Union County 4-H & Youth

Local Highlights

Iowa 4-H State Council Members 2017-18 Class
November 8, 2018

You deserve to be recognized for your efforts and have some fun, too!  If you are a ninth through twelfth grader, there are many opportunities available to you for recognition awards or to represent Iowa on the state and national levels.  

November 1, 2018

Research shows that the whole family benefits from having a meal together. Benefits include better nutrition, improved family communication, and fostered family traditions.

November 1, 2018

Another day, another act of incivility, anger or violence. Ever-pervasive attitudes of self-centeredness and disregard for others seem to symbolize our times. But what if we could flip the script from callousness to kindness? That is one way to make a difference at the grassroots level….

October 5, 2018

Throughout National 4-H Week, Union 4-H will showcase the many ways 4-H inspires kids to do through hands-on learning experiences as well as highlight the remarkable 4-H youth in our community who work each day to make a positive impact on those around them.

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4-H Newletters

Record Keeping & Awards

Events & Special Interest Programs

4-H Member & Club Resources

Scholarships & Financial Aid


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Fall Canning Guide for Fair 2019

As we move into fall, many families begin canning veggies and fruits from their garden for next year's 4-H projects. Be sure to check out the fall canning guide to make sure your project is safe and eligible for the county fair. 


Read the Union County 4-H Newsletter:
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018

Union County 4-H Event & SPIN Information

2018 SPIN Events:

Record Book Refresh - Extension Office from 1-4 PM October 14th


Healthy Afterschool Snacks- Trinity Lutheran Church from 4-6 PM November 13th


Christmas Tree Tour - Shearer Tree Farm, Corning IA. From 1-3 December 15th

Quilt Square Pillows with Creston Quilt Guild- Afton Community Center From 10 AM-1PM January 5th.  Snow Date: January 19th


National 4-H Week Activities Oct. 7-13

Monday, Oct. 8th - Wear your green 4-H shirt or 4-H club shirt to school! 

  • Show your 4-H pride and display the colors!

  • T-shirts have been cleared with both St. Malachy’s and Mayflower

Thursday, Oct. 11th - Compete in our 4-H coloring contest

  • 4 age divisions (1-4)  (5-8) (9-12)  (13-18)
  • Include on the back: Legible first and last name, age, and primary phone number
  • Use one of our coloring pages by clicking below
  • 4-H Friends   Cy Loves 4-H   Which way to 4-H
  • 1st place winners will receive a prize (1 buy 1 get 1 admission to the Movie Theater, Free Large Pizza, or Gift Card.)
  • Bring in the picture or scan in the pages to the Union County Extension office by Thursday, Oct 11 @ 4:30 PM (mogrady@iastate.edu)

Friday, Oct. 12th –4-H Ice Cream Social!        

  • Stop by the Extension Office between 4:00-6:00 PM
  • Enjoy a scoop of ice cream!
  • Learn about 4-H and how to get involved!

Both 4-Hers and Clover Kids are encouraged to participate in any or all of these events!

Communications and Clothing Day
Communications and Clothing Day is June 24, 2018.  Click each flyer below for location and event time information.

    Communications Day Categories     Clothing Day Entry Form 

                                                                                                                                 Clothing Category Rules


Animal Identifcation/Verification

Animal ID in 4hOnline

Broiler Pen Project

4-H Record Keeping & Awards


          See Record Book information below...


Record books are an important piece of your 4-H career!  This 4-H Record Keeping Guide will help you as you plan to document your 4-H years.

4-H members may keep records in a variety of ways.  Recordkeeping is only limited by your imagination, so have fun and share what you have learned this year in 4-H.  We have listed the forms below to use as a guide in your recordkeeping system or as pages in your recordbook.  Some ideas for recordkeeping:

  • Traditional three ring binder, using the forms below
  • Scrapbook, with stories and pictures
  • Powerpoint
  • Blog or website
  • Picture board
  • Audio or Video (link)

Title PagePDF -  this usually will include a photo, name, age, grade and club information

Yearly Summary  PDF: This is the summary of your 4-H year.  There is a place to write about what activities and events you done and recognition(not just in 4-H). 

Personal Goal Sheet Word: This is a place to record Personal Goals you want to accomplish, that are not related to projects.

Project Records: One form is used per project, not per Exhibit.  Project Records should tell what you have learned in your project area and not just what you exhibited at fair.  Include pictures and newspaper clippings to show your accomplishments if you would like.

Basic Project Record    PDF : Juniors and those new to the project area use this

Experienced Project Record    PDF : Intermediates or those who have been in the project area a few years use this

Advanced Project Record    PDF : Seniors or those enrolled in the project area for six years or more

Self-Evaluation Record    PDF: Rate yourself on your recordkeeping this year

Market Animal Project Worksheets: Market Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goat members may use one worksheet per year for each project area.



Breeding Animal Project Worksheets: Breeding Beef, Sheep, Swine and Meat Goat projects use this worksheet for each project year.



Other Project Areas: Use these worksheets for other project areas as needed.

Rabbit Worksheet PDF

Poultry Worksheet PDF

Horse and Pony PDF

Photography Worksheet PDF

Dog Worksheet PDF

Crops Worksheet PDF

Vegetable Garden Worksheet PDF

Helpful Hints:

-Three ring binders work best for a record book.

-Each project area should have a divider with a tab for easy finding.

-Project areas can be kept in any order by are more easily located if alphabetized.

-Record books can be divided in years or project areas, however always have the most current year in the front of the book or section.

-Be sure to share what you learned in each project throughout the year.

-Fair write ups and bucket/bottle worksheets may be included but additional explanations of project area learning may be needed.

-Remember to include all things you have done in project area, not just what you exhibited at fair.

Be sure to check out the record book and project awards area below!





Click HERE for the Award Nomination formThis form is required to be filled out by the 4-H member and turned in with your record book.

Click HERE for a description of what the various awards are and eligibility.

The following is a list of Non-Project awards that 4-Hers who have completed a record book can also apply for. Due November 1st wtih record books.

Clover Achievement Award

Bronze Achievement Award

Silver Achievement Award

Gold Achievement Award

Platinum Achievement Award

Chris Pokorny Memorial Achievement Award (15 years and older)

Marie Winkler Memorial Leadership Award (highschool juniors and seniors)

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Local Friends of 4-H Scholarships - Due February 1st, 2019

Iowa 4-H Financial Assistance

Iowa 4-H Foundation College Scholarship

Ronald A Simpson Memorial Scholarship - Due March 15, 2019

Union County Cattlemen's Beef Heifer Award Scholarship - Due July 1, 2019


4-H Member Resources


Thank You Card template

4-H Treasurer's Record

4-H Secretary's Record


Photography Exhibit Write Up Form (editable)       Static Exhibit Write Up Form (editable)

Photography Exhibit Write Up Form (.pdf)              Static Exhibit Write Up Form (.pdf)


County Youth Coucil Application (Click Here)

Are you interested in getting more involved in 4-H? Making new friends? Becoming a better leader? Consider applying for the County Youth Council. The council sponsors and helps with county wide activities throughout the year. Applications are due Sept. 29th


4-H Club Resources

Friends of 4-H Community Betterment Grant .doc
4-H Club Calendar and Roster Template 1 (.doc)
4-H Club Calendar Template 2 (.doc)

4-H Club Calendar Template
3 (.pdf)
Club Yearly Financial Audit Checklist (resource)
Yearly Club Financial Report Template (.doc)
Soo... You're the Club Vice President
Soo... You're the Club President
Soo... You're the Club Secretary
Soo...You're the Club Treasurer

Statewide Resources

  • 4-H Equation

    Addresses youths’ basic needs through the eight essential elements: caring adults, safe environments, inclusive settings, and opportunities for mastery, service, self-determination, planning for the future and engaged learning.

  • Provides financial resources to develop and deliver quality 4-H youth programs and opportunities throughout the state of Iowa.

  • Join a 4-H club where you can learn about your interests while having fun, improving your communication skills, and serving your community. These are resources to make your club experience even better.

  • Your adventure in 4-H starts here. Choose from nearly 50 project areas and discover your skills, talents and interests.

  • Discover the world of animal science from breeding, nutrition and general care to food safety and management. Find statewide forms, trainings and activity sheets here.

  • Iowa 4-H Volunteers are motivated by positive purposes in helping youth become caring, competent, and contributing members of their family and communities. Discover the resources you need to be most effective.

  • Conference Logo

    Every June, almost 900 teenagers converge on the campus of Iowa State University for 3 days full of speakers, workshops, mixers, dances, a banquet, and community service activities. 

  • Provides opportunities for youth to demonstrate, learn and apply project and communication skills. Every year the 4-H Exhibits Building features well over 3,000 exhibits and Livestock shows engage more than ## youth.

  • Youth and teens can discover opportunities to be recognized for personal growth, project learning, leadership and citizenship. 

  • A partner and leader in providing positive youth development through out-of-school programming. Outreach priorities include curriculum development, staff training, and partnership development.

  • Clover Kids is a FUN 4-H program for children in kindergarten through third grade. Children participate in hands-on activities designed to build many life skills!

  • A unique partnership between AmeriCorps and Iowa's Promise. The vision is that all Iowa youth have safe and supportive families, schools and communities and that they are healthy, socially competent, successful in school and prepared for a productive adulthood.

  • When you just don't know who to talk to, Teenline can help.

    • 1-800-443-8336
    • 1-800-735-2942
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