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Lexington County 4-H’ers participate in the Wildlife Food Plot Project

The South Carolina 4-H Wildlife Food Plot Project is a state-wide 4-H project that allows youth ages 5-19 the opportunity to establish, maintain and observe a food plot for wildlife. This project is a partnership with the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), and is sponsored by Wannamaker Seed Company. For the 2017 project year, the project had over 100 participants for all age groups. Participants were required to prepare, plat, grow, maintain and observe their food plots over a 3 to 6-month time period. They were encouraged to follow specific guidelines, and keep up with a project record book for the duration of the project. For their record books, youth recorded the monetary investments they made in fertilizer, observation areas, equipment, etc. as well as any animals that visited their plots, rainfall at their plot, what types of plants grew in the plot, and a story describing the activities and things they learned from the project.

On January the 15th 2018, Allie Winter the Lexington County 4-H Agent along with Mr. Dave Peninger (a representative and judge from Lake Murray Branch QDMA), and Mr. Hollens Free (a representative and judge from a low-country hunting club) visited all of the 4-H’ers enrolled in the project and viewed their food plots.

The South Carolina 4-H Natural Resources Committee will be scoring and placing the record books and 4-H’ers efforts to determine the Regional and State age division winners for the 2017-2018 project year. Those winners will be announced and recognized this month.

Lexington County 4-H’ers that participated in the project will be recognized at the Lake Murray Branch QDMA Banquet this Saturday February 10th, 6:00 PM at Celebrations of Batesburg. If you’re interested in purchasing tickets for this event, please contact Dave Peninger at (843) 910-1572. The evening will include several raffle giveaways, a live auction, and recognition of the youth participants.

If you are interested in finding out more about Lexington County 4-H, please email Lexington County 4-H Agent Allie Winter at aewinte@clemson.edu

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