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    Register for the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge!

    Team registrations are now open for the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge! The challenge is designed for youth in grades 3 - 12 and provides an opportunity for youth to problem solve while using their imaginations, working with others and having a fun experience!

    Save the date for YELLO!

    The State Ambassadors are asking youth in grades 6+ to save the date for the 2019 YELLO! youth leadership conference. The conference will take place June 11-14 in St. Paul. Registration will open by April 1.

    2019 Minnesota 4-H scholarships available for college-bound 4-H youth

    Extension development and Minnesota 4-H offer several scholarships for 4-H youth who are pursuing post-secondary studies at accredited colleges and universities. Over $20,000 is awarded annually through a competitive application process. All applications are due to the Extension development office by April 1.

    2019 animal science lease information is now available

    Minnesota 4-H allows the leasing of animal science projects to ensure that all members have the opportunity to experience the showing of livestock projects. Animal science lease information has been updated for 2019 and is available on our website.

    Attend spring 2019 SS&W Leader Certification Training

    4-H SS&W Leader Certification Trainings will be held April 6-7 in Isanti County and April 27-28 in Jordan. These trainings are designed for adults and youth that lead or would like to lead training in shooting sports, wildlife, or ATV safety. Deadlines for registering for the trainings are March 22 and April 12. Disciplines fill quickly, so make sure registration forms are sent in early!

    Annual Fundraiser

    Plans are in the works for the 2019 annual fundraiser.

    Summer Assistant Opportunity

    The Pipestone County Extension Office is on the hunt for their 2019 Summer Assistant.

    Market Beef & Dairy Steer ID Reminder

    Final reminder that all market steers, market heifers and dairy steers need to be entered in 4honline by February 15!

    Pipestone County 4-H Scholarship – Revised

    Seniors in high school will have the opportunity to apply for the newly revised Pipestone County 4-H Scholarship. Check it out!

    2019 Southwest Animal Science Challenge

    Dairy, general livestock, and horse enthusiasts – mark your calendar! The eighth annual Southwest Animal Science Challenge will be held Saturday, February 16, at the Wabasso Public School. This is a day-long 4-H event that consists of project bowl competition, hands-on skill-a-thon stations, and project workshops led by industry-leading professionals.

    Make plans to attend 4-H Agronomy Day on March 9th

    Plan to attend a 4-H Agronomy Day to be held at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN on March 9, 2019.

    Check out the new 4-H Agronomy Project Kits!

    Do you want help getting started on a fair project related to Agronomy? Sign up for a 4-H Agronomy Kit between January 1 to February 15, 2019!

    Message from Jennifer: Discovering your flow in 4-H

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza encourages us to discover and pursue what makes us flow.

    Communicate winter weather cancellation plans

    Review and communicate winter weather cancellation plans of 4-H programs, activities and outings to help ensure the safety of 4-H members and families during the winter months.

    Engineering Design Challenge task announcement

    The 2019 Engineering Design Challenge task and handbook will soon be posted on the Engineering Design Challenge website. While you're waiting, get your team going by working on activities in the Engineering Design Challenge learning guide.

    2019 Market Beef Identification

    2019 Market Beef Information!

    Build your 6th-8th graders' Leadership Skills!

    We want YOUR input. Our regional youth leadership program - LEAP-Leadership: Explore All the Possibilities - is looking at a revamp. How can we best serve 6th-8th graders in our five-county region?

    Edgerton Cloverbud Assistant Leader

    We’re on the lookout for an assistant Cloverbud Leader for our Edgerton group.

    Mark your calendars for a 4-H Agronomy Day on March 9th!

    4-H members in the SW Region: make plans to attend a 4-H Agronomy Day to be held at Ridgewater College in Willmar, MN on March 9, 2019!

    Message from Jennifer: In 4-H, all youth are welcome to learn and grow

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza reflects on our commitment to the safety and engagement of all youth in our state.

    Danielle Holmes honored as Minnesota 4-H Volunteer of the Year

    Danielle Holmes of Moorhead has received the 2019 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is given to an individual who has volunteered for 4-H less than ten years and selected from nominees across the state.

    Keep youth safe - participating in winter activities

    Winter activities and outings require planning ahead to avoid risk. Ensure 4-H members and volunteers stay safe by following the “keeping youth safe” guidelines and policies.

    Apply Now to be a 2019 4-H Camp Counselor

    SW MN 4-H Camp Counselor applications are now open for youth in grades 9 and older. Check it out for more information about camp, training and application information!

    4-H Volunteers: Sign up now to attend the SW Winter Project Leader Training!

    Plan to join fellow 4-H adult volunteers to network and gain new ideas for helping youth learn through projects. One of our overarching 4-H program goals is that “Youth will learn by developing a passion in their area of interest”. To support this goal, we need volunteers to share their interests and lead project learning opportunities to help youth identify and pursue areas of interest. It will be held on Saturday, February 23 from 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at SMSU in Marshall.

    Apply Now to be a 2019 4-H Camp Counselor

    SW MN 4-H Camp Counselor applications are now open for youth in grades 9 and older. Check it out for more information about camp, training and application information!

    Message from Jennifer: Together, we can ensure Minnesota youth thrive.

    Minnesota 4-H state director Jennifer Skuza challenges 4-H adults to help youth pursue a thriving life –filled with happiness, success and connection.

    Complete your 2018-2019 4-H enrollment

    4-H enrollment ensures that 4-H families receive critical 4-H communications - it 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.

    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!

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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!

    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.