2024 Livestock Quality Assurance Opportunities

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
January 18, 2024
Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Michael Schweinsberg Paulding County
February 5, 2024
Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Megan Schulte

Williams County

February 8, 2024
Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Morgan Parcher
Henry County
February 14, 2024
In Person 3:30 pm Fairview Elementary
Fairview FFA
Defiance County
March 14, 2024
Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Teresa Johnson
Defiance County
March 23, 2024
In Person 10:00 AM Paulding Co Extension Michael Schweinsberg Paulding County
April 18, 2024
Zoom 6:30 pm Zoom Sara Lewis
Fulton County
April 22, 2024
In Person 7:00 pm Gillette Building
Williams Co Fairgrounds
Jessica Runkel

Williams County

May 15, 2024
In Person 3:30 pm Tinora Elementary Teresa Johnson
Defiance County
May 9, 2024
In Person 6:30 pm Henry County Fairgrounds Morgan Parcher
Henry County
May 16, 2024
In Person 6:30 pm Fulton Co Extension


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 (link to be updated in January 2024), 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.

Registration and Other Instructions

QA registration and additional neighboring county dates and info can be found at go.osu.edu/nwoqa2024. 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, 2024 TO THE FULTON COUNTY OSU EXTENSION OFFICE.

QA requirements can also be completed through your community club, or local FFA advisor, if eligible.

Support your Fulton County 4-H Endowment!

As 2023 comes to an end, please consider including Fulton County 4-H youth development in your giving plans. 

You are part of a special 4-H community. As volunteers, alumni, and supporters, you have the power to change the lives of youth across Ohio by providing them with opportunities to inspire curiosity, fuel adventure, develop lifelong skills, and grow into true leaders. People like you, who believe in 4-H, equip young Ohioans with the tools they need to be successful long after they age out of the program. During this giving season, reflect on what 4-H has done for you and others you know. Would you consider donating to help ensure this program continues to grow and thrive for future generations? 

Gifts to Fulton County 4-H will qualify for a tax deduction in this calendar year, meaning that any donation made before Dec. 31 is deductible for 2023. 

A gift to Ohio 4-H is an investment in our youth and in our community’s future. Please consider giving to our county’s 4-H fund at ohio4h.org/countydonation 

Thank you for helping to make the best better!