Cancellation FAQs

Why was conference canceled?

The decision to call off conference in 2020 was not made lightly. The committee took into consideration public health orders and restrictions related to COVID-19, in place and issued by Public Health Madison & Dane County.

Will there be some type of virtual conference?

While the committee considered this option, it was decided that the experience and associated connections and opportunities could not be replicated by a virtual experience. Instead, we look forward to returning to our standard of excellence in 2021.

Can 4-H members that planned to attend conference in 2020 attend in 2021 instead?

Yes, registration will be open to 4-H members in the same manner that it is each year. Provided a student has the approval of his or her state 4-H program and has not exceeded the age limit of 18 years old or younger on January 1, 2021, they will be eligible to attend conference in 2021. While those are the national requirements for attending, individuals should check with their respective state programs to verify their eligibility and capability of attending next year.

Will conference return in 2021?

Yes. Provided health and safety standards allow, the committee fully intends to hold the National 4-H Dairy Conference in 2021.

Has National 4-H Dairy Conference ever been cancelled before?

This is the first time conference has been canceled in its 66 year history.

How can I ask additional questions?

The conference committee is happy to visit about additional questions. You can reach committee chairman Gary Fredericks by email at or by phone at 360-577-3014.