2023 Quality Assurance Updates

It is MANDATORY for ALL Fulton County Junior Fair animal exhibitors (including breeding animals) to attend Quality Assurance class each year. If you do not attend a QA session, you are ineligible to exhibit at the Fulton County Fair. The Ohio Department of Agriculture minimum standards are in-person instruction on three pre-determined Good Production Practices with an interactive activity. The instruction is to last at minimum one hour and is to be repeated annually. QA classes are listed below, some require pre-registration and those instructions are at the end of the post. If you intend to complete QA at a state 4-H livestock clinic, check with the Fulton County 4-H Educator if it will quality for QA credit in the county. Mandatory sessions are for new and returning 4-H/FFA animal project members wanting to exhibit any animal at the fair.

Date Type Time Location Presenter
March 16, 2023 (Thurs) Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Teresa Johnson

Defiance County

March 25, 2023 (Sat) In Person 10:00 AM Paulding Co Extension Michael Schweinsberg

Paulding County

April 6, 2023: (Thurs) Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Sara Lewis

Fulton County

April 11, 2023: (Tues) In Person

Don’t need to pre-register

6:00 pm Archbold High School Lecture Hall Ryan Sell

Archbold FFA

April 19, 2023: (Weds) In Person

Don’t need to pre-register

3:30 pm Fayette High School Kalley Schaefer

Fayette FFA

April 24, 2023: (Mon) In Person 7:00 pm Gillette Building Williams Co Fairgrounds Jessica Runkel

Williams County

May 10, 2023: (Wed) In Person 3:30 pm Tinora Elementary Teresa Johnson

Defiance County

May 11, 2023: (Thurs) In Person 6:30 pm Crossroads Church Napoleon Morgan Parcher

Henry County

May 11, 2023: (Thurs) In Person

Don’t need to pre-register

7:30 pm Pettisville Jr. High Gym John Poulson

Pettisville FFA

May 18, 2023: (Thurs) In Person 6:30 pm Fulton Co Extension Wauseon Sara Lewis

Fulton County

All 4-H Quality Assurance trainings must be completed by June 1st. Quality Assurance Sessions will only be held at club meetings if a club volunteer received QA Assistant Instructor Certification by completing training for the current year.

Horse QA will be conducted online through EquiSTEP, by each individual exhibitor, in accordance with Ohio Horse 4-H curriculum. Horse QA only allows youth to show horses at the fair. It will not certify you for other fair animals. June 1st deadline.

Dog project members have two options to certify for quality assurance. 1) attend one of the Quality Assurance Sessions listed above; 2) view the videos shown at the annual Dog Kick Off event; or 3) check out and view “Safety Around Dogs” video. Dog Quality Assurance only allows for youth to show dogs at the fair. It will not certify you for other fair animals. June 1st deadline.

REMINDER: Quality assurance is not required for youth taking pet care projects such as guinea pigs, cats, mice, gerbils, hamsters, rats, chinchillas, ferrets, hedgehogs, and pet rabbits. These animals do not exhibit at the fair.

2023 Good Production Practices (GPPs) to be covered:

  • GPP 1-Use an Appropriate Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) as the Basis for Medication Decision-Making
  • GPP 3-Use Antibiotics Responsibly
  • GPP 6-Establish Effective Animal Identification, Medication Records, and Withdrawal Time
  • Taught each year GPP 9-Ethics & Welfare, Food Safety & Regulations, and GPP 10-Continued Improvement

Registration and Other Instructions

QA registration and additional neighboring county dates and info can be found at go.osu.edu/nwohioqa2023. All of these sessions will be accepted as QA certification, some are in-person, some are virtual. IF YOU ATTEND QA OUT-OF-COUNTY, IT IS THE EXHIBITOR’S RESPONSIBILITY TO HAVE THEIR CERTIFICATE TURNED IN NO LATER THAN JUNE 1, 2023 TO THE FULTON COUNTY OSU EXTENSION OFFICE.

QA requirements can also be completed through your community club, if eligible.

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