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    Welcome to our Summer Intern!

    Please welcome Lucie Goede, Rock County 4-H's 2020 summer intern! Lucie will be starting on June 1 so lets welcome her to Rock County!

    Fashion Revue & Presentation Night - July 13

    Fashion Revue Judging will take place on July 13 starting at 12:30 p.m. Presentation Night will also take place on July 13 starting at 6:00 p.m. Foods Revue will start at 5:00 p.m. All of these events will be taking place at the American Reformed Church.

    Register for the 4-H State Leadership Conference - YELLO...ish!

    The Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors are excited to invite you to our annual state leadership conference, Youth Exploring Leadership and Learning Opportunities-ish (YELLO-ish!).

    State Fair cancellation

    Extension is creating alternate experiences for 4-H'ers 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!

    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.

    *Canceled* - Rock County 4-H Annual Waffle Feed

    In 2020 Rock County 4-H will not be holding its Annual Waffle Feed during Buffalo Days. We hope everyone will join us again in 2021!

    Summer day camps

    Sign up for our summer day camps coming up on July 10 at the Rock County Fairgrounds! Open to grades 1-4 (based on the 2019-2020 school year).

    4-H Camp

    Minnesota 4-H has extended our in-person cancellation period through the end of June.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Summer Day Camps

    Sign up for our summer day camps coming up on June 5 and July 10 at the Rock County Fairgrounds! Open to grades 1-4 (based on the 2019-2020 school year).

    SW MN 4-H Summer Camp

    Swimming in the warm summer sun, making new friends, playing games, learning new skills by doing, singing campfire songs - it all sounds wonderful, especially in these days of uncertainty and social distancing in our fight against COVID-19.

    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!

    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.

    2020 Rock County Fair dates

    Mark your calendars! The Rock County Fair will be taking place this year on July 29 - August 1, 2020.

    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.

    Peterson named Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer

    Meeker County 4-H volunteer Pam Peterson has been named the 2020 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer.

    Big Stone County’s Greger receives Volunteer of the Year honor

    Cara Greger of Big Stone County has received the 2020 Minnesota 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer of the Year Award.

    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.

    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.

    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.