July 13th, 2022 4-H Project Judging

July judging for 4-H projects will be held on July 13th at the Brown County Fairgrounds. This is the only project judging for Family and Consumer Science (FCS) related projects. For all other pre-fair interviewed projects the July judging is to qualify for the Ohio State Fair, with county judging held on September 10th.

For the upcoming July 13th judging, all members will need to register for a project appointment by July 8th at http://go.osu.edu/projectappointment. If you have more than one project to be judged you will need to schedule an appointment for each project.

For full details on your projects and what to bring to judging review your project letter. This was mailed to youth enrolled in specific projects but can also be found at http://brown.osu.edu/exhibitorletters.

Additional information on project completion can be found on our website here: https://brown.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/project-completion-and-fair-requirements

This page includes a full listing of the project completion document as well as projects listed down by when they are judged: July, September, or Fair.

If you have any questions on project judging, please contact our office. Details and the link for the September judging will be provided closer to that date.

4-H Updates 4.28.22

Check out all the 4-H things coming up!

As we head further into spring and summer is closing in there are LOTS of opportunities for you and some are right around the corner! We wanted to send out an update on upcoming events; this list isn’t everything. Read carefully and don’t miss out! As always, keep an eye out for project letters which will be emailed out on a rolling basis starting very soon. Letters all get posted on our website also. We try really hard to keep the calendar up to date (http://go.osu.edu/brown4hcalendar)  and this also loads into our 4-H Now App. If you see something missing, feel free to reach out!

  • Virtual Quality Assurance – Saturday, April 30th at 10 am. Pre-Register and see QA information on the website here: http://go.osu.edu/brownqa
  • Camp Open House – Sunday, May 1st – Noon-4 pm at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, Jackson, OH. Bring out the whole family to check out camp!
  • Workforce Skills Contest Registration Due – May 5th; Contest Date- May 11th
    • Open to all project age members. Youth will compete in age divisions by selecting from our list of jobs, preparing a cover letter, resume, and completing an interview. Full details are on the website http://go.osu.edu/workforceskills
    • Thank you to our generous Sponsors – Bane Welker Equipment, Howsers One Stop Shop, Triple S Boer Goats, and the Brown County 4-H Committee. We will be giving out prizes per age division. 1st Place – $100; 2nd Place – $75; 3rd Place – $50.
  • Quality Assurance – In-person – May 10th, 6 pm – Rhonemus Hall
  • Camp – 4-H Camp is a great opportunity for all youth. Campers stay in cabins, get a chance to hike, make friends, go to campfires and SO MUCH MORE! There is also a camp for everyone. Not all registration links are posted but as they are they can be found at http://brown.osu.edu/4hcamp
    • Camp Scholarships – there are multiple camp scholarships available for youth attending Beginner, Jr. High, Teen, STEM, and Junior Shooting Sports Camps. The deadline to apply is May 11th. Scholarship can be found on the camp link above below the table with camp dates.
    • Beginner Camp – Registration deadline – May 16th
    • Junior High Camp, Special Needs Camp – Registration Deadline – June 1st
    • Jr. and Senior Shooting Sports Registration deadline – June 15th
    • Others will be posted as available
  • Workforce Skills Contest Interview & Awards – May 11th; Rhonemus Hall
  • Shooting Sports Safety Meeting – May 12th, 6:30 pm – Rhonemus Hall – Required for all youth taking a shooting sports project to be eligible for range activities
  • Junior Leaders May 17th– open to all 4-Hers who are 13+ at the time of the meeting. Junior Leaders is designed to be educational, service, and social-based. Teens who are involved help with various activities throughout the year and plan activities. Meetings are at 5:30 pm at the Extension Office. Email me at clary.42@osu.edu to be added to the email list. New members are always welcome!
  • June 1st – Major Deadline Day (more details will be sent with project letters on all the deadlines)
    • Horse and Dog paperwork due; State Fair QA Deadline; Jr. High Camp Registrations Due; Beef Breeding, Sheep, Goat, Swine Ownership Deadline

We hope you will all consider taking advantage of the many opportunities available!

Please remember that failure to read and understand provided information is not an acceptable reason for unmet requirements or missed deadlines. If you do not understand, please ask clarifying questions. We are happy to help clarify information and help you complete the process in advance of deadlines.

Brown County JFB Seeking Small Animal Superintendent(s)

The Brown County Junior Fair is seeking individuals to serve as the small animal superintendent and additional assistant superintendents to help.

Superintendent(s) serve in a role with the junior fair board overseeing the members and helping them succeed in offering all events and activities throughout the year related to the department. This includes but is not limited to coordinating chicken orders, chick pick-up, small animal tagging, clinics, barn clean-ups, pen assignments, etc.

Superintendents are asked to attend Junior Fairboard meetings that are typically held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Assistant superintendents assist with all the above things and may be assigned specific tasks to oversee. One assistant superintendent will be identified specifically to oversee the small animal showman of showmen.

All superintendents and assistant superintendents must be able to work as part of a team that guide our youth through the process. Individuals must be organized.

If you are interested in serving in this volunteer capacity with the Brown County Junior Fair, please submit a letter of interest by March 15th to the Brown County Extension Office or by emailing it to  clary.42@osu.edu.

Letters of interest will be reviewed by a committee, and individuals may be asked to complete an interview. Please share this information with any who may be interested.

4-H Teen Opportunities Deadline Approaching

The deadline for teens to apply for 4-H Award Trips is January 15th. 

This includes scholarships for Senior Shooting Sports Camp, Leadership Camp, Sea Camp, and Citizenship Washington Focus. These camps/trips are open to all 4-H youth, but each event may have specific age guidelines. Refer to http://brown.osu.edu/teenopportunities for more details and the link to the application. Interviews will be held on January 20th for all applicants.

Other upcoming deadlines for teens include:

Camp Counselors – Feb. 1st – http://go.osu.edu/ablmpcounselor (application)  http://brown.osu.edu/4hcamp (camp details/dates)

Achievement Awards – Feb. 1st — http://brown.osu.edu/teenopportunities

State 4-H Scholarship – Feb. 15th — http://brown.osu.edu/teenopportunities

Mayfield Blanket Drive

Brown and the surrounding counties 4-H programs are collecting new blankets and pillows for families in western Kentucky affected by the tornado last week. If you would like to contribute, drop off items at the Brown County Extension office on Monday – Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and on Thursday until 2:00pm.

The group coordinating delivery will be taking all donations on Friday to the Mayfield/Graves County area and have been in contact with Extension Professionals in that area who are helping to coordinate distribution.

If you would like to make monetary donations, the Kentucky 4-H Foundation has created a relief fund that can be found here: http://kentucky4hfoundation.org/relief-fund/

Please share this information with anyone who may be interested in donating.

This is an excellent opportunity to pledge your hands to larger service as we reach out to our fellow 4-Her’s and neighbors to the south. If you have questions, feel free to call the office at 937-378-6716 or email Christy at clary.42@osu.edu.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

Brown and Clermont County 4-H are once again partnering with Empower Youth to collect peanut butter and jelly to fill weekend food packs for families. You can drop off donations of PLASTIC containers of PB&J to the Extension Office between now and November 22nd. The club that donates the most items will win a pizza party sponsored by the 4-H Committee. Community members may drop off items also – you can choose to designate a club or not.
Please only small plastic containers! We can NOT accept glass containers as these food packs are sent home on the bus with kids and glass containers would be dangerous.

2022 Brown County Junior Fairboard Applications Available

For NEW Members
Junior Fairboard members must be 14 as of January 1st, 2022, and a member in good standing with their respective Junior Fair organization. Members can be no older than 18 as of January 1st. Junior Fairboard members help make decisions for the junior fair and assist in implementing fair events.

If you are a new member interested in joining the board, applications are due by December 1st at 4:30 pm and are an online application. To apply go to http://go.osu.edu/brownnewjfb. Please read all of the information carefully before you submit your application. Included in the application is the overview of the board and the expectations of members. Interviews will be held on Dec. 7th and orientation will be held Jan. 4th. If these dates should change applicants will receive an email at the email provided in the application.

If you are a returning member of the board from 2021, you will need to complete the returning member application by November 15th. This was provided at the October meeting and sent out in the JFB Remind and Band. Contact Christy if you need the link to the returning member application. You must have been a member in 2021 to apply as a returning member.

Required Junior Fair Exhibitor Forms – Livestock

Drug Use Notification Forms & Ractopamine Free Forms (swine) will be virtual again this year.

If your animal project is listed below, fill out the electronic Brown County DUNF before Saturday, September 25th at NOON.

Members are NOT allowed to exhibit until a completed form has been verified per the Ohio Revised Code. 

You must fill out ONE form PER animal. The only exception to this is meat pen chickens.
  • Cattle
    • Large Market Beef (steer/heifer)- All should use RFID tag numbers
    • Lactating Dairy Cattle (cow, not a heifer; even if currently dry)
  • Swine

    • Market Hog (barrow/gilt)
  • Goat

    • Dairy Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
    • Meat Market (wether/doe) Must use scrapie ID#
    • Lactating Dairy Goats (even if currently dry)
  • Poultry (will be assigned ID# once onsite, put N/A in the blank for now; for PENs of animals, treat them as one animal ex. Meat Pen of Chickens)

    • Market Chicken (single and pen)
    • Market Turkey
    • Market Duck
  • Sheep

    • Market Lamb (wether/doe) Must use Scrapie ID#

If your animal is not listed above, you do not need to fill out a DUNF. This includes rabbits (market or exhibition), a horse/donkey, a breeding animal, an exhibition/fancy, pack/harness only, or is too young to lactate, you DO NOT need to fill out a DUNF.

All swine exhibitors will also need to complete the Ractopamine Affidavit at this time.

To complete your DUNF visit: http://go.osu.edu/browndunf

For swine exhibitors to complete your Ractopamine Affidavit go to: http://go.osu.edu/brownracfree

Instructions for completing the DUNF form. 

Exhibitors must complete all required forms by Saturday, September 25th at NOON.

Drug Use Notification Forms are required to exhibit by the Ohio Revised Code and the Ohio Department of Agriculture.
The Brown County Agricultural Society (Senior Fairboard) voted in the spring 2020 that all Swine would be Ractopamine Free and required to submit an affidavit.

OSU Extension – Brown County is hiring!

OSU Extension – Brown County is hiring! We are hiring for a Program Assistant (PA) to work as part of the overall Extension team with responsibilities in the areas of 4-H, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, and Community Development. The selected candidate will be responsible for office coverage on Fridays and other days as needed. The standard hours will be 32 hours a week with the potential for additional hours occasionally based on programming needs. Some nights and weekends will be required.

The position will include teaching selected programs in the designated areas, providing support to plan, coordinate, and promote events to meet the needs of county residents. The PA will be responsible for assisting in maintaining files, and data entry. Additionally, they should be familiar with Microsoft Office programs, and able to learn other programs as needed.

The candidate should have excellent written and oral communication skills, teaching skills or experience, computer skills, be a team player, and can work with minimal supervision. They should also be willing to work flexible and extended hours on an as-needed basis.

To see the full job description, requirements and other details visit http://go.osu.edu/BrownPA. This position will be located in the OSU Extension Office in Brown County located at 325 W. State St., Bldg. B, Georgetown, OH 45121. The position will include some travel throughout the county and to professional development opportunities across the state. The hired individual will be employed by the Ohio State University and eligible for university benefits. The job posting will close for applications on September 5th, 2021.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen or physical may be required during the post offer process. The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, pregnancy, protected veteran status, or any other bases under the law.

For more information about OSU Extension in Brown County visit http://brown.osu.edu. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.. You may also call 937-378-6716.

2021 Ohio State Fair Delegates

Congratulations to our 2021 Brown County 4-H delegates to the Ohio State Fair! Project judging was held last night and the judges were extremely impressed with each and every one of our 4-H members who participated. All of the youth have a lot to be proud of!

2021 Delegates

Isiah Berry – Self-Determined
Fayetteville 4-H Club

Emma Casey – Get Started in Art, Junior
Ripley Day Hill Dirt Kickers 4-H Club

Alicia Wagner – Get Started in Art, Senior
Russellville Firecrackers 4-H Club

Allison Daniels – Scrapbooking
Barn Busters 4-H Club

Bowen Schroeder – My Favorite Things
Mt. Orab Renegades 4-H Club

Madison Kennedy – Cake Decorating, Junior
Huntington Hotshots 4-H Club

Luke Woodruff – Cake Decorating, Senior
Ringleaders 4-H Club

Jennah Eubanks – Family History Treasure Hunt
Hamersville Livestock 4-H Club

Josephine Davis – All Systems Go
Barn Busters 4-H Club

Alicia Wagner – Keeping Fit
Russellville Firecrackers 4-H Club

Good Luck to everyone at the Ohio State Fair!