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    Sign-up for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge!

    Registration for the 2019 Science of Agriculture Challenge is now open! Youth in grades 6 - 12 should register by Friday, Feb. 1. The Science of Agriculture Challenge is a great way to develop communication and problem solving skills and explore careers related to agriculture.

    4-H enrollment - it's that time again!

    4-H enrollment is required for 4-H participation and is easy to do. Has your family enrolled yet? If not, please take a few minutes to enroll and/or update your family's information.

    Invigorate your club meetings

    Adult and teen leaders - are you looking for new activities to kick off your club meetings? Check out this new resource on our website to engage your members in problem solving activities! These activities will not only build teamwork and problem solving skills, but will energize your members, setting the stage for productive meetings!

    Plan now for winter weather cancellations

    Plan ahead for winter weather cancellations of 4-H programs, activities and outings. Proper plan communication will help to ensure the safety of 4-H members and Minnesota 4-H volunteers during the winter months.

    Utilize the sales tax exemption for purchases appropriately

    Minnesota 4-H is an approved nonprofit organization. This provides 4-H exemption on paying Minnesota sales tax on most purchases. Purchases MUST be paid for directly by a 4-H organization check in order to utilize the sales tax exemption.

    Follow the 4-H policy when generating funds

    Fall is a great time to plan for fundraising activities for 4-H programs to generate dollars to use throughout the year. Utilize the information sheets linked in this article and work with your 4-H program coordinator when you have questions or are seeking advice about carrying out local fundraising efforts.

    Create a 4-H video to win a $50 gift card!

    The First Generation Initiative team is excited to announce a video contest to highlight the great work being done by 4-H'ers to recruit and orient folks new to 4-H! Submit your video by Dec. 15 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card!

    Message from Jennifer: It’s a new season of doing in 4-H

    Interim Minnesota 4-H state leader Jennifer Skuza celebrates all the ways youth and adults can take action in 4-H. As the new program year begins, set your intentions for a year full of doing.

    Plan and develop your club’s budget

    It’s time for 4-H clubs to develop their annual budgets. Budgets provide a written plan for raising and spending money to accomplish club goals. Sharing budget reports with your club throughout the year is a great way to help all 4-H members understand where and how funds are being used.

    Keep youth safe when participating in 4-H programs

    Now is the time of year to plan for risk and keeping youth safe as they participate in a variety of programs, activities and events. Use our online planning tool and risk management materials to ensure safe and healthy environments for youth and adults participating in 4-H programs and activities.

    Plan to attend annual volunteer training this fall

    Powerful things happen for youth when they’re in a positive relationship with caring adults. The 2018 annual volunteer training, “4-H Grows Relationships,” will ready youth and adult volunteers to connect to young people in meaningful ways. Dates and locations are planned across the state this fall. Be sure to bring a team of youth and adult volunteers.

    Re-enrolling for the 2018-2019 4-H Year

    The 4-H year is almost over, and therefore a new one is right around the corner!

    Message from Jennifer: It is my honor to serve

    Interim 4-H State Leader Jennifer A. Skuza reflects on her long history with 4-H and University of Minnesota Extension. She invites 4-H youth, families and volunteers to connect with her at the Minnesota State Fair.

    Learn about changes to Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF)

    Registration for Citizenship Washington Focus, a week-long trip to Washington, DC, will open in fall 2018 for the summer 2019 experience. Youth gain civic engagement skills while touring DC with youth from across the US! Complete a short survey to receive a reminder email when registration material is posted.

    Message from Dorothy: Be fearlessly committed to growing more true leaders

    In her last article as Minnesota 4-H state leader, Dorothy Freeman encourages all youth, volunteers and families to be fearless in growing true leaders.

    Card games, board games, and hands-on learning...Oh my!

    Make sure your club explores these new zoonotic disease and agritourism resources being sent to every county across the state. Then enter your team into a video contest for a chance at winning a Glo-Germ lesson kit for your group - The winning team will have the chance to work with a professional videographer to re-produce their video as a commercial for national distribution!

    These scholarships are available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Two scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $58,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process.

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H and agriculture: Preparing youth for a lifetime of impact

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages youth and the adults who support them to explore an agrisciece project this year. It's a great way to build skills, connect with mentors and find real solutions to challenges in your community!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H award eight scholarships

    Congratulations to the 2018 Minnesota 4-H scholarship recipients! These eight outstanding 4-H youth and alumni from across Minnesota stood out among over 100 individuals who submitted applications.

    Fair Registration

    Just one week left to sign up for your County Fair Classes in FairEntry! Also, just one week left to sign up for and turn in money for ride bracelets!!!

    Livestock Showmanship Clinic

    It's time to polish your showmanship skills! The Livestock Showing and Fitting Clinic will be held Thursday, June 14th at the fairgrounds in Barnesville from 6pm - 9pm.

    Independent Food Stand Sign Up

    Are you an Independent 4-H member? If so, please sign up for a food stand shift. Read on for link…

    Welcoming our Summer Interns-Lily Crume and Kristin Harrington

    Welcome Kristin Harrington and Lily Crume, our 2018 Summer Interns!

    County Fair Updates

    Just a couple of scheduling changes to be aware of during the 2018 County Fair this year. Check it out here…

    LQA&E Training – Live Training and Online Option Available

    Hoping to earn a state fair trip with your livestock animal at the county fair? Make sure you are up to date on LQA&E training requirements to ensure your eligibility for the state fair. Or are you simply wanting to learn more about the quality care of animals? This training is for you! Read on for info about the online option…

    Message from Dorothy: 4-H is all about animals, right?

    Many people say that 4-H is all about animals. Is that true? Read why Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman is glad there's a strong connection between animals and Minnesota 4-H.

    Watch out for hoaxes, scams and phishing attempts

    A Minnesota 4-H adult volunteer recently received a phishing email containing club specific information – learn how to spot phishing attempts and follow up appropriately.

    Congratulations to the 2018 Helping Hands Grants Recipients!

    Extension Development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce the 2018 Helping Hands Grant recipients. Of the 26 applications we received, 18 projects totaling $22,000 were awarded to 4-H clubs from 20 counties across the state.

    Learn about new Livestock Quality Assurance training options for 4-H animal science members

    New in 2018 – 4-H animal science members can participate in one of two options for Livestock Quality Assurance certification training: 1) Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training, or 2) Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training. All youth participating as state fair 4-H livestock exhibitors must complete Livestock Quality Assurance training requirements.

    Message from Dorothy: Young people: Release your potential

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman invites young people to join her in pursuing bold and courageous dreams. Start with "yes, we can!"

    Message from Dorothy: When youth partner with adults, they become better leaders

    Meet Evan, a 4-H'er who's using his voice to impact youth across Minnesota. Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman reflects on the importance of youth getting to lead alongside caring adults.

    Learn about scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Several scholarships are being offered for Minnesota 4-H youth pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. Visit the 4-H scholarship website to learn more and apply.

    Message from Dorothy: Citizenship is all about service

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman talks about citizenship - 4-H is about growing local and global citizens. People who are skilled, competent and committed to lives of service.

    Your 4-H learning can lead to national opportunities

    Over the past several months, multiple 4-H teams from across Minnesota have showcased their learning at a national level - find out how!

    Interested in Shooting Sports?

    Interested in learning more about how YOU can be involved in Shooting Sports and Wildlife? Now is the time to check it out.

    Message from Dorothy: Teenagers: Your self-confidence is key!

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman encourages young people to be bold and build their self-confidence.

    Jerry Ludwig of Redwood County named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Jerry Ludwig has been chosen as Minnesota’s 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

    Crissy Otting of Clearwater County honored as Volunteer of the Year

    Crissy Otting has received the Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Interested in Shooting Sports?

    Interested in learning more about how YOU can be involved in Shooting Sports and Wildlife? Now is the time to check it out. They will be meeting in January…

    BLU Registration Closes January 10th

    Northwest Region BLU will be Feb. 10 – 11 at the Castaway Club in Detroit Lakes. Register online via 4HOnline.com or download the registration documents.

    Market Beef and Dairy Steers Animal ID Deadline

    For those of you will be bringing Market Beef or Dairy Steers to the county fair – keep in mind that there is an early deadline for these animals – February 15th.

    After school classes coming to Ulen, Dilworth and Glyndon

    Building Awesome Structures, a hands on engineering and creativity classes will begin mid-January 2018

    Rube Goldberg Challenge

    Clay County is looking for teams to meet the challenge of creating their own Rube Goldberg machine. Young people in third through eighth grades can compete in these friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) team competitions, which take place at county fairs.

    Do You Know any Local College Students?

    We have an abundance of College Students in the Fargo/Moorhead area – but sometimes its hard to connect with them. Who do you know? Help us to connect with local students so we can provide them and our 4-H youth with new opportunities…

    New Member Gathering

    New Members – this is for you! We will have a New Member Gathering sometime in February which will help you get started right in the 4-H year. Come pick up paperwork, important information, and get questions answered. We can’t wait to meet you!

    Introducing... A Brand New Agriculture Opportunity

    Have you heard about the State Science of Agriculture Program – well we are excited to introduce a Regional version of this opportunity.

    Ambassadors are Back!

    Are you proud to be a 4-Her? Has 4-H changed your life? Do you like making a difference? If you answered yes, we want you on our team! Join this group of passionate 4-Hers and increase your leadership skills, capacity to give back and help us spread the word about 4-H! Not to mention, make friends and HAVE FUN!

    Rube Goldberg Challenge

    Clay County is looking for teams to meet the challenge of creating their own Rube Goldberg machine. Young people in third through eighth grades can compete in these friendly science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) team competitions, which take place at county fairs.

    Do You Know any Local College Students?

    We have an abundance of College Students in the Fargo/Moorhead area – but sometimes its hard to connect with them. Who do you know? Help us to connect with local students so we can provide them and our 4-H youth with new opportunities…

    Introducing...A Brand New Agriculture Opportunity

    Have you heard about the State Science of Agriculture Program – well we are excited to introduce a Regional version of this opportunity.

    Rube Goldberg Challenge

    Do you like to design and create things? Can you imagine being part of a team of youth who do?

    Introducing the 2017-2018 4-H Board of Directors

    We are excited to announce our newly elected 2017-2018 4-H Board of Directors youth and adults!

    National 4-H Week is here and we have a gift for you!

    National 4-H Week is October 1-7. Read further for more information on our gift to each of our 4-H families.

    We’re hiring! Well, Sort of...

    There are several opportunities for youth in 4-H – this is nothing new. And in order for those opportunities to be made available, a volunteer leader(s) is needed to lead them. Each program listed below is still pretty new, which leaves a lot of room for creativity. Consider helping us build one!

    All Committees Accepting New Members!

    Committees will meet on Tuesday October 10th at 6:00 PM at the Maranatha Fee Lutheran Church in Glyndon. All out-going, in-coming and potential committee members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

    Minnesota State Fair & State Events

    We are right in the middle of the MN State Fair and other state 4-H showcase events, and we couldn’t be better represented by our Clay County 4-Hers!

    Minnesota State Fair & State Events

    We are right in the middle of the MN State Fair and other state 4-H showcase events, and we couldn’t be better represented by our Clay County 4-Hers!

    Eric Vancura and Hannah Kruize named MN State 4-H Ambassadors

    We couldn’t be more excited to announce that both Eric Vancura and Hannah Kruize earned the role of a 2017-2018 MN State 4-H Ambassador!

    Dive into 4-H this Fall

    Ready to dive into 4-H this fall? We have a new tool to help you do so!

    4-H Summer Adventures; “What Goes Up, Must Come Down” Coming to Your Town

    4-Hers and friends come take part in “What Goes Up, Must Come Down.” For youth 1st through 5th grades. Activities such as building gliders, catapults or trebuchets, yo-yos, egg drop challenge, roller coaster design and boomerangs are on the schedule.

    Livestock Project Bowl Leads to Lively Learning

    Livestock Project Bowl is fun, increases your animal knowledge for showmanship, mandatory interviews at the State Fair and gets you into real competition. This group meets once a week January through March to study health, physiology, feeding, care and current industry issues of cattle, sheep, swine, and goats. For grades 3 and up.

    Barn Quilt Trail Project

    This project is being developed to emphasize a sense of community and pride in our heritage and culture. These big quilt squares are painted on the sides of barns, local businesses and significant buildings and even free standing. It is placed so that the pattern can be viewed as people drive past.
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