Amazon Adventures!

Our Camp Counselors are working hard planning “Amazon Adventures” for County 4-H Camp.  There’s still time to register!

4-H Camp Details

  • When: Friday, June 9, 2017 – Tuesday, June 13, 2017
  • Where: 4-H Camp Graham, 164 Springhill Rd, Clarksville, Ohio 45113
  • Who: All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through age 14 (as of January 1, 2017). You don’t have to be in 4-H.

Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like creeking, crafts, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, campfires, canoeing, treasure hunting, and so much more!  Click here to register!

Master Gardener Volunteers at Work

Clermont County Master Gardener Volunteers have been busy cleaning, planting and reworking the Ag Center “People’s Garden”.  Mulch and educational name plates will be added to each plant.

The Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program provides intensive training in horticulture to interested Ohio residents who then volunteer their time assisting with educational programs and activities.  Volunteers are not required to have gardening skills or knowledge; a passion for learning about gardening and sharing this knowledge with others is a must!

Working with county Extension personnel, Master Gardener Volunteers provide such educational services to their communities as: answering gardening questions from the public; conducting plant clinics; gardening activities with children, senior citizens, or disabled persons; beautifying the community; developing community or demonstration gardens; and other horticultural activities.

To learn more about the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program, visit Clermont Extension at, or contact Gigi Neal, OSU Extension Clermont County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, at 513-732-7070 or email

New(er) Family Night

The first annual New(er) Family Night was a huge success!  Thank you to our presenters and everyone who staffed a station.  We were so excited to have so many new 4-H families join us!

Poultry Projects!

Market Chicken Pick-up is Wednesday, May 24, from 3:00pm-6:00pm at 4-H Hall Kitchen on the Clermont County Fairgrounds (1000 Locust St, Owensville).  Please make sure you bring a box with a lid to transport your chickens and have food and water at home to feed your chickens.

Pullorum Testing is Saturday, June 3, from 11:00am-1:00pm in the Poultry Barn.  Exhibition and breeding chickens only; no turkeys, ducks or geese.  Market Chickens do not have to be Pullorum Tested unless they are co-mingled with other poultry.

2107 Clermont County Fair Poultry Rules

For 4-H members raising birds for show or fun, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS) “Biosecurity for Birds” program has multiple resources available to help members learn more about biosecurity practices that can protect their flocks from infectious disease like Avian Influenza.

Biosecurity at Fairs/Shows focuses on educating bird owners about increased disease threats during fair season. It also provides great tips for youth and families to keep on hand to proactively protect their birds and, in turn, help protect all poultry in the U.S. from disease…please read!




Register Now for 4-H Camp!

Registration is now open for Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp!  4-H Camp Graham is going to the Amazon June 9-13.  All youth, ages 8 and in 3rd grade through age 14 (as of January 1, 2017), are invited to Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp. Campers will have fun meeting other youth while participating in a variety of camp activities like creeking, crafts, nature exploration, swimming, hiking, team challenges, campfires, canoeing, treasure hunting, and so much more!

Real Money Real World

Thank you to Clermont Northeastern Middle School and Felicity Franklin Middle School for having us for Real Money Real World recently!

Real Money. Real World. (RMRW) is a financial literacy program for youth from Ohio State University Extension. Real Money. Real World. is fun and distinctive because it includes an interactive spending simulation that provides the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those made by 27-year-old adults. Contact OSU Extension Clermont County to schedule the program for your group today!

Below are scenes from RMRW.

Blue Ribbon and the Winner goes to…YOU!

The start of the county fair season in Ohio is just a few weeks away, Paulding County is the first Ohio fair and begins on June 12th and ending the season is Fairfield beginning October 8th. The county fair countdown begins as soon as the previous year’s fair ends. I know firsthand, my hometown has a rolling advertising sign with a daily countdown at the fairground entrance. The excitement, food, entertainment, youth displays and well, adult displays too!

Did you know that the Agricultural Societies were created for the purpose of communities to bring together farmers and homemakers to display their crops and wares? Of course, there is friendly competition but it was all based on agricultural achievement, recording of new agricultural methods and reporting those results to the State Board of Agriculture. You know, that stuff we call science and white papers to help improve our practices!

Not to long ago I watched an “Andy Griffith Show” re-run where Aunt Bee made her prized pickles to take to the county fair. Clara had been the blue ribbon winner for years and Aunt Bee was determined. She was so proud but everyone knew they were the worst tasting pickles around. But oh did they have fun watching the judging of the event. That is what it is all about, family, friends, and who canned the best pickles!

Each state has their own version of ag societies and how they recorded their outstanding production. From each state, then there is the county fair at the local level. Adults were the primary participants for many years and then youth started getting involved through 4-H and FFA projects. While our youth today seem to be the focus of our local county fairs, highlighting their agricultural achievements, record keeping and displaying their projects, (sounds familiar) I want you to think about what YOU, the adult, could participate in during your upcoming fair.

Do you have a talent for making jams and jellies, baking pies or cakes  , growing flowers, vegetables, fruits and grains? Maybe you like to preserve those vegetables and fruits.

How about sewing , needlepoint, rug making, painting, etc.

Are you an amateur wine or beer maker?

Do you like showing livestock? beef or dairy cattle, poultry, rabbits, horses, etc?

Adults can participate in the senior fair or adult portion of their local county fair, below is a short list in many categories.

  • open beef cattle show
  • bakery and pantry products
  • needle craft, art, ceramics and pottery
  • flower and horticulture
  • grains, vegetables, herbs and seeds
  • poultry
  • Grange
  • rabbits
  • wine making
  • open horse show
  • photography
  • quilting
  • antiques

Each county has their own set of rules and guidelines for participation in said events. Sometimes you can cross county lines and participate in more than one county! Visit your local county agriculture society to find out more information on the projects and events, rules and guidelines for participation.


“And the blue ribbon and the winner goes to YOU!”  



Housing Counseling partnerships highlighted by HUD in Bridge Newsletter

The OSU Extension office in rural Clermont County was the only on-location housing counseling agency in this high-foreclosure growth area, providing pre- and post- purchase housing counseling…


Fertilizer Trainings

It is getting closer to the time when Fertilizer Applicator Training Certification (FACT) will be coming to a close on September 30, 2017. After this date, it most likely will be a test option for anyone needing FACT certification, similar to pesticide license. For more information about FACT click here.

In June, 2014, Governor Kasich signed the Ohio agriculture nutrients law which will require farmers applying fertilizer to 50 acres or more to become certified. This certification is part of a broader initiative developed by a task force convened in 2012 with several Ohio agencies participating. The task force focused on developing recommendations for improving Ohio’s waterways while maintaining the integrity of the region’s agricultural industry.

Upcoming Fertilizer Training Opportunities:

Central Ohio

August 23, 2017 12-3 pm
Marion County Extension Office
222 W. Center Street, Marion, OH 43302
Fertilizer Certification 12-3 pm
Tim Barnes email:
Phone:  740-223-4040
Register Here

East Central Ohio

August 31, 2017 12:30-3:30
Fisher Auditorium, OARDC
1680 Madison Ave, Wooster, OH 44691
Fertilizer Certification
Rory Lewandowski: 
Phone:  330-264-8722
Register Here

North Central Ohio

November 22, 2017 6-9 pm
Wood County Fairgrounds, Jr. Fair Bldg
13800 W. Poe Road, Bowling Green, OH 43402
Fertilizer Certification
Alan Sundermeier: 
Phone:  419-354-9050
Register Here

Northeast Ohio

May 10, 2017 6-9 pm
Trumbull County Extension Office
520 West Main St, Suite 1, Cortland, Ohio 44410
Fertilizer Certification
Lee Beers email:
Phone: 330-638-6783
Register Here

June 14, 2017 9 am-12 pm
Ashtabula County Extension Office
39 Wall St, Jefferson, Ohio 44047
Fertilizer Certification
David Marrison  email:
Phone: 440-576-9008
Register Here

September 14, 2017 1-4 pm
Geauga County Extension Office
14269 Claridon-Troy Rd, Burton, Ohio 44021
Fertilizer Certification
Erik Draper email:
Phone: 440-834-4656
Register Here

Southeast Ohio

May 25, 2017 6-9 pm
Barnesville Library Annex
611 N. Chestnut Street, Barnesville, OH 43713
Fertilizer Certification
Daniel Lima email: 
Phone:  740-695-1455
Register Here

Southwest Ohio

June 22, 2017 9 am-12 pm
Cherry Bend Pheasant Farm
2326 Cherrybend Road, Wilmington, OH 45177
Fertilizer Certification
Tony Nye email:
Phone:  937-382-0901
Register Here

August 31, 2017 1-4 pm
Clermont County Fairgrounds – 4-H Hall
1000 Locust Street, Owensville, OH 45160
Fertilizer Certification
Gigi Neal:
Phone:  513-732-7070
Register Here

Cool, Wet Weather Hazards of Early Planting

If you have not read the CORN Newsletter, especially since many planted early in the April warm stretch, please take note of the conditions found from early planting. You may be in the process of replanting, emergence problems, soybean seedling issues and more. This weeks report has the following:

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