4-H Name and Emblem

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. 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. Based on 7 CFR 8, USDA does not provide authorization for use of the 4-H Name and/or Emblem outside the United States. The 4-H Name and Emblem are a Federal Mark, protected by 18 USC 707, and intended only for use within the United States.

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 .

The 4-H Name and Emblem web based application form must be completed by entities seeking to use the 4-H Name and Emblem for multi-state or national purposes.  Authorization for in-state use only must be sought from the corresponding state 4-H office.

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

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 (link is external).