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Registration is Now Open for Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. There will be no charge for those attending this year’s conference.  Registration and session information can be found at www.go.osu.edu/2021O4HC.

Virtual sessions will start at 9:00am on February 20, and 7:00pm on February 23 & 25.

Miami Valley Club Leadership Training

4-H members interested in learning about club leadership positions, running for a club office or gaining more leadership skills, are encouraged to participate in the Miami Valley Club Leadership Training.  We will share officer resources, practice Parliamentary Procedure and offer tips, tricks and resources for hosting virtual club meetings.  Register at the link below before 4:30 p.m. on February 11.

Click here to register!

4-H In-Person Meetings & Events Guidelines Updated

As we begin the new year, the Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events has been updated to reflect current guidance from Ohio State University and health officials. Beginning SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2021, the following is in effect:

  • Hosting virtual meetings and events is preferred
  • If activities are critical/essential and are in-person, they must be education-focused
  • Group cannot be larger than 50 people, including adults, youth, presenters, etc.
  • Social distancing must be maintained.  To provide six feet of physical distance between individuals, the occupancy of meeting spaces must be decreased by half
  • Face masks are required inside and outside at all times
  • Potlucks and buffets are not permitted

Any time a county is designated a Level 4 Public Health Emergency (color-coded purple) or is approaching purple (red with an asterisk) by the Ohio Department of Health, all in-person 4-H
club meetings and events must be held virtually or postponed until the designation changes to Level 3 or below. On January 14, Clermont County was designated as “approaching purple.”  Therefore, all 4-H meeting and events must remain virtual until our county designation lowers.

Find details and updated guidelines at  Ohio 4-H Planning Guide for In-Person Meetings & Events

 

 

2021 4-H Volunteer Training

Returning 4-H volunteers are invited to attend our virtual volunteer trainings.  As a reminder, all volunteers must complete at least one of the live training sessions OR complete the approved online training by March 1, in order to maintain their volunteer status.  The dates and details for each training are listed below.

  • 4-H Volunteer Training
    Thursday, February 11, at 10:00 a.m.

    Topics include: 4-HOnline 2.0, club resources and Policy 1.50.
    Click here to register
  • 4-H Volunteer Training
    Thursday, February 11, at 6:00 p.m.

    Topics include: 4-HOnline 2.0, club resources and Policy 1.50.
    Click here to register
  • Cloverbud Volunteer Training
    Tuesday, February 16, at 6:00 p.m.

    Topics include: Cloverbuds and Policy 1.50
    Click here to register here
  • Approved Online Training (pre-recorded modules)
    Complete anytime before March 1
    Click here for instructions

New Volunteers are required to attend a New Volunteer Orientation.  They can attend either the live session scheduled for Wednesday, March 3 or complete the approve online orientation.

  • New Volunteer Orientation
    Wednesday, March 3, at 6:00 p.m. 
    Topics include: About 4-H, Volunteerism, Club Management, Working with Youth, and Risk Management
    Click here to register here
  • Approved Online New Volunteer Orientation (pre-recorded modules)
    Complete anytime before March 1
    Click here for instructions

Southern Ohio Farm Show

This week’s episode is great for local farmers and 4-H youth who are wanting to show livestock. Also, don’t miss talks about bio security, discussion regarding farm bill decisions and  a ride in a semi to the elevator.

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4-H Polar Mystery SPIN Club for grades 6-8

A polar scientist has gone missing and no one can find her. Using data and maps, you will pinpoint her location and help to discover who took her in this virtual 4-H Special Interest Club to be held on Zoom Mondays Jan. 25 to March 15 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Register online here. Offered jointly by Ohio 4-H, the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center and collaborators at Rutgers University.

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Southern Ohio Farm Show

In this episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show, learn about the upcoming Strong @ Heart email challenge, Red Mulberry tree identification and the first of a multi-part series on the 2021 Farm Bill Decisions.
The second part of the Farm Bill Decision program will air next week, so be sure to tune in on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Trainings

The produce safety team has three online Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) trainings scheduled this winter, with the first one coming up next Thursday, on January 21st. These programs are free to attend.

You can find more information at producesafety.osu.edu/events. Registration links are available for each event:

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