4-H Name and Emblem
The 4-H Name and Emblem is a federal mark with protections and standards that exceed that of trademarks and copyrights. Using the 4-H Name and Emblem requires proper authorization. Anyone engaging in unauthorized use or misuse of the 4-H Name and Emblem is subject to federal prosecution.
The U.S. Congress has legislated responsibility for proper management of the 4-H Name and Emblem to the Secretary and Agriculture, who has delegated that authority to the Division of Youth and 4-H housed at USDA, NIFA. The use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is defined through Section 7 in the Code of federal Regulations, Part 8. Questions regarding the use of the 4-H Name and Emblem may be directed to 4HNE@nifa.usda.gov.
Commercial vendors, private organizations, and all other entities must apply for and receive authorization in order to use the 4-H Name or Emblem. Prior to submitting the web-based application form, applicants need to carefully read the Application Guide.
A listing of those entities who have received authorization to use the 4-H Name and Emblem from the Division of Youth and 4-H.
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.