon County): Restore and Provide Signage at the Lincoln Colored Home in Springfield
•    Tri-City 4-H Club (Sangamon County): Update Landscaping Around the Entrance to the Mechanicsburg Cemetery
•    Williamsville FFA (Sangamon County): Build Raised Garden Beds for the Williamsville School's Community Garden
•    Rural Feeders 4-H Club (Shelby County): Refurbish the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fairground's Rabbit and Poultry Barn
•    Shelby County 4-H Cloverbuds (Shelby County): Replace Landscaping at the the Shelby County Extension Office
•    Shelby County 4-H Federation (Shelby County): Repair and Repaint the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fairground's Show and Horse Arenas
•    Shelby Showstoppers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Plant Flowers at the Shelby County Animal Control Center
•    Strasburg Tailtwisters 4-H Club (Shelby County): Refurbish the Shelby County 4-H and Junior Fairground's Dairy Barn
•    Town & Country 4-H Club (Wabash County): Update and Repair the Mabel Courter Youth Exhibition Center Bleachers at Wabash County Fairgrounds
•    Simply the Best/Hunger Ambassadors 4-H Club (Washington County): Purchase Meal Kits to Participate in the Illini Fighting Hunger Meal Packaging Project
•    76 Clovers 4-H Club (White County): Replace Bushes and Plant Flowers at the Rebecca Turner Memorial Garden at Norris City-Omaha Elementary School
•    Centerville Ripsnorters 4-H Club (White County): Build and Maintain Raised Garden Beds at the White County GIFT Garden
•    Crossville Prizewinners 4-H Club (White County): Build a Fence Around the Perimeter of the White County GIFT Garden
•    Enfield Blue Ribbon 4-H Club (White County): Provide Summer Lunches to Students in Need in Enfield
•    Grayville Go-Getters 4-H Club (White County): Provide Landscaping and a Flag Pole at the Depot in Downtown Grayville
•    Mad Hatters 4-H Club (White County): Provide and Maintain a Pollinator Garden in the White County GIFT Garden
•    White County 4-H Federation (White County): Plant Produce and Maintain the White County GIFT Garden in Carmi

The following 4-H clubs and FFA chapters were selected to receive 2016 community improvement grants:

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Local Contact: Peggy Hampton, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,