Teen Opportunity: ExploreAg is back for 2023…. learn more about Ag Careers!

Providing students with opportunities to explore the variety of educational and career opportunities open to them is always a struggle. At the same time, our society is faced with the great challenge of feeding a growing world population while doing so sustainably. It is going to take this generation of students to get the job done.

That’s why the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.

ExploreAg offers FREE weeklong camps and one-day experiences for high school students. Students are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences, and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off-campus at the Ohio State University, University of Findlay, and Wilmington College. Students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known teachers, scientists and researchers.

Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields.

With ExploreAg, we hope to expose students to opportunities in the agriculture industry. ExploreAg is designed for students currently in traditional agriculture education programs and for students who might never have considered studying agriculture as a career.

Weeklong immersive sessions will be held:

  • The Ohio State University Columbus Campus – June 11-16
  • The Ohio State University  ATI Wooster Campus – June 18-23
  • University of Findlay- July 9-14

Mini-Camp immersive sessions will be held:

  • Wilmington College – June 4-7
  • Hocking College – July 31- Aug. 2

One-Day scheduled immersive sessions will be held:

  • COLT Electric Lineman Training – June 9
  • Rio Grande College – June 30
  • John Deere Training Facility – July 7

Note: More one-day sessions are being planned.

The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students and includes on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, 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 April 10 and details can be found at exploreag.org. Applicants will be asked to submit the email of one reference along with a short application. Students selected will be notified in April of their selection.

Please share this information and the flyer with your students and their parents. This is a science camp they will not want to miss! If you have any further questions, contact me at exploreag@ofbf.org or jmussard@ofbf.org

Best Regards,

Jana Mussard
ExploreAg and Ag Literacy Specialist, Ohio Farm Bureau

Save the Date: 2023 Ohio 4-H Spark Expo (TEEN OPPORTUNITY)

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO! This year’s event will be June 14-17, 2023, on The Ohio State University’s Columbus Campus!

What is 4-H Spark Expo?

The 4-H Spark EXPO (Exploring Pathway Opportunities) is an exciting opportunity for youth who have completed the eighth grade at the conclusion of the 2022-2023 school year. There will be four days of fun and learning with activities to explore a variety of career and educational opportunities. Attendees will develop valuable skills, make new friends, and fuel individual growth; and they will get the chance to tour Ohio State’s campus. To learn more about the event or to pre-registration visit: go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo

NEW FOR 2023: We will be traveling to the OSU Wooster Campus on June 15, so our participants get to experience more of CFAES!

Who can attend?
Youth who have completed the eighth grade of the current academic year. Space is limited as we will only be able to accommodate up to 75 youth.

Are you interested? If so, contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu.

Lancaster High School Ag Ed Instructor – Long Term Sub Position Open

School Opening: Lancaster High School – LONG TERM MATERNITY SUB

1312 Granville Pike, Lancaster, OH 43130

Agricultural Education Instructor

FFA District – 7

County – Fairfield

Long term maternity sub needed approximately 6-8 weeks beginning the first of November. Interested candidates can contact Caroline Davis, Career Tech Director/Associate Principal at 740-687-7390 or c_davis@lcsschools.net.

Congrats to Ohio State Fair Project Winners (non-livestock)

The non-livestock results from the 2022 Ohio State Fair are posted online. Click here to see a complete list.


Rian Raver, Sundresses and Jumpers, Outstanding of the Day

Saige Howard, Sew for Others – Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Hannah Brown, Dress Up Daywear, Clock Trophy Winner

Julia Ribo, Sew Fun – Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Mary Cate Kitsmiller, Clothes for High School and College, Outstanding of the Day

Scarlett R. Sims, Designed By Me, Outstanding of the Day

Rachel Sponseller, Ready, Set, Sew Active, Outstanding of the Day

Creative Arts:

Isabella Byrd, Get Started in Art – Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Jaela Kim, Seeing Through Graphic Design, Outstanding of the Day

Creative Arts – Cake Decorating:

Alexis Kline, Cake Decorating Advanced – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


Gracie Weber, Demonstration – Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Companion Animals:

Hannah Jones, You & Your Dog Interview (Ages 8-10), Outstanding of the Day

Gracie Weber, Reptiles & Amphibians (Age 8+), Honorable Mention

Engineering Excitement:

Kendall Wild, Science Fun with Electricity, Outstanding of the Day

Family Life:

Megan Maloney, Babysitting, Outstanding of the Day

Food and Nutrition:

Charlotte Werner, Yeast Breads on The Rise, Outstanding of the Day

Julia Luallen, Kitchen Boss, Outstanding of the Day

Cece Woods, Sports Nutrition – Senior, Outstanding of the Day


Max Sims, Staying Healthy-Junior, Clock Trophy Winner

Matthew Taylor, First Aid in Action-Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Home Decorating:

Sophia Preston, Makeover My Space-Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


Kate Johnson, Club Leadership, Clock Trophy Winner

Grace Terflinger, Leadership Self-Determined (Camp Counseling), Outstanding of the Day


Daisy D’Amico, Controlling the Image – Level 2, Outstanding of the Day


Gracie Weber, From Airedales to Zebras – Vet Science I, Outstanding of the Day

Shooting Sports:

Alayna Leppert, Shooting Sports-Archery, Junior, Outstanding of the Day

Brendan Logsdon, Shooting Sports-Archery, Senior, Outstanding of the Day

Natural Resources:

Josiah Edwards, Beekeeping – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner

Gracie Weber, Outdoor Adventurer: Beginning Fishing, Outstanding of the Day

Lucille Fish, Explore the Outdoors, Outstanding of the Day

Julia Ribo, Grow Your Own Vegetables, Clock Trophy Winner

Workforce Prep:

Brin-Leigh Hoisington, Workforce Prep – Junior, Clock Trophy Winner


Last Call: Register for the Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO

Are you heading into ninth grade in the fall? There’s still time to come find your spark at the inaugural Ohio 4-H Spark EXPO June 16-18. Spend three days on Ohio State’s Columbus campus for fun, learning and career exploration sessions you don’t want to miss!

Visit go.osu.edu/4Hsparkexpo for more information! Registration is available until May 20 or until registration is full.

Teen Opportunity: Ohio 4-H SPARK EXPO

Ohio 4-H SPARK EXPO pre-registration is now available! We’re excited to host this event June 16-18, 2022 right here on the Columbus campus for youth who will complete 8th grade at the conclusion of the 2021-2022 school year.

We encourage counties to share the pre-registration to secure their spot by completing the survey early, since we will have limited space available (75 participants). There is no limit to the number of youth from any particular county and those 4-H professionals’ who provided names of potential EXPO participants, email invitations will be sent in the by early next week. J

Pre-registration is being collected as we are finalizing the career exploration sessions and after April 15, full registration documents will be shared with those who pre-registered. This will also allow counties to know who will be attending, if there are possible county-level scholarships available to cover the $75 registration.

EXPO registrations do not need to go through the county and participants can register independently with no payment/support from their county. This also gives youth who are not enrolled in 4-H to enroll as well!

Please note: SPARK EXPO pre-registration is through April 15, 2022.


Ag Entrepreneurship Camp: September 24-26 at Hocking College

High School youth are invited to Ag Entrepreneurship Camp taking place September 24-26 at Hocking College. The camp is open to any youth in High School that are interested in learning about Entrepreneurship. The weekend is full of activities, field trips, and developing your own business pitch. Check out the attached flyer for more details. Here is the link for registration. www.go.osu.edu/exploreagcamp

Teen Opportunity: Ag Entrepreneur Camp

Do you know any youth that are interested in taking over the family farm, starting their own farm, or owning their own business in the agriscience industry? Please pass on attached flyer to anyone that is interested in attending Agricultural Entrepreneurship Camp on the weekend of September 24-26. Open to all youth that are in high school. Registration is now open and can be found here: http://go.osu.edu/exploreagcamp. This camp is a partnership between Explore Ag, Lucas County Extension, Franklin County Extension, Hocking College, Grow Next Gen, Venture Lab, and Young Entrepreneur Institute. If you have any questions contact Elliott Lawrence or Marissa Mulligan.

Ag Entrepreneur Camp Flyer

Attention Teens and Young Alumni: Work at the 2021 Ohio State Fair!

The Ohio State Fair is quickly approaching. In the past, each year, hundreds of thousands of our closest friends gathered to make memories and enjoy their fair favorites – food, the butter cow, a visit with Smokey Bear, a performance by the All-Ohio State Fair Band, or a run in the show ring. The 2021 Ohio State Fair will only feature livestock competitions and educational competition such as 4-H project judging.

Ohio 4-H is accepting applications for Educational Assistants for the 2021 Ohio State Fair. This is a paid position. The first day of work would be around July 25 and ending on August 9, 2021. Unfortunately, housing will not be available in the Rhodes Center Dormitory this year.

All applications MUST also be completed on-line in Workday. Applicants can enter the Student Job Board in Workday by completing the following steps:

  1. Log into Workday: https://www.myworkday.com/osu
  2. Enter the Careers Application on the home page.
  3. Select *Search Student Jobs*
  4. Search for the R17134 4-H Educational Assistant job.

Please share this information with those that you think might have an interest.