Join Clermont County 4-H

The 4-H program is a community of young people across America who are learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills as they work in partnership with caring adults. What does that mean? In 4-H, we are committed to helping young people develop skills that will help them succeed. We want to empower all youth to reach their full potential.

4-H’s hands-on approach is proven to grow life skills like confidence, independence, resilience, and compassion through stages and developed through experiences, not instruction. The result? Kids who are empowered with the skills to lead for a lifetime.

Now is the time to enroll in the Clermont County 4-H program!  While youth can join 4-H anytime throughout the year, in order to be eligible to exhibit at the Clermont County Fair, members must enroll by March 15, 2022.

Click the link below to access 4-H Online 2.0.

4-H Online 2.0

RETURNING Families will use the family email address that is on file with the Extension office and the password previously created for 4-H Online.  If you don’t remember your password, you can choose “reset password” on the home page of 4-H Online.  If you are not sure which email address you use, please contact the office or your club advisor.  If you have been in 4-H before, please do NOT create a new profile.

Returning Member Enrollment Help Video

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for Returning Members

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for Returning Volunteers

NEW families, those who have not previously been involved with 4-H, will need to create a new profile following the instructions below.

New Member Enrollment Help Video

Step-by-Step Instruction Guide for New Members

If you are looking for a new project or still trying to decide what to take, check out the “What’s your 4-H?” Quiz!

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

Market Beef Tag-In and State Fair DNA Kits

Exhibitors taking a steer or market heifer to the 2022 Clermont County Fair, must attend market beef tag-in on January 15, from 8-10 a.m. at the Clermont County Fairgrounds.

For those who plan to participate in the 2022 Ohio State Fair Large Market Beef show (steer or market heifer), DNA kits are available at the Extension Office. It is the exhibitor’s responsibility to complete the registration process and for it to be in possession of the Ohio State Fair by January 15 each year. Not postmarked but in possession by January 15.


Join Us at the Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2022 Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs.

Sessions will start at 9:00 am on March 12, 2022 in the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  Click here to access the registration materials (booklet/registration form).  Registrations are due to the Clermont County Extension Office by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9.

Share Your Spark: Become a 4-H Volunteer

Volunteers are the foundation of the 4-H youth development program. Behind every 4-H member is an adult mentor who is willing to share their time and passion.

Applications are currently being accepted for new 4-H Volunteers.  Candidates must complete an application, submit three references, complete a background check, attend an interview and participate in a new volunteer orientation.  Applications must be submitted by February 15.

Orientation for new volunteers will be held on Wednesday, March 2, at 6:30 p.m. in the 4-H Hall.

Click here to access the new volunteer application.

2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification

It is time to start planning for your 2022 Pesticide and Fertilizer Recertification.

  • All recertification for Private Applicators will be conducted in person. There is NO online option for private applicators.
  • All recertification hours must be completed by March 31 each year. Otherwise, you will re-test.
  • ODA must receive renewal paperwork and a $30 payment for you to receive your renewal card.

Clermont County recertification registration information will be available after the first of the year. $35 (pesticide & fertilizer combo)  $15 fertilizer only

Please visit this statewide map to see available recertification opportunities. Additional information can be found at



December Office Closures

December brings us days to celebrate with our family and friends. The OSU Extension office in Clermont County will be closed on the following days.

The Ohio State University has announced that the university, including all Extension offices, will be closed Thursday, December 23rd, through Wednesday, December 29th. We will also be closed on December 30th due to a lack of staffing. We will be closed on December 31st in observance of New Year’s Day. Read More…

  • December 23 Christmas Day Observed
  • December 24 President’s Day Observed – Christmas Eve
  • December 25 Saturday – Christmas Day
  • December 26 Sunday
  • December 27  University Announced
  • December 28 University Announced
  • December 29 University Announced
  • December 30 Closed Due to Lack of Staffing
  • December 31 New Year’s Day Observed
  • January 1       Saturday – New Year’s Day
  • January 2       Sunday
  • January 3       Resume normal office hours M-F 8a-4:30p

We will reopen on January 3rd.


CNE Preschool ‘Blessing Box’ is an oasis in a food desert

By Dick Maloney

At Clermont Northeastern’s Preschool, not only can you count your blessings, you can share them with others. Just drive up to the front door.

There, you can find the district’s first blessing box, filled with food and essential household items. Take what you need, leave what you can.

The blessing box is a partnership with Ohio State University Extension and Child Focus. OSU Extension has an office at the Clermont County Fairgrounds in Owensville, about a mile north of the preschool campus. Becky Fiscus is the SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program assistant for OSU Extension, teaching nutrition education to all ages – low-income pre-school children through senior citizens.

“I knew that this area is a food desert. There is not a grocery store here except for the gas station and the Dollar General,” Fiscus said. “So we needed to find a way for families to get food without having a grocery store nearby or with the food pantry being closed. So I decided let’s try and put a blessing box there.”

Fiscus contacted Preschool Director Wayne Johnson, who not only gave his approval, he also built the box earlier this year.

“I say ‘Good, let’s do it.’ And so it’s taken a while,” Johnson said. “I built the box and it sat in my garage forever. But we finally got it up and to get started here.”

The box itself is about two-feet-wide-by-three-feet high, and secured to the brick wall to the left of the main preschool entrance. Inside the glass door are two shelves with the food and household items. The words “Take what you need. Leave what you can” are on the door.

Organizers say the box will be open year-round, 24 hours a day. School staff will help monitor the box; CNE CARES (Community Alliance for Resources, Engagement and Support), which has its offices and food pantry in the preschool, will restock and replenish when needed, with help from Inter Parish Ministries, based in Newtown.

“I’m hoping to get some 4H clubs involved, other places involved, to help provide food as well,” Fiscus said. “And if people need a little extra between when they can’t get to the store when the food pantry isn’t open, they’re welcome to go there and take what they need and if they have anything left over, put it in there.”

Anyone can take advantage of the box – you don’t have to live in the school district or even in the county. Johnson said he is not worried about people abusing the program.

“That’s where we come in. (It’s) where the kids enter there every day so my staff can keep an eye on it, I’ll keep an eye on it,” he said. “There was someone somewhere else who said, ‘Well you know if they take it, they need it.’ So we’re not worried about you know if they’ve empty the box. Fine. We’ll fill it back up.

“If there’s a need and people need something out of the box, or everything in the box, that’s fine, they can have it. We’re not worried about what people are taking as long as they’re using it.”

The strong sense of community in the school district and neighboring areas will help ensure the box stays full, Fiscus said.

“We’re a smaller community and we definitely work to help each other out. And so I think between CNE Cares and IPM and all the other organizations. I think it’s going to be well stocked,” she said.

“I don’t see any problems with that,” Johnson said.

Jess Hartley, Inter Parish Ministry’s Director of Community Engagement and Giving, said the organization is thrilled to work with CNE to build food security in the community. The partnership began with providing “power packs” for students and has expanded to hosting mobile food pantries during the summer and supplying CNE Cares with up to 10,000 pounds of food per month.

“Power packs” include two breakfasts, two lunches and a snack, to tide kids over on weekends when they cannot get school meals.

“We love the new (blessings box) initiative, because these little pantries offer convenient, anonymous food access 24 hours per day; families facing a crisis know they can always find food items in the box to get them through, and anyone in the community can help fill the box for their neighbors,” Hartley said.

People who may not need items from the blessings box are encouraged to leave food or household supplies at the box or at CNE Cares.

Once word gets out about the blessing box, and the program becomes popular, Fiscus and Johnson hope to expand it to other locations in the community as well as the Clermont Northeastern high school, middle school and elementary campuses.

Clermont Northeastern Preschool is at 463 S. Broadway in Owensville.


November Office Closures

As a reminder, OSU Extension, Clermont County will be closed on the following dates in November.

  • Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day
  • Monday, November 22 – Intermittent Office availability due to staff availability
  • Thursday, November 25 – Thanksgiving
  • Friday, November 26 – Columbus Day Observed
  • Tuesday, November 30 – OSU Extension Area 22 Professional Development Retreat

Our regular office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

RSVP Today for the 4-H Recognition Banquet

Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart. – Elizabeth Andrews

We value our 4-H volunteers and invite them to attend the 2021 Recognition Banquet hosted by the Clermont County 4-H Committee.  The dinner will be held on Friday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Building, located on the Clermont County Fairgrounds.  RSVP to OSU Extension 513-732-7070 or by Wednesday, November 10.