4-H and FFA market beef projects being raised for the 2021 Adams County Fair must be ear tagged and weighed at the fairgrounds on Saturday morning, January 9, 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 2021 State Fair, tentatively set for July 28 through August 8. 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 2021 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef show.
The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair follicle sample that will be submitted to the OSF by January 15, 2021 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.
No DNA samples will be collected by the Adams County Junior Fair Board. DNA packets with EID tags will be available at tag-in, and anyone wanting to identify an animal for OSF may request a packet. The OSF animal will be tagged with the EID tag, which will be also be used as its Adams County Fair tag. The owner will be responsible for 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 9, 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 http://www.ohiostatefair.com/.
Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation for this year’s Celebration of Youth event on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00. This year, for the first time, the virtual event is open to everyone free of charge. Participants will enjoy a program featuring many Ohio 4-H members and an online auction. Funds raised from Celebration of Youth support Ohio 4-H programming and operations to help engage youth across Ohio’s 88 counties. Please visit go.osu.edu/COY for event details, sponsorship information, and registration for the event.
Join us for countywide 4-H meetings via Zoom!
One Sunday a month October – March we will be hosting an Adams County 4-H meeting which will include pledges, program updates and a guest speaker geared toward career exploration. We have lined up a great list of professionals to share with you about their careers, the training or education required, how they got there and other opportunities within their organization.
Mark your calendars for 3 p.m. on:
Sunday, October 25 – Lieutenant Robert Hayslip, Ohio State Hwy Patrol Batavia Post Commander
Sunday, November 22 – Lauren Worley, P&G Global Newsroom Leader
Sunday, December 6 – Danielle Poe, Director of Behavioral Health, Adams County Health Dept.
Sunday, January 24 – TBA
Sunday, February 28 – TBA
Sunday, March 28 – Kathy Garza Behr, Wildlife Communications Specialist, Ohio Division of Wildlife
After the countywide meeting, clubs will have the option to use private breakout rooms to conduct their own club meeting. Advisors will receive more information about this opportunity via email.
Log in at https://go.osu.edu/adams4hcareers. All 4-H Members are invited and encouraged to attend!
Community service is an essential part of the 4-H Program. Club projects and individual community service fills a need in our community and allows our members to feel good about helping others. Teaching our youth to give back is an invaluable lesson. Many of our usual community service projects were put on hold in 2020, but clubs showed ingenuity and found new, creative ways to be of service.
A community service opportunity that all 4-H members can participate in is a card shower for our local nursing homes. Eagle Creek Nursing home has requested cards for their residents to help brighten their day. With over 600 4-H members in Adams County, I am sure we can shower all of our local nursing home residents. This is an easy, socially distanced, and much needed service. Cards can be homemade or bought and should include a positive message, inspiring quote, or other meaningful words from our members.
You can mail cards to any of these nursing homes and simply address them to Resident.
Eagle Creek Nursing Home
141 Spruce Lane
West Union, OH 45693
Adams County Manor
10856 State Rte 41
West Union, OH 45693
Monarch Meadows Nursing & Rehabilitation
299 Commerce Drive
Seaman, OH 45679
The Tractor Supply Paper Clover campaign runs from Oct. 7-18. Visit our West Union Tractor Supply to participate. Customers can purchase a paper clover at checkout and 90% of funds come back to Ohio counties to support scholarships for camp and leadership programs. To keep kids safe this fall, there will be no in-store promotions.
4-H Club Scrapbooks will be accepted in virtual formats for 2020! Scrapbooks are a fun way to gather and share your club’s accomplishments and memories for the year. They allow members to be creative, show their personalities, and celebrate their achievements. Each year the 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors a 4-H Club Scrapbook contest with cash awards going to the clubs with the top 3 scrapbooks.
This year we have decided to go virtual with scrapbooks! Your club can submit a PowerPoint, Prezi, Google Slides, or other virtual formatted collection of your favorite photos, memories, and designs. Be creative! Have members and families submit pictures and ideas, include snapshots taken by volunteers, or create your own unique design. Please be sure submissions are accessible and easy to view. Scrapbooks can be submitted at go.osu.edu/AdamsClubScrapbook. 4-H Club Scrapbooks are due October 31 and winners will be announced during our fall advisor training.
Traditional scrapbooks will also be accepted and should be submitted to the Extension office by 4 p.m. October 31.
Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders will meet via Zoom Meeting on Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m. You must pre-register to have Zoom access. Go to go.osu.edu/AdamsJuniorLeadersRSVP to register. Meeting link will be sent to the email provided during registration. The topic for this month will be Coping with COVID: Mental, Social, and Emotional Wellness for Teens. We will also have some fun and destress. Come hang out with us virtually!
Adams County youth in grades 7-12 are welcome to join Junior Leaders. Our focus is on developing leadership, citizenship, and community service, as well as providing wholesome and fun activities for teens. Follow our Facebook page at Adams County 4-H Junior Leaders for information about upcoming activities and events. For more information about joining Junior Leaders, contact advisor, Joy Young Bauman or 4-H Extension Educator, Kristy Watters.
Did you miss Summer Camp? We did! Because we missed exploring our natural world during camp we decided to offer Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp Exploration Kits. The kits are specifically designed for youth ages 8 to 11, but can be adapted for use with all ages.
There will be one kit per month October through December, each containing 3-4 activities per kit. The kits will include instructions and all supplies needed to complete the activities to go with that month’s theme. The themes are: October – Ohio Trees, November – Native American History, and December – Hunting Fossils. Each kit will be $20 and must be ordered by the 25th of the month preceding. An invoice will be sent to the email address provided.
We know many of you have been collecting plastic lids for our Going Green for Community Service project. COVID derailed our original intent to collect lids at club meetings, and clean and weigh them together. Then the company had a fire in their facility. We aren’t letting that stop us though! We have placed a green can outside our office door to collect plastic lids. Please be sure the lids are clean and dry before you drop them in the can. They will be stored until we are able to get together to process the lids according to Green Tree Plastics specifications.
Please be sure you are only saving plastic lids that are on the acceptable list seen here.
The Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee plays an important role in our 4-H Program. The Advisory Committee is charged with providing advice to the 4-H Professionals, helps assess the needs of the youth in our county and develops programming to meet those needs. The Committee helps sets policies and procedures for the county program, plans and runs activities and raises funds to make those activities possible.
Our Adams County 4-H Advisory Committee helps make our 4-H Program great! They coordinate events like Skillathon and Kids College, provide a partial scholarship to every Adams County 4-H Camper and meet on a regular basis to continually evaluate the needs of our 4-Hers. Volunteers and Youth that currently serve inlcude: Dave Baker, Kim Baker, Joy Bauman, Carlie Cluxton, Emily Collett, Summer Drummond, Marcheta Ferguson, Judy Hawkins, Sam Kimmerly, Teresa Lewis, Linda Louiso, Bonnie Simpkins, Erin Simpkins, Donnie Swayne, Erica Swearingen and Matthew Swearingen. I appreciate these members for their dedication and their willingness to provide leadership to our county Program.
We currently have vacancies on the Committee which is made up of fifteen 4-H Volunteers, elected by their peers to a three year term, and four youth 4-H members, appointed by the committee to fill a one year term. If you are a current, approved 4-H volunteer and interested in becoming more involved in the Program, please consider applying to serve on the Advisory Committee. Applications can be found on the Adams County Extension website under 4-H polices and forms. They should be submitted to the Extension Office by September 1st. We will hold an election virtually in October 2020 to elect five adult members. All current volunteers will receive a unique link at the email address they have on file with the Extension Office to vote for up to five committee members.
Youth Advisory Committee Membership applications are also available at adams.osu.edu under 4-H policies and forms. All active 4-H members are eligible to apply for membership and will be appointed at the September Advisory Committee meeting to serve a term from October 1 – September 30.
If you are interested, please reach out to Kristy or a current Committee member. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have.