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Source: Tractor Supply Company news release

BRENTWOOD, TN -- Tractor Supply Company is pleased to announce a new, multi-year partnership agreement with National 4-H Council that will raise funds for local county 4-H programs as well as state and national 4-H programming. The agreement went into effect in August and runs through June 2013.

"This partnership will provide funding that is critical to the 4-H programs designed to enrich the lives of its six million young members by teaching life skills, citizenship and leadership qualities," said Tractor Supply Company Chairman and CEO Jim Wright. "For us, this is an outstanding way to support our current and future customers and future team members, and it's a way to give back to the 900-plus unique communities we serve."

As part of the partnership, Tractor Supply will organize fundraisers through two annual Paper Clover events where shoppers can support their 4-H youth programs by making donations upon check out at the store registers. For every $1 donation, shoppers will receive a paper clover to sign and post in store windows. The programs will take place nationally in the spring and fall of each year of the partnership.

"We are thrilled to continue the Paper Clover promotion in more than 900 Tractor Supply Company stores and to expand our relationship into exciting new areas that will drive increased funding to 4-H communities all across the nation," said Donald T. Floyd, Jr., president and CEO of National 4-H Council. "Tractor Supply has been a proven partner, committed to helping fund 4-H programs which teach young people to make positive contributions in their communities and become strong, confident adults."

Another fundraising component of the partnership will be the sale of reusable shopping bags that will be made available for purchase at Tractor Supply stores nationwide. In addition to the environmental benefits that reusable bags offer, the proceeds from the sales of the bags will be donated to the National 4-H Council.

"I can't think of two organizations more ideally suited for each other than 4-H and Tractor Supply," said John Wendler, Senior Vice President, Marketing at Tractor Supply. "Our mission and values are very similar, their members are already our customers and many of our team members either grew up in 4-H or are involved in 4-H today. And while many of our stores have been associated with 4-H clubs for years, this partnership establishes a chain wide relationship that we believe will bring significant value to both of our organizations."

Tractor Supply Company operates more than 940 stores in 44 states. The Company's stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The Company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, pet and animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; (3) hardware and tool products; (4) seasonal products, including lawn and garden power equipment; (5) truck and towing products; and (6) work/recreational clothing and footwear for the entire family.

4-H is a community of six million young people across America learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills. National 4-H Council is the private sector, non-profit partner of 4-H National Headquarters located at the National Insitute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within USDA. 4-H programs are implemented by the 109 land grant universities and the Cooperative Extension System through their 3,100 local Extension offices across the country. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-H.org.