Parenting Power Hour

The Power Hour is a fun spin on parenting education. OSU Extension is offering parents and caregivers of young children, a series of three one-hour virtual workouts comprised of dialogue and videos to PUMP YOU UP!


In other words, we want to help you develop some knowledge, aspirations, strategies to replace those flabby wishes that your children would listen, or obey, with engaging your children’s cooperation.

The series runs August 25, 26, 27, from 6-7pm. Pre-Registration for this workshop is required. Register at: 

See you at the gym!

Congratulations 4-H General Project Winners!

Congratulations to all of our first place 4-H General Project winners!

Ohio 4-H Project Showcase

4-H Clover-with-transparent-backgroundThis summer we invite 4-H members in good standing to submit a photo of themselves with their 4-H project for display in an online project showcase. Click HERE to share what you liked about the project, submit your photo and one new thing you learned. Parents will also need to sign their approval for youth to participate.


Here’s more:

  • Select your favorite project – one per person
  • Send a great photo – at least 2 MB
  • Photos will be display after September 8 at

Submit your photos by August 15. Questions? Contact Sarah Longo at



2020 Skillathon Success!

2020 Skillathon ShirtOur first 2020 Jr Fair event was a success: 163 kids completed 200 skillathons!!!  We even added a new category for 2020, Llama/Alpaca.

A HUGE thank you to everyone that contributed to the success of the day…planning, creating, organizing, volunteering, cleaning…it couldn’t have happened without you!


Register for General Projects NOW!

Time is Running OutGeneral Project Judging Registration 
Registration for general project judging interviews is now open!  Interviews are being scheduled in 15-minute increments from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration closes TONIGHT, Wednesday, July 22. Below is the judging schedule.

  • Tuesday, July 28 – STEM & Natural Resources
  • Wednesday, July 29 – Leadership & Workforce Development
  • Thursday, July 30 – Food & Nutrition, Clothing & Textiles and Creative Arts

Register Here

We can’t wait to see your projects!


Make Money Now: Fill Your Hope Chest

Wooden chest with $I have been de-cluttering my home for the past three months. Rather, I have been trying to de-clutter! At the same time, I have had to manage my finances in “new” ways to meet the continuously emerging needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. I took a trip down memory lane as I opened my Hope Chest to add and subtract items.

What is a Hope Chest? Historically, the term hope chest symbolizes hope in a marriage. The hope chest itself is an important vessel that a newly married woman could one day hand down to her own daughter. Traditional cedar hope chests were also used to help protect fabrics and to give the items inside a pleasant aroma. Key words include vessel and a symbol of hope.

What would a 2020 Hope Chest need to look like and contain? In these changing times, the vessel needs to live in a virtual world and be an action of hope.

Ohio State University Extension designed a Hope Chest to “help people help themselves” amidst these uncertain times.  A temporary or transitional spending plan is needed to build hope and manage financial stress.

The purpose of the Hope Chest is for individuals and families to –

  1. Prioritize spending by separating needs from wants
  2. Identify realistic/SMART goals
  3. Gather current financial spending and saving information
  4. Evaluate COVID-19 pandemic emergency resources
  5. Develop a “new” Accounting for Your Money calendar
  6. Get through the next 6-months using Accounting for Your Money calendar
  7. Re-evaluate and adjust the transitional spending plan monthly

Directions for use of “Accounting for Your Money” Hope Chest

Begin by reviewing Steps 1 through 7 to obtain an overall picture of the components of the Hope Chest. After reviewing the components, you are ready to begin completing the steps.

Complete Steps 1 and 2 within a week. For Step 3 collect spending records before you add the information to the “Spending Tracker Tool” and “Income and Benefits Tool”.

Steps 4 and 5 include evaluating resources and developing a transitional spending plan.

Steps 6 and 7 will occur over the next 6 months. Completing all the steps will help manage your spending and saving habits.

Work on the steps with your family members/co-spenders and discuss your basic wants and needs. Determine how to best spend your money during the pandemic. Your family will be empowered to meet the new challenges brought about by the pandemic emergency and ease future financial stress.

Post evaluations of this program indicate that most individuals who complete the seven-step process reveal they have/find additional money to use for meeting personal goals.

Click here to “make money now” and start filling your Hope Chest!

Written by:  Margaret Jenkins, OSU Extension Educator, Clermont County

Farm Science Review will be a Virtual Show in 2020

FSR boy and manFor the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be implemented for 2020.

The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and
Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES.
“Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.” Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said. While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors, exhibitors, partners, and staff safe.

In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors. “We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take a drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID19, such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors, and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit for ongoing updates.

Registration for General Project Judging

4-H Clover-with-transparent-backgroundRegistration for general project judging interviews is now open!

Interviews are being scheduled in 15 minute increments from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration will close on Wednesday, July 22. Below is the judging schedule.
Tuesday, July 28 – STEM & Natural Resources
Wednesday, July 29 – Leadership & Workforce Development
Thursday, July 30 – Food & Nutrition, Clothing & Textiles and Creative Arts

We can’t wait to see your projects!

2020 Clermont County Junior Fair Skillathon

Image may contain: 2 people, people sitting, table and indoor Skillathon is Sunday, July 19th
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
4-H Hall
*no record books needed

Pre-registration required!

FREE t-shirt to all participants sponsored once again by Southern Ohio Equipment Services! Thank you!!

If you have never participated in skillathon before, why not try it this year? No record books to complete and it will all be multiple choice type questions on the computer! See if you like it…you might learn something in the process.

Click here to Register

What to expect once you arrive:

  1. Please wait in your vehicle until called.
  2. Please leave your phone in your vehicle.
  3. Please provide your own mask or we can provide one for you. Masks are to worn at all times while inside the building.
  4. Project books are NOT needed. Leave it in your vehicle.
  5. Get your 1 t-shirt when you leave.
  6. Public restroom access from outside doors only.

Clermont County Junior Fair Tag Pick-Up

cow-ear tagClermont County Junior Fair will only be tagging feeder beef, breeding heifers and hogs this year for the fair. The exhibitors are asked to tag their own projects before coming to the fair. We will be using leftover old tags that say CCJFB not the electronic tags. If your animal already has an EID tag, you will not need to re-tag. We will use that number. We are asking Club Advisors to pick up tags for their clubs on Saturday at the fairgrounds from 9:00am to 11:00am. If you need help tagging please contact Kim ( or Penny (