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What’s Happening in Brown County 4-H?
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- Brown County 4-H Annual Events Calendar (Google Sheets)
- Brown County 4-H Club & Committee Calendar (Google Calendar)
- Check out ‘Events and news for 4-H’ for more 4-H opportunities!
Brown County 4-H Federation
The Brown County 4-H Federation is the program and policy decision-making body for local business of the Brown County 4-H program. The Federation is composed of all members of the county program, youth and adult representatives alike. Involvement in county-wide leadership builds on the skills that you learn in clubs. All 4-H members in attendance at Federation meetings may vote on the business of the meeting.
The Brown County 4-H Federation meets three times a year - the third Monday of October, February, and June - often in the evenings. We meet at the University of Minnesota Extension Office in Sleepy Eye.
- Meeting Minutes
- Federation Resource Page
Give to Brown County 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Brown County, and local programming coordinated by the Brown County 4-H Federation.
If you would like to directly donate to Brown County 4-H programming, including sponsoring awards, project workshops, or events, please contact the Brown County Extension Office directly using the contact information below.
4-H Youth Development is a hands-on learning program for Minnesota youth. We offer online, small group and independent learning experiences for youth of all ages. In 4-H, youth choose the topic they find interesting and caring adults support their learning and leadership. From agronomy to space exploration and creative arts to outdoor adventures, 4-H has just the right learning experience for young people.
There are many ways to participate in 4-H!
Find A Club
Most 4-H'ers join a local club at some point. 4-H Clubs offer small-group learning facilitated by caring adult volunteer leaders who are screened, trained and guided by local University of Minnesota staff. Leaders and peers gather regularly as a club to engage in non-formal learning and support each other as you dive deep into your goals, interests, and personal passions.
Volunteer with Brown County 4-H
- Brown County 4-H Volunteer Opportunities.
- Brown County 4-H Club & Committee Calendar (Google Calendar).
- Find more information on the Minnesota 4-H Volunteer Website.
- Apply or renew as a volunteer here.
Check out ‘Events and News’ for more opportunities!
Brown County 4-H Federation
- Meeting Minutes
- Federation Resource Page
Brown County Ambassadors
- Ambassador Resource Page
- Brown County 4-H Ambassador Application & Nomination Form
Brown County 4-H Record Keeping
The purpose of 4-H record-keeping is to teach an important life skill. Because of individual differences, youth are encouraged to select from a variety of alternatives to meet their needs and learning styles. 4-H is not just doing, but learning by doing it – sharing it – understanding it – relating it – and using it. Record keeping encourages reflection (understanding, relating) so that 4-H members can apply their learning to other situations.
The 4-H Program does NOT require the completion of records to participate in 4-H. Clubs are encouraged to form their own guidelines concerning records. Not all members will choose to complete their records but all should be encouraged and instructed in the process. Youth who return their project records by the deadline will be eligible for record awards which are offered at the county level during the year-end Awards Ceremony which takes place in the fall.
Cloverbuds (grades K-2)
Youth (grades 3+)
- Participation Summary - Basic
- Participation Summary - Experienced
- Project Record - Basic
- Project Record - Experienced
- Brown County Record Evaluation Form
Records are due by the first of October of each program year. To submit records;
Enclose records in a protective material (folder, binder, page protectors, etc.)
Complete the top portion of page one of the Brown County 4-H Record Evaluation form and attach the entire form to the front of your records.
Submit records via one of the options below;
Mail to the Extension Office postmarked one week prior to the due date.
Drop off at the Extension Office in-person or via the mail slot.
Scan and email records to the Local Extension Educator.
4-H at the Brown County Free Fair
County Fair Resource Page
Year-end Awards Ceremony
Each year we honor our Brown County 4-H youth and volunteers for all of their accomplishments throughout the year. This ceremony is hosted by an Awards Committee and our County Ambassadors annually on the last Sunday of October.
Here you will find all the forms for awards that are available for Brown County 4-H Members. Nominations and Early Graduation forms are due by the first of October each program year to be recognized at the awards ceremony.
- Brown County 4-H Early Graduation Form
- Brown County 4-H Award Nomination Form
- Brown County 4-H Award Descriptions
Here you will find relevant forms for Brown County 4-H Members. Many of the forms listed below are specific to Brown County 4-H and may be periodically updated. If you are a 4-H volunteer or member and see a need to update any of the forms below, please reach out to the Extension Office for more information!
- AnSci Lease Information Form
- Bring-it-Back! Reimbursement Form
- Budget Narrative
- Clothing & Textiles Exhibit Forms
- Clubs at-a-glance
- Club Workbook (formerly 'Program of Work', optional)
- Competitive Events: deadlines, consequences, and exemptions table
- Fundraising Income Transaction Form
- Income Generation Application
- One-time Exemption Form
- State Showcase Scholarship Form
- State Showcase Transportation Reimbursement Form
- Volunteer Opportunities
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- Fruit and Vegetable News - Local production and marketing of fruit and vegetable crops in Minnesota.
- Minnesota Crop News - Emerging issues affecting Minnesota row crops and forages.
Contact the Brown County Extension office at 507-794-7993
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Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Brown County. These programs are open to families and individuals of all ages who are eligible for benefits through the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or who meet Extension’s program income guidelines.
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