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4-H National Conference

The National 4-H Conference is the Secretary of Agriculture's premier youth development opportunity to engage youth in developing recommendations for the 4-H Youth Development Program.

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.

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) Cooperative Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES)--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, we want to ensure that the conference is a meaningful experience for the youth and adult participants.

Conference Dates and Location

USDA sponsors the National 4-H Conference in March or April. The 2010 dates are Saturday, March 20 to Thursday, March 25.

The National 4-H Conference is housed at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The Conference Center is operated by the National 4-H Council

Questions about National 4-H Conference?

See the "Frequently Asked Questions" link or contact Maria Arnold, Conference Coordinator, at the National 4-H Headquarters, USDA, at 202-720-8857 or marnold@csrees.usda.gov .