Welcome to Steele County
Steele County partners with Extension to deliver practical education and research you can use at home, at work and in your community.
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!
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.
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Give to Steele County 4-H
Gifts support 4-H youth development in Steele County, and local programming coordinated by the Steele County 4-H Council.
The Steele County Free Fair will be held August 15- August 20, 2023.
Several 4-H County Fair Events happen before the Steele County Fair begins
- Wednesday, August 2nd - 4-H Clothing, Textiles & Fashion Revue Evaluations
- Wednesday, August 2nd - 4-H Performing Arts Evaluation & Public Performances
- Saturday, August 5th - 4-H Dog Show - State Qualifier
- Monday, August 7th - 4-H Demonstration & Public Presentations Judging
- Monday, August 7th - 4-H Livestock Conference Interviews
- Monday, August 14th - County Fair General Project Conference Interviews & Livestock enters the fairgrounds and Exhibit Judging Starts
Below you will find the 4-H Exhibitor Guide, the Schedule of 4-H County Fair Events, and registration materials!
2023 Steele County Fair 4-H Exhibitor Guide (aka Premium Book)
County Fair Registration is done through FairEntry which closes on Monday, July 17th at 5:00 pm
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 in Steele 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 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 your 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.
Steele County Extension
Tracy Ignaszewski, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-444-7688
Krystal Viktora, Extension educator, 4-H Youth Development
email@example.com or 507-444-7600
Claire LaCanne, Extension educator, Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-444-7691 (office) or 507-330-0447 (cell)
Lorrie Rugg, Master Gardener coordinator
email@example.com or 507-444-7687
Joleen Koenig, office support
firstname.lastname@example.org or 507-444-7685
Madison Grunklee, office support
email@example.com or 507-444-7685
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