NCGA, BASF Accepting Applications for 2018 Ag Scholarships – Deadline is 12/31/2018

The National Corn Growers Association is again offering its William C. Berg Academic Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship thanks to the sponsorship of BASF Corporation. Five $1,000 scholarships are available to college students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, graduate students and Ph.D. candidates) who are pursuing any undergraduate or graduate degree.

The five scholarship winners and their parent/guardian will be announced at NCGA’s annual tradeshow and convention, Commodity Classic, which will be held on February 28 – March 2, 2019 in Orlando, Florida.

Applicants or a parent/guardian must be a member of the NCGA. Past scholarship winners and employees and the families of employees of any division of BASF or their subsidiaries or the NCGA are not eligible for the scholarship. Students may apply for membership at Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2018. The application is available here:

Cloverbud Activities at the Fair!

Cloverbuds do not want to miss out on participating in these activities at the 2018 Fairfield County Fair!

Cloverbud Day at the Fair: Sunday, October 7th – Click here for flyer: Cloverbud Fair Events

  • Show-N-Tell, 12:00 p.m., 4-H Display Barn
    • This is an opportunity for club members to tell about their year in 4-H. All participants will receive a ribbon.
    • If you’re interested in attending Show-N-Tell, please email Aubry Fowler at with number of members participating and any time conflicts. Once she figures out how many clubs are participating, she will let club advisors know what time their club will be presenting.
  • Stuffed Animal Show, 1:00 p.m., #50 Show Arena
    • Encourage your members to bring their favorite stuffed animal. Each child will get to enter the ring, share a fun fact about their animal, and have a mini experience of what it’s like to show at the fair. All participants will receive a ribbon.
  • Junior Fair Buddies, 2:00-3:30 p.m., 4-H Display Barn
    • Join the Junior Fair Board Members to participate in farm and steam related activities and crafts. All ages are welcome!

Junior Fair Buddies: October 7, 9, 10, 11, & 12 – On Sunday and Tuesday through Friday of fair week, Junior Fair Buddies will take place in the 4-H Display Barn from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.. There will be fun farm and STEAM related activities and crafts. All ages are welcome.

And finally – Save the Date! Cloverbud Day Camp will be June 15th, 2019 at Alley Park in Lancaster. More details to come.

2019 Ohio State Fair Info for Market Beef Exhibitors

The Ohio State Fair requires all market beef entered in the 2019 Ohio State Fair to have individual DNA samples taken from each animal that may potentially be entered. These DNA samples must be in the possession of the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2019.

Attached is a document containing sample collection instructions: DNA Sample Collection Instructions 2019. Please read the attached instructions that will be a part of each sample collection kit, and contact Stacey French, Agricultural Department at the Ohio State Fair, if you have any questions. Stacey’s phone number is 614.644.4049 and email is

We will not have kits here at the Fairfield County Extension Office – unless requested in advance. Also note that youth showing at any of the BEST sanctioned shows must have EID tags in their calves prior to the first show in which they exhibit. BEST shows prior to the January 15 deadline to submit samples to OSF include: Heart of It All, November 24-25, Lima; AGR Holiday Classic, December 8-9, Columbus; and Scarlet & Gray Midwest Showdown, January 5-6, Springfield.

DNA sample collection kits may be picked up either by 4-H professionals, FFA advisors, or the actual individual directly from Stacey French on the OSF fairgrounds. Prior to submission, the nomination envelope for each sample kit remitted must be signed by either the 4-H professional or FFA advisor, depending in which organization the youth is taking the market animal(s).

Please let Leslie Cooksey know if you have any questions! Thanks!



Mandatory Training for 4-H Advisors – Due September 30th, 2018 – Policy 1.50 Activities and Programs with Minor Participants

This is a reminder that ALL 4-H volunteers will need to complete their ANNUAL training for Policy 1.50 by September 30th, 2018 (no exceptions). The Activities and Programs with Minor Participants (Policy 1.50) is an annual training required of all 4-H volunteers working with youth. Our annual 4-H data rolls over on October 1st each year via 4-HOnline and therefore your training must be COMPLETE by September 30th to have your 2018 year count and be complete as a 4-H volunteer.

Individual emails were sent on September 17th to volunteers (from Leslie Cooksey) who still need to take this training. If you are unsure, please log-in to 4-HOnline to check your status as “COMPLETE” before calling the office. Thanks!

If you do not complete this training and wish to be a volunteer in the future, you will need to go through the 4-H new volunteer requirements all over again – including application with references, background check, interview with 4-H educator, new volunteer training and of course the annual 1.50 Policy training.

Continuing from last year, you have the option to complete the training through 4-HOnline!

I’ve attached some instructions on how to sign up for the training (Signing up for Advisor Training). You need to sign into your account, go to the left of your name to the edit button, and then on the first page you will see three items below the ‘logged in as’:  Enrollment, Member Setting and Trainings.  Select ‘Trainings’ and you will see a list of items you can sign up to train on.  You are required to sign up for the (Year 1 OSU Policy 1.50 Child Abuse & Neglect TRAINING Online Ver. 3/2018) and complete the entire training. The remaining trainings listed are optional.

If you do not have computer access to complete your training, I will be holding one last in-person session at the Ag Center on Tuesday, September 25th at 5:30 p.m.

 Good luck, and let me know if you have questions or issues completing your training. If you choose to complete the training online in 4-HOnline, please let me know when you have completed the training. If you click on your trainings, it will show up as “completed” under the status.



Junior Fair Blankets FOR SALE – Support the Jr. Fair Board!

The Fairfield County Junior Fair Board is selling a sweatshirt blanket this fall. Blankets measure 50″ x 60″ and you have yoru choice of red, green, blue, or black blankets. Screen print will be white. Each blanket will cost $25. Orders are due Friday, September 28th to the Extension Office. Extension Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Checks should be made out to the 4-H Advisory Committee and note “JFB Blanket” in the memo line.

Payment is due with orders!

Food Items Needed for Livestock Sale Buyer’s Tent

Each year the Livestock Sale Committee has a refreshment table for livestock buyers at the livestock auctions on Thursday evening October 11th and Friday, October 12th during the fair. A 4-H Club organizes this table and other 4-H Clubs and FFA groups donate all the food. Contact Leslie at or 740-652-7272 if your club can help on either sale day in addition to donating various food items. Items needed: Pre-bagged cookies/brownies (3 per bag) and please note if there are nuts; bagged trail mix/nuts in snack size baggies.

Ohio CattleWomen Scholarships – Deadline: December 15th, 2018

Up to five $1,000 scholarships will be awarded annually to outstanding students entering their college junior or senior year. Priority will be given to applicants attending a school in Ohio. Applicants’ majors may vary, however, preference will be given to a major in agriculture, specifically relating to beef. Applicants must be maintaining a 2.75 GPA or higher. Visit for more information.