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New 4-H Volunteers Needed!

Join Fairfield County 4-H as a new 4-H Volunteer!

Applications, background check AND References are due to the OSU Extension Office by February 1st. Application are available here. New Volunteer Training will take place online through an online course system and must be completed by April 15th. Advisors are needed to support members across the entire county. There are a few clubs that need additional help so potential volunteers can ‘learn the ropes’ and not have the responsibility to take on the entire club or a new club. Contact our office at 740-653-5419 to learn more!

There’s still time to Join Tractor Maintenance 4-H Club in 2022!

There is still time to join the Tractor Maintenance & Small Engines 4-H Club! The next meeting is on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 7 pm at the Ag Center. The Fairfield County Ag Center is located at 831 College Ave, Lancaster, OH 43130. This 4-H club teaches individuals how to work on small engines and tractors while visiting different businesses and agriculture shops throughout the county.

During this  meeting, Officer elections will also be held so if you are interested in taking on a position please prepare a short introduction speech. No experience is necessary to join – This is a great opportunity to learn something new so bring a friend or two!

At the first 2 meetings, you will be ask to complete the following:

  • Pay for your project book (payable to OSU Extension)
    • Small Engine      $6.00
    • Tractor                $8.00
  • Pay your county dues ($5.00) (payable to the FC Tractor Maintenance Club)
  • Pay your club dues (estimated to be $2.00, will be finalized at the first meeting) (payable to the FC Tractor Maintenance Club)
  • Complete your 2022 4-H enrollment.  This will include your Tractor Maintenance project AND all other projects you will be completing for 2022 if you are in any additional club(s).  Enrollment will be completed through 4-H Online (https://oh.4honline.com).  Enrollment instructions are attached for reference (for new and returning families) and additional resources can be found on our website – 4-H Online Information.  If you have questions regarding enrollment, please ask them at the meeting or contact Missy Koenig at Koenig.398@osu.edu or 740-277-4631.

The 2022 proposed meeting schedule will be every Monday from January 10 – March 7, 2022. There is an extra week built in in case there is a ‘snow day’ and the banquet will wrap up the year on March 21, 2022. Have questions? Contact our office at 740-653-5419!

2022 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration is now open!

Advisors and Youth age 13 & Older,

Registration is now open for the 2022 Ohio 4-H Conference to be held on Saturday, March 12 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Conference check-in will start at 8:00 am with sessions starting at 9 am.  The day should be finished by 4 pm.

Fairfield County will be having at least 4 advisors recognized that day, so please plan on helping them celebrate!

Registration forms and the $40 payment (checks made to 4-H Advisory Committee, please) are due to our office by 4 pm on February 8th. There will be scholarships for youth that completed an Ohio Achievement Form and the first 5 adults that register for the conference.

The registration booklet containing session and workshop descriptions available can be found here.  The registration form is here.

Sessions and workshops coded ‘Teens’ is geared towards teens.  Sessions and workshops coded as ‘Adults’ are for adult volunteers.  Sessions for both groups are coded as ‘Both.’  Please keep in mind when registering for the Conference that a person can’t attend a workshop and session during the same time period.

Questions?  Please call our office at 740-653-5419 or Missy at 740-277-4631

Ohio Farm Bureau Scholarships – due 2/28/2022

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has more than $60,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture.

Through 12 scholarship funds, approximately 50 awards will be made to deserving students. The deadline to apply online at ohiofarmbureau.org/foundation is Feb. 28, and all applications require letters of recommendation, an essay, school transcripts and photos.

Source: OSU ACEL Nutshell – January 19, 2022

Attention Poultry Producers (including 4-H members and anyone raising backyard poultry): Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Biosecurity Measures

Last week USDA APHIS issued updates that included multiple cases of High Path Avian Influenza in the Carolinas(waterfowl), which would put them on a path towards Ohio following the migratory waterfowl pathways. Below is a one-pager with a bunch of helpful links embedded to assist those who are hunters, backyard poultry keepers, or members of the 4-H community as they prepare for chick season. You may also download this information here: High Path Avian Influenza Update 2022.01.19 Biosecurity will be critical to avoid an outbreak this season.

Source: Timothy McDermott DVM; Assistant Professor, Extension Educator; Agriculture and Natural Resources, Franklin County

Fairfield County Beekeepers Association Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Applications are due January 15th

Just a reminder that the Fairfield County Beekeepers Association Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Applications are due January 15th. Information and applications are found at fairfieldcountybeekeepers.org.

The FCBA Bee School Scholarship Program purpose is to:

  • Promote understanding of the value of honeybees to our environment and the food chai
  • Educate recipients in the biology and behavior of honey bees.
  • Train recipients in the best practices of beekeeping with hands-on experiences and mentoring.
  • Provide an opportunity for recipients to experience enjoyment and purpose through beekeeping.
  • Help recipients learn a possible life-long vocation and develop the potential to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or full-time vocation.

The Award

  • A Beginning Beekeeper Class and textbook.
  • Monthly Virtual Mentoring classes on 1st of the month, Feb. – Nov.
  • An “Earn-To-Own” Complete Beekeeping Gear of: 2 hives and bees, jacket with veil, and tools. Ownership of the Complete Beekeeping Gear, a value of $1350, will be awarded to the participant, free, at the end of the training period, in January 2023, if all performance and attendance goals have been met.
  • An experienced beekeeping mentor
  • Hands-on training in the FCBA Bee Yard
  • A one-year membership in the Fairfield County Beekeeping Association, , & monthly educational speakers at FCBA club meetings (3rd Tuesday of each month, 6:30 – 8:30, St Marks Church and virtual)
  • A one-year membership in the Ohio State Beekeepers Association

2022 4-H Family Guides – arriving in your mailbox SOON!

4-H families and volunteers who were enrolled in 4-H during 2021 will be receiving a mailed copy of the 2022 Ohio 4-H Family Guide soon. Please do not throw this away! You will not be receiving a copy from your advisor/club this year! Save this publication to help select projects when we begin the 2022 club year soon. A digital version can be found here: 2022 Ohio 4-H Family Guide.

Thank you to the Ohio 4-H Foundation for their help in getting this publication to our 4-H families and volunteers safely in 2022!

 

Tar Hollow 4-H Camp Staff and Kitchen Staff Applications – due 3/1/2022

Interested in sharing the 2021 camp experience with youth and volunteers from Athens, Fairfield, Pickaway, and Ross counties?

Consider joining our camp staff! Application links with deadlines are posted below. Staff positions available for Camp Manager, Assistant Camp Manager, Canteen Director/Activity Assistant, Recreation Director, Waterfront Director/Canteen Helper, Lifeguards/Canteen Helpers, Craft Director/Canteen Helper, Naturalist/Canteen Helper. All positions are subject to changes and modifications after interviews. All positions will be responsible for helping with other camp duties as directed by the Camp Manager/Camp Director and may include basic health checks and cleaning duties.

Food Service Staff positions are also available for Camp Food Service Manager and Staff. Please click the Food Service Staff Application below to view and download the application.

2022 4-H Ross Hocking Extension Camp Association Staff Application Fillable

2022 4-H Food-Service-Staff-Application-Ross-Hocking-Extension-Camp-Association (Fillable)

Please return completed applications by March 1, 2022 to: TarHollow4HCamp@gmail.com

Livestock Publication Council Scholarship – due 2/15/2022

The Livestock Publications Council (LPC) is accepting applications for the Forrest Bassford Student Award. The top winner will receive a $1,500 scholarship and a $500 travel scholarship to attend LPC’s annual convention and Ag Media Summit in Raleigh, N.C., July 16-20, 2022.

Up to three $750 travel scholarships to attend the convention will be given in addition to the top award. Students participating in the convention will have the opportunity to interact with more than 500 livestock publication and agricultural communications professionals while attending workshops and seminars specifically related to this field. Alltech, award sponsor, will also provide the opportunity for award winners to attend the Alltech ONE Conference with complimentary registration.

Applicants must be a college junior or senior at the start of the 2022-23 college year with at least one semester before graduation. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Application available here.

Source: ACEL Nutshell – January 5, 2022