Ohio State Fair Dog Show – Making Entries Informational Webinar

The 4-H Dog Program is hosting a webinar on June 7th at noon, “How to Enter the Ohio State Fair Dog Show”.  Presenters will help project members navigate through the process of entering the Ohio State Fair Dog Show. They will discuss where to find information on the 4-H Dog website, Ohio State Fair website, and how to use a tutorial to make the online process easier.

Webinar Registration Link: http://go.osu.edu/osfdogentries

Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Registration

Registration is now open for the Ohio State Fair Virtual Skillathon Contests. These contests are a great way to participate in the Ohio State Fair skillathon program without having to attend the fair in person. Registration to participate is due by June 21st and can be completed be visiting go.osu.edu/skillathonregistration. Members are NOT required to be enrolled in a species project to participate so all 4-H and FFA youth are encouraged to participate!

Please note: outstanding breeding exhibitors (goat, sheep, swine, and beef) must complete the virtual skillathon to be eligible for OBE.

Savoring Ohio Produce Webinar Series

The Ohio State University Extension Food Preservation Team will be hosting a series of webinars on food preservation throughout the next several months. Each webinar will be held on a Tuesday from 4:00-5:00pm and features specific vegetables or fruits. This would be a great opportunity for those taking the Canning and Freezing project, or anyone interested in learning more about food preservation. Register for free at: https://go.osu.edu/2022FoodPreservationWebinarSeries.

4-H Clothing Project Help Sessions

Are you sew ready to get started on your 4-H clothing projects? Get help from the experts! 4-H Master Clothing Educator volunteers are offering three different Zoom sessions. Register at the links below!

April 18, 2022 at 6:30pm – Beginner level: go.osu.edu/beginnerlevelsewingproject2022
April 25, 2022 at 6:30pm – Intermediate level: go.osu.edu/intermediatelevelsewing2022
May 2, 2022 at 6:30pm – Advanced Level: go.osu.edu/advancedlevelsewingproject2022

Backyard Poultry Biosecurity Webinar

Join Dr. Tim McDermott as he share the importance of biosecurity with your backyard flock and ways you can keep your poultry safe. This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 starting at 5:30pm on Zoom. This is a great opportunity for poultry project members to gain some important knowledge about caring for their flock. Connection information is below:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://osu.zoom.us/j/97510455262?pwd=K0tmUjM3eDF6S25RNXlMNTBzR2pkUT09

Meeting ID: 975 1045 5262

Password: 730686

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Virtual National 4-H Healthy Living Summit

The National 4-H Summit for Healthy Living is a pioneer in the National Youth Summit Series, bringing together teen health leaders from across the country to focus on learning about and solving healthy living issues impacting our homes, our community and our economy.

Designed for grades 9 through 12, the Summit provides the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to address today’s issues facing nutrition education, physical fitness, wellness and emotional well-being.

In the past we have taken Ohio 4-H Health Heroes to the in-person summit. The summit this year got moved from February to April due to the pandemic and travel restrictions that were in place in January. They decided to offer a separate in-person and virtual opportunity for youth and adults to attend this year. The Healthy Living Design Team is taking a small delegation of youth to the in-person summit but we wanted to offer all Ohio 4-H youth and adults to take part in the virtual Healthy Living Summit at your own cost. The summit is designed for groups to go and youth are expected to create community action plans and implement those plans after the summit. Justin is planning on leading the Ohio 4-H delegation and will be our contact with National on the summit. Here’s a layout of the information:

Where: Virtually

When: Monday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 12, from 6-9pm both days

What: There will be a speaker each day, 2 workshops from the six health tracts each day, a cooking demo, and a career panel.

Who: Youth currently in grades 9 thru 12, or adult volunteers/professionals interested in health and safety.

Cost: $125 per person, a check will need to be postmarked by Friday, March 11 and mailed to the State 4-H Office. More details are in the registration link.

Expectations: You will be joining a delegation to the summit and will be asked to complete an action plan in which you plan to implement some community change around health and send the plan and results to Justin

Registration: Fill out this Qualtrics registration by 11:59pm, Friday, March 11: https://go.osu.edu/22VirtualHLSummit

YQCA Update

For any 4-H families who have utilized the YQCA online Quality Assurance certification training modules, this message is for you! YQCA is moving to a new program platform online, and for this reason, you need to know the following:

  • If the 4-H / FFA member completed the YQCA online certification program since October 1, 2021, intending it to fulfill your 2022 QA certification requirement, you need to go online and download their certificate and send it to Lisa McCutcheon at mccutcheon.46@osu.edu. This will allow the training to count toward your 2022 requirement.
  • If the member has not yet completed the YQCA online certification, but is planning to do so for 2022, please be sure to WAIT UNTIL AFTER MARCH 23, when the system is scheduled to switch over to the new platform.  Lisa McCutcheon will begin publicizing YQCA options once she knows that they are up and running, ready for new certifications.

For those who are unfamiliar with YQCA, you need to take no action at this time, and will become more familiar with this training option later in the spring. YQCA is a national, online training program for Livestock Quality Assurance certification. This program charges a user fee of $12 per youth to complete, and is not an option for adult volunteer / advisor training. This is one of many options for completing QA certification, and one of the only options that charges a fee. It can be helpful in some situations, but is not encouraged for beginner level project members.

Virtual Show Pig Conference

Check out the first ever free virtual show pig conference for you, your family, and the show pig community. This event will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 and will feature over twenty speakers who are excited to help you learn and succeed. This platform will also allow you to ask show pig experts the questions you have always wanted answered. If you are unable to attend live, there are options for you as well. You can register here.