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    State Fair cancellation

    Extension is creating alternate experiences for 4-He'rs and others. "It won’t replace the Fair but we are committed to meaningful programming," says Dean Durgan.

    Notes from Minnesota 4-H director Jennifer A. Skuza

    A brief update on summer showcases, 4-H at home and the role of volunteers in the midst of difficult times.

    Register for 4-H performing arts #AtHome

    A new 4-H performing arts series is coming to you #AtHome this summer! This engaging series of performing arts sessions will kick-off with a live session on Thursday, June 18, right from your home. Learn from teaching artists working in the field, receive resources on all things theatre, and connect with 4-H performing arts members across the state! Registration is free and required for participation.

    Participate in new 4-H Stock Talks!

    Join this new virtual animal science presentation experience for all Minnesota 4-H youth (grades K-13). A 4-H Stock Talk is a short video presentation about an animal science topic of your choice. Giving a talk is a great opportunity for you to share your learning with others and practice your demonstration skills! Videos must be submitted between June 1 and June 30. Sign-up today!

    2020 Minnesota 4-H SS&W Leader Certification updates

    We are launching a new 3-step SS&W Leader Certification process that you can start online! Please note requirements for each step. Watch for additional details in future Clover Updates.

    Build a Rube Goldberg-type machine

    There are some new ways that you can participate in the Minnesota 4-H Engineering Design Challenge during these challenging times – check them out! The Engineering Design Challenge is designed for youth in grades 3 and up.

    Keep youth safe in online group environments

    Many 4-H clubs, groups, and programs are connecting online. As more virtual programs are planned and delivered, use these practices for keeping young people safe online.

    Congratulations 2020 Helping Hands award recipients!

    Extension development and Minnesota 4-H are happy to announce 2020 Helping Hands Award recipients. Of the 18 applications we received, all projects were awarded - giving $25,882 to 4-H clubs from 21 counties across the state.

    Don’t forget these 4-H agronomy opportunities

    Don’t forget these great opportunities in 4-H agronomy -- they’ve been created to provide you with ways to enhance your project experience!

    Sign up to explore science through University on the Prairie

    Registration is now open for University on the Prairie! Youth entering grades 7 - college freshman will learn about science and career opportunities from college faculty and industry professionals. University on the Prairie will be held July 21-23 at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton, Minn. Apply by June 15.

    Attend one-day 4-H livestock day camp this July

    Minnesota 4-H is offering 4-H livestock day camp at two different locations in July. The trainings will focus on youth grade 6 and up, but younger members will be welcome if they bring a parent or adult chaperone. Event and registration due dates vary by location.

    Demonstration Event (2020)

    Here is an opportunity to share what you know and earn a 4-H County placing! (Non-Livestock) Note: Social Distancing Guidelines Apply for Team Categories!

    4-H Healthy Sprouts

    Do you love to garden and want to grow your own food? Are you interested in the science behind plants? Do you want to take a deeper dive into food-related careers? If so, Healthy Sprouts might be just the program for you!

    Itasca County 4-H Salutes Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

    Each year, thousands of volunteers in Minnesota donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers were among the millions across the country who were spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 19-25, 2020.

    Message from Associate Dean and Minnesota 4-H Director

    University of Minnesota Extension has extended its cancellation of in-person events until the end of June. 4-H educators are hard at work creating meaningful learning and leading experiences young people can access from their homes.

    Animal identification deadline extended to June 1, 2020

    Extension 4-H educators are working on plans to distribute ear tags as required for project animals. If 4-H youth require livestock quality assurance certification for this year’s state fair 4-H shows, please use the YQCA online training.

    Virtual learning will apply to the bonus trip program: State Fair livestock and State Horse Show bonus trip application deadline extended to July 1

    Bonus trips to the Minnesota State Fair and State Horse Show recognize excellent local youth development programs. During the COVID-19 restrictions, please consider hosting virtual learning events - all virtual learning that is county planned, presented, and documented will be considered for the bonus trip program!

    What's growing?

    We are challenging 4-H members to get up, get out and see what’s growing! We’re asking you to apply science strategies as you observe plants and how they grow.

    Market chickens and market turkeys Included in 2020 Purple Ribbon Auction!

    For the first time ever, the 2020 Purple Ribbon Auction at the Minnesota State Fair will include the champion and reserve champion market chickens and turkeys!

    Check out Extension's Coping with COVID-19 resources website

    Are you looking for resources to get you through the COVID-19 pandemic? Are you stressed from being at home? Worried about finances or about having enough food? Extension and each of its Centers have resources compiled on one website.

    Are you a county website user? We want to hear from you!

    The Extension web team is conducting a survey of staff, volunteers and website visitors to learn more about how people are using the Extension county websites—submit your feedback today!

    Start your crop scouting team in time for the 4-H Crop Scouting Competition

    Now is the perfect time of year to start your 4-H crop scouting team! Teams should include 3-5 youth (grades seven and up) and two adult coaches. Teams will participate in the 4-H Crop Scouting Competition on July 27 at the Bayer research plot in Benson, Minnesota.

    Itasca County 4-H Animal ID and Ear Tag Process 2020

    Animal ID deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020. New ear tag procedure to follow for Itasca County 4-H.

    A Tale of Two 4-H Programs

    “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” When faced with a challenge, 4-H Teen Mentors band together to provide quality experiences for elementary students.

    Social Distancing & Enjoying Nature

    You’re trying to do the right thing and maintain an appropriate social distance for the benefit of all during a time of concern about infectious disease. But are you also feeling stressed, worried about cooped-up kids, and wanting to maintain your health through exercise? Here are some ideas.

    Help check for water pollution in your community

    Volunteer to help test the water quality in your community throughout 2020. This is a great opportunity for 4-H clubs, families and youth to help the environment and provide community service!

    New 4-H Resiliency Program Launches in March

    Serving new youth audiences in Itasca County is a never ending quest. New program to launch in March.

    Minnesota 4-H Agriculture Ambassadors: 2020 team selected

    Congratulations to these Minnesota 4-H’ers on being selected as 2020 Minnesota 4-H Agriculture Ambassadors! This is a new opportunity for youth in the 4-H agronomy and livestock project areas.

    A New 4-H Program Comes to Hill City!

    Teens in Hill City are laying the foundations of an exciting new 4-H Afterschool program!

    Three Itasca County 4-H’ers Enhance Leadership Skills at State Capitol

    More than 1600 youth learned about state government at the Minnesota YMCA Youth in Government: Model Assembly. Itasca County 4-H had three delegates attend.

    Seeking youth and adults passionate about photography

    The Minnesota 4-H photography sub-committee is looking for youth and adults who are passionate about photography to serve on the state 4-H photography project development committee.

    Keep youth safe: Ensure all programs are publicly scheduled

    All 4-H programs must be publicly scheduled on University of Minnesota Extension branded resources like the county web page, Facebook or calendar. This ensures that all youth, Minnesota 4-H volunteers and parents/guardians are aware of and have access to 4-H programs, activities and trainings.

    2020 Animal Identification Information

    Due to COVID-19, there are changes to how you receive your animal identification information this year. Find all of the necessary animal ID information here.

    Come Out of Your Box!

    We all have a comfort zone; a figurative box in which we function from day to day. It is when we step out of this box that we are capable of growth.

    Three 4-H’ers head to 2020 MN YMCA; Model Assembly

    Three 4-H’ers will be representing Itasca County 4-H at the 2020 MN YMCA; Model Assembly.

    How 4-H can help provide HOPE to ACEs

    Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences (HOPE) can help battle Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Read more to learn how 4-H can offer HOPEful experiences to young people.

    Sign up for 4-H agronomy related project areas!

    Are you are re-enrolling in the 4-H program? Now is a great time of year to sign up for project areas related to agronomy -- projects like vegetable gardening, crop science, plants, soil science and even potatoes! New opportunities are on the way for those signing up in these areas.

    Check out these tools to support new 4-H families

    Discover these new tools designed to engage and support new families and volunteers.

    Attitude of Gratitude

    The 4-H Lunch Buddy program has started its 2019-2020 program year.

    Plan and develop the club 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.

    Itasca County 4-H Program Offerings

    Itasca County’s 4-H Program offers a variety of ways for youth to be involved. Youth have the opportunity to choose based on thier interests and age. Youth may also choose to participate in 4-H in more than one program area.

    Youth Teaching Youth on Hawk Talk

    Teen Mentors spent an afternoon developing a recruitment video for the 2019-20 program year.

    Use the Cloverbud information sheet to determine age appropriate activities

    The 4-H Cloverbud program supports the positive development of 4-H members in kindergarten – 2nd grade. Use the resource in this article to ensure the activities for this group are age appropriate and follow the safety measures and policies described.

    Federation Minutes - 2019-20

    Federation Meeting Minutes Available Here!

    Save the Date

    Itasca County uses a Google Calendar to keep track of events and meetings.