Welcome to Yankton County 4-H! Our mission is to empower youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. From rocketry, robotics, cooking, sewing and photography to animal care, the opportunities available in 4-H are endless.

4-H Library Programs

Yankton County 4-H has partnered with the Yankton Community Library to bring great programs to both 4-H members and non 4-H'ers.

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SD State Fair Results

The 2015 South Dakota State Fair is complete. Our 4-H members excelled in every area and are already working on next year's projects.

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Junior Leaders

Do you know about the Junior Leaders? Any 4-H member between the ages of 12 and 18 is eligible to join this leadership group.

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2016 Quotes to Live By Essay Contest

South Dakota 4-H

Quotes to Live By Essay Contest

Deadline – January 31, 2016


For Grades:  4, 7, 9


Contest Promotes: The contest promotes reading, reflection, critical thinking and composition skills as youth write about the importance of having good character.


Who May Participate: All South Dakota Schools/Home Schools/Individual 4-H members are eligible to participate.  Schools must judge their entries locally, and may send five winning entries in each class/per grade/per school to South Dakota 4-H.


Statewide Winning Essays: Five winning essays will be selected in each grade statewide.  Cash prizes and awards will be given to the winners in each grade level.

1st Place — $200

2nd Place — $150

3rd Place — $100

4th Place — $75

5th Place — $50


What to Base Essays On: Essays must be based on one Quotes to Live By – Wise and Enduring Truths Maxims relating to character education (pages 5-19 of the South Dakota Quotes to Live By Maxims & Educational Guide).

Deadline – January 31, 2016: Yearly, teachers are surveyed to understand how the Quotes to Live By Essay Contest impacted their students and their classrooms.

Links for the 2016 SD 4-H Quotes to Live By Essay Contest:

Quotes to Live By Flyer 2016

Article – http://igrow.org/4h/personal-development/quotes-to-live-by-essay-contest-helps-youth-reflect-on-their-character/

State 4-H 2016 Official Contestant Packet Quotes to Live By Essay Contest – http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4029-2015.pdf

South Dakota 4-H Quotes to Live By Maxims & Educational Guide – http://igrow.org/up/resources/01-4030-2015.pdf

Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities Grant $2500 – Entry Due Nov 30

You have the opportunity to win $2500 for your local 4-H program!!

America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, improves lives in rural communities through farmer directed donations. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments, food pantries and more. One winner is selected in each of the 1,324 eligible counties across 40 states.

For the current grant award, you have until November 30 to nominate your favorite community nonprofit organization.

To be eligible to submit a nomination, entrants must live or farm in an eligible county, be 21 years old or older and actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres of corn, soybeans, and/or cotton; or 40 acres of open field vegetables (as defined above), or at least 10 acres of tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture (glasshouse, nethouse, plastic). Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified person (regardless of the form of entry).   A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Eligible counties include:  SOUTH DAKOTA Counties: Aurora, Beadle, Bon Homme, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Charles Mix, Clark, Clay, Codington, Corson, Davison, Day, Deuel, Dewey, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Gregory, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hutchinson, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Lincoln, Lyman, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, Tripp, Turner, Union, Walworth and Yankton.

To enroll and make a nomination, go to this website:  http://www.americasfarmers.com/recognition-programs/grow-communities-enroll/, complete the information, and nominate your organization.

On or about December 5, 2015, a third party will randomly select one (1) winner for each eligible county from all eligible entries received for such county during the Program Entry Period. Winners will be notified by phone and/or e-mail in December 2015.