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There are several ways to join or re-enroll in 4-H.
- Join 4-H for the first time or re-enroll
- Enroll as an independent member
- How to get involved in Rice County 4-H
- Contact the Rice County Extension office at 507-332-6109 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stop by our office on the Rice County Fairgrounds, 1900 Fairgrounds Dr #17, Faribault, MN 55021
Rice County 4-H
Volunteering with 4-H
Livestock and animal projects
You will find the 2022 animal information for Rice County here as it becomes available.
- 2022 Minnesota 4-H Animal Science Identification Requirements
- State 4-H animal science guidelines
- 2022 Animal Science Updates
- Animal lease information
- Animal Ownership Requirements and Clarifications
- Market Beef (steers and heifers) and dairy steer -
- Market Beef Information - emailed to families first week of January.
- County wide livestock letter (all animals) emailed to families March 1, 2022.
- Sheep - Wether Dam information sheet (difference between a wether dam and a commercial ewe)
For LQA requirements and locations, including online YQCA, visit 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance Training (LQA).
Locally offered at (9:00 a.m. to 12 noon):
- Waseca - March 26 - Amy Nelson, Extension educator, email@example.com or 507-835-0600
- Freeborn - April 9 - Amy Wadding, Extension educator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-377-5660
- Steele - May 21 - Krystal Viktora, Extension educator, email@example.com or 507-444-7600
Or you can complete the online YQCA training that is good for only the current fair season.
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!
Food stand manager
The 2022 Rice County Fair is July 18-24 at the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault with pre-fair 4-H shows/judging/events starting on July 8.
Registration & Important dates/deadlines
Registration opened Monday, May 2
Registration deadline is Monday, June 27
FairEntry online registrations must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 27.
If you're submitting a paper entry form, they should be turned into the extension office or postmarked by Monday, June 27.
July 18 - 4-H general judging day
July 19 - 4-H livestock entry day
Each exhibit/animal needs to be entered either online using FairEntry to receive premiums, awards and state trips.
Exhibt/animals that are not correctly entered will only receive the blue, red or white ribbon and premium.
General project classes are based on grade completed as of July 2022.
Livestock – you will not be able to attach the animal to the class when you enter the class on FairEntry. Animal(s) will be attach to the class at the county fair check-in. Which means only add the allowed number of entries per class.
Cloverbud - 5 general exhibit
General - 5 exhibits per project area (5 crafts, 5 fine arts, 5 photos, 5 foods etc.)
Animal - as listed in premium book (no changes)
Cloverbud animals - 1 animal per specie
Entering exhibits (general & animal)
Register your fair entries in FairEntry
Help guides and instructions for using the online FairEntry system
County and State Fair premium book changes for 2022. There were may exhibit suggestions added and/or changes across the general project areas.
- Advanced fair entry worksheet, EXAMPLE
- Large exhibit pre-approval form - turn into extension office by June 27, 2022
- Fashion revue script form - turn into extension office by June 27, 2022
- Performing Arts - Performance based judging entry form -turn into extension office by June 27, 2022
- Dairy genetic & production form - turn into extension office by July 15, 2022
- Sheep lamb lead form- turn into extension office by July 15, 2022
- Evaluation/judges comment sheet - general project judging, if you want the judges written comments
Family Fair Information (emailed to all families May 2)
2022 Fair Update - will be posted in June
2022 Rice County 4-H Parade of Champions with awards sponsors addresses (posted after the fair)
Project information (includes Cloverbud)
Project Idea Suggestions. The State 4-H office updated project exhibit suggestions across all general areas.
Selecting and Preparing Poultry for Exhibition - L-771 Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
Fair volunteers & stand sign-ups
County fair helpers - as we get closer to the county fair, we will be looking for helpers in a variety of areas including but not limited to building set up, general judging day, food and malt stands, and livestock shows. In most cases, it is not required to be a screened adult as you will be among other staff and screened adults. If you have an area of interest but are unsure how to sign up, connect with extension office staff. Please consider helping during the week of the county fair. We are using SignUpGenius for the following needs:
Sign up to help with recording on General Project Judging Day on Monday, July 18. There are two shifts: 12:30-4 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. Schedule will be posted in July. General Judging Volunteer Sign-up
Each family/member are to select shifts that will work for them in the food and malt stands (by family).
General Judging Volunteer Schedule
PDC Fair Responsibility Assignments - as of April PDC meeting
4-H ribbon auction
Auction letter for families
Ribbon auction informational auction flyer
Good luck at the fair! Please contact the Extension office at 507-332-6162 with questions or concerns.
Here are a few leadership opportunities you can be involved in as a youth or adult volunteer on the county level.
Awards and scholarship
Every fall at the family banquet, we announce several award recipients who are youth and adults involved with the 4-H program. You can fill them out for yourself or nominate somebody else.
- 2021-22 Club Recognition - deadline November 1, 2022
- Achievement pin
- Agricultural pin
- Early Graduation
- Friend of 4-H
- Outstanding Adult Leader
- Outstanding Youth Leader
- Project pin
- Minnesota key information
Financial information and forms
The following are various documents and links that relate to the finances of Rice County 4-H. If you are not finding what you are looking for, please contact the Extension office.
Completed form needs to be turned into the Extension office by Monday, November 22, 2021 (Federation Meeting).
- 2021-22 budget
- Rice County program/financial policies
- Special request form
- Rice County Family Event registration reimbursement form
Do not use the state records!
To participate in County Record Judging, records must be turned in at the September Federation meeting. Remember to clearly mark your records on the front page with name, club, last grade completed and project area.
The top ten individuals will receive cash from Compeer Financial.
For additional information check out the record keeping tip sheet.
Cloverbud record keeping
Cloverbuds use the same record as general and livestock and they are noncompetitive and reviewed just for feedback. Each Cloverbud participating in record judging will receive a gift.
The auction is the primary fundraising project for the Rice County 4-H program. The money collected gives all youth in our county program a chance to participate in 4-H activities at a reduced rate and provide opportunities at the county, region, state, and national levels such as:
- Intrastate exchange
- Project Workshops
- Leadership conferences (county, state & national levels)
- Officer training
- Judging teams
- and so much more
Through 4-H youth development we are attempting to promote and provide these opportunities to all youth: youth leadership, responsibility, self-reliance, citizenship and community service.
Who can be in it?
Youth in 3rd grade and above earning a champion, reserve champion, or blue ribbon in the market beef, goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine projects. Dairy, Kids for Kids, Paradise in Porkland, Dog, Horse, Dairy Goats and the following breeding species: beef, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine also have limited spots which will be pre-determined.
When and where is it?
The auction takes place Saturday of the Rice County fair. There is a complimentary breakfast for buyers in the 4-H building at 8:30 am. The auction follows at 9:15 in the judging arena.
How can you help?
You can come as an individual, organization, business, etc. You can bid on your own or team up with other buyers.
All animals will be sold as a PREMIUM BID only. The youth receive a pre-determined premium and the remainder supports our annual county 4-H budget.
- Informational auction flyer
- Letter to businesses
- Season Greetings to all Rice County Businesses
Give to 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Rice County, and local programming coordinated by the Rice County 4-H Council.
Rice County Master Gardener Plant Sale
Saturday, May 14 - 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Rice County 4-H Building on the fairgrounds (1900 Fairgrounds Drive #17, Faribault MN)
We will have annual flowers, perennial plants and vegetables. All plants are from the Master Gardener's gardens.
There will also be gently used garden books, tools and equipment for sale.
The Gardener's Body - Keeping your most valuable tool healthy
Three webinar series: $10 per session or $20 for all three
- April 19 - How to prepare for a day in the garden
- April 26 - How to stay uninjured while gardening
- May 3 - How to recuperate after gardening
Sign up today at: https://z.umn.edu/RCMGWebinar
Find out about the Master Gardener Volunteer core course or attend other events offered throughout the year.
- Visit the Yard and Garden pages to:
- Solve a problem - plant diseases, what's wrong with my plant, is this a weed, what insect is this
- Find plants - flowers, fruit, house plants, native plants, trees and shrubs, vegetables
- How to's - growing guide, flower pollinators, managing soil and nutrients, using your harvest, water wisely
- Lawns and landscapes - landscape design, lawn care, flowers for pollinators, find plants
- Become a Master Gardener volunteer
- Planting and growing guides
- Vegetables for Minnesota gardens
Selecting the right plants that will grow successfully in the north is half the battle. Expert advice from University of Minnesota horticulturalists will help you grow healthy vegetables that enjoy our climate and soil condition
- Saving vegetable seeds
- Growing fruit means balancing expectations and effort
Because fruits are perennial plants, they require a bit more commitment than vegetables. Spend some time thinking about why you want to grow fruit.
- Harvesting and storing home garden vegetables
- Planting vegetables in midsummer for fall harvest
- Farmbytes: thin apples for better harvests
Preserving and storing food
- Food preservation basics
- Food preservation FAQs
- Food preservation and canning troubleshooting guide
- Making jams, marmalades, preserves and conserves
- Preserving herbs by freezing or drying
- Preserving winter squash and pumpkins
- Storing canned food
- Store healthy foods properly
Learn how to preserve, prepare and cook fresh food safely.
To learn more about the topics listed below click on Preserving and preparing food safely
Food preservation methods
- Food preservation basics
- Jams and jellies
Preserving and preparing different types of food -
Different kinds of food may require different ways of handling them.
- Vegetables and herbs
- Tomatoes and salsa
- Meat and fish
- Eggs and dairy
- Video demonstrations
- At the office
- Safe cooking basics
- Safely cooking meat and fish
- Holidays and food safety
- Kitchen equipment for food safety
- Safe cooking during an emergency
- Food storage
Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing - testing is referred to Presto
- Presto will only test gauges from these brands: National, Magic Seal, Maid of Honor, Kook-Kwick, Presto.
- Steps to send in pressure gauges
- For more information, phone Presto Customer Service: 1-800-877-0441.
- Questions? Contact GoPresto.
- For specifics on other models of pressure canner gauges, please check with the manufacturer. All-American – Wisconsin Aluminum Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry. 920-682-8627
Health and nutrition
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Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Rice 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.
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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:
- Growing Local: Northfield Emerging Leaders Program
- Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL)
Contact an educator in your area for consultation, guidance and conversation about your community.
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