National 4-H Dairy Conference

The National 4-H Dairy Conference gives one Nebraska 4-H youth the special opportunity to go to Madison, Wisconsin, October 2-5, 2016. The primary focus of the dairy conference is for 4-H members to learn more about the dairy industry, as well as careers in the dairy industry, while having fun and making new friends from around the United States and Canada.

Participants learn about production, processing, marketing and use of dairy products, and develop a broader understanding of careers available in dairy production, biotechnology, genetics, marketing and other selected areas. The conference consists of participatory workshops on the University of Wisconsin campus, speakers, tours and visiting the World Dairy Expo.

National 4-H Dairy Conference

Conference Requirements

  • Youth must be currently enrolled in the 4-H dairy or dairy goat project.
  • Youth must have been in the 4-H dairy or dairy goat project for at least 3 years.
  • Youth must be at least 15, but not more than 18 years of age on January 1 of the year they are attending the conference.
  • Youth must complete the National Dairy Conference - Nebraska Application below.
  • Youth cannot be participating in the National 4-H Dairy Judging contest the same year.
  • Youth much provide a minimum amount of expenses. Donor money from numerous Nebraska dairy interests help support the program, making the trip affordable. Approximate cost is $300 for travel and lodging, plus some spending money.

Application Process

To apply for funding to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference, youth need to complete the application form for the current year. The application needs to be approved and signed by the applicant, the applicant's parent/guardian, and the applicant's 4-H Extension Assistant or Educator. Along with the signed application form, youth need to complete a 6 minute video interview using the questions provided in the application form. The completed application form and video must be mailed by June 15 to:

  • Brandy Wagner 
    Educational Engagement Coordinator 
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln - East Campus 
    114 Ag Hall 
    Lincoln, NE 68583-0700
These seminars helped me learn and understand a lot more about the dairy industry. Past Attendee