Do YOU Have Food $ense? at Beech Acres

Free nutrition classes will be held at Beech Acres Parenting Center in June on the 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th by Ohio State University Extension SNAP-Ed program.  Come and Learn how to select and prepare meals to stretch food dollars and to make healthier choices.  Great information, recipes and small incentives will be provided along with open discussions to help encourage improved eating habits.  Contact Danielle Combs (Ohio State University Extension Clermont County SNAP-Ed program assistant) at 513-732-7070 or to SIGN-UP TODAY!

Tasting the Rainbow!

Have you ever tasted a rainbow?

The Head Start classrooms at Child Focus tasted a rainbow, a rainbow of colors with fruits and veggies!

We tasted Blackberries, Pears, Kiwi, Grapes and Pomegranate.  Pomegranate was a crowd favorite among the kids!  We also tasted Broccoli, Yellow Peppers, Mushrooms, Black Olives and Cucumbers.  Some of the fruits and vegetables were a huge it…. others not so much!

Eating fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.  They provide a number of health benefits and may help reduce the risk of some diseases.  Fruits and vegetables give us nutrients and vitamins that are important for our overall health and maintenance of our bodies!

For more information on the importance of fruits and vegetables, email Becky at




4-H Dog Show Registration and Clinics

2018 4-H Dog Show

The 2018 4-H Dog Show will be held on Saturday, July 7 in the 4-H Hall, with registration starting at 9:00 a.m.  Any 4-H member planning to exhibit at the dog show needs to complete and return a registration form to the Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on June 4.

4-H Dog Show Registration Form

2018 4-H Dog Clinic Dates:
All clinics will take place in the 4-H Hall starting at 6:00 p.m.

Monday, June 4 – General obedience review and skill-a-thon practice
Youth will need to have an adult present to watch their dog while reviewing for the skill-a-thon.
Friday, June 22 – General review and fair show preparation
Saturday, July 7 – 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.

If you have questions regarding the dog clinics, please contact Carol Stephenson at Carol at  575-4470.

Deadline Approaching: Register for 4-H Camp!

The Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp registration deadline is Friday, May 25!  Grab a friend and join us at camp for some FUN in the SUN, June 8-12.  All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through age 14 (as of January 1, 2018), are invited to Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp. Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like creeking, crafts, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, campfires, canoeing, treasure hunting, and so much more!  Log on to your family account at to register. Non 4-H members are welcome to attend; contact the Extension Office to register!

Camp Flyer

Registration Instructions

Chicken Pick Up and Pullorum Testing

Market Chicken Pick-up is Wednesday, May 23, from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the 4-H Hall Kitchen on the Clermont County Fairgrounds (1000 Locust St, Owensville).  Please make sure you bring a box with a lid to transport your chickens and have food and water at home to feed your chickens.

Pullorum Testing is Saturday, June 2 and 16, from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. in the Poultry Barn.  Exhibition and breeding chickens only; no turkeys, ducks or geese.  Market Chickens do not have to be Pullorum Tested unless they are co-mingled with other poultry.

Free, Online Data and Tools for the Agricultural Community

Interested in making better use of free, online data tools? Take a peek at the new factsheet with a list of some sources and how they might be used

Today’s agricultural community relies on data and tools to help support decision making at the field level. Data-driven insights help agronomists and farmers to predict what is coming, and decide how to act upon this information more effectively, which can improve on-farm decision making and execution. By integrating a farmer’s experience with data collected via cutting-edge technologies, such as drones, satellites, GPS, and high-tech sensors, decisions can be more focused (i.e., field-specific), quicker, smarter and simpler. Data and tools can help locate areas of a field suffering from stress earlier than the human eye, and can provide recommendations to boost crop yields while minimizing environmental footprints. Hence, comprehensive databases that are easily accessible are essential to the agricultural community (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Data and tools for sustainable agricultural practices.

See the rest of the factsheet at the link provided above. 

2018 Stink bug monitoring project in Ohio

OSU Extension, Clermont County is participating in this statewide research project.

Project objective: Determine the current distribution and relative
abundance of the brown marmorated stink bug on farm sites around

Background: the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive
species that is native to Asia. It was first detected in the USA in
Pennsylvania in 2001. From there, it has spread throughout the mid-
Atlantic region where it has caused significant crop injury. It is also a
nuisance pest when it invades homes and buildings in the autumn in its search for a protected place to overwinter. It is now found in 43 States in the USA, and it has also become a pest in several European countries.

Status of BMSB in Ohio: The first detection of BMSB in Ohio was in 2007 in Columbus. Within the next few years, infestations were reported
from Youngstown and Cincinnati. As of the end of 2017, we have confirmed reports of its presence in 50 of Ohio’s 88 counties, although the
infestations in many of these counties are still quite light, without significant damage to crops.

Crop damage: BMSB causes injury by sucking sap from fruits and stems. Host plants include peaches, apples, bell peppers, eggplant, swiss chard, sweet corn, field corn, soybeans, and a variety of other vegetable and fruit crops. It also feeds on landscape trees such as catalpa, redbud, tree of
heaven, Japanese tree lilac, Japanese pagoda tree, and maples.

Monitoring by traps: To detect the presence of BMSB, we have had some traps deployed at sites around Ohio every year since 2011, but the trap type has changed from year to year. In 2011-2013, the lure that was available was not very effective, especially in early summer. In 2014, an improved
lure became available, then in 2015 a greatly improved lure became available. The trap in which the lure is placed has also changed several times, but is now a clear sticky panel attached to a wood post.

Nation-wide monitoring program: Ohio is one of 15 States that is involved in a USDA-funded research and extension project focused on better understanding and managing this new stink bug on specialty crops, starting in 2017. Part of this project is devoted to monitoring stink bug
populations by a standardized type of trap, at many sites representing various ecoregions across the USA.

Plans for Ohio, 2018: We have had traps deployed at 15-25 sites around Ohio for each of the past few years but have had geographic gaps in coverage. In 2018, we contacted Extension Educators in counties where we had not yet deployed traps, to determine whether they would be willing to set up and check traps in 2018. We are pleased that 23 new cooperators have agreed to join this trapping project. The cooperators will check traps and post the number of stink bugs caught every one or two weeks on a website that is available to view by anyone with the link.

For questions, contact Gigi Neal, OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources for Clermont County at 513-732-7070 or

Clermont County Extension participates in Kudzu Bug Research

Photo taken October 2015 in Clermont County. G. Neal.

We do have the plant in Clermont County so Gigi Neal, OSU Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources is participating in a kudzu bug research project this summer. Let’s hope that the trapping continues to follow previous years – zero found!

For more information on the research findings click here.

For more information on the kudzu plant and bug click here.

Photo taken at same location in May 2018. This is a picture of the sticky trap in front of the kudzu plant, large foliar leaves similar to soybeans.  G. Neal
This is the  insect we are hoping not to find but are on the lookout.  Kudzu bug. Image by Flickr user CharlesLam

Fruits and Veggies visit Clermont County Senior Center

On Wednesday, May 16, the Fruit and Veggie crew from the SNAP-Ed office visited the Clermont County Senior Services in Batavia, OH.  The seniors were serenaded with a song and dance all about fruits and veggies!  Everyone had a great time!

Thank you Clermont County Senior Services for having us join in on your afternoon!