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Breakfast on the Farm – Host Applications Available

In 2020, the Greene County community will host a large Breakfast On The Farm (BOTF) event to educate consumers about modern commodity agriculture and the way farmers care for their animals, protect the environment and produce safe, wholesome food.  Impact survey results from other similar events indicated that over 60% of the attendees were first time visitors to a farm in 20 years and that the consumers significantly increased their trust in farmers in the key areas of care for environment, care for animals, and protecting water quality.  As a result, the Greene County BOTF committee is planning for a late summer 2020 BOTF event.

If you are interested in being considered as a host farm site, please complete the form available at greene.osu.edu by February 1, 2020.  The host farm will need to have a farm representative involved in the monthly planning process and be willing to serve as a spokesperson for the event. The leadership for the planning committee will be provided by OSU Extension Greene County and Greene County Farm Bureau. These agencies will coordinate donations and sponsorships, pay bills and lead the planning process. They will also assemble the committee to select the host site farm and preferred date of the event.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Trevor Corboy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, OSU Extension Greene County to discuss this in more detail at corboy.3@osu.edu or 937-372-9971 ext.114.  Again, the Greene County BOTF event will be approximately in September 2020 and the host farm will help determine the preferred date.  Your consideration of hosting this event is greatly appreciated. Go to greene.osu.edu to learn more.

BOTF Host Site Application

Greene County 4-H App

Thanks to the Greene County 4-H Advisory Committee, we have a Greene County 4-H App!

Please download this so you can easily have Greene County 4-H information.

Go to your app store and search 4-H Now.  Download this free app.  Then click Greene County to add to your phone.

Check here for the calendar, blog, newsletter (The Greene Clover), enrollment information, and more!  You don’t want to miss out.

ALL HOG EXHIBITORS: PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAYLEAN

ALL HOG EXHIBITORS: PLEASE READ IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PAYLEAN

The Greene County Agricultural Society (GCAS) voted at the January 2020 board meeting to ban the use of paylean (Ractopmaine) in all market hog projects at the 2020 Greene County Fair from birth to time of slaughter. This decision was based on two major issues:

  1. Packers will be testing for and rejecting any hogs that have been fed paylean at any time during their life.
  2. Union Stockyard will not accept any market hogs that have been fed paylean at any time during their life.

Union Stockyard and the GCAS will be requiring all market hog exhibitors, and their parent/guardian, to sign an affidavit stating that the hog(s) exhibited/sold have never been exposed to paylean.  Affidavits will be turned in at weigh in with DUNF forms.  Greene County Fairboard reserves the right to test hogs, feed, or equipment for traces of ractopamine resides.

More information will be made available as we receive it from the State.

4-H Training (Volunteers and Youth)

Don’t miss out!

We are offering a training for youth and volunteers!

Are you a club officer?  Are you taking animals and need Quality Assurance?  Or are you a volunteer and need the annual requirement of OSU Policy 1.50?

We will also have break out sessions about Cloverbuds, poultry, teen opportunities, service, making club meetings effective, and 4-H Online opportunities!

Then this is the training for you!

This will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at the Warren County Career Center in Lebanon.

Please register so we have an idea on numbers.  But it is free to attend!

go.osu.edu/2020volunteertraining

Ohio Afterschool Network (OAN) Entrepreneur Pitch Challenge

OAN Pitch Challenge: Fun, Exciting and Easy to Implement

Research shows that cultivating an entrepreneurial mindset in students – skills such as initiative, self-reliance, adaptability, creativity, critical thinking, problem solving and communication – help pave the way for success in school and life.

The Ohio Afterschool Network is making it easy and fun to teach entrepreneurship: free K-12 Young Entrepreneur Pitch toolkit, webinars and technical assistance. Homeschool, afterschool clubs, community- and faith-based programs that serve high school students can participate in the OAN Pitch Challenge and give their students the opportunity to pitch their ideas, compete for prizes, and meet successful entrepreneurs.

Program can get involved in three easy steps:

  1. Register your high school program before March 2
  2.  Use the free Young Entrepreneur Pitch curriculum and get free resources to teach entrepreneurship
  3. Hold a pitch challenge in your program

The top two pitches advance to regional contests and the top regional pitches advance to the May 6th OAN State Pitch Challenge.

The May 6th OAN State Pitch Challenge, held in conjunction with COSI Science Festival, gives high school students an opportunity to explore COSI, cheer on competitors at the live pitch MC’d by Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, and participate in clinics with successful entrepreneurs at Rev1 Ventures!  Tickets to COSI, lunch, and stipends to offset transportation costs are provided.

An informational webinar will be conducted on Thursday, January 16th at noon. Register here. A full day intensive training on teaching entrepreneurship to high school students will be held at the Ohio Afterschool Network Best Foot Forward Conference on Thursday, February 20th and a 90-minute for adults who work with elementary and middle school students will be held on Friday, February 21st.  More information is available here.

For more information Visit OAN’s website or contact Liz Nusken, liz@oanohio.org, for more information.

2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

 

 

From: Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees

Contact: Molly Sausaman, Executive Director, 404-760-2875, msausaman@abfnet.org

2020 Essay Topic: Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season

Honey bees have developed special skills to overwinter in the United States. Please discuss one of these skills and then include a discussion about what you do to prepare your hives for winter. Include a photo of one of your hives, either using infrared technology or showing winter wrap, hay bales, special feeders, etc. to demonstrate how you prepare your hives for winter.

Submission Deadline: April 1, 2020

Please visit http://preservationofhoneybees.org/essays/2020-essays for the full details.

No Pullorum Testing for 2020

Dr. Forshey has indicated that there will be no Pullorum Testing Required for the Ohio Fairs in 2020. This is due to the continued low amount of antigen being produced (that is used to detect in blood draws)

Turkeys would not be required either for this testing.

Consider Linking your Kroger Card to Greene County 4-H

Thankful for all of our 4-H families, supporters, volunteers, and stakeholders.  Please consider changing your Kroger rewards to OSU Extension Greene County for your grocery shopping over the next few weeks.  We appreciate it!

 

Support Greene County 4-H Just By Buying Groceries!

You can link your Kroger Plus Card to our Kroger Community Rewards Program.  Just follow these simple steps:

 Go to krogercommunityrewards.com

  1. Click sign in / register- If you don’t have an online account already, you must first set one up by going to Get Started
  2. Go to My Account
  3. Click on Edit Kroger Community Rewards info and input your Kroger Plus Card number
  4. Enter Number: DX823 and organization name: Ohio State University Extension, Greene County