Support 4-H Youth with a 4-H Paper Clover or Make a Card on Saturday, Feb. 3rd!

JOANNhearts4H – FAIRFIELD COUNTY 4-H – give a Clover

4-H Members and families – Please share these events with your friends and family!

We are pleased to announce the Paper Clover campaign is coming to JOANN stores!

During the month of February, millions of JOANN customers, 4-H members and supporters will have a chance to share their hearts and show their love by equipping local Clubs with resources to reach more kids in need.

Here’s how:

  • Support the 4-H Paper Clover Campaign by visiting your local store between February 1 and 28, 2018. Donate $1 or $4 at purchase, and you’ll receive a clover featuring a special Valentine’s Day craft from FamilyFun. With each $4 donation, you’ll get $4 off your next purchase.  The Fairfield County 4-H Program and JOANN Fabrics stores want to see more Fairfield County kids learning by doing, creating and making.  Thousands of local 4-H members, staff, volunteers and supporters will join with JOANN customers to ensure more kids get that chance through a new Paper Clover campaign to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to Fairfield County. Proceeds from the Paper Clover campaign will directly support Fairfield County 4-H programs.


  • Craft with 4-H at your local JOANN’s store! On Saturday,  February 3rd from 11 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. local 4-H’ers will also partner with their local JOANN stores in Lancaster (1216 N Memorial Drive) and Reynoldsburg (2891 Taylor Rd) to hand-make and deliver custom Valentine’s Day cards on to Fairfield Medical Center Pallative Care Unit and  Nationwide Children’s Hospital .  Make plans to  stop by check out the Valentine card creations by our local 4-H youth!! Please invite your friends and family to come out and make a card! Additionally, we are looking for youth and adults to attend the full event at both the Lancaster and Reynoldsburg stores to help interact with customers sharing information about 4-H and making cards. If you can help, please reply to with the location you plan to attend (and who will be joining you)!


  • Save 15% with JOANN 4-H Rewards! Current and lifetime members, parents of members, volunteers, and 4-H staff can save 15% off total in-store and online purchases every day with 4-H Rewards. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programming.


  • 4-H Fashion Contest – Enter to win a tour the JOANN Fabric and Crafts Stores headquarters and attend Kent State Fashion Show April 27-29!  To enter, upload up to five (5) photos online with an explanation of the outfit you made, construction methods, the purpose of the outfit and what items worn or displayed in the photo are purchased, if any. Entrants must be ages 14-19 and currently enrolled in a 4‑H program. Sponsors will select up to five finalists, whose photos will be posted on the JOANN Fabric and Crafts Stores Instagram site from March 2-13, 2018, for public voting. For additional information, please see the official contest rules. Come back from February 3 – 23 to submit your entry!

Don’t miss out show your love for 4-H Today.

To learn more about the national partnership, visit or contact Fairfield County 4-H at 740-652-7260.

Attend Plowboy Prom at OSU after Ohio 4-H Conference!

Are you ready to rock around the clock?! It’s a flashback to the Fabulous Fifties with the 2018 Plowboy Prom hosted by College 4-H at The Ohio State University. Join us on Saturday, March 10 (after the 4-H Conference) from 6-10 p.m. at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center for an evening of dancing, games and prizes. All ages are welcome; admission is $5 each or $3 with a BuckID. Grab your saddle shoes and be there!

2018 Youth Conservationist Program Announcement

Youth interested in applying for the 2018 Youth Conservationist Program must be between 9 and 18 years old and submit an application postmarked by April 1, 2018 that includes:

  • An essay which introduces you and your experience with animals. Your essay should explain your interest in sheep and
    answer the question: “Why I would like to help preserve a heritage breed of sheep.” If for any reason the animal will not
    be kept at your own home, please explain in detail where it will reside and what exactly your responsibilities will be.
  • The applicant should indicate if they wish to be considered for a particular breed or for any of the breeds available.
  • Each applicant must include a letter of recommendation from their 4‐H advisor, FFA advisor, veterinarian, teacher or
  • The total application/essay should be no more than 2 pages in length.
  • The application must include address, phone and if available, email address. Interested young people should contact
    Elaine for an updated list of breeds available, then submit their letter of application/essay to: Elaine Ashcraft, 46118 CR
    58 Coshocton, OH 43812.

Requirements if selected:

  • Must be present to receive the ewe at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on Sunday, May 6, 2018.
  • Must exhibit the ewe at least twice in 2018 at: 1) a county fair or local sheep show and 2) the State Fair in the state
    where the recipient lives.
  • Must breed the ewe to a registered ram (of her breed) in the fall of 2018, should consult the donor breeder for their
  • Must either use the ewe’s fleece to personally make a wool item or sell the fleece to a spinner, felter or weaver.
  • Must submit an article, the following Feb/Mar to their local newspaper covering their year and including information
    concerning the next year’s YCP program.
  • Must submit a scrapbook to the Donor Breeder by April 30, 2018 and provide a scrapbook to be used at the Maryland
    Festival which is then given back to the youth.

Any questions please contact Elaine Ashcraft 46118 CR 58 Coshocton, Ohio 43812 by phone at (740) 622‐1573 or by email at (please note the underscore between “tankewe” and “cr58”). Donors select the recipients from the essays submitted by the youth.

Beef 510

Beef 510 is a one-day program designed for those who have participated in Beef 509, but is open to all cattlemen.  The program will continue the traditional beef sensory sessions and BQA presentations, but will also present information designed to help producers better prepare their operations and their cattle to meet challenges of the future. All who attend will be certified in Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) at the end of the course.  Beef 510 is a joint program coordinated by the Ohio Beef Council, the Department of Animal Sciences – OSU, and OSU Extension.

List of speakers include:

Justin Nelson, Director of Animal Procurement specializing in cattle for Tyson Foods, Inc. and located at the corporate office in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota. He will discuss today’s marketing environment and Tyson’s approach to market access programs. The presentation will also discuss the decision from Wendy’s restaurants to purchase cattle beginning in 2019 only from those suppliers who can verify the producers providing the cattle are beef quality assurance certified.

Mandy Carr Johnson, Sr. Executive Director for the Science, Culinary and Outreach team at National Cattlemen’s Beef Association ((NCBA) oversees programs focusing on human nutrition research. In addition, she has oversights on influencer outreach, product quality, sustainability, and beef safety research, as well as the Beef: It’s What’s for Dinner Culinary Center She will discuss how the beef checkoff program is working to assure consumers that beef is a sustainable and nutritious food so consumers don’t feel pressured to explore other products perceived to be more sustainable or healthier. The presentation will also include a sneak peak into the checkoff’s new raising beef responsibly campaign and touch on the “Rethink the Ranch” consumer campaign focused on sharing stories of the people behind the product.

Glen Arnold, is an Associate Professor with Ohio State University Extension and Field Specialist in the area of Manure Nutrient Management Application. His on-farm research focuses on the use of livestock manure as a spring top-dress fertilizer on wheat and as a side dress fertilizer for corn. His research goal is to move livestock producers toward applying manure during the crop growing season instead of late fall application window. With the growing number of those who want to place the blame on livestock producers for Ohio’s water quality challenges. You will not want to miss this session.

Additional presenters include professors from the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University: Steve Boyles, OSU Extension Beef Specialist; Lyda Garcia, Assistant Professor of Meat Science/Meat Extension Specialist; and Eric England, Assistant Professor of Meat Science. The Ohio Beef Council and OCA will also provide program updates.

The Beef 510 program will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 3. Lunch will be provided by the 2018 OSU Meats Judging Team. Registration deadline will be February 16, 2018. Register early, as the program will fill up and space is limited. Find the registration form here.


Source: Ohio Beef Council’s Ohio Beef Producer Post for January 2018

4-H Day is March 3rd – HELP WANTED!

Our annual 4-H recruitment event – “4-H Day” will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at the AAA Building at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. as we promote the program to prospective 4-H members and families.

We are looking for club members to volunteer the day of the event bring high quality project displays and to staff their displays for the duration of the event. You will be talking with families and potential members about your projects!

We are also looking for club advisors to set up a table display promoting their club and recruiting members to join.

Please contact Jessica McMillen at for more information and to sign up to help!

For a tear-off flyer to post, click here: 4-H Day 2018 – Tear Off Flyer

For a event flyer, click here: 4-H Day 2018 Flyer

2018 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration due 2/2/2018

Attention 4-H teens and volunteers! The Ohio 4-H Conference will take place on Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at the Columbus Convention Center. The registration form is now available online is due to the Fairfield County Extension Office by February 2, 2018, along with a payment of $35. View the registration form and registration session booklet. Youth 13 & older and 4-H volunteers are invited to attend!

(Note: This is the former Teen Conference and Volunteer Conference merged into one.)

2018 Volunteer Application is due 2/1/2018

If clubs are looking to add volunteers for 2018, now is the time to be planning to do so! The 4-H Volunteer Applications is now available for 2018 and can be found at this link. New volunteer applications for 2018 are due February 1st, 2018.

Additionally, if anyone is thinking about starting a new club in 2018, now is the time to be thinking about this and making plans for 2018. Please call the office to discuss options and plans as soon as possible!

Attention Advisors: Items due January 31st!

Advisors: Don’t forget that we need your Yearly Summary Financial Report of Club Treasury Form and Equipment Inventory Form (if you have club owned items) completed and turned into the office by Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. This information is for the 2016-2017  club year. Thank you to those clubs/advisors that have already turned in their end of the year forms.

I’ve also had a couple people inquire about the Treasurer Yearly Summary and Audit procedures, so I’ve included them in this message as well. It should be an annual practice for clubs to conduct an internal audit utilizing their members and advisors creating a great learning experience for all involved. If you have questions about this process, please call the office.

Treasurer Recommended Audit Procedures – word or pdf

Treasurer Yearly Summary – excel or pdf

Yearly Summary Financial Report of Club Treasury   pdf

Equipment Inventory  word or pdf

We look forward to an exciting year of 4-H in Fairfield County, and can’t do this without your help! Please let us know if we can be of assistance.

Last chance to join the Fairfield County Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines 4-H Club!

Last chance to join the Fairfield County Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines 4-H Club!

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday January 29th, 7 pm, at Specialty Tractor, 417 S. Broad Street, Lancaster, OH.  (Please note the address is different than on your printed meeting schedule).  Please plan on attending so the advisors know what project book to order for you. This will be the last meeting to join the club.  As a reminder, 4-H members must attend a minimum of ¾ of the 4-H Club meetings in which their enrollment lies.

Anyone wanting to join must enroll through 4HOnline ( by February 1st.  Members and advisors needing assistance to enroll can stop by the Extension Office during normal business hours Monday – Friday, 7:30 am to 4 pm or special hours this Sunday, January 28th from 1-3 pm.

Please contact Missy at 740-652-7264 or with questions regarding registering in 4-H Online.

Fairfield County 4-H Shooting Sports Open House – Sunday January 28th!

The Fairfield County 4-H Shooting Sports Club’s purpose is to teach life skills to 4-H youth through the shooting sports curriculum and activities.  Current disciplines include archery, rifle and shotgun.  We focus on safety and technique to support our youth in developing their skill while also increasing their self-confidence.  The Shooting Sports 4-H Club  aids boys and girls in reaching their fullest potential as capable, caring and contributing citizens.

If you are interested in learning more about the Fairfield County Shooting Sports program,  make plans to attend the Shooting Sports 4-H Club Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center located at 831 College Avenue, Lancaster, OH. Keep in mind, membership to the 4-H Shooting Sports program begins when a child is at least age 9 as of January 1 of the current year.   For details or more information contact OSU Extension at 740-652-7260 or Shooting Sports Certified Instructors  Rob Anderson at 740-503-5931 or or Justin Marteney at 614-833-4874 or