4-H enrollment deadline this month!
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4-H Newsletter April 2021 ☔🌈🌸

Enroll now for the 2020-2021 year. Head to https://il.4honline.com and get started!

April 15 enrollment deadline approaching!


In order to participate in 2021 summer shows members must be enrolled in projects by April 15 (except for beef project, which was January 15)

If you have not enrolled or re-enrolled for the 2020-2021 4-H year you must do so by April 15 at midnight. You need to enroll in all projects you want to exhibit at the 4-H show this summer. 

You can watch another video on how to enroll,  or use these written directions. These were both created by 4honline so are not Illinois specific. If you have questions or problems just ask your county 4-H Program Coordinator!

Enroll now!
Don't forget to click on the link you receive in your enrollment confirmation email message to request project manuals!
The 2021 summer show guide is here! https://uofi.box.com/v/cfiv4-H2021ShowGuide

The summer show guide is your reference for county 4-H shows and schedules, 4-H exhibit requirements, and other important guidelines, information, and resources. 
You can access it here.

2021 important livestock dates

Important Livestock Information


As in past years, you will need to be enrolled in any animal project (except Beef, which had a January 15 deadline) by  April 15, 2021. Most animals need to be owned by May 15, 2021. Specific info pertaining to county shows will be available soon in the summer show guide.  
Members enrolled in animal projects must complete required online animal care training (QAEC or YQCA) by June 1. Failure to do so will result in the member’s project enrollment being cancelled and they will be ineligible to exhibit at county shows.

Any members showing horses, rabbits, poultry, cats, and/or dogs, must take the QAEC training by June 1. Members must take the training whether they own a live animal or are planning to exhibit an animal science poster at the summer show.  Youth only have to take this training 1 time in their 4-H career. 
*NOTE: Youth must complete this course on a computer for this program, either a desktop or laptop; not an tablet or smart phone. Otherwise it may not register completion of the course.

Go to QAEC website

The YQCA is a livestock quality assurance program for youth enrolled in the following species; dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats. All 4-H exhibitors of these animals will be required to certify in the YQCA program by June 1. At this time the online course is the only option, in person classes are not being offered by Extension this year.  

Go to YQCA website


IMPORTANT!! Once you have completed your online YQCA certification you need to go to go.illinois.edu/cfiv4-Hyqca and upload a copy of your certificate   If you have questions about this contact your local county 4-H program coordinator. 



Unit 13 public presentations judging is May 22, 2021

Champaign, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion County 4-H'ers are invited to participate in our unit wide Public Presentation and Food Demonstration Contests on Saturday, May 22, 2021.

The events will be held in the main Auditorium of the Champaign County Extension Office. You must be enrolled in Public Speaking in 4honline by April 15 and then enter the show in FairEntry by May 15.


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Cloverbuds Wacky Weather and the Water Cycle. April 22  from 6:30-7pm. We'll learn about weather and the water cycle through fun hands on activities.

Join us for this virtual (Zoom) program for Cloverbud 4-H members ages 5-7. The session will be Thursday, April 22 at 6:30pm.  This month's theme is weather and the water cycle. There is a $3 participation fee.  Activity supplies and a Zoom link will be shared the week of the activity.

Space is limited and you must register by April 16.

Register here!
4-H DACC summer camps - welding and drones. Registration opens April 1

4-H is partnering with DACC College for Kids to provide two camps this summer. Welding Camp I for Beginners will provide 4-H members with the opportunity to complete their project for the fair while learning welding basics in DACC’s state-of-the-art welding lab. Wild for Drones will allow participants to spend the week learning basic drone safety, operating a drone manually, and coding flight paths using DroneBlocks software. Registration opens on April 1.

Register here
Voter registration 101. May 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Are you 18 or will you be 17 by May 1st, 2021 and a US citizen?
Join us on May 2nd at 4pm to 

  • Register to vote
  • Learn what it is like when you vote for the first time.
  • Learn about the ways to register voters  
  • Learn about leadership opportunities through the League of Women Voters' Ambassador program.

4-H members from all IL counties are eligible to attend. 

This is a 4-H and Champaign County League of Women Voters joint event.

Sign up for Voter Registration 101


2021 True Leaders in Service: National 4-H Day of Service event on April 24th

Inviting 4-H members and clubs to be part of the 2021 True Leaders in Service: National 4-H Day of Service event on April 24th as they support the people around them and the communities they live in! Use the link below to find out about two opportunities to join statewide efforts to advocate for others, making a difference in your community!


Staff Contact Information


4-H staff are still working from home most days. This means we are not in the office to answer the phone. If you need us, the best way to reach us is via email, calling you local county Extension office, or by calling our direct Skype numbers. If you need to come to an office, you must contact us in advance for an appointment so we can make sure that we do not exceed the limit of people allowed at one time.

You can follow our unit on Facebook here.

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