Congratulations to Margaret Jenkins – National Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator of the Year!

Margaret was recognized last week in Providence, Rhode Island at the Annual Session of the National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (NEAFCS). This annual award is given to only one FCS educator in the nation who is conducting outstanding educational programs that demonstrate impact on families and who has continued professional development activities and involvement.

Margaret is FCS Educator in Clermont County and has been in this role with OSU Extension since 2006. Her work encompasses leadership development, health/wellness, and financial security. She has expertise building coalitions in diverse settings with both youth/adults, championing the motto Better Lives. Stronger Communities. She is committed to working locally, statewide, and nationally to promote Family and Consumer Sciences as a timely, valuable, and significant profession.

Cloverbud Connections

The leaves are falling and it’s getting cooler outside—a great time for fall fun with your Cloverbud! Read the latest post on the Cloverbud Connections blog for some great ideas with your little 4-H’er!

University of Cincinnati Math Quest Festival

The inaugural UC Math Quest Math Festival will be a free event that is planned to attract approximately 250 3rd to 6th-grade students from the greater Cincinnati region.  The festival will consist of games, activities, and demonstrations planned to show students how mathematics is all around them.  Following the model of the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival, the UC Math Quest Math Festival is planned to consist of 10-15 different activities for students to explore.  Each activity has a mathematical connection but is designed to engage students in logic, problem-solving, sequencing, or other mathematics explorations.  Activities will be arranged in the UC Clermont Student Activities Center and students will be invited to move from activity to activity at their leisure, spending the time they desire at each activity.  Volunteers will be present at each activity table to assist students with understanding the activity and to further engage students in their activity exploration.

The goals of the UC Math Quest Festival are:

  • To engage students in a non-competitive celebration of great ideas and problems in mathematics
  • To engage students in activities highlighting the interconnectedness of STEM content
  • To provide a safe, educational, and fun community event
  • To bring students to the University of Cincinnati Clermont campus and showcase great opportunities they could explore relative to their future endeavors

The UC Math Quest Math Festival will be organized by the University of Cincinnati Blue Clermont campus and will be supported by various academic units and community partners.  Funding for the UC Math Quest Math Festival is sought through grants and generous support from businesses, community organizations, and individuals.

The festival is fully staffed by volunteers from UC Clermont, UC Blue Ash, and other community organizations, so the funds raised will support the event activities directly.

Additional festival support opportunities include volunteering at the festival, organizing a festival activity/table/demonstration, or donating materials directly.  For more information about these opportunities, please contact our festival coordinator, Sarah Ferguson, at

Coffee and Grain Marketing with Dr. Seungki Lee

Join Us On:
September 15 & November 17
7:30 to 8:00 a.m.
via Zoom

Grab a cup of coffee and join OSU Extension’s conversation with Dr. Seungki Lee as he examines the World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) crop reports each quarter in 2023. Learn more about the factors impacting the corn, soybean, and wheat markets. Producers are encouraged to bring their questions to this early morning conversation.

There is no fee to attend any of these webinar sessions.
Pre-register at:

EVENT SPONSORS: OSU Extension, Ohio Soybean Council, Farm Financial Management & Policy Institute (FFMPI), and the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Development Economics (AEDE)

Healthy Living Opportunities for 4-H Teens


Are you a 4-H’er interested in health? Do you see yourself potentially working in health one day? Nutritionist? Therapist? Nurse? Athletic Trainer? Geneticist?

Who: Any current 4-H’ers in grades 7 thru 12.

When: Friday, October 27 to Sunday, October 28, 2022

Where: Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp, 1362 Caves Rd, Jackson, OH 45640

Cost: $50 per youth (check or card)

Deadline: Register by 11:59pm on Sunday, October 8, 2022


What: Health University (HealthU) is a weekend camp in October focused on Healthy Living for 7th through 12th graders in Ohio 4-H. Join us at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp for a weekend as we explore four of the 10 Dimensions of Wellness and explore health-related careers. We will be exploring the following four tracks of wellness:

  • Physical wellness allows a person to engage in activities of daily living without experiencing undue fatigue or exhaustion. The physical dimension of wellness is supported through health behaviors, which include exercise, eating a healthy diet, limiting alcohol intake, not smoking, and getting adequate sleep each night.
  • Emotional wellness involves recognizing, accepting, and expressing feelings. Adequate rest is required for wellness in this dimension. If an individual’s mental function is hindered by stress and lack of sleep, they may struggle with accurately assessing a situation which then triggers negative emotional responses and disrupts emotional wellness.
  • Social wellness requires the ability to trust and respect other people and leads to the creation of supportive partnerships and friendships. Being socially well allows one to develop and maintain intimacy, and to have empathy and respect for others.
  • Creative wellness allows a person to appreciate and/or participate in a diverse range of arts or cultural experiences, and to value and cherish the surrounding world. Freely expressing thoughts and emotions through dance, song, drawing, painting, or writing are some of the ways to engage in creative wellness.



Application for 2023-2024 Ohio 4-H Health HEROES are open. This statewide teen healthy living advocacy group are called HEROES because they serve as Health Education Resources for Outreach, Engagement, and Service. Youth will learn about current issues and topics in healthy living, learn lessons and activities to implement in their local 4-H community, will be tasked to create an action plan to create change in their local community, and will be a part of a statewide cohort who cares about the health and well-being of Ohio youth.

Benefits of becoming a 4-H Health Hero are:

  • Learning about a variety of healthy living topics
  • Gaining valuable leadership and communication skills
  • Meeting other 4-H youth from across Ohio who are invested in healthy living
  • Leaving a positive impact on your family, friends, and community
  • Promoting the 4th H!

In previous years we have had youth focus on making change in health topics such as; mental health, vaping, opioids, and more.

Youth who are passionate about health and in grades 9 though 12 may apply! For more information, important dates, and expectations, you may check out Application is due Sunday, October 15th, 2023 by 11:59p.m.

Questions can be directed to Justin Bower, State 4-H Healthy Living and Ohio Military Kids Educator at or at 614-247-1979.

Kitchen Table Conversations at Farm Science Review

Visit our progressive “Kitchen Table Conversations” hosted by the OSU Ohio Women in Agriculture Learning Network. These conversations will be held during the Farm Science Review on September 19-21, 2023 located at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, OH.

2023 Kitchen Table Conversations

Order tickets early for $10 by using this QR Code. Tickets ordered through this link support Clermont Extension ANR program. Tickets at the gate are $15.

Orientation Meeting for New 4-H Dog Club

Join Pawsitively Barktastic for an orientation meeting on Monday, October 16, at 6:30 p.m. in the 4-H Hall. Pawsitively Barktastic is a new 4-H Club in Clermont County that will focus specifically on dog projects. Mark your calendar to come out and learn more about the club!