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Oak seedings in buckets.
Read article: A boy named "Oak"
A boy named "Oak"
Oak Leaf.   Why would the Leaf parents of such a big, strong baby boy name him Oak? That’s seems like a lot of responsibility for a youngster to...
Adult leader holding paper with kids
Read article: Mason County 4-H launches new club, Sand Ridge Clovers
Mason County 4-H launches new club, Sand Ridge Clovers
The newly named Sand Ridge Clovers 4-H Club held its inaugural meeting and established its United States Department of Agriculture 4H Club Charter on...
Group of 4-H teens with volunteers
Read article: Federation helps youth build skills, character, and friendships
Federation helps youth build skills, character, and friendships
Leadership development is an important part of 4-H. Peoria 4-H has used fun and creative ways to entice new teens to join Federation and put their...
Youth pose at the Capitol in green shirts.
Read article: 4-H Legislative Connections – one never knows where it will lead
4-H Legislative Connections – one never knows where it will lead
The positive attitude of the energetic 4-H teens dressed in a neatly pressed green button-down shirts was infectious. There they stood in the State...

News Releases

A pair of hands stirring a pot as a pan of sausages fries in the foreground.
Local high schools face off in Regional 4-H Food Challenge
URBANA, Ill — Teams from five local high schools gathered in Bevier Hall on the University of Illinois Campus for the Regional 4-H Food Challenge competition on April 12. The 4-H Food Challenge is a competition that promotes teamwork, gives youth experience in public speaking, and promotes...
Three people planting a tree in the park
Oak Tree Planting Project Set for April 25 at Old Mill Park in Savanna
Carroll County 4-H is pleased to announce a collaborative effort with the Carroll County Soil and Water Conservation District and Savanna Park District to initiate an oak tree planting project. This project aims to highlight the significance of preserving and promoting oak trees across Illinois...
3 youth playing with legos
New Cloverbud 4-H club starting in Pawnee
PAWNEE, Ill. – A new Cloverbud 4-H club, open to youth ages 5 to 7 (as of September 1, 2023), is starting in Pawnee. A kickoff meeting for interested families will be held Saturday, April 27, 10-11 AM, at the Pawnee Public Library. Cloverbud 4-H clubs focus on having fun and making...
two pairs of hands planting a tree sapling
Greenview School is home to an oak tree savanna
GREENVIEW, Ill. – Greenview School District #200 in Menard County is now home to an oak tree savanna thanks to local youth and community members. The group of 25 oak trees, called a savanna, will breathe new life into oak-hickory forests currently under threat in Illinois. The 4-H Green...


Winter Ice Safety

How can you know that ice is safe to walk on? Is old ice safer than new ice? Curt Sinclair, 4-H youth development Extension specialist, walks you through how to stay safe on the ice this winter, covering everything you need to know for winter ice safety including how to make homemade ice picks...

Preparing Vegetables for Exhibition

Extension specialist Jim Schmidt demonstrates how to properly prepare vegetables for exhibition. This overview includes how to choose and show various vegetables. 



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Mark Becker

4-H Youth Development Extension Specialist, Food Systems
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Gracie Schleef

Ford-Iroquois Counties 4-H Youth Development Program Coordinator