4-H Photography Challenge

Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer a photo challenge to Midwest youth in grades K-13.

Explore the world in TONES with a black and white photography challenge! We encourage you to play with shadows, look at texture, and layer dark and light tones to create stunning black and white photographs. More information and rules for the challenge can be found here.

Submit up to three (3) jpg or jpeg images to fourhphoto@umn.edu by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2021. As this is a multi-state challenge, please make sure to rename your images as indicated in the rules.

Find more information about the challenge here: https://extension.umn.edu/event/4-h-black-and-white-photo-challenge

This contest is open to ALL 4-H youth. You do NOT need to be enrolled in a 4-H photography project to participate.

We hope to see LOTS of Ohio 4-H photos in the contest!

2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Contest

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is once again sponsoring the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.
The essay competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.
2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats
Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H state office is March 29, 2021. Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, jinks.2@osu.edu by midnight. Each submitted essay will be reviewed by a panel of writing professionals and the top essay selected will be submitted for national competition. Be sure to see important requirements and guidelines on the Foundation’s website. Click here for rules and overview.

Equine Education Competition Teams Forming

Have you ever considered getting involved in Horse Bowl, Hippology or Horse Judging, but didn’t know where to start? We’ve got just what you need! An informational session will be held on January 12th, that will help you in better understanding each event, and allow you to sign up to participate! For those who have competed previously, please know that we want you to attend as well! The 2021 contest schedule looks a little different than years past… The Hippology and Judging Contests will be held on April 10th, and the Horse Bowl contest on June 14th.  All 4-H members enrolling in a Horse project are eligible to participate.

Please join us for an informational meeting, so that we can establish team and plan practice dates and times…

Attendance during this organizational meeting is very important!

When:  Tuesday, January 12th  / 7-8:00 p.m.

Where:  Online – Zoom Meeting

Please send an email to Lisa Kuhn at lakuhn2010@gmail.com so you can  be sent the meeting link. Lisa is also more than happy to answer any questions you may have…

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

There is also a Virtual Clinic on Saturday, February 20th that you can attend to better understand how the contests will operate in a virtual setting. You can register online at:  https://ohio4h.org/events/virtual-state-4-h-horse-hippologyjudginghorse-bowl-clinic .  If you are planning on participating in the contests, we would strongly suggest signing up for this free clinic.

Teen Driver Safety Billboard Contest

The Licking County Health Department (LCHD) and Licking County Safe Communities Coalition, through support from State Farm®, is challenging Licking County high school students to create a public service announcement (PSA) billboard to educate their peers about teen driver safety.

The winning design will be displayed on a local billboard and the creator will be awarded $500.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens. The goal of the contest is to raise awareness leading up to National Teen Driver Safety Week, October 18 through 24.

The contest requires students to create their own billboard design with a PSA for teen driver safety and includes one of the following areas of teen driver safety: seat belts, distracted driving, speed, and peer pressure. The billboard design can be created using whatever media they are most comfortable with, including graphic design, drawing, painting, photography, etc. When using facts and statistics, students should use credible sources (i.e. teendriversource.org, safecar.gov), or through their own research.

A panel of judges will select the winning entry based on the following criteria: relevance, originality, creativity, aesthetic quality, and how well the message of teen driver safety is communicated through the design. A winner will be selected and announced through a press release to the community and their artwork will be displayed on billboards in Licking County for one month in recognition of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

The winning design will receive a prize of $500. The referring teacher or school will receive $300 for promoting the contest. Homeschooled students are invited to participate.

For questions or more information, please contact Jon Kraus, Safe Communities Coordinator, at (740) 349-6500 or JKraus@lickingcohealth.org. See official rules here.

CANCELLED: Dairy Judging Contest on March 14

THE DAIRY JUDGING CONTEST AND QA HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

March 14, 2020 – 10:00am

Shipley Dairy Farm: 9309 Reynolds Rd., Utica

All youth ages 8 (and in the 3rd grade or at least 9 years of age) through 18 (as of 01/01/20) are invited to participate in the 2020 Licking County Dairy Judging Contest. Awards will be presented in both a junior and senior youth division (to include FFA members and 4-H members). During this event, the Licking County 4-H Junior and Senior Dairy Judging Teams will be chosen to compete in the 2020 State Dairy Judging Contest.

Youth who attend the Dairy Judging Contest at 10:00am will be provided lunch after the contest, compliments of the Licking County Dairy Directors.

A dairy cattle specific Quality Assurance Training will be held at 1:30pm.

REMINDER: Beef Royalty Application and Cattlemen’s Scholarship Due

The Licking County 4-H Beef Royalty application and the Licking County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship are both due on March 1, 2020.

Both should be mailed/delivered to: LCCA, c/o OSU Extension – Licking County Office, 771 E. Main Street, Suite 103, Newark, OH 43055.

Licking County 4-H Beef Royalty Application

Licking County Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship

CANCELLED: Dairy Judging Contest and Dairy Quality Assurance

THE DAIRY JUDGING CONTEST AND QA HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

March 14, 2020 – 10:00am

Shipley Dairy Farm: 9309 Reynolds Rd., Utica

All youth ages 8 (and in the 3rd grade or at least 9 years of age) through 18 (as of 01/01/20) are invited to participate in the 2020 Licking County Dairy Judging Contest. Awards will be presented in both a junior and senior youth division (to include FFA members and 4-H members). During this event, the Licking County 4-H Junior and Senior Dairy Judging Teams will be chosen to compete in the 2020 State Dairy Judging Contest.

Youth who attend the Dairy Judging Contest at 10:00am will be provided lunch after the contest, compliments of the Licking County Dairy Directors.

A dairy cattle specific Quality Assurance Training will be held at 1:30pm.

Ohio Youth Institute

High school age youth are invited to part of the Ohio Youth Institute, hosted by OSU’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Participants research and write a short paper on a global challenge facing a country, then come to the Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center on April 20. Students from throughout Ohio meet with OSU experts, speakers and participate in hands-on experiences focused on global food concerns. OYI Scholars may be eligible for USDA summer internships and international opportunities. Visit the OYI website for details.