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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                                                                                               Contact: Lauren McKirgan, GS&F

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            March 27, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lmckirgan@gsandf.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (615) 385-1100 x2408

 

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Youth Essay Contest Winners to be Recognized at State, County Fairs Across the Country

 

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (March 27, 2018) — The Tractor Supply Company Mobile Fair Tour is looking for 4-H and FFA youth who showcase what it means to be a great neighbor.

 

Originating last year, the “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest is an experiential component of the retailer’s Mobile Fair Tour—a 24-stop journey across the United States that will begin its route June 1 in Kentucky and conclude Nov. 10 in Nevada.

 

Beginning Tuesday, March 27, 4-H and FFA members living near one of the fair tour’s 24 stops can enter the contest by submitting an essay in response to the following: Choose one memorable 4-H or FFA experience and explain how that experience has influenced your development as a great neighbor in your community.

Tractor Supply will recognize five winners at each of the 24 fair stops with a special ceremony at the Mobile Fair Tour footprint. Winners will be presented with a commemorative plaque and Tractor Supply gift pack.

 

The “Great Neighbor” Essay Contest closes Sunday, April 29 at 5 p.m. CDT. To enter, eligible

4-H and FFA members should visit TractorSupply.com/FairTour to submit an essay, review contest rules and regulations, and view a list of fair stops.

 

“Whether it’s caring for animals, growing vegetables or volunteering, fairs play an important role in providing developmental opportunities for 4-H and FFA youth,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “The ‘Great Neighbor’ Essay Contest is an excellent platform for these youth to share their leadership experiences, and it allows Tractor Supply to provide some well-deserved recognition for the work they do year-round to make their communities better places.”

 

Last year, Tractor Supply recognized more than 90 4-H and FFA youth for their community contributions at 19 fair stops across the country. In addition to honoring contest winners, the Mobile Fair Tour features free, family-friendly activities and prizes to enhance the fair experience.

 

About Tractor Supply Company

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO) is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. At December 30, 2017, the Company operated 1,685 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com.

 

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At December 30, 2017, the Company operated 168 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

 

About National FFA Organization

The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

 

About 4?H

4?H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4?H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4?H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4?H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4?H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4?H at www.4-H.org, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/4-H and on Twitter at Twitter.com/4H.

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Grace Stewart

(615) 385-1100 x2401

gstewart@gsandf.com

 

 

 

Paper Clover raises money to send thousands of 4-H youth to camps, conferences and youth development programs

 

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (Apr. 4, 2018) – Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the country, is hosting its ninth year of Paper Clover, a fundraising campaign that provides millions of dollars in scholarships for 4-H youth in partnership with National 4-H council.

 

From April 11 to April 22, Tractor Supply customers can participate in the Paper Clover fundraiser by purchasing a paper clover—the emblem of 4-H—for a donation during checkout at stores nationwide or by making a purchase online at TractorSupply.com. The funds raised will be awarded to 4-H youth as scholarships to attend camps and leadership conferences in the state where the donation was collected.

 

“Every Paper Clover donation directly contributes to the growth and development of 4-H youth,” said Christi Korzekwa, senior vice president of marketing at Tractor Supply Company. “Tractor Supply customers and team members show incredible support for this program because they see the value 4-H brings in teaching indispensable skills that benefit their communities for years to come.”

 

Since its start in 2010, the partnership between Tractor Supply and 4-H has generated more than $13 million in essential funding. Last year the Paper Clover fundraiser, which takes place in the spring and fall, saw a record-breaking year with more than $1.8 million raised.

 

“The stories we hear from the thousands of 4-H youth who have attended camps and leadership conferences because of Paper Clover remind us why we work so hard to support this mission,” said Jessica Holmes, store marketing manager at Tractor Supply Company. “In every Tractor Supply community, we see 4-H members growing into leaders and we are proud to play a role in their development.”

 

Fundraising efforts from Paper Clover fund scholarships for numerous state level 4-H programs nationwide, and every donation benefits youth within the state it was collected.

 

“4-H continues to empower America’s youth with hands-on learning and education programs that encompass skills like responsibility, resiliency and hard work,” said Jennifer Sirangelo, president and CEO, National 4-H Council. “Thanks to our partnership with Tractor Supply Company, its team members and the communities it serves, the Paper Clover promotion gives more youth the opportunity to experience and benefit from 4-H.”

 

4-H clubs are encouraged to contact a Tractor Supply store to participate during the in-store fundraiser. Those who participate with their local store are eligible to win a $100 Tractor Supply gift card through the Paper Clover Participation Sweepstakes. For more information on how to enter the sweepstakes, visit TractorSupply.com/4h.

 

About Tractor Supply Company

Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ: TSCO) is in its 80th year of operation and, since being founded in 1938, has grown to become the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. With 28,000 team members, 1,700 stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website, Tractor Supply is passionate about serving its unique niche, as a one-stop shop for recreational farmers, ranchers and all those who enjoy living the rural lifestyle. Tractor Supply offers an extensive mix of products necessary to care for home, land, pets and animals with a focus on product localization, exclusive brands and legendary customer service that addresses the needs of the Out Here lifestyle. The Company leverages its physical store assets with digital capabilities to offer customers the convenience of purchasing products they need anytime, anywhere and any way they choose at the everyday prices they deserve. At March 31, 2018, the Company operated 1,700 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com

 

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At December 30, 2017, the Company operated 168 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

 

About 4-H

4?H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for career tomorrow. 4?H programs empower nearly six million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4?H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA, and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. Globally, 4?H collaborates with independent programs to empower one million youth in 50 countries. The research-backed 4?H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs.  Learn more about 4?H at WWW.4?H.ORG, or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Contact:
Grace Stewart
615-385-1100 ext. 2401
gstewart@gsandf.com

 

grantsforgrowing.jpgTractor Supply, FFA Looking for FFA Projects to Fund

  

Grants for Growing applications open through Feb. 14

 

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (January 17, 2017) – Local FFA chapters in search of funding for their next animal science lab, community garden or other noteworthy agricultural project, take note.

 

Tractor Supply Company, the largest rural lifestyle retailer in the United States, will soon launch its third annual Grants for Growing campaign—a competitive grant program designed to support local FFA chapters across the country that want to make a difference in their communities through sustainable agriculture-focused projects.

  

To qualify for a grant, FFA advisors must visit http://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing and submit an application by Monday, February 14, 2018. The submission process requires entrants to provide a detailed proposal, including how they will start, maintain or expand on a project that will benefit their communities.

 

Grants, which are awarded to chapters in the spring, have a minimum value of $500 and a maximum value of $5,000.

 

Since 2016, Grants for Growing has raised more than $1.4 million for the National FFA Organization, including a record setting $731,000 in 2017. In total, the initiative has funded 692 grants supporting projects involving 69,134 students.

 

Notable 2017 grant recipients include a hydroponic vegetable garden from the Hart County FFA and the King City FFA chapter’s Agriculture Day, where sixth graders were given the opportunity to learn more about technology in agriculture.  

 

“FFA is well known for its civic-centered initiatives, and Grants for Growing is Tractor Supply’s way of supporting the students who are striving to make their communities better, more sustainable places,” said Jessica Holmes, marketing manager at Tractor Supply Company. “Whether it’s a project focused around greenhouse development, public landscaping or livestock, by applying for a grant FFA advisors help increase their students’ ability to make long-term community impacts.”

  

To support the program, Tractor Supply will host a 10-day in-store fundraising period February 16–25, which will give customers the opportunity to donate at checkout. All in-store donations will remain within the state they are donated.  

 

For more details about the program, visit https://www.FFA.org/grantsforgrowing.

 

About Tractor Supply Company

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. As of September 30, 2017, the Company operated 1,665 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com.  Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

 

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At September 30, 2017, the Company operated 162 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

 

About National FFA Organization
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization of 653,359 student members as part of 8,568 local FFA chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is supported by 344,239 alumni members in 2,051 local FFA Alumni chapters throughout the U.S. The FFA mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education. The National FFA Organization operates under a federal charter granted by the 81st United States Congress and it is an integral part of public instruction in agriculture. The U.S. Department of Education provides leadership and helps set direction for FFA as a service to state and local agricultural education programs. For more, visit the National FFA Organization online at FFA.org and on Facebook, Twitter and the official National FFA Organization blog.

 

About National FFA Foundation
The National FFA Foundation builds partnerships with industry, education, government, other foundations and individuals to secure financial resources that recognize FFA member achievements, develop student leaders and support the future of agricultural education. Governed by a 19-member board of trustees composed of educators, business leaders, individual donors and FFA Alumni, the foundation is a separately registered nonprofit organization. About 82 percent of every dollar received by the foundation supports FFA members and agricultural education opportunities. For more, visit FFA.org/Give.

  

 

 

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