Welcome to Nicollet County
Nicollet 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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There are several ways to join or re-enroll in 4-H.
The 2021 Nicollet County Fair is scheduled for Aug.11-15 at the Nicollet County Fairgrounds in St. Peter.
Due to Covid-19, we are unsure what fair or showcase opportunities will look like in 2021, but Nicollet County 4-H is dedicated to providing opportunities for our youth to showcase their project learning. We are working closely with our generous partner, the Nicollet County Fairboard, to bring you in-person showcases (and virtual options). Continue to check back for updates.
- June 1: 2021 Nicollet County 4-H Premium Book is now available! (We will hold on printing and mailing until June 15 to incorporate the most updated COVID-19 information. Schedules may change.)
- June 15: Premium Books are mailed to 4-H families
- June 15: Fair Entry registration opens Fair Entry User Guides & Instructions
- July 15: Fair Entry registration deadline
- July 27: Performing Arts & Fashion Review Show
- Aug. 11-15: Nicollet County Fair!
4-H fair exhibits must be registered in FairEntry for the Nicollet County Fair. Registration will open on Tuesday, June 15. The deadline to register your 4-H projects for 2021 is Thursday, July 15.
4-H Food Stand
4-H members are asked to work at the 4-H Food Stand one or two shifts during the county fair. Adults are needed for each shift to work the grill, fryers, cash register and various duties. Sign -up soon.
It takes many hands to make a fair! Sign up is now open for judge assistants, ring stewards and more. Also, clubs have been assigned to set-up or clean-up so check with your club leader about where you can help.
- 2021 Nicollet County 4-H Premium Book
- Suggested 4-H exhibits
- Guide to 4-H projects
- FairEntry Quick Start User Guide (1 page)
- FairEntry Detailed Instructions (6 pages)
- Clothes/Non Garment You Make Form for Fashion Revue (bring with you to judging)
- Clothes/NonGarment You Buy Form & Fashion Revue (bring with you to judging)
- Food review handbook
- Lamb Lead information and reference
Nicollet County's agriculture includes both crop and livestock production. The county is home to fruit and vegetable growers and small farms.
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 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'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.
Nicollet County Extension
Dianna Kennedy, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
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Mary Krentz, SNAP-Ed educator
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Emma Severns, interim agriculture educator
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Luann Schloesser, administrative and program assistant
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