Spread Some Love: Peanut Butter & Jelly Drive

We are still accepting donations for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive!  We are currently approximately 22% to our goal but you now have until November 23 to donate!  All donations will be used to fill weekend food packs for local youth.  As of today, Ruff ‘N Stuff 4-H club has the most donations.  The club with the most donations at the end of the drive will win a pizza party!

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course Announcement

The Ohio Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety is announcing a Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training to be held on January 28, 2020 at the Clermont County OSU Extension Office, 1000 Locust St, Owensville, OH 45160. The training will be one day, 9AM-5PM with an hour for lunch (not provided). There is no cost for in state residents, $85 for out of state. Regulation excluded and exempt growers are also welcome to register for the training.

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.

Registrations to be submitted by January 17, 2020 to:


Fax: (614) 644-0720

Phone: (614) 728-6250

Mail: Ohio Department of Agriculture

Division of Food Safety – ATTN: Jordyn Brown

8995 E Main St

Reynoldsburg, OH 43068

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (614)600-4272 or


Matt Fout

Produce Safety Manager, Division of Food Safety

Ohio Department of Agriculture

2020 Camp Counselor Application Open

Clermont and Hamilton County 4-H are currently accepting applications for 4-H camp counselors!  Applicants must be 15-18 years of age (as of January 1, 2020) and be a 4-H member in good standing.  This year’s camp will be held June 5-9, at 4-H Camp Graham in Clarksville, Ohio. Camp counseling can be a very rewarding experience. Counselors will work as a member of a team to plan and conduct a high-quality, safe and fun overnight program for young people. While at the same time, developing his/her own skills and forming lifelong friendships.

Important Dates / Checklist for Counselor Applicants:
1. Online Application Due
Thursday, November 21, 2020, by 11:59 p.m.
All interested candidates must complete the online application.

2. Camp Counselor Assessment Set-Up
Friday, November 22, from 5:00-8:00 p.m.
All camp counselor applicants are required to attend. There will be an orientation, station planning, teaching and event set-up.

3. Camp Counselor Assessment Event
Saturday, November 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
All camp counselor applicants are required to attend. Applicants will participate in an, teaching activity and an interview.

4. Selection Notification Emails Sent
Friday, December 6, 2019
All applicants will receive an email notification.

Click here to access the application.

What Could Be Better Than an UGLY SWEATER???

Decorating one with your friends!!!  Join us for an UGLY SWEATER Decoration Party!

Saturday, November 23, from 10am-12pm in 4-H Hall.

Bring a sweater or sweatshirt to decorate.  Admission is only $5 OR a jar of peanut butter AND jelly (NO glass jars) per person, and includes glitter, sequins, glue, paint and other supplies.

There will be cookie decorating, crafts, card making, song, dance and lots of holiday fun!!!

Ugly Sweater Invitation

A Month of Giving: PB&J Drive

Clermont County 4-H is accepting donations of a family favorite – peanut butter and jelly!  Donations can be dropped off at the Extension Office and will be accepted through November 15.  It is encouraged that individuals donate both a peanut butter and jelly as one donation.  This will allow us to fill food bags with both items.  Please make sure that your donations are not expired or opened and homemade items or pre-made sandwiches will not be accepted  It is very important that jelly and jam donations are in plastic jars and children have to transport the items on the bus or carry them home.

The club that donates the most jars of PB&J will win a pizza party, sponsored by the Clermont County 4-H Committee!  The PB&J Drive is a great way for your club, business or organization to  support the youth in our community.  Get your team together (friends, family, co-workers and neighbors) and help us make November the month of giving!

Did You Forget to RSVP for the 4-H Recognition Dinner?

If you forgot to RSVP for the 4-H Recognition Dinner, contact the office today so we can have an accurate meal count.  Don’t miss out on an evening of fellowship and a delicious dinner (and dessert, of course!).  We are excited to celebrate the accomplishments of our volunteers and youth over the past year!

JFB Meeting Changed to November 13

This month’s Junior Fair Board meeting has been moved to Wednesday, November 13 at 7:00 p.m.  New members who still need to complete an interview are required to attend this meeting.  Members are asked to bring an unwrapped $5-$10 gift to donate to Child Focus for the holiday season and a jar of peanut butter and jelly to support to the PB&J Drive!

Farm Bill Decision Meetings: Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC)/ Price Loss Coverage (PLC)

The 2018 Farm Bill allows the choice to enroll in ARC or PLC for 2019-2023. Enrollment for 2019 is currently open with the deadline set as March 15, 2020. Join OSU Extension and the Farm Service Agency for an informational meeting to learn about important information to make the right election for your farm. Attend the meeting most convenient for you.

  • 11/12/19 –1:00pm –Brown County Education Service Center, 9231-B Hamer Rd, Georgetown, OH
  • 11/14/19 –7:00pm –Ross County Service Center RM B&D, 475 Western Ave, Chillicothe OH
  • 11/18/19 –7:00pm –OSU Extension, 17 Standpipe Road, Jackson, Ohio
  • 11/26/19 –7:00pm –OSU Extension, 111 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio
  • 12/02/19 –7:00pm –OSU South Centers-Endeavor Center, Rm 160, 1862 ShyvilleRoad, Piketon OH
  • 12/03/19 –1:00pm –Ross County Service Center RM A&C, 475 Western Ave, Chillicothe OH
  • 12/03/19 –3:00pm –Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center, 175 Lloyd Rd -Cafeteria, West Union, OH
  • 12/03/19 –7:00pm –OSU Extension, 31935 State Route 93, McArthur, OH
  • 12/04/19 –7:00pm –Scioto County Career and Technical Center, 951 Vern RiffeDr, Lucasville, OH
  • 12/05/19 –1:00pm –Hi Tech Building/ BMV, 1575 North High Street –Rooms 27 & 30B, Hillsboro, Ohio
  • 12/12/19 –9:00am –Crown Hill Golf Club, 9500 US 22 W, Williamsport, OH
  • 12/12/19 –6:00pm –4-H Hall, Clermont County Fairgrounds, 1000 Locust Street, Owensville, OH
  • 01/16/20 –1:00pm –Ross County Service Center RM B&D, 475 Western Ave, Chillicothe OH

To print your own flyer click here.

Get Your Elves in a Row

You are invited to sign up for the Get Your Elves in a Row Email Wellness Challenge running from November 25, 2019 – January 5, 2020.  Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to your inbox.

The goal of this six-week challenge is for you to reduce stress, and simplify your life by practicing wellness habits. During this challenge, you will gain ideas to help you:

  1. Practice Mindfulness
  2. Simplify your Meals
  3. Organize your Holiday Décor
  4. Embrace Humor and Positivity
  5. Declutter your Gift List and Schedule
  6. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits
  7. Add more Movement (“Elfercise”) to your Day

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up?