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PCARET requests continuing funding at Indiana Statehouse

PCARET requests continuing funding at Indiana Statehouse
PCARET requests continuing funding at Indiana Statehouse
PCARET’s Karen Schwartz, left, and Rebecca Wilkins talk with State Sen. Gary Byrne during their trip to the Indiana Statehouse. The two women met with state representatives to request continuing funds for the program. Submitted photo

Karen Schwartz and Rebecca Wilkins traveled to Indianapolis on Jan. 17 to represent Harrison County as former Area 2 PCARET president and member, respectively.

The day began with an orientation at the Hyatt Regency followed by a visit to the Indiana Statehouse to meet with local representatives, in order to request continuing funding for agricultural programs and share personal extension stories.

Schwartz (4-H Leader, Blue River All Stars, Harrison County Extension Homemaker, Blue River Hills Extension Homemakers and Harrison County Master Gardeners) and Wilkins, Harrison County Extension Educator) first met with Skyler Wood, State Rep. Karen Engleman’s legislative assistant, and had a tour of the House of Representatives Chamber. They then met with State Sen. Gary Byrne after he completed his Transportation Committee meeting.

Schwartz and Engleman then traveled together to the Capitol Ballroom for the PCARET legislative luncheon, sponsored by Farm Bureau, where they were joined by Byrne and other state legislators, PCARET members and Farm Bureau and Purdue representatives, including Purdue President Mung Chiang, who addressed the group.

PCARET, short for Purdue Council of Agricultural Research, Extenstion and Teaching, is a branch of a national organization CARET, which builds support for the land-grant university system. Members act as representatives for Indiana citizens and advocate for Purdue agriculture with state legislators and county officials.

Harrison County PCARET is looking for new members to share PCARET adventures and experiences.