Member Info

Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports

The Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports Group will begin meeting in February at the Gruver Community Center. This first meeting is for 1st and 2nd year members and will cover sign up and safety.
The March meeting will be for all members at the Gruver Community Center at 4:00PM. Gun cleaning will be covered. Waiver forms must be completed and turn in by this meeting.
In April, the group will begin meeting at the Izaak Walton League (weather permitting). This meeting will cover archery safety as well as allow members a chance to practice their skills.
Members will be asked to do a presentation at one of the meetings this year.
During the summer the group plans to meet twice a month on a week night. They will meet through August for 2015.
Sign up to be part of this group by calling 362-3434 by February 6th.

Emmet County 4-H Cooking Club

Emmet County will again be starting up their 4-H project group focused on cooking food! This group will practice experimenting using different types of ingredients to make their own food concoctions! They will also learn food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group (dates and locations will be sent to those who have signed up). A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served, so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!


FSQAis a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics. Remember that FSQA is now aligned with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders are required to come to a training7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or trainWhen members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.  The FSQA trainings and testing dates for the entire state are listed on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website:
On June 2nd in Estherville at the First Presbyterian Church from 7:00-9:00PM.  The test day for Emmet County will be June 18th from 8:30AM-4:00PM at the Extension Office.

4-H Animal ID Process--Online only again this year-must be done by May 15th

All 4-H livestock will be ID’d online through your account at:
Please log on to your account and enter in any animals that you might possibly bring to the Emmet County Fair, State Fair, or Clay County Fair. Animals that need to be ID’d are:
*Breeding Beef
*Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair) *Bucket/Bottle Calves
*Cow/Calf Pairs *Dairy Cattle *Dogs
*Dairy Goats *Meat Goats *Horses *Pets *Poultry
*Rabbits *Sheep—Breeding & Clay County Fair
*Swine—Breeding & SF or CCF
You can complete this process and make any changes by May 15th, so go ahead and work on that now!
Find help on how to do this at:

Quad County 4-H Junior Trip

Join us for a Junior Trip for all 4th--grade 4--H’ers from Emmet, Palo Alto, Pocahontas, and Calhoun Counties enjoy luxury travel by charter bus to Omaha, with a snack provided on the way. Our first stop will be a visit to the nationally renowned Henry Doorly Zoo to see some awesome animals. You will be given cash to purchase your lunch while at the zoo. Next, we will head to the Pacific Railroad Museum to explore the importance of locomotives in our country’s history with interactive exhibits. After that, we will head to the Lewis Clark National Historic Trail Visitors Center for a chance to see what these explorers did, enjoy hands--on exhibits, and walk the pedestrian bridge over the mighty Missouri River. Gourmet treats from Cupcake Omaha will be our delicious afternoon snack——preorder your favorite flavor when you register!
Our final stop in Omaha will include touring the gallery and cemetery of the Mormon Trail Center at Historic Winter Quarters.
We’ll give the participants cash to purchase food on our way home in Missouri Valley.
The cost will be around $75, and the Emmet County 4--H Foundation will reimburse you $37.50 when you return home from the trip. We will only be allowed to send 10 youth from Emmet County, so if you want to come along, get your registration in as soon as it’s sent out!

SAVE the DATE-3rd Annual Glowing 4-H Foot Race

Save the Date for the 3rd Annual Emmet County 4-H Glowing 4-H Foot Race! It will be held on Saturday, October 3rd at the Emmet County Fairgrounds. Choose to participate in the 1 mile fun run/walk, 4 mile team relay, or the 5K race. This is the major fundraiser for the year for the Emmet County 4-H Foundation, which supports all 4-H’ers throughout the year in the Emmet County 4-H program. Invite your friends!

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference...Register NOW!!

Registration materials are now available online at:
Choose to participate in: State Conference, Animal Science Roundup, or CSI: Crops,
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference 2015
When: June 30—July 2 Where: Iowa State University Campus, Ames, IA Who: All youth (not just 4-H’ers) who have finished 8th-12th grade Theme: Dare To Discover Registrations due by: May 31 Cost: $175.00, which includes a t-shirt (the Emmet County 4-H Foundation will reimburse you $87.50 if you are a 4-H member in good standing) There is financial aid available from the State 4-H Office—applications are due by April 25th.

2015 Equine Extravaganza

The 2015 4-H Youth Equine Extravaganza entry deadline is quickly approaching! The event is scheduled for May 1 – 3 at the Equine Center at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls. All of the entry and rule information is on the Equine Extravaganza website: http://www.extension.iastate. edu/4h/equineextravaganza There are a couple of blocks set up at the AmericInn and Super 8 in Iowa Falls. Be sure to ask for the Ellsworth College 4-H Horse Event block to reserve.

Regional Livestock Workshops

Bunny Boot Camp
This will be held at the Spencer Bomgaars Store on  April 11 from 2:30-4:30 (also May-Dec dates TBA). Bring your rabbit to class as experienced Clay County rabbit committee members teach about proper rabbit grooming and general care. Work on improving showmanship skills and learn about showing rabbits. Rabbit hopping and agility will also be discussed. This is FREE for 4-H’ers—please RSVP to Clay County Extension at (712) 262-2264.
Bunny Basic Training
This will be held at The Stables on the Clay County Fairgrounds on June 23rd from 6-8PM and is FREE for 4-H’ers. Bring your jr/sr rabbits to learn about grooming, feeding, showing, & caring for your bun-nies. Also rabbit hopping and agility demonstrations. RSVP to Clay County Extension at (712) 262-2264.
Get Your Goat On Clinic
This clinic is for any member who has meat goats or is interested in learning more about staring in this area. Learn about selection, feeding, grooming, and exhibiting. This will be April 18th from 1:00-3:00PM at the Ag-Citing Center on the Clay County Fairgrounds. FREE for 4-H members! RSVP to Clay County Extension by March 31st at (712) 262-2264.
Thursday, May 28th, 5:00-9:00PM Lyon County Fairgrounds Open to all 4-H members in 4th-12th grades Attend species specific sessions to learn about grooming and general animal care for: Horses, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goats, Rabbits, or Poultry. May attend up to 3 sessions. There is NO cost to participate, but pre-registration is required! There will be a light meal provided at 5:45 pm. Sign up here:
Optional FSQA Training offered 4-6 pm
TThere will be a “BEEF before the BBQ” Workshop offered at the US Bank Basement in Rock Rapids on April 25th from 9:30AM to 12:15PM. Beth Doran, ISU Extension and Outreach Beef Specialist, will be pre-senting. Learn about carcass evaluation at the local locker, meat evaluation of retail cuts, and breed iden-tification. RSVP to the Lyon County Extension Office to secure your spot, space is limited – 712-472-2576 or email

4-H College Scholarships

High School Seniors: Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the 4-H State Scholarships. Most applications are due by March 1, 2015, but some are due even sooner! Check out the website:
Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen for ISU students and other colleges, and current college students.
All applications can be loaded from the website and need to be submitted directly to the State 4-H Office.

Citizenship Washington Focus 2015-click here for flyer

NEW: CWF registration closes November 15th.  More information can be found on the CWF website. There is also a flyer attached to this email.
Citizenship Washington Focus 2015 is a nine-day trip for 4-H youth in grades 9-12 which provides a setting to experience both leadership and citizenship in an up-close, unique way at the National 4-H Center.  Youth who have participated in previous trips reported CWF as the single most educational highlight of their 4-H career.
The 2015 trip will take place June 5-13. Members of 4-H and adult chaperones will travel by chartered bus to Washington D.C.  Trip Highlights: Flight 93 Memorial, Gettysburg Battlefield, Mount Vernon, Iwo Jima Memorial, Nightview of Washington D.C., Arlington National Cemetery, FDR Memorial, Capitol Hill, Union Station, Air Force Memorial or Twilight Tattoo, National Cathedral or Smithsonian Zoo, Theater Productions, National Mall, Smithsonian Museum and Holocaust Museum.  Besides tours and workshops, participants will have time for socializing and meeting new friends!
The trip fee is $1,550.  This includes lodging, transportation, tour site admissions and most meals.  Registration and a $490 deposit will be required to secure a spot. Registration is now open and closes November 15, 2014.  To learn more about the trip and to get registration information visit:
If you or someone else is interested in being an adult chaperone – there is information and an application form for that on the website as well.

FSA Youth Loans

FSA makes loans to individual youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA and similar organizations.  Each project must be part of an organized and supervised program of work designed to provide practical business and educational experience.  The project must be planned and operated with the help of the organization adviser and produce sufficient income to repay the loan. 
A Youth loan is available to young persons between the ages 10 and 20 years.  The maximum loan amount is $5,000.  Loan funds may be used to: 
·         Buy livestock, seed, equipment and supplies
·         Buy, rent or repair needed tools and equipment
·         Pay operating expenses for the project
We encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.  To locate your local FSA office, click here or find a listing in the telephone directory in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency.  Our local FSA offices will be happy to provide you with further information and a loan application.   

Project Groups offered in addition to club membership:

  • 4-H Shooting Sports - Deb & Monte Hoffmeyer (362-3846) David Solberg (866-0737) Mike Martens (858-4404) Ole Enderson (864-3686) Dean Christensen (362-7685) Arvin Enerson (362-3916) Brian Rosburg (209-2056)  
    If you would like to be in the Emmet County 4-H Shooting Sports group in 2015, call today to reserve your spot (362- 3434)! The group will be meeting March through September, either at the Gruver Community Center (if bad weather) or the Izaak Walton League shooting range. The group practices with archery, air rifles, muzzleloaders, and shot guns (for age 12 and up). They also learn about safety, how to clean equipment used, and more. Group size is limited, so if you are interested, call or email today. Even if you were in the group last year, we need to know if you plan to participate again this year. New members are also welcome! All youth in 4th through 12th grade who are current 4-H members in Emmet County are eligible. All new members would begin in March and must attend safety discussions before practicing with equipment. All guns and archery supplies are provided.
  • 4-H Dog Obedience - Chelsey Guse & Derek Smith (362-2856) Shelby Guse  **Will begin in April-Sign up at Emmet County Extension Office**
  • 4-H Food - Cooking & Baking - Carol Solberg (866-0737) Kevin Krull (867-4103)
    Emmet County started up a new 4-H project group focused on cooking food last year. This group experiments using different types of ingredients different types of food! They also are learning food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal for 2015 will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level next August. More information about this can be found at: statefair/cookthis. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group in 2015 by January 5th. A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served—so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!

County 4-H News

April 1, 2015

The 2015 Emmet County 4-H Clover Knowledge Escapade, communications contest, was held on Sunday, March 29th at the United Methodist Church in Estherville.  Communication skills are very important to the 4-H program and are commonly credited by 4-H alumni as being one of the best things that 4-H taught them.  Participants in 5th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the state communications event at the Iowa State Fair.  Youth in 4th grade and up were eligible to be selected to advance on to exhibit in the district communication event at the Clay County Fair.

March 30, 2015

Adventures in nature are only part of the experiences young people will have at 4-H camp held at the Iowa 4-H Center and locally across the state this summer.

March 30, 2015

Every June, almost 1000 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities.

February 20, 2015

More than 80 participants attended the 2015 State 4-H Volunteer Retreat at Iowa State University. Volunteers, staff, parents and intermediate and senior 4-H members came together to share ideas and learn about innovative curricula to improve 4-H Youth Development programs.

January 27, 2015

Children and youth learn best when they learn through experience. This positive youth development is the essence of 4-H and is featured in the international research journal Reclaiming Children and Youth.

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