2022 National 4-H Conference

Ohio 4-H is seeking qualified teen applicants to attend the National 4-H Conference in March! The National 4-H Conference is March 19-24 in Washington, D.C. (or, if choosing virtual programming – March 20-24). It is specifically focused on civic engagement, civic education, and personal development.  Delegates arrive to D.C. ready to connect, learn, engage, lead and impact their communities, their nation, and their world.  Additional information can be found in the application (2022 National 4-H Conference Application) or at the links below. Selected Ohio 4-H teens will receive full scholarship coverage to attend National 4-H Conference (travel, housing, registration fees).

Ohio expects to be represented by 3-6 teens from across the state, characterizing core values of leadership, diversity, and civic engagement. We are seeking qualified candidates who represent the Ohio 4-H program positively and who have a passion for youth voice in public issues.

Important information to note:

  • Applicants can be a 4-H member from any county in Ohio!
  • Applicants must be 15-19 as of January 1, 2022
  • Pending the application process of youth choosing the virtual or in-person experience, we will determine the number of delegates representing Ohio given our funding available.
  • Applicants must complete the application (link above), including essays (no more than 2 pages total), and attaining signatures in order to be considered.
  • Applications (and all supporting materials) must be received by January 24 at 11:59 p.m. to Kayla Oberstadt at oberstadt.1@osu.edu.
  • When applications are reviewed, the corresponding 4-H educator will be contacted for a reference for the identified candidate. No documentation or signature is required from the 4-H educator prior to application.
  • More information about the conference: https://4-h.org/parents/national-4-h-conference/ 
  • You may enjoy viewing the video from a past National 4-H Conference to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWI1M5yKBUI

Please contact Kayla Oberstadt at oberstadt.1@osu.edu with questions.

Forages for Horses Webinar Series

4-H Horse members as well as other horse owners may be interested in this opportunity…

The virtual Forages for Horses course will consist of three 90-minute webinars offering a variety of pasture and management topics. Once registered, attendees will be granted access to the online course including the webinars and complementary resources. Participants that attend all three webinars will have the opportunity to earn a certificate of completion. Registered participants will also receive their choice of a curriculum binder or USB drive of the traditional course by mail.

Thursday, January 20th7:00 PM

Hay analysis and Feeding Different Classes of Horses

Thursday, February 17th7:00 PM

Nutrition and Parasites

Thursday, March 17th7:00 PM

Pasture and Weed Management, Soil Fertility, and Species Selection

Cost of the course is $75 which includes a digital copy of the Forages for Horses Manual. A physical copy may be added to cart at checkout. Current and new members of the Ohio Forages and Grasslands Council are eligible for a $15 discount on registration. Register by visiting: https://go.osu.edu/foragesforhorsesregistration

CFAES provides research and related educational programs to clientele on a nondiscriminatory basis. For more information visit: http://go.osu.edu/cfaesdiversity.

4-H Auditions for American Idol!

4-H is going to Hollywood! On Friday, September 24, American Idol will host a virtual audition day dedicated to 4-H’ers—current members and alumni ages 15-28. Individual 4-H singers nationwide will audition over Zoom for a chance to become the next American Idol. We realize this is short notice, but it came together quickly and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for your 4-H’ers! Help us spread the word and stay tuned for the audition registration link coming soon.

REMINDER: Project Judging Workshop and Virtual Q&A Session

The Licking County 4-H Food and Fashion Board will be offering two opportunities to help members prepared for project judging. The first is the Project Judging Workshop which will be held on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the Licking County Extension Office. The workshops starts and 7:00pm and is open to all members taking food, clothing, or special interest projects. We will discuss what you should bring to judging as well as what to expect when you arrive and tips on interviewing with your judge. There will also be past projects as examples for members to view.

If you are unable to make the workshop but still have questions that need answered, please join us virtually on Wednesday, June 30th at 7:00pm for the Virtual Project Question and Answer Session. We will be available starting at 7:00pm and will stay on for as long as there are questions to be answered. Join us by clicking here.

2021 Virtual Project Q&A Sessions

The Licking County 4-H Food and Fashion Board will be hosting their next virtual Q&A sessions to answer questions members may have about their 4-H projects. Any member taking a still project (food, clothing and/or special interest) is encouraged to join us during one of these sessions to have their project questions answered. Sessions will start at 7:00p.m. and we will stay on for as long as there is someone asking questions.

Sessions will be held:

  • Monday, June 14
  • Wednesday, June 30

You can join us on Zoom at 7:00p.m. on those dates by clicking here.

 

2021 Skillathon Opportunities

Youth exhibitors of both the Ohio State Fair and the Hartford Independent Fair have many opportunities to test their knowledge during the Livestock Skillathon Contests this year. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to compete in both virtual and in-person skillathons at the Ohio State Fair. The skillathon contests for the Hartford Fair will return to the normal, in-person format as it has been in the past.

Information for the Ohio State Fair Youth Livestock Skillathons can be found at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons. Please pay special attention to the deadlines and schedules of both the virtual and in-person contests. These skillathons are open to all 4-H project age members and FFA members.

A few important notes:

  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Market Exhibitor (OME) awards MUST participate at the IN-PERSON skillathons at the state fair
  • Those exhibiting at Ohio State Fair who want to be eligible for Outstanding Breeding Exhibitor (OBE) awards MUST participate in the VIRTUAL skillathons online

Information for the Hartford Fair 4-H and FFA Project Skillathons can be found here. Project skillathons will be held in-person during the times listed in the document. All exhibitors are encouraged to participate.

States’ 4-H Global Exploration Series

Want to travel the world this summer? You can with a new at-home program from States’ 4-H Global Exploration Series. You’ll visit six countries including Taiwan, Japan, Norway, Korea, Argentina and Egypt. Find out more and register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RHQT9GL. Questions? Contact Mary Lynn Thalheimer at thalheimer.1@osu.edu.

2021 Virtual Project Q&A Sessions

The Licking County 4-H Food and Fashion Board will be hosting a series of virtual Q&A sessions to answer questions members may have about their 4-H projects. Any member taking a still project (food, clothing and/or special interest) is encouraged to join us during one of these sessions to have their project questions answered. Sessions will start at 7:00p.m. and we will stay on for as long as there is someone asking questions.

Sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday, May 25
  • Monday, June 14
  • Wednesday, June 30

You can join us on Zoom at 7:00p.m. on those dates by clicking here.