Scholarship Opportunity: Precision Agriculture – Due 9/25/2020

Precision Agriculture:  Positive Impacts on the Environment Scholarship Contest
Farms.com is pleased to announce a contest for a chance to win one of three US $2,000 scholarships for students who have a precision agriculture idea that will have a positive impact on the environment.

In addition to the $2,000 scholarship prize, the winners, as determined by voting in each country, will be invited to participate in a Student Panel as part of Farm.com Precision Ag Virtual Conference in November 2020, where they will have the opportunity to present their thesis idea in more detail to farmers attending the Farms.com Virtual Precision Agriculture Conference and Trade Show. Full details and application can be found at https://www.farms.com/precision-agriculture/conferences/virtual-precision-ag-conference-2020/scholarship-contest. Deadline is 11:59 pm, Friday September 25, 2020

Summer Judging Results from Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th): Engineering & Environmental Science

We are so proud of the hard work 4-H members have put into their projects this year! Congrats to all!

Here are the results of our members who participated in judging on Day 3 (Wednesday, July 15th). For a complete list of results, click here.

Summer Judging – Please Schedule an Interview Time by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th!

Greetings 4-Hers!

Thank you to those who recently responded to last week’s survey regarding project completion options. We have taken survey responses into consideration, along with OSU’s guidance on primarily using virtual options for events due to the potential continued spread of COVID-19. In that light, we will be conducting project judging interviews using the online video conference format called Zoom. This will allow for a live, interactive interview with a judge and 4-Her. For those 4-Hers that do not have access to adequate technology to support a Zoom interview, we will offer a few limited slots for an in-person interview. Please read details below before choosing your judging appointment.

All SUMMER project judging will be conducted the week of July 13th. Projects will be judged on these originally scheduled days:

  • Monday, July 13: Food, Home Dec, Genealogy, Laundry, Health, Child Care
  • Tuesday, July 14: Demonstration, Communication, Creative Arts
  • Wednesday, July 15: Engineering and Environmental Science
  • Thursday, July 16: Clothing

Awards this year will be simplified with Outstandings and Honorable Mentions across projects. There is no state-level competition this year, so the primary focus of county judging will be the interview experience and an opportunity for the 4-Her to share what they have learned. Note: we will not be awarding special overall food or clothing awards this year.

Project displays: in order to offer flexibility, you may create a poster and have it near you for zoom judging, or a digital poster that you could ‘screen share’ and later print out to display at the fair. Note: food projects will NOT be required to complete a portfolio this year. Instead you could do a mini poster to display at the fair. The choice is yours.

Online (Zoom) Judging for all summer projects:

  • Extension staff will ‘host’ the meeting and send a link to the judge and 4-Her. Staff will remain online throughout the meeting as tech support, timekeeper and to provide a 2nd adult to avoid any one-on-one meetings with youth.
  • 4-Her and judge will utilize their own computer with a camera or device from their own homes.
  • This is a ‘live’ interactive interview and the judge can ask 4-Her questions.
  • Training will be provided on how to participate in a zoom interview.

In-person Judging for youth without access to internet or computer/phone:

  • Note: this option is reserved for members who cannot do a zoom interview because they do not have access to technology
  • Safety measures:
    • 4-Hers, judges and staff will be asked to wear masks. (provided if needed)
    • Plexiglass tabletop shields positioned between the judge and 4-Her
    • 6-foot distance between everyone
    • Surfaces will be sanitized after each 4-Her
  • Held at the Ed Sands building at the fairgrounds the week of July 13.
  • 4-Hers will wait in their car until it is time to be judged.

As a reminder, if you have a project that you do not plan to complete, please email Missy Koenig at Koenig.398@osu.edu with the project you wish to drop from your record. You also have the option of interviewing with your club advisor for project completion. Please contact your advisor to make arrangements.

We are excited to see all that you have completed and learned in your 4-H projects this summer. Please click on this link to schedule your SUMMER judging appointment by 5:00 p.m. Friday, July 10th: Summer Judging Scheduling Link Please note:  If you have multiple summer projects or multiple 4-H members, you will need to re-select the link to schedule additional projects, it is not member specific.

~Fairfield County 4-H Team

“Investigating Electricity” Virtual Special Interest SPIN Club

Join Hamilton County 4-H Volunteer Dean Rettig for the “Investigating Electricity” Virtual Special Interest (SPIN) Club!
Dates: Tuesday & Thursdays June 2, 2020- June 18, 2020
Times: 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

REGISTER HERE: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_beLF8Kl32cA7AEt

Session 1

  • Introduction
  • Going back and forth (galvanometer – AC vs DC)

Session 2

  • The Electric Detective’s Most Important Tool  (Intro to Multi-Meter / volt-ohm meter
  • To Flow or Not To Flow (conductors vs insulators

Session 3

  • Ohm’s Law  (water bottle / garden hose demo)
  • Decoding Circuit diagrams   (Into to Circuit diagrams)

Session 4

  • Case of the Series Circuit – measuring voltages across items in series circuit
  • Case of the Parallel Circuit

Session 5

  • Circuit Sense – more complicated circuits diagrams
  • Short Circuits

Session 6

  • Making a 3-way switch

Equipment List (Amazon Wish List):

  • Volt/Ohm meter aka Multi-meter
  • AA or D batteries
  • battery holder
  • paper clips
  • 22 or 24 gauge wire
  • compass
  • cardboard
  • flashlight bulb
  • bulb holder

Fairfield County Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines 4-H Club Meeting Updates

Plenty to see and do for Fairfield County Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines 4-H Club

LANCASTER, Ohio (Feb. 12, 2020) — The Fairfield County Tractor Maintenance and Small Engines 4-H Club has had a great series of meetings so far in 2020. The group meets in different locations where they learn about a wide variety of engine types and parts.

Meeting locations have included the ASK Powersports dealership where 4-H members learned about the parts of a lawnmower engine; different types of farm equipment and oils were the topic at Miller Family Farms; and at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds, members learned about the cooling abilities of fans in engines. Upcoming meetings will be held at Liberty Union High School and Taylor True Value Rental in Lancaster where students will continue to learn about the various parts of engines and maintenance basics.

Join Tractor Maintenance 4-H Club in 2020!

Do you know of someone who has an interest in maintaining engines and equipment? Do you know someone who regularly works with dirt bikes, lawn mowers, tractors, or other small engine powered equipment?

The Tractor Maintenance & Small Engines 4-H Club is looking for new members! 4-H is a non-formal, educational youth development program for individuals age 8 and in 3rd grade or 9 years old to age 19 as of January 1, 2020. This 4-H club teaches individuals how to work on small engines and tractors while visiting different businesses and ag shops. You do not have to have any experience with small engines or tractors – This is a great opportunity to learn something new!

The club meets every Monday in January and February with a banquet in March. The first meeting will be Monday, January 6th at 7:00p.m. at the Fairfield County Ag Center, 831 College Ave, Lancaster. For more information, contact the Fairfield County Extension Office (740-653-5419) or attend the first meeting on January 6th.

2019 Ohio State Fair Non-Livestock Results

The non-livestock results from the 2019 Ohio State Fair are posted online. Click here to see a complete list.

Creative Arts

  • Scrapbooking, Senior – Hannah Kitsmiller, Outstanding of the Day
  • Scrapbooking (2nd Year or More), Junior – Moriah Ewen, Outstanding of the Day

Communications

  • Demonstration (Senior Individual – Age 14+) – Gabriella Gugliemotto, Outstanding of the Day

Engineering Excitement

  • Knot Just Knots – Senior – Kaylor Byrd, Clock Trophy

Clothing

  • Terrific Tops – Raegan Needs, Outstanding of the Day
  • Sundresses & Jumpers – Rachel Sponseller, Outstanding of the Day
  • Sew Fun, Senior – Kathleen Slaby, Outstanding of the Day
  • Look Great for Less, Senior – Anna Fusek, Outstanding of the Day
  • Ready, Set, Sew Active! – Cece Woods, Outstanding of the Day
  • Clothing Skillathon (Tuesday) – Emily Hendershot, 2nd Place Intermediate; Mary Cate Kitsmiller, 4th Place Intermediate; Cara Luallen, 2nd Place Senior; Adrienne Miller, 3rd Place Senior; Hannah Kitsmiller, 4th Place Senior
  • Clothing Skillathon (Thursday) – Cece Woods, 4th Place Intermediate

Food and Nutrition

  • Let’s Bake Quick Breads, Junior – Julia Ribo, Outstanding of the Day
  • Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals, Senior – Olivia Spillers, Outstanding of the Day
  • Dashboard Dining, Senior – Anna Woods, Outstanding of the Day
  • Snack Attack, Senior – Caleb Hayes, Outstanding of the Day
  • Everyday Food & Fitness, Junior – Caroline Kitsmiller, Outstanding of the Day

Health

  • Your Thoughts Matter, Senior – Hannah Kitsmiller, Outstanding of the Day
  • Health & Safety Speaking Contest, Junior, Caroline Endsley – Clock Trophy

Leadership

  • Club Leadership – Chase Hamilton, Outstanding of the Day
  • Finding Your Voice: Public Speaking, Senior – Gabriella Gugliemotto, Outstanding of the Day
  • Teens on Board – Hannah Henry, Outstanding of the Day
  • Leadership Road Trip – Dalton Henry, Outstanding of the Day

Natural Resources 

  • Shooting Sports – Archery, Senior – Sara Hayes, Outstanding of the Day
  • Shooting Sports – Shotgun, Junior – Jaycie Spires, Outstanding of the Day
  • Explore the Outdoors – Kate Johnson, Outstanding of the Day
  • Trapping Muskrats in Ohio – Tommy Wolfe, Clock Trophy
  • Growing with the Seasons – Ellie Burns, Outstanding of the Day
  • Geology – Can You Dig It? – Dominic Woods, Outstanding of the Day
  • Self Determined, Natural Resources – Jaela Kim, Outstanding of the Day

Quilting

  • You Can Quilt, Senior – Hannah Henry, Clock Trophy
  • Self Determined Quilting, Senior – Allie Carter, Clock Trophy

STEM 

  • All Systems Go! (Vet Science 2) – Gabriella Gugliemotto, Outstanding of the Day
  • Rockets Away (Solid Fuel Rockets) – Dominic Woods, Outstanding of the Day
  • Solid Fuel Rocketry Master – Caden Sweeney, Clock Trophy

Self Determined

  • Emma Morton, Outstanding

Woodworking

  • Making the Cut, Junior – Tessa Simmons, Outstanding of the Day

Workforce Prep

  • Junior – Chase Hamilton, Outstanding of the Day
  • Senior – Hannah Henry, Clock Trophy
  • Senior – Emmalee Preston, Outstanding of the Day

Youth Welding Workshops – April 13th and June 8th (Registration is required!)

Back by popular demand! OSU’s Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, in partnership with American Welding Society-Columbus Section, Lincoln Electric, and HETEN Engineering and Laboratory, are pleased to offer TWO Youth Welding Workshops this year:

  • Saturday April 13, 2019 – registration deadline is April 8.
    (same day as OSU Spring game; FREE parking)
  • Saturday June 8, 2019 – registration deadline is May 24.

Cost = $90/participant

Age of participant = 10-18

Location = OSU Columbus Campus, Agricultural Engineering Building

Choice of one welding process: Arc (‘stick’) welding OR Oxy (‘torch’) welding.

Registration includes:

  • Practice pieces of metal
  • Welding related supplies
  • Welding technique handouts
  • Lunch for youth participants

NO experience necessary. The instructors are looking forward to help youth learn!

Registration is limited to the first 24 participants for EACH TYPE of welding.

Scholarships ARE available –please see details in the flyer, which is linked below. We ask you reserve your spot(s) with a credit card; and if awarded a scholarship, you will not be charged (similar to reserving a hotel room).

On-site registration opens ~8:30AM the day of the welding workshop. The program will begin promptly at 9AM. The day will likely conclude by 4PM.

NO PARENTS/GUESTS allowed in the welding labs. There will be an informal program during the day for parents/guests, or you are welcome to enjoy the Spring games in Ohio Stadium.

This year, we have ONLINE registration (preferred method): http://go.osu.edu/Welding2019

 SPACE IS LIMITED. Once the first workshop is full, we will defer participants to the June 8th workshop. PLEASE be diligent when selecting your preferred date. 

Linked here are the additional details, and options for hard copy/mail in registration.

For the April 13 workshop, if you DO NOT register online, please contact Dr. Dewey Mann (mann.309@osu.edu) to verify space is available. If space confirmed to you by Dr. Mann, you will bring this form with you to registration (DO NOT MAIL).

https://osu.box.com/s/zmgekvsrf9gqiqfsdtmog4s1jfxiz191

Teachers, and/or certified/trained/self-taught welders: Please let us know if you have INTEREST in serving as an instructor at one of these workshops.

Participants need to bring or wear industrial-quality eye protection, long sleeve shirt, long pants (100% cotton pants such as jeans are best, NO cotton/ poly bend such as athletic pants), and high-top foot protection (No open-toe shoes, sandals, etc.).