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Consider 4-H Facilities Project in your year-end giving

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Charitable giving provides an opportunity for tax savings, particularly as individuals seek year-end planning options for their 2009 tax bills.

However, making a charitable gift is more than just careful year-end tax planning; it is also an opportunity to make a difference in communities through philanthropy. Consider a donation to the 4-H Facilities Betterment Project as part of your year-end charitable giving.

The project's goal is to expand and improve the current livestock facilities at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Out of safety concerns, major renovations to the current cattle barn were started prior to the 2009 fair with new electrical wiring installed in part of the building and existing center dividers replaced with continuous fencing.

The project will complete the electrical wiring, install additional continuous fencing and tie rings, and add concrete aisles. An addition, to include a grooming chute area and wash rack, is also proposed.

A new 80' x 200' building along the north side of the cattle barn will provide a new indoor show arena for cattle exhibitors as well as stalling space for horse exhibitors. An addition to this building will provide restroom and shower facilities and a kitchen/meeting room area.

The project will benefit current as well as future 4-H'ers by providing additional safe and superior livestock housing. Exhibitors in all livestock species will have the opportunity to exhibit their animals for the duration of the county fair.

With the expanded housing facilities, new classes such as the breeding heifer pen-of-three that debuted in 2009 can be explored not only for cattle, but for the other large and small livestock species as well.

The improvements will also allow for other opportunities including off-season livestock shows, hands-on livestock seminars, 4-H Shooting Sports practice area, and various community and regional events throughout the entire year.

Contributions can be sent to "4-H Facilities Betterment Project," P. O. Box 43, Cherokee, IA 51012 or dropped off at the Cherokee County Extension Office at 209 Centennial Drive in Cherokee. Donors will be recognized at various levels of support and all contributions are tax deductible.

Donations of grain can also be made at Sand Seed, Marcus; Western Iowa Co-op, Washta; and all First Cooperative Elevator locations in Cherokee County. Gifts of grain can provide an additional savings to farmers by reducing self-employment tax and increasing income tax savings.

Visit the Cherokee County 4-H Facebook page for additional information and to follow our progress. Just log in and search for "Cherokee County 4-H Betterment Project." Questions can also be directed to the Cherokee County Extension Office at (712) 225-6196.

Cherokee County has seen many youth grow through their involvement in 4-H. With your help, we will be "Building for a Future" by providing a safe and superior learning environment for our current and future youth exhibitors.