Free Cooper Farms Turkey Chicks Orders Deadline Approaches!!!! January 28th!!!

Cooper Farms is again offering 5 free turkey poults per 4-H exhibitor for the 2019 fair.

Please contact the office at 937-498-7239 or and let me know how many each member would like and with any question.

You are allowed 5 males or 5 females or a mixture of the two.

Each member has the option to purchase additional poults after the free five at a discounted price listed below:

Toms – $4.25 / each

Hens – $3.50 / each

Straight Runs – $3.88 / each

This is a great opportunity! Please only take advantage of this opportunity if you plan on taking these to the fair.

Turkey orders deadline is on Monday, January 28th at 4:30pm. This is the time that I will be placing the order with Cooper Farms.

Pickup date will be February 27th at the Extension Office between 4:30-5:00. You will have to make arrangements to pick up-there will be no delivery.

I will be in contact with the families at a later time with more details.


Ginn Scholarship Application

Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Ginn
Agriculture Scholarship

Vera Ginn established the Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Ginn Agricultural Scholarship in recognition
of the lifetime contribution that her parents made to the agricultural community of Shelby
County.  Mr. & Mr. C.H. Ginn were farmers and agricultural enthusiasts, and they operated a well-known feed grain and agriculture supply business in Sidney for many years.

1.      Possess a definite goal of becoming established in farming or other agricultural related career.
2.      Planning to enter a post-secondary educational institution of higher learning in the fall of the year in which application is made.
3.      Attending or have graduated from a Shelby County school:  Anna, Botkins, Fairlawn, Fort Loramie, Hardin-Houston, Jackson Center, Lehman, Russia, Sidney or Sidney Christian.
4.      Completed and submitted the Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Ginn Agricultural Scholarship by February 28 of the application year.

This is an endowed scholarship, in as much as the interest only from an endowment account will be used to make this annual award.  The annual amount of the scholarship will be dependent on the yield of the endowment account.  25% of the scholarship will be awarded to the recipient each year up to four years as long as the recipient remains in college pursuing a career in agriculture.  Students planning to complete their education in an ag-related major in fewer than four years may make special arrangements to receive the full scholarship amount by contacting the Foundation,
c/o OSU Extension, at 937-498-7239.

Potential recipients will complete and return the Scholarship form to the Shelby County Extension Office by no later than February 28 of the application year.  The Mr. & Mrs. C.H. Ginn Agricultural Scholarship application forms are available at any time from OSU Extension Shelby County,810 Fair Road, Sidney, OH  45365.


State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Needed

The 2019 State 4-H Leadership Camp Staff Applications are now available!! Interested individuals can view a letter with more information at: titled “2019 Potential Leadership Camp Counselor/Staff Information and Application”. A link to the application is included in the letter.

Please forward this information along to anyone who you think might be interested!  Applications are due no later than April 1, 2019.

Here are some highlights about the opportunity:

  • Individuals 18+ prior to June 1, 2019 who are good leaders, past counselors, or interested in helping may apply
  • Must complete application, undergo selection, and attain background check
  • Applications due: April 1 (due to earlier camp dates)
  • Interviews: Week of April 8th
  • Staff Training Weekend (Camp Ohio): May 10-12, 2019.  Yes this is Mother’s Day weekend, but camp is so early this year, we needed to move training earlier so we could try to have everything ordered before camp!

Reminder that Beef cards are due today! Please contact Judie with any issues.

Reminder that Beef Registration Cards are due today!

Please call Judie with any issues. 937-498-7239.

Attached are the:

·​2019 Beef Letter

​·2019 Market Cattle Registration Card

​·2019 DNA Sample sheet (for those who will be going to the state fair)

Also for those who will be taking feeder calves I have attached:

​·2019 Feeder Calf Vaccination Record Form

​·2019 Feeder Calf Booster Record Form

Important Dates:

·All market cattle (beef and dairy steers) must be under the care of the exhibitor by Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

·Cattle registrations are to be submitted to the Shelby County Extension office no later than Friday, January 4, 2019 at 4:30 p.m.

·Cattle weigh-ins and tagging are scheduled for Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 12 to 2 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the make-up weigh in and tagging date will be Sunday, January 20, 2019.

·In addition to registrations, weigh-in and tagging, ALL market exhibitors MUST attend Quality Assurance or prove their knowledge by “testing out.” Quality Assurance sessions will be held on March 31st, April 1st, and April 7th. Please visit for details about Quality Assurance.


Horse Advisory Council Meeting

The first Horse Advisory Council meeting of the new program year will be Wednesday, January 16 at 6 p.m. at the Extension Office. We will discuss the following:

·        Junior Fair Rule Suggestions for Annual Meeting

·        Looking ahead to 2019

·        Horse Clinic

·        PAS Show

·        Horse Area Improvements

·        Emergency P + P

·        Jr. Fair Ring Steward

·        Tack Swap/Sale

We encourage anyone who would like to be included in discussion regarding the aforementioned items to attend the meeting.

Re-enrollment deadline is approaching…January first is only three days away!!

Re-enrollment deadline is approaching…January first is only three days away!!

Re-enrollment means existing 4-H families are signing each family member up (via 4-H for the new program year. If you are not planning on continuing with the 4-H program this year, please contact our office and we will remove you from the listings.

All that is required for re-enrollment is updating and/or confirming contact information and electronically signing the Acknowledgement of Responsibility and Release, Code of Conduct, General Permission and Photo Release digital forms.

Re-enrollment takes approximately 3 to 5 minutes per member.

If you have issues with the re-enrollment process, please email Judie at and we will help you through the process.


JANUARY 1 – Re-Enrollment deadline!

All returning families MUST re-enroll in 4-H by January 1, 2019.

Re-enrollment is critical to the operation of our program in regards to funding, planning and communication.

PLEASE complete re-enrollment in a timely matter.

APRIL 1 – Project Enrollment & New Member Enrollment deadline.

Project enrollment is defined as 4-H project book selection. All 4-H Online member profiles need to be updated with correct project enrollment information by April 1, 2019. Project refers to the book a member is enrolling in (i.e. Get Started in Art, Robotics I, Beginning Horse Management, Market Hog Project, Dairy Beef Feeder Project, etc.)

It has nothing to do with the Junior Fair White Pages or Junior Fair Entry Form.

New Member Enrollment refers to any member who was not a 4-H member in 2018. These members are eligible to enroll anytime between October 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019.

MAY 31 – Junior Fair Entry Form deadline.

Junior Fair Entry Forms are the triplicate half sheets members use to indicate what they are bringing/entering to pre-fair judging or in fair. For example, a member enrolled in Get Started in Art will use the 2019 Junior Fair White Pages to look up what class and sub-class numbers they wish to exhibit during pre-fair judging (Painting, Drawing, Toys, Ceramics, etc.). A member enrolled in the Market Hog Project will indicate on the Junior Fair Entry Form how many and what type of hog they are entering in the Junior Fair Market Hog show (purebred or crossbred). Each animal will need to be entered one per line. (ie if you are signing up 2 purebreds, there should be two listed, one per line).

A member MUST be enrolled in the 4-H project(s) that correlate(s) with their Junior Fair Entry Form class(es) in order to exhibit. This is why the April 1 Project Enrollment deadline is important.

Members with incorrect or late project enrollment data run the risk of not being eligible to exhibit at the 2019 Junior Fair.

JULY 12 – Junior Fair Scratches due.

We understand that things happen. Projects don’t get finished and animals don’t develop as expected. That said, PLEASE be courteous to our office and the Junior Fair Board and submit scratches as early as possible. Scratches create extreme inefficiencies in our office when not reported. They effect pre-fair judging schedules, printing of vouchers and pen cards, and stall assignments.

JULY 15-19 – Pre-Fair Judging Week for ALL non-livestock projects

July 21-28 – 2019 Shelby County Junior Fair

Beginning Beekeeping Class

Greater Grand Lake Beekeeping Association (GGLBA) would like to invite you to register for our 2019 Beginning Beekeeping class.  Whether you are looking to get started keeping bees yourself, have kept bees for a year or two, or just want to find out more about what is involved in keeping bees, this class is for you.  This class is especially well-suited for 4-H members planning to take a beekeeping project this year.

February 9, 2019 –

For more information, go to our website at

GGLBA is a 501c3 affiliate association of Ohio State Beekeepers Association serving midwestern Ohio.

4-H Trinkets Available for Purchase

Struggling to find that last minute gift or stocking stuffer? We have trinkets in our office for the 4-H’ers in your life. While supplies last until 4:30 p.m. Friday 12/22/18.

  • Drawstring bags – $5
  • Sunglasses – $3
  • Ornaments – $5
  • Hanging logo air freshener – $2
  • Clip on logo air freshener – $3
  • Hot/cold pack – $4
  • Decals – $2
  • Lanyards – $2
  • Scented pencils – 2 for $1
  • Baby wipes (clip on containers) – $3

Note: We close at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and are closed Monday and Tuesday for the holiday!