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2020 Hartford Fair Steer Weigh-in & Ohio State Fair DNA Samples

All steers and heifers (including Delaware, Knox & Licking Counties) that may be exhibited during the 2020 Hartford Junior Fair Market Steer & Heifer show must be marked by ear tag and tattoo on SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020, at the Hartford fairgrounds (Grubb Arena – West End) between 8 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. (NOTE: We are no longer there until noon). Up to four (4) steers or heifers can be tagged for the Hartford Fair per exhibitor.

Tagging fee is $1.00 per tagged animal. Exhibitors must complete a registration card for each animal, which requires the exhibitor’s signature. If the exhibitor will be unable to attend weigh-in procedures, please stop by the Licking County Extension Office and pick up the registration card(s) to be signed by exhibitor in advance.

OSF Junior Fair Market Steer / Heifer DNA samples will NOT be collected during Hartford Fair Steer / Heifer Weigh-In. OSF DNA samples must be submitted by the exhibitor directly to the OSF by no later than January 15th. For additional information, contact Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu. DNA sample packets are available by contacting the Ohio State Fair directly, or your local Extension office may have some available. See attachment for additional details.

Questions? Give us a call at 740-670-5315. In case of inclement weather conditions, listen to WCLT-AM, WHTH-AM, or visit www.licking.osu.edu for an announcement. Announcement will also be made on the Hartford Fair and Licking County 4-H Facebook pages. Make-up date, if necessary, will be Saturday, January 25, 2020.

2020 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition

2020 Essay Topic: Overwintering: Bee Survival through the Cold Season

Honey bees have developed special skills to overwinter in the United States. Please discuss one of these skills and then include a discussion about what you do to prepare your hives for winter. Include a photo of one of your hives, either using infrared technology or showing winter wrap, hay bales, special feeders, etc. to demonstrate how you prepare your hives for winter

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, Inc. – 2020 4H Essay Contest – Deadline for submission to the state 4-H office March 23, 2020.  Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, jinks.2@osu.edu by midnight 3/23/2020. Submissions will be reviewed and the top state essay selection will be forwarded to the Foundation for national competition. CLICK HERE FOR RULES/OVERVIEW.

Horsebowl Teams Forming

Horsebowl is a fun and educational competition between counties within Ohio.  The competition will take place on Saturday April 4, 2020. All 4-H members taking a Horse project are eligible to participate.  You can learn more about Horsebowl at https://ohio4h.org/events/state-4-h-horse-bowl-contest

We will be having a meeting to establish the Licking County teams:

When:  Monday January 13 / 6:00 pm-7:00 pm

Where:  Licking County OSU Extension 771 E Main St., Suite 103, Newark, Ohio 43055.

This meeting is important as we will be determining the practice times and establishing the teams.

If you are unable to attend, call / text Lisa Kuhn 614-746-7634 to express your interest in participating.

OSU Junior Swine Day

The OSU Junior Swine Day will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at both OSU Columbus and Wooster. Both programs will run from 8:00am to 3:00pm that day. Cost is $15 per person and all participants must be registered online by March 20, 2020 in order to attend. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Space is limited, so please register early. There will be a Quality Assurance training as part of this program. For more information, or to register, please visit: go.osu.edu/OSUJRSDay.

4-H Filmmakers Wanted!

If you’re a teen interested in videos and film-making, you’ll want to apply to be part of the 4-H Film Crew! The crew will develop their skills in video production, editing, sound and writing to film 4-H youth from all over Ohio, and share their stories. The first meeting is February 8 at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center and the group will get together throughout the year, both virtually and in-person. Find the details at go.osu.edu/4hfilmcrew and apply by January 30.

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2020 ExploreAg Camps for High School Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors!

Ohio State Extension, Franklin County and the Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation are excited to announce the 2020 ExploreAg camps! ExploreAg is a unique FREE camp experience for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors to explore various careers in agriculture.

Students will interact with and learn directly from teachers, scientists and researchers. Subject areas include food science, precision agriculture, animal science, natural resources, management skills, technology, and agricultural business. In addition to the classroom experience, scholars will participate in field experiences that highlight cutting-edge research and meet industry partners to provide a glimpse of various careers in related fields. There will also be sessions focused on soft skills such as interviewing, resume building and public speaking to prepare participants for the workforce.

ExploreAg will be offering four camp sessions in 2020!

Session 1: June 14-19 – Ohio State University-Main Campus

Session 2: June 21-26 – Ohio State University-Main Campus

Session 3: July 5-10 – Central State University 

Session 4: July 12-17 – Ohio State University – ATI campus

The ExploreAg camps are FREE to attend.  Program costs covered include on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, course supplies, program materials, and transportation. Supervision is provided at all times by faculty, staff, and program counselors who are current college students in related majors.

The deadline to apply is March 6, 2020, and applicants will be notified of admittance by March 20, 2020.  Applicants will be asked to submit an application with one reference and a 1-3 minute video with the prompt: “please tell us about one agricultural career and why that interests you.” The application can be found at exploreag.org. The official ExploreAg flyer is attached. Please share this information with students, parents, teachers, and community members. If you have any further questions, contact Marissa Mulligan at mulligan.70@osu.edu.

Office Closed for the Holidays

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be closed December 24th through 25th and on January 1st for the holidays. We wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and look forward to all of the great things that will happen in 2020!

2020 Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference brings together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational session that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn  from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs. Registration opens at 8:00 am and Session I starts at 9:00 am. Information on the sessions and events can be found here. Registration form can be found here.

Making Extreme Counselors (MXC) Registration Materials Available

Making eXtreme Counselors (MXC)–an interactive and quick-paced training that offers innovative camp ideas to new and veteran camp counselors ages 14 to 18 who plan to serve as camp counselors. MXC participants will leave with skills that will enable them to assist in their county’s camp program planning and delivery, and prepare them to deliver a great camp program to their campers. MXC is a national award-winning workshop that will be useful for all potential camp counselors. Don’t miss your chance to participate—the event will be offered once in 2020, during the weekend of February 22-23. MXC will be held at the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on the campus of The Ohio State University. Counselors will earn camp counselor training hours while attending this event (number of hours is determined by county).  All participants will receive a take-home kit of supplies. They also will be able to share and gain ideas with teens from other counties all across the state.  County Extension Professionals and Camp Directors are NOT required to attend with their counselors. More information about MXC 2020 can be found at http://go.osu.edu/mxc.