Registration Open for the Southwest Ohio Perennial School

Photo Caption: 2017 participants earnestly listen to perennial horticulture presentations.

Ohio State University Extension Clermont County will host the 24th Southwest Ohio Perennial School on April 12, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Clermont County Fairground’s 4-H Hall, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio.

The event will feature educational presentations with a tradeshow, staffed by regional vendors and gardening organizations.

Speakers include (topics titles subject to change) “Introduction to Growing Mushrooms” Jerry Iles, OSU Extension, Fairfield County; “Farmer Florist” Tracey Parriman, Tracey Rae Farmer Florist; “Designing your Landscape” Kyra Back, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden; “Time for Better Breads and Butter: Expand Planting Choices” Brian Heinz, Spring Grove Cemetery & Arboretum and one yet to be determined.

Download a registration form. Registration is $40 on or before April 1; registration will be $45 after April 1. Fee includes program, continental breakfast, buffet lunch, refreshments, handouts and door prize tickets. Our favorite Chef Michael of “Taste of the Good Life” will be catering lunch.

Clermont Extension is a non-formal education branch of OSU. The office merges needs of local citizens with OSU’s research through four focus areas: Family & Consumer Sciences, 4-H Youth Development, Agriculture & Natural Resources and Community Development. Call 513-732-7070 for more information.

Participant registration form

Vendor registration form

2018 QA Dates

All exhibitors needing AQCA training must have it completed by June 1st of the current year to be eligible to show and sell at the county and state fair.

Exhibitors who attend a training in another county are responsible for submitting their paperwork to OSU Extension – Clermont County by June 1st.

FFA members may meet the qualification through their Agriculture Education coursework. FFA Advisers must turn in a list of those who completed by June 1st to OSU Extension – Clermont County. This includes neighboring county Ag Ed/FFA programs too.

Exhibitors may meet the requirements through face to face training or by passing a test with a 70% or higher.

Youth who are between the ages of 12 and 18 as of January 1, 2018 are eligible to take a test developed for their age level.  4-H or FFA members who pass the test will be exempt from the quality assurance requirement until they move to the next age bracket, or are no longer a Junior Fair market livestock exhibitor.  There are two age groups: 12-14 and 15-18.

AQCA Dates (livestock and equine):

April 17, 2018  U.S. Grant Career Center Face to Face and Equine 6p registration  6:30p program
May 12, 2018 4-H Hall Face to Face and Equine 10a registration  10:30a program

Statewide AQCA Clinics Offering QA:

If you have questions, please call the Extension Office at 513-732-7070.

Highland County

  • April 14 – Rabbit Quality Assurance, Registration: 8:30 a.m., Program: 8:45 a.m., Highland County Fairgrounds – Wharton Building
  • April 26 – Poultry Quality Assurance, Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:15 p.m., Highland County Fairgrounds – Wharton Building
  • May 15 – Quality Assurance Greenfield, Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:15 p.m.
  • May 23 – Quality Assurance Hillsboro, Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:15 p.m.,
  • May 24 – Quality Assurance Leesburg, Registration: 6:00 p.m., Program: 6:15 p.m.

Scioto & Pike

  • April 5th, 2018 – General QA at Valley Middle School from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm. Test Out option will begin at 4:30 pm
  • April 10th, 2018 – Rabbit & Poultry QA at the Pike County Fairgrounds from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm.
  • April 19th, 2018 – General QA at the Scioto County Fairgrounds from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm.
  • April 12th General QA at Northwest High School from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm. Test Out option will begin at 4:30 pm
  • May 17th General QA at Green High School from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm. Test Out option will begin at 4:30 pm
  • May 26th, 2018 – General QA at the Scioto County Fairgrounds from 9 am to Noon with registration beginning at 8:30 am.
  • June 14th, 2018 – Skillathon & General QA at the Scioto Fairgrounds from 6 to 8 pm with registration beginning at 5:30 pm

Adams County

  • March 3rd, 9-12, Fairgrounds – Hog Clinic
  • March 17th, 9-12, Fairgrounds – Goat Clinic
  • April 21st, 9-11, Fairgrounds – Rabbit Clinic
  • May 1 & 2, 6-7:30, OVCTC – General QA

Brown County

  • Eastern Brown HS @ 5:30pm on April 10th
  • Georgetown HS @1:00pm on April 14th — Small Animal Clinic with Poultry/Rabbit breakouts (Travis West & Lucinda Miller)
  • Brown County Fairgrounds @9:30 (registration, start at 10): May 19th: Large Animal Clinic with breakouts
  • Georgetown HS @ 7:00pm on June 4th

Turkey Pick-Up

Turkey pick-up will be Tuesday, March 27, from 3:00pm-6:00pm in the Kitchen.  Please bring a box and towel with you to keep your turkeys warm.  You will also need to have feed and water ready to give them as soon as you get them home.

MarketReady Training Coming to Clermont!

March 23, 2018

OSU Extension, Clermont County (4-H Hall)

1000 Locust Street, Owensville, Ohio 45160 (Batavia for mapping)

Registration and brochure


MarketReady is a comprehensive educational program that prepares food producers to sell directly to consumers and wholesale buyers. The Ohio MarketReady Team provides professional education to improve marketing planning and marketing relationships. MarketReady workshops and resources guide producers through the decisions needed for entering various direct marketing channels.

Are you MarketReady?

(Selling directly to Consumers)
– On & off farm markets & farmers’ markets
– Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

(Selling directly to Wholesale Buyers)
– Chefs – restaurants & caterers
– Grocery stores & specialty retailers
– Food service (schools & institutions) & food processors
– Food manufacturers

The MarketReady training is based around best business practices identified by buyers in each type of consumer and wholesale market.

Enroll in Clermont County 4-H!

Register now for the Clermont County 4-H program, the 2018 deadline is March 15!

4-H is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship and life skills. 4-H is about having fun through experiential learning. In 4-H, young people make new friends, develop skills, become leaders and assist in shaping their communities.


Leadership Opportunity for Clermont County Teens

Do you know a motivated and mature high school student that is academically strong who would like to explore topics not available in high school?  If yes or even maybe, contact OSU Extension Clermont County for more information regarding the LOOK Leadership program.  Enrollment is now open!  More Info:

Mercyworks and Power-Packed Calcium!

Calcium.  Where do you find your Calcium?  Is it only from dairy products?

Calcium is an important part of our dietary needs for a healthy, strong body!  Not only can we find calcium in our dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, but we can also find Calcium in a number of non-dairy foods!  Calcium can be found in our dark leafy green vegetables, in an assortment of fish and nuts & seeds.  We can also find it in oranges, avocado, tofu and Blackstrap Molasses.

This past week at the Mercyworks Food Pantry we focused on Dairy, especially Power-Packed, Calcium-Rich Snacks!  These snacks can help is get the healthy amount of calcium we need to keep our bodies strong and healthy!  The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that we have at least 2-3 servings of calcium every day.  Not everyone enjoys sitting down and drinking a nice tall glass of milk for a snack, so thankfully we can enjoy our calcium in other ways!  Yogurt is a great way, especially topped with fresh fruit and granola or used in a tasty fruit smoothie.  Another yummy and nutritious snack would be string cheese wrapped in deli meat or apples and cheese.

Our pantry participants created healthy fruit smoothies using low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, and an assortment of fresh fruit.  These smoothies were packed with flavor and the nutrients needed to help us stay healthy and get us closer to the daily recommended servings!  And the best part about these fruit smoothies, they were delicious!

We are looking forward to next week’s class!  If you are interested in the recipe we used, please email Becky at

Register Now for 4-H Tech Camp

Are you ready to geek-out at 4-H Camp Tech?! Join us for this overnight program from June 13-15 on the OSU campus in Columbus where you’ll learn coding, robotics, engineering design and more. This camp is open to youth entering grades 6,7 or 8 in fall 2018. Camp Tech is based at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center with overnight accommodations in an OSU. Dorm. Find the details at 4-H Camp Tech!

Ohio Smart Agriculture Program

OSU Extension would like to invite you to help plan for the future of Ohio Agriculture by attending the OHIO SMART AGRICULTURE Program with meetings being held across Ohio on March 5 (OSU South Centers); March 8 (Clark County); March 14 (Wood County); March 15 (Wayne County); and March 16 (Fairfield County).

This meeting is seeking FEEDBACK from Ohio producers and agriculture stakeholders to help identify, design, and deploy strategies to support SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE in Ohio to feed not only the world, but especially our most vulnerable neighbors right here in Ohio.  The goal is an ACTION PLAN for RESILIENT AG.   Please join us to share your views and recommendations at this forum.  Meet and discuss with fellow stakeholders from the agricultural, environmental, food security and health fields about safeguarding agriculture for Ohio’s future.

There is no cost to attend this meeting!

To help to plan for program handouts and refreshments, please RSVP to: Shannon Mott at

More information can be found at:

We hope you can attend this meeting!