Judges Training

State 4-H Judges Trainings

4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Training Webinar on
“Gluten-Free Myths, Truths, & Baked Goods”

A special online Food & Nutrition judges training was held online Monday, April 27, 2015. The workshop was on "Gluten Free Myths, Truths, and Baked Goods" and how to evaluate products and informational posters as fair exhibits. The growing interest in gluten-free diets has created demand for learning how to accurately assess claims made about gluten-free foods and the need to know the quality standards for evaluating gluten-free products.
Ashley Moyna, ISU Dietetics & Culinary Science student, prepared this webinar as part of her ISU Honors Project. Presenting in cooperation with Dr. Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Ashley discussed common myths of gluten-free foods and diets, quality standards of gluten-free baked products and how they differ from baked goods made with traditional flours. I know you’ll find this training session worthwhile as you prepare for the coming 4-H fair season. 
Instructions for viewing the Food & Nutrition Judges Training webinar

  1. Complete the Pre-Evaluation
  2. View Webinar Part I – “Truths & Myths”
  3. View Video – “Science: A Closer Look at Gluten”
  4. View Webinar Part II – “Baking”
  5. Complete the Post-Evaluation



General Exhibit Judges Self-Training 
(See Information for Judges Webpage)


General Exhibit Judges Training -- Future

The judges training coordinating committee and sub-committee members are busy working to design a consistent training system for new and experienced judges:

  • System will build knowledge and skills judges need to improve the quality of the judging experience for youth and judges
  • Focuses on educate, evaluate, encourage process for 4-H members
  • Training includes positive youth development
  • New judges have opportunity to “practice” before direct interaction with youth
  • Revise and update resources for judges (includes website and online resources)
  • Marketing system to make sure all judges and potential judges are aware of training opportunities
  • Develop a process for counties and campus to recognize judges’ contribution to youth and the 4‑H program
Training format:
  • The first four hours (includes lunch) of the training builds knowledge and skills for new judges (as well as interested volunteers and parents) and the last two hours is project area content specific.
  • Experienced judges will be presenting and all judges are welcome to attend to brush-up on their expertise or expand their knowledge base.
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