Interested in Ag Careers? Checkout FREE ExploreAg Camps next summer!

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the dates for the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture. Please see the attached 2020 ExploreAg Flyer and below information, and share with any students, parents, teachers, and community members who may be interested.

ExploreAg will be offering four camp sessions in 2020!

  • Session 1 : June 14-19 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 2 : June 21-26 – Ohio State University Main Campus
  • Session 3 : July 5-10 – Central State University 
  • Session 4 : July 12-17 – Ohio State University – ATI campus

The ExploreAg camps are FREE to attend.  Program costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020 and applicants will be notified of admittance by March 20, 2020. Applicants will be asked to submit an application with one reference and a 1-3 minute video with the prompt: “please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.” The application can be found at Please share this information with students, parents, teachers, and community members. If you have any further questions, contact Marissa Mulligan at

2020 Junior Fair Board Application NOW AVAILABLE – due 1/10/2020

2020 Junior Fairboard Application (fillable pdf) For 4-H and FFA youth interested in serving on the Fairfield County Junior Fair Board. Membership is open to youth between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. New members must be 14 years old by October 1st of the current year to serve. Applications are due 1/10/2020 by 4:00 p.m. to the Extension Office for 4-H and FFA youth who are interested. Additionally, returning members must submit an application.


2020 Fashion and Nutrition Board Application NOW AVAILABLE – due 1/10/2020

2020 Fashion and Nutrition Board Application  is for youth 13+ with at least 3 years of experience in clothing and/or food & nutrition related projects. Current or previous Fashion/Nutrition Board members do not need to re-apply. Please send Shannon Carter an email that you would like to be on the 2019-2020 board.

Ohio 4-H Achievement Forms – due 1/10/2020 (earn 4-H trips, awards, and scholarships!)

Ohio 4-H Achievement Form (2020 Form) for youth 14-18 as of January 1, 2019 interested in applying for state & county achievement/merit awards (Beef, Clothing, Leadership, etc.), county trips (Sea Camp, Leadership Camp, etc.), State Junior Fair Board, National Dairy Conference, Ohio Township Award, etc. Please use the current version of the form! DO NOT open and edit in Google Docs. Thanks!

Ohio Achievement Form Suggestions  –  Achievement form section suggestions can by found by reviewing this form.

For more information, contact Leslie Cooksey at

Making eXtreme Counselor Training Workshop – Registration due 1/24/2020

Making eXtreme Counselors Training Workshop – Statewide Camp Counselor Training Workshop (February 22-23, 2020). The completed registration form is due to the Fairfield County Extension Office by January 24, 2020, along with a payment of $10 (reduced fee due to sponsorship for Fairfield County 4-H Camp Counselors).  Please note: If you register and DO NOT attend the entire workshop, you must pay the sponsor back the entire workshop fee!

Contact Aubry Fowler for more information ( Limited spots are available for Fairfield County Camp Counselors to attend – therefore, get your registration in NOW!

Ohio 4-H Conference – Registration and payment due 2/7/2020

Attention Teens** and Advisors*!
It’s time to register for the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference! County deadline for registration form and payment ($40): February 7th, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
View the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Form – Fairfield and registration session booklet. Youth 13 & older are invited to attend! 
Questions? – call 740-653-5419
*Limited scholarships available for 4-H Advisors to attend. 
**Scholarships available for teens completing the 2020 Ohio 4-H Achievement Form.

Junior Achievement Forms – Creating your 4-H career resume and getting ready for future awards, trips, and scholarships!!

Fairfield County Jr. Achievement Form (pdf) Word  or  pdf is for 4-H members ages 8-13 as of January 1, 2020 to complete. This form provides a start towards completing the Ohio Achievement Record Form (your 4-H career resume).  There are three levels of awards:  White Clover for members in the first and second year, Green Clover for members in their third and fourth years, and Gold Clover for members in the fifth and sixth year of Traditional 4-H. The cover letter may be found here. Please review the Example Jr. Achievement Form for more information. One or two youth who have documented their 4-H accomplishments and have earned the “Gold Clover” award may be selected to attend Leadership Washington Focus in 2020! Junior Achievement Forms will be due to the Extension Office on Friday, January 10th, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. An awards banquet will be held in April for all members who submit a Junior Achievement Form.


Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application due 1/10/2020

2020 Fairfield County 4-H Scholarship Application –  for High School Seniors and those in College. Youth must also complete an Ohio 4-H Achievement Form to be eligible for this scholarship. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Leslie Cooksey at or 740-277-4625.

Ohio 4-H Scholarship Application due 2/15/2020

2020 Ohio 4-H Scholarship Information  –  Information on how to complete the online application for Ohio 4-H Scholarships.

  • Now Open – The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Scholarship Application for the 2020-2021 academic year – Priority Deadline: February 15, 2020
  • All students in the Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2020-21 academic year. You will only need to fill out one application to be eligible for scholarships from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources, and ATI/Wooster. The priority deadline for completing the application is February 15, 2020.
  • The simple on-line form requires you to write a short 300 word essay, list of present and previous work experience, involvement in extracurricular activities, provide details about involvement in groups. Students in the School of Environment and Natural Resources will only need to complete this application for 2020-21 as the supplemental questions are within this application.
  • Applicants who have participated in 4-H regardless of University/College, Campus, or major are to complete this application and the additional supplemental questions when you check “Yes” on the involvement in 4-H. There are scholarship available through this application process (although part of the OSU website) for 4-H members and young alumni who are attending other colleges and universities!

Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship due 3/16/2020

The Dorrin and Ruth Ross Scholarship Application is for youth who will be attending post secondary education beginning fall 2020. Deadline is March 16, 2020.

Scholarship Background
The scholarship was established by Dorrin and Ruth Ross. Natives of Licking County, Ohio, Dorrin and Ruth married and moved to Columbus in 1935. Mr. Ross began his career as a carpenter, worked for the Curtiss-Wright Company during World War II, and spent the remainder of his career with the Ohio Parole Board, working his way from Parole officer to a supervisor before he passed away in June, 1989.

Following Ruth Ross’s graduation from Bliss College in Columbus, she became a corporate secretary and the owner and broker of Gateway Realty. Eventually, she took a position with the Ohio Rehabilitation Department, where she worked until disabled by illness in 1986. Mrs. Ross died in June, 1988. Very private people, the Rosses were active in their church and Dorrin was a mason.

The scholarship is indicative of Mrs. Ross’s interest in supporting educational opportunities for rural students, inspired by the loss of her family’s farm during the Depression, after her graduation from college.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must meet one of the following criteria:
    • Graduates or graduating high school seniors of Bloom-Carroll High School or Fairfield Union high
    • Past or present members of Fairfield County 4-H or Fairfield County Agriculture’s Future Farmers of
    • Graduates or graduating high school seniors from Washington High School in Washington County,
      KY; or
    • Past or present members of Washington County 4-H or FFA.
  • Relatives of Dorrin and Ruth Ross or any member of the selection committee are not eligible to apply.