Premier Companies Gifts

Since 2020, thousands of Indiana 4‑Hers have benefitted from funds provided through the generosity of Premier Companies. For the 2023-2024 cycle, they have committed over $100,000 to 4‑H projects across southern Indiana! Here is an overview of some of the most recent projects made possible by the Premier Companies gifts:

Bartholomew County
Educator: Elisabeth Eaton
Funding Received: $13,500
Educational signage for livestock barn; appliances and kitchen equipment; new display materials for static projects; show arena gates and sound system

Clark County
Educator: Katie Whiteford
Funding Received: $11.975
Goat pens; livestock mentorship program; livestock workshop series

Crawford County
Educator: Gail Peitzmeier
Funding Received: $5,000
4‑H experience in the classroom

Daviess County
Educator: Robinson Richardson
Funding Received: $255
Quality livestock care training (YQCA Training)

Franklin County
Educator: Elizabeth Simmermeyer
Funding Received: $1,650
Discover Franklin County project

Harrison County
Educator: Tara Beckman
Funding Received: $9,750
Vet Camp 2.0

Jackson County
Educator: Heather VonDielingen
Funding Received: $4,097
Dog club equipment; wash rack lighting

Jefferson County
Educator: Britt Copeland
Funding Received: $3,000
Horse & Pony Club Camp

Jennings County
Educator: Rebekah Barger
Funding Received: $2,700
In-school 4‑H club

Johnson County
Educator: Heather Dougherty
Funding Received: $2,836
Tablets for Sphero robots; 4‑H camp transportation

Lawrence County
Educator: Lesley Lodmell
Funding Received: $3,222
Hands-on experiences during county fair; photo backdrop at fair; computer support to increase accessibility of 4‑H materials

Monroe County
Educator: Clint Deck
Funding Received: $10,000
School-to-farm field trips, 4‑H Camp, and educational resources for the Children’s Farm Festival

Orange County
Educator: Julie Carrell
Funding Received: $4,400
New A-frames and display cases

Owen County
Educator: Jennifer Abrell
Funding Received: $2,440
4‑H Youth Theatre

Rush County
Educator: Sarah Gettinger
Funding Received: $5,000
Class to Clover program

Scott County
Educator: Megan Stone
Funding Received: $3,200
Start a floraculture project; horse and pony bootcamp

Shelby County
Educator: Bailey York
Funding Received: $1,375
Fetal Pig SPARK Club; Read, Taste, and Touch (RT2) Program end of year celebration

Washington County
Educator: Taylor Chastain
Funding Received: $5,000
Class to Clover program and Carnival of Fun

Area 1: Brown, Dearborn, Decatur, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, and Switzerland Counties
Educator: Katie Finney
Funding Received: $2,600
Area 1 Activity Fund

Area 2: Southeast Indiana 4‑H Camp
Educator: Heather VonDielingen
Funding Received: $8,000
Area 2 Youth Education Fund

Premier Companies

About Premier Companies' Commitment to 4‑H

Premier Companies, headquartered in Seymour, Indiana, has been a generous sponsor of the Indiana 4‑H Leadership Summit. The $100,000 donation to support county 4‑H initiatives in 2023 is a significant symbol of Premier’s commitment to 4‑H.

Premier Companies started in 1927 with the aim of providing energy and agricultural services in Indiana. Harold Cooper, CEO of Premier Companies, is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of agri-business leaders.

To learn more about Premier Companies (and view employment opportunities) please visit