Ohio CattleWomen Scholarships – Application deadline 12/15/2020

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 www.ohiocattlewomen.com for more information.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation Scholarships – Applications due 10/31/2020

Several college scholarships are available to beef industry youth through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation. These scholarships are administered through the Ohio Cattlemen’s Foundation in conjunction with the following organizations and individuals. Applications deadlines are noted next to the scholarship names. For questions concerning scholarships, please contact the office at cattle@ohiocattle.org or 614-873-6736.

SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION – Complete the Application Here


Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by the sale of Ohio’s beef specialty license plates. For more information on purchasing beef plates, call the Foundation office at 614-873-6736.


Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by proceeds from the beef putt-putt golf course at the Ohio State Fair.


One $1,000 scholarship is awarded at the Ohio Beef Expo thanks to Saltwell Western Store, owned by Jay and Sally Puzacke, who donate a percentage of sales generated from the official line of clothing sold through Saltwell’s trade show booth at the Ohio Beef Expo.


One $1,000 scholarship will be awarded to a college student who is enrolled in a two-year or four-year program or a graduating high school senior who plans to attend a college or university majoring in an agricultural or non-agricultural program. This scholarship was created in honor of Noah Cox who passed away in May 2017.


Ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to college students who are enrolled in an agricultural program or a graduating high school senior who plans to study agriculture at a college or university. This scholarship is made possible by the annual Cattlemen’s Gala Celebration and Fundraiser.

Source: https://www.ohiocattle.org/foundation/scholarships

Market animals may go home this year . . . carefully consider that option!

In 2020, youth have the option to decide at weigh-in if they want to take their market animals home.

By now you’ve heard the Sr. Fair Board recently passed a motion making the 2020 Jr. Fair market shows ‘partial terminal.’ In this case, that means only the Champion and Reserve Champion market beef, market swine, market lamb and market goat will be required to stay on the grounds and be harvested and inspected at the conclusion of the Fair. Aside from those 8 champions, all youth will be given the opportunity to take their market animals home at the conclusion of their shows. For those not choosing to take their animals home, packer bids will be secured same as in the recent past. The option to take market animals home is being allowed for 2020 only and is the direct result of disruption to livestock markets caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

While nearly all livestock markets were impacted by the disruption to the meat supply chain caused when packing house workers contracted coronavirus and plants were temporarily closed beginning in early spring, none were impacted as severely as the hog markets. Swine packing plant closures, followed by slow downs in processing caused by social distancing requirements implemented in packing plants have created a backlog of more than 1.5 million hogs that would have typically been marketed by this time. Without the benefit of having already contracted hogs for sale as most large-scale commercial producers do, today it’s difficult to even secure a bid to purchase hogs that originate from Fairs. Packer bids for Ohio Fair pigs this year have commonly ranged from 10 to 15 cents per pound, or roughly $25 to $40 total, per pig.

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Farm Science Review will be a Virtual Show in 2020

For the first time in its nearly 60-year history, The Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 24, will not be held in-person. Instead, a virtual show will be
implemented for 2020. The farm show, sponsored by Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), annually attracts over 100,000 visitors from all over the United States and Canada to the show site in London, Ohio.

“We are committed to delivering a robust and innovative virtual show in support of agriculture during this pandemic,” said Cathann A. Kress, vice president and dean of CFAES. “Throughout its history, the Farm Science Review has been at the forefront of showcasing the future of agriculture,” she said. “While it may look different in 2020, we will continue to meet the needs of our growers and partners through access to exhibitors, virtual demonstrations, and education about the most recent advancements in agricultural production.”

The three-day event normally allows agricultural producers to peruse 4,000 product lines from 600 commercial exhibitors, view field demonstrations, and learn the latest in agricultural
production. Popular educational programs feature specialists from The Ohio State University, Central State University, and other land-grant institutions.

“Due to the rapidly changing conditions in the spread of COVID-19 across the U.S., the decision was made to hold a virtual show,” said Nick Zachrich, Farm Science Review manager. “We have
worked diligently to plan for another incredible show demonstrating the newest developments in equipment, research, and application to support agricultural production.” Current conditions are not conducive to hosting an in-person event. “With our multigenerational audience, we determined a need to prioritize everyone’s health and ensure that we are doing our part to contain the spread of the virus during this global pandemic,” he said.

While extremely disappointing for everyone involved, Zachrich said that Farm Science Review management and its executive committee believe this is the right decision to keep visitors,
exhibitors, partners, and staff safe. In addition, the State of Ohio Responsible Restart guidelines currently limit mass gatherings. There is little reason to anticipate changes in the next two months that would provide for the ability to meet Farm Science Review’s daily in-person attendance of between 35,000 to 50,000 visitors.

“We understood early on that regardless of the number of cases, the show would have to take drastically different approach in order to meet the health and safety requirements for COVID19,
such as physical distancing and sanitization,” Zachrich said. “While we would have liked to wait until closer to the event to make a decision, we felt compelled to let suppliers, exhibitors,
and partners know so they can begin to plan for a virtual show.”

More information will be shared in the forthcoming weeks about the 2020 virtual Farm Science Review program and how to engage. Visit fsr.osu.edu for ongoing updates.

All media inquiries should be directed to Sherrie Whaley, CFAES media relations coordinator, whaley.3@osu.edu, 614-292-2137.

Sherrie R. Whaley
614-292-2137 / 614-582-6111

Nick Zachrich

Virtual Farm Trip to Ohio Sheep Farm – Live Stream on May 6th

DATE: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
TIME: 1:30 p.m. Eastern

There are about 3,400 sheep farms in Ohio raising around 119,000 sheep. Connect with Farmer Kristin on May 6 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern for a LIVE virtual tour of her Ohio sheep farm. Kristin will take students to her pasture and barn, and introduce them to her sheep, a sheep dog, and some baby lambs who are very eager to meet everybody!

This Virtual Farm Trip will be live-streamed via the Virtual Farm Trips Facebook Page and at VirtualFarmTrips.com/OhioSheepTour so that students of all ages may join from their homes.

The Ohio Sheep and Wool Program is pleased be be a partial sponsor of a LIVE Virtual Sheep Farm Tour, which will be held on May 6, 2020.. Please go to this website to register for the LIVE Virtual Sheep Farm tour.  This Virtual tour will be an educational piece that classrooms can use to learn more about the sheep, lamb and wool industry.   If you have young people please pass this link onto their teachers so that they can get their classrooms registered and their students can get on and learn more about the sheep industry.




Win Two Columbia Ewes!

The purpose of this award is to introduce the youth to raising and owning Columbia sheep as well as encouraging the growth of new Columbia Breeders across the State of Ohio. The Ohio Columbia Association will award two Columbia ewes to an FFA or 4-H member or FFA Chapter that is interested in starting a flock of Columbia sheep. For more information, contact Mike Copeland at mcopeland1966@gmail.com or 937-844-6122.

Ohio Pork Council Scholarships: Due 4/30/2020

Ohio Pork Council Scholarships
The Ohio Pork Council is pleased to offer three scholarship opportunities in ​2020. Students entering their freshman, sophomore, junior or senior year in college are encouraged to apply. Applicants, or their parents, must be actively involved in the pork industry. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. Applications can be found at http://ohiopork.org/scholarships/.

Applications, letters of recommendation and transcripts are due ​April 30, 2020. Please contact mwinters@ohiopork.org with additional questions.

ExploreAg Camps – Applications due 3/6/2020

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering four STEM-based camps, ExploreAg. The ExploreAg program is a week-long experience where high school students interact with and learn from internationally known teachers, scientists, and researchers. Students are hosted on campus at The Ohio State University and Central State University and are introduced to various aspects of agriculture both in the classroom and through diverse hands-on learning experiences, both on and off campus.

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 introduce industry partners, to provide scholars with a glimpse of innovative careers in related fields.

ExploreAg will offer four camp sessions:
Session 1 – June 14-19 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 2 – June 21-26 on the Ohio State University Main Campus
Session 3 – July 5-10 on the Central State University Campus
Session 4 – July 12-17 on the Ohio State University ATI Campus

Program costs, which include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation, have been generously sponsored by the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation as a part of their vision to create a strong farm and food community for all Ohioans.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020. Details can be found at exploreag.org. This is a science camp your teenagers will not want to miss! If you have further questions, contact Melinda Witten at mwitten@ofbf.org.

Source: Ohio Ag Net

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation Scholarships – due 2/28/2020

The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has more than $70,000 in scholarships available to Ohio students from rural, suburban and urban communities who are pursuing degrees connected in some way to agriculture.

Through 10 programs, approximately 50 scholarships will be awarded. The deadline to apply online is February 28. 2020. Applications and a description of each scholarship can be found at https://ofbf.org/foundation/scholarships/

Attention High School Youth: Inspired by global agriculture? Get involved in the Ohio Youth Institute!

High school age youth are invited to part of the Ohio Youth Institute, hosted by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants research and write a short paper on a global challenge facing a country, then come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 20, 2020. Students from throughout Ohio meet with OSU experts, speakers and participate in hands-on experiences focused on global food concerns. OYI Scholars may be eligible for USDA summer internships and international opportunities. Visit the OYI website for details.