The purpose of 4-H recordkeeping is to teach how to keep records, an important life skill. Recordkeeping is an ongoing process.  Keeping records is a great way to document your participation in the 4-H program.  You will be able to refer to your information when you apply for 4-H awards, scholarships, and more.  

Objectives of keeping records

1.     To learn how to set goals, how to make plans for action, and how to decide how well you did (evaluation).

2.     To learn the skills of record keeping and organization to use now and in the future.

3.     To learn to communicate and summarize.

4.     To learn responsibility by completing a task.

5.     To evaluate information that will market personal skills through future resumes and application forms.

Available Forms

Additional items you may include in your records: your fair exhibit write-up, pictures, news clippings, certificates, etc., as they tell the story of your experience in the project area. You may record ribbon placings received for exhibition; however the actual ribbon should be stored in a separate location from your 4-H records.

Tips for keeping records

·   Working on your records throughout the year is helpful. 

·   Records are required for most 4-H award applications.

·   You can have records for projects that did not have an exhibit for the fair.  Projects are what you enroll in and work on throughout the current 4-H year, while exhibits are one piece of a project that you choose to prepare and take to the county fair. 

Example: Project – Food and Nutrition (help prepare meals, help grocery shop, set table, make cookies for bake sale, made chocolate chip cookies for fair exhibit, etc.)  Exhibit – Chocolate chip cookies (made to be judged and on display during fair)

Ways to save your records:

·         In a tabbed 3 ring binder

·         Labeled hanging files

·         Files in a computer

·         Other ideas

Record Keeping Forms:

General Record Keeping Forms

Beef, Meat Goat, Sheep, Swine:

Horse & Pony


  • See general forms above



Non-Livestock Worksheets

County 4-H News

January 19, 2015

What is Tri-County 4-H Junior Camp?


This is a three day camp for 4th-6th grade 4-H’ers from Boone, Hardin, Marshall or Story County. Youth will be at the Iowa 4-H Center near Madrid while they learn new skills, test their skills, make new friends, reunite with old friends, and enjoy the great outdoors. The camp will be from Wed., August 5 (10:00 a.m.) – Fri., August 7, (8:30 p.m.), 2015.

January 19, 2015

Each year Marshall County Extension and Outreach assist Marshall County 4-H and FFA members with scholarship opportunities for incoming freshman students.

January 16, 2015

Region 8 is hosting a Beef It Up Workshop on Iowa State University's campus February 28, 2015 from 9 am - 12:30 pm. This is open to all 4-H'ers and their parents and only cost $10 which includes a meal!

December 22, 2014

Region 8 4-H County Councils/Leadership Team and Iowa State University Collegiate 4-H will be hosting a lock-in for Boone, Hardin, Marshall, and Story Counties on January 30-31st, 2015. All 7-12th grade 4-H members may register and invite a friend.   

September 18, 2013

By donating grain, farmers provide opportunities for youth across the state and can save on self-employment tax, federal income tax, and state income tax. Donate Grain. Save Money. Make a Difference. Click here for a brochure and further details. 

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