The 4-H Youth Development Program has a rich history forged through the dedication of countless individuals committed to its preservation. The 4-H organization is also renowned for its pursuit of excellence. The great tradition of using our head to clearer thinking, our heart for greater loyalty, our hands for larger service and our health for better living continues through the correct use of the 4-H name and emblem. In addition, the 4-H organization prides itself on providing a sense of belonging which is achieved through the collective embrace of the organization’s name and emblem by every member.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture the numeral “4” separated from a capital “H” with a hyphen (not a dash, slash, or space) is the correct way to write the name of our great program. The official guide states that 4-H youth development programs are created and implemented by Cooperative Extension Services as a means for the land-grant institutions to carry out responsibilities under the Smith-Lever Act, 7 U.S. Code (USC) 341. Furthermore, the U.S. Congress has legislated responsibility for the proper management of the 4-H Name and Emblem to the Secretary of Agriculture.
However, it takes every one of us to protect the 4-H name and keep it going strong for years to come. We are proud of our history and excited for our future. So, next time you write your club’s name or submit your fair paperwork don’t forget the dash!