Additional Camp Counselor Training Opportunities

If any camp counselors missed the MXC training in February and is looking for additional opportunities beyond Fairfield County, it’s not too late to register for the Counselor College being held at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp on March 19 and 20. For more information contact: Tracy Winters (Gallia County) at or Rachael Fraley (Lawrence County) at

PLEASE NOTE: These opportunities do not take the place of required training scheduled within the Fairfield County 4-H program They are meant to supplement and give youth a broader experience to learn new things. If interested, please let Leslie know you would like to check into this.

2016 Mandatory Child Abuse and Neglect Training

The Ohio State University Office of Human Resources and OSU Extension is continuing to require child abuse and neglect training for all 4-H Employees and Volunteers who work with activities and programs that involve minors. Topics will include signs of child abuse and neglect and whom to contact if suspected. The training will take approximately one hour. We are offering thirteen sessions and all will be held at the Ag Center. You only need to attend one session. If you do not attend a session this year, your volunteer status may be subject to termination. Please share this information with other volunteers in your club. You can register for sessions at this link:

Sessions available include:

  • March 2 at noon
  • March 2 at 6 pm
  • March 10 at noon
  • March 10 at 5:30 pm
  • March 28 at 12:30 pm
  • March 28 at 2 pm
  • March 28 at 3:30 pm
  • March 28 at 5 pm
  • March 28 at 6:30 pm
  • March 28 at 8 pm
  • March 29 at 3 pm
  • March 29 at 4:30 pm
  • March 29 at 6 pm

Beef Quality Assurance Certification


Enjoy Free, Online Certification!

Through April 15th, all qualifying states can achieve Beef Quality Assurance certification for free through the BQA program offered by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc.  See if your state qualifies using the search box at

4-H SciSat – The Honeybee Challenge

The next 4-H SciSat happens on March 5, 2016 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. The link to details and registration is below. Please share with your 4-H families in whatever way works best for you – thanks!


Fundraising Opportunity: Pearl Valley Cheese

Pearl Valley Cheese is a great 4-H and Extension supporter with the owners being club advisors and being instrumental with the levy supporting OSU Extension in Coshocton County. Please pass this information on to any clubs that may have an interest or ask about fundraiser options.

“Attention 4-H Club advisors! Looking for a new fundraiser this year? Consider selling Pearl Valley Cheese, made right here in Ohio. They have a great fundraising program that is easy to use. Call Sally at 740-545-6002 for a free packet of fundraiser information and cheese samples!” Check out the website for more information:

A Message from Sliver Pond Farm (Rabbits)


We are a major grower of Californian and New Zealand White commercial meat rabbits in Ohio. We are a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association (ARBA).  The rabbitry is registered and recognized by the ARBA and specializes in support of 4H and FFA Fair projects whether for meat pen, single fryers or show animals. Our breeding program is set to support all County Fairs. The rabbitry consists of over 200 breeding does supported by over 40 breeding bucks. We typically house well over 1000 rabbits. Sliver Pond is a full service rabbitry being a grower, buyer and processor of unwanted rabbits for our meat business. Visit our websites at,, or for more information. To reserve rabbits contact Tony Gregory at 419-560-1877 (call/text) or by email to

4-H Day is 3/5/2016

Attention Advisors! We are counting down the days to our annual 4-H Day, March 5th.  (Set-up begins 11:00/11:30 a.m.) To ensure enough table space for your club and projects your members would like to showcase, please contact Sherry Kilbarger at as soon as possible. Space is limited, so don’t delay in responding.

Feel free to invite prospective 4-H families to our open house on March 5th. The event will take place at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Encourage your club members to volunteer at 4-H Day with their high quality summer project displays, to stay with the displays and talk with the interested families and potential members about their projects.

If your club would like to have a table for display and memberships, let Sherry know, as space is limited!

Thank you for helping to make this a successful 4-H event!


Fairfield County 4-H Member Competes as member of the Penn State Gymnastics Team

Fairfield County is proud of 4-H member, Michael Burns, who is currently a freshman attending Penn State University and competing on their gymnastics team! Read more on their recent blog post found here. Last year, Michael represented Fairfield County as the 4-H Meat Goat State Achievement Award winner. Congrats and best wishes!

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships – due 2/29/2016

Time’s almost up to apply for a scholarship offered through the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation. The foundation has $18,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture. A total of 12 $1,500 scholarships will be awarded through four programs: Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholar, Women’s Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship Program, Darwin Bryan Scholarship Fund and Cindy Hollingshead Scholarship Fund. Deadline is Feb. 29. Apply today!


4-H Advisory Committee Elections

Congratulations to the 4-H Advisory Committee new members joining in 2016 and will serve a 3 year term:

  • Area 1: Kris Doyle and Betsy Loy
  • Area 2: Stephen Bader
  • Area 3: Mark Sharp
  • Area 4: Katy Endsley

Additionally, we would like to congratulate and THANK those who have been elected to serve in the following officer or representative positions:

  • President (1 year term): Dawn Grube
  • Vice President (1 year term): Greg Swinehart
  • Secretary (1 year term): Kris Doyle
  • Treasurer (1 year term): Aubry Shaw
  • 4-H Endowment Board Representative (1 year term): Becky Hyme
  • Junior Fair Board Advisors: Loretta Sweeney and Stephen Bader (2 year term) and Becky Hyme and Sherry Kilbarger (1 year remaining on their term)
  • Sale Committee (2 year term): Kris Doyle
  • Extension Advisory Committee (4 year term): Katy Endsley; Also serving Toni Miller, Aubry Shaw, and Dawn Grube
  • Youth Representatives Elected from Junior Leaders: Derek Burns and Lauren Young (1 year remaining on their term) and Tierra Tooill and Levi Hyme (2 year term)