4-H Teen Opportunities

Do you want to be a camp counselor? Junior Fair Board Member? Junior Leader? Outstanding 4-Her?  Scholarship or Award Trip winner? Do you find yourself asking “How do I get to do that?” We suspect that as you have gotten older you have started to look for new and exciting things where you can be involved.  4-H has special opportunities for teens only where YOU can play a part!

4-H members ages 14 and up as of January 1st should have received an email with details on the many exciting opportunities that await you as a teenager in the Fairfield County 4-H Program. Some of these activities require completion of special forms while others just involve asking for more information. Regardless of what you are interested in, be sure to call the office if you need more information or would like some help with the necessary forms.

Be sure to complete a response form with items checked that you are interested in, and return the response sheet to the office by December 1, 2018. The response form can be found here. Any additional paperwork required for the items you are interested in will be sent back to you (remember that it is best to send your response sheet in ASAP so that you can have as much time as possible to complete any additional paperwork).

Application forms for those opportunities who require a separate form or application will be available at http://fairfield.osu.edu on December 1st.

Ohio 4-H Teen Award Nominations

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council has decided to once again honor teens at the Ohio 4-H Conference Teen Luncheon.  They will be recognized on stage in front of their peers.  It is a similar honor to those who are recognized at the Volunteer Luncheon.

Basic information about the awards:

-Each Extension professional, active or retired in the past three years, may nominate up to five 4-H members from the state for these awards. Therefore, you must submit YOUR nominations to Leslie Cooksey or Aubry Fowler (4-H Extension Educators) before we can submit them to the state by December 1st, 2018. County Deadline is Thursday, November 29th at 4:00 p.m. Please email applications to: cooksey.25@osu.edu or fowler.443@osu.edu.

-Nominations must be received by December 1, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. by the County 4-H Extension Educators. *We recognize that the due date of December 1 is a Saturday. This will be kept for consistency, so please ensure that your submissions are emailed or mailed to be received by then!

-Winners will be recognized at the Ohio 4-H Conference Teen Luncheon March 9, 2019.


Teen Hall of Fame– Ohio 4-H Teen Hall Of Fame Nomination Form 2018

Four outstanding teens between the age of 15 and 18 as of January 1, 2018 will be recognized. The induction into the Teen Hall of Fame is meant to be thought as a very high honor for youth who are selected. It is to honor those who have dedicated their all to make the best better in their club, community, country, and world.

  • Nominee must be a current 4-H member.
  • Nominee must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1, 2018.
  • Nominee must have been 4-H member for at least six years, including the current year but not including Cloverbud years.

Teen of the Year – Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year Nomination Form 2018

One outstanding teen between the age of 13 and 18 as of January 1, 2018 will be recognized. The Ohio 4-H Teen of the Year award is meant to honor one outstanding teen that has had great accomplishments in the past year. This award was created to honor a select individual for their performance, dedication, and passion for the 4-H program.

  • Nominee must be a current 4-H member.
  • Nominee must be between the ages of 13 and 18 as of January 1, 2018.


Sheep Care Resources Available Online

There are new sheep care videos for use as a resource available at https://ohio4h.org/sheepcare.

These sheep care videos feature some of the key components of owning and managing sheep including topics on selection, nutrition, management practices, handling, showing, and fitting. They were produced by Ohio 4-H Youth development in collaboration with the Ohio Sheep and Wool Program and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. We are grateful to our featured presenters for their willingness to share their expertise!

Feel free to share with 4-H youth, parents, advisors, clientele, etc.

4-Hers: Travel with the Ohio 4-H International Program!

Hello, Friends of the Ohio 4-H International Program!

(Donors, staff, volunteers and all those involved with hosting or traveling during the last 6 years)

We are pleased to announce $1,800 scholarships which will be automatically awarded to any youth selected to travel overseas through Ohio 4-H International Programs in 2019! Also, those who have hosted with our program before will receive an additional $100 off per exchangee hosted!

To earn a scholarship:

  • Apply to travel by November 30, 2018 (there is not a separate application for the scholarship)
  • Attend Selection Interviews in Columbus on December 8, 2018 (afternoon)

The 2019 countries, dates and post-scholarship approximate prices are:

  • Japan 1-Month: $3,625     (July 10 – Aug. 8, 2019)
  • Japan 2-Months: $5,175     (June 12 – Aug. 8, 2019)
  • Costa Rica: $1,375     (June 20 – July 19, 2019)
  • Finland: $2,500     (June 26 – July 27, 2019)

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Read about the overseas experiences here:

Japan 2019 (1 Month or 2 Months)

Costa Rica 2019

Finland 2019

Read these instructions BEFORE applying: Instructions for the 2019 Youth Traveler Application

Find the application at 2019 Youth Traveler Application

More information is available at “At-A-Glance” and Ohio 4-H International

We hope you can travel abroad with us soon! Note that scholarships are only available to those who have been involved with Ohio 4-H programs in the past.

Information about 2019 Hosting will be available on our website in December and will be emailed to you in January. Consider applying and opening your world!

Sincere thanks to the generous donors who make our Youth Travel Scholarships possible!

  •  The Donald E. and Joan E. Herr Endowment Fund
  • Cecil H. and R. Eloise Robinson Endowment Fund
  • Ohio 4-H International Programs Endowment Fund
  • The Carl F. Ruff Scholarship Fund
  • Dr. Grace Lang
  • Individual Donors to the IFYE Support Fund
  • Individual Donors to the International Program Support Fund
  • The Labo Foundation of Japan
  • The Ohio 4-H Foundation


America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship – Due 2/1/2019

America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Official Rules  (Source: Link)


The America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders scholarship program (the “Program”) is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund and administered and managed by the National FFA Organization (“National FFA”). Winning scholarship applications will be judged and selected by National FFA from a pool of eligible applicants based on criteria set out at FFA.org/scholarships (the “FFA Website”), and based on eligibility requirements set out at the FFA Website and below. For full details regarding the number of awards, entry period, submission requirements and scoring criteria, please visit the FFA website. Additional details regarding eligibility and the endorsement process, and additional terms and conditions of the Program are below. Please review the FFA website frequently for up-to-date information.

  1. Sponsor: The sponsor of the Program is the Monsanto Fund, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri 63167.
  1. Program Entry Period: Applications for the Program must be received between 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2019 (the “Program Entry Period”).
  1. Eligibility:
  • Student Eligibility – The Program is open to students who are: 1)  under the age of 23; 2) are high school seniors (public, private or homeschool) or full-time college students (enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours); 3) have at least a 2.5 GPA at the time the application is submitted; 4) agree to the terms of these Official Rules; and 5) meet any and all other eligibility requirements set out on the National FFA website. In addition, applicants must be pursuing or demonstrate an intent to pursue a degree related to agriculture from a two- or four-year higher education program and majoring in one of the fields of study listed in Section 13 below. Applicants do not need to be FFA members.
  • Farmer Eligibility – –  An Eligible Farmer must: 1) be 21 years of age or older at the time (s)he provides the applicant’s endorsement, and 2) be actively engaged in farming. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work on the farm, or hires and actively manages others who do so.
  • Individuals Not Eligible to Participate – The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the Program: (1) officers, directors, and employees of Monsanto Fund (the “Sponsor”), or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members; (2) officers, directors and employees, of Bayer, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members; and (3) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealer, or any of their spouses/domestic partners, children, or household members.
  1. How to Apply for a Scholarship: The Program scholarship application is administered by the National FFA. Eligible students must visit FFA.org/scholarships to complete the application between 12 a.m. Eastern Time on November 15, 2018 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 1, 2019. To be eligible, students must also obtain endorsements from two Eligible Farmers, as described below. All applicants are required to complete all registration information (including, without limitation, your name, address and other contact information). All applications must be completed within the Program Entry Period to be eligible to win. Any applications received after the end of the Program Entry Period will not be accepted. All applications become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. Limit one application per person, regardless of method of entry.  Applications in excess of this limit are void.
  1. Endorsements: 
  • Eligible students must obtain two endorsements from Eligible Farmers to complete the student’s scholarship application. Each student will be given a unique application ID number when he or she starts an application. Students must provide this application ID number to the two Eligible Farmers who will be providing the student’s endorsements.
  • To endorse a student, Eligible Farmers must visit FFA.org/scholarships or call 1-855-332-2577 by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on February 13, 2019. Farmers will be required to provide the application ID number of the student they wish to endorse, as well as their own name and contact information. Once the endorsement has been submitted and received by FFA, the farmer and the student will receive an email confirmation. All Eligible Farmers submitting an endorsement must provide all required information (including, without exception, name, address, email and other contact information).  Eligible Farmers may only endorse a maximum of three student applications. Eligible Farmers may endorse family and/or household members.
  • All endorsements become the property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. No purchase is necessary to submit an endorsement. An Eligible Farmer that submits an endorsement agrees that his/her name and hometown may be used by the National FFA Organization, National FFA Foundation and the Monsanto Fund or its agency, on behalf of the Monsanto Fund to promote the scholarship. If the student he/she endorsed receives a scholarship award, the Eligible Farmer may be contacted for a quote.
  1. Scholarship Awards:

Students from all counties in the United States are eligible to participate.

Scholarships will be awarded based on the number of Designated Counties in each state (see list of Designated Counties in Section 12 of these Official Rules). States with larger numbers of Designated Counties will receive more scholarships than states with fewer Designated Counties. A maximum of 352 scholarships will be awarded.

Designated Counties are defined as meeting one of the following criteria:

  • a total of either (i) 30,000 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, and/or (ii) 30,000 acres of vegetables (defined as one or more of the following: pepper; tomato; onion; broccoli; cucumber; melons; watermelons; spinach; squash; pumpkin; sweet corn; lettuce; peas; and garden beans), are planted per calendar year within the boundaries of the county. Planted acreage is based on the January 2016 U.S.D.A Crop Production Report for 2015 State acres as received from Farm Service Agency (FSA) data with estimated county level acreage; or
  • the county was eligible to participate in the Program in a prior year.

Program scholarships are not transferable. No substitution of Program scholarship or any portion thereof, is allowed, except at the sole discretion of the Sponsor.  Program scholarships have no retail value, and there is no income to be reported to the winner for tax purposes.

  1. Conditions of Participation:

By participating in the Program, each applicant and Eligible Farmer providing an endorsement agrees as follows: (1) to be bound by these Official Rules which are final and binding in all respects, and to comply with all decisions of the Sponsor with regard to the Official Rules, its interpretation or application; (2) that he or she meets all the eligibility requirements under these Official Rules; (3) to comply with all applicable laws and regulations; and (4) that Missouri law, without regard to its conflict of laws principles, shall apply exclusively to the Program and Official Rules and that any dispute with respect to the Program and/or these Official Rules shall be resolved in either the federal or state courts located in the State of Missouri, County of St. Louis.

By participating in the Program, each applicant also, except where legally prohibited, without additional compensation: (1) grants permission for the Sponsor, and those acting pursuant to the Sponsor’s direction, to use his or her name, hometown name, picture, portrait, likeness, voice, biographical information, and comments made in connection with the Program in any and all advertising and promotional materials, worldwide, and/or on the Internet, including social media, relating to the Program, and similar programs which may be offered by the Sponsor; (2) waives any right to review or approve any such use; (3) agrees that the Sponsor may make slight stylistic modifications to his or her comments, which do not materially alter the original meaning; (4) agrees that all media or other materials created by the Sponsor are the property of the Sponsor, including but not limited to any copyright therein; (5) agrees that the release of information about winners, including dissemination to the public and media through any channels, may be made by the Sponsor; and (6) releases the Sponsor from any and all claims for libel, copyright, invasion of privacy or rights of publicity pertaining to such use.

  1. Use of Information:

Data collected by the National FFA Organization from scholarship applications and Farmer endorsements will be shared with the Sponsor and will include applicant’s name, hometown mailing address, email address and phone number and Eligible Farmers’ names, hometowns, mailing addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers. Please see FFA.org website for more information regarding the National FFA Organization’s privacy policy.

Contact information provided to the Sponsor will be used by the Sponsor, and those acting on behalf of the Sponsor, to communicate with applicants and Eligible Farmers regarding the Program. This information may include, but is not limited to, name, address, phone number and e-mail address.

Applicants and Eligible Farmers may choose not to receive future communications regarding the Program by calling 1-877-267-3332.

  1. General:

The Sponsor is not responsible for any typographical or other errors in the printing or offering of this Program, or in the description of any Program scholarship or in any other materials produced in connection with the Program. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, garbled, misrouted, damaged, distorted, late, stolen or misdirected entry forms, whether submitted online or by mail. To the extent there is any conflict between any communications and/or materials regarding the Program or any Program scholarship, and the Official Rules, the Official Rules will control.

Uses of automated devices are not valid for submission of applications and will subject the user to immediate disqualification.

The Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Program. In the event of termination of the Program, a notice will be posted online.

Applications and endorsements that do not comply with these Official Rules will be disqualified. The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any entry at any time which, in its opinion, is offensive, contains unsuitable material, threatens the safety or well being of any applicant, or if it is determined that the applicant has not complied with these Official Rules. Further, the Sponsor may disqualify any person based upon suspected fraud, dishonesty, violation of rules or other misconduct. Applicants must comply with all rules as published.

The Program is subject to all applicable federal, and/or state rules and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

  1. Release:

By participating in the Program, each applicant and Eligible Farmer agrees to release the Sponsor and its directors, officers, employees and agencies, and Bayer and its subsidiaries and affiliates, and each of their respective directors, officers, employees and agencies, from any liability related to the Program, and waive any and all causes of action, for any claims, costs, injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising out of or in connection with participation in the Program.

  1. Winners List/Official Rules:

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules or a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Official Rules, 800 North Lindbergh Blvd. B2NA St. Louis, Missouri 63167.

  1. List of Designated Counties (new counties in bold): 


OHIO Counties: Adams, Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Brown, Butler, Champaign, Clark, Clermont, Clinton, Columbiana, Coshocton, Crawford, Darke, Defiance, Delaware, Erie, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hancock, Hardin, Henry, Highland, Holmes, Huron, Knox, Licking, Logan, Lorain, Lucas, Madison, Mahoning, Marion, Medina, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Morrow, Muskingum, Ottawa, Paulding, Perry, Pickaway, Portage, Preble, Putnam, Richland, Ross, Sandusky, Seneca, Shelby, Stark, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Union, Van Wert, Warren, Wayne, Williams, Wood and Wyandot.


  • Agricultural business management
  • Agricultural communications
  • Agricultural economics
  • Agricultural education
  • Agricultural engineering
  • Agricultural extension
  • Agricultural finance
  • Agricultural journalism
  • Agricultural mechanization
  • Agricultural public relations
  • Agricultural sales and marketing
  • Agricultural systems management
  • Agriculture policy and management
  • Agriculture power and equipment
  • Agriscience technician
  • Agronomy and crop science
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Animal Science
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological sciences
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemical engineering
  • Communications
  • Computer systems in agriculture
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation
  • Dairy science
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Engineering-related degree
  • Entomology
  • Environmental engineering
  • Environmental science
  • Equine science
  • Farm and ranch management
  • Food Packaging
  • Food science and technology
  • Food service management
  • Food services and hospitality
  • General ag/ag sciences
  • Horticulture
  • Human nutrition
  • International agriculture
  • Journalism
  • Livestock Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Natural resources management
  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Plant pathology
  • Plant science
  • Poultry science
  • Public relations
  • Public service and administration in agriculture
  • Range science
  • Rural sociology
  • Soil conservation
  • Soil science
  • Statistics
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Turf management
  • Veterinary medicine sciences
  • Water conservation
  • Welding
  • Wildlife science

National FFA Scholarship Application Open – Deadline 2/6/2019

The 2019-2020 FFA Scholarship application opened November 15 and will remain open until February 6, 2019.  The new FFA Scholarship online process will eliminate the current paper process facilitating a much more timely and effective delivery and acceptance process. Click here for complete information and FAQs.

Fairfield County Teens selected as 2018-2019 Ohio 4-H Health Heroes!

Congrats to Cara Luallen, Emma Preston, Lauren Preston, Dalton Henry, and Hannah Henry who were selected to participate in the 2018-2019 Ohio 4-H Health Heroes Program. They will join over 45 4-H Healthy Living Advocates across Ohio in promoting health (the 4th “H”) in their communities.

Please know that if any 4-H clubs are looking for guest speakers on healthy living, please contact the Extension Office or Aubry Fowler (fowler.443@osu.edu) so that we can connect you with one of these teens!

4-H Health Heroes is a Healthy Living Advocate Program available to 4-H teens in 7-12th grade from across Ohio. Teens learn how to promote healthy living in their communities while gaining valuable leadership and communication skills. Trained Health Heroes serve at the local level in their counties and those in high school may take on added responsibilities and serve on the state group.


Cloverbud Resources for 4-H Advisors

The Ohio 4-H Program has a variety of resources that can benefit 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers as you work with this younger audience in your clubs. The purpose of this email is to highlight these resources and help you increase your impact with Cloverbuds.

4-H Cloverbud Blog  http://u.osu.edu/cloverbudconnections/

  • The 4-H Cloverbud Connection Blog allows readers to subscribe to the site and receive an email when new posts are added. The site is searchable by key words and topic to help readers find content. New posts are added twice a month rather than quarterly in the previous format. The new format continues to provide a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers teaching kindergarten through second grade youth.

4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook

  • Updated for 2019! This concise reference piece is for current, new, and prospective 4-H Cloverbud helpers. The guidebook explores the goals and strategies for successfully implementing the 4-H Cloverbud program. It also suggests methods for guiding the healthy development and life-skills enhancement of our youngest 4-H members. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/cloverbud-volunteer-guidebook/

My 4-H Cloverbud Year

  • This fun book is a great way for Cloverbuds to learn the basics of 4-H and keep track of their activities and events. Completion of this book is optional, and can be done with or without the help of an adult leader. It can be repeated each year a child is a Cloverbud member, and is especially appropriate for older Cloverbud members as they prepare to transition to regular membership. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/my-4-h-cloverbud-year-individual/

The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities

  • This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topic areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals. Redesigned in an easier-to-manage, spiral-bound book. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/the-big-book-of-4-h-cloverbud-activities/

Clover Cubes

  • Clover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction and fun into a great 4-H Cloverbud activity. Each Clover Cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are included: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, 4-H FUN-damentals, Make Your Own, Math Mania, Technology Talk and Words That Start With. Cubes are easily assembled from brightly colored, punch-out shapes on heavy duty card stock. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications https://extensionpubs.osu.edu/clover-cubes/

Choose and Tell Cards

  • Intended for 4-H’s youngest participants, this educational piece is a colorful deck of 4” x 6” cards that introduce Cloverbuds to public speaking and communication skills. Forty-nine engaging activities are divided into four levels—from easy to difficult—of short, uncomplicated topics for demonstration speeches. Cards are color coded so that selecting and sorting cards is easy. (Additional supplies/materials are required.) Objectives are for participants to: 1) develop public speaking and communication skills, 2) gain confidence, and 3) foster important leadership skills. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications. Temporarily out of stock, but expected to be available soon.