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Purdue Extension to focus on methamphetamine
By SUSAN BLOWER
Indiana Correspondent

GREENFIELD, Ind. — Indiana State Police specialist Pete Glogoza will speak about the growing use of methamphetamine in Indiana at the Purdue Extension Hancock County Annual Meeting in Greenfield on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to attend the meeting, which also will feature a hog roast meal and Weird Science interactive experiments and activities. The events will take place in the 4-H Exhibit Building on the Hancock County Fairgrounds.

Meth use has special implications for farmers and youth, both of which are served by Purdue Extension, said Janet Helms, communications specialist for the extension in Hancock County. “All of us benefit from knowing better the signs that surround this activity. Anyone who has kids or grandchildren should be informed,” Helms said.

“Most farmers are probably aware of meth and of its key ingredient, anhydrous ammonia, but you can’t have too much information about it,” she added.

Helms said she expects Glogoza’s program will last about an hour. With interactive science activities, Helms expects the meeting to take a turn toward fun and rewarding. The Weird Science theme will showcase some of the many programs available through the Extension.

Door prizes, including a prize worth $100-$200, will be given to lucky participants. Those who bring two cans of food for the Hancock County Food Pantry will receive an extra ticket for the drawing. Advance registration is required for the hog roast, which will cost only $2 per person due to corporate sponsors who have underwritten the cost in order that more people may benefit from the program.

Those sponsors are Star Financial Bank, Central Indiana Power, Hancock Regional Hospital, Farm Credit Services, Greenfield Banking Co. and Hancock County Farm Bureau, Inc.

The deadline to register is Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Include the number of attendees and the check, payable to Purdue Extension Hancock County.

The address is 802 North Apple St., Greenfield, IN 46140. Call 317-462-1113 for more information.

This farm news was published in the Nov. 15, 2006 issue of Farm World, serving Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee.

11/15/2006