Goat Webinar Series

The Ohio State University Extension Small Ruminants Team is hosting a 6-part All About Goats! spring webinar series. This webinar series is going to answer producers burning questions concerning their own herd and help new producers start their herds. Whether you are thinking about raising Dairy or Meat goats- this webinar is for you! All youth livestock exhibitors are encouraged to attend. Registration is required and can be completed by visiting go.osu.edu/allaboutgoats

Click the flyer below for more information!

Goat Webinar Flyer


State Poultry Clinic

Here is some information regarding the 2024 poultry clinic!

Topics covered: poultry nutrition, slaughter, quality assurance, biosecurity and more! See graphic for more details!

Cloverbud Resources

Calling all Cloverbud Volunteers!


Here are some helpful resources for you to help plan your meetings with the cloverbuds this year!

Cloverbud Meeting Menu

Ohio 4-H Professionals have created the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Meeting Menu for volunteers to use with Cloverbud Club members at your meetings. The Menu is a tool to help you serve up an exciting year of Cloverbud meetings. You can choose from a selection of components to engage your 4-H Cloverbuds.  You will find a variety of activities, games and snacks all based around a yearly theme. The theme this year is Going WILD with Ohio 4-H Cloverbuds. u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/cloverbud-meeting-menu/


Cloverbud Engineering Adventure

The Cloverbud Engineering Adventure gives Cloverbuds the opportunity to work cooperatively in teams to problem-solve using STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) skills. A new theme is selected each year and teams research a topic, build a working model of their solution to the adventure challenge and create a poster to illustrate their findings. Teams present their models and findings to a team of reviewers, learn about other Cloverbud projects, participate in age-appropriate STEM activities, and are recognized during a closing celebration.


This year’s theme is Going WILD! Whether imagining the jungles of Southeast Asia, learning about the natural wonders of United States National Parks or exploring nature in their own backyard, this year’s Cloverbud Engineering Adventure will get Cloverbuds thinking about the world we live in. Cloverbuds will explore the idea of habitats and what habitats provide for the animals and plants that live there. They will have opportunities for discovery, creativity and problem solving as they explore habitats that are around them or learn about ones that are in other parts of the world. For more information on the Cloverbud Engineering Adventure and to register, please visit u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/engineering-adventure/


Cloverbud Connections Blog

Looking for new ideas and programming tools for your 4-H Cloverbuds? Check out this blog! You can subscribe to the site and receive an email when new posts are added. The site is searchable by key words and topic to help readers find content. The blog provides a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers teaching kindergarten through second grade youth. u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/

Older Youth Effectiveness Survey

Calling all older youth!!

If you have participated in any of the following: Junior leaders, camp counselors, junior fair board, older youth in training, and CARTEENS please fill out this survey!!

This survey will let us know the effectiveness of our older youth programs!!

If you have recently aged out of the program please fill out this survey as well! All responses will help better out programs!


Club advisors;

Please distribute this to any older youth in your clubs including aged out youth!!


Plowboy Prom



Here is an event coming up for anyone interested in attending!

The Plowboy Prom is set for March 9 from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio 4-H Center. This event takes place in the evening after the Ohio 4-H Conference. For those of you unfamiliar with Plowboy, it is an evening of games, dancing, food and fun. It’s a long-standing tradition hosted by Collegiate 4-H for all ages – current 4-H members, alumni and students. This year you can break out your 80’s gear and disco the night away.

New Volunteer Applications for 2024

The deadline of January 31st is quickly approaching. If you or anyone you know is interested in an opportunity to volunteer for Morgan County 4-H get those applications in!


Do you know anyone interested in becoming a volunteer for 4-H? The application to become a new volunteer in 2024 for Morgan County is now available as a printable document or an online survey.

This application is the first step in the process of being selected to serve in this role. Here is the online application. https://go.osu.edu/newvolunteermoco2024

To receive a printable document of the application please call the office at (740)962-4854.

Trainings and interviews take place in early February, so the deadline to turn in your application is by January 31st.

Cloverbud STEM Day December Wrap-Up

We had our last STEM day of the year yesterday. The theme was “Winter Wonderland” The kids had a great time!

They got to make paper snowflakes while learning about snowflakes, also they made ornaments and learned about different clouds, weather and snow, they also learned about squirrel winter habits and what caching means.

We played games and Snowman Relay which were a great hit!


For snack they made little snowmen.


Thank you all for a great year for our cloverbuds! We hope to have a great year for STEM days next year as well!

HPAI Update

The recent HPAI outbreak in multiple counties in Ohio has resulted in over 4 million birds being affected and prompted a lot of questions.

Timothy McDermott DVM Assistant Professor, Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources, Franklin County

will be hosting a webinar on Tuesday December 19th @ 6pm in collaboration with the USDA Incident Response Team to try to get as much information  as well as provide an opportunity to learn more about the outbreak and how it is affecting both the Ohio poultry industry and the backyard/4-H poultry communities.  This is a great opportunity to ask questions and see what educational support is available.

Here is the list of topics to be discussed:
  • Biosecurity basics
  • Symptoms and signs of HPAI in poultry
  • Control Area – what is it and what does it mean for backyard farms?
  • Surveillance Zone – what is it and what does it mean for backyard farms?
  • How long does a quarantine last?
  • What is the status of the incident?
  • What can you do if you have questions?
  • Q&A
Here are the webinar details:  
Hi there,
You are invited to a CarmenZoom webinar.
When: Dec 19, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Ohio Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Update
Please click the link below to join the webinar:

HPAI Concern

HPAI Detected in Commercial Flock in Union County, Ohio

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been detected in a commercial layer flock in Union County, Ohio. The non-negative result was confirmed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS). The samples were first tested at the Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed at the APHIS National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa.

HPAI is a highly contagious virus that spreads quickly and can be fatal to flocks and devastating to poultry owners, both commercial and non-commercial. HPAI can infect poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, pheasants, quail, domestic ducks, geese, and guinea fowl) and is carried by free flying waterfowl such as ducks, geese, and shorebirds.

New detections continue to be confirmed this fall in both backyard and commercial cases around the country. This is the first detection in Ohio for 2023. Visit USDA’s Confirmed Detections website to stay up to date on all HPAI confirmed cases.

State officials quarantined the affected premise, and birds on the property will be depopulated to prevent the spread of the disease. Federal and State partners are working jointly on additional surveillance and testing in areas around the affected flocks. Surveillance activities will be conducted in a 20-kilometer zone around the infected premises.

The recent HPAI detection does not present an immediate public health concern, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. No human cases have been detected in the United States. According to USDA, HPAI cannot be transmitted through properly cooked meats or eggs. Products from any HPAI-affected flocks are prohibited from entering the food system. As a reminder, the proper handling and cooking of all poultry and eggs to an internal temperature of 165 ˚F is recommended as a general food safety precaution.


Keep you and your flock safe, please see the trifold for more information!

Avian Influenza Trifold Avian-Influenza-Trifold (1)

Cloverbud STEM Day December 2023

The registration for our last Cloverbud STEM day is now live! Secure your cloverbud’s spot now!
Cloverbuds explore a variety of topics related to health, environment, community, and STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). The Cloverbud program provides an excellent opportunity for each individual to reach his/her highest potential because early life experiences affect future development. Cloverbud STEM day includes activities led by older youth in the county. The last program is December 20th from 1pm-3pm at the Riecker Building Community Room . The theme for this Cloverbud STEM Day is “Winter Wonderland” which includes all things related to the Winter season. There is a $5 per participant fee for materials and payments are accepted up until the day of the event (cash/check). Space is limited to 30 participants due to our low numbers of older youth. Make sure to complete your registration by December 11th to allow enough time for staff and activity leaders to prepare and gather supplies.
Please send water  and a winter coat with your kids to this event!

Registration Link:https://go.osu.edu/decstemday