Webster County 4-H clubs

To join a 4-H club or for information about 4-H in Webster County, contact Jeannie Moreno, youth program assistant in Webster County.

The youth specialist that serves Texas, Wright and Webster counties is Janice Weddle, based in Texas County.

Webster County 4-H Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month at the Webster County Extension Center in Marshfield, Mo.
Club leader: Ember Mikkelsen, Niangua, Mo. 65713

Country Cardinals 4-H Club meets on the second Thursday of every month.
Club leaders: LeeAnn Wantland and Courtney Gunter, Niangua, Mo. 65713

Heartbeat of the Ozarks 4-H Club meets on the second Tuesday of every month.
Club leader: Ge-Anne Bergthold, Marshfield, Mo. 65706

Mighty Eagles 4-H Club meets third Tuesday of every month.
Club leader: Angela Dalton, Fordland, Mo. 65652

Seymour 4-H Club meets on the second Monday of every month.
Club leaders: Carolyn Hyde, Seymour, Mo. 65746

4-H Volunteer Orientation Training
Missouri 4-H requires volunteers to attend a one-time volunteer orientation. In-person trainings are offered throughout the year in each county or region. In-person trainings are preferred; however, when absolutely necessary, volunteers may take the online training with a required quiz. For the login/password, contact the Webster County Extension Center or 4-H Youth Program Associate Jeannie Moreno.

4-H Poultry Judging Practice
This website was developed by the University of Florida to help those wishing to participate in poultry judging learn how to properly evaluate egg-producing hens and to apply USDA standards in grading ready-to-cook poultry and eggs. It is intended for use at the local, state and national levels in training poultry judging teams.

Dairy Cattle Judging 101: Practice Class H4: Holstein 4-year-olds
Brush up on your judging skills before judging camp with this class from Virginia Tech

Show Me Quality Assurance Program (SMQA)
This training is required for anyone planning to show livestock at the Ozark Empire Fair or Missouri State Fair. Training covers good management practices in the handling and use of animal health products, and encourages producers to review their approach to their herds' health programs.

Estrus Synchronization Courses
Understanding estrus is basic to understanding and using most of the new beef technologies. This beef reproduction curriculum from MU Extension teaches the detection of estrus, the reproduction cycles in cows and heifers, and herd management practices on a beef farm.

HALTER - Level One
Horse Adult Leader Training and Educational Resource (HALTER) Level One provides learners with the opportunity to learn equine science material while adapting this knowledge for use in youth programs to foster positive youth development.

About 4-H

4-H brings young people, ages 5 to 18, 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 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 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 and 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.

Joining 4-H is as easy as contacting your local extension office. 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 Oct. 1 to Sept. 30. Certain activities may have participation deadlines.

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 fundraisers. 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.