Welcome to Winona County
Winona 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!
Graduation from 4-H
Each year we give youth the option to be recognized for their years of 4-H involvement and graduation from the 4-H program. Those that graduated high school or who will be finishing up their last year of 4-H can get recognized. If you are a 2020 high school senior and choose to get recognized this year, you can still participate in 4-H for your final year (one year post high school) in 2021.
Application deadline is July 1. The graduate recognition will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 11.
Outstanding Senior Dairy Award
Each year the Dairy Committee selects an Outstanding Senior Dairy Member at the Winona County Fair during the 4-H Dairy Show. All seniors and first year college students involved in the 4-H Dairy Project are eligible to apply for this award.
Online application deadline is June 25 and paper application deadline is 7 p.m. on June 28 at the 4-H Federation Meeting at the Winona County Fairgrounds.
Livestock exhibitors: Please enter the number of animals you anticipate bringing to the fair using this form. This number could possibly change prior to fair week.
Check out the Livestock Quality Assurance Training options.
Judging is on July 6 from 2-7 p.m. in the 4-H Building. Register for a time slot for each area you plan to bring projects to be judged. We are asking families to register their projects by Thursday, July 1.
Winona County 4-H is looking for volunteers to help evaluate the presentation of tack areas, aisles, stalls and livestock during the Winona County Fair. If you are willing to connect with our youth and judge their livestock project areas, please sign up.
The Winona County Fair 4-H indoor/static project judging will be on July 6 from 2-7 p.m. We need volunteers to assist the judges with recording placings, handing out ribbons and staging projects in the 4-H building. If you are interested in being a judge's assistant, please sign up.
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.
Master Gardener volunteers are University of Minnesota-trained volunteers who educate the public about a variety of horticulture subjects using readily available, up-to-date, research-based information. This educational effort is designed to enhance the public's quality of life and to promote good stewardship of the environment.
Who are Master Gardener volunteers?
Master Gardeners come from all walks of life. They share gardening best practices that promote healthy landscapes, healthy food and healthy lives. Upon completing a core course, they contribute their time teaching research-based horticulture practices in their communities.
Contact Marianne Duffy Hohenner, Master Gardener volunteer leader, for more information.
Health and nutrition
Extension offers a variety of educational programs about nutrition and health in Winona 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: 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.
Winona County Extension
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