The exterior of the building is up but they still need funds to complete the project. 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.
Farmers can give the gift of grain again this year. A Grain Bank has been set up with the area First Cooperative Association Elevators and Sand Seed Service Inc. 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 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.
What if you're not a farmer? You may write a check for your donation. The check can be made out to 4-H Facilities Betterment Project and mailed to P.O. Box 43 Cherokee, IA 51012. If you would like more information, you can call the Cherokee County Extension Office at 225-6196 and someone will be happy to answer your questions or get you headed in the right direction.