OSU Junior Swine Day 2019

The OSU Junior Swine Day is scheduled for March 30, 2019, from 9am-3pm.  It will be offered at two locations OSU Animal Sciences Bldg. (2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, OH) or OSU ATI ‐Wooster (1328 Dover Road, Wooster, OH).  Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch.  Make a club day of it…you don’t have to have a pig to participate. 🙂

Click the links below for registration and the schedule for the day.

Junior Swine Day Brochure

Junior Swine Day Schedule




New Year for a Healthier You!

I don’t know about you, but every year I seem to set the same New Year’s Resolution, to lose weight and get healthier.  I’m sure, this year probably won’t be any different!

We have 365 new opportunities in 2019 for a healthier me and you!  Getting back on track does not have to be difficult, especially when using MyPlate.

Once upon a time, starting back in the 1970’s, we had the Food Pyramid.  This Food pyramid was a nutrition food guide broken up into different sections to look like a pyramid.  Today we have MyPlate.  MyPlate looks like a place setting with a plate and glass.  It is the USDA’s updated guidelines for healthy nutrition to help make smarter choices with every food group.

MyPlate focuses on the 5 food groups: Fruits, Vegetables, Protein, Dairy and Grains.  When can use MyPlate to help us improve our healthy eating styles and sustain us for life!  Here are 10 tips to help us along the way.

  1. Choose from a variety of foods to get the nutrition and calories your body needs to be healthy.
  2. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Try fresh, frozen or canned fruits and veggies!
  3. Focus on whole fruits. Enjoy them as a snack or dessert and strive for 2 cups every day!
  4. Enjoy a variety vegetables. Enjoy them raw, steamed or roasted and strive for 2 ½ cups every day!
  5. Make half your grains whole grains. Look for the whole grain logo on your foods and look for foods that list 100% whole grain as the first or second ingredient.  Try for 6 ounces of grains a day.
  6. Switch to low-fat or fat-free milk and yogurt. Replace sour cream and cheese with low-fat yogurt, milk and cheese. Try for 3 cups of dairy!
  7. Vary your protein. Enjoy eggs, beans, nuts, seafood, lean meats and poultry.  Try for 5 ½ ounces a day.
  8. Drink and eat beverages and food with less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
  9. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. Try adding strawberries, lemons, cucumbers, mint or lime to your water for a tasty beverage.
  10. Everything we eat and drink matters. Remember with the right mix of healthy foods we can help build a healthier me and you for now and the future.  Small changes really do add up!

So, with 2019 here, let’s make it a great year, by being healthier versions of ourselves!  Together we can do this!

For more information on this topic, check out the website www.choosemyplate.gov


3 Hour Fertilizer Training January 31, 2019

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If you have not received your Fertilizer Certification to apply nutrients on 50 acres or more of a crop that is for sale, then you are in luck! We have a training class coming up on January 31, 2019 in Georgetown, OH at the Brown County Fairgrounds in the Community Room of the Administration Building. The class will be a 3 hour training from 1pm-4pm for anyone who has not received their certification in category 15 (private or commercial).

OSU Extension Educators from Adams, Brown and Clermont will be teaching you as well as OSU Extension Field Specialist, Greg Labarge.

Registration Link

Contact information: Brown County, James Morris 937-378-6716; Clermont County, Gigi Neal 513-732-7070; Adams County, David Dugan 937-544-2339

The class is sponsored by Carrington Farm Supply, Georgetown, OH.



2019 Pesticide/Fertilizer Recertification Registration is Open

Get registered today for upcoming Private Applicator Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification classes.

Once registered for the class then mail in and pay your ODA licensing fee. You must do both to get your 2019 recertification license.

OSU Extension Recertification Registration link!

RESCHEDULED: Market Beef Tag-In & Poultry Ordering

Due to the forecast for inclement weather, market beef tag-in and poultry ordering will be rescheduled for Saturday, January 19, from 8:00am-10:00am.

This does not change the deadline for youth who plan to show market beef at the Ohio State Fair.  The deadline to submit DNA samples is Tuesday, January 15.  Kits can be picked up at the Extension office until 4:00 p.m. today, January 11.

Additional poultry registration dates and times are listed below.

  • January 19 (Turkey & Chicken); 8:00am-10:00am
  • February 2 (Turkey & Chicken); 8:00am-10:00am
  • March 9 (Chicken only); 8:00am-10:00am
  • April 6 (Chicken only); 8:00am-10:00am

All turkey orders are due by 10:00am on Saturday, February 2.

All chicken orders are due by 10:00am on Saturday, April 6.

Francis and Wildey Selected as National 4-H Conference Delegates

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council members, Sarah Francis and Lillian Wildey, have been selected as Ohio delegates to attend the National 4-H Conference in Washington, D.C.  National 4‑H Conference is the pinnacle experience in 4‑H Civic Engagement, providing the opportunity for young people to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation and their world. Delegates will participate in hands-on activities to learn about civic engagement, civic education and personal development.  Sarah Francis is a member of Heritage Builders 4-H Club and Lillian Wildey is a member of Buckles and Boots 4-H Club.  Congratulations, Sarah and Lillian!  We know you will represent Ohio well!

Lillian Wildey                                                                                                       
Buckles and Boots 4-H Club                                                              

Sarah Francis
Heritage Builders 4-H Club

Conner Engle Selected to Attend National 4-H Photography Summit

Conner Engle, member of Ruff ‘N Stuff 4-H club, has been selected to receive an all-expense paid trip to the upcoming National 4-H Photography Summit at the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, MD!  Conner was selected because of his outstanding achievement at the 2018 Ohio State Fair.  He will have an opportunity to hear from leaders in the field about advancements in photo technology and emerging photo techniques, participate in skill building workshops and career round tables, as well as experience a photo assignment while exploring the nation’s capitol.  Congratulations, Conner, on this well-deserved achievement!

Girls with Goggles

Join us at Grant Career Center on February 20, 2019 for Girls with Goggles!  Girls with Goggles is a day designed to showcase the career paths offered at Grant Career Center for a female. All females in the sixth grade are invited to participate in the event. Don’t forget to visit Clermont County 4-H at the vendor fair during lunch! Registration forms are due by Thursday, January 10.

Girls with Goggles Registration Form

Hurry! Apply for State Camp/Trip Scholarships

Don’t miss this opportunity!  Apply today!  4-H camps and leadership trips are excellent opportunities for youth to expand their knowledge, develop new 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 2019 State and National Camp/Trip Scholarship Application and attend an interview.  Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 11, 2019.  Interviews will be held on a first-come, first-served basis on Monday, January 14, at 6:00 p.m. in the Senior Fair Board Office.

2019 Scholarship Application for State & National Opportunities