Judges Training

General Exhibit Judges In-Person Training

4-H Judges Training

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Polk County
1625 Adventureland Drive, Suite A
Altoona, Iowa
Cost: $15 full day, $10 half day, lunch included

Register online or send in the registration form by Tuesday, Jan. 28.
View the content descriptions for the afternoon breakout sessions before making your selection.

Training Resources

4-H Food & Nutrition Judges Training Webinar, June 8, 2016

A special live-online Food & Nutrition judges training was broadcasted Wednesday evening June 8, 2016.  Recordings of the three sections covered are posted below. Supporting resource links are included in this PDF.
Food Safety Review/Updates for 2016 - Shannon Coleman, Assistant Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition. Dr. Coleman will provide important information on food safety issues that arise when dealing with 4-H fair exhibits. She’ll have good reminders and resources for judges on food preservation and other food safety concerns.

New Dietary Guidelines and Food Labels (40:20 run time)– Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor of Food Science & Human Nutrition and Extension State Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Litchfield will have updates on the 2015 revisions to dietary guidelines and introduce the new food label requirements.

Judging Tips from the Trenches – Liz Meimann, AnswerLine Specialist and 4-H Food & Nutrition exhibit judge. Liz will offer practical tips for working with 4-H’er and 4-H Food & Nutrition exhibits during the judging process. Liz is a long-time county and state fair 4-H exhibit judge in addition to providing advice to 4-H’er and families through her AnswerLine work.

General Exhibit Judges Self-Training

(See Information for Judges Webpage)

State 4-H Judges Trainings

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

April 2015
Presented by Ashley Moyna, ISU Dietetics & Culinary Science student in cooperation with Dr. Ruth Litchfield, Associate Professor/Associate Chair, Food Science and Human Nutrition
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