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Minnesota farmers give passionately to ensure youth experience 4-H

$15,000 was recently donated by Minnesota farmers in support of local 4-H programs across the state. We're grateful for the America's Farmers: Grow Communities grant program from the Monsanto Fund for facilitating this generous donation.

Vernon Hedlin selected Pope County 4-H as the recipient of $2,500
“These funds will be used to support 4-H youth programming in Pope County. We’re grateful to Mr. Hedlin for his generosity.” –Jody Koubsky, Pope County 4-H program coordinator

Jill Swenson selected Goodhue County 4-H as the recipient of $2,500
“This donation will be used to buy iPads that will streamline our livestock identification process. Some of the funds will also be used by 4-H staff during the Goodhue County Fair.” –Robin Hartmann, UMN Extension Goodhue County

Tom Wold selected Pennington County 4-H as the recipient of $2,500
“We will use these funds at our fairgrounds to replace planks on the picnic tables near our food stand.  We’ll also be able to replace old boards and p…

4-H builds confident and capable youth -Letter from our Executive Director

Spring is scholarship time at the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. In March and April we receive applications for our post-secondary scholarships available for Minnesota 4-H’ers. This is a time for graduating 4-H youth to share their 4-H achievements and successes with us through those applications.   And it is a time for us to be reminded of how many capable 4-H young people there are across our state.

The members of our fund distribution committee, who read these applications, tell me every year how impressed they are with our 4-H youth. Through their participation in 4-H, so many young Minnesotans have learned the life skills they need to face their future with strength and confidence. That confidence comes through 4-H; where youth learn that they are capable – capable to solve problems, to make good decisions, to thrive in whatever situation they face. I want that for all youth. If every young person in our state felt the confidence that comes from being capable, we would all be facing…

Featured 4-H Scholar: Kristina Allen

Meet Kristina Allen, a freshman at the University of Minnesota –Morris, 4-H alum from Olmsted County and 2014 recipient of the Kern Scholarship from the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Kristina has been an active member of 4-H at the local, county and state level. She’s filled multiple leadership roles in the New Haven Sodbusters 4-H Club including president, vice president, secretary, historian and reporter. For Olmsted County 4-H, she has served on the budget and fundraising committees and on their Ambassador team, sharing the 4-H story with local businesses, organizations and government leaders.

She has been most active in the poultry and dog project areas during her 14 years in 4-H. Her growing knowledge in these areas earned her many opportunities to compete at the state level; she was a multi-year finalist in the Minnesota 4-H State Poultry Interview competition, winner top prize in 2011. In 2013, after an extensive competition of poultry knowledge, experience, leadership and confiden…

Keri Nelson: "Thanks to 4-H, I've been all over the country and world!"

Meet Keri Nelson, a Minnesota 4-H alum from Grant County who works for the United States Antarctic Program. She is our March 2015 Minnesota 4-H Featured Alum!

During Keri’s nine years as a member of Grant County 4-H, she participated in a variety of local, state and national programs. She studied photography, conservation, and leadership, was a state ambassador between 1991 and 1992, attended the National Conference, was a Minnesota delegate to National 4-H Congress, and even participated in a 4-H exchange to Japan and South Korea.

In addition to working in both Maine and Wisconsin as a TV news reporter and Registered Nurse, Keri has served since 2007 in Antarctica at both the McMurdo Station (just south of New Zealand) and the South Pole. Her current roles including running the local store and U.S. Post Office. Keri’s work in the South Pole was highlighted in the movie Antarctica: a Year on Ice, which had its U.S. release in November 2014.

During a recent interview from her station …

Memorial endowment honoring passionate 4-H volunteer Ione Gibson

Big Stone County 4-H youth and leaders collaborated over several months to raise $10,000 for the establishment of the Big Stone County 4-H / Ione Gibson Memorial Endowment.


Mrs. Gibson was longtime 4-H volunteer and leader in Big Stone County. She not only guided her own children through the 4-H program, but also served as a mentor and leader to numerous youth throughout the years and served faithfully as a Big Stone County Fair judge. Her dedication to the Minnesota 4-H program continued once her children were grown, serving as a lifetime member of Minnesota 4-H Adult Volunteer Association until her passing in 2012.

“Mrs. Gibson’s love of the 4-H program is the reason why the endowment has been named in her honor,” said Suzanne Sousa, 4-H Program Coordinator in Big Stone County. “With a generous donation made in memory of Ione by her family in April 2014, funds continued to be raised with the county 4-H program reaching their goal in December 2014.”

The Big Stone County 4-H Leaders …