Maple Syrup SPIN Club

Are you interested in learning how to make maple syrup? Then you are in luck! The Patriot Kids 4-H Club will be facilitating a Maple Syrup SPIN Club! SPIN club stands for SPecial INterest club and only meets for a short time to focus on a single topic. The Maple Syrup SPIN Club will teach you all you need to get started making your own syrup.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Identify Trees
  • Tap Trees
  • Gather Sap
  • Test for Sugar Content
  • Make Maple Syrup!

The first meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 at the Warner Sugar Shack located at 1616 Loudon St., Granville, OH 43023.

Must be a Licking County 4-H member to participate.

Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day

Come join Ohio 4-H for Take the Leap: Career Readiness Day on Saturday April 1, 2023. All 4-H members ages 13-18 are welcome to attend this event. There will be activities and speakers to help them take their next step toward success.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in activities such as:

  • Social media and networking
  • Dealing with comfort zones
  • Handling stress
  • Goal setting
  • Interview skills
  • and much more!

WHEN: Saturday, April 1, 2023 from 9:30am to 4:00pm

WHERE: Nationwide & Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, 2201 Fred Taylor Dr, Columbus, OH 43210

COST: $10.00

Register by March 15, 2022 at:

If you have questions about this event, please reach out to Francis Foos ( or Sarah Longo (

Ohio 4-H Virtual Livestock Judging Contest

How would you like to participate in a judging contest and gain judging experience from your phone? The contest began on Thursday via Facebook. Each week a class will be posted on the Ohio State – 4-H Animal Sciences Facebook page with a link to fill out your information and placing selections. It is open to participants of all ages and states. The species will include cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.

The rules are simple:

  • It is 100% FREE
  • Participate each week before results are posted
  • The contest is open to all ages
  • Results will be posted at the beginning of each week
  • The contest will run for 6 weeks

Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:

  • Novice (0-7)
  • Junior (8-11)
  • Intermediate (12-14)
  • Senior (15-18)
  • Advanced (19+)
Check out for additional species and resources.

Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!

REMINDER: Ohio 4-H Conference

The 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. The conference is a great opportunity to gather new ideas, get updates about 4-H, meet/connect with new people, and celebrate our volunteers and teens. The conference includes break out sessions for both teens and adult volunteers, as well as a luncheon, trade show, and silent auction. You can find a list of sessions, registration form, vendor application, and silent auction donation form HERE. Cost to attend is $40 per person.

Please return the registration form along with payment to the Licking County Extension Office by February 9, 2023 so that we can get you registered. Check should be made payable to: Licking County 4-H Committee.


2023 Farmers Share Breakfast

The Licking County Farm Bureau will host their annual Farmers Share Breakfast on Saturday, February 18, 2023 from 8:00-10:00am at CTEC in Newark. The proceeds from this event will support campers attending Licking County 4-H’s Summer Residential Camp at 4-H Camp Ohio in June.

The Licking County Farm Bureau will be partnering with Utica Tractor 4-H Club and Simmons Farm Toys to host a Farm Toy Display Contest at the Farmer’s Share Breakfast! Sign up today and start working on your 1/64 Display! Sign up for the Farm Toy Display Contest by visiting:

Volunteers are also needed throughout the morning to make this event happen. There are many different jobs available and different time frames needed so find a time/job that works for you and sign up today! Sign up to volunteer by visiting:

We look forward to seeing you there!

2023 Club Officer Training Workshop and New Family Orientation

Save the date! We are happy to bring back the Club Officer Training Workshop and New Family Orientation in 2023! This event is a great opportunity for members who will be serving in an officer role to learn more about their officer role and gain hands-on experience and helpful resources so they will be better prepared to serve as an officer in 2023. Members who maybe aren’t serving in an officer role yet, but would like to learn more are also encouraged to participate!

We will also have a session for New Family Orientation to help new families learn more about what 4-H has to offer and to have their questions answered.

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 6:30-8:00pm
  • Granville High School (248 New Burg St, Granville)
  • No registration is necessary
  • Prizes offered to the 4-H clubs with greatest number of members in attendance!

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

The eighth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be March 24th at the Shisler Event Center in Wooster.  Over the years hundreds of women from across Ohio have attended.  This year’s program will feature 15 break-out sessions in 4 tracks presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies including: Business & Finance, Plants & Animals, Home & Family and Special Interest. Farm and Dairy editor-in-chief, Rebecca Miller will deliver this year’s keynote presentation, Clinging to context in a noisy world: don’t lose sight of your “why.”

New this year is a Youth Symposium opportunity for high school and college students to present their research, SEA, capstone, thesis, or other study projects. To submit your proposal, visit:

Registration information for the entire conference can be found at:

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 February 7th, 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 Hippology and Horse Bowl Contests will be held on April 15th, and the Judging contest on July 17th.  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 teams and plan practice dates and times…

Attendance during this organizational meeting is very important!

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

Where:  Online – Zoom Meeting

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


There is also a clinic on Saturday, March 4th on the OSU campus that you can attend to better understand how the contests will operate and to learn about different horse related topics. You can register online on the state website.  If you are planning on participating in the contests, we would strongly suggest signing up for this free clinic.

ExploreAg Camps for High School Students

Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.

ExploreAg offers FREE weeklong camps and one-day experiences for high school students. Students are introduced to various aspects of agriculture, food science, environmental sciences, and more, both in the classroom and through opportunities for hands-on learning both on and off-campus at the Ohio State University, University of Findlay, and Wilmington College. Students will interact with and learn directly from internationally known 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.

ExploreAg is designed for students currently in traditional agriculture education programs and for students who might never have considered studying agriculture as a career.

Weeklong immersive sessions will be held:

  • The Ohio State University Columbus Campus – June 11-16
  • The Ohio State University  ATI Wooster Campus – June 18-23
  • University of Findlay- July 9-14

Mini-Camp immersive sessions will be held:

  • Wilmington College – June 4-7
  • Hocking College – July 31- Aug. 2

One-Day scheduled immersive sessions will be held:

  • COLT Electric Lineman Training – June 9
  • Rio Grande College – June 30
  • John Deere Training Facility – July 7

Note: More one-day sessions are being planned.

The ExploreAg program is free to all high school students and includes on-campus accommodations, meals, staffing, 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 April 10 and details can be found at Applicants will be asked to submit the email of one reference along with a short application. Students selected will be notified in April of their selection.

2023 4-H Advisor Training

Licking County 4-H Advisors! A reminder to make sure that you are planning to attend one of the THREE advisor trainings that are being held this year. We would love to see as many of you as possible attend the first training on Saturday, January 28th at Licking Valley Elementary. Not only will this be the first opportunity to get your club packet, but after the training we will have a resource fair immediately after the training. We have worked to gather resources and community groups from around the county that we think will be beneficial to your work as a club advisor. If you are unable to attend the training on January 28th, please be sure to let Lisa McCutcheon know which of the other two trainings you will be attending. The other two trainings will be at the Extension Office so space is limited and we will not have the resource fair following the training at the two later dates.

WHEN / WHERE: We encourage you to mark your calendar for Saturday, January 28th (9:00 a.m.) at Licking Valley Elementary School no registration necessary, as we hope that all of you can attend! But…if you’re not available for that session, please email Lisa McCutcheon to let us know if you need to attend one of the alternative dates (February 16th or 21st / 6-8:00 p.m.), which will be held here at the Extension Office. Because those two dates are considered back-up, and have a much smaller capacity than that January 28th date, YOU MUST REGISTER ASAP if you plan to attend February 16th or February 21st trainings.

LOCATION: Licking Valley Elementary School: We will be meeting in the cafeteria. You can enter from either side of the building, with parking on both sides as well as the back. If you park in the back, you will need to walk around front to the cafeteria entrance. You are also welcome to park around the loop, if space permits – but stay off the grass! We would certainly encourage carpooling, as we hope to have at least 180 advisors in attendance, and the school will also be hosting basketball games that same morning (they will be using different entrance)…

WHAT: If you’re planning to attend the January 28th training (and we really hope you will), you’ll participate in a training update from 9-11:00 a.m., and then have time from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. to enjoy the newly added RESOURCE FAIR! We will have a trade show area set up for you to ask questions, look at new materials, interact with key resource leaders, etc. – or you can just take a few minutes to sit and speak with other advisors about what’s working for them! That time is for YOU! We want to support you, and the Resource Fair can serve that purpose! Note: If you must attend the February 16th / 21st dates, please know that only training will be provided due to space and time limitations. Note: We are not holding a Discover 4-H event immediately after the training, as it had been held in the past. Discover 4-H is being held on other dates, and in other locations…

WHY: All 4-H Club Advisors within the state of Ohio are required to attend an annual training. This training will include an introduction to anything that’s new, review of any issues that have been encountered over the past year, reminder about the important dates and deadline, emphasis on new tasks that may be needed, etc. Training is intended to support you and provide you with information and resources that will make your work as an advisor more enjoyable, more manageable, and more rewarding!