Get Your Pressure Canner Ready!

shelves of fruit & vegDoes your pressure canner need tested? Schedule an appointment with OSU Extension today to keep your family safe!

It’s just about time to fetch canners out of the basement or garage.  Fresh summer produce is on its way.  When was the last time your dial gauge pressure canner was tested for accuracy?  If it’s been more than one year, it’s time for a re-check.  OSU Extension Clermont  County will be testing dial gauge pressure canners on Wednesday June 17, and June 24, from 10:00am-1:00pm at the OUS Extension Office located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds (1000 Locust St, Owensville, OH) by appointment only.  There are additional pressure canner testing events happening across the state.  You can register for an appointment at or by calling 513-732-7070.  Appointments are 15-minutes, so please arrive on time.  You only need to bring the pressure canner lid to be tested.

Home canning is a relatively simple process, but many variables can affect your finished product.  There are so many resources with unsafe information that it is important to make sure you are following the most recent safe home canning guidelines. One guideline for home canning foods safely is using a pressure canner to process low-acid foods, such as vegetables, meat, poultry, and fish.  These low-acid foods must be pressure canned at the recommended time and temperature to destroy Clostridium botulinum, the bacterium that causes botulism food poisoning. Home canning low-acid foods in boiling water canners is absolutely unsafe because 212 degrees F is not high enough to destroy botulinum bacteria.

With good reason, most people have a healthy regard for the possible dangers of pressure canners.  Usually this respect is based on an old story of a pressure canner “blowing up” in someone’s grandmother’s kitchen.  Regardless, it is important to realize that pressure canners are safe if the safety precautions are followed and the canner is used properly.  Dangers arise when the unit isn’t maintained and/or used properly. To make sure your pressure canner is working properly, all dial-gauge pressure canners should be tested for accuracy each year.

Remember, home food preservation can be safe, simple and easy to learn!

Congratulations 2020 4-H Graduates!

Congrats Class of 2020Join us in congratulating our class of 2020 4-H graduates.  While it may not be the graduation and celebration they looked forward to, it will surely be one they’ll never forget. We are proud of them and all their accomplishments!

Class of 2020, we celebrate you and hope that you continue to allow your head, heart, hands, and health guide you through a path that leads you to fulfill your purpose in your community, country and world.


Attention Poultry Peeps!

Poultry SPIN ClubWhether you are enrolled in a poultry project or just interested in learning more, check out this great opportunity!

Sessions will cover breeds, basic knowledge, housing, equipment, handing, showmanship, common health concerns, biosecurity, and nutrition. We will take a virtual field trip, learn about careers, and marketing in the poultry industry. The club will meet Mondays and Wednesdays starting on Monday, June 8th – Wednesday, July 1st at 1pm. The cost is free and location is from the comfort of your own home/computer.

Space is limited so don’t wait. Register at

Sew Much to Learn…

sewing supplies


Does your 4-H’er need to know the difference between a running stitch and back stitch? The Master Clothing Educators will be available live during Zoom this month to answer questions and share sewing skills. No need to register – just drop in!


June 4: 10:30 a.m. – noon
June 8: 3:30 – 5 p.m.
June 30: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
July 8: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting…
Password: 447231

Join Zoom Meeting…
Password: 447231

Club Resources for Virtual Meetings

laptopHere are two new resources for virtual club meetings: Virtual Meeting Agenda and Meeting Considerations and Recreation Resources that work virtually.



Additional Resources:

We Want to Celebrate our Seniors!


Senior year is an important time for high school students — it’s a time to celebrate milestones and the hard work of the past 12 school years, as well as, say goodbye to teachers, classmates and friends as they embark on their new journeys into college or their selected career paths.

The class of 2020 may not get to experience those moments (traditionally), so we would like to highlight our 4-H grads!  If you’re a graduating senior (or have one in your family/club) please fill out the following survey and upload a photo.  We are looking for a quick turnaround, deadline for submissions is Monday, May 25, 2020, by 10:00pm.

Senior Spotlight Survey



Do You Have a Bounty of Berries? Join the Jams & Jellies Q&A.

strawberries and strawberry jamHome food preservation is a big topic this year.  We want to get you started off right, even if we can’t meet them face-to-face.

The OSU Extension Food Preservation Team is hosting live “Office Hours” events to be held bi-weekly through the end of July.  Each of these Tuesday sessions will be held from 4:00-5:00pm.  Sessions will start with a short presentation and the remainder of time will be for open Q&A.  The presentations will be recorded and posted for those who can not attend live.   All recordings will be posted after each event at:


Please register in advance by clicking the title below. 

June 2 Jams and Jellies
June 16 Canning & Freezing Vegetables
June 30 Canning and Freezing Fruits
July 14 Making Pickles
July 28 Making Salsa

Do you need your pressure canner tested?  

A pressure canner is a very important piece of equipment when it comes to home food preservation. Making sure it is working properly is a precaution that should be taken seriously. To avoid any issues with the proper function of your pressure canner, the USDA recommends having gauges tested annually.  OSU Extension Clermont County offers testing of your pressure canner gauges and inspection of the seals and safety plugs for only $5!

Appointments are requested by calling 513-732-7070 or email 

Sheep Scholarship!

CheviotThe Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association (OCBA) is seeking applicants for the Jim Cluff Memorial Starter Flock Award.

The OCBA started the contest in 1994 to award a Cheviot starter flock to an Ohio youth up to 17 years of age. The purpose of the award is to introduce the youth to the enjoyment of raising and owning a purebred Cheviot sheep, as well as encouraging the growth of new Cheviot breeders in Ohio.

The contest winner will receive the following: a one-year membership in the OCBA, one bred ewe the first year, one ram the second year and in the third year the youth will donate a lamb to continue the award.

The application deadline is September 30th. For an application and contest rules please contact the Ohio Cheviot Breeders Association Starter Flock Committee Chairperson, Tabitha Weisend, at 740-459-9751 or

Bee Help!

honey beesHave you discovered a bee swarm on your property?

The Extension Office receives many messages regarding bees and many questions about who can remove beehives. Our Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, Gigi Neal, maintains a swarm list, which is organized by county, to help homeowners. Download the list here.

Honeybees tend to swarm around May and June. Visit Southwestern Ohio Beekeepers Association for more information about apiary science (beekeeping).

Guidelines and Application for the Jerry Krebs Honorary Scholarship

In an effort to honor the volunteerism of Jerry Krebs and to recognize the youth of Clermont County, the Clermont County 4-H Advisory Committee has put forth the Jerry Krebs Honorary Scholarship.  The purpose of this scholarship is to financially assist high school seniors, and/or first year graduates who are continuing their education at an accredited institution in any field. This scholarship is open to Clermont County, Ohio 4-H members. This is a nonrenewable scholarship awarded in the amount of $500.

Guidelines and Application for the Jerry Krebs Honorary Scholarship