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4-H Records Program

The Mississippi 4-H Record program has been in existence for several years. After the program lost national sponsorship, Mississippi 4-H recognized the importance of the record program and continued it with emphasis on building life-long skills that will benefit youth throughout their lives.

One of the new features of the 4-H record program is that intermediate and senior aged 4-H'ers now have the option to type the complete record report form. All of the report forms are available via the web, however the intermediate and senior records can be typed or handwritten. Hard copies of each report form are still available through the County Extension Office for those individuals choosing to do their record in their own hand-writing.

Record keeping is an important skill. The 4-H record keeping process encourages members to develop skills in observation, gathering data, collecting and manipulating data, and general bookkeeping skills. All members are encouraged to keep a record book. The record book is a tool for members to help learn these skills. The 4-H record allows 4-H members the opportunity to set goals and keep records on the progress made toward reaching those goals. The record book also allows the 4-H member to record losses, profits and other helpful information about their 4-H project work.

The Report Forms

The Mississippi 4-H Record Keeping program has two different report forms for 4-H members. The record has three age categories and utilizes two different report forms. The age categories are: Juniors age 8-9; Juniors age 10-11; Intermediates age 12-14; and Seniors age 15-18.

There are two report forms utilized by the 4-H members. Both junior age divisions complete the report form identified with the ages 8-11 in the heading. The intermediate and senior age division utilizes the report form with ages 12-18 in the heading. The report forms are only one part of the total 4-H record book.

4-H Resume

Another phase of the record keeping program is the 4-H Resume. This opportunity is available only for senior (15-18) 4-H members. Members submitting resumes must have actively been enrolled in 4-H during the current year. A 4-H member can submit a record book and a resume in the same year either in the same project category or in two different project categories.

Awards

The awards for completing 4-H record books are very diverse in nature. For both junior age categories, those records receiving blue ribbons are awarded cash awards along with 4-H ribbons.

Those intermediate records received are judged and placed in a blue, red, or white ribbon category. There are cash awards according to the record placing.

The senior age category records are judged the same as the intermediate records, with the exception of having trips awarded for those projects that carry trips to National 4-H Congress.

Other Records Submitted

  • Volunteer
  • 4-H Club
  • 4-H Volunteer Association
  • 4-H County Council
Record Book Categories
Other Project Categories
  • Achievement
  • Agriculture
  • Beef
  • Breads
  • Citizenship
  • Clothing/Textiles & Fashion Revue
  • Conservation of Natural Resources/Wildlife
  • Dairy [Includes Dairy Goats]
  • Foods (includes Food & Nutrition, Food Conservation and Safety)
  • Forestry and Wood Science
  • Garden and Horticulture
  • Horse
  • Leadership
  • Photography
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Pet Care/Dog care
  • Bicycle
  • Careers
  • Child Development
  • Computer
  • Consumer Education
  • Dairy Foods
  • Engineering
  • Fitness Leadership/Health
  • Home Environment
  • Home Management
  • Meat Goat
  • Personal Development
  • Plant and Soil Sciences
  • Poultry
  • Public Speaking
  • Recreation/Expressive Arts
  • Safety
  • Veterinary Science

 

Parts of the Member Record Book

Section I
Photo and Information Page

  • Include one wallet-sized school picture
  • Include the following information:
    • Name, Address, City/State/Zip
    • Age and Date of Birth
    • Name of Main Project

Section II
The Content Page
Include the following:

  • Photo
  • Table of Contents
  • Mississippi Report Form
  • 4-H Story
  • Project Pictures

Section III
The Mississippi Report Form

  • If 4-H'er has completed record book more than one year, include all previous report forms

Section IV
The 4-H Story
The story should include:

  • Introduction of member
  • Explanation of program
  • Highlights of other projects
  • Explanation of how 4-H helped you become a better citizen
  • Information about your future plans and career path

Section V
The Project Pictures

Other Helpful Information

  • Each of the report forms can be obtained from your local County Extension Office or you can print copies of the forms from this site.
  • One of the new features of the recordkeeping program is that reports for ages 12-18 can be typed using font size 12 - Times New Roman.
  • Score sheet for member record include the following:
    • Project Work 50%
    • Leadership 25%
    • Citizenship 25%
  • Please refer to the 4-H Record Instruction Guide for information about putting your 4-H record together.

Forms

Two options are available for using the forms. You may select PDF (12-18 only) and complete the form online and print it OR if you will be working with the form for an extended time and wish to be able to save your changes and access the file later, you should download the Word document to your computer. When using the Word document, be sure to press the insert key before you start typing.

Just for the Record: A 4-Her's Guide to 4-H Records Download the .pdf  
Mississippi 4-H Report Form Ages 8-11 Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
Mississippi 4-H Report Form Ages 12-18 (F1046) Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
4-H Resume Packet Download the .pdf Download the Word doc
Annual 4-H Volunteer Record Form (F132) Download the .pdf  
Secretary's Record (F626) Download the .pdf  

 

 

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News

Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Equine February 16, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host four clinics for 4-H’ers interested in competing in two new performance classes at the 2017 Mississippi 4-H Horse Show.

Extension equine specialist Clay Cavinder will be the primary instructor at the workshops, which will teach 4-H members the rules and scope of the two classes: Ranch Handling and Cow Horse Boxing.

Twelve-year-old Carson Keene shows off his champion Duroc hog for bidders at the 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Feb. 9, 2017, as his stepsister, Alexandra Pittman, looks on. (Photo courtesy of Jeff L. Homan)
Filed Under: Youth Livestock February 10, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. -- Before Carson Keene sold his grand champion Duroc hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, he had a conversation with his family about where the proceeds should go.

The 12-year-old 4-H'er and sixth-grader at Presbyterian Christian School in Petal had known for several months that his 6-year-old schoolmate Noelle Carter was awaiting treatment at Batson Children's Hospital for liver cancer. He decided to donate the auction proceeds to Carter's family.

“Our school was raising money, and I wanted to try to do something, too,” Keene said.

Jameka Coffey Harkins, left, and her mother, Rose Coffey-Graham, represent two generations leading an Oktibbeha County 4-H Club. Adult volunteers are keys to the youth develop program’s success. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: 4-H January 10, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Even adults benefit from involvement in 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the nation.

Rose Coffey Graham became a 4-H volunteer leader in 1982 because she saw a need for young people living in rural Oktibbeha County. She discovered much more.

"I love having opportunities to work with children but also with the other adults. We learn together and have so much fun," she said.

The Controller's Generation II 4-H Club focuses on the essential elements of 4-H, including belonging, independence, mastery and generosity.

Jessica Smith of Picayune is a Mississippi State University senior who majored in agricultural communications because of her interest in connecting consumers and farmers. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
Filed Under: 4-H, Women for Agriculture December 14, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Many people in the agricultural world complain that consumers do not understand what farmers do, but few of them are willing to dedicate their careers to a solution.

Jessica Smith, a senior at Mississippi State University, grew up on a farm in south Mississippi and is majoring in agricultural communications because she sees education as a key element in changing how her peers perceive something as basic as where their food comes from.

Jones County 4-H member Rustin Anderson, 17, exhibits his grand champion Brangus heifer on Oct. 22, 2016 at the State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. (Submitted photo by Brianna Stroud)
Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Family November 17, 2016

LAUREL, Miss. -- Win or lose, competing in livestock shows would not be possible without the help of others.

"Everyone helps everyone else," said Rustin Anderson, 17, of Jones County. "We're all like family, even though we are competing against each other."

Anderson, who has been showing Brangus cattle since 2009, is highly involved with the Jones County 4-H program. He serves as president of the junior livestock exhibitors for the county. He said the family atmosphere is what makes the program unique.

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