Authorization Responsibilities of the 4-H Name and Emblem
The 4-H Name and Emblem is a Federal mark, protected by 18 U.S.C. 707, and is entrusted by Congress to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Secretary has delegated responsibility for the proper use of the 4-H Name and Emblem to 4-H National Headquarters, which resides in the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) within the United States Department of Agriculture. The 4-H Name and Emblem is intended to represent the ideals of the 4-H Youth Development Program. 4-H National Headquarters delegates state level authorization to the State Extension Director at each Land Grant University. 4-H National Headquarters provides standards and support to the state and local 4-H offices responsible for using and authorizing the 4-H Name and Emblem.
State and Local Responsibilities
State 4-H offices (through their State Extension Director) are responsible for any 4-H Name and Emblem authorizations that cross local jurisdictions but are contained within the state. Local 4-H offices (through their State 4-H office) are responsible for any 4-H Name and Emblem authorization restricted to their local area of jurisdiction.
Chartered 4-H Clubs and Affiliates are authorized to use the 4-H Name and Emblem:
- For their own educational and or informational purposes
- On materials which are originated, requested, purchased, distributed or sold by them within their local area (cannot cross state borders without National authorization).
Local fund raising programs using the 4-H Name and Emblem may be carried out for educational purposes but must have the approval of the local 4-H Extension office. Statewide fund raising programs using the 4-H Name and Emblem may be carried out for educational purposes but must have the approval of the state 4-H Extension office.
4-H offices are to ensure that all uses of the 4-H Name and Emblem adhere to the Federal guidelines. 4-H offices are to notify 4-H National Headquarters of any improper use that falls outside of their local and state jurisdiction.
Authorizations, when issued, will be valid only for specific purposes and for specified periods of time. Any use of the 4-H Name and Emblem is forbidden if it exploits the 4-H Program. The 4-H Name and Emblem cannot be used to imply endorsement of commercial firms, products or services. Granting authorization to an individual or organization for a specific use does not preclude granting similar authorization to another individual or organization for the same or similar purpose.