Licking County OSU Extension Office Closure

The Licking County Extension Office, as well as all Extension Offices across Ohio, will be closed to the public Monday, December 21 through Friday, January 1. It is planned that offices will re-open for appointments on Monday, January 4. While offices may be closed, all staff will continue to work from home, and continue to be available to you! Should you need to reach out, please continue to use email, phone and mail…


High Honors for Licking County 4-H Volunteers

On December 1st Ohio 4-H recognized the volunteers and special award winners that would have been recognized at the Ohio 4-H Volunteer Conference in March. If you were unable to watch the program live, or would like to watch it again, you can do so here:

We want to share special recognition and congratulations to the following individuals:

Congratulations to Jane Copenhefer, who was inducted in to the Ohio 4-H Hall of Fame. We are so very thankful for your leadership and dedication to the Licking County 4-H Band!

Congratulations to Sis Bland on being recognized for 40 years of service. Sis is the organizational advisor for the Commancheros 4-H Club.

Congratulations to Forrest Smythe, who was recognized for 40 years of service. Forrest serves as an advisor for the Licking County 4-H Band! Congratulations, Forrest! Pictured are Forrest and his wife Thelma Smythe.


OSU Extension Office Open for Appointments Only

The Licking County OSU Extension Office will be open for appointments only beginning on Monday, December 7, 2020. The Ohio State University has put out new guidelines for Extension Offices that state if a county is designated as “Red” in the Ohio Public Health Advisory System, that the office must be closed to the public and that clientele can only visit by scheduled appointment. If you need to visit the Extension Office for a general reason (dropping off something, purchasing a project book, etc.) you can call the main line at 740.670.5315 and anyone can help you with that. If you need to meet with Lisa or Adrienne specifically, please email them to schedule an appointment. Should Licking County be designated as “Purple” or “Approaching Purple”, the office will be closed and all staff will telework until we are informed we can reopen the office.


Ohio 4-H Update for December 4, 2020

All 4-H families should have received the following information in an email from 4HOnline. Please review the information below if you did not receive that email.

To Our 4-H Families:

As you know, COVID-19 is on the rise in Ohio and because 4-H’ers pledge their health to better living, we must do our part to not contribute to its spread. Ohio 4-H is a part of a land-grant academic institution; we follow science and  model what the CDC, Ohio Department of Health and other experts stress is important in addressing this virus. As a result, in an effort to keep our 4-H families, volunteers, and communities safe, effective December 7, 2020, all 4-H meetings and events are to be canceled, postponed, or held virtually until January 15, 2021.

All 4-H volunteers are expected to follow these guidelines regarding 4-H meetings and events. Volunteers who are not in compliance and hold in-person 4-H events and activities will receive a first warning. A second incident disregarding our effort to protect the health, safety and well-being of members, families and communities will result in immediate termination of volunteer status.

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System indicates the status of counties based on a color-coded system. If a county is purple or approaching purple, OSU Extension offices will be closed and employees will be working virtually. If a county is red, OSU Extension offices will be staffed by appointment only. You will need to call in advance to schedule a time to go to the office. Please note there may be additional guidelines from county health departments.

We are incredibly proud of the efforts of our 4-H youth and volunteers who remain committed to making the best better and look forward to the time when we can safely meet together.

Yours in service to 4-H,

Kirk Bloir

State 4-H Leader

Assistant Director, OSU Extension

Updated 2021 Hartford Fair Market Steer/Heifer Weigh-In Information

In an effort to reduce points of contact on Saturday, December 12th, during the Hartford Fair Market Steer / Heifer Weigh-in, all exhibitors are asked to complete a pre-registration form (in place of the traditional registration card) for each animal. Exhibitors are asked to complete this online registration by no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, December 11th, so that the information can be printed and available to staff during weigh-in for record keeping purposes. The pre-registration form can be found online at Please ensure that all information is accurate, and complete, prior to submission.

SPECIAL NOTE: When attending weigh-in, only one person may accompany animals through chute area (exhibitor attendance is not required), and masks must be worn at all times. Cost to purchase EID Tag is $5.00, with exact change expected. Please remain in your truck when not participating in weigh-in procedures. Persons who are ill, have someone ill within their household, or who are in quarantine / isolation are reminded to stay home.

Additional Information:

2021 Hartford Fair and Ohio State Fair Market Steer/Heifer Instructions

2020 Ohio State Fair Market Steer/Heifer Identification/DNA Guidelines