Welcome to Kandiyohi County
Kandiyohi County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for young people grades K-13. Youth choose a project that is interesting to them and explore it with peers and caring adults. 4-H clubs are groups of youth who want to learn together and meet in every part of Minnesota.
Kandiyohi County has many active 4-H clubs. To learn more, contact Kandiyohi County 4-H staff.
Club Leader/ Officer Resources
- Leaders Resource Guide
- President Script
- Secretary Book
- 4-H Meeting Minutes Worksheet
- Treasurer Training Workbook
- Committee Planning Worksheet
- Adult Volunteer, Screening Guide
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 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.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Kandiyohi 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.
SNAP-Ed offers health and nutrition education and works with community partners to impact policies, systems and environments (PSE) to “make the healthy choice the easy choice”. Classes are free and topics include cooking, diabetes prevention, budgeting, shopping and nutrition.
The SNAP-Ed program is for individuals and families living on a reduced income. Some qualifying programs include SNAP, WIC, and Free and Reduced lunch for example. If you are part of an organization or have a group looking for educational opportunities please contact Rebecca Chelene to set up a course that fits the needs of your group.
Individuals looking to volunteer in cooking classes can contact Rebecca Chelene at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are needed to assist with class preparation, demonstrate basic kitchen skills and to support participants in learning kitchen skills.
Individuals interested in collaborating on PSE work can contact Rebecca Chelene at email@example.com.
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:
- Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL)
- Vision 2040 Leadership - Willmar Area Vision 2040
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.
Join us at an event in your community.
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.
Kandiyohi County Extension
Extension brings Minnesotans together to build a better future through University science-based knowledge, expertise and training. Learn more about Extension by visiting our about page and by browsing this website.