Wisconsin 4-H and COVID-19 Response

Dear 4-H participants and volunteers,

We hope that this correspondence finds you healthy and safe.  Over the course of the past week, the guidance around maintaining social distance to reduce spread of Covid-19 has changed several times.  We are following the guidance of public health authorities and UW-Madison about how long we might expect to respond to it.  Based on the current information, UW-Madison has decided to suspend all face-to-face classes and activities through the first week in May.  This means that 4-H face-to-face gatherings of all kinds are suspended until at least May 3rd. Please note that all Extension staff, as University employees, are required to work remotely and lack access to their offices. Should you need to reach us, please use email.

We are aware that there are many questions related to animal purchases, weigh-in and tagging activities, and fairs. UW-Madison Livestock specialists will be providing separate guidance to Extension and our partners.  Many fairs and auctions are  also rearranging their plans in response to this pandemic.

It is important to emotional health that keeping our distance does not cause isolation.  Experts remind us of the need to exercise, practice mindfulness to reduce stress, stay in touch with others and find ways to support community members during this time. Extension educators are creating content including information for volunteers, activities to keep young people engaged at home, including support for 4-H meetings on the web. Stay tuned for more information on these

Extension staff are working hard to strengthen and re-imagine programming; this is something that we typically do not have time to do.  At this point, and understanding that things may change, we are planning toward the centennial Youth Conference in June and cannot wait to welcome young people to campus and reconnect!

As we learn more and develop educational opportunities, we will share it in emails, on our website (here) and through our Facebook page.

Statewide 4-H Event Updates and Cancellations

This information is for events run out of the State 4-H office. For information on local events, please email news@extension.wisc.edu. If an event is postponed/cancelled (or if an attendee is no longer able to attend the reschedule dates if an event is postponed), full refunds will be issued in most cases. Please see the list below regarding updates for 2020 Statewide 4-H Educational Experiences:

As of March 17th, State Staff are working remotely. Some staff may not have access to office phones at this time. If you need to reach a member of the State 4-H Staff, please reach out to them via email.

ArtBeat! 2020 – (originally set for March 13-15) has been postponed. If you were scheduled to attend, please keep an eye on your email for updates on potential new dates.

National 4-H Conference – (originally set for March 28-April 2) has been postponed to September. Delegates who were scheduled to attend have been notified of alternate dates.

Space Camp 2020 – (originally set for April 16-20) has been postponed, and the orientation/planning weekend set for March 28-29 has been cancelled. If you were scheduled to attend Space Camp this year, please keep an eye on your email as we plan to communicate regarding plans for postponement.

Dairy Quiz Bowl – (originally set for April 4) has been cancelled. Dairy Bowl will not be rescheduled for 2020.

Shooting Sports Certification Workshops – two Shooting Sports certification workshops, March 21 (Muzzleloader, Stoughton) and April 4 (Green Bay) have been cancelled.

Shooting Sports Competitive Shoots – Competitive shoots scheduled for March and April have been postponed and may be cancelled. You can find the full schedule for Competitive shoots here.

American Spirit – Orientations for American Spirit that were set for March and Early April have been rescheduled. The event is still continuing as planned. Orientations are now scheduled for April 25, April 26, and May 2. If you are registered for the experience, please check your email with more specific information.

Education Days: Hippology, Horse Bowl, Speaking and Demo Contest – This event scheduled for May 1 & 2 has been postponed until a later date. Please watch your email for updates regarding plans for postponement.

Read Important Youth Livestock Project Message here.

Current as of 3/20/2020 at 1:00p.m.