The 4-H Facilities Betterment Project Committee is excited to announce the addition of Western Iowa Co-op in Washta, and Sand Seed Service in Marcus to the list of participating "Grain Bank" elevators in Cherokee County.
A Grain Bank has been set up to receive donations of grain as one of the fundraisers to construct a new livestock building and continue the renovations to the current cattle barn at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds to create safe and adequate housing for 4-H livestock projects.
These improvements will make it possible for all 4-H livestock species to be housed on the fairgrounds throughout the entire fair. Area First Cooperative Association elevators are also participating in this project.
The process is simple. When you come in to unload your grain, just let the attendant know how many bushels you would like to donate to the 4-H Facilities Betterment Project.
A self-employed farmer is actually better off donating grain rather than money to charitable organizations. By reducing self employment tax and increasing income tax savings, gifts of grain can save farmers as much as 49 percent of the donation amount.
For example, a donation of $1,000 could save an extra $490 by giving grain instead of cash. The following levels of support will be recognized: Supreme Champion - $5,000 and above; Grand Champion/Purple - $2,500-$4,999; Reserve Champion/Lavender - $1,000-$2,499; Blue Ribbon - $500-$999; Red Ribbon - $100-$499; and Green Ribbon - $99 and under.
If you would like to contribute and do not have grain to donate, watch for additional fundraising events that will be conducted by the committee and local 4-H clubs in the coming months.
Contributions can also be sent directly to "4-H Facilities Betterment Project," P.O. Box 43, Cherokee, IA 51012.
If you would like more information, you can call the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196.