Volunteer at the Ohio State Fair!

I wanted to reach out about a new, exciting exhibit that we will have at the 2022 Ohio State Fair. Little Farmers will be an educational, hands-on experience geared towards 3 – 10 year olds to teach them about agriculture.  


In order to make this exhibit successful, we will need to recruit a large number of volunteers to participate. Individuals or groups may volunteer for an entire day or just one shift. Make this a 4-H club community service project!


Click here for additional information: Little Farmers Flier  Anyone that is interested in volunteering can submit the online form and then we will be in touch in early June to start scheduling.  


Please feel free to reach out with any questions by contacting Andrea Hershey (hersheya1985@gmail.com). We appreciate you helping to spread the word about Little Farmers at the 2022 Ohio State Fair! 

Ohio Soybean Council Scholarships due 1/14/2022

$44,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students are available for the 2022-2023 academic year. Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies related to the soybean industry and the field of agriculture. The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022 by 11:59 pm. Applications are available at www.soyohio.org/scholarship.

Undergraduate scholarships:

  • Seven undergraduate scholarships of up to $3,000 each
  • One $3,000 Robinson W. Joslin Scholarship, to be awarded to a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership potential.
  • One $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, This scholarship was founded to support those pursuing a degree related to science, technology or soybean research.

Undergraduate Eligibility: Applicants must be Ohio residents enrolled as full-time students at an Ohio college or university, having attained at least sophomore status by the fall of 2022, with a grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Graduate scholarships:

  • Three scholarships of up to $5,000 each

Graduate Eligibility: Students must be enrolled as full-time graduate students at an Ohio college or university. Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biotechnology, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers, crop production or a related field, and must be focused on advancing the soybean industry. Applicants must have proof of legal residency in the U.S.

NEW SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! The Ohio Soybean Association, the membership and policy arm for Ohio soybean farmers, will be offering one $1,000 scholarship to students of any major with a passion for the soybean industry. The scholarship will be applied the 2022-2023 school year. Applicants must be a child or grandchild of an OSA member or be a Student and Young Adult Member themselves (SYA membership is free). Those interest should complete this form by Friday, January 14, 2022, at 11:59 pm EST! Contact Emilie Regula Hancock at eregula.hancock@soyohio.org with questions.


Source: Ohio State ACEL Nutshell – November 4, 2021 Newsletter

Ohio Ag Council Scholarships – Due 2/15/2021

OAC annually offers scholarships to assist students in pursuing a career in an agricultural-related field. Scholarships are available to high school seniors preparing to enter college or any undergraduate student currently enrolled in college. Applicants or their parent or legal guardian must be a resident of Ohio.

Scholarships are selected based on academic record, leadership qualities, community involvement and responses to application essay questions.  Scholarship recipients are also provided a one-year complimentary student membership in OAC.

Scholarship applications for the 2021-22 school year will be available in fall 2020. Completed applications must be returned to the Ohio Agricultural Council by February 15, 2021.

Click here to download the 2021-22 scholarship application.  To successfully complete and submit the application, download the Scholarship Instructions here.  Scholarship FAQs are available to download here. 

Source: Ohio Ag Council

Nominees Sought for National Ag Day Student Leadership Program

Nominees Sought for National Ag Day Student Leadership Program – Virtual, March 2021

National 4-H Council is pleased to offer an agriculture leadership opportunity for 10 students to represent 4-H during the 2021 National Ag Day Student Leadership Program. The program prepares and engages young people to raise awareness of the importance of the agricultural industry and its impact on our nation’s society and economy. This annual program will be held virtually in March 2021.

The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) sponsors a total of 100 student representatives from across the country to participate in the program. The students—from FFA, AFA, 4-H and MANRRS—put a face on the future of agriculture and personally emphasize the importance of agriculture in our everyday lives with stakeholders.

Students will participate in a series of virtual sessions that will include special governmental guests, experts and advocates in the ag industry. Students must be willing and able to communicate with their Congressional Representatives and Senators. Tools to schedule their legislative visits and key message training will be provided. There is no cost associated with the 2021 virtual program.

  • Each Land Grant University (LGU) may nominate up to two delegates to represent 4-H.
  • All 4-H nominations must be approved by the LGU’s 4-H Administrator, i.e. State Program Leader or a representative thereof.
  • Nominations are due by Friday, January 15, 2021.
  • Participants will be selected through a competitive application process.
  • 4-H representatives should…
    • Be between the ages of 18-23 and enrolled in post high school education
    • Be 4-H alum or currently active in collegiate 4-H
    • Have a strong interest and/or career plan in the agricultural industry
    • Have the desire to learn about communication and leadership skills

Students must be able to participate in all of the following virtual sessions. Tentative agenda:

  • Tuesday, March 16, 2021 – Ag Day Kickoff, Student Training, evening, 90 minutes
  • Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – Ag Day Part 2, Student Training, evening, 90 minutes
  • Monday, March 22, 2021 – Ag Day Part 3, Student Training, evening, 90 minutes
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – National Ag Day Virtual Congressional visits, all day
  • Tuesday, March 23, 2021 – Virtual Debrief and Celebration – 7:00 p.m. Eastern

To be considered as a 4-H representative for the 2021 National Ag Day Student Leadership Program, nominations must submit the following by Friday, January 15, 2021.

1. Nominee’s responses to the following questions via the online application.

  • Name, age, current school and contact information
  • Name, title, email of 4-H Administrator who approved nomination as one of two representing
    their institution.
  • What is your motivation to participate in this National Ag Day program?
  • What skills did you learn in 4-H that have helped you become a successful agvocate?
  • What are your future career aspirations?
  • Following this training, how do you plan to use what you learned to advocate for agriculture?
  • How did you learn about this opportunity?

2. A letter of reference from a 4-H professional – Letter must be emailed to Beth Hecht, bhecht@4-H.org, by Friday, January 15, 2021.

Questions, contact Beth Hecht, bhecht@4-H.org, 301-221-4859.

About National Agriculture Day: The Agriculture Council of America (ACA) will host a virtual National Agriculture Day program in March 2021. These events honor National Agriculture Day and mark a nationwide effort to tell the true story of American agriculture and remind citizens that agriculture is a part of all of us. A number of producers, agricultural associations, corporations, students and government organizations involved in agriculture are expected to participate. For more information about National Ag Day, please visit www.agday.org.

About 4-H 4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. 4-H programs empower nearly 6 million young people across the U.S. through experiences that develop critical life skills. 4-H is the youth development program of our nation’s Cooperative Extension System and USDA and serves every county and parish in the U.S. through a network of 110 public universities and more than 3000 local Extension offices. The research-backed 4-H experience grows young people who are four times more likely to contribute to their communities; two times more likely to make healthier choices; two times more likely to be civically active; and two times more likely to participate in STEM programs. Learn more about 4-H at www.4-h.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/4-h and follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/4h.

Ohio FFA Foundation Scholarships – Application due 2/1/2021

One application for three scholarship opportunities! Application are now open and due February 1, 2021. Here are the scholarships:

  • Earl “Doc” Kantner Scholarship
  • Ohio HBPA Scholarship
  • Ohio State Fair Scholarship

The application includes 3 essay questions plus students must upload their current resume. Please have your essay responses and resume prepared in other documents to copy into the application, as you cannot save your work and return later. The resume file must be saved as a .pdf file.

You can find the questions and eligibility requirements by visiting the scholarship webpage found at https://ohioffa.org/foundation/programs/scholarships/.

Remember only one application is needed per student. Questions can be directed to the Ohio FFA Foundation staff at kmann@ohioffa.org.

Teen Opportunity: 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge (applications due 1/18/2021)

The 2021 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is now accepting applications and nominations for members who want to learn more about government and public policy and make a difference in their community. Participants will learn how to identify local issues, create solutions and follow the policy making process through state government. Youth from 4-H, FFA and the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation work in teams, with support from college-age mentors. In 2021 delegates will participate in a series of online modules with topics designed to help them have a hands-on advocacy experience. Each team will work together remotely and present their solutions for the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

4-H members who are in at least ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2020-21 school year are invited to apply.

Applications will remain open until January 18, 2021

National Corn Growers Association Scholarship – due 12/4/2020

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 $1,500 scholarships are available to undergraduate college students.

To apply, students 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 NCGA.com.

Applications must be submitted by December 4, 2020. The application is available here: http://www.ncga.com/scholarships

Ohio State College of Food, Ag, & Environmental Sciences Scholarship – Deadline 2/15/2021

All students in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to fill out the College Scholarship Application for the 2021-22 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, 2021.

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 2021-22 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. www.cfaes.osu.edu/scholarships

Farm Credit Mid-America Scholarships – Due 12/31/2020

We’re excited to host FARM CREDIT MID-AMERICA SCHOLARS in 2021. This program awards $5,000 in scholarship support over a two year period. It has built-in leadership and financial development workshops as well. We’re looking for the next generation of leaders – leaders who want to make a difference in the field of agriculture – to be members of our 2021-22 cohort. The candidate is a rising sophomore or rising junior in the fall of 2021, pursuing a degree in agriculture from a university within our four state footprint (IN, OH, KY and TN). A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

We also offer $1,500 scholarships to students attending accredited two- or four-year colleges, universities or vocational/trade schools. Recipients of our CUSTOMER AGRICULTURAL SCHOLARSHIP must be children or grandchildren of Farm Credit Mid-America customers pursuing a career supporting the agricultural industry. Rising freshman through rising seniors are invited to apply.

If you know someone who is majoring in agriculture and would be a good candidate for either of these scholarships, we would appreciate your sharing information with them. The application can be found on our website – click here. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2020. If you have any questions about the scholarship program, contact Randy Barbee at randy.barbee@e-farmcredit.com; 502-494-5713.

Fire Safety on the Farm

The Division of State Fire Marshal’s Fire Prevention Bureau has created a training session for FFA students, 4-H clubs, Young Farmer Groups and Agricultural Education classes.

The Fire Safety on the Farm course will introduce learners to the many causes of fires in an agricultural setting. Throughout the program, safety best practices are introduced in the area of fire, electrical, storage and equipment safety as well as proper function and use of portable fire extinguishers. This program is designed to be delivered to all ages of agricultural workers including children of home-based farms.

This 45 minute to 1 hour course is available virtually by contacting Division of State Fire Marshal Fire Safety Educator Dale Schulte at dale.schulte@com.ohio.gov or 614-425-4312.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter – October 27, 2020