Welcome to Murray County
Murray County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
Below you will find a list of Summer Programs we will be offering this summer. Make sure to check back often as we will update the list when new programs are available! Grade Level will be the grade your child was in for the 2022-2023 school year!
Murray County 4-H offers nine community (4-H) clubs, project clubs, 4-H Adventures, and more.
4-H clubs include youth in grades K-13 that meet six times a year or more and offer group learning opportunities, leadership experience, and recreation. Club members are encouraged to select projects to explore and showcase at the county fair. Screened adult volunteers provide leadership to clubs, projects, and events. Clubs are part of Murray County 4-H Federation, which meets five times annually.
Project clubs (horse for example) may only meet in the summer for practice sessions. 4-H Adventures are short-term programs on specific projects such as robotics. Club membership is not required to participate in 4-H Adventures.
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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!
Murray County 4-H Clubs
|Badger Lake||Avoca||Dennis & Janet Opdahl||Chris Opdahl|
|Bondin Belfast||Fulda||Todd Scripture||Cat Winters|
|Cameron||Lake Wilson||Cheryl Heard|
|Chandler Hilltoppers||Chandler||Bethany Rylaarsdam||Carolyn Prins|
|Currie Poco-a-Poco||Currie||Sue Schreier||Amy Nepp|
|Fenton Friends||Rural Chandler||Aaron & Bridget Kluis|
|Lakers||Rural Balaton||Samantha McClellan||Melissa Kidman|
|Prairie Hustlers||Rural Slayton||Christine Larson||Janese Siedschlag|
|Slayton Shooting Stars||Slayton||Jessica Doeden, Alyssa Overman||Suzi Gengler|
|Horse Club||Slayton - Fairgrounds||Stacy Posthuma||Jody Jackels|
|Llama Club||Stacy Overgaauw||Bobbi Jo Gunnink|
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 the 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.
It's that time of year again to start thinking about county fair and getting your animal science projects entered into 4-HOnline! Below you will find helpful links and letters to guide you through the animal ID process for 2023.
Market beef and dairy steers
Market beef and dairy steers IDs are due at 11:59 p.m. on Feb. 15, 2023. No IDs will be allowed to be uploaded after that time. Below is a link to a copy of the beef ID letter that was sent out to families on Jan. 9.
Horse IDs are due at 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2023. No IDs will be allowed to be uploaded after that time. Below is a link to a copy of the horse ID letter that was sent out to families on March 27.
Dog IDs are due at 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2023. No IDs will be allowed to be uploaded after that time. Below is a link to a copy of the dog ID letter that was sent out to families on March 27.
Multi-species (beef, sheep, swine, dairy, dairy goat, market goat, rabbit, llama/ alpaca and poultry)
Animal science projects, with the exception of market beef and dairy steer that were due on Feb. 15, 2023, IDs are due at 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2023. No IDs will be allowed to be uploaded after that time. Below is a link to a copy of the multi-species letter that was sent out to families on March 27.
Below you will find each species' information sheet for 2023. Please make sure to read your species sheet as there were many updates this year for each species!
- 2023 dairy goat information sheet
- 2023 dairy information sheet
- 2023 dog information sheet
- 2023 llama/alpaca information sheet
- 2023 meat goat information sheet
- 2023 poultry information sheet
- 2023 rabbit information sheet
- 2023 sheep information sheet
- 2023 swine information sheet
For more information, please refer to the 4-H animal ID page.
We know registration/fair entry can be confusing. Don't stress, we are here to help! Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Murray County Extension Office if you have questions.
- Due Feb 15, 2023 for market beef (beef steers, market heifers and dairy steers)
- Due May 15th, 2023 for beef, dairy, dairy goat, dog, horse, llama - alpaca, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine.
- Cloverbud ID information does not need to be included in 4HOnline.
Fair Entry (Open June 1, 2023 - July 15, 2023)
Minnesota State Fair
For more information about 4-H at the Minnesota State Fair can be found here!
Welcome to Murray County 4-H!! We are so happy to have you join us! The following links may be helpful for your family as you navigate this new journey!
New Member Newsletter's
Murray County 4-H has started a new member newsletter for our new families to help navigate being a new member in the 4-H world. Newsletter will be sent to new families every other month starting in October and families will receive them for one year. After a year you will automatically be taken off. If after a year you wish to still receive them please let the Extension Office know. Newsletters are emailed to families. If you wish to receive a paper copy instead please let us know and we would be more than happy to mail it to you.
Murray County's economy is based on agriculture, both crop and livestock production. Corn and soybeans are the primary crops grown in Murray County. Livestock production includes beef, dairy, goats, swine and sheep.
Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) and Secure Beef Supply Plan program provides those who work with beef cattle the opportunity to learn more about best management practices, herd health and animal stewardship. The program's goal is to create a better quality beef supply and increase consumer confidence.
Producers need to participate in only one training option to become BQA certified. Only one person from each operation is required to be certified to ensure the entire operation follows the BQA standards. However, everyone who handles and manages fed cattle is encouraged to become BQA certified. Certification is good for three years.
To find out more about Minnesota's BQA certification requirements, visit the Minnesota Beef Council site.
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.
Ag Marketing groups meet in Slayton on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Extension Educator David Bau coordinates the meetings. To join a group or for more information call 507-836-6927 or email email@example.com
Private pesticide applicator re-certification in 2023 has changed. There are four options this year: mail-in exam, online exam, live online workshops via Zoom, or online self-paced canvas course.
Beef Quality Assurance & Secure Beef Supply trainings are scheduled in February and March.
Farmland Rental Rates in Minnesota including sample leases.
Melissa Runck is an Extension Educator in ag production systems; her time is split between Murray and Pipestone Counties. Contact Melissa for assistance with animal science, crop production, horticulture, and ag business questions.
Melissa Runck, Local Extension educator, Ag Production Systems
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-836-1143 (Murray County)
Murray County Master Gardeners planted and maintain two perennial flower gardens on public property in Slayton. They host an annual summer garden tour in July, showcasing several Murray County homeowners' gardening talents. Master Gardeners have conducted summer gardening projects for area youth and answer horticulture questions for county residents.
Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using current research-based resources. This educational effort is designed to enhance quality of life and promote good stewardship of the environment.
Master Gardener volunteers complete many hours of volunteer work each year, providing a valuable in-kind contribution to Minnesota.
County Extension Educator Melissa Runck provides identification and answers to tree, landscape, insect, and gardening problems.
email@example.com or 507-836-1143
Murray County Master Gardeners
David Bau, Slayton, Master Gardener coordinator
Gaylene Chapman, Lake Wilson
Colleen Gengler, Slayton
Mona Henkels, Fulda
Betty Kassel, Walnut Grove
Matthew Meier, Fulda
Marilyn Moger, Fulda
Jolene Nelson, Hadley
Kathy Schwartz, Slayton
Patricia White, Westbrook
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health that 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 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)
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 Murray 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.
Murray County Extension
UMN Extension, Murray County
Murray County Courts Building
2848 Broadway Ave, PO Box 57
Slayton, MN 56172-0057
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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