Raise money for your 4-H Club, Sunday August 26th!

The Greene County Farm Bureau is teaming up with Greene County 4-H and Germain Ford to host a Ford Drive for the Future Event on August 26th from 1-6pm at the Greene County Fair.  At this time, Germain Ford will give $20 per test drive to the Greene County Farm Bureau up to $3000 to put toward the scholarships they give out to students annually. We need 4-H’s help to get people there so the 4-H club and FFA chapter that gets the most people to drive on their behalf will get $250 for their club/chapter.   The local 4-H Clubs will also be having a car wash competition to see who can raise the most money through donations for their club. The fairgrounds is letting us use the livestock wash areas so it should be a great time for the kids. The winning 4-H club who receives the most donations will also receive a free pizza party for their efforts. 4-H Clubs are responsible for their own supplies but if your club is interested in participating please fill out the link to register.

Clubs must be registered by Saturday, August 25th at noon.  If you have any questions please reach out to Greene County Farm Bureau’s Organization Director, Ashley Rose at arose@ofbf.org. We can’t wait to see you there.

Greene County Cattlemen’s Club will have food available for purchase and Greene County 4-H will be giving out ice cream. This is not a sales event and there will be absolutely NO pressure to purchase anything. We just wanted to find a way to be an active partner in the communities that we call home! Thank you to Germain Ford for making this event possible!

Beef Cattle Letter

Dear Ohio BEEF Cattle letter subscribers,

Five new articles have been posted in this week’s issue number 1102 of the Ohio BEEF Cattle letter: http://u.osu.edu/beef/

This week’s letter focuses on the beef cattle market . . . what’s happened, what’s happening, and what’s expected to happen for the balance of the year.

Articles this week include:

  • Beef AG NEWS Today, the August Podcast
  • Is That Tree or Shrub Poisonous? What You Don’t Want Your Cattle to Eat (Part II)
  • Mid-year Cattle Inventory Suggests Slower Expansion Ahead
  • Beef Continues to Fare Well, and a Personal Note
  • Lots of Down-Side Risk Ahead

Continuing to Farm Despite Injuries and Aging

Source: CFAES News

COLUMBUS, Ohio — As you get older, it can be tougher to hop on or off a tractor or withstand the constant bumps that come with driving over uneven turf.

Done over and over, twisting, lifting, bending, kneeling, it can all become challenging.

Young farmers doing repetitive tasks might also feel the toll.

“No matter what your age, farming is hard work, and it can hurt. If you’re a little older, it can really hurt,” said Laura Akgerman, disability services coordinator for Ohio State University Extension’s Ohio AgrAbility program.

The program is part of a national effort through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that promotes independence for people working in agriculture who want to continue farming after experiencing a disabling condition. Ohio AgrAbility offers free on-site assessments for people with a disability, to help determine what assistive technology they might need.

Ohio AgrAbility will present various talks at Farm Science Review Sept. 18-20 about ways to help people keep farming or gardening despite physical challenges that come with aging, injuries or repetitive strenuous work.

Farm Science Review is an annual agricultural trade show sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University (CFAES).

New this year is a presentation on designing accessible agritourism opportunities such as pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and holiday tree farms. Any tourist activity on a farm, even if it’s just offered a few weeks or months a year, must be in sync with the federal accessibility/disability laws.

Having a handicapped bathroom is an example. Less obvious is the need for all walking paths to be easy for someone with a wheelchair, limited mobility or a bad back, to navigate.

“It doesn’t just benefit a person in a wheelchair, it’s for the grandmother with a bad hip, the parent with a stroller, and the child learning to walk,” Akgerman said. “You’re creating an environment that’s more welcoming and safer for everyone.”

The “Designing Accessible AgriTourism” talk will be Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. in the Farm Science Review’s Small Farm Center Tent at Beef Street and Corn Avenue.

Other presentations offered by Ohio AgrAbility at Farm Science Review will include:

  • “Modifying a Vehicle for Mobility and Independence,” Sept. 19 at 2 p.m. at the Ohio AgrAbility tent on Land Avenue between Market and Kottman streets.
  • “Gardening As We Age – It Doesn’t Have to Hurt,” Sept. 18 and Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. in Utzinger Memorial Garden.
  • “Farm and Equipment Modification” on Sept. 18 and Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Ohio AgrAbility tent.
  • Peer to Peer Networking” 1 p.m. daily in the Ohio AgrAbility tent.

Ohio AgrAbility is provided through OSU Extension in partnership with Easterseals Greater Cincinnati. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of CFAES.

Tickets for Farm Science Review are $7 online, at participating agribusinesses and county OSU Extension offices, and $10 at the gate. Children 5 and under are free.

Hours for the event are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 18-19 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 20. For more information, visit fsr.osu.edu.

Successful Year for Greene County Youth at OSF!

What a great year for Greene County 4-H youth at the Ohio State Fair for non-livestock projects.  More than 75 youth were nominated by judges to represent Greene County 4-H in some tough competition with youth from around the state in many project areas.  The individuals listed below received top honors of “Outstanding of the Day.”  This honor is awarded to youth who place in the top 20% of their class.  The clock trophy is awarded to the top in the class.

Congratulations to all of our state fair delegates and way to represent Greene County!


Kowal, Anna Companion Animal Outstanding
Richards, Hunter Companion Animal Outstanding
Cotellesso, Kathryn Dog Show-Agility Jumpers On Leash Gold
Goessl, Michelle Dog Show-Agility Jumpers On Leash Gold
Demmy-Stover, River Dog Show-Agility Mad-Shape-Dash Level 1 Gold
Cotellesso, Kathryn Dog Show-Agility Mad-Shape-Dash On Leash Gold
Goessl, Michelle Dog Show-Agility Mad-Shape-Dash On Leash Gold
Demmy-Stover, River Dog Show-Agility Standard Level 1 Gold
Goessl, Michelle Dog Show-Agility Standard On Leash Gold
Cotellesso, Kathryn Dog Show-Beginner Novice A 15th place
Mitchell-Wolfe, Rylee Dog Show-Beginner Novice A 6th place
Cotellesso, Kathryn Dog Show-Rally Novice A 8th place
Mitchell-Wolfe, Rylee Dog Show-Rally Novice A 5th place
Cotellesso, Kathryn Dog Show-Showmanship Jr A 9th place
Demmy-Stover, River Dog Show-You and Your Dog Jr 15th place
Gammon, Chaya Focus on Photography Outstanding
Bishop, Guinivere Getting Started in Art Outstanding
Doggett, Colten Knot Just Knots, Jr. Outstanding
Demmy-Stover, River Robotics 1: with EV3 Outstanding
Cotellesso, Kevin Robotics Master Outstanding
Leeds, Dylan Senior Tractor Division Outstanding
Goessl, Michelle You and Your Dog Outstanding



Ohio Achievement Form Workshop!

We’re hosting a FREE achievement form workshop again this year, with some minor changes! We will have TWO date options, with the first (covering basic information about form completion) will be Saturday, September 15, 2018, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.

4-H members completing the achievement form, AND 4-H professionals/parents/advisors who want to learn more should attend!

We are going to try to offer a Zoom (virtual) option! If you are interested in this, please RSVP by 9/10/18 to epley.24@osu.edu to receive log in information.

(The 2nd workshop will be for more advanced completion with coaching / one on one sessions on already started forms and will be held November 10, 2018 from 1-2:30 p.m.)

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity!  This application is used for state awards, scholarships, and trip opportunities!


The 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 Bob Hunter at (614)483-3202 or at rpkjhunter@msn.com.

Livestock Sales Thank You Note Turn-In Information

All 4-H & FFA market exhibitors are required to turn in completed thank you notes.  These need to be turned into the fair office.

Please note that these thank you notes must be turned in prior to youth receiving their checks.  They should be in an envelope that is addressed and stamped.

The following are the turn-in dates and times:

  • Monday, August 13 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 21 from 5-7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, August 29 from 5-7 p.m.

If you are unable to turn them in during these times, they must be turned in to the fair office during regular business hours of 8:30-12:30 p.m.

A lot of respect can be earned or lost by our ability to say thanks. Thank you notes help our sponsors/buyers realize that the award sponsorship really means something to you. It helps make them more interested in sponsoring next year. For help in writing that thank you note or letter click here.

If you have any questions, let us know.