Welcome to Sibley County
Sibley County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
Please contact us for all your 4-H, agriculture and gardening related questions.
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 Sibley County Extension office at 507-237-4100 or email@example.com
- Stop by our office at the Sibley County Service Center, 111 8th St, Gaylord, MN 55334
Find a club in Sibley County
Volunteering with Sibley County 4-H
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!
In 4-H, all youth are welcome!
4-H has something for everyone. 4-H is an out-of-school, hands-on learning program for youth in grades Kindergarten through one year past high school. Youth choose a project that's 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.
What can I do in 4-H?
The sky is the limit! 4-H offers learning experiences in science, photography, arts, agriculture, healthy living, civic engagement and much more. We have one-day events, year-long projects and everything in between. There are many ways to try 4-H.
Mission of 4-H
The mission of the 4-H Youth Development program is to engage youth, in partnership with adults, in quality learning opportunities that enable them to shape and reach their full potential as active citizens in a global community.
The 4 H’s
- The Head is to signify clearer thinking.
- The Heart is to signify greater loyalty.
- The Hands are to signify larger service.
- The Health is to signify better living.
“I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my family, my club, my community, my country, and my world.”
“To make the best better.”
- Sibley County 4-H clubs
- Sibley County Bylaws
- Suggested 4-H Exhibits
- Guide to 4-H projects
- 2022 Sibley County Premium Book
- Auction Form
Potential Bidder Form
- Costume Contest Form
- Food Review Guidelines
- 4-H Job Interview Contest Application
- Sample Resume
- 4-H Cloverbud Record
- 4-H Participation Record
- 4-H Beginner Basic Record
- 4-H Experienced Basic Read
- 4-H Small Animal Record
- 4-H Large Animal Record
This section will contain all important Sibley County 4-H updates for the county fair. A copy of the 2022 premium book can be found below. If you would like to request a printed premium book, you may stop by the extension office and pick it up. We will not be mailing them out.
Important 2022 dates
- February 15: Animal ID deadline (in 4-H Online) for Market Beef and Dairy Steers
- May 16: Animal & Project ID deadline (in 4-H Online)
- June 1: Fair Entry registration opens Family Quick Guide, Family Detailed Guide, Fair Entry Instructions
- June 30: Fair Entry registration deadline
- July 18: Demonstration Day, Food Show, and Clothing Achievement Day - Sibley East High School Commons, Arlington
- July 23: Sibley County Dog Show - Sibley County Fairgrounds
- Aug. 2: Non-livestock Judging and Pet show
- Aug. 3 - 7: Sibley County Fair
- Aug. 25 - Sept. 5 - Minnesota State Fair
4-H registration in Fair Entry for the Sibley County Fair will open on June 1. The deadline to register your 4-H projects is June 30. You should be receiving a Fair Registration step by step instructions in the mail in the beginning of June. ALL 4-H fair registration will be done online. If you are not able to do it online, you will be able to call and make an appointment with our office and we will help you.
Any 4-Her (no Cloverbuds) may sell a purple, blue or red ribbon from any one of their livestock projects or purple or blue ribbons from a non-livestock project . No animals or projects will be sold, only the ribbon. This year we have updated the forms being used for registering for the ribbon auction.
- Auction Information for 4-H members
- Potential Bidder Form
- Potential Bidder Flyer
- Auction Sign Up Form
It take s many hands to make a fair!
4-H youth are asked to work at the 4-H Food Stand one or two shifts during the county fair. Youth learn valuable life skills . Adults are needed to support them and to work the grill, fryers, cash register and various other duties. Youth that work a shift in the food stand and sell 4-H fruit will receive a refund for the State Fair registration fee.
4-H parents, volunteers and older members are also needed as judge assistants, exhibit organizers, announcers, clerks, ring stewards and more. Each club is asked to help set up and clean-up duties each year.
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.
Farmland rent information
- Farmland Rental Rates and Information
- 2022 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
- 2021 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
- 2020 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
- 2019 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
- 2018 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
- 2017 Sibley County Land Rent Survey Results
Sibley County yard and garden inquiries
- Call the Master Gardeners help line at 612-301-7590
- Contact the Sibley County Extension office at 507-237-4100
- Become a Master Gardener volunteer
- Master Naturalist volunteers work in your community
Do you have additional questions relating to canning, freezing and preserving?
- Contact the Sibley County Extension office at 507-237-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact the Answer Line at 1-800-854-1678, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 4 p.m. or email them at email@example.com
- Preparing and Preserving Food Safely
Do you need your pressure canner tested?
- Contact the Sibley County Extension office at 507-237-4100 to schedule an appointment.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Sibley 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:
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 Sibley 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.
Sibley County Extension
U of M Extension - Sibley County
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
111 8th St.
Gaylord, MN 55334
PO Box 207
Gaylord, MN 55334
The Sibley County Extension Home Study is designed for educational opportunities for people in Sibley County. Classes and lessons are offered during the school months with other opportunities such as tours and special speakers throughout the year. Lesson topics are chosen by the group to fit into areas of interest. If there is a cost to any of the classes or activities, members receive a discount. Membership for the year is $5 and is open to all!
Please contact the Extension Office if you are interested in participating in any of these classes or becoming a member by phone at 507-237-4100 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joleen Dose, administrative assistant
email@example.com or 507-237-4100
Mary Krentz, SNAP-Ed educator
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-237-4100
Connie Rettmann, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
email@example.com or 507-237-4100
Emma Severns, Extension educator, Agriculture Production Systems and Master Gardeners program
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-237-4100
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