Lafayette County Farm Tour, Thursday June 22, 8 AM-4:30 PM

Mark your calendars for the 2017 Lafayette County Farm Tour. The Farm Tour will introduce 4-H members to local agricultural businesses and community leaders. Stops include Heins Family Farm, Hasselbring's Harmony Ranch, Fahrmeier Farms, Concordia Veterinary Clinic and more. Speakers include Representative Glen Kolkmeyer, Craig Williams and more. Transportation and lunch will be provided. $2/person is requested. Space will be limited. More details and Event Information: Farm Tour Flyer (PDF)

REVVED UP! CLOVER KIDS AND FRIENDS DAY CAMP, Wednesday, June 28, 8 a.m-3:30 p.m.

Activities and crafts will take place at the Higginsville Community Center. Lunch and healthy snacks will keep your "engines" in tip top shape, and we'll take a dip in the community pool. Clover Kid members and leaders will receive information and registration materials by email. Camp is also open to 5–7 year olds not enrolled in 4-H Clover Kids. Registration, swim waiver and $35/youth fee due by June 16 (NEW Extended Registration Due Date) to the Extension office. (Fees include all food, activities and a t-shirt.)

Clover Kid Day Camp Registration (PDF)

Clover Kid Camp Swim Waiver (PDF)

Frank Graham and Naomi Crouch Volunteer Leadership Awards

Congratulations Joan Zeller and Michael Dowell! Joan received the Naomi Crouch Volunteer Leadership Award for her years of service, while Michael Dowell received the Frank Graham Volunteer Leadership Award at the State 4-H Foundation Volunteer Recognition Banquet held in Columbia, MO.

4-H calendar

2017 Calendar (PDF)     Calendar Inside (PDF)

4-H Camp 2017 - Revved Up for 4H

4-H Camp will be held Tuesday, June 6 through Thursday, June 8 at Camp Palestine in Chilhowee, Missouri. 

Registration is now closed. 

Public speaking literature

Y2430, Making Your Point: Communicating with PowerPoint (PDF)

Y2420, Making Your Point: Building Public Speaking Skills (PDF)

2017 4-H/FFA Fairbook

4-H/FFA Fairbook (PDF)

4-H/FFA Fairbook Livestock entry form (PDF)

4-H/FFA Fairbook Clover Kid entry form (PDF)

4-H/FFA Fairbook Applications (PDF)

Auction Buyer Flyer (PDF)

The Clover Connection

A monthly newsletter for 4-H families and friends.

August 2017 (PDF)

July 2017 (PDF)

June 2017 (PDF)

May 2017 (PDF)

April 2017 (PDF)

March 2017 (PDF)

February 2017 (PDF)

January 2017 (PDF)


Get involved

Lafayette County 4-H has over 350 youth members, ages 5 to 18, and over 225 adult volunteers. 4-H clubs are located in each corner of the county and points in between. Youth can join any one of 12 clubs where they can attend meetings, complete 4-H projects, exhibit at county and state fairs, participate in local, state and national trips and events, and qualify for college scholarships. To find out more, contact the Lafayette County Extension Center.  To enroll in 4-H go to the website using Chrome:    https://mo.4honline.com

How to join 4-H

University of Missouri Extension 4-H

Empowering young people to reach their full potential

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 19, and adults together to learn everyday skills through hands-on learning. Working on activities from animal and plant sciences to robotics, 4-H’ers learn problem-solving skills that can make a positive impact upon our community. Through 4-H, young people learn to:

  • meet the diverse challenges of today’s world;
  • build self-confidence;
  • learn responsibility; and
  • make positive decisions.
4-H clubs

4-H clubs are open to ages 8 to 18. Clubs meet monthly for group activities and club business. Each club elects officers and has an approved adult leader who supervises club activities. Club members also enroll in projects in their areas of interest.

With projects on more than 75 topics, 4-H has something to interest every child. Here are just a few of the opportunities 4-H offers—geocaching, robotics, international exchanges, horsemanship, pets, starting a business, arts and crafts, raising animals, woodworking, photography and gardening.

Clover Kids clubs

Clover Kids introduces 5- to 7-year-olds to the 4-H experience. In Clover Kids, children learn how to get along with others, work in groups, explore their interests, while building self-confidence. Clover Kids do not enroll in projects or raise animals, and do not participate in competitive events, contests or shows.

How to join

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting the extension center. A staff member will explain the enrollment process and membership dues. In addition to dues, some projects may require a small investment to get started, and there may be a fee for materials, trips or other activities.

Young people are welcome to join at any time. The 4-H program year runs from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.


4-H Online enrollment system
Missouri 4-H Clover—A guide to 4-H projects, activities and publications. It is designed to assist volunteers, members and their families select projects and activities, and set goals.

Be a 4-H volunteer

Adult volunteers are essential to 4-H. Adult volunteers serve as club or project leaders, help with county or regional events, chair committees and organize fund raisers. You don't have to be a parent or grandparent of the 4-H member to get involved. All volunteers are screened for child abuse and neglect, as well criminal records, before they are accepted and each year thereafter. As a volunteer, University of Missouri Extension will provide you with training so you will be well-prepared and successful as an adult leader. The orientation includes information on 4-H history and the educational framework, the characteristics of age groups, character development and safety.