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4-H Livestock Sales Coming Up - check out the details here

SD State Fair Youth In Action Fees will be Paid by State Fair - Read about it in the new 4-H Focus Newsletter

Hi all!  To provide better communication of information, the State 4-H Office has created a new regular newsletter.  The 4-H FOCUS is the official "You Heard It Here First" newsletter of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.  This electronic newsletter has replaced the Update/FYI.  4-H Youth Development Program Director Peter Nielson is excited to offer direct communication from his office in a format that is optimized for use on mobile and desktop devices.

The distribution list for this newsletter comes from 4-H Online, so all registered volunteers and parents should be receiving it.  However, some technical kinks are still being worked out, so if you have not been receiving this newsletter by email, please go to this website and submit your name and email address: 

To view the Focus newsletter  online, go here:  4-H FOCUS New Fees Sponsored for 2014
State Fair: 

The key point from this newsletter is that while the new Youth In Action Fees for Special Foods, Fashion Revue, Public Speaking, Judging Contest, etc will be implemented for the 2014 State Fair, they will all be paid by the SD State Fair.  We are very appreciative that our 4-H members WILL NOT have to pay these fees for this year’s State Fair.  Reference these fees here http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4000-2014.pdf on page 5.

25th National Red Power Round Up
We are excited to let you know that the 25th National Red Power Round Up will be in Huron, SD on the SD State Fairgrounds June 26-28.  This annual celebration is for people from all around the world to gather to see the history of International Harvester and agriculture-related memorabilia.  But it’s way more than tractors!!  You’ll find Ranch Rodeo, Mogen’s Heroes, Quilt Trunk Show, Tractor Mac Presentations, Small Town Big Deals, 3 Days of Parades, a Chicken Feed meal, a Steak Feed meal, Kids’ Activities,
Educational Exhibits, and more!

You will find all the information and a full schedule at http://www.redpowerroundup2014.com.  This event is expecting a crowd of 20,000+ attendees.

Camping on the grounds is available for $20 per night.  You are welcome to bring your golf cart or side-by-side (UTV) for a $20 permit fee (no 4-Wheelers/ATV’s).


The net profits from this event will go to SD 4-H, specifically to benefit Clover
We expect the net profits to be many thousands of $!!


So how can SD 4-H help? 

1.   Attend the event and wear a 4-H t-shirt!  Let the 4-H presence be known!

2.   4-H Performing Arts will present a performance on Saturday morning at 10:30 am

3.   Help with the registration gate Monday – Wednesday (June 23-25) from 8 am – 5 pm, Thursday (June 26) from 8 am to 12 pm. 

a.   We will set up shifts throughout these days and we will need two
volunteers plus kids to hand out fliers for each shift.

4.   Help with Parking

a.   Gate F, D and Handicap gates

b.   Thursday – Saturday (June 26-28) from 8 am to 1 pm each day

c.   We will set up shifts on these days and need 2-3 volunteers per shift per gate.

5.   Volunteer at the SD 4-H Booth * We are working on having a booth with 4-H information and a history display. 

a.   Booth will be in air-conditioned building

b.   We will set up shifts for Thursday-Saturday and need two volunteers per shift.

6.   Sell Raffle Tickets on a Case IH Scout for $50 each

a.   Drawing will be Saturday, June 28

b.   If you would like to purchase a raffle ticket, let me know

c.   If you would like a packet of tickets to sell, let me know

d.   Net proceeds from this raffle go to the new Clover Hall

7.   Pass the word about this event!  Generate excitement!  Encourage people to attend!  Let them know there will be a special commemorative John Green print for the event available for sale…more information here http://www.redpowerroundup2014.com/wp-content/uploads/25th%20Anniversary%20Red%20Power%20Round%20Up%20Print.pdf

Please mark this event on your calendar and watch for more information to come!  If you already know you can help out, please let me know!  We are looking forward to an awesome event!

4-H Livestock Sales

     We have a Livestock Sale page for posting 4-H Livestock sales.  Email us your information!

SD 4-H Leaders Mini Grants Awarded for 2014

     Each year, the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association awards Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects.  The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level.  The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers. 

     Criteria for awarding funds include potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project, impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting, increasing life skill outcomes for youth, reaching expanded youth audiences, potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs, and consistency with present directions of statewide 4-H/youth development programs.

     This year we received 13 applications for mini grants and the competition was tough!  The following projects were chosen to receive a Mini Grant.  Read more!

Leader Dues
Leader dues for 2013-2014 are $3 per leader if paid by December 31 or $4 per leader if paid after December 31.  Dues may be mailed to SD 4-H Leaders, c/o Paula Linke, Executive Secretary, 39833 233rd St, Woonsocket SD  57385.  Please include this completed
worksheet with your check, and also email the worksheet to her at sd4hleaders@santel.netYou should submit dues as a county.

New T-Shirt Designs!!
We introduced new t-shirt designs along with long-sleeve shirts and hoodies at the SD State Fair.  We will be placing a large order for shirts in the next week or two, so get your order in soon to have new shirts for 4-H week or to give as Recognition Event awards!  Here are the new logos...go to the T-Shirts page to find all designs and an order form.




Rural Youth Loan Program 

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects.  The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization.  For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.


A one page fact sheet is available at:  http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans!  You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx.

Let's Recognize Our Leaders and Share the Successes in our Counties:

We would like to recognize and celebrate our Leaders/Volunteers across the state through our website.  Please share your list of 4-H Leaders that you recognized this year, with their years of service…5-10-15-20-25-30-35-40-45-50-more?  Do you give out an award to someone for outstanding contributions to 4-H?  Other 4-H Leader awards?  Let us know.   Feel free to share pictures.  See our Awards!  

We will also begin to share ideas for events such as community service, project days, leadership development...check out what is happening across South Dakota!

Clover Hall
Here is some information about the plans for replacing Clover Hall, including newspaper articles, a link to a design drawing, and a link to an informational flyer.

Click here for a design drawing of the planned Clover Hall

You will also find information about the Clover Hall plans on this flyer that you may print.  


SD 4-H is on Facebook!!
here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!

Our Purpose!

1. To serve as the official, non-profit organization for the 4-H leaders of South Dakota.

2. To establish and promote a mutually helpful exchange of information on 4-H educational programs.

3. To help in enlarging the field of 4-H.

4. To cooperate with the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service in sponsoring, promoting, and conducting educational programs and projects to meet the needs and interests of youth in South Dakota.

 5. To work in cooperation with Extension Service personnel to ensure that 4-H events & activities have adequate leadership and support.

 6. To encourage a uniform high standard of excellence in 4-H educational programs and events.


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