Monthly updates for Ogle County 4-H program.
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Dear 4-H Families:

It is beginning to look a lot like 4-H! Exciting plans are coming together for summer! While things may not be exactly as we want them to be, I am excited to announce that we are trying our best to plan for in person events, including 4-H Day Camps and Fair! The name of the game this year is of course, that changes can still occur, but our planning is incorporating those possible changes.

Keep reading your monthly emails to stay up to date on all 4-H events. We will no longer be mailing newsletters this year. I still work from home most days, but our office is always open, and only on rare occurrences not covered by staff. You can call the office at 815-732-2191 to confirm someone is around, or email me at with any 4-H questions.


Jodi Baumgartner
4-H Program Coordinator


Thank you to all the families who sold cookie dough and garbage bags this year. Pick up is scheduled for this Saturday, Feburary 6th. Check with your club coordinator to find out the time and location to pick up your order. Please remember, you must wear a mask and social distance at pick up!

4-H’ers who plan to exhibit market heifers, steers, and carcass animals at the 2021 4-H Fair must have their animals weighed and tattooed in the morning on Saturday, February 20! Weigh-in will take place at the Ogle County Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.  Weigh-in ends at 9:30 a.m.  If weather conditions are questionable, check the Ogle 4-H Facebook page, and/or website to see if the event has been cancelled.  The snow date will be Saturday, February 27. Upon arrival, please enter the north gate (which says “enter”).  Stay straight.  This will be the waiting line.  The scale is located in the west end of the swine barn.

Call the 4-H Beef Superintendent, Rachel Safranek at 815/262-1856 if you have questions. Call Jodi Baumgartner at 815/238-4301 if you have questions the morning of weigh-in.

The Ogle County 4-H Horse Drill Team is gearing up for the new year.  Of course, last year, because of COVID, they couldn’t participate in the usual activities.  The drill team normally rides in Leaf River Daze, Mt. Morris 4th of July, and Autumn on Parade, and other parades the team may wish to participate in.  Besides the parades, they have performed before the rodeo at the Ogle County Fair and at the Build-A-Barn Spooktacular.

With working hard all summer they have also enjoyed participating in drill team competitions, and usually compete at the Walworth County Fair competition, Elkhorn, WI.

As the drill team is gearing up to start a new year, they are always looking for new 4-H Members to join the drill team.  You do not have to be enrolled in the Horse Project, just in 4-H.  There will be an informational meeting on March 7th at 2:00 at the Bertolet Memorial Library, Leaf River.  It is March in Northern Illinois, so we ask that you RSVP to the Extension Office ~ (815) 732-2191 ~ in case of bad weather and we have to reschedule.

Click here for a copy of the flyer with more info.

Each year, schools in Ogle County participate in our 4-H chick embryology project and we have chicks that need homes.  If you would like to be the recipient of some of these chicks, please let our office know.  We should have chicks available May 14.  Since the number of chicks available depends on the success of the hatch, we will put you on a list on a first come, first served basis.  These chicks are free, and come from a pullorum-typhoid free facility. Call the Extension Office if you would like to have your name added to our list.

This is a great time of the year to participate in a family community service project. Enter those here to have your name entered in a drawing that will take place on February 22. You can also earn County Blue Sheet points for your family participation! This can be anything from a donation to your local food pantry, purchasing items for Hope of Ogle County, purchasing gift cards for Hospice, or volunteering your time at the Kitchen Table in Rochelle. Tis the season of giving, and 4-H is all about "Hands for Larger Service."

This year, you will need to order your publications online at They can be ordered anytime during the year. Publications will again be provided by Etnyre & Co.  Don’t forget to send out your thank you notes!

Ogle County 4-H members who wish to exhibit at the 2021 Ogle County 4-H Fair must have…

  • Attended a minimum of 50% of the club meetings held since joining. (Note:  The “join” date is September 1 for all youth who are continuing membership for consecutive 4-H years.  The “join” date for new members is the first club meeting attended). You must be present for a minimum of 45 minutes of a club meeting to be counted present.


  • Fulfilled those obligations established and agreed upon in a properly signed and filed 4-H Agreement (contract).

*It is the responsibility of club leaders to ensure that this policy is enforced and attendance data is maintained. The Extension staff will resolve any problem situations that occur in the process of applying this rule. Their decisions will be final.

All 4-H members who enroll in a 4-H club must complete a talk and/or demonstration during their 4-H club meeting, tour, workshop, or other activity of that club to be called a 4-H member. Youth who do not comply are not eligible to take part in 4-H exhibitions, receive 4-H premiums, or other 4-H awards and recognitions that are available to 4-H members. Cloverbuds are not expected to present a talk or demonstration.

The Blue Sheets are updated, fillable, and do your calculations for you again this year. You can find the updated application on our website or here. Please download and save the application BEFORE you start filling it out, so you don't lose information you enter. Save your work often, so you don't lose your data.

The Ogle County 4-H Family Guide is filled with important information about our 4-H program.  It can be used as a valuable reference tool.  Families can download it on our website or here.

For youth enrolled in Horse, Rabbit, Poultry, Dog, and Cat

The Quality Assurance and Ethics training is required for all youth that enroll in horses, rabbits, poultry, dogs, and cats. Members must take the training whether they own a live animal or not. It is advised that they complete this one time as soon as they are enrolled in the project area. Counties will monitor completion of this. Failure to complete QAEC will result in the member’s animal science project enrollment being cancelled and they will be ineligible to exhibit at county fairs. The website is open and can be accessed at . Certification must be completed by May 1.

NOTE: Youth must be logged on to a desk top or lap top computer for this program to accurately verify your certification. An iPad or iPhone cannot capture the information for county staff to see when your certification has  been completed.

For youth enrolled in Dairy Cattle, Beef, Swine, Sheep, and Goats

The YQCA is a livestock quality assurance program. All 4-H exhibitors enrolled in dairy cattle, beef cattle, swine, sheep, and goats will be required to certify in the YQCA program yearly. Youth must either attend a face to face class or certify on-line via the website  The YQCA program is for youth ages 8-21. The online version is broken into age divisions as follows: juniors 8-11, intermediate 12-14, senior 15-18, and young adults 19-21. This certification is annual with test out options of 1-3 years. Youth exhibiting swine at the Illinois State Fair and 4-H fairs are no longer required to be PQA plus certified. The cost for the face to face training will be $3 and $12 for the online version.  

More information will be coming about the Ogle County 4-H In Person Training.

All 4-H’ers who intend to exhibit animals at the 2021 Ogle County 4-H Fair must abide by the following animal ownership deadlines:

  • January 1st
    • Performance Cows (Beef)
    • Dairy Cows
    • Dairy Goats—Milking Does
  • February 1st
    • Beef Steers
    • Quality Meats Beef
  • May 15th
    • All Sheep
    • Meat Goats
    • Beef Bucket Calves
  • June 1st
    • Breeding Beef Females
    • All Swine
    • Dairy Calves & Heifers
    • Dairy Goats—Kids & Yearlings not in milk
    • Pygmy Goats
    • All Rabbits
    • All Poultry

Don’t forget that horse agreements are due May 1 in the Extension Office!! This means that you must own or have leased a horse by this date.

The Northern Illinois 4-H Horse & Pony Show will be held June 13, 2021 at the Stephenson County Fair Grounds, Freeport, IL.  This is not an open show.  The exhibitors must be 4-H members and enrolled in the 4-H Horse project.  Classes are showmanship, horsemanship, equitation, pleasure, speed, trail and fun. Please watch for more information as details for the show are being finalized.

The Build-A-Barn committee is a committee planning events to raise money to have a horse barn erected on the Ogle County Fairgrounds, and they are gearing up with activities for 2021.

Here are the activities being planned:

  1. Build-A-Barn Tack Swap – March 7th from 10:00 – 4:00.  Watch for more information on where it will be held.  If you would like to reserve a table, please contact Lynne Radville at (815) 238-7892.
  2. Fun “Fuzzy” Horse Show at the Ogle County Fairgrounds - May 16th
  3. Build-A-Barn Benefit Horse Show – June 26th and 27th at the Ogle County Fairgrounds.  Saturday is English Day and the morning starts with jumping.  Sunday is Western Day and ends with speed classes.  Both days have halter, showmanship equitation/horsemanship, pleasure and a few fun classes.
  4. Build-A-Barn Tack/Craft Sale – July 17th at Stagecoach Pass Farm, Durand.   If you would like to reserve a table, please contact Lynne Radville at (815) 238-7892.
  5. Build-A-Barn Benefit Horse Show – Sunday, August 1st at the Ogle County Fairgrounds on the last day of the fair.
  6. Build-A-Barn Open Fun Show – August 28th at the Ogle County Fairgrounds.
  7. Spooktacular – Demos and a horse show at the Ogle County Fairgrounds - October 16th and 17th

Build-A-Barn has two raffles going, one for a grill and one for meat.  Tickets will be sold throughout the year with the drawing for both on October 17th.

As a club reporter, it is important that you write a brief article about your club meetings and special events.  These reports can be sent to the local newspapers as well as the Extension office for publication on our website.  To be included on the Ogle County Website, reporters can send their reports to Jodi Baumgartner at Pictures must be sent by email as a JPEG. All articles must be attached as a .doc not a .docx. If you need contact information for the local newspapers you can contact the Extension office.

** Visit our website at to check out the club reports!


Tell Your 4-H Story – Join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H Team
We’re looking for 4-H members interested in spreading the great news about 4-H. 4-H members 14 years of age or older can join the Speaking for Illinois 4-H team. There will be a virtual training offered on Saturday, March 6.

This virtual training, provided by the Illinois State 4-H Youth Leadership Team, gives you the chance to explore your own 4-H history and why you are involved, put that story into words, and learn the best ways to approach donors, civic groups, elected officials, and others to talk about 4-H. Learn why 4-H believes in Positive Youth Development and how we emphasize the essential elements of Belonging, Independence, Generosity and Mastery. All of this – and more – is a part of Speaking for Illinois 4-H! Once you’re trained, you’ll receive an invitation to be a part of our Legislative Connection events.

Registration is open NOW @: Registration will close March 4.

Host a Japanese youth this summer through 4-H International! Expand your family’s cultural understanding, learn about new foods and customs, and possibly learn a new language all while sharing your own. Your children will build lifelong friendships and will gain new perspectives on their own country too!

SCHEDULE: Hosting takes place mid-July through mid-August.


  • Families hosting a youth must have a child the same gender and approximate age (12-18) as the incoming youth.
  • Youth must have a separate bed; a separate room is not required.
  • Host family selection is dependent on completion of an application and screening process, as well as student availability and personality compatibility.

RECRUITMENT PERIOD:  January- May or until all placements are made

Apply Today

Start planning now for a trip in 2022. Are you curious about daily life, culture, and youth programs in other countries? Travel abroad with 4‐H and experience foreign countries for a month‐long cultural immersion experience. Delegates live with volunteer host families and engage in experiential learning about a new way of life.

TRAVEL PERIOD: 4 –8 weeks (dates vary by program June‐August)
REQUIREMENTS: Youth ages 12‐18 (some programs 15‐18)
Cost: $2700‐5000* Based on previous years (price varies by year, program and length of stay)
RECRUITMENT PERIOD: September‐November

Costa Rica · Japan · Korea · Norway · Finland · Romania · Taiwan · Argentina                                  
*Country availability changes each year

For more information, visit or contact us by email:

Miriam Rosenbohm at or Elisha Hughes at     Instagram @states4hinternatonal

2021 National 4-H Youth Agri-Science Virtual Summit
Registration is now open for the 2021 Youth Agri-Science Virtual Summit. This is a great opportunity for high school students to develop the skills and knowledge needed for the challenges facing agriculture, food security, and sustainability. Students will work with each other and experts in the agricultural community in this collaborative, hands-on educational setting.

Register here:  
Registration closes on Friday, February 19th. 
Contact Mark Becker with any questions at

Illini Summer Academies: Deadline Extended!
We are still looking for 10 teens who have attended ISA at least once before to be a part of the Production Team. As a Production Team member, you can expect to have all your registration expenses paid and will participate in monthly Zoom calls as we plan the fun, engaging activities for this year’s 2021 4-H Virtual Illini Summer Academies. 

If you are interested in being on the team this year, we have extended the deadline to apply by 11:59 PM on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Teen Production Team Application: Click Here
Reference for Teen Production Team Application: Click Here
If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at: 

Speaking For Illinois 4-H
 Speaking For Illinois 4-H

February 4 - 4-H Shooting Sports Instructor Meeting
February 6 - Fundraiser Pick-Up
February 11 - Superintednet/Assistant Superintedent Fair Committee Meeting
February 13 – Virtual Day of Dabbling
February 18 - 4-H Foundation Meeting
February 20 – Beef Weigh-In
Febbruary 22 - 4-H Camp Counselor Training
February 22 - Last date to enter 4-H Community Service Challenge
February 25 – Federation Meeting
February 26 - Drawing for 4-H Community Service Challenge
March 5 - 4-H Road Trip - Last date to Enter Scavenger Hunt Answers
March 5 - Public Speaking Contest Registration Due
March 6 - Speaking For Illinois 4-H Training - Virtual
March 7- Drilll Team Informational Meeting @ Leaf River Library
March 13 - Virtual Regional Horse Bowl & Hippology Contest
March 15 - 4-H Road Trip - Second County Drawing
March 15 - 4-H Road Trip - IL-WI Grand Prize Drawing
March 20 – Public Speaking Contest at the Farm Bureau Auditorium
March 25 – Federation Meeting
April 10 - Camp Counselor Training
April 15 – New Member Enrollment Deadline
April 22 –Federation Meeting
April 24 - National Day of Service
April 24 & 25 - Youth Livestock Confernece: Orr Bldg Springfield IL (Participatnts pick one day only)
April 26 - Leaders Meeting
May 1 – Online YQCA, QAEC, & Horse Agreement Deadline
May 1 - Camp Counselor Training
May 14 - Chicks avilable. Call office for details
May 31 – Office Closed
May 31 - Deadline for State Public Speaking Contest
June 4 - State Livestock Judging Contest
June 5 - State Public Speaking Contest
June 13 - Northern Illinois 4-H Horse Show in Stephenson
June 15 - 17 - 4-H Camp (Day Camp w/out overnight)
June 15 – Fair Entry Deadline
June 24 – Federation Meeting
June 26 – 4-H Multi County Dog Show
June 27 - July 1 - Illini Summer Acadamies - Virtual
July 15 - Fair Committee Meeting
July 17 – Clothing Judging
July 17 - Horse Show - Tentative
July 22 – Federation Meeting
July 24 - General Projects Judging
July 26 – Quality Meats Judging & Cat Show
July 27 – Foods, Horticulture, & Cloverbud Judging
July 28 – August 1 - Ogle County Fair Week
July 29 – State Fair Orientation
July 31 – Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction
July 31 – Master Showmanship
August 12 - Fair Committee Meeting
August 14 - Ogle Day at Illinois State Fair
August 12 - 22 – Illinois State Fair
August 26 – Federation Mtg & Elections
August 28 - State 4-H Dog Show
September 1 – New 4-H Year Begins


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