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National 4-H Conference

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults, at the invitation of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development programs nationally and in their communities. Check out the National 4-H Conference website for more conference details.

Watch this video synopsis of the National 4-H Conference experience.

View and/or print this National 4-H Conference brochure.

What are the qualifications for youth applicants?

To be eligible as a delegate, a youth must:

Selection of Minnesota delegates

A committee of Extension educators and a program coordinators will select youth to attend. Consideration for selection is based on contents included in delegate nomination/recommendation forms and interview (as outlined under "Steps to application process" below). 4-H program staff are encouraged to seek qualified youth candidates for nomination.

How much does it cost?

In 2017 the fee for a selected Minnesota delegate to attend the national 4-H Conference was $990. Nominees are encouraged to seek financial support for the registration fee from their local 4-H Council/Federation and other local community organizations. County 4-H Federations/Leaders/Councils are encouraged to help defray some of the cost if their 4-H member is appointed to attend this National Conference. The National 4-H Conference is supported in part by the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.

Cost should not be a barrier to participation. In addition to potential support from your local 4-H program, selected delegates may be eligible for additional scholarship support from the state 4-H office. Contact Jacquie at for more information. 

What will we do at the conference?

Attendees have the opportunity to share ideas, meet 4-H members from across the nation, bring back new ideas and skills, share personal stories with members of Congress, learn about National 4-H headquarters and USDA, study social issues identified by federal agencies and report group findings and solutions back to the federal agency, bring back an action plan to be carried out through "Taking it Home" community action plan process.

Is there an expectation upon returning home?

  1. Delegates may be asked to share their experience with stakeholders and/or funders.
  2. Delegates will be asked to work either individually or together to design and carry out an action plan to address an identified community issue. Delegates will be asked to share with peers in their home county "lessons learned and new ideas" and recruit others to carry out this identified "Taking it Home" community action plan.


Judith A. Conway
University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Youth Development
4100 220th Street West, Suite 100
Farmington, MN  55024

For more information, visit the National 4-H Website.
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