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Our Location

Our location is 200 Taylor Street Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas 76196. Parking at the meters is available on Burnett, Weatherford, and Taylor Streets.  The entrance to our building faces Burnett St.  If you prefer to park in the lot adjacen to our building, please enter the parking lot on 2nd street and enter at the west side entrance that faces Burnett Street.  The Taylor Street entrance is closed and the only open entrance is on the west side of the Plaza building.

Mailing Address
Texas A & M AgriLife Extension
Tarrant County 4-H
P. O. Box 1540
Fort Worth, Texas 76101
Fax Number 817-884-1941


2016-2017 4-H Enrollment

IT’S HERE!! Enrollment for the upcoming 2016-2017 4-H year will start on August 15th. Participation fees will remain the same for the upcoming year, $20.00 from August 15th to October 31st and then $25.00 from November 1st on.  Please be aware that if you enrolled before August 15th of 2016 that enrollment was for the previous year and you will need to re-enroll for the new 4-H year.  All members’ 4-H enrollment s will be de-activated for the current year and all will need to re-enroll for the new year if they plan on continuing in 4-H.

NEW RULE FOR MEMBERS WHO RESIDE OUTSIDE OF TARRANT COUNTY: Beginning with enrollments for the 2016-2017 year, all members who wish to have 4-H membership in a county other than their home residence will need to submit a “Membership Transfer Form” to the County Extension office where they reside.  The “Membership Transfer Form” posted below. (2016-2017 Texas 4-H Rules and Guidelines, page 3)

Some things to remember as you re-enroll for the 2016-2017 4-H year:

  •  If you are re-enrolling and already have an existing profile, DO NOT create a new profile.  UPDATE your existing profile with any changes to email, physical address or phone numbers.  An annual participant fee is due for each 4-H member when enrolling.  Please use either a debit or credit card for payment.  Also remember that 4-H Connect is not compatible with the Internet Explorer web browser so you will need to use Mozilla or another option. The 4-H check option is only for members whose club will be paying their enrollment fees.
  • If you have forgotten your email address or password DO NOT create another profile in 4-H Connect.  Call the office and we will send you a temporary password and inform you of the email address your profile is under.
  •  If you are 8 and in the third grade and enrolling in 4-H WAIT UNTIL September 1st to enroll.  It is tricky because the official first day of 4-H is not until September 1st but enrollment starts on August 15th. This means there are 15 days for our new (young) members where they may not be assessed a participation fee and 4-H Connect will classify them as a Clover Kid.

Please contact the 4-H office at 817-884-1291 or send an email to Nanci Swindle at if you have any questions regarding enrollment.

2016-2017 4-H RulesGuidelines

2016-2017 Membership Transfer Form

4-H Volunteer Summit

The 4-H Volunteer Summit consisted of online trainings on various 4-H topics (from projects & contests to club management & recruitment).    If you were unable to attend those sessions, they are available for viewing at    .   Scroll to the bottom of the screen to select the video of interest.

Collection of School Supplies for the Flood Victims in Louisiana


Tarrant Adult Leaders Fundraiser

The Tarrant County 4-H Adult Leaders Association (ALA) is made up of Tarrant County 4-H Club Managers and other Adult Volunteers (parents, etc.).  The purpose of the ALA is provide support to the 4-H youth of Tarrant County.  This support comes in a variety of ways including management of Tarrant County 4-H scholarship opportunities,  coordination of the annual County Awards banquet, and support of the Tarrant County Youth Council activities.

The current fundraiser is the sale of pecans…….if you do any baking for the holidays or like to give that ‘unusual’ gift, please take a moment and review the below information and complete the order form, the order form can be downloaded from the Tarrant 4-H website under Current Events.  Feel free to ask friends/family if they are interested!  All proceeds will benefit this year’s scholarship awards, the annual awards banquet, and support the youth council’s activities.

In an effort to encourage club participation, the ALA is offering a $50 cash prize to the club with the highest number of pounds sold (the club must have a minimum of 20 pounds sold to be eligible for the contest).  Also, for every pound sold by a Tarrant County 4-H club, the ALA will donate $1 to the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council for their 2016-2017social activities.



4-H Food Challenge

The 4-H Food Challenge is another fun way that 4-H members can exhibit their knowledge and skills while working as a team to create that “special dish”.   Modeled after the Food Network’s “Iron Chef”, this contest challenges teams of 3 – 5 members to create a dish using a predetermined set of ingredients.   There is always a lot of excitement and laughter as members build lasting friendships while working together as a team to meet the challenge.

Once again, TCU has graciously agreed to host the event for us.  The contest date is November 12, so save the date.  The entry registrations are due by October 14.  Please submit by email to:    and .

Please refer to the information packet for the rules and list of supply kit items.


Food Challenge Academic Eligibility Form

 One Day 4-H

How do you participate?

  • 4-H members and their clubs/county programs should start now on identifying and planning a community service project.
  • Work to secure all the necessary supplies/equipment/resources to get the project done.
  • Advertise/market your project to locate media and others in the community so they will know the difference you, and 4-H, is making.
  • Sign your project up at the one day 4-H website

Conduct your project and then report your successes at the one day 4-H  website.

Major Livestock Show Entry Day

For those of you who are interested in showing in the following livestock shows there will be a livestock show entry day held at our office on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 8 a.m. until 5 pm at the Tarrant County Extension office.  Parking is not validated for this event. Please make this day a priority if you plan to participate in these shows.  Exhibitors can make an appointment to complete their entries before that day, but NO ENTRIES WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER 5 P.M. ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7!

Fort Worth Livestock Show

San Antonio Livestock Show

Houston Livestock Show

San Angelo Livestock Show

STAR of Texas Livestock Show

If you have any questions regarding the entry process please contact the agriculture agent Fred M. Hall at or call 817-884-1946.

What you need to bring on Entry Day:

  • All exhibitors must bring their social security number with them.
  • Quality Counts certification number
  • Checks or money orders are preferred, make payable to ELEC.  If paying with cash, bring exact amount, we are not able to make change.
  • Bring original registration papers for all breeding animals and a copy that you can leave with the Extension office.  (Exception-heifer registration upload deadline is Nov 1.) Yes I know that state has a few more days, but my schedule does not allow the extra days!

Each show has a website with all their entry information listed.  Be sure you are familiar with all rules and dates for each show you want to enter.  You can download forms at home and have them filled out before you come, this will speed up the process (this is highly recommended).

Fort Worth Judging Team entries are due Nov. 15. Fort Worth Calf Scramble on-line entries open on Oct 1 and are first come first serve. Houston Commercial steer competition opened Aug. 15 and deadline Sept. 30 information and entries on-line:

Calf scramble available Oct 15

San Antonio calf scramble schedule, application & entry procedures plus rules will be posted on their website by Sept 1

Other competition information to be announced as it is available.

Fall Validation Dates

The dates and locations for Fall validations for sheep, goats, swine and heifers are:

Tuesday, October 25    4-7 pm; Crowley Ag Barn

Thursday, October 27  4-7 pm; Grapevine-Colleyville Ag Barn

An additional date for swine will be announced as needed.

For all questions pertaining to Fall validation please contact Fred M. Hall at or call at 817-884-1946.

4-H Public Speaking Course

We are very fortunate that Dr. Jeff Johnson, a Distinguished Toastmaster, has generously volunteered his time to teach the Toastmasters Youth Leadership/4-H Public Speaking course for more than 25 years.   He teaches the youth how to plan, deliver, and evaluate speeches.   His genuine interest in the children enables him to provide a balance of encouragement and instruction, resulting in a positive experience for the students.  Class size is limited to ten students in order to provide the best opportunities for the students.

The course series will meet at the Tarrant County Extension office (Tarrant Plaza Building) on Thursday evenings, September 8 October 27, 2016.     Classes begin promptly at 7 pm and conclude at 9 pm.

Attendance is highly important.    Families are encouraged to review their family commitments prior to registering for the Public Speaking series.

Please complete the information below and submit to:  and       .

You will receive a confirmation of receipt by email, after August 15.



I understand that the Fall 2016 4-H Public Speaking classes will be conducted at the Tarrant County Extension office, 7 – 9 pm, on Thursday evenings, September 8, 15, 22, 29 and October 6, 13, 20, and 27.

We understand that attendance is very important and we are available on the above dates.

Please enroll the following 4-H member:

Youth’s Name: ________________________________________  Age:  _______________

Is this your first time to participate?  _______________________________

If not, when did you participate?  _________________________________

Parent’s Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Family Email:  _____________________________   Phone:  _______________________

Email:  __________________________________  Phone:  ______________________

Support for Tarrant County 4-H

Looking for a way to support Tarrant County 4-H without taking money out of your pocket? Do you search the internet? Do you make online purchases? If so this opportunity may be just what you are looking for.. . Join, and every time you search the internet, a donation is made to the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and Adult Leaders Association.

It’s easy, doesn’t cost a thing, and turns every day actions into an easy way to raise funds for many of the events and activities that are sponsored by the Tarrant County 4-H Youth Council and the Tarrant County 4-H Adult Leaders, including the annual County Awards Banquet.

All you need to do is log on to and choose “Tarrant 4-H Council” as your      charity.  You can even make a profile so that you don’t have to select Tarrant 4-H Council each time and you can watch the funds grow!

A penny is donated every time you search with  It is easy, painless on your pocketbook, and benefits our Tarrant County 4-H youth.

There are even other ways to make money through for 4-H while shopping or dining.  Just go to their website to find out more.  Don’t waste any time.

Start helping our Tarrant 4-H youth while you search the Internet today!

  Livestock Project Registration

It is time to send in your livestock project sheets to the 4-H office. Livestock Project Sheets must be renewed each year just as your member enrollment form.  For new members the form is due when you enroll in 4-H and get a project.

The Livestock Project Sheet is due for renewing members on October 1, 2014.

Livestock Project Registration Form


 Quality Counts Verification

If the Quality Counts Verification you completed as a junior member has expired, you are required to take the Senior level verification.  This must be done prior to entry into any major fall, winter or spring livestock show.  Upon completing the verification process please email ag department to make them aware of your status.  You cannot enter you into any shows from this point forward without a senior level designation.

The Link for verifying is at

Please see the  document below that has the answers to frequently asked questions regarding Quality Counts.

Quality Counts Verification Frequently asked Questions

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