Now’s the Time to Enroll in Clermont County 4-H!

4-H members with clover (4-H Mascot) enjoying the Clermont County Fair4-H enrollment season is here! Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15.

4-H gives youth a chance to pursue their own interests – from photography to computers to cake decorating, from building rockets to raising sheep.  4-Hers go places – to camp, to fairs, to state and national conferences and competitions. They learn to be leaders and active citizens.

Clermont County has nearly forty 4-H clubs, specializing in home economics, leadership, shooting sports and animal science. Through individual and group projects, 4-H instills integrity, service, leadership and personal growth in youth. To view a list of projects and resources, please visit projectcentral.ohio4h.org.

To be a 4-H member, a child must be age 8 and in the third grade. For younger children (age 5 and in Kindergarten), Clermont County offers a program called 4-H Cloverbuds.  Cloverbuds participate in non-competitive activities exploring a variety of fun, hands on interest areas.  Accommodations can be made for youth with disabilities through our Winning 4-H Plan.

How to Enroll – New and Returning Members (New Family instruction begins on page 8).  Click here for a coordinating Video.

Everyone Will Be Counted in the 2020 Census

Census Partnership Web BadgeThe 2020 Census data collection will begin in mid-March. Data collected in the census will inform the distribution of more than $675 billion in federal funds to states and communities each year for things like infrastructure, health care, and food assistance. It is important that everyone respond to the 2020 Census.

Direct federal funds to local communities for schools, roads, and other public services; help communities prepare to meet transportation and emergency readiness needs; and determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and political representation at all levels of government. The census is so important that every household’s response is required by law, and answers are kept confidential. Every household will have the option to respond online, by mail, or by phone. Data will be collected face-to-face from those who do not or cannot respond in another way. More information is available at https://2020census.gov/.

Healthy Snacks Demo for Teens

strawberry-smoothieTeens are invited for some tasty snacks at the Amelia Library. Learn how to make healthy snacks that taste good and are great for those after-school cravings. Everyone can try samples and will be given recipes to try at home. The discussion also will include nutrition tips. The demonstration includes how to make smoothies and wraps.

This is a great way for members taking food & nutrition projects to meet their leadership requirement.

The Teen Café program is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the Amelia Library, 58 Maple St. Teens age 12 and up are welcome. Call the Library at 752-5580 to register and more information or visit clermontlibrary.org.

Quality Assurance and Horse Safety & Ethics Training

4-H and FFA members who are planning to exhibit a food quality animal for the 2020 Clermont County Fair must participate in Assuring Quality Care for Animals (a.k.a. QA Training).

The following animals MUST attend AQCA training each year, unless they have completed and passed the test out option:

  • market steers/heifers
  • feeder calves
  • lactating dairy goats
  • lactating dairy cattle
  • market lambs
  • market hogs
  • market goats
  • market poultry
  • meat rabbits

All exhibitors needing AQCA training must have it completed by June 1st of the current year to be eligible to show and sell at the county and state fair.  Exhibitors who attend a training in another county are responsible for submitting their paperwork to OSU Extension – Clermont County by June 1st.  FFA members may meet the qualification through their Agriculture Education coursework. FFA Advisers must turn in a list of those who completed by June 1st to OSU Extension – Clermont County. This includes neighboring county Ag Ed/FFA programs too.

4-H and FFA members who are planning to exhibit an equine project for the first time (regardless of age) must participate in Horse Safety and Ethics.

Click for a list of 2020 Clermont QA Dates: local and state-wide events that meet the Quality Assurance requirements.

Horse Safety and Ethics will be offered:

Thursday, April 2, Felicity High School, 5:00pm

Monday, April 6, Grant Career Center, 5:00pm

Saturday, April 25, Clermont County Fairgrounds – 4-H Hall, 10:00am

If you have questions, please call the Extension Office at 513-732-7070.

What Are You Waiting For…ENROLL TODAY!

4-H enrollment season is here! Registration for the Clermont County 4-H program is due by March 15.

How to Enroll – New and Returning Members (New Family instruction begins on page 8).  All re-enrolling members and volunteers already have a profile and will use the same password as last year.

Clermont County Rabbit Fun Show

rabbitThe Clermont County Rabbit Fun Show Committee is currently accepting raffle donations.

Individuals and clubs are asked to drop off donations of any kind to the Extension Office on or before April 24.

The raffle will take place during the Rabbit Fun Show on Sunday, April 26, at the Clermont County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the raffle will pay for rabbit cage burlap/fabric skirts and signs for the Rabbit/Poultry Barn.

Contact Brenda Bayne at 513-780-4434 with any questions.

Rabbit Fun Show Flyer

4-H Open House

4-H Grows Here logoJoin us on Saturday, February 15, at 4-H Hall from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm for a 4-H Open House We’ll have information about completing your 4-H projects, 4-H Camp, 4-H Enrollment, county & state fair winning projects will be on display, junior fair livestock registration and much more!

Spread the word and bring a friend!

If your club would like to participate, or if you have a 4-H project or camp/trip poster you would like to display, please contact Sharon Francis at 513-332-4897 or jfrancis@cinci.rr.com.

4-H Open House flyer