Adams County Junior Fair Market Beef Tag-in

4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2022 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds by the Adams County Fair Board on Saturday morning, January 15, beginning at 8:30 a.m. All animals must be on the fairgrounds and in line no later than 10:00 a.m. Animals being identified for the Adams County Fair will be tagged, weighed, and tattooed. Animals being tagged as Adams County Born and Raised show entries will receive a special ear tag. No Born and Raised entries will be accepted after tag-in.

Youth may identify and exhibit as many as three market beef animals – steers or market heifers – for the Adams County Fair. Each market beef exhibitor will be required to designate at least one animal in his/her name and a family can tag an additional two animals of that species per Junior Fair member as “family” animals. Each exhibitor will have access to no more than three total animals in that species, including “family” animals. State Fair steers and heifers cannot be registered as a family animal. Family is defined as junior fair eligible youth who are legally siblings, half-siblings or step-siblings.

Ohio State Fair: The Ohio State Fair (OSF) Beef Department is once again using EID ear tag and DNA sample protocols for identifying market beef animals for the 2022 State Fair, tentatively set for July 27 through August 7. These protocols include the use of an electronic identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2022 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that must be received by the OSF by January 15, 2022 to meet the state fair ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet.

Due to tag-in being the same day DNA packets are due to OSF, the Adams County Junior Fair Board will not be inserting EID tags at tag-in. No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags are available at the Extension Office, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal must be tagged with the EID tag prior to January 15. The owner will be responsible for tagging the animal, collecting the DNA sample (instructions provided), completing the requested registration information on the packet, having the entry signed by an FFA advisor (for FFA entries) or the Extension Educator (for 4-H entries), and submitting their completed packet to the OSF by the January 15 deadline.

For more information regarding the Adams County Fair market beef tag-in on January 15, contact OSU Extension Adams County at 937-544-2339. For more information about the Ohio State Fair market beef nomination process visit the State Fair website at


Adams County 4-H Enrollment is OPEN!

4-H Enrollment is OPEN! Visit to enroll today. Find step by step enrollment instructions at…/more-about-4-h/become-member.

If you are a returning family, please be sure to use your existing profile and do not create a new family.  Project guides will be mailed to the home address on file at the Extension office for returning families or you can check out projects at Project Central. It appears 4-H Online version 2.0 will currently not allow families to add projects after submission so you’ll want to add your projects prior to hitting submit. If you decide later, before enrollment closes, that you want to add or drop a project, you’ll need to reach out to the Extension Office to make those changes.

New families should contact the head advisor of the 4-H Club they plan to enroll in prior to completing the online enrollment. Verify that the advisor has your contact information, and you have meeting dates, times, and locations. Once you have contacted the advisor and chosen projects, you will visit to set up your new family profile and complete enrollment.

All members and volunteers need to re-enroll each year to remain active in Adams County 4-H. If you have questions or need assistance with the enrollment process, feel free to call the office at 937-544-2339.

Back on Track Volunteer Training

After two years of chaos we are going to get Back on Track in 2022! 4-H programming during Covid-19 has presented many challenges and our volunteers, families, and members have done a terrific job of adjusting to make the best of the situation. Much needed flexibility and grace have been the name of the game for two long years. As we look forward to a more normal 4-H year, we will be getting Back on Track, back to the basics to make 4-H programming meaningful, experience based, and most importantly FUN!

Join us on Thursday, November 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Ohio Valley Career & Technical Center for Back on Track Volunteer Training for all returning 4-H Volunteers.  This training will include a program overview and updates, breakout sessions, and Policy 1.50 training, meeting all training requirements for the 2021-22 4-H program year.  We will also distribute club packets, recognize our Achievement Award winners, Honor Clubs, and announce Club Scrapbook awards.

In order to ensure that we have enough materials and supplies available, please register at no later than Monday, November 15.

Not a 4-H Volunteer yet but interested in becoming one?  Visit to complete your application.  New volunteers are welcome to attend Back on Track but must complete a New 4-H Volunteer orientation.

Questions?  Email Kristy at or call the office at 937-544-2339.