Welcome to Brown County
Brown County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
Ways to participate
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!
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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 Council.
Welcome to the Brown County Fair! We’re excited to offer live exhibits, judging and shows this season.
- June 1: FairEntry registration opens
- June 30: FairEntry registration closes
- July 29: Clothing and quilting judging
- Aug. 10: Static project judging
- Aug. 11-15: Brown County Free Fair
The Brown County 4-H premium book is available online. Make sure you carefully review the rules and information to prepare for your judging experience. If you would like a printed version of the Premium Book, please contact the Brown County Extension office.
Use your 4-H Online login information for FairEntry. If you have questions, contact 4-H staff or use the resources available here.
In-person and virtual options
Judging will be held in-person, with a virtual option available. When you register in FairEntry, it will default to the in-person option unless you select to exhibit virtually.
Livestock Premium Auction
Registration for the livestock premium auction will be completed in FairEntry. As part of the registration process, 4-H members need to submit their auction biography that will be sent out to potential auction bidders.
We appreciate the continued support from the Brown County Corn & Soybean Growers to provide t-shirts again to 4-H exhibitors and club leaders. When you complete your registration online, please answer the question to select your t-shirt size.
Minnesota State Fair trips
If you receive a Minnesota State Fair trip, be prepared to attend the meeting on Sunday, Aug. 15. Details coming soon.
Contact Janessa Palmer, 4-H Extension educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-794-7993
Find the latest on Extension agricultural research and news you can use on your farm from local experts.
Statewide news and blogs
- Agricultural Business Management News - Business and financial resources for farmers.
- Beef News - Beef industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- Dairy News - Dairy industry featured events, farm safety and animal health.
- 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
Minnesota Master Gardener Hotline
Health and nutrition
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.
Programs are offered in community settings such as food shelves, schools, community centers and public housing sites. The programs are free to all individuals and families who meet income guidelines, and may be offered in multiple languages, depending on the audience needs and availability of educators.
Extension's Center for Community Vitality engages Minnesotans to strengthen the social, civic, economic and technological capacity of their communities. We help create vibrant communities and enhance skills and knowledge in economics, leadership and civic engagement, and tourism.
Check our community research page for reports on county and community-focused topics relating to local economics, retaining businesses, growing retail markets, developing tourism, and more.
Local programs can be offered in collaboration with local community organizations and government agencies. Current programs include:
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
Minnesota is a great place to explore, understand and conserve the natural landscape. Extension education, volunteer and community science programs encourage people to become stewards of Minnesota’s public and private lands.
Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) connect Greater Minnesota communities and University of Minnesota knowledge and resources to support local sustainability projects. Working in partnership, RSDP supports community-driven projects in four focus areas: agriculture and food systems, clean energy, natural resources and resilient communities. Projects are supported by boards made up of local community members and University faculty and staff. Learn more about RSDP’s recent work in your county and neighboring communities, and how to submit a project idea.
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Find opportunities to learn about the natural environment, how to care for your forest lands, and how you and your family can get out and explore nature around the state and in your own backyard.
Find information on community-focused news.
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
From preserving our wetlands to combating invasive species, read about protecting and enjoying nature.
Learn more about community-driven sustainability projects happening across Minnesota.
Brown County Extension
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