South Central Power Scholarships – due 2/5/2018

Scholarship programs help high school seniors who want to continue their education at a college, vocational or technical school.

South Central Power Scholarship

The program provides graduating high school seniors with additional funds for higher education at a college, vocational or technical school. Applications are available each November for students living within the 24 counties served by South Central Power Company. Several students will receive a $1,000 scholarship. From that group, the South Central Foundation Board of Directors will select a student to compete in the statewide competition sponsored by Ohio Electric Cooperatives, Inc. The top statewide prize is $3,600.

 Technical Scholarship

This scholarship will award $1,000 to eligible high school seniors.  Details and an application form coming soon!

For more information, complete our online request form or call Liz Bainter at 800-282-5064, ext. 6252.


FarmHer – Grow Event 2/23/2018

Join us on Friday, February 23, 2018 at The Ohio State University for the FarmHer-Grow event. This will be the third year that FarmHer has hosted events at college campuses around the country focused on inspiring, educating, and empowering young women in agriculture. Through Grow by FarmHer, attendees experience dynamic speakers, are introduced to skills needed to be successful leaders, and receive the encouragement needed to grow as young women in the agriculture industry. This event is for both high school and college aged women. For more information about the event and where to register, visit the FarmHer website. Click here to view video highlights of Grow by FarmHer events.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter, January 23, 2018

Tractor Maintenance Meeting – Monday, January 22nd, 2018

The Tractor Maintenance Club will meet Monday, January 22nd at Millersport Agri Service (10221 Lancaster Newark Rd, Millersport). Missy will be there by 6:30 p.m. to start enrolling members, with the meeting scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m.

This meeting is the last meeting for members to join this club for 2018. If you are unable to attend the January 22nd meeting, members can stop by the Extension Office during business hours (Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and work through the enrollment process with Missy – we highly suggest you call before stopping by to make sure she is available! Also, Missy will be at the office (Ag Center) on Sunday, January 28th from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for members to complete enrollment, pay dues, and pick up their books. If members want to enroll on-line in advance, they will need to complete their enrollment for all clubs they are planning on joining for 2018, not just Tractor Maintenance.  The information on registering through Ohio 4-H Online can be found here. We strongly encourage you to complete the enrollment process on your own prior to Monday’s meeting. Copies of the enrollment instructions will also be available at the meeting if members want to wait until they get home to enroll for this year.

Countywide member dues are $5.00 and project books cost $6.00 and will be available at this meeting.  Club dues will be decided at the January 22nd meeting.

We look forward to seeing you on the 22nd! The schedule has been modified at the end of the winter meeting season for Tractor Maintenance due to cancelled meetings the last two weeks. This information will be available at the next meeting.

Fairfield County 4-H MEAT Judging Team to MEET this Sunday, January 21st!

We are excited to share that the Fairfield County 4-H Meat Judging Team will continue for 2018! NEW MEMBERS ALWAYS WELCOME! Their first practice will be held on Sunday, January 21st from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Bloom Carroll High School Ag Room. For more information, please visit the informational handout with key information for 2018 found here: WELCOME KEY INFORMATION 2018

A list of practice dates and contests are included in this handout. Thank you to 4-H alumni and volunteers, Caitlyn Black and James Maynard, for coaching our team once again this year! This is a perfect opportunity for those interested in livestock to get involved beyond their project experience! The state 4-H meat judging contest will be held on Saturday, April 28th.

Farm Gate to Dinner Plate – for Teens and Adults interested in Meat Science!

Dr. Lyda Garcia with Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences is providing a meat science opportunity for older youth and adults on February 17 and 24: From Farm Gate to Dinner Plate.

This is a Mini 509 Workshop sponsored by the Ohio State University Department of Animal Sciences and Ohio 4-H Youth Development. The February 17th workshop will include, but not limited to, the following topics: Animal Welfare, Feeding Practices, Live Animal Evaluation, etc. The February 24th workshop will include: Carcass Grading and Fabrication, Retail Identification, Hands-on Grilling, Food Safety.

The location is the OSU Animal Sciences Building, 2029 Fyffe Court, Columbus, Ohio. The targeted audience is youth 14-18 years old, Agricscience Teachers, and 4-H Advisors. The deadline to register for either or both days is February 2.

Note: There are a maximum of 40 seats available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Here is a link to the flyer and registration: Farm Gate to Dinner Plate Official Flyer

Please contact Dr. Lyda Garcia,, 614.292.3642 if you have any questions.

Ohio 4-H Science Saturday: February 3rd, “May the Force Be With You”

“May the Force Be With You” – it’s time for another 4-H Science Saturday on February 3rd, 2018 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center in Columbus. We’ll learn about sound science and uncover the secrets behind sound waves and electromagnetic fields with OSU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. You’ll create a force field to build a working speaker out of paper and connect it to a cell phone. Find the details at:

2nd Annual True Leaders in Service – National 4-H Day of Service Initiative

Go to for all the information and resources. Please promote broadly.

4-H Members from around the national will register for and engage in service projects throughout April 2018. The month of service will culminate with the National 4-H Day of Service on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Planning and promotional resources are available on the above website. Reach out if you have questions. Also, on the front page of that website there is an infographic highlighting the involvement for the 2017 True Leaders in Service Initiative.

Cloverbud Connections

The newest edition of the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Connections Newsletter is now posted to the website:

This will be the final issue in this current format as we highlight several topics about Healthy Living:

  • Cloverbud Connections – Now in Blog Format
  • Cloverbud Healthy Lifestyle Lessons by Joyce Shriner
  • 4-H Healthy Living: Are We Practicing What We Pledge? by Katie Riemenschneider
  • Campus Connections by Scott Scheer
  • What’s In Your Medicine Cabinet? by Theresa Ferrari
  • Click it, Print it, Do it! – GenerationRx – Safe Medication Practices for Life by Joyce Shriner

We are pleased to introduce a new format for the Ohio 4-H Cloverbud Connections. We invite you to visit our new site and subscribe to receive email notifications when new posts are added . The new format is a blog style where articles and activities will be posted about twice a month. The blog is searchable by keyword, you can share posts to social media, and find easy links to past articles and Click it, Print it activities. The new format will continue to provide a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers teaching kindergarten through second grade youth.

Follow this link to visit and enroll –

Poultry Resources

Some easily accessible articles about poultry now directly available on the Poultry Resources webpage ( Although the articles were available through the eXtension website, they have been collected here because the number of clicks and necessary exploration of the site made them difficult to find and print. (eXtension has been included on the handout Poultry Resources for Ohio 4-H from the start.) They have been converted into easy-to-read and nicely formatted PDFs that are now on our server.

Also posted is a collection of articles called Basic Information About Chickens (143 pages). Volunteers and members are welcome to download this document themselves. We are in the process of looking into having this document printed in bulk and available for purchase much like our other project books and resources.