National Corn Growers Association, BASF Accepting Scholarship Applications – due 12/1/2018

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:

POET Scholarship Application – Due 2/1/2019

POET Never Satisfied Scholarships are open to students enrolled for Fall Semester 2019 in any two- or four-year post-secondary school, regardless of major or GPA. Never Satisfied Scholars receive up to $5,000 each, and will have the opportunity to visit the POET Sioux Falls campus during the school year. Deadline to apply id February 1, 2019. Apply at

Ohio 4-H Volunteer Awards – Applications due 12/1/2018

Nomination Forms for the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Awards are now  posted on the Ohio 4-H website. Please consider submitting a nomination for a 4-H volunteer/advisor in Fairfield County. Completed applications are due to the State 4-H Office by December 1, 2018 and require a signature from a 4-H Extension Educator in Fairfield County (Leslie Cooksey or Aubry Fowler). Awards will presented to winners at the 2019 Ohio 4-H Conference in March.

The following awards are available:

Below is the list of awards presented at Ohio 4-H Volunteer Recognition Luncheon.

Applications are due December 1st.

Community Service – Recognizes adults and youth 4-H volunteers whom have collaborated with community groups, or undertaken them with their own 4-H club or unit, community service projects or activites.

Friend of 4-H – An individual, family, business or corporation that supports the Ohio 4-H Program, in a charitable manner at the county, state, or national level.

Hall of Fame –  Recognizes individuals who have made significant lifetime contributions to the Ohio 4-H program and who have also made an important positive impact upon clubs, communities, and the state 4-H program.

Innovator – Recognizes adult and/or youth volunteers who have developed new programs, county projects, or activities.

Meritorious Service – Recognizes adult 4-H volunteers for a lifetime of meritorious service.

4-H Alumni – 4-H Grows True Leaders!  Nominate a 4-H alumnus who has demonstrated distinctive achievement in career or service and can attribute part of their success to participating in 4-H.

Fairfield County 4-H’s Got Talent

Do you or someone in your club have a talent they would like to share at the Advisor’s Banquet? All talents are welcome: singing, dancing, juggling, and more! Email Aubry ( to register for auditions on Nov 19th. Selected participants will then perform during the Advisor’s Banquet on November 29th. This event is being sponsored by the Fairfield County Junior Leaders 4-H Club.

Buyer Poster Contest Winners!

Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Livestock Sale Buyer Poster Contest! It is great to see the participation in this contest and those who help recognize the support of our livestock buyers at the fair.

The Junior Fair Board sponsors this contest and selected the following winners at the 2018 Fairfield County Fair. Their prizes will be sent in the mail. Congrats!

1st Place Club/Organization: Clearcreek Showmen Cloverbuds

1st Place Individual: Kamala Sweeney – Fairfield Fowl Friends 4-H Club

2nd Place Individual: Anna Wolfe – Wild About Animals

3rd Place Individual: Kolton Conrad – Clearcreek Showmen

Apply for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

Are you a middle level or high school student making a difference through volunteering? Apply today for national recognition, monetary awards and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.!

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service.

Applications are now open for 2019 awards. Here’s how it works:

  • By November 6, 2018, students must submit their completed applications, and signed student/parent agreements, to a certifier. (Certifiers can be school principals or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network.)
  • By November 16, 2018, certifiers select and certify top applicants for state-level judging.
  • On February 5, 2019, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards announces state-level winners for 2019.

For more information, please follow this link to their website!

Achievement Form Workshop – November 10th in Columbus!

Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council will be hosting a second Achievement Form Workshop on November 10th, 2018 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in the Agricultural Administration Building on OSU Columbus Campus in the Auditorium. Registration is free, however there will be parking costs on campus.

To RSVP by November 5th, please email Frances Nicol at

This workshop is open to all 4-H members, parents, advisors, and professionals, however it is most beneficial for the members to bring their completed or mostly completed forms and records so that they can receive 1:1 coaching and critiquing.

If you were unable to attend the first introductory workshop in September, please contact Frances and she can send you the Zoom (video) recording and materials.

Can’t make this date? No problem! Leslie will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, December 6th, 2018 in Fairfield County. Junior Achievement Forms will be covered between 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. for those youth who will be age 13 and under as of 1/1/2019. Older youth (ages 14-18 as of 1/1/2019) are invited to attend the Ohio 4-H Achievement Form Workshop from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. that same evening!

Welcome Aubry!

Fairfield County Extension is pleased to announce and welcome Aubry Fowler as the new 2nd Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development. Aubry will be the point of contact for summer camp programming, developing new health and wellness events, and assisting with Cloverbud programs.

Aubry grew up in Fairfield County, and is an alumnus of the county’s 4-H and FFA programs. She has been active in supporting youth pathways into agriculture, and has served as a Cloverbud advisor for the Lithopolis Livestock Cloverbud 4-H club. Aubry holds her B.S. from Shawnee State University, and is pursuing her Masters of Public Health at The Ohio State University. She has been engaged in raising awareness of and developing programs to address mental health issues within the farm community. Aubry is currently part of the AgriPower leadership training institute through the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation. She & her husband Aaron Shaw reside in Thornville, where they operate a small alpaca & grain operation.

Aubry may be reached at 740-652-7271 or

Welcome to Fairfield County!

Junior Fair Results Now Posted

The 2018 Junior Fair Results are now posted on the website under the Junior Fair Rule Book, Awards and Results section. Results are posted underneath each species section.  Please use the following link to find the results:


Ducks Unlimited National Scholarship Program – Deadline 3/1/2019

Ducks Unlimited (DU) is now accepting applications for the DU National Scholarship Program offering graduating high school seniors who are DU members the opportunity to advance their education.

DU will award 61, one-time scholarships to eligible applicants at the following levels:

– 50 Varsity Scholarships at $500 each
– 10 Conservation Scholarships at $1,000 each
– 1 National Scholarship of $10,000

The online application is now open and will close on March 1, 2019. Applicants will need to provide their high school transcript, DU member/volunteer history, a resume including a list of any service or academic awards received and a letter of recommendation highlighting your involvement with DU and commitment to conservation. In addition, applicants will be required to write a 500-word essay describing how your outdoor experiences have contributed to your understanding of the importance of wetlands. All applications will be reviewed by DU’s National Scholarship Selection Committee and recipients will be chosen based on the merits of those submissions.

The list of scholarship recipients will be sent to all applicants in April 2019 with awarded checks released to the student’s college or university. Recipients will be recognized in Ducks Unlimited magazine, and the national scholarship winner will be announced at the DU National Convention.

Click here to apply now.

For more information or to apply, visit