Knowing Your Whole Grains!

Does trying to pick out a healthy loaf of bread, crackers or pasta sometimes cause confusion while reading the labels?  It certainly can be if we don’t know what to look for!

When reading a label it is important for us to look for the word “whole.”  We should look for items that have the ingredients; whole wheat, whole grain, etc!  Also, look for the Whole Grain label.   To help you out, we have included a sample of that label below!

Eating a diet with whole grains is an important part of eating a healthy diet!  The Dietary Guidelines recommends we eat at 6 servings of grains a day and at least 3 servings be Whole Grain!  If this is new for your, start making these changes slowly to help your stomach adjust to these changes.

This week, at the Hope Community Center for Mental Wellness, we discussed how to identify whole grains with ease and choosing grains with fiber in mind.  We ended class making a Great Grain Salad and a Blueberry Chicken Pasta Salad.  Our salads were full of whole grain couscous and pasta and fresh Kale of the OSU Extension garden!  They were a delicious spin on a fresh summer salad!


Last Chance!  Get Your Red’s Tickets Today!

Clermont County 4-H has been invited to deliver the game ball for 4-H Night at the Ballpark!  We want to fill the stands with 4-H family and friends on Monday, August 13 when the Cincinnati Red’s take on the Cleveland Indians at 7:10 p.m. at Great American Ballpark!

Ticket prices range from $11 – $29 and are available to both 4-H members and non 4-H members.  To ensure you get the discounted ticket rate and that your ticket purchase supports 4-H, you must purchase your tickets by Saturday, August 11.

We’ll see you at the ballpark!

Click here to purchase tickets.

Beef Quality Assurance Trainings


There has been open discussion by Wendy’s, among others, that have expressed they will only purchase beef from BQA Certified Producers starting in 2019.  Keep your cattle available to these buyers by getting certified.  OSU Extension will offer this certification along with local sale barns and veterinarians on the following dates at these locations. Please call your local OSU Extension office to sign up for the date and location of your choice.  More details will be in the local newspapers, websites and on local radio.

Date & Location

  • Tuesday, August 14 Noon Union Stockyards   Hillsboro
  • Thursday, August 23   5p.m.  Beef Forage Night OARDC Research Farm in Jackson
  • Tuesday, August 28 6:30 p.m. Union Stockyards  Hillsboro
  • Thursday, September 13 6:30 p.m. Producers Stockyards   Hillsboro
  • Thursday, October 25 6:30 p.m. Producers Stockyards  Hillsboro

Contact information:

  Adams County       David Dugan      937-544-2339

  Brown County        James Morris   937-378-6716

  Clermont County   Gigi Neal             513-732-7070

  Highland County   Brooke Beam    937-393-1918


Master Gardener Volunteer Training Class is Waiting for You!

Do you want to join the Ohio State University Master Gardener Volunteer Program? Applications are now available for the 2018 training class to be held this fall.  The Ohio State University Master Gardener Program reaches hundreds of people in Clermont County each year.

Volunteers receive training from OSU experts on topics such as lawns, soil health, tree identification, annual and perennial plants, insects, pest management, plant diseases and more!  Once trained, Master Gardeners volunteer for OSU Extension to increase the outreach efforts of Ohio State University throughout the community.  Some projects include conducting public seminars and workshops, answering homeowner questions during Master Gardener Hotline hours, hosting informational booths, and maintaining OSU Extension’s container gardens.

The training will begin in October and run through November. Applications are due September 1, 2018.  Classes will be held Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 6p to 9p at the Clemont County Agriculture Center 4-H Hall Kitchen.  The application and more information about cost and class schedule can be found by clicking here or contacting Gigi at or 513-732-7070


Fruit & Veggie Car Derby

Put your engineering skills to the test in this outrageously fun contest!  The Fruit and Veggie Car Derby will be held on Friday, July 27 at 3:00 p.m. in the 4-H Hall.  Not only are youth ages 5-18 invited to participate but we also have an adult division!  So bring the whole family…or 4-H club to celebrate the end of fair week!

The Fruit and Veggie Car Derby is sponsored by 4-H CARTEENS.

Click here for Fruit & Veggie Car Derby rules.

Bake-It Contest

You still have time to practice Grandma’s apple pie recipe and submit an entry for the 2018 Bake-It Contest!  The contest will be held on Thursday, July 26 in Multi-Purpose Building.  Entries will be accepted from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  The contest is open to any youth age 5-18.  Recipes must be submitted on the recipe card template at the end of the contest rules.  Please read the contest rules for a full list of categories and details.

Click here for Bake-It Contest rules.

4-H PetPALS Demonstration

Join members from the County Kids 4-H club for a 4-H PetPALS demonstration at the Clermont County Fair, on Wednesday, July 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building.  4-H PetPALS is an intergenerational program linking young people and their pets with senior adults. The program is designed to help youth gain a greater appreciation for their pets, and experience compassion and caring for senior citizens through the 4-H PetPALS program.

A Day in the Ring

You are invited to join us for “A Day in the Ring,” on Thursday, July 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Gibbons Arena for a special event in partnership with the Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Clermont County Junior Fair youth will be partnered with an individual from the Board of Developmental Disabilities to educate them about their project and teach them how to show a goat.  Participants will then exhibit their goat in a non-competitive show.  Former Clermont County 4-H’er and current goat producer, J.J. Jones, will serve as judge.  The goal of the event is to allow special needs individuals the opportunity to achieve success in the show ring and for 4-H members to utilize their animal projects to mentor others.  We hope our community and audience will realize that it’s not our similarities that make us unique but our differences.  Live, laugh, love everyday!

This event is a collaborative effort between OSU Extension – Clermont County, Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Clermont County Senior Fair and Junior Fair.  Neal Motorsports, LLC. and Clermont County 4-H Committee sponsored the event.

Artists Wanted!

Are you or your 4‑H’er creative or artistic? Upload a photo of your masterpiece for the chance to be selected for 2019 4‑H Youth Artwork calendar and other 4‑H promotional items. All forms of media are accepted – photography, painting, drawings, sculpture – just upload an image of the work of art below. All entrants must be 18 or under and an active 4‑H’er, so don’t forget to ask your parent’s permission!

SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK  Deadline for submission is August 10, 2018.