Citizenship Teen Opportunity: Ohio Youth Capital Challenge

The Ohio Youth Capital Challenge is now accepting applications and nominations for Ohio FFA 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 2022 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 cash scholarship.

Ohio 4-H and FFA members who are at in at least ninth grade and between the ages of 14-18 during the 2021-2022 school year are invited to apply or may be nominated by their teacher.

Applications will remain open through January 21, 2022. Apply or nominate a student today.

Source: Ohio Ag Ed Newsletter – December 28, 2021

2022 Junior Fair Board Application NOW AVAILABLE – due 1/7/2022

2022 Junior Fair Board Application: 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 1/7/2022 by 4:00 p.m. via online application for 4-H and FFA youth who are interested. Additionally, returning members must submit an application.

National FFA Scholarships Now Open – Due 1/5/2022

The National FFA Scholarship Program application is now open! Just one application is required for multiple scholarship opportunities totaling close to $2 million. Check out the scholarships website for the timeline and resources. Members will need to have their FFA.org login and password to access the single-sign-on application. Check the Need Help? section on the scholarship’s website for assistance.

Fight the Hunger – Fill the Trailer at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair!

Dear 4-H Friends,

The Fairfield County Senior Fairboard is very excited to participate in the Farm Credit Mid-America “Fight the Hunger-Fill the Trailer”  canned food drive campaign beginning on Monday, October 11 after the Grand Opening of the 2021 Fairfield County Fair.  We are encouraging all Junior Fair Participants to join in this challenge to help those in our community who need assistance especially as we look to colder weather ahead.  We are partnering with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders in this effort and do appreciate their support in this HUGE undertaking during County Fair Week.

Each of the clubs, chapters or groups participating will be asked to bring your canned food donations to either the Ed Sands or the North Wing of the Dairy Barn by the Alpacas to our drop off sites.  Donations will be weighed daily and winning clubs will be kept an announced daily via the Fairfield County Fair Facebook page.  Our goal is 10,000 lbs of canned food!! We CAN DO THIS!!!

Since we know this upcoming week is a busy time for everyone, if you would like to drop off your donations at either the Ed Sands or Dairy Barn during Club Set Up on Friday, October 8 near the kitchen door/window  or Saturday, October 9 we will hold those donations for you until the official Contest beginning on Monday, October 11.   Please be sure you donations are clearly marked on the bag or box of donations, so your group can be credited for the donation.  Also, if you have friends or relatives coming to the fair to watch you exhibit your projects, please let them know they can participate too!!  We will have large drop box containers at every entrance gate to receive donations, just be sure your club name is attached to your families donation!!   The contest will end on Saturday, October 16 when we visit all the campers on the Fairgrounds with our Junior Leader helpers  to “clean the camper “  looking for canned food items!! Join the fun of this great community service project!!

The winning groups will receive a cash prize from the Fairfield County Senior Fairboard in the amount of $100.00 for your club, chapter or group.  There will be 5 winning prizes.  Please consider helping the Senior Fairboard with this worthwhile campaign.  Our goal is to win the $5,000 top prize in this contest and make the entry process easier for all of our Junior Fair groups!!    Also, please let us know if there is a particular food pantry or blessing box you wish for some of your donations to be directed to and let us know if you would like to be a part of the delivering your donation with the Fairfield County Junior Leaders after the Fair!

Swine Exhibitors: Paperwork required at weigh-in

The following forms must be turned in at Swine Weigh-In:

DUNF Forms:

  • DUNF forms are required for market and MQP hogs (information to file these online before weigh-in can be found here).
  • DUNF forms should be completed as close to fair weigh-in as possible to ensure the information submitted is correct (between October 7th and before weigh-in on October 9th).
  • Exhibitors need to submit a DUNF for EACH animal.
  • DUNF forms must be completed online BEFORE weigh-in: http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf.
    • Exhibitors will receive an email receipt after submitting their online DUNF form.
    • Exhibitors will be asked to show a copy of this receipt (with exhibitor name and tag number) for each animal at weigh-in. This can be done by printing off the email receipt or showing the Show Committee the email receipt on a smartphone.
    • If an exhibitor submits an online DUNF in error (i.e. incorrect species, incorrect tag number), they must notify Leslie Cooksey (cooksey.25@osu.edu) and submit a new DUNF with the correct information.

Take Home Form: Must be turned in before the hog leaves the scale.

“No Ractopamine/Paylean” Affidavit: must be submitted ONLINE by fair weigh-in for ALL market hogs.

  • As a reminder, the Fairfield County Swine Show will be Ractopamine (i.e. Paylean) free. For more information, visit: u.osu.edu/nopaylean
  • All 4-H and FFA members and advisors need to take the time to review the information on the website listed above.
    • The OPEN class swine show is NOT a ractopamine-free show.
    • The JUNIOR show, IS ractopamine-free and Junior Fair Exhibitors will need to sign an affidavit indicating the pig was ractopamine-free at the time the Junior exhibitor acquired it. There will not be a form for breeders to sign.

DUNF: Drug Use Notification Forms – MUST be completed before WEIGH-IN (do not submit until after Oct. 7th)!

DUNF Forms – These will be completed online this year. I would suggest that exhibitors should not fill them out until as close to weigh-in/move-in day as possible to ensure the information is correct and their market/lactating animal is drug free moving into fair. The link to the online DUNF Form is in the specie rules of the Junior Fair Book (under Health Papers).

A direct link to the DUNF is: http://go.osu.edu/fairfielddunf. If someone submits a form with errors, please have them contact Leslie Cooksey at cooksey.25@osu.edu so we can delete that record and they will be asked to submit a new form.

Online DUNF Instructions – Fairfield

Market Poultry exhibitors will not have identification until fair weigh-in for their birds. Please put TBD in the identification field and we will update your form after weigh-in.

As a reminder:

Valid and current Drug Use Notification Forms (DUNF) must be submitted on-line immediately prior to the Fairfield County Fair  for each market or lactating animal that is exhibited by a youth participating in Junior Fair. Animals requiring a DUNF indicating the animal is free from any/all drugs in it’s system on fair weigh-in/move-in day are:

  • Market Beef (Steer or Heifer)
  • Dairy Beef Feeder
  • Dairy Cow (Lactating)
  • MQP Barrow
  • Market Barrow
  • Market Gilt
  • Market Goat
  • Dairy Goat (Lactating)
  • Market Chicken
  • Market Turkey
  • Market Duck
  • MQP Lamb
  • Market Lamb

A separate form must be completed for each animal being brought to the Fair. If the information on the form regarding drug use changes or if a drug is subsequently administered at any time after the drug use notification form is filed, an updated drug use notification form shall immediately be filed with the records official (contact Leslie Cooksey information if a second form must be submitted).

Forms should be completed no sooner than 3 days prior to animal weigh-in to be sure that their animal is drug free during fair. Forms submitted prior to that timeframe will be deleted and exhibitors will be asked to resubmit the DUNF form closer to their animal’s weigh-in.

  • MQP Barrows will weigh-in on Sunday, September 26th. (submit your form between the 24th and 26th)
  • MQP Lambs will weigh-in on Sunday, October 3rd. (submit your form between the 1st and 3rd)
  • All other animals being brought to the fair requiring DUNF forms will need to submit their forms after October 7th and by Saturday, October 9th.

To submit your form for each animal, begin by going to this link.

Take Home Forms – Market Livestock

Take Home Forms: Market Hogs, Market Beef, Market Lambs, Market Goats, Dairy Feeders, and Market Rabbits will have the option to take home animals. Forms must be completed and 2 copies per specie turned in at that specie’s weigh-in (see form for details). There is no reversal on the decision to take home once the forms are turned in.

Please read the info below (also available at u.osu.edu/livestocksale) regarding Take Homes and the 2021 Livestock Sale:

During their regular monthly meeting on March 16, 2021, the Fairfield County Sr. Fair Board passed a motion declaring the 2021 Jr. Fair Livestock Sale will be “partial terminal.” Specifically, that motion reads:

The 2021 Fairfield County Fair Junior Fair will have a partial terminal sale/show for all species. The only exception to this is the 8 champions that must be slaughtered and inspected at a designated packer according to ODA (grand/reserve market beef, grand/reserve market hog, grand/reserve market lamb, grand/reserve market goat). Take homes will be allowed for all species with the exception of those 8 declared grand/reserve champions. Take homes must be declared before the animal leaves the scale during check-in (no exceptions). Take home animals will lose their sale slot and will not be eligible for a premium and packer bid. Exhibitors who do not take home must qualify for their sale slot (as individual or group) at the discretion of the species show committee.

As a result, points for exhibitors of market animals to consider include:

  1. Since there is no packer bid available, all market turkeys, market chickens and market ducks will go back home at the conclusion of the Fair as in past years. No Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit is required for those poultry animals. Buyers of the Grand and Reserve Champion turkeys, chickens and ducks have the privilege of ‘keeping’ their purchases. Similar to 2016 and prior, beyond the champions it will be the responsibility of the exhibitor to decide whether to process their birds and give them to their sale buyer or market them privately.
  2. Exhibitors of all other market animals that have an opportunity to earn a sale slot must declare before they leave the scales during weigh-in at the beginning of the Fair if they will choose to take home a market animal by submitting the Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit.
  3. Per Ohio Department of Agriculture rules, the ‘live’ Champion and Reserve Champion market beef, market hogs, market lambs and market goats must go to slaughter and may not go home with the exhibitor regardless their choice during weigh-in prior to fair.
  4. Unless named Grand Champion or Reserve Grand Champion market beef, market hog, market lamb, market goat, market duck, market turkey, market chicken or dairy feeder calf during their respective Junior market show, animals designated by their exhibitor to go home after the fair will forfeit the opportunity to accept buyer add-on dollars or earn a livestock sale slot with that animal.
  5. Animals not designated by the exhibitor during weigh-in to go home will compete for an individual or group livestock sale slot as they have in the past.
  6. Buyers will once again have the opportunity to ‘keep’ animals they purchase in 2021.

To further clarify the details of implementing a partial-terminal livestock sale in 2021, review the answers to the FAQs linked here.

The Exhibitor Intent to Take Market Animal Home affidavit linked here is to be used to designate a youth is choosing to take home a market animal.

South Central Power – Fair Recognition

South Central Power continues to support the Fairfield County 4-H and Junior Fair Programs each year. With the upcoming Fairfield County Junior Fair Livestock Sales, they asked us to share their Fair Recognition Form – South Central Power. If any 4-H/FFA exhibitors are interested and their families are members of South Central Power Cooperative, please complete this form and return to communitydevelopment@southcentralpower.com.

Pygmy Goat Clinic: Sunday, September 19th at 4:30 p.m.

All Fairfield County 4-H and FFA youth planning to exhibit Pygmy Goats at the 2021 Fairfield County Junior Fair are invited to attend the Pygmy Goat Clinic on Saturday, September 19th, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. at the Round Cattle Barn at the Fairfield County Fairgrounds. This event is hosted by the Pygmy Goat Show Committee.