The 4-H Name and Emblem are protected under federal statute Title 18, U.S. Code 707. This provides the 4-H Name and Emblem with the level of protection afforded other Federal marks, such as the Seal of the President of the United States. The 4-H Name and Emblem is intended to represent the ideals of the program with its focus on serving the educational needs and interests of 4-H youth.
4-H Charters: Official 4-H Club Recognition
Fact sheet describing the process for a club to receive a 4-H Charter and the agreement it creates.
Using the 4-H Name & Emblem
Handout offering a quick reference of important guidelines about appropriate and legal use of the 4-H Name and Emblem.
Application for Use
Web-based form to apply for authorization to use the 4-H Name and Emblem.
Authorized Users of the 4-H Name and Emblem
List of those entities who have received approval from USDA to use the 4-H Name and Emblem on a multi-state and/or national level.
Procedures for Reporting Violations
Fact sheet describing the process for reporting any perceived violations related to the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem.
Staff Authorization Responsibilities
Fact sheet describes the responsibilities of 4-H staff at the local, state and national level and identifies the area of responsibility jurisdiction as it related to the 4-H Name and Emblem.
Staff Guidelines for Granting Authorization
Fact sheet providing guidelines to assist 4-H staff through the decision making process related to granting 4-H Name and Emblem authorization.
Download Official Emblems
Emblem graphics files for many uses — you must have proper authorization to use these emblem graphics.
For more information about the 4-H Name and Emblem, contact 4HNE@nifa.usda.gov or take the series of self-guided training programs on eXtension.