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    Cloverbud Adventure: A Holiday Extravaganza!

    Another great Cloverbud adventure is on horizon! Join us for a holiday extravaganza where we will learn about Christmas trees along with many fun activities. Let's get in the holiday spirit!!

    New Arc 4-H Adventure Club

    The Arc Mower County and Mower County 4-H are excited to announce they’ve teamed up to offer a brand new 4-H after-school adventure club at The Arc Mower County!

    4-H Night at the Austin Bruins Game!

    Join us for 4-H Night with the Bruins February 15 beginning at 7:05 PM! Call the Extension Office to reserve your tickets.

    Regional Winter Outing

    Mark your calendars for Friday, December 28 as we attend Winnie the Pooh at the Old Log Theater. More information will follow as we approach this date.

    Little Lock-In

    Mark your calendar for Friday, March 15. The Little Lock-In will be held at Ellis Middle School. Watch for more information on this event!

    Advisory Board Retreat

    The Advisory Board Retreat will be held November 10th at Ironwood Springs. Please join us in planning and setting goals for the 2018-2019 year.

    What are PDCs?

    Project Development Committees (PDC) are developed to provide leadership, oversight, and planning in specific project areas within 4-H. They are typically made up of a combination of older youth and adult leaders. We currently have a livestock committee comprised of all species that meet throughout the year.

    Looking for a Holiday Gift for Someone?

    Don’t forget our Mower County Tummy Tickler Cookbooks are for sale! It includes many delicious recipes from 4-H families across the county.  Cookbooks are $5 each.

    Project Bowl

    Project Bowl season is right around the corner! The second most attended event during the 4-H year is the Project Bowl competition. Patterned after the golden-oldie television show "College Bowl", it challenges teams of 3-6 youth on their knowledge of 4-H project areas: Dairy, Dog, General Livestock, Horse, Poultry, Rabbit and Wildlife.

    Mower County 4-H Shooting Sports and Wildlife Program Updates

    A new shooting sports year is set to begin. Please join us for a variety of activities and training. Permission slips and fees are due to the Extension Office before practice may begin.

    Banquet Wrap-Up

    Mower County 4-H members and volunteers celebrated their success at the annual Recognition Banquet on Monday, October 29. Congratulations to everyone on another great year in the Mower County 4-H program!

    Start Your Records Early!

    Now is a great time to get started on 4-H Records! Set some goals now and start preparing projects and records for the 2018-2019 4-H year. Records are posted in the download section of the Mower County Extension webpage.

    Project Spotlight-Entomology

    Read all about our Entomology project spotlight. If you want to learn what is "bugging" you then the Entomology project is for you!!

    September New Member Welcomes

    Welcome to our new Mower County 4-H members this month. We are happy to have you become part of such a wonderful program.

    THANKS to the 2017 - 2018 4-H Club Leaders!

    Leaders are key to success in the 4-H program. Here in Mower County we are fortunate to have wonderful club leaders that work hard to make 4-H fun for our youth. We would like to recognize each leader and thank them for all of their work.

    November New Member Welcomes

    Please join us in welcoming our new youth to the Mower County 4-H program. We are excited to have all of these new members!

    SE Invitational Project Bowl

    Here’s a chance for you to practice and learn about 4-H Project Bowls. The SE Invitational Project Bowl will be held Saturday, February 16 in Byron. This will be a double-elimination contest following MN 4-H Project Bowl rules (www.extension.umn.edu/youth/mn4-H/events/project-bowl).

    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!

    October Clover Update

    The October Clover Update is now available. Please take the time to read about all the fun activities planned for the month of October. You do not want to miss out!!!

    October New Member Welcomes

    Welcome to our new Mower County 4-H members this month. We are happy to have you become part of such a wonderful program.

    Have you heard of the Science of Agriculture Challenge?

    The Science of Agriculture Challenge is designed to have a group of 3-4 youth working together to solve an issue in agriculture or come up with an innovation to help benefit agriculture. Consider becoming part of this wonderful team.

    Project Bowl

    Project bowl is fast approaching! Join in on the fun and learn all about livestock species. It is a great way to challenge your knowledge of your favorite species!

    State Fair Results (General/Static, Lama Encampment and Other)

    Congrats to all the Mower County 4-Her’s at the State Fair! Mower County had another outstanding performance!

    New officers Installed for Mower County 4-H Advisory Committee

    On Monday, September 10 we installed the 2018 – 2019 Mower County 4-H Advisory Committee. Congratulations to the new 2018 – 2019 Mower county 4-H Advisory Board!

    Mower County 4-H Banquet Awards

    There are many awards to be given away at the Mower County 4-H Recognition Banquet. Please be sure to apply for these awards before the October 19 deadline.

    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.

    It’s 4-H Record Time!

    4-H records are meant to be a way of reflecting on what you have learned and done in 4-H, and a way to save great memories for the years to come. Records can be found online and typed up, or filled in by hand with copies received from the Extension Office.

    Do you enjoy working with kids and have a passion for Shooting Sports & Wildlife?

    The growing Mower County 4-H Shooting Sports & Wildlife (SS&W) is seeking individuals to join the team of coaches to lead our outstanding program!

    Online enrollment for the 2018-2019 4-H Year

    Enrollment for the 2018-2019 4-H year opens up after September 16. Please visit mn.4HOnline.com to get enrolled.

    Are you due to re-enroll as a 4-H volunteer?

    Volunteers play a crucial role in the 4-H program and are required enroll in the 4-H program every three years. Please check to see that you are current on your status in order to continue your work with 4-H members.

    Animal After-School Adventures at the Arc of Mower County

    Join us from some after-school adventures at the Arc of Mower County this fall! These hands-on and interactive lessons will teach youth more about the science of animals and where your food comes from.

    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.

    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.

    Mower County 4-H Records

    New records!

    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!

    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.

    Apply to be a Youth Livestock Superintendent!

    Share your talents with Mower County 4-H by applying to be a herdsmanship coordinator, livestock superintendent or Cloverbud advisor.
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