Pollinator Education Series


March 12, 2019 Pollinator Advocate Certification


1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Clermont County Fairgrounds, 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, OH 45160
March 12, 2019 Phenology for Beekeepers


7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Western Brown High School, Community Room (back of the school), 476 W Main Street, Mt. Orab, OH 45154. Hosted by the Brown County  Beekeepers Association

March 13, 2019 Gardening for Pollinators 7:00 p.m. –  8:00 p.m.

Brown County Fairgrounds, 325 West State Street, Bldg. A, ‘Carpeted Room’, Georgetown, OH 45121



Win Two Corriedale Ewes to Start Your Own Flock!

A great opportunity to grow or start your flock! The Ohio Corriedale Club will award two Corriedale ewes to a 4-H or FFA member that is interested in starting a flock of Corriedale sheep.  Applications must be returned by March 25th, to: Jodie Duffy, Ohio Corriedale Club, 4279 Eaton Road, Hamilton, Ohio 45013. Contact 513/518-4701 or duffyjy@msn.com with questions.


Corriedale Application

Whole Grains for a Healthy Life!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day!  We have to agree, especially when it is filled with healthy and delicious whole grain pancakes!

Whole grains are an important part of our diet and provide a number of health benefits.  Grains are packed full of nutrients, such as fiber, B vitamins, and minerals.  Eating whole grains may help with weight management, help reduce the risk of heart disease and help reduce blood cholesterol levels along with helping our digestive system.

When shopping for whole grains check the nutrition label for the word “whole” at the beginning of the list and the whole grain logo.  Try swapping out white rice for brown and whole-grain bread in meatloaf.  Keep ready to eat whole grain snacks, such as popcorn and cereals on hand.  The ideas are endless to help get more whole grains in our diets!

Our group from the Clermont DD learned the importance of eating whole grains and how to make delicious whole grain pancakes!  We started by mixing together a Better Baking Mix and used that to make our pancakes!  They turned out delicious and were easy to make!  This Better Baking Mix can also be used to make muffins, cookies, biscuits and pizza crusts!  YUM!

For this recipe and more, check out the following website: https://whatscooking.fns.usda.gov


4-H Dog Obedience Clinics

Interested in learning more about the 4-H Dog projects?  Bring your furry friend and join us on Thursday, February 21 for our first dog clinic. You will get to socialize your dog, get to know other members and learn more about the dog projects and clinics offered through 4-H.

2019 4-H Dog Clinic Dates:
All clinics will take place in the 4-H Hall from 6:30 -8:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 21 
Friday, March 15
Thursday, April 18
Friday, May 17
Friday, June 14
Saturday, July 13 – 4-H Dog Show

Clinic Details

  • All dogs on 6 foot leather or nylon lead
  • Bring lots of very small, tasty treats to each clinic.  Do not feed dog the afternoon/evening of clinics—they will eat lots of treats!
  • Bring a toy if your dog is toy motivated
  • Bring a simple cloth nail apron (a few dollars at Home Depot or Lowes) or a treat pouch to hold your treats on you while training
  • Bring a mat or towel your dog can practice “stays” on
  • For obedience and Rally, dogs must be controllable by youth using a Martingale collar (best) or simple buckle/snap collar.  These are also the best options for the show.  Harnesses are acceptable for training, but not for the show.  Chain choke collars are allowed but not preferred for youth training or during show.  Youth and dog cannot show in head collars or any harsher collars like prong collars.
  • For showmanship, a showmanship lead is required
  • ****4-H program dogs CAN NOT be dog or people aggressive****
  • If a dog is unsuitable for group training and the dog show, youth can still participate in the Dog achievement project and train their own dog at home
  • Anyone can enroll in the Dog Achievement in addition to other projects and do it though self-study.  It is a non-competitive learning program that does not show a dog at the fair.  If there is enough interest, we will start holding dog achievement/ skill-a-thon study group sessions.

Quality Assurance Test-Out Options Available

Youth will have two opportunities to test-out of Quality Assurance, this year.  Below are the test-out dates, times and locations.  Youth can come anytime during the designated time frame and should allot approximately an hour to complete the test.

February 18, 2019 OSU Extension Test Out 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
February 20, 2019 OSU Extension Test Out 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Youth who are between the ages of 12 and 18 as of January 1, 2019 are eligible to take a test developed for their age level.  4-H or FFA members who pass the test will be exempt from the quality assurance requirement until they move to the next age bracket, or are no longer a Junior Fair market livestock exhibitor.  There are two age groups: 12-14 and 15-18.

FFA and 4-H members who are planning to exhibit a food quality animal for the 2019 Clermont County Fair must participate in Assuring Quality Care for Animals (aka QA Training).

Youth exhibiting the following animals MUST attend AQCA training each year, unless they have completed and passed the test out option:

  • market steers/heifers
  • feeder calves
  • lactating dairy goats
  • lactating dairy cattle
  • market lambs
  • market hogs
  • market goats
  • market poultry
  • meat rabbits

Stay tuned for additional information as we are working to finalize Quality Assurance dates for in-person training.

Clermont County to Host the “2019 Great Tree Summit”


OSU Extension Clermont County partners with multiple agencies to host Great Tree Summit in Clermont County. 

Taking Root, a Greater Cincinnati reforestation campaign, will be hosting the 6th annual Great Tree Summit at the Clermont County Fair Grounds in Owensville, Ohio, on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

The event is free and open to the public, to the tree care industry and to all who are friends of trees, but donations are welcome. You may register for the event at the door beginning at 8:30.

There will be vendors, a silent auction, awards presentations, a panel discussion of tree issues in Clermont County as well as educational talks all morning on the importance of trees and how you can get involved in their conservation. There will be great networking opportunities with Taking Root partners, Board members and passionate leaders in the Tri-state area.

Cory Christopher with the Cincinnati Nature Center and Pat Greeson with Natorp’s will be the Keynote Speakers.  Light refreshments will be provided by event sponsors Davey Resources Group and Natorp’s.

Taking Root was formed in 2013 and is a nonprofit organization serving the 8 counties of the Greater Cincinnati area including: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn in Indiana. Its mission is to plant 2 million trees in the Greater Cincinnati area (one for every person living in the region) to help combat the effects and threats of deforestation.

Taking Root provides educational resources to home owners and schools, as well as project funding such as mini grants to municipalities and communities for tree planting projects throughout Greater Cincinnati.  The organization is able to provide these programs through generous funding from the Duke Energy Foundation, the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Otto M Budig Foundation, just to name a few, and from the very generous support of partner businesses and private individuals and groups.

For information, learn more about Taking Root at www.takingroot.info.