The clover: The 4-H emblem and how to use it correctly- Part 1

The what, how and why of the 4-H clover.

As the Michigan 4-H Youth Development Program begins another year the importance of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) charter granted to 4-H clubs and councils should be emphasized.  The 4-H charter is the authorization to use the 4-H name and emblem. The 4-H emblem and name belong to the 4-H Youth Development Program, under the authority of the USDA. Anyone wishing to use the 4-H Clover must obtain permission from an authorized Michigan State University Extension employee.

What’s the importance of the 4-H name and emblem?

  • The 4-H clover and name is intended to represent the ideals of 4-H with the focus on head, heart, hands and health. Staff and volunteers should guard the good name 4-H represents.
  • The emblem is a highly valued mark within American history. It was granted a unique and special status. Celebrate the uniqueness of the clover emblem.
  • The 4-H name and emblem are in a class similar to the presidential seal and the Olympic emblem.
  • The 4-H emblem’s federal protection makes it a mark with protection that surpasses the limited authorities of both a trademark and a copyright.
  • Accountability and stewardship for the 4-H emblem was given to a high level within the federal government—a member of the Cabinet, the Secretary of Agriculture.
  • The charters that MSU Extension grants to clubs, councils and committees are not just another piece of paper. Rather, the charter is an authorization to use the 4-H name and emblem. There are federal and state policies that control how money is raised and used when employing the 4-H name and clover. 

The official 4-H Emblem from National 4-H Fact Sheet contains the official rules and details about using the 4-H Emblem and Name. Staff and volunteers are reminded to protect the correct use of the 4-H clover and 4-H name.

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