Extension in Brown County
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.
What’s Happening in Brown County 4-H?
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- Visit z.umn.edu/bcProgramCatalog for a summary of our upcoming programs.
- Check out the ‘Events and news for 4-H’ drawer below for more 4-H opportunities!
- New to 4-H? Check out our new member information page!
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.
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
There are also many ways adults (anyone age 18+) can support youth learning and leading in 4-H.
Want to learn about volunteering with the 4-H Youth Development Program?
Visit the Volunteering with 4-H page to learn more about how volunteers positively impact youth and community
Contact your 4-H Extension Educator to learn about specific roles available in your community
Ready to become a screened Minnesota 4-H volunteer?
Visit the Apply to become a 4-H volunteer page to begin the application and screening process
- Brown County 4-H Volunteer Opportunities.
Check out ‘Events and News’ for more opportunities!
There are several ways to join or re-enroll in 4-H.
New to 4-H?
Volunteer with Brown County 4-H
4-H events in Brown County
Attend a 4-H event near you.
Statewide 4-H events
Find a 4-H event in Minnesota.
4-H news in Brown County
Stay informed about all that is happening in Brown County 4-H.
Statewide 4-H news
Learn more about what is happening in Minnesota 4-H.
Brown County 4-H Federation
- Meeting Minutes
- Federation Resource Page
- Brown County 4-H Federation Officer Application & Nomination Form
Brown County Ambassadors
Brown County 4-H record keeping
4-H at the Brown County Free Fair
Brown County 4-H Year-end Awards Celebration
Each year we honor our Brown County 4-H youth and volunteers for all of their accomplishments. This ceremony is hosted by an Awards Committee and our County Ambassadors annually on the last Sunday of October. Nominations and Early Graduation forms are due by the first of October each program year to be recognized at the awards ceremony.
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
- Financial Assistance Request Form
- Fundraising Income Transaction Form
- Income Generation Application
- Officer Training Welcome
- One-time Exemption Form
- Transportation Reimbursement Form
- Volunteer Opportunities
Agriculture events in Brown County
Attend an agriculture-related event near you.
Statewide agriculture events
Agriculture conferences, in-person events and online courses are offered all year around the state.
Agriculture news in Brown County
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.
Gardening events in Brown County
Find gardening learning opportunities online and near you.
Statewide gardening events
Find out about the Master Gardener Volunteer core course or attend other events offered throughout the year.
Gardening news in Brown County
Find the latest gardening tips and news you can use in your own back yard from local experts.
Yard and Garden News
Gardening tips and emerging issues affecting Minnesota.
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.
Health and nutrition events in Brown County
Learn more about staying healthy and eating well.
Statewide health and nutrition events
Join Extension educators and community partners in events that encourage health, wellbeing and good nutrition.
Health and nutrition news in Brown County
Stay up to date with our health and nutrition news.
Find information that helps families make informed decisions leading to better health and wellbeing.
Use the Real Life, Good Food website to find recipes, cooking tips and physical activity ideas for a healthier life.
Extension 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.
Volunteer. Natural resources volunteers track invasive species, detect forest pests and count native bees, among many other activities. You can also study to become a Minnesota Master Naturalist.
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.
Statewide community development events
Join us at an event in your community.
Statewide natural resources events
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.
Community development news
Find information on community-focused news.
My Minnesota Woods
Find out how to take care of your trees and enjoy Minnesota's beautiful woodlands.
Natural Resources News
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
U of M Extension, Brown County
300 2nd Ave SW
Sleepy Eye MN 56085-1402
View all Brown County contacts.
Janessa Palmer, 4-H Extension educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-794-7993
Donna Augustin, Principal Office & Admin Specialist
email@example.com or 507-794-7993
Brown County events
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Extension courses and events
Extension provides in-person and online educational events all over Minnesota. Find one to attend.
Brown County news
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Extension wide news
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