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To all our 4-H Club Leaders, Volunteers, Parents, and Youth: at this time Steuben County's 4-H Program is asking that 4-H Clubs temporarily suspend any and all in-person club meetings and activities effective March 16 through April 12. Additionally, any committee and subcommittee meetings scheduled between March 16 and April 12 are cancelled and will be rescheduled for after April 12. We will continue to monitor developments related to COVID 19 and will keep you posted. We thank you for your patience and understanding.


Join the Finger Lakes District 4-H Educators and Volunteers as we create and share virtual programming! 

The New York State 4-H Office is continuing to monitor Coronavirus (Covid-19) developments and the impact on our 4-H programs locally, statewide and at the national level. We remain in close contact with Cornell University and Cornell Cooperative Extension regarding policy on what events need to be postponed or changed and for now we can share the following updates regarding state/national events:

Events THAT ARE affected:

  • March Dog Madness - March 13 - cancelled
  • Dairy Discovery Day - March 27-28 - cancelled
  • National 4-H Conference - March 28-April 2 - postponed until Sept 26-Oct 1, 2020
  • Staff In-service - April 1-2 - moving to virtual
  • STARR - April 24-26 - postponed until possibly fall
  • State 4-H Dairy Bowl - postponed, tentative new date June 6, 2020
  • SUNY Cobleskill Block and Bridle Club Spring Clinic - Cancelled

Events that could possibly be affected:
(no official action made yet, monitoring situation)

  • Animal Crackers - May 2
  • Capital Days - May 17-19
  • Career Explorations - June 30 - July 2
  • International Exchange

At this time determinations about county and regional events are being managed by local/county extension offices. We will continue to update this list as new information comes to light.

2020 Steuben County 4-H Market Animal Buyer Dinner 
Scheduled for April 4th has be POSTPONED. New Date TBD. 

2020 Scholarship - Farm Credit East

Farm Credit East awards $1,500 scholarships each year to qualified students who are committed to a career in agriculture, commercial fishing or the forest products industry. We make our decisions base don your essay, experience, course of study and extracurricularr activities. Deadline is April 2, 2020.

Read more here

New York State Guernsey Calf Award

The Calf Scholarship Award Program is sponsored by the New York State Guernsey Breeders Association for the purpose of encouraging those who do not presently own Guernseys to become involved with the Guernsey Breed. A purebred Guernsey Calf will be awarded to the applicant who shows interest in the Guernsey breed and who has demonstrated the capabilities of developing the animal to its fullest potential. Applicant must be age 9-15 as of January 1 st of application year. You do not have to belong to 4-H, FFA, or a breed club to participate. The program is in it's 21st year and could not be more excited about what this program has done for the kids of New York State providing them with the possibility of being awarded a purebred Guernsey Calf. If you are interested in applying, please contact Jenny at

Livingston County 4-H Overnight Horse Camp

Registration Open March 1st
Contact Jenny for more information!

New York State Horse Judging Contest

May 9th
Cornell University
9 AM Start
Registration due April 17th.
Novice, Junior & Senior levels!
Contact Jenny for more information and to register!

Attention 4-H Horse Members

Get ready for show season with the Keuka College Equestrian Team!
Riesling Ridge Stables Indoor Arena
2673 Guyanoga Rd.
Penn Yan, NY
Saturdays March 14th, April 11th, and May 9th
2 pm to 4 pm Hunt Seat & Western
$25 (horses available at cost of $15 additional with prior notice)
Maximum riders 10 and Minimum of 3 or it will be cancelled.
RSVP and payment due the Wednesday before to:
Holly Bedient 315-521-1055
Come to one or come to all!

Heritage Sheep Conservationist Program

This is an annual program for youth interested in 4-H Heritage Sheep. Many New York 4-Hers have benefited from receiving project animals through this application process in previous years. Due April 1. See details sponsored by the Maryland Sheep & Wool Growers Association or contact Elaine Ashcraft directly.

TUFTS Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Program

Do you know an aspiring veterinarian? Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a fun and engaging career exploration program for middle and high school students who are interested in pursuing a veterinary career. We invite your 4-H youth to apply to AVM and discover if this exciting career is right for them!

AVM attendees will explore the wide variety of opportunities available within veterinary medicine and see first-hand what attending veterinary school is really like. Sessions include lectures by Tufts faculty and vet students, interesting laboratories, demonstrations, and hands-on activities with animals.

Applications for summer 2020 are now available! For more information about the program, including dates, eligibility, and tuition, please visit the AVM website or contact us at


Youth Ages 10 and Older - Do not have to be a 4-Her to attend!


Friday, June 19 thru Sunday, June 21
4-H Camp Shankitunk, Delhi, NY

Courses offered:
Ag-citing Science of Fiber Food & Farms - Take a look at the science of fiber, food and farms! We will delve into questions such as, "Why is wool itchy?", How does milk become more than just a drink?", and "How does tilling soil effect soil health?". You will take a look at agriculture under the microscope, get your hands dirty and find the answers to the above questions. We will find answers to questions you never knew you should be asking.

Code Explorers - Do you like to code or want to learn how? Have fun exploring computer programming during this course. We will go on virtual reality field trips, learn coding basics and do some cool maker activities. Learn how you can take theses activities home to teach others. All levels of coding experience are welcome!

GPS/Geocaching - Do you like to hunt for treasure? Do you like to go on Scavenger Hunts? Then this class is for you! Learn the fundamentals of geocaching along with some other fun and amazing aspects of geospatial science.

Microorganisms - The good, the bad, and the ugly. In this course you will learn about all the different types of microorganisms, perform numerous fun and exciting experiments, and grow your own culture!

Pollinator Power - This class is the perfect pick as pollinator week comes to an end. A series of hands-on activities will teach youth the importance of pollination, how it occurs, natural pollinators, how to create a bee friendly backyard, and more!

Rocketry I & II - Do you want to build and launch a rocket that will fly over 400' into the air? How about a water and air powered rocket as well? Experience the remarkable principles of how rockets work and the science of aerospace with fun activities. Rocketry I = Beginners; Rocketry II = must have taken Rocketry I.

Outdoor Survival - Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? In this course we will practice skills that are necessary for staying alive. We will spend the weekend outside learning fire and shelter building, cordage making, and other outdoor skills that will leave you better prepared for the unexpected. Dress for the weather - rain gear is a must - have!

Online Registration Available
Have Questions?
Contact Emily Roach, 4-H Resource Educator: 607-865-6531 (extension 107);

2020 International Exchange Program Seeking Host Families

We are trying to get a head start on the recruitment for Host families for our 2020 International Exchange Program Attached is a graphic that you can use in promoting this exciting and educational opportunity. You can also access a flyer and brochure on the NYS 4-H website. NYS is excited to again be hosting 18 Japanese delegates and 2 chaperones this summer (2020). If a family from your county applies, you will be notified and be included in the process as much or as little as you like. We will invite you to attend any orientations and I am here to answer any questions that you may have. We appreciate your help and support for this program and for all that you do to support the youth of NYS.

For more information about the program you may visit NYS 4-H Website or the States’ 4-H Website or contact Autumn Lavine. 

Jo-Ann's 4-H Rewards Program

JOANN is helping 4-H bring more hands-on programs to local communities across the nation to inspire kids to lead lives with their hearts, hands and minds. Current & lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming. MORE


Last updated March 19, 2020