National 4-H Conference – Awesome Opportunity!

The National 4-H Conference is a working conference in which youth and adults–at the invitation of the Secretary of Agriculture–assist in the development of recommendations to help guide 4-H Youth Development Programs nationally and in their communities. This event brings together youth, volunteer leaders, and state and county Extension staff members from across the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the Canadian Provinces. The 2013 National 4-H Conference will be held at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center.

As the sponsor for this conference, the National 4-H Headquarters–located within Families, 4-H, and Nutrition at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) –is charged with sharing the recommendations that emerge from the conference with the Secretary of Agriculture, national Extension Program Leaders, and others who determine 4-H programs. At the same time, ensuring that the conference is a meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants.

The National 4-H Conference requires youth who are focused and committed to working during the Conference and in their state. The Texas delegation will consist of 10 youth delegates, who need to engage in pre- and post conference work and participate in all scheduled conference activities.  The minimum age requirement for a Texas youth delegate is 15 years old (must be by January 1, 2013). The maximum age for a youth delegate is 18.

Applications must be submitted online and certified through 4HCONNECT by November 30, 2012. Final selection of delegates will be made on the basis of the online application. The final selection of delegates will be announced on, or before, December 3, 2012. Please refer to the Application/Nomination for 4-H Recognition Form (4-H 3-2.041) to help you complete the online application. This form is available from the Publication page of the Texas 4-H and Youth Development Program website ( The delegate’s share of registration, adult chaperone registration, lodging, airfare, meals, and transportation costs is $1600.00. This registration fee will be due on January 7, 2013.

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