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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
- Contact the Rice County Extension office at 507-332-6109 or email@example.com
- Stop by our office on the Rice County Fairgrounds, 1900 Fairgrounds Dr #17, Faribault, MN 55021
Welcome to Rice County 4-H
- Interested or new member information including a list of 4-H clubs in the county
- Rice County 4-H New Member Guide
Volunteering with 4-H
Livestock and animal projects
You will find the 2021 animal information for Rice County here as it becomes available.
- 2021 Minnesota 4-H Animal Science identification requirements
- State 4-H animal science guidelines
- 2020-21 Animal science updates
- Animal lease information
- Market Beef (steers and heifers) and dairy steer -
- Market Beef Information - emailed to families in January.
- County wide livestock letter (all animals) emailed to families March 9, 2021
For LQA requirements and locations, including online YQCA, visit 4-H Livestock Quality Assurance Training (LQA).
At this time there are no local sessions scheduled. Youth are encouraged to complete the online YQCA training.
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!
The Rice County Fair is coming! We need to work together to make the fair a success. Below you will find important information to read and respond to in order to showcase the Rice County 4-H program during the 2021 Rice County Fair. Take some time and carefully go through this information. We appreciate your help!
The 2021 Rice County Fair is July 21-25 at the Rice County Fairgrounds in Faribault. The 4-H judging/events start on the 9th.
- Registration opened Friday, May 21
- Registration deadline is Monday, June 28
- FairEntry online registrations must be completed by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, June 28.
- If you're submitting a paper entry form, they should be turned into the Etension office or postmarked by Monday, June 28.
- July 19: 4-H general entry day
- July 20: 4-H livestock entry day
4-H registration opened Friday, May 21. Deadline to register is Monday, June 28.
- Each exhibit/animal needs to be entered either online using FairEntry to receive premiums, awards and state trips.
- Exhibit/animals that are not correctly entered will only receive the blue, red or white ribbon and premium.
- General exhibits must be on display to receive premiums and special awards or a state fair trip. Exhibits judged virtually must be at the 4-H Building by Monday, July 19 and picked up on Sunday, July 25 after 6 p.m.
- General project classes are based on grade completed as of July 2021.
- We no longer use class code numbers. You will only use the class title, which follows through on FairEntry.
- Livestock – You will NOT 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.
Publications and forms
Will be linked below as they become available.
- Family Fair Information (emailed to all families the end of May)
- 4-H Competitive Events: Deadlines, Consequences & Exemptions
- Fair Check List
- Conference Judging Information for Parents
- Conference judging Information for Youth
- Evaluation/Judges Comment Sheet
- 2021 Fair Update - posted 6-11-21
- 4-H section of the premium book (helpful exhibit suggestions are listed under each project area)
Fair Exhibit updates, new this year (from 2020):
- There will be a five (5) exhibit limit in all general project areas, including Cloverbud.
- Food Preservation: Need to exhibit two jars/bags, one to open to taste and the other to display.
- Performing Arts: You can do one individual and one group/duet, total of two performances.
- Photography: Use the photo/video release form ( English and Spanish) when including any person in your photograph/video that is NOT in 4-H. This verifies that the subject has agreed to have their photograph taken or be in your video. Keep this signed form in a file.
- Plant Sciences: 4-H grouped together the following project areas in the premium book:
- Agronomy: Includes agriculture technology, corn, forages, plant and soil science, small grains, soybeans, specialty crops and weeds & pests.
- Fruit, herbs, potato and vegetables are all in one group.
- Horticulture: Includes flowers and indoor gardening.
- Fair Entry information
- Register your fair entries in FairEntry
- Advanced entry worksheet, EXAMPLE
- Help guides and instructions for using the online FairEntry system
- Large exhibit pre-approval form (must submit by county fair registration deadline)
- Virtual Judging Platform Information
Fair help sign-ups
We are using SignUpGenius for the following needs. Please consider helping during the week of the county fair.
- Sign up to help with recording on General Project Judging Day on Monday, July 19. There are two shifts: 12:30-4 p.m. & 4-7 p.m. Schedule will be posted in July.
- Each family/member are to select shifts that will work for them in the food and malt stands (by family).
Project information (includes Cloverbud)
- Project Ideas Guide
- Clothing/Quilting/Fashion Revue Letter, Clothing/Quilting/Fashion Revue Judging Day and Public Revue Information, Fashion Revue Script Form (completed and turned in at June Federation meeting), Script Writing Tips, Sewing and Care Guidelines, Evaluations
- Performing Arts Information, Script Form (completed and turned in by County Fair Entry Deadline), Evaluation
- Foods, Food Preservation and Food Revue Information, Food Revue Handbook, Create Display Example, Entry Worksheet
- Horticulture - Preparing 4-H exhibits in Fruit, Herb, Potato, and Vegetables and Potato Exhibit Support Guide
- Photography/Video - talent release form in English and Spanish You need to have these signed by people who appear in your photo/video if it will be displayed at the fair or any other public place.
- Selecting and Preparing Poultry for Exhibition - L-771 Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service
PDC Fair Responsibility Assignments - As of 5-25-21
4-H ribbon auction
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.
- 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.
- 2020-21 budget
- Rice County program/financial policies
- Special request form
- 2020-21 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.
New this year: The opportunity to purchase ferns, mums and homemade pies will happen via silent auction starting at the buyer's breakfast with sheets being pulled at 10:30 a.m. down at the live auction.
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.
Give to 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Rice County, and local programming coordinated by the Rice County 4-H Council.
- 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
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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.
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