Beekeeper Scholarship Available!

A new year means new BEEginnings!
The Adams County Farm Bureau and Adams County Beekeepers Association, is starting off the new year by offering the The Youth Beginner Beekeeping Scholarship!
This Scholarship is not a monetary scholarship for future education. This Scholarship is an investment in our youth to further educate them in the importance of beekeeping and to provide an opportunity for them to experience responsibility!

The award for this Scholarship is:
-A one year membership in the Adams County Beekeepers Association
-A beginning beekeeper guidebook
-A set of woodenware for a beehive
-A nuc (aka nucleus) or package of bees for the hive
-Beekeeping gear: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, and bee smoker
-Mentoring by an Adams County Beekeepers Association member
In order to be eligible for the Scholarship:
-Must be NEW to beekeeping and a resident of Adams County
-Currently be enrolled in public, private, or home school and be in grades 7 through 12
-Have permission and agreement from parent or guardian
The application which you can find at under the tab ‘Beekeeper Info’ must be submitted by no later than 4:00 pm on MONDAY, FEBUARY 28, 2022 at the Adams SWCD office in West Union. The application can also be emailed to All of this information is included on the application!
So get your application in and start the year with learning how to BEE a part of the movement to conserve the environment and save the BEE’s!

4-H Scholarship Opportunities

The Adams County 4-H Scholarship and Chad Downing Memorial Scholarship application is now available!

Applicants must be high school seniors with a minimum 2.5 gpa that have been enrolled in 4-H for at least four years, including the current and immediate past year. A completed application, current high school transcript including gpa, and a letter of reference from an Adams County 4-H volunteer that is not a relative are required to apply.

The number of 4-H scholarships vary each year depending on the success of the annual fundraiser and range from $500 – $1,000. Five Chad Downing Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $500 and two $1,000 Burley Growers scholarships will be awarded. Scholarships are paid upon proof of completion of the first semester or quarter of post-secondary education or training following high school graduation. Adams County 4-H Scholarship deadline is Friday, February 25 by 4 p.m.

Ohio 4-H scholarships are due February 15. You can apply online at…/4-h-scholarships.


Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year Matthew Swearingen

Congratulations to Adams County 4-Her Matthew Swearingen on being named Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year!
Each year Ohio 4-H honors one teen that has had outstanding accomplishments in performance, dedication, and passion in the 4-H program. Matthew is a member of the Bentonville Buckeyes 4-H Club, Adams County Junior Leaders, Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee, and Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council. He is a 4-H Camp Counselor, the Adams County Junior Fair King, member of the Ohio State Junior Fair Board and serves in many 4-H leadership roles at the state and national level. We are so proud to have Matthew representing Adams County as the Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year!

Virtual Livestock Judging Opportunity

How would you like to participate in a judging contest from your phone? Introducing the first-ever Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Contest!
The rules are simple:
  • -It is 100% FREE
  • -Participate each week before results are posted
  • -The contest is open to all ages
  • -Check back at the end of the week for results
  • -The contest will run through early July
Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:
  • -Novice (0-7)
  • -Junior (8-11)
  • -Intermediate (12-14)
  • -Senior (15-18)
  • -Advanced (19+)
Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!
This is a practice week (results will not be recorded)
Click the link below to participate:

Avian Influenza Update

Update on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza from Dr. Timothy McDermott, DVM

  • Highly Pathogenic Eurasian H5 avian influenza was recently found in wild birds in South & North Carolina.
  • The species it was discovered in are migratory waterfowl.
  • Because migratory waterfowl in South and North Carolina or birds they encounter migrate through Ohio, precautions should be taken to prevent the potential exposure of both the commercial poultry industry and backyard poultry community birds to high path avian influenza.
  • Biosecurity for backyard poultry includes preventing wild birds from mingling with the flock. Preventative measures include ensuring your domestic birds cannot access areas migrating birds may visit, such as ponds, puddles, other open water sources, pastures, fields, etc. Prevent interaction with other wild birds in your flock using fencing or bird netting. The aim is to keep your domestic birds from encountering migratory waterfowl.
  • The Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) will test for high path avian influenza in birds suspected of being infected. They would like necropsy specimens submitted via a vet.
  • If you get a call from clients regarding sick birds, CLICK HERE for a list of vets who see poultry in Ohio.
  • Source new birds from reputable sources such as an NPIP approved hatchery.
  • Hunters play an important role in biosecurity. CLICK HERE for biosecurity tips for hunters.
  • USDA APHIS issued the following update on this topic on 1/18/2022:

WASHINGTON, January 18, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed two additional findings of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in wild birds – one in Colleton County, South Carolina and one in Hyde County, North Carolina.  These finds follow confirmation on January 14, 2022 of HPAI in a wild bird in Colleton County, South Carolina. All three findings are H5N1 HPAI.

These findings are not unexpected, as wild birds can be infected with HPAI and show no signs of illness. They can carry the disease to new areas when migrating. APHIS anticipates additional wild bird findings as our robust wild bird sampling program continues into the spring.

APHIS will post these and all future wild bird findings on its website on a weekly basis. Stakeholders should check the website on a routine basis, as no future stakeholder announcements are planned for wild bird findings.

Since wild birds can be infected with these viruses without appearing sick, people should minimize direct contact with wild birds by using gloves. If contact occurs, wash your hands with soap and water, and change clothing before having any contact with healthy domestic poultry and birds. Hunters should dress game birds in the field whenever possible and practice good biosecurity to prevent any potential disease spread. Biosecurity information is available at:

Given these additional findings, anyone involved with poultry – commercial or backyard flocks alike – should review their biosecurity plan and enhance their biosecurity practices to assure the health of their birds. APHIS has materials about biosecurity, including videos, checklists, and a toolkit available for producers on our website.

In addition to practicing good biosecurity, all bird owners should prevent contact between their birds and wild birds and report sick birds or unusual bird deaths to State/Federal officials, either through their state veterinarian or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593. Additional information on biosecurity for backyard flocks can be found at


2022 4-H KICK OFF Open House

Check out what 4-H has for you at the 2022 KICK OFF open house on Saturday, January 15, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds Administration Building. Project displays, clubs, youth members, and volunteers will be present to help you find your SPARK in Adams County 4-H. New and returning 4-H families invited to attend!

Adams County Junior Fair Market Beef Tag In January 15

Adams County Junior Fair will hold their annual Market Beef Tag In on Saturday, January 15, 8:30 – 10 a.m. at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

All market beef (steers and heifers) to be exhibited at the 2022 Adams County Fair will be tagged and weighed. Livestock must be in line by 10 a.m.

Adams County Born and Raised market beef will be designated and tagged a different color.

4-H Volunteer Training Dates

All 4-H Volunteers are required to attend an annual training to maintain their volunteer status. If you attended the Volunteer Conference in November you have completed the requirement for 2022.

Our next scheduled dates are:
*Tuesday, Jan 25 at 6:30 p.m. at the fairgrounds RSVP at Please RSVP by January 24.
*Wednesday, Jan 26 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom RSVP at Please RSVP by January 24.
*New Volunteers must attend New 4-H Volunteer orientation scheduled for February 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Annex Conference Room.

Camp Counselor Applications Due February 1

Apply to be a Camp Counselor at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp in 2022!

4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers ages 8-18 during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the county 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.

Roles and Responsibilities of 4-H Camp Counselors include:

  • Attend required trainings prior to camp including Counselor College on March 19 & 20 at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp
  • Market and promote camp
  • Serve in a leadership and teaching role to other counselors
  • Serve on committees or other groups to plan programs at camp
  • Promote camper participation during camp
  • Lead and supervise campers in activities at camp including but not limited to songs, teambuilding challenges, group activities, challenges, etc.
  • Mentor and give guidance to campers to encourage positive youth development and enhancement of life skills.


  • Must be at least 14 years old as of January 1st. Pending the age of campers this may vary by camp and be older.
  • Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed.
  • Must complete a minimum of 24 hours of training. (2 of these hours must be on-sight for first time counselors).
  • Must complete Child Abuse Awareness training.
  • Must Sign Standards of Behaviors, complete the Code of Conduct form, and have a current Ohio 4-H Health History form on file.
  • First time applicants must provide two references.
  • If the individual is 18+ year old at least two months prior to camp, the individual must have their background check conducted.

Apply online at by February 1l, 2022. For questions, contact Kristy at or call the Extension office at 937-544-2339.