2018 4-H Volunteer Training Dates

4-H Volunteers, mark your calendars for our 2018 4-H Volunteer Trainings!  There will be three (3) training dates available for returning volunteers and two (2) training dates available for new volunteers.

New this year, we will be partnering with neighboring counties to host a mini-conference.  We will provide child protection training and a variety of sessions for 4-H volunteers as well as officer training hosted by OSU Collegiate 4-H for your club officers.

All volunteers are required to attend one (1) training session in order to maintain their volunteer status for the 2018 4-H year.  Registration will be available soon!

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4-H State and National Camp/Trip Scholarship

4-H camps and leadership trips are excellent opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge, develop friendships, and learn exceptional leadership skills.  The 4-H Committee is providing scholarships for Clermont County 4-H members to attend 10 different state camps and national trips.  All youth wishing to apply for a scholarship must complete the 2018 State and National Camp/Trip Scholarship Application and attend an interview.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018.  Interviews will be held on a first-come, first-served basis on Tuesday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Office.

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4-H Camp Holiday Special

Looking for the perfect holiday gift?  Give the gift of 4-H Camp!

But you have to act fast! We’re only offering our 4-H Camp Holiday Special until 4:00 p.m. on December 15.

Clermont/Hamilton County 4-H Camp will be held June 8-12, 2018 at Camp Graham in Clarksville, Ohio.  Camp is open to any youth ages 8-14 as of January 1, 2018.  Campers will develop leadership skills, citizenship awareness, responsibility, and self-esteem in a group living situation, away from home.  4-H Camp offers a wide variety of activities such as: swimming, canoeing, nature hiking, archery, sports, and much more!

The 4-H Camp Holiday Special is available December 11, through December 15 to both 4-H members and non 4-H members.  This is the best discount that is offered for 4-H camp.  Sign your child up for camp now, and receive $20 off the base registration fee (regular camp fees for 4-H members is $240 and non-members is $265).  In the spring, you will have the opportunity to add camp sessions and extra activities.  To take advantage of the special pricing, registration must be received and paid in full by December 15.  A gift certificate will be emailed for you to print, wrap and give to your favorite camper!

So, this year, give the gift of friendship and fun!  Give the gift of 4-H Camp!

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Real Money. Real World.

Thank you to New Richmond High 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  adults. Contact OSU Extension Clermont County to schedule the program for your group today!

Thank you, TSC!

Each Spring and Fall, Tractor Supply helps raise money for 4-H programs with the Paper Clover Campaign, a national in-store fundraiser that benefits 4-H programming. 80% of funds raised go back to local 4‑H programs to support scholarships for camp and leadership activities.  In the most recent campaign Clermont County raised over $830!  Thank you to the clubs and individuals that volunteered during the campaign.

 

The Spirit of Giving!

In the spirit of the holiday season, Clermont County volunteers, 4-H members and advisors opened their hearts and gave generously!  Over $650 in gift cards were collected at the 4-H Volunteer Banquet to share blessings with older youth who are currently in foster care, group homes or other living arrangements under the supervision Clermont County Department of Job and Family Services and Children’s Protective Services.  Many thanks to all who participated!

Together we can make a difference!

ATTENTION POULTRY EXHIBITORS

NEW THIS YEAR: There will be NO mail in order forms for poultry.  Members wishing to exhibit market turkeys and/or market chickens must place their orders on site at the Clermont County Fairgrounds 4-H Hall. Registration dates and times are listed below.

  • January 13 (Turkey & Chicken); 8:00am-10:00am
  • February 3  (Turkey & Chicken) ; 8:00am-10:00am
  • March 24 (Chicken only); 8:00am-12:00pm
  • April 7 (Chicken only); 8:00am-12:00pm

All Turkey orders are due by 12:00pm on February 3.

All Chicken orders are due by 12:00pm on April 7.

Private Pesticide Applicator and Fertilizer Recertification

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The 2018 dates have been set for the private pesticide and fertilizer recertifications. If your pesticide license or fertilizer certification will expire in March 2018, then you need to be at one of these training’s this winter. Recertification courses are offered throughout the state and you are able to attend any one of them to meet the criteria for recertification.

Renewal is a 2 step process.

Step #1: You will be receiving a letter in the the mail from the Ohio Department of Agriculture. This will have your application for renewal and that must be filled out with payment and mailed back to ODA. If you do not fill out and mail this renewal form back to ODA, you will NOT receive a renewal card, therefore you will not be able to purchase restricted pesticides or fertilizer.

Step #2: You will also need to register for the recertification training course offered through OSU Extension. You may register for these courses by clicking here for further information.

Check your recertification status here.

If you have questions, contact your local extension office. Clermont may contact 513-732-7070 or neal.331@osu.edu.

NCR-SARE Our Farms Our Future Scholarship Application

SARE/NCAT-ATTRA Our Farms Our Future Conference
April 3-5, 2018, Saint Louis, Missouri

The North Central SARE Administrative Council wants to have diverse voices and perspectives represented at the Our Farms Our Future Conference, as we gather to envision the future of sustainable agriculture. A limited number of scholarships are available for qualified applicants. Scholarships will be awarded to encourage attendance by young farmers and ranchers, future researchers (graduate students), and long-time sustainable agricultural practitioners from diverse backgrounds. Scholarships will cover registration, travel, and lodging during the conference.

We are especially interested in awarding scholarships to applicants who might not otherwise be able to attend, and to applicants who represent the diverse demography (race, ethnicity, age, sex, veteran status, geography) of our North Central region.

Scholarship applications will open December 4, 2017 and be evaluated weekly, on a rolling basis starting December 11, 2017 until all scholarships are awarded. Go to this link to apply or cut and paste the address into your browser window:  https://tinyurl.com/ybzdpuas

You must reside or farm in one of the twelve states of the North Central region (IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, NE, ND, OH, SD, and WI) to be eligible for this scholarship.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact Jean Andreasen, ncrsare@umn.edu, phone: 612.626.3113, for a print form, which can then be mailed or emailed back to the NCR-SARE office.

For questions and information, contact the Ohio Sustainable Ag Team co-leaders Mike (hogan.1@osu.edu) or Suzanne (mills-wasniak.1@osu.edu).

 

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course

 The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), Division of Food Safety is announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training on Wednesday December 20, 2017 to be held at Produce Perks Midwest, 3700 Park 42 Drive, Suite 105A, Cincinnati, Ohio.  The training will be one day, 8:00AM-5:00PM (with an hour lunch, not provided). There is no cost for the training and the book will be provided.  The class will be limited to 30 participants.  Because of limited space, first priority will be given to growers that must comply with the Produce Safety Rules (§ 112 Standards for the Growing, Harvesting, Packing, and Holding of Produce for Human Consumption).

The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in § 112.22(c) which states ‘At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.’

The course will cover basic produce safety; worker health, hygiene, and training; soil amendments; wildlife, domesticated animals, and land use; agricultural water (both production and postharvest); postharvest handling and sanitation; and developing a farm food safety plan. As a participant you can expected to gain a basic understanding of: microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm; how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks; how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm; parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one; and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them. There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.

To receive a completion certificate, a participant must be present for the entire training and submit the appropriate paperwork to their trainer at the end of the course.

If you wish to attend the training, fill out the application, and return it to the ODA no later than December 10th, 2017.  Growers who have been approved to attend the training will receive a confirmation letter in the mail before the training. If you do not receive a confirmation letter, your name will be added to a wait list and we will contact you when the next class is available in your area. The ODA will be offering multiple training’s throughout the state over the next year so there will be other opportunities to attend this training.

If you know of someone that is interested in attending a training class in their area and they did not receive a mailing they can call the ODA at 614-728-6250 to register.

Should you have produce safety questions, please feel free to contact me at 614-600-4272.

 

Regards,

Matt Fout

Produce Safety Manager, Division of Food Safety

Ohio Department of Agriculture