Buckeye Next

All families should have gotten an email regarding Buckeye Next!


So what is Buckeye Next? It is an app desgined for older youth to prepare them for career’s and life after highschool!

BuckeyeNext comprises activities, events, and project-specific opportunities available through Ohio 4-H. Each activity is associated with points, badges, and levels.

Participants receive points for completing an activity. The standings are updated on a leaderboard where they can compete with their peers.

Achievement Badges
To complete activities, participants can earn achievement badges in various categories. Badges exist for levels, competencies, events, programs, and more.


To learn more check out this website:


State Fair Registration

Are you planning on taking livestock to the state fair?


The deadline to enter livestock  for State Fair exhibitions is 1 p.m. on June 21, 2024, with the exception of the Junior Horse Show, which closes at 1 p.m. on July 1, 2024.

Please see the Ohio State Fair website for all information needed!


Upcoming Teen Opportunity

Do you have any, 13-18 as of Jan 1st, teens interested in getting a short-term experience at the state level as a 4-H Event Youth Assistant?



  • What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)
  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to OSF, and evaluation. Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2024.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training – Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 18)
      • Please note: individuals MUST attend one of the training options. This is not negotiable. If you know you are unable to attend a training option before applying, it is best to wait another year before applying to serve in this capacity.
    • Events – Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person (paid at go.osu.edu/4HEYA25);
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program

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.

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!

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Older Youth Oppourtunities 2024

Older youth letters to be mailed out soon. This opportunity allows you to learn about scholarships, awards, workforce and life skills, and other leadership opportunities beyond the county level. Explore your leadership skills and build a strong foundation to stand on once you become a caring and contributing citizen in society. Even if you are unsure, we encourage you to complete the application; you can always reconsider.

Older youth applications are due by November 20th

Click the link below to visit our website at http://morgan.osu.edu to learn more about each older youth opportunity. Possible groups for you to be a part of are Junior Leaders, Junior Fair Board, 4-H Committee, Sale Committee, and CARTEENS.

Application available at https://go.osu.edu/olderyouthmorgan2024

Tractor Supply Thank You Video



Thank you for all of your support of the bi-annual Paper Clover fundraising campaign at Tractor Supply. This spring, the campaign reached a major milestone – raising $20M for 4-H’ers since 2010.


As a thank you to Tractor Supply for their longstanding partnership and commitment to 4-H’ers across the country, we’d like to hear directly from YOU, the youth and adult mentors involved in 4-H.


We are asking you to submit a brief video to say thank you to the Tractor Supply associates and share a testimonial about how the funds raised through Tractor Supply create opportunities for young people.


Videos can feature an individual, or a group thank you. We will be compiling the clips into one video to share with Tractor Supply associates ahead of the Fall 2023 Paper Clover campaign.


Video Testimonial Instructions


Sample Script:

  • Introduce yourself – Name and where you are located.
  • Thank you, Tractor Supply, for your support of 4-H and the Paper Clover Campaign!
  • We use funds raised through Paper Clover to XXXXXX.

The video should be brief, about 15-30 seconds in length. The main message should be the thank you. And please, be yourself and try to have fun with it! (Try to use a conversational tone vs. reading from a script.)


Filming Tips:

  • No fancy equipment needed. You can film using your phone.
  • Keep the phone horizontal while filming. Ideally, use a tripod or rest the phone on a steady surface.
  • Make sure you are in a quiet place – limit the background noise as much as possible.
  • Try to set the phone up so that it’s approximately at eye-level with you. Ideally, your face and shoulders will fill most of the frame without too much blank space around you.
  • Try to make sure you have enough light on your face to be seen clearly. Try to avoid having lights or bright windows behind you as you film—this will create a silhouette effect in the video.

Deadline: August 18, 2023

How to Share your Video:  Please email all completed videos to creininger@fourhcouncil.edu

ACT SOON: Project Judging 2023

It is almost time for 4-H still project judging! Letters have been mailed with more information! 4-H Project Judging will take place on Wednesday, July 18, 2023 at the fairgrounds. Be sure to sign up for an appointment time using this link: https://go.osu.edu/mocoprojectjudging2023. The sign up link closes on Friday, July 11, 2023 at 11pm.

IF taking more than 4 projects you may need to restart survey after logging the first 4 and signing up for other time slots as needed!

Clothing Judging will take place on Thursday, July 20th at the Opera House. Be sure to sign up for this using the same link.

Not sure what to bring to judging? Please check your project requirements we sent out earlier this year!


If you have any questions, please contact the OSU Extension office at 740-962-4854 or whisman.30@osu.edu


All Livestock Exhibitors and families!

As most of you know who attended QA this year there was a new rule change regarding certain over the counter medications for livestock moving to prescription only.

Attached is a link to some helpful factsheets discussing this topic such as which products will be impacted, why the change is happening and how to be prepared!

I hope this is helpful to you all during this transition!