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Youth Development & 4-H

4-H Name and Emblem

The U.S. Congress has legislated responsibility for the proper management of the 4-H Name and Emblem to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary of Agriculture has delegated that authority to 4-H National Headquarters in the Division of Youth and 4-H, housed at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is defined through 7 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 8. The 4-H Name and Emblem are a Federal Mark, protected by 18 USC 707, and intended only for use within the United States.

User Guide
A handbook that explains the policies regarding the proper use of the 4-H Name and Emblem.

Application for Use
Entities seeking to use the 4-H Name and Emblem on a multi-state or national level must apply for authorization using the web based application form. Authorization for in-state use only must be sought from the corresponding state 4-H office.

List of Authorized Users
A listing of those entities who have received authorization to use the 4-H Name and emblem on the multi-state or national level.

Any use of the 4-H Name and Emblem in relation to a multi-state or national event needs to follow all policies as outlined on the 4-H Events web page.

Resources for 4-H Professionals

Policy Guide
A handbook designed specifically for 4-H staff at the local and state level that outlines their responsibilities in authorizing others to use the 4-H Name and Emblem and the policies related to those authorizations.

As an addendum to this guide, the 4-H Name and Emblem Continuum of Authorizations information sheet is available as a quick reference.

4-H Charters
Information sheet describing the responsibilities of state 4-H offices in providing a 4-H Charter to clubs. Specific processes for approving and distributing a 4-H Charter are determined by individual state 4-H office.

Training Resource
A series of 10 minutes self-study courses related to the 4-H professional’s roles and responsibilities regarding the 4-H Name and Emblem is available free of charge on eXtension.

Any questions as to the interpretation of the 7 CFR 8 are to be determined by USDA. Questions regarding the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem may be directed to 4HNE@nifa.usda.gov.

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