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  • 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.
  • Announcing the 2018 Engineering Design Challenge (formerly Rube Goldberg)

    The 2018 4-H Engineering Design Challenge is here! Youth across the state in grades three and up can participate in this fun, team focused STEM based challenge. Join one of three webinars being planned over the next few months to update volunteer coaches and teams about this year’s challenge!
  • Registration for YELLO! 2018 opens soon - Don't miss this opportunity!

    Registration opens on May 19 for Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Outloud! (YELLO!) The event is open to students who have completed grade 6 - one year past high school and will take place June 12-15 in the 4-H building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds! Registration closes May 7.
  • Apply to be a 2018 - 2019 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador!

    The 2018 - 2019 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team application process will open in mid-April. This is a fantastic leadership opportunity for youth currently in grades 10-12. Apply by May 20!

  • Raise your hand for 4-H in Minnesota

    Help us grow the next generation of true leaders—vote for Minnesota! The Raise Your Hand campaign is a nationwide call to action for alumni and friends to "Raise Your Hand" and empower our youth with the skills to lead for a lifetime. The campaign runs April 1 - May 15. Each hand raised is a vote towards a $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 award for the three states with the most hands raised.
  • Create a video and win a $50 Visa 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 July 1 for a chance to win a $50 Visa gift card and have your video showcased at the state fair!
  • Pledge your hands to larger service

    4-H clubs, Ambassador programs and other 4-H groups are encouraged to plan service projects in April for True Leaders in Service month!
  • Celebrate service - thank you, Volunteers!

    Join us April 15-21 for National Volunteer Week as we celebrate the thousands of volunteers who support youth in developing their passion and important life skills. Thank you to all Minnesota 4-H volunteers!
  • Help spread the word about the spring Tractor Supply Paper Clover Campaign

    Tractor Supply's spring Paper Clover Campaign will run from April 11-22. Make donations online or in stores to help raise money for 4-H programs.
  • Save the date for Supersession: A 4-H Dog Project training workshop

    This year’s workshop will take place June 15-17 and is open to youth in third grade and up, families, trainers, potential trainers, and youth and adult leaders. Registration information will be online soon.
  • Two train the trainer 4-H Dog Project leader workshops are being offered this spring

    Workshops will take place April 28-29 in Redwood Falls and May 5-6 in Wadena. This training is open to 4-H Dog Project trainers, potential trainers, high school age youth leaders and adult leaders who train in county programs. Register by April 20.
  • Gopher Dairy Camp returns in 2018!

    2018 Gopher Dairy Camp will be held June 10-12 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. This camp is open to youth who have completed grades 6-9, but have not yet started 10th grade. Prior experience with dairy cattle is required. Register by May 25.

  • Attend Minnesota 4-H Livestock Judging Camp this summer!

    Livestock judging enthusiasts in grades 6-12 are invited to attend livestock judging camp June 18-20 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus.
  • Attend the 2018 Minnesota 4-H Swine Judges Clinic

    The swine judges training clinic is designed for those already judging county fair 4-H swine shows as well as those who would like to get started. The clinic will be held at the animal arena on the University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus on April 14. Register by April 6 to ensure your spot!
  • 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.
  • Are you interested in becoming a 4-H dairy goat judge?

    A 4-H dairy goat judges training is planned for Saturday, May 19 at the Benton County Fairgrounds. Adults (past 4-H age eligibility) who are interested should mark their calendars and register now!
  • 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.
  • Attend spring 2018 SS&W Leader Certification Training

    Register by April 6 for the April 21-22 training to be held at the Long Lake Conservation Center in Palisades. This training is for Minnesota 4-H adults and youth (9th grade and older) that lead or would like to lead training in shooting sports or wildlife.
  • 2018 Dog Informational Meeting

    Newly interested and past dog project members should plan to attend this meeting! You'll receive a lot of very important information to get your new dog training year started.
  • 4-H Lock-in

    Attention all youth! We have a fun night planned for you and your friends! The night will start with our younger members and when they leave, older youth will come for their turn!
  • 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!
  • Mark your calendars for the 2018 AKSARBEN Stock Show!

    The AKSARBEN Stock Show will be held in Grand Island, Neb. Sept. 27-30, 2018. It's open to 4-H members from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. In it, 4-H youth exhibit livestock, compete in quiz bowl and judging, apply for scholarships and internships to work with the AKSARBEN Stock Show.
  • 2018 Helping Hands grant applications now open!

    Helping Hands grants helps fund worthy youth development programs or projects that young people seek to pursue in partnership with supportive adults and local businesses. Grant awards are between $200 and $2,000. Applications must be postmarked or emailed by March 1.
  • 2018 4-H Camp

    Join us at 4-H camp this summer! Youth who have completed grades 3-6 have the chance to attend Camp Patterson in June and youth who completed grades 6 & 7 will attend Camp Omega in July.
  • 2018 Regional Leadership Outing

    Join youth from Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Rice and Waseca Counties for an escape room challenge, team building, table etiquette, and more! The day will start at the Mower County 4-H building and end in Rochester. For more details, visit our website.
  • 4-H Camp - Save the Date!

    Mission Possible is the theme for an action packed 4-H camp this year! Camp Patterson Youth Camp - June 18-20 and June 20-22, 2018. Camp Omega Teen Camp - July 10-12, 2018. Watch the website and Clover Update for registration information coming soon!
  • 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.
  • Spend your summer in a youth development internship with 4-H

    Minnesota 4-H is now accepting applications for 2018 summer internships with 4-H programs in counties across the state. The application deadline is open until positions are filled with a preference for candidates who apply by Feb. 15.
  • 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.
  • Cloverbud Winter Wonders

    Calling all cloverbuds! Join us for our January gathering which includes some winter fun!
  • 2018 Project Bowl

    Project bowl is right around the corner and open to youth in 3rd grade and above. This is a great experience to about different areas that you may or may not show in.
  • Rice County Arts-In

    Arts-in is coming back to Rice County! This is a performing and leadership experience for all ages!
  • Photography Workshop

    Attention all 4-H members who enjoy taking pictures! We have a workshop coming in January that will help you learn what makes a good photo as well as teach you about the manual settings on your camera.
  • Message from Dorothy: Youth in 4-H make healthier choices

    Associate dean and state 4-H director Dorothy Freeman celebrates the connection between 4-H and healthy choices in young people. Two 4-H members' stories are featured and you're invited to share your own healthy living story.
  • Announcing the 2018 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge for high school youth

    Starting in 2018 the 4-H Engineering Design Rube Goldberg Challenge will include high school youth in grades 9 to one year after high school. The 2018 challenge will be to “plant a seed and water the seed”.
  • SE Invitational Project Bowl

    If you have entered a team in the regional 4-H Project Bowl contests, 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 17 in Byron.
  • 2017 Regional Winter Outing

    Our annual regional winter outing is just right around the corner! Join 4-H families from Freeborn, Mower, Steele, Waseca and Rice Counties as we gather for a play at the Old Log Theater, lunch at the Burnsville Center, and them some outdoor fun in Rice County.
  • Find college scholarships for engineering careers

    High school students pursuing engineering as a post-secondary option – check out this giant list of scholarships, curated by the American Society for Engineering Education.

  • Participate in 2018 project bowls!

    2018 project bowl information is now available! Form a team and participate in one of the four regional Minnesota 4-H Project Bowls across the state. Check out the website for rules, resources and more to get your team started!
  • Club and project leaders -- know and connect with new members!

    Connecting with new 4-H families is an important part of enrollment. Club and project leaders are reminded that they can use 4HOnline to obtain updated member lists and contact information. User guides and video tutorials are available.
  • 2016-17 Family Banquet Program

    Results from the annual Rice County 4-H Family Banquet!
  • 2017 Regional Officer Training

    Have you recently been elected to an officer position at the club or county level? We have a great opportunity for you to learn the expectations of your role and how to go about them.
  • PDCs and Federation...Check them out!

    Looking for another way to get involved? Perhaps you are interested in enhancing educational opportunities for our youth at the county level. Here is a great way to get involved!
  • 2017 Enrollment Excitement

    Are you one of the 310 youth or adults who have enrolled for the 2017-2018 4-H year? If so, way to go and welcome! If not, you still have time!
  • 4-H Promotional Display Contest

    Check out the 4-H displays around Rice County during this National 4-H week!
  • Membership contest

    Help spread the word as to how awesome 4-H is and what it has to offer. As you spread the word, encourage them to join a club in Rice County!
  • Rice County Finances

    If you are looking for different pieces of information that pertain to Rice County 4-H finances, please look here.
  • Cloverbud fall fun!

    Calling all cloverbuds...yes, youth in kindergarten - 2nd grade! We have a pretty fun event planned for you at the end of October that will include lots of fall fun!
  • 2017 Fall Volunteer Training Expanding Our Roots - Growing New Opportunities

    Let’s grow 4-H! But how can we bring in new youth and keep current 4-H’ers?
  • Rice County 4-H Bonus Funding

    The 4-H Foundation will once again be offering bonus funding to reward youth for participating in 4-H events.
  • 2017 NYSD Experiment

    Join millions of youth as they take part in the National Youth Science Day Experiment, "Incredible Wearable".
  • Learn about the Science of Agriculture Challenge with this new video!

    The newest in the Discover Minnesota 4-H video series is ready just in time to start recruiting participants for the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge.
  • 2017 Regional Fall Outing

    Join youth 7th grade and above from Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele and Waseca Counties for the annual regional fall outing! New this year - an optional overnight portion!
  • 2017-18 Rice County 4-H Ambassadors

    Ambassador information is now available!
  • Congratulations to the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team

    Through citizenship education and leadership activities, the Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors contribute meaningfully to 4-H and to their communities. Welcome the 2017-18 Minnesota 4-H State Ambassador team.

  • Award Recognition

    Think about all the youth, adults and friends of 4-H within our community that support our program. How many of them deserve to be recognizes on a larger scale?
  • Canned Food Drive

    Support local Rice County Food Shelves!

    The process has changed this year, check out the details!
  • Discover Minnesota 4-H!

    Check out the new Discover Minnesota 4-H video series on YouTube! This collection of short videos is designed to help new 4-H families better understand our program, and to recruit new members!
  • Congratulations scholarship recipients!

    The Minnesota 4-H Foundation is pleased to announce 2017 scholarship recipients. Find out which youth and alumni from across Minnesota received this special honor.
  • 2017 Regional Summer Outing

    Join families from Freeborn, Mower, Rice, Steele, & Waseca Counties for a summer outing.
  • 4-H Dog Project Rally Materials have been Revised

    Make sure you are using the updated materials!
  • Rice County 4-H Animal Science Information 2018

    Important information you need to know to be eligible for the county fair.
  • Horse Kick-off Meeting

    All youth who would like to participate in the horse project this year should plan to attend this informational meeting.
  • Risk Management Training

    All volunteers are encouraged to join us for this meeting to be updated on the latest risk management practices within our organization.
  • 2017 Easter Egg Hunt

    Youth ages 2-5th grade can join us for our annual 4-H Easter Egg Hunt on April 8! You do not have to be a 4-H member!
  • Share the Fun skits wanted!

    Do you enjoy performing? Or maybe leading a group? Want a chance to take your act to the state fair? Consider being a part of Share the Fun!
  • Dog Informational Meeting

    For those interested in the dog project, no matter what your grade is, plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, March 28!
  • Certified Shooting Sports & Wildlife Trainers Wanted!

    Is shooting sports and wildlife an interest of yours? If so and you have an interest in being a trainer with the county program, check out the information about upcoming trainings.
  • Camp Counselor Applications

    Continue reading if you are 9th grade or above and have interest in applying to be a camp counselor.
  • Family Fun Night!

    Let January be the time when you come out of hibernation from the cold to join other 4-H families for a night of fun! We'll be holding our annual family fun night January 28!
  • 4-H Exchange wants your shoes!

    Do you have some gently used shoes that you're no longer using, consider bringing them to the 4-H building for a great cause!
  • 2016 Regional Winter Outing

    Looking for something to do over Christmas break? Join families from Rice, Steele, Waseca, Freeborn and Mower Counties for the annual regional winter outing!
  • 2015-16 Family Banquet

    Join us to celebrate all of the awesome accomplishments of youth and adults over the past year(s)!
  • 2016 Regional Officer Training

    All club and county officers are invited to attend the annual officer training to help you with your new role. A session will also be offered for adults!
  • 2016 Fall 4-H Volunteer Training Vibrant Youth, Vibrant Clubs - Leadership Takes a Village

    Join other volunteers from around the county for our annual fall volunteer training! This will be a great opportunity that will focus on creating a healthy, vibrant club with an emphasis on engaging more volunteers and sharing leadership.
  • NYSD Experiement - "Drone Discovery"

    4-H members in 4th grade and above can join us for the 2016 National Youth Science Day Experiment taking place in Rice County Tuesday, October 25.
  • Online re-enrollment - members & Leaders

    All youth and screened adults need to re-enroll for the 2016-2017 4-H year! New enrollments are also accepted.
  • 2016-2017 Bonus Funding Form

    Apply for 2016-2017 Bonus Funding by Monday, November 28, 2016!
  • 2016 Regional Fall Outing

    Join our 5 county region for the annual fall outing! This is for Rice County 4-H members who are in 7th grade or older.
  • 2016-2017 Ambassadors

    Ambassador information is now available!
  • 2016 Regional Summer Outing

    Join 4-H Families from Rice, Steele, Waseca, Freeborn, and Mower Counties on our regional summer outing. Our day will include stops at the Old Log Theatre for the production of "The Jungle Book" and spending our afternoon at Cascade Bay Waterpark in Eagan. For all details, download the registration flyer and sign up by June 15!
  • Rice County 4-H Award & Scholarship Applications

    Applications are due to the Extension Office at the September Federation Meeting.
  • Learn to Rope Clinic

    Are you interested in learning to rope for Western Heritage or other reasons? Here is a great opportunity to get some instruction. Participants don’t have to be registered in Western Heritage and horses are not required for this event. Participants can still gain a lot even without your horse.
  • Easter Egg Hunt

    Rice County community youth ages 2 through 5th grades are invited to attend the 4-H Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, March 19, hosted by our 4-H Ambassadors.
  • Camp Patterson 2016

    Youth in 3-8 grades are invited to attend 4-H camp this summer. If you are in 3-6, you can join others from Waseca, Steele, Freeborn, & Mower June 15-17. Grades 6-8 can attend Teen Camp June 22-24 and join even more counties! You can find details on the appropriate registration form which can be downloaded.
  • Rice County 4-H Clover Update - March, 2016

    The county 4-H Clover Update monthly newsletter contains the latest news and information about 4-H events, deadlines, training, scholarship opportunities, projects and other activities for members, families, and volunteers in your county.
  • Camp Patterson 4-H Counselor Application 2016

    9th graders and above, consider being a camp counselor and apply today!
  • Rice County Membership Guide

    This guide is in addition to the 4-H Youth Development Family Handbook. The information in this guide relates specifically to the Rice County 4-H Program.
  • 2015-2016 Ambassadors Wanted!

    Looking for another way to build your leadership skills? Consider the ambassador program!
  • Bonus Funding

    Get rewarded for participating in 4-H sponsored events throughout the past year!
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