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4-H Update Friday!!!

We have had quite a busy week this week with prepping for Still Project Judging (which makes us feel somewhat like normal these days 😊).

Still Project Judging

We will be conducting Still Project Judging in the Robinson Stage Building (this is our waiting area) and the Wise Building (where exhibitors will escorted to judging area). Registration will begin at 5 p.m. Depending on weather, registration will be in the tent between the two buildings. Please, file a socially distant line in the correct line for your last name alphabetically. Signs will be posted. We are asking participants/parents to park across the road in the typical fair parking area. We will have some limited handicap parking up by the buildings. With various kids walking back and forth between buildings, we ask that you do not park between the buildings. Also, we are asking that if parents want to wait in their car, that is encouraged to limit on the amount of people in the buildings. We will also not be providing chairs for those in the waiting area of the Robinson Stage Building. This is due to not having the amount of helpers or supplies needed to sanitize chairs between individuals. Parents and families are welcome to bring their own chairs, or as previously mentioned, wait in the car. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Any persons attending judging are encouraged to wear a mask or some form of facial covering when inside or unable to keep 6 feet social distance. We will supply disposables if needed as well as gloves if preferred.

Any youth who requested a Zoom, they will get their information emailed on Monday when they are set up. This will go to the email that is provided on the request form.

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Caps 4 A Cause Drop Off

4-H Teen Ambassadors will have a cap drop off for plastic caps for a cause at Still Project Judging. Drop off will be located in the Robinson Stage Building. Any 4-H youth interested in helping to clean and weigh caps will get extra entries added to their club for the pizza party drawing. This is open for all of the county youth to help with this project.

 

Livestock Tag Pick Up 

Early Livestock Tag Pick Up Opportunity will be at Still Project Judging in the Robinson Stage Building. We will have market animal tags ready for Hogs, Lambs, Goats, beef and dairy feeders. Exhibitors may also register for Livestock Skill-a-thon at this time as well.

 

Extension Office Schedules

Also, please be advised that our office staff are not currently working full time from the office. Ohio State is still encouraging us to telework from home as much as possible and days we work in the office are limited and only for essential purposes (such as prepping for judging). We are not in the office every day and may be working on things from home still. This is why all Extension clientele are asked to make an appointment before coming to the Extension office.

4-H’s dedicated day in the office is currently Thursdays.

However,  we will also be in on Monday of next week (July 13th) to finish last minute prepping for judging. If you need to drop someone off or pick something up. Please, let us know in advance by calling 740-695-1455 or emailing antill.19@osu.edu.

 

 Reminder from State Leaders 

As clubs begin to begin meeting in person again, the state office has asked us to remind you to ensure a safe environment for all and to follow OSU Policies on social distancing. Also, as a reminder, members are not to attend any club meeting, 4-H event or function, if they have a fever, show signs or symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in contact with someone confirmed to have contracted COVID-19. If you attend a 4-H event or function and then contract COVID-19, please report this immediately to Crystal Antill at the Extension office!

 

Junior Fair Work Days

Jr Fair work days are being held this Saturday and Sunday (July 11th & 12th). Many people have confirmed they will be out to help set up various barns and buildings. No set times, just come out and help. Good way to gain some community service hours and pull this fair together!

4-H Still Project Judging!

Belmont County 4-H Still Project Judging is just around the corner!

Please, see the following Still Project Schedule for your judging time.

The schedule can also be accessed on the Belmont.OSU.edu website at:

https://belmont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/2020-4-h-year-revised-forms-and-resouces

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Things to know, before you go!

If you have questions about project requirements, what to wear, or what to expect at Still Project Judging; please check out the Belmont County 4-H Project Handbook before you come! It can be found at the following link:

https://belmont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-handbooks-guides

We will be utilizing the Robinson Stage building located next to the Wise Horticulture Building to conduct registration and participant waiting area. Judging will be conducted in the Wise building. We will utilize the garage doors on these buildings to allow for better ventilation of the areas.

As this is a 4-H event, participants need to follow OSU regulations in response to COVID-19.

Participants and volunteers need to review the outlined expectations for participation in this event.

  • Participants must practice physical distancing by maintaining a six-foot distance from other attendees.
  • Participants are required to properly wear face masks while in enclosed areas and where social distancing can not be followed.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring own snack and drinks to judging.
  • Participants who do not feel comfortable attending in person may complete their interview via ZOOM. Please, make sure you complete the ZOOM Interview Request Form.
  • Do NOT attend Still Project judging if you have a fever greater than 100, have signs or symptoms of illness, or have had known contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Participants and volunteers cannot attend Still Project Judging if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Face masks are required at the following events: individual interviews, skill-a-thon, and other judging events that may accidentally result in less than 6-foot social distancing space.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

 

If you, or a participant you are working with, have a disability and have questions about accessibility or wish to request accommodations please contact Crystal Antill, 4-H Program Assistant at 740-695-1455 or antill.19@osu.edu.

Return to In-person 4-H Meetings

We’re happy to share we’ve received approval from Ohio State University leadership to resume in-person 4-H club meetings and activities starting immediately. This is welcome news for our 3,039 Ohio 4-H clubs across the state. Ohio 4-H clubs that choose to begin meeting in-person must follow the guidelines listed below to promote the health and safety of our 4-H community, as we face the challenge of COVID-19.

 

Clubs choosing to meet in-person should provide virtual connection options for members who have that preference. Please note that in-person 4-H club meetings, activities and other events may be suspended at any time if local, state, federal, and/or university authorities issue new restrictions. 4-H meetings and activities can only be held in person if Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines can be followed.

 

The Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidelines provide expectations for all members, volunteers, and their families while participating in 4-H club meetings and activities. County and Independent Fairs work closely with Ohio 4-H / The Ohio State University, but are separate entities and follow different guidance. When 4-H members and volunteers participate in Junior Fair animal activities, they follow guidance from these local partners, as Ag Societies have the responsibility for the Junior Fair. 4-H non-livestock project judging that takes place during the fair is conducted by OSU Extension and must follow Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events guidance.

 

The Belmont County OSU Extension office is open to the public via phone (740-695-1455) and email (antill.19@osu.edu).  We will continue to send information to you via newsletters, social media, email, etc. You will also find the guidelines, a tip sheet and resources at ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected. Ohio 4-H teen leaders are developing video tutorials to assist educating club members on the in-person meeting expectations and will share those as they are available. When possible, we encourage OSU Extension programs, meetings, and events to meet virtually.

 

Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-person Meetings & Events

 

As we return to in-person 4-H activities, the following principles will be used:

 

  • The health and safety of the 4-H community is our
  • Transparency is essential – clear expectations must be communicated in a timely
  • Be flexible – continue to provide options, including virtual ones, for participation to provide 4-H members and families with a safe environment given their individual circumstances, while maintaining inclusivity and flexibility for all.

 

We know concerns about the spread of COVID-19 have changed how people interact with one other. Because of this, those who organize meetings and events have a responsibility to consider the health and safety of attendees. This document provides guidance for how to lead and conduct OSU Extension / 4-H meetings and events.

 

General Considerations

As you restart in-person 4-H activities, the following considerations will assist with your planning.

  • Time
    • Consider limiting the length of meetings and events, particularly those that take place indoors, and the length of time people will be in contact with one another. Sustained contact provides an increased opportunity for virus transmission.
  • Place
    • Consider the guidance from your local county health department regarding locations where you meet, as well as where attendees may be coming from.
  • People
    • Consider the overall number of attendees and whether this includes individuals (including other individuals in their home) who may be at a higher risk of serious illness if they develop COVID-19. The CDC cautions that gatherings with more than 250 people have a higher risk of coronavirus transmission and the state of Ohio has place limitations on the size of gatherings.
  • Space
    • Consider hosting meetings and activities outdoors when possible. Continue to offer options for virtual engagement when individuals request it.
  • Consider the types of interactions that occur at the event and if contact between attendees can be limited.
  • Maintain six feet of distancing between individuals whenever feasible.
  • Masks are an effective means of preventing transmission from people who feel fine, but are not showing symptoms and have the ability to infect others.

 

Meeting Planning

Meeting Notices

In advance of meetings, it is important to send notices to parents and members outlining expectations for participation. The notice should include the following information:

  • State that members and/or family members cannot attend the meeting if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, or shortness of breath.
  • Provide an option for members to participate virtually.
  • Note that physical distancing will be practiced by maintaining a six-foot distance between people.
  • We expect face masks will be properly worn during the 4-H meeting.
  • Encourage participants to bring their own snacks and drinks for the meeting.

 

Attendance

Take attendance at the meeting or event by checking off names on a roster. Do not pass around a paper for individuals to sign or have members sign-in. This attendance record must be kept in case someone attending the meeting/event contracts COVID-19 and information is needed for contact tracing. Attendance records must be kept for at least six months beyond the date of the meeting/event.

 

Quarantine and Isolation

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who develops symptoms of COVID-19, must immediately isolate, seek medical care, and take the following steps:

  • Contact the local health department about suspected cases or exposures.
    • Work with local health department to identify potentially infected or exposed individuals to help facilitate effective contact tracing.
  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • If the individual who developed symptoms attended a club meeting or activity, the club should stop all in-person club activities for 14 days following the exposure, meet only virtually, and notify club members to monitor for symptoms.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting and contact tracing protocols.

Any individual (e.g., member, club leader) who learns they have been exposed to an individual (e.g., family member, friend) with COVID-19, must immediately quarantine for 14 days and:

  • Attend 4-H club activities virtually while in quarantine.
  • Notify your county OSU Extension professional, who will notify the State 4-H Office.
    • County office will notify club members and families per standard protocol for notification of communicable diseases.
    • The State 4-H Office will follow university reporting protocols.

 

Physical Space Design

Plan ahead. There are many factors to consider regarding the need for six-foot physical distancing and the number of people a gathering space can accommodate. Consider the following when choosing meeting/event spaces:

  • Can the event take place outside? Open air appears to reduce the risk of spreading airborne illness.
  • What is the normal maximum occupancy of the space?
    • To provide six feet of physical distance between individuals, the occupancy of meeting spaces must be decreased by half. For example, a space with a posted maximum occupancy of 100 people would need to be adjusted to a maximum of 50 people.
    • If you need to estimate the capacity of a space, allow 30 square feet per person.
  • Is there access to a clean restroom for participants, including soap and water for washing hands?
  • Set up tables and chairs to provide six-feet physical distancing. Moving chairs is discouraged.
    • If seating is fixed, mark those seats that are off limits (e.g., use tape to indicate “don’t sit here” spaces in grandstand seating).
  • Modified layouts can help attendees keep their distance from others.

 

Educational Materials

Provide participants with their own copies of educational materials. If you plan to use an activity that requires passing an item around, you should revise the activity. For example, the item should be big enough to be viewed from a distance, or a sample or picture needs to be available for each participant.

 

Food and Drinks at Meetings

Encourage each attendee to bring their own drinks and snacks instead of providing shared options at meetings. Potlucks and buffets are highly discouraged.

 

PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)

Face Masks

Face masks are expected to be worn at all 4-H in-person meetings and events. Face masks refer to disposable procedure masks or cloth face coverings, not surgical or N-95 respirators. They should fit snuggly around the mouth and nose and be worn appropriately to be effective. Remember – it is possible to have COVID-19, not exhibit any symptoms and transmit the virus to others.  Wearing a face mask is a measure to protect others.

Face masks are required at the following events: individual interviews, skill-a-thon, and other judging events that may accidentally result in less than 6-foot social distancing space.

Cloth Face Covering Patterns

There are many ways in which you can make a cloth face covering. The CDC offers several different options to make a cloth mask including a sewn mask, a quick-cut t-shirt mask, and a bandana cloth face covering. These patterns can be found at: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/how-to-make-cloth-face-covering.html

 

Sanitizing Stations and Schedules

All entrance/exit door handles for the meeting location and the doors handles of any accessible restrooms and any other high-touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected with an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant before and after the meeting.

All tables and chairs should be cleaned and disinfected before and after use. Before and after will be defined by the meeting or event:

  • Meetings: if you have a two-hour meeting and individuals sit at the same table and chair for the duration, “before” is prior to the start of the meeting, “after” is the conclusion of the meeting.
  • Events: if you have scheduled times for youth to participate in an interview, skill-a-thon, or judging event, then tables, chairs, and equipment should be sanitized before the event, after use by each individual, and after the conclusion of the event.

If you are unable to find an EPA-registered cleaner-disinfectant, the following bleach solutions may be used:

  • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water OR
  • 4 teaspoons bleach per quart of water

Additional tips for cleaning and disinfecting tables and chairs include:

  • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection and
    confirm the product is not past its expiration date.

    • Some bleaches, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing or for whitening, may not be suitable for disinfection.
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions for application and proper ventilation.
  • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling bleach solutions.
    • Use nitrile gloves rather than latex, since some people have a latex allergy.
  • Leave solution on the surface for at least 1 minute.
  • Bleach solutions will be effective for disinfection up to 24 hours.
  • Alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol may also be used.

 

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often, with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after touching any frequently used item or
  • Avoid touching your face or others in attendance.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your
  • Provide tissues and make sure there is a wastebasket to dispose of used tissues.
  • Provide hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol at a registration table or at a table near the entrance of the meeting room.

 

Monitor Your Health

  • Be alert for symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of
  • Do not attend in-person activities if you or anyone living in your household is experiencing symptoms associated with the COVID-19 or any other communicable illness.
  • Follow CDC/ODH guidance if symptoms
  • Refer to the Quarantine and Isolation instructions on pp. 2-3.

 

Signage

All in-person 4-H meetings and events are required to have the following signs posted. This is to provide clear communication and transparency regarding the measures 4-H is recommending to promote the safety of the community.

Sign Post Location Available at
4-H Event Guidelines Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space, if feasible
ohio4h.org/families/
stay-connected
Sanitizing Stations At each activity/judging station
Hand Washing Poster Entry to restrooms
Above restroom sinks
Watch Your Step! Poster and Where to Stand Templates Entry and Exit doors
Registration tables
Throughout the space if feasible
How COVID-19 Spreads Entry and Exit Doors

New Project Handbook!

Just a few updates for you all this Friday.

Project Handbook is Available!!!

This is the handbook with all project requirements and livestock charts with requirements, what to expect with judging, etc. For those of you who do not know, this is taking place of the white handbooks families have got in the past. Please, check it out at the link below!

This handbook can be found online at the following link:

https://belmont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-handbooks-guides

 

LQA Training

We have another Livestock Quality Assurance Training coming up next week!

When: Jun 23, 2020 10:00 AM

Where: ZOOM!

Reminder, any 4-H & FFA members taking a market or lactating dairy animal, must attend one training session yearly, unless they have tested out!

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUlcuCvqD8iGtQFS9NPWhwCSpyxyz1Yf07i

After registering, members will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

Return to Office

Starting this week, 4-H Program Assistant, Crystal Antill will returned to working in the Extension office on THURSDAYS ONLY. Please, be advised that we are NOT open to walk-ins. If you need to pick up or drop off something, this must be made by appointment with me on Thursdays only. We are offering curbside pick up and drop off of forms, project books, etc. This does not include livestock tags at this time either.

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Due to COVID-19 and all the craziness, we are planning on having a small awards presentation before our next 4-H Council meeting. We will be recognizing various year end award winners for last year’s Blue Ribbon Officers, Achievement Award winners and scholarship winners. This will take place on Tuesday, July 28th at the Wise Building at 5:30 PM. Cake and punch will be provided.

 

Thank you all for your continued efforts to make the best better! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

Congrats to the 2020 Grads!!!!

Congratulations to our 2020 graduates who have put many years into being a dedicated 4-H member!

You are amazing, now go be awesome!

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If you are a 2020 Senior who was in 4-H (including last year members who may not be in     4-H this year), and would like to be spotlighted. Please, email Crystal Antill at Antill.19@osu.edu.

LQA Training with ZOOM!

Attention Belmont County Jr Fair exhibitors still needing Livestock Quality Assurance training. We have a Zoom LQA Training scheduled for June 17th @ 2:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending this training, please register at the link below.

We will be having another LQA Zoom Training on June 23rd @ 10:00 a.m. However, this link is to register for just the training on June 17th.

Reminder, any 4-H & FFA members taking a market or lactating dairy animal, must attend one training session yearly, unless you have tested out!

 

Register in advance for this meeting:

https://osu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJUucumpqzojHtzZqAXfbCf5eVdOMucROdwC

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

We understand that some families may not be able to attend Zoom trainings due to internet connectivity. We will work with those families to get them covered when we can resume face to face meetings.

4-H UPDATE FRIDAY!!!!!

Seems we have had yet another eventful week this week! Many of you are aware that the Ohio State Fair has been cancelled due to COVID-19. At this time, I do not have any information on if the state will try to do a separate judging for State Delegates for still projects. They told us on the Zoom today that they will let us know some more information regarding this beginning of next week. Even with no state fair competition, I am still moving forward with county level judging for July 14th.

 

Senior Fair Board held a meeting last night and no further decisions have been made regarding county fair, at this time. With new restrictions being released from the Governor’s office yesterday afternoon, Senior Fair Board wanted some time to review and process what fair might look like with these new restrictions and how the COVID-19 pandemic progresses over the next month with entities re-opening. This is a very tough decision for them to make and we appreciate the 4-H and the community’s patience and understanding of the difficult decision they have to make. Just remember that you are in the eye of youth that look up to you and even if you disagree with the happenings going on around us, you need to show respect and understanding that not everybody feels the same. The document is public knowledge, so I am providing a link to it for anybody who is interested in seeing what is being mandated.

 

https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/County-Fairs.pdf

 

 

So in moving forward, we have some deadlines quickly approaching at the start of next week.

These can be postmarked by the deadline date and mailed to the Extension office. I have received several emailed pictures of forms, which will suffice for meeting the deadline, but am asking original copies be either mailed or brought to the Extension office when exhibitors pick up animal fair ID tags in July. These forms are kept with us at the Jr Fair office and often referenced and hard copies are much easier to read than pictures of forms.

 

  • Market Hogs – Due June 1st
  • All Rabbit Projects – Due June 1st
  • All Horse Projects – Due June 1st
  • Market Goat- Due June 6th
  • Market Lamb – Due June 6th
  • Dairy & Beef Feeder Projects – Due June 15th

 

Please, find registrations and informational letters at the link below:

 

https://belmont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/2020-4-h-year-revised-forms-and-resouces?fbclid=IwAR1cHum8pVdVCGM-tw37qIVAkVd3588DcclWYwi7iyfuAVP58WZWjquC8vk

 

Please don’t forget that any members taking market hogs to the fair need to have their Producer/Breeder sign an affidavit stating the their market hogs are Ractopamine Free from birth to purchase. This affidavit and the one signed by the exhibitor are both due by fair weigh-in with your DUNF form. If we do not have them both on file, you will not show! If you need a copy, please go to the link below.

 

https://belmont.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/2020-ractopamine-free-swine-project