Chicken Pick Up

chicken close up

Market Chicken Pick-up is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 22, 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 them.

The Poultry Clinic and Quality Assurance will take place Thursday, May 23, from 5:00pm-7:00pm.

Here’s your last chance – Quality Assurance & Horse Safety & Ethics

If you have not completed QA already this year, here is your last chance in Clermont. If not, you must attend one in the state of Ohio by June 1 and return your documentation to OSU Extension Clermont County.

Quality Assurance

Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm in the 4-H Hall  This will qualify any livestock species except horse. 

Thursday, May 23 at 5:00pm in the 4-H Hall  This will be a poultry specific clinic with QA geared toward poultry. It will qualify any livestock species but horse. 

Horse Safety & Ethics (MUST be taken by ALL FIRST YEAR horse exhibitors)

Saturday, May 18 at 4:30pm in the 4-H Hall Kitchen

Thursday, May 23 at 5:00pm in the 4-H Hall Kitchen



Am I Ready for Work?

What a great day visiting Mrs. Sandker’s class at Bethel High School for their 4-H project judging.  Kelly and Brandy visited the Empower Youth High School group and judged their “Am I Ready For Work” projects.  All the students did a fantastic job! They made great first impressions, demonstrated strong interview skills and put their best foot forward.

They are gearing up for their next project “How Does Your Garden Grow”.  The spinach and onions they planted will be ready to eat soon!



Spring 2019 — Lawn Conditions & Update

From Joseph Rimelspach & Todd Hicks / The Ohio State University – Dept. of Plant Pathology

Many lawns are coming out of winter in poor condition. A number of different factors are involved. The thin or dead turf will pose challenges this season especially with achieving acceptable weed control. The following are some observations seen in Ohio this spring.

Much of the damage seems to be associated with the very wet conditions last fall and winter followed by extensive “heaving” of the turf plants. Frost heaving occurs when wide temperature fluctuations, with repeated cycles of freezing and thawing, cause the water in the soil to expand and contract. This can cause the plant crowns to become elevated. If roots are exposed to cold temperatures and drying winds there can be decline or death of the plants. Lawns with this condition may benefit from light rolling. If there are large bare areas seeding and renovation may be helpful.

Areas in shady lawns seem to be the worst. In some samples/lawns the grass affected was Poa trivialis (rough bluegrass) this is a shallow rooted turfgrass and often found in shaded sites. This grass would peel back or is loose and not rooted.

In other cases there is bear soil exposed, with no grass present. One main cause was damage to the lawn last summer and fall from disease(s). One particular disease that was epidemic last year throughout Ohio was Gray Leaf Spot, caused by the fungus (Magnaporthe oryzae). This disease kills perennial ryegrass. Where the disease was active last summer and fall the grass was completely killed and decayed and left bear areas in lawns.

The sudden shift from hot summer weather on October 10, 2018 to wet cold conditions the rest of the fall, did not allow for successful seeding and renovation of lawns or lawn recovery from the intense and stressful summer. The majority of lawns in Ohio are composed of cool-season grasses (bluegrass, ryegrass, fine fescue and tall fescue) these grow best in mild autumn and spring weather. Since the weather quickly changed from being too hot to grow these grasses to too cold, there was little time for the cool-season grasses to recover and fill in before winter.
Winter conditions caused many Kentucky bluegrasses to have severe browning of the leaves. In most cases the crowns of the Kentucky bluegrass are alive and will grow with more consistent warmer temperatures.

If there are parts of the lawn with bare soil the question is what to do? If there is Kentucky bluegrass surrounding thin or bear areas, the spots can fill in over-time especially with a sound fertility program. If there is no Kentucky bluegrass or the areas are large, renovation will be needed. Spring however is not the ideal time to do seeding. If seeding is done there may be poor germination and weak establishment of the desired grass. At the same time weeds quickly germinate and are often a major problem. So this may be a challenging year! Much depends on the weather and if there is a long mild spring for the cool-season grass to fill in and develop a deep root system before the heat and stress of summer.

Hopefully this helps explain some of what we are seeing in lawns at this time.

Thin weak lawn this spring in the Dayton area.

Clermont County Quality Assurance

Thanks to all those who attended Horse Safety and Ethics and Quality Assurance Trainings over the past week.  We have one remaining Quality Assurance Training opportunity in Clermont County on Thursday, May 23, at the Poultry Clinic from 5-7pm.

4-H and FFA members who are planning to exhibit a food quality animal for the 2019 Clermont County Fair must participate in a Quality Assurance Training by June 1st.

The poultry clinic will be open to all exhibitors.  Anyone can attend the poultry clinic and receive credit for quality assurance, regardless of project.  However, the activities will be geared toward poultry.

Register TODAY for the 4-H Cloverbot Challenge

The 4-H Cloverbot Challenge is a statewide event designed just for our youngest 4-H’ers. Teams work together to research a topic, build a model out of interlocking bricks and create a poster highlighting their experience. On June 29, the teams will come together at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center to share their work, visit with one another, participate in kid-friendly activities, and celebrate their efforts with a closing celebration and award ceremony.

Register your Cloverbot team by May 1.  Teams may have a minimum of two members, but no more than eight, and are coached by an adult team leader. Details and registration information can be found at

Questions? Contact Beth Boomershine at or Sally McClaskey at

In search of the 2019 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador

Changes are in the Air! In 2019, this program will referred to as the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador Program, the person selected will serve as an ambassador for the industry throughout their year of reign at numerous promotional events and activities around the state.

Selection takes place at the Ohio State Fair. Contestants will attend an interview and answer an impromptu question from a panel of judges at the conclusion of the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals lead competition. The selection of the ambassador is based on personality, presentation, poise and knowledge of the Ohio Sheep, Lamb and Wool industry.

Please note: this contest has been opened up to both male and female contestants.

Contestants are encouraged to participate in the Ohio State Fair Guys and Gals Lead competition and we encourage all youth between the ages of 17-22 who are involved in the industry to consider applying for this position. This is a tremendous opportunity to build a wealth of knowledge of the Ohio sheep, lamb and wool industry, expand communication skills, and network within Ohio agriculture.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for the 2019-2020 Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador, please download the application by visiting . All applications must be postmarked to the Ohio State Fair by June 20, 2019.

If you would like more information on the Ohio Lamb and Wool Ambassador contest or would like the 2018-19 Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen Kait Stillion to make an appearance at your local event, please contact Kristin Reese at 614-582-3208 or localfarmmom@gmail.

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Expand Your Family’s Horizons by Hosting a Japanese Youth This Summer!

4-H Families:

Looking for some new fun and excitement this summer? Host a boy or girl from Japan in your home for 3½ weeks! (July 24 to Aug. 18) The Ohio 4-H International Program is offering hosting opportunities to families who have boys or girls aged 10-15, and Japanese youth on the other side of the world are anxiously waiting to learn who their new family might be! The focus is on everyday family life. Special trips and activities are not required. Medical insurance is provided.

What’s Involved with Hosting?

Learn more about Hosting

Host Family Frequently-Asked-Questions

Who are the Japanese Youth? Scroll below for a representative list of youth needing host families (these are not actual youth coming in 2019). They have a wide variety of interests!

What are some ideas for the Homestay? Hosting is Easy and Fun!

Click here for more information!

How to Apply: Visit Application Form to complete an application which includes references, background check and in-home interview.

Contact: If interested, please act soon! We are making host family assignments as soon as possible. Please reply to this email (Mary Lynn Thalheimer at

Deadline: Applications are accepted until all youth are placed. The earlier the better, but please contact us regardless of when you receive this email.

(Please share this message with others who may be interested in this exciting summer program.)


Representative List of Japanese BOYS

Boy – age 12. Likes sports, soccer, running, kendo (Japanese fencing), camping, swimming, tennis, cooking, music and piano. Describes himself as curious, sensitive, cheerful, patient, talkative, sociable, tolerant, and diligent and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: science and P.E. “I hope to have several siblings. I want to play soccer with my host brother and his friends.”

Boy – age 13. Likes handicrafts (especially wood-working), cooking (making sweets), soccer, swimming, camping, music, singing and traveling. Describes himself as tidy, curious, sensitive, sociable and laughs a lot. Favorite subjects: math science, music, technique and homemaking. “My goal for the homestay is communication with my host family, and helping them and cooking for them.”

Boy – age 14. Likes sports, camping, swimming, fishing, skiing, ping-pong, comics and animation. Describes himself as sociable, diligent, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: Social Sciences. “It’s nice to meet you! Let’s have fun together!”

Representative List of Japanese GIRLS:

Girl – age 12. Likes sports, camping, swimming, volleyball, playing with friends, cooking, singing, music, piano and dancing.  Describes herself as sociable, cheerful, talkative and laughs a lot. Favorite subject: P.E. “I’d like to teach Japanese cooking and learn American cooking. I’d like to see big American nature and the horizon. I’d like to experience horse-riding.”

Girl – age 13. Likes astronomical observations and taking photos of the sky. Also loves music (especially Disney!), camping, swimming, photography and clarinet. Describes herself as tidy, sociable and talkative. Favorite subject: science. “My goals are to never forget to say thank you, to smile, and to be a broad-minded person.”

Girl – age 14. Likes animals very much, especially big animals such as horses, cows and pigs. Also enjoys swimming, camping, singing and reading. Describes herself as tolerant, curious and sociable. Favorite subject: Japanese.  “I want to have friends in another country. I want to take care of many animals!”

Learn about other cultures without leaving home through Ohio 4-H!

Drug Abuse Prevention Toolkit Training

Join OSU Extension Clermont County and Coalition for a Drug-Free Clermont County for Generation Rx Drug Abuse Prevention Training. The event will be held Tuesday, April 30, beginning at 5:30pm at the Clermont County Fair Grounds.  Admission is FREE and includes dinner, but reservations are required.  RSVP to Mary Wolff at or 513-735-8143.

The mission of Generation Rx is to educate people of all ages about the potential dangers of misusing prescription medications. In doing so, we strive to enhance medication safety among our youth, college students, other adults in our communities, and seniors. Prescription medications can help us live longer and healthier lives, but any medication has the potential to do harm – especially when misused.


If you exhibit at the Ohio State Fair and meet the scholarship eligibility requirements, don’t miss out on this scholarship opportunity!

In an effort to recognize outstanding Ohio youth and to help those interested in furthering their education, the Ohio Expositions Commission has established a scholarship program. The purpose of these scholarships is to assist high school juniors and seniors (2018-2019) and graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in an undergraduate course of study in any field.

Available scholarships include seven Endowment Fund scholarships; (3) Jr. Fair Beef Cattle, (3) Jr. Fair Swine, and (3) Jr. Fair Sheep Exhibitor scholarships, (2) Jr. Fair Poultry, (2) Jr. Fair Dairy Cattle Exhibitor and (2) Jr. Fair Horse Exhibitor scholarships; (1) Jr. Fair Dairy Goat, (1) Jr. Fair Boer Goat, (1) Jr. Fair Rabbit, and (1) Jr. Fair Dog Exhibitor scholarship; and (3) Jr. Fair Exhibits & Activities scholarships. All of the scholarships offered are $1,000 each, except for the Governor James A. Rhodes Junior Fair Endowment Fund Scholarship which is $1,500.

Scholarships will be awarded to junior exhibitors during the Ohio State Fair. Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation, and financial need. Completed applications must be postmarked by April 15, 2019.

Scholarship information and the application can be found at