Earth Day 2020

Today, I read through the most recent National Geographic for Kids magazine, inside there was a “Which Comeback Critter Are You?” personality quiz. After taking it and reading through the different critter personalities, I immediately thought I am surrounded by a pack of grey wolves. According to the quiz, grey wolves “love to talk about issues you are passionate about, just like gray wolves – sort of, they use their barks, whimpers, growls, and howls. And wolves are tough, able to thrive in hot deserts and cold mountains. Not much fazes you either. Challenges? Bring ‘em on”.

Lawrence County 4-H is full of “grey wolves”. Our volunteers, youth, and adults are resilient. So many are passionate – passionate about the future of our 4-H program, passionate about continuing to find new ways to fulfill our mission, passionate about providing service to our community, and much, much more. Lawrence County 4-H volunteers, like wolves, are tough, able to thrive in hot deserts and cold mountains. This unique time has proven our 4-H family is tough, through the highs and the lows, each of you have taken it in stride and come up with some great ideas to continue moving forward with the wolves attitude of “Challenges? Bring ‘em on”.

On average, a Lawrence County 4-H youth and adult volunteers will give over 100 hours of service each year. 4-H may have taken a 180 degree turn lately as we have begun our virtual outreach. But, our 4-H community has accepted the challenge. 4-H Clubs are participating in virtual activities together, 4-H volunteers are continuously providing insight and ideas, our teens are providing us with weekly motivation, and many 4-H families are providing service to our community.

So, you may wonder why the topic of National Geographic for Kids, Gray Wolves, and 4-H? Today, April 22nd, is Earth Day. Earth Day is a celebration of environmental protection. 4-H pledges to provide our hands to larger service & our health to better living. Earth Day gives a perfect opportunity for 4-H to showcase our passion, provide service, and accept a “…for my world” challenge.

Need some ideas? Go on a hike, plant a tree or a garden, pick up trash, recycle, set up a composting site, turn off the water while your brushing your teeth and lights when you leave a room, donate unwanted items.

Share your Earth Day activities in the comments.

2020 Lawrence County 4-H COVID-19 FAQ

As of April 14th, 2020, this blog post will be updated as more information is available.

“Due to ongoing health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been made to cancel all Ohio State University Extension in-person programming through July 6. This includes all 4-H programs, activities, and events. Additionally, we’ve made the very difficult decision to cancel all 4-H camps thru August 31. Although in-person programming is cancelled, we will continue to offer virtual 4-H experiences.”

Will there be a 2020 Lawrence County Fair? According to Ohio Fair Managers’ Facebook Page the fair is still on schedule. An April 8th post stated, “Just to give an update Ohio Fair Managers are working with Ohio’s Government Leadership and have not cancelled any Ohio agricultural fairs as of April 8, 2020. We will keep you updated. These are new times for all of us and together we can get through this. There are several fairs that have applied for help through the CARES ACT if you have question message us and we can pass along contact information. Stay safe!”

If Fair gets cancelled, how can we complete our judging? As of right now we are continuing to move forward with fair plans, however if it were to be cancelled, please know your Lawrence County 4-H and Senior Fairboard Team is brainstorming contingency plans to support your 4-H project completion with judging and auctions.

Can 4-H Members Change 4-H Projects? The deadline to make additions or changes to 2020 4-H projects has been extended to April 30. All 4-H project registrations such as Horse ID and Safety will be accepted until the April 30 deadline.

How Do 4-H Members Get 4-H Project Books? The online ordering system is available to order 4-H project books and be shipped straight to your house. Coupon codes are available for Ohio 4-H residents FREE2020 (for free shipping) OR 20IN2020 (20% off the entire order) Ohio 4-H has also made “stay-at-home” projects available for pdf download at; this includes:

• Discovering 4-H
• Sew Fun
• My Favorite Things
• The Writer in You
• Get Started In Art
• Family History Treasure Hunt
• Lets Start Cooking
• Yeast Breads on the Rise
• Racing the Clock to Awesome Meals
• Your Thoughts Matter
• Laundry Project
• It’s My Home
• Leadership Road Trip
• Pantry Picnic
• Explore the Outdoors
• Ohio Birds
• Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
• Not Just Knots

How will 4-H projects scheduled for pre-fair judging be judged? 4-H project judging will be postponed until after July 6th. Most 4-H project judging will be held at the county fair. All project judging dates will be shared with individual project areas, as they are scheduled and posted on our website at

How will club members get in their 4-H meetings? We are asking all 4-H Volunteers to work with your 4-H club members to host at least two virtual meetings prior to fair. This can be via zoom, facebook live, google hangout, group text chat, call and do a phone tree check in, etc. Be creative. Hopefully, there will be opportunity to will hold a last minute, face-to-face, pre-fair check in after July 6th. Please note, OSU conferencing system, is available will also allow for land-line call-ins, you do not need internet to connect. Let us know if you need help setting up a call. The clubs most host 6 meeting requirement may be  met through December 31, 2020.

Steps to Access Host on Zoom

How do our Livestock members complete Quality Assurance? Quality Assurance is still mandated by ODA. All members participating in a livestock project must complete Quality Assurance. Members can complete Quality Assurance on their own through ycqa or register for a virtual trainings scheduled through the Extension Office. Quality Assurance options, instructions, dates and times will be available by visiting:

How will Market Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In happen? The Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In scheduled for May 9th has been moved to a digital format. All Market Lamb, Goat, and Hog exhibitors must complete an online form and submit photos using their scrapie (lambs and goats) or ear notch (hogs) ID. Online submission forms can be found at The form must be completed in full and submitted by Saturday, May 9th. Livestock projects will be tagged with their county fair ID tag at fair weigh in, tag numbers will be pre-assigned.

What about rabbit tag in? The Livestock Committee is working on a process like the one above. Instructions will be made available closer to the originally scheduled tag-in date.

What about Market Chicken Orders and Pick Up? Market Chicken exhibitors have received an e-mail with instructions on how to submit market chicken orders. The Extension Office will be placing our Market Chicken order the first week of May and will have instructions for a pick up plan then.

How do I submit my breeding animal form? An online submission process will be created similar to what is being used for market tag-in. Forms will be shared as available and will be due June 1st.

What about the Cloverbud Discovery Series? Unfortunately, our face-to-face, Cloverbud Series has been cancelled. Many of our Friday Fun activities are perfect for our Cloverbuds and hope to have others available.

What is the OSU Extension, Lawrence County staff doing to keep 4-H youth and volunteers engaged?
 Ohio State – Lawrence County 4-H Facebook, @lawrence4h, is regularly updated with Monday Motivation, Funday Friday, and other activities and challenges.

• The blog has up to date news information, educational resources, challenges and activities. We share most all facebook news here too, so those without facebook, have a place to participate.

E-mail Blasts are being sent to all 4-H families regularly. All information and links for trainings, needed forms, etc. is shared directly with members through their family enrollment email. If you need to update your email, please contact us. E-mail is the primary method of current communication. Our newsletter style e-mails will go out each Friday and any breaking news will be shared when necessary.

Tuesdays at 2:00pm, Zoom Connection, with an activity and open Question and Answer time. To connect visit: Or dial in by calling 646-876-9923.

How can I contact the OSU Extension, Lawrence County staff? Our office phone, 740-533-4322 will still connect you us. Also our e-mail, or is an easy way to reach us quickly.

2020 Lawrence County Quality Assurance, Tag-In, and Livestock Information

Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Information, as of May 1, 2020 

This post will be used to update all Lawrence County 4-H Livestock Exhibitors on up to date information regarding their project requirements.

Quality Assurance

All 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitors are required to complete Quality Assurance. They can choose either to complete via Zoom or by completing training. Members only need to complete one training option.

Lawrence County 4-H Virtual ZOOM Quality Assurance

There are 5 sessions available. These sessions are scheduled for 1 hour 30 minutes and will allow for interactive polling. Please register 48 hours prior to the session you prefer, first come – first serve to the first 40 registered. To view dates/times and register please visit:

Approximately 24 hours before the webinar, you will receive a Zoom link to connect to the webinar from Rachael Fraley. The link will be sent from Training will be limited to a maximum of 40 families per session. Families only need to register once if all family members will be participating at the same time. Members can connect through zoom video conferencing or by calling in on a land line.

4-H & FFA Members may also take YQCA online. 4-H members, please use your 4honline log in information. FFA members will need to use the YQCA log in. All members need to send their completion certificate number or screenshot the certificate and send to The cost of this training is $12 and is open to all members. The link to participate in YQCA training is

Livestock Tag-In

Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In

Lamb, Goat, and Hog Tag-In scheduled at the fairgrounds for May 9th has been cancelled. Please view your online submission form below, complete, and submit by Saturday, May 9th.  If you have any questions or problems with the form, please contact Rachael at

Need a little help with form? Check out the Livestock ID Tutorial

Need help reading your hog’s ear notches? Ear Notch Video

Lawrence County Market Chicken Distribution

The Market Chickens have been ordered and will tentatively arrive on Wednesday, May 27th. We will plan for an afternoon pick-up at the picnic shelter at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds. In order to help comply with social distancing and an effort to keep everyone safe, we will set up distribution to keep a socially safe distance.

Market Rabbit Tag-In 

The Market Rabbit Tattooing at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds has been cancelled. All Market Rabbit exhibitors are required to submit the Market Rabbit Registration Form with photos. The registration form must be submitted by Saturday, June 6th for exhibition eligibility.

Non-Market Livestock and Breeding Project Registration Forms

All Lawrence County 4-H and FFA Youth planning to exhibit a Non-Market Livestock project or Breeding Project must complete the Lawrence County Non-Market Livestock/Breeding Project Registration Qualtrics Survey by June 1 to exhibit your project at the county fair.



Livestock Rules and Fair Information can be found by visiting:


Get Outdoors, There Are Benefits For All!

Sometimes during this stay at home order, I find it easy to be a stagnant, couch potato. As I balance the at home mom, full time 4-H Educator and 1st grade teacher, planting us in front of the tv is an easy out for entertainment.

When our Lawrence County 4-H Health Hero, Brea Belville, issued her 4th H: Get Outside and Move Challenge, I began thinking. Thinking of all the many challenges we are faced with as we deal with our “new normal”, feeling a little stuck but safe at home. Although, I’ve heard of all reasons to be outdoors, I still felt like because I had to work, I had to be inside… but what if I moved it outdoors?

Suddenly, I move my office and kids outside and it’s like magic. My daughter is entertained, running and playing in the yard, jumping rope, and doing tug of war with the dog. My 8-month old son is enjoying watching it all and I am getting work accomplished. Win-Win for all involved in my family today.

As I sit outside researching and reminding myself of the benefits, we are all getting fresh air and Vitamin D. So, how is it beneficial you may ask? It improves mood, focus, and even sleep habits. Just being outside also increases the likelihood of being physically active. The minute we stepped out, Leighton’s creative, active play began.

So what can you do outside?

Home Work: for youth it may be school work or adults it may be work, work. Whatever it is, can your job be done sitting on your porch? The outdoor air and sunshine helps get those creative thoughts flowing.

Picnic: Move your breakfast, lunch, or dinner outdoors. Set up a blanket in the yard, sit on the porch, on the playset, whatever works for your family. Maybe it’s even cooking around an outdoor fire.

Play: Move your body; walk, run, jump, ride your bike. Whatever it is your body likes to do. For youth, 60 minutes a day is encouraged, for adults it’s 150 minutes a week. It’s easily attainable by just moving outdoors; play duck, duck, goose, simon says, red light, green light, the list goes on.

Read: Read a new book, have your kids read to you, or to each other.

Yoga: Practice some of your favorite yoga moves to stretch and clear your mind. 4-H Yoga For Kids is on youtube and a great resource for kids and adults.

These are just a few ideas, but did you know outdoor play encourages cognitive, social, emotional development? Allowing for unstructured, free play allows for self-direction and lengthens attention spans. So, I challenge you to allow yourself, your kids, your family to be creative and dream up some outdoor fun.

Starting now, while we are at-home, and getting outside daily will help to establish new habits that will keep you healthy throughout your life.

Keeping active not only will improve your physical health and well-being but all aspects of life.


Authored By: Rachael Fraley, OSU Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development

Reviewed By: Paige Matney, OSU Extension, Lawrence County Office Associate



“The 4-H Pledge, Motto, and Clover”, Lawrence County 4-H Friday Fun

The Lawrence County 4-H Friday Fun for Friday, April 3rd, is all about the 4-H Pledge, Motto, and Clover.

Check out our Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbud, Leighton Fraley, from Gingham and Denim 4-H Club introduce our activity for this week. This activity teaches the 4-H Pledge and Motto, as well as gives an opportunity to get creative making a clover to show off your 4-H Spirit!

Already know the pledge and motto? We encourage you to take a minute to recite the pledge and motto and challenge yourself to reflect on the meaning. What does 4-H look like to you in this time of change? We are all being challenged to adapt and find new and creative ways to engage. How can we, Lawrence County 4-H, have “clearer thinking”, “greater loyalty”, “larger service”, and “healthier living” for our clubs, our community, our country, and our world?

Because although we may be adapting our way’s, A.B. Graham’s intention from the beginning remains the same, that we, 4-H, be responsible, productive members of society. Interested in learning more about the Start of 4-H and concepts 4-H was built upon, check out

We look forward to hearing your 4-H Pledges and seeing your Clovers in the Comments! We also hope you will take a minute to share your reflections with us, too… Share your ideas by posting a vides or sending us a message with your thoughts and ideas. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Lawrence County 4-H Update: Enrollments, Project Books, Quality Assurance, & Club Resources

It has been a quite a couple of weeks with changes coming quickly. Thank you for your patience with your county 4-H staff, the state 4-H office and OSU Extension.

I know you have many questions: When can we have club meetings? Will there be summer camp?Should we invest in projects? What about fair?

The answer is at this point, we just don’t know. It is all changing rapidly. But what we do know for sure is that we’re committed to doing our part to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. We also know that when we choose to act together, we can have incredible positive impacts.

The actions we’ve taken so far are in alignment with necessary precautions recommended by the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Ohio Department of Health. These are in place to help keep us all from getting, or unintentionally spreading, this virus. This includes the temporary closing to the public of our county Extension office. We’ll continue to be available via email and phone; Paige: or Rachael: or phone 740-533-4322.
To help clarify, ALL 4-H events, programs, and activities scheduled between now and April 20 must be held virtually, postponed, or cancelled.

We are also suspending 4-H project book distribution through 3/31/2020. This means there will be no project book distribution at the local or state level until after March 31. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation and will re-evaluate project book distribution as we get closer to March 31 and share more information with you at that time.

All Lawrence County 4-H Enrollment has been received and all 4-H advisors associated with a club have access to review their club’s enrollments through the system and submit changes to or by calling 740-533-4322 until April 15th. Need help running the report? 4-H Online Club Advisor Log-in Guide

For our livestock project members and families, Ohio 4-H and the Ohio Department of Agriculture discussed some changes for this year that will help mitigate the effects the corona virus is having on holding in-person programming.For livestock quality assurance (QA) for the 2020 year only:

  • • QA must still be completed before the opening day of exhibition, however the 45-day prior to the opening of the exhibition requirement will not be enforced. Certified QA club advisors may train their youth after 4-H activities are able to resume. Those club advisors who have yet to receive their training and packet, may schedule a time with Rachael after April 20 to receive training and packet materials.
  • Youth livestock exhibitors (8-18) may take the online YQCA certification. Cost $12.00. On-line test out will not be accepted.  Members must use their 4honline login. All enrolled 4-H members already have a login, do not create new. Need help? The Extension Office can provide you with your personal log-in information. Please submit your certification number to for verification. Each 4-H member must have their own certification number; family certification is not accepted.

We encourage our 4-H volunteers, youth, and families to continue moving forward. We understand, given current restraints, this can be difficult but I know we have some of the most creative minds ready to adapt and continuing to do what we do best, “positive youth development”.

I have already seen it demonstrated through so many of our 4-H members giving hearts, helping others through this time of need. I have also seen clubs getting creative and posting club activities, like “Interview Do’s and Don’ts” and finding ways to engage their youth through social media. Continue to be creative and continue to share.

Ohio 4-H has provided a few helpful resources such as Tips and Tricks for Meeting With Your Club When You Can’t Meet (In-Person) and Communicating Online With Your Club. These resources and more can be found at

In the coming days, we’ll post updates on our local Lawrence County 4-H facebook page and website. Ohio 4-H is also continually updating their social media pages (Facebook and Twitter) and website. We’ll also include links to resources that you and your children can use. And we’ll do what we can to keep you updated as we learn new information. Please continue to check your e-mail and subscribe to our blog We encourage you to also share all info with your fellow 4-H’ers and on your social media platforms.

IMPORTANCE NOTICE: Lawrence County 4-H Programming Effective Now Through April 20th

As you may be aware, The Ohio State University has announced the suspension of face-to-face instruction and the move to virtual instruction effective immediately through March 31. Events deemed nonessential are postponed between now and April 20, 2020.There will be evaluation whether they should continue in person beyond this time. Our primary concern is for the health and safety of all our people.

Please see the attached Lawrence County 4-H Volunteer & Family Notice effective Immediately through April 20th.

One of the best ways to prevent the spread of viral illnesses is to minimize the circumstances in which individuals might interact and transmit the diseases. The safety of our community is our top priority. We realize that our COVID-19 policy guidelines will cause disruption, but the risk of not acting outweighs the inconvenience of these temporary measures. We will share updates as more information becomes available.

March 2020 Lawrence County 4-H News

As our 4-H Community Club activities and Lawrence County Fair prep is in full swing, your Lawrence County 4-H team have a few things to inform & remind you of:

“See Yourself In 4-H, 2020” by enrolling before the March 15th deadline at

  •  For enrollment information, project specific forms, and more – please visit our website
  • Our livestock rules and expectations, as well as other Lawrence County Fair events have been updated on our Lawrence County 4-H Fair page. This page continues to be updated, so be sure to check back regularly!

“4-H Calendar of Events” Lawrence County has a few different ways to stay up to date on all county 4-H events. In the event a date is cancelled, news articles, facebook posts, and e-mail blasts will update you as soon as possible.

“Digital Communication” In an effort to share the latest and greatest news hot off the press… and to save some trees & postage too – check your enrollment e-mail, like our facebook page, visit our website, and/or subscribe to this blog. If these communication avenues don’t work for you, no worries – please just give us a call and we will mail you whatever you need 🙂

“Financial Summary/Club Charter Checklist” Organizational club advisors, don’t forget to submit your end of the 4-H year paperwork. The Financial Summary and Club Charter Checklist must be submitted before your enrollment will be approved.

“Livestock Updates” Recently, our office released news regarding a summary of livestock rule changes, options for quality assurance, a ractopamine update, tag-in dates, etc. Please visit Livestock Exhibition Updates for more information.

“Cloverbud 4-H Discovery Series” We are excited to announce we will be offering a series of Cloverbud activities county-wide. All Lawrence County 4-H Cloverbuds, ages 5-8 years old, are invited to attend. Cloverbuds will be introduced to activities surrounding each of our 4-H project areas, introduced to service learning, and meet other cloverbuds from around the county. For more information and registration dates & guidelines, please check out this link later this week…

“Senior 4-H Member Scholarships” The Lawrence County 4-H Committee Endowment provides graduating seniors with the opportunity to apply for a $250.00 college scholarship. Deadline has been extended to April 10th. High school seniors interested in applying should visit Lawrence County 4-H Scholarship

“4-H Camp” For camp dates, scholarship applications (deadline extended to April 10th), and registration materials, please visit 4-H Camp.

“Lawrence County 4-H T-Shirt Designs” Do you have an awesome 4-H T-Shirt idea? Does it go with our “See Yourself in 4-H, 2020” theme? Is it your original design? If the answer is yes… we would love for you to submit your t-shirt design to our office by March 31. We would love to publish your idea on a t-shirt and use it as a fundraiser for the Lawrence County 4-H program!

&& we hope you are still reading because last, but certainly not least …. “Why 4-H?” The Lawrence County 4-H Teen Leaders have issued a challenge, they would like to hear from club members, advisors, alumni, etc. on why 4-H? Why would you encourage someone to participate in 4-H? What impact does 4-H have on you? We are truly thankful for an amazing 4-H community and hope you will submit your short video story to to be published on our media sites. We want to tell our 4-H story to all who will hear, so please share our blog and facebook with your ALL your friends.


“….for my club, my community, my country, and my world.” 

2020 Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitor News & Updates

Are you a Lawrence County 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitor, parent, or advisor? If so, this is a must read…

The Ohio State University Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee is continuously working and listening to our 4-H members and parents to update rules and recommendations to provide our youth with the most positive, consistent, good production practices, livestock experience. As evident with the recent ractopamine-free consumer market demand, livestock production practices are always changing and we as good stewards need to move with the change.

Most species have at least one change for the 2020 year, some bigger than others. The Lawrence County Fairboard’s official stance on ractopamine is still forthcoming, however the OSU Extension, Lawrence County Livestock 4-H Committee has provided a ractopamine-free recommendation as we are quickly approaching the purchase of livestock animals. Quality Assurance expectations and options have been updated… we have even listened to suggestions since our last Quality Assurance announcement and have made some age changes to the required beginner training.

For the details, visit – 2020 Summary of Livestock Changes, Ractopamine Update, Quality Assurance, and Dates


“4-H is about more than the ribbons & the awards;… its about the people, the experiences, the life-long skills, the memories & its about being a role model, giving back and making the best better”