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July 2021 4-H News

July is here and it is time for the fair! I am so excited to see all the hard work of our youth come together. As we go into the prime time of summer heat and fun, I challenge you all to remember how grateful we are to have a time and place that our youth can exhibit their projects and enjoy the experience. I like to remember the 4-H pledge during busy times: head to clearer thinking, heart to greater loyalty, hands to larger service, and health to better living. Let’s use our minds to think clearly and be good role models for those around us, help out our friends and family, help serve those that are in need, and maybe try to not eat fair food for every meal? (Okay, ice cream doesn’t count!).

In all seriousness, let’s have a great fair week and best of luck to all of our exhibitors!

In this issue:

  • Jr. Fair Schedule and Book
  • Special Interest Information
  • Other Fair Contest Information
  • Cloverbud Updates!
  • Calendar
  • State Opportunities & State Fair reminders

COUNTY UPDATES


Jr. Fair Schedule and Rule Book&SpeciesSpecificInformation

Be sure to review and print out the following to be best prepared for fair week:

As a reminder, the fair is put on by all volunteers and as such, there will be mistakes because we are human! Please remember to go into the fair week with a kind heart and good sportsmanship and above all, ENJOY the time together as our youth complete their projects they have worked so hard on all year long!

*Emails: Be sure to check your emails frequently this coming week as well as social media for the fair and OSU Extension as this is the main way we communicate any changes or information you need to know!

Swine Check in Information: All exhibitors should have received an email with the swine check in times and information. You can also find the info at: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/swine-projects

Sheep and Goat Check In: Sheep and Goats will have to sign up for a check in time on Saturday at this link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080b4fadad2da5f85-sheep1 (has been sent via email to all sheep/goat exhibitors). Please sign up for ONE slot per FAMILY, NOT per animal.


Special Interest Project  Judging

Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines

A judging packet with assigned times for each special interest (non-livestock) project has been sent. Check your email for more details

Click here for details for clothing and nutrition projects and other reminders for judging day!: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/special-interest 

Special Interest Awards will be annouced on Tuesday, July 13 at 7pm. Nutrition and Clothing Awards will be annouced after the Style Review on Wednesday, July 14 at 7pm.


SPECIAL INTEREST AUCTION – New in 2021!

This year, all youth exhibiting a special interest project that are NOT selling a livestock animal in the Jr. Fair sale have the option to auction off an item related to your special interest project! The form below must be turned in at the time of judging check in on July 10th and has the additional rules listed.

Special Interest Auction Entry Form and Rules

  • When: Thursday, July 15 at 5:00pm (check in at 4:15 with item and get photo taken)
  • Where: Della Selsor Building
  • How: Turn in Auction Entry Form at Project Judging on July 10th
  • Item must be 60% homemade, raised, or in some way created by the exhibitor and must be related to your project. You may only enter 1 item per exhibitor.

This is a great oppportunity to invite your family and friends too, and reach out to your small businesses that would love to sponsor a project! If you know someone interested in supporting, share this flyer with them!


Miscellaneous Fair Contests

  • Thank Your Buyer poster contest – Sponsored by the Jr. Fair Sales Committee
    • Posters can be turned into the JFB office by 8pm on July 10th . List your name, species, and club on the backside. Posters will all be displayed in the Eby Arena
    • Poster cannot be larger than 11x18inches and must clearly list the previous year’s buyer and thank them for their support.
    • Each livestock category will have 1 winner chosen. Winners are announed on Tuesday evening at the Special Interest Awards ceremony. Cash prizes are given
    • Visit https://www.madisoncountyfairoh.com/junior-fairbook for the full list of rules
  • Cake Decorating Contest – Wednesday, July 14
    • Compete in your different age divisions listed below:
      • Adult/Senior Division (Age 15+) – 11:00am
      • Intermediate Division (Ages 12-14) – 11:45am
      • Junior Division (Ages 8-11) – 12:45pm
      • Cloverbud Division (Ages 5-8) – 2:00pm
    • All cake rounds and icing and tips are provided (Special thanks to Vallery Farmhouse Bakery for donating the icing!)
    • Participants are timed (Seniors = 30 min, Intermediates = 45 min, Beginners & Cloverbuds=60 minutes)
    • Placing awards are given from a qualified judge (Cloverbuds receive participation ribbon)

Cloverbud Participation at the Fair!

  • Cloverbud Show & Tell – July 12 @ 7pm in the Della Selsor Building: Each club takes the stage for members to share about the project that they made and what they enjoyed about 4-H! Club advisors register 30 minutes prior to the event
  • Cloverbud Passport to the Madison County Fair – July 14 @ 10:30: Sponsored by the Madison County Farm Bureau, any youth ages 5-8 can attend for a tour of the fairgrounds to meet the animals, enjoy games and crafts, and a special prize! Arrive at the Della at 10:30 to participate on July 14
  • Cloverbud Cake Decorating – July 14 @2pm: Test out your cake decorating skills! All youth are given a cake form and icing to decorate a cake with and to display the remainder of fair week.

Upcoming Events – July: View the full calendar here

July 5: Office Closed – Observed Independence Day

July 10: Special Interest Judging, Livestock Move In/Check in (Some animals move in/check in July 9th. Check the Fairbook for details)

July 10-17: Madison County Fair! Visit www.madisoncountyfairoh.com for the full schedule!

July 19-23 – State 4-H Junior Horse Show

July 28-August 8 -Ohio State Fair

August 13 – Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Applications due to State 4-H office

September 1 – Junior Fair Board applications due


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Teen Leadership Council Applications Available!

Applications and more information to be an Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) member for the 2021-22 program year are now available online at: go.osu.edu/TLC. Please note: applications (and other materials, including letters of recommendation and program fees) are due (received, not postmarked!) by Friday, August 13, 2021.

The Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council (TLC) is a statewide group of 4-H teens and young 4-H alumni that provides a youth stakeholder perspective in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of Ohio 4-H programming. In this process, council members develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.  Council members share advice and recommendations to 4-H professionals in order to improve, strengthen, and expand the Ohio 4-H program.  Members also make recommendations regarding opportunities for Ohio 4-H teen programming. They serve as a sounding board for Ohio 4-H program direction.


Ohio 4-H Summer Shooting Sports Education Clinics

Ohio 4-H Shooting Sports is offering 4 days of shooting education clinics to youth interested in expanding their skill set in a specific area at Canter Cave 4-H Camp in Jackson, Ohio. You do NOT have to be enrolled in a shooting sports project to attend! Register in advance at go.osu.edu/SSclinics by July 9 as space is limited!

Contact our office to ask about potential funding to cover the $30/day/participant fee!

Dates are:

  • Sunday, July 18: Beginner Clinics
  • Monday, July 19: Adult/Youth Day
  • Tuesday, July 20: Intermediate/Introduction to Advanced skills
  • Wednesday, July 21: Advanced Skills

 


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

June 2021 4-H News

In this issue:

  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Special Interest Skillathon
  • Livestock Skillathons Information
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder – MASK UPDATE
  • Jr. Fair Royalty Applications live & Other Fair Opportunities
  • Poultry Pollorum testing
  • Equine clinics
  • State Opportunities & State Fair reminders

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


Special Interest Project Guidelines

Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines

A judging packet with assigned times for each special interest (non-livestock) project will be sent mid to late June. Watch your emails for more details!

Click here for details for clothing and nutrition projects and other reminders for judging day!: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-project-guidelines-project-selection/special-interest 

 


SPECIAL INTEREST AUCTION – New in 2021!

This year, all youth exhibiting a special interest project that are NOT selling a livestock animal in the Jr. Fair sale have the option to auction off an item related to your special interest project! The form below must be turned in at the time of judging check in on July 10th and has the additional rules listed.

Special Interest Auction Entry Form and Rules

  • When: Thursday, July 15 at 5:00pm (check in at 4:15 with item and get photo taken)
  • Where: Della Selsor Building
  • How: Turn in Auction Entry Form at Project Judging on July 10th
  • Item must be 60% homemade, raised, or in some way created by the exhibitor and must be related to your project. You may only enter 1 item per exhibitor.

This is a great oppportunity to invite your family and friends too, and reach out to your small businesses that would love to sponsor a project!

 

 


Livestock Skillathon Registration and Info

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021.  Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

All youth must register for a time slot by June 9th at www.go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

For skillathon information and registration links for each species, visit www.go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

If you need a specific accomodation or have questions, contact the Extension Office at 740-852-0975. Alternative dates should have been scheduled by June 1 for those that have conflicts.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: Our office is open Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm for normal office hours. It is still recommended that you call ahead if you need something specific or need to speak with a specific staff member.

Welcome our new office associate, Jackie Buss! If you see her in the office or chat with her on the phone, say hi and welcome her!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities


In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update -NEW UPDATE

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

    1. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at 4-H camp (day or overnight) for ALL employees AND clientele
    2. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at any OSU Extension (including 4-H non-camp) programs and activities for ALL employees AND clientele
    3. Face masks are not required to be worn inside or outside at county offices for ALL employees AND clientele.
      • Face masks are strongly recommended for those who are not yet fully vaccinated (strongly recommended means the individual chooses to wear a mask or not)
    4. All other health and safety guidance is still in effect, such as physical distancing and sanitizing. Local guidance or building requirements prevails if there are more stringent requirements
    5. Individuals and/or family members may not attend if they or anyone living their household is experiencing any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of sense of taste or smell, or as been directly exposed (confirmed or suspected) to COVID-19 if they are not fully vaccinated.
    6. COVID-19 vaccinations are our best current protection against infection and a fatal outcome. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear a face mask, however we strongly recommend eligible, but unvaccinated, individuals to continue to properly wear a face mask when social distancing cannot be maintained.
    7. As a reminder: Know that these guidelines may be modified at any time if conditions change and/or guidance is not following, and/or local health department issues more stringent requirements

Upcoming Events – June: View the full calendar here

June 1: Madison County Jr. Fair entries due

June 4-8: 4-H Camp

June 9: Skillathon registration due at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon

June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp

June 14: 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting -6:30pm

June 15: Outstanding Exhibitor applications due, Royalty and Ambassador Applications due; Writing projects due

June 16, 17, 18: Sewing Clinic 9am-4pm, Hope Church, Plain City

June 18: Nutrition Clinic, 11:00-1:00pm, Hope Church, Plain City

June 19: Livestock project Judging and Skillathons – 9:00-5:00pm – Pre-register for your timeslot at go.osu.edu/madcoskillathon by June 9!

June 20: Ohio State Fair Junior Livestock Entries due

June 23, 25, 25: Sewing Clinic 9am-4pm, Hope Church, Plain City

July 1: Green Range 4-H Scholarship due

July 5: Office Closed – Observed Independence Day

July 10: Special Interest Judging

July 10-17: Madison County Fair!


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Jr. Fair Royalty and Ambassador Applications

Apply now to be Fair Royalty or Specie Ambassador! Applications are due June 15, with a required meeting for all contestants June 15 at 6:00pm in the Della Selsor Building.

For more information and applications, visit www.madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty 

 

 

 


Outstanding Exhibitor and Scholarship Applications Due June 15

Applications for outstanding specie exhibitors and various scholarship are due June 15. See below for the opportunities and applications:


Poultry –  Pollorum Testing (Note – NOT for market broilers or waterfowl)

Pullorum Testing – Saturday, June 12th at 12pm

Where: Poultry barn @ Madison County Fairgrounds

Why: An A/I & Pullorum Clean test is required for entry to the fair. If you purchased from a hatchery since last fair you can get a verification from the hatchery. If you have chickens older than last fair (2020) or purchased from a private breeder you MUST get your birds (a %) tested.

If you can’t make the June 12 date, reach out to Julia for a list of testers.  If you don’t have a “disease- free- hatchery paper” or a clean- test paper you will NOT show at the fair. Waterfowl is not tested.

Questions… please call Julia Smith at 614.519.1799.


Equine Clinic Dates

The following are the Equine Clinic Dates:

  • 6/6 @ 10AM for Western and Trail (Showmanship, Pleasure, Ranch, Contesting)
  • 6/12 @ 10 AM  for Hunters and English Flat work (Hunter under saddle and equitation)
  • 6/26 @ 10 AM for Saddleseat and Dressage

You are welcome to bring your horse or come watch and ask questions. Questions? Contact Sam Seidenstricker at 937-561-8500

 

 

 


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Ohio Youth Skillathon Information

Ohio Youth Skillathon information for VIRTUAL and IN-PERSON sessions is now online at: https://ohio4h.org/animalsciences/ohio-youth-skillathons

VIRTUAL Skillathon Registration is due by JUNE 14th, 2021!

A few important notes:

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

Ohio State Fair Livestock Schedule

The 2021 OSF Livestock Schedule is now posted at: https://ohiostatefair.com/agriculture-livestock/livestock-schedule/.

If you plan to show, entries are due June 20th! If you are showing swine and your parent needs PQA training, email foos.61@osu.edu. You need this to enter before June 20!


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

May 2021 4-H News

Greetings 4-H Families!

May is here and we are about 30 days away from camp and 70 days from fair week! The weather is getting warmer, 4-Hers are working hard on their projects, and there are lots of important information to share! Be sure to read through all the newsletters sent and check your emails for updates from our county office, club advisors, etc. as deadlines and events are coming up quick! Best of luck as you work through your projects, and as always, reach out if you need help!

We want to see what you are working on! If you have photos of working on your special interest projects, practicing with your animals, etc. – please sent them to foos.61@osu.edu to have them featured on our social media and next newsletter! We LOVE seeing your work!

In this issue:

  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Camp Registration Information
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • 4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser
  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Livestock Skillathons
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • Jr. Fair Royalty Applications live & Other Fair Opportunities
  • Other Jr. Fair related reminders
  • State Opportunities

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


4-H Camp Registration!

4-H Camp is happening! We are so excited to offer camping programs for our youth! Our registration and camps may look a little different this year, but we are planning to have a BLAST no matter what!

Camp Dates 2021 (grades completed in 2021)
  • June 4-8: Overnight 5 day, 4 night camp at 4-H Camp Clifton, 230/camper, for grades 3-8
  • June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp at the Gwynne Conservation Area , $30/camper, for grades K-2

For information on how to register, what is different for this year, etc., visit www.go.osu.edu/madco4hcamp. Below are the steps to register for either camp:

  1. Review the Camp Pre-Registration Packet: Overnight Camp June 4-8 | Cloverbud Day Camp June 11
  2. Register and pay via the online registration survey(automatically redirects you to pay via credit/debit card online)
  3. Send in Health Form and COVID Acknowledgement Form by May 21 for Overnight Camp & May 28 for Cloverbud Camp.  Forms must be completed and signed and turned in to the  Extension Office via mail or dropped off or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu.

Pizza Kits: If you wish to sell pizza kits to raise money towards your camp fee, click here for more information: https://u.osu.edu/madison4h/2021/04/20/pizza-kits-for-4-h-camp/ 

Scholarships: $50 scholarships are available through the 4-H Committee. Applications are due ASAP, BEFORE your registration. Visit go.osu.edu/madco4hcamp for the application

*Camper Parent Meeting (Optional) May 4 at 6:30 – Zoom link is below:

*Donations of Time and Money: If you would like to donate money to help send a camper to camp and to help us offset costs for campers give the need for increased supplies, please contact our office! We would also welcome additional volunteer to assist with potential cleaning runners, etc.

Livestock Quality Assurance – Only 2 Sessions  Left!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market, Breeding, and Pet Rabbits, Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Market and Breeding Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market and Fancy Poultry.

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser to benefit Madison County Equine Committee

The Equine Committee is selling 4-H Yard Signs personalized to your species or project and your child’s name! Signs are $20 plus $5 for name personalization. Questions? Contact Casie Phipps at casphi12@yahoo.com or 614-579-1287. All proceeds benefit the Madison County Equine Committee

 

 

 

 


Project Guidelines & Other Information

All members should have received emails this past week with additional details for their livestock and special interest projects. Please check those for specific information!

  • Need Help? – Use the Project Helper Contact Info for contact information for your species contact, Jr. Fair and Sales committee contacts, etc.!
  • Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines
  • Project Books – Purchase the 4-H Project Record Book for your species/project and the Resource Handbook if applicable (available in our office for purchase or online at www.extensionpubs.osu.edu) (Livestock projects must purchase the 4-H project book for their first year)
    • 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE
  • Fair Entries – Due June 1. Required if you want to exhibit your project at the fair. Watch for the link to be live around the first week of May here: FairEntry Link
  • Other Resources – Find additional videos and resources from current 4-H members at www.go.osu.edu/mc4hspark 

Livestock Skillathon

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021. Families will receive assigned times for youth needing to complete skillathon. Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

If you need a specific accomodation or have questions, contact the Extension Office at 740-852-0975. Alternative dates should be scheduled by June 1 for those that have conflicts.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  


2021 4-H Projects Books

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projects posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

Change for livestock books: 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE. First year members must still purchase the 4-H project and record book and complete activities in there, but you do not need to purchase a new one every year.


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only. We are generally staffed Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm in the physical office, but are available virtually Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm via phone or email!

Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

As a reminder, Arlene, our office associate, has retired. We have a temporarily Office Associate, Marianne, part time from another county office until the replacement is hired! Marianne will be helping to cover the office, answer phone calls, and assist you with other needs temporarily! Our new office associate will be starting mid-May and we wills end out more information then!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities


In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

 

 


Upcoming Events – May: View the full calendar here

1: All horse, alpaca, and dairy projects owned/leased and in posession of 4-H/FFA members. All market project animals owned and/or in possession of 4-H/FFA members

3: 4-H Advisory Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

6: Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

8: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

12: LAST CHANCE Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

14: 4-H Camp Registration Due (health forms due May 21)

15: Quality Assurance completion deadline

20: Poultry Broiler Pick Up

21: Cloverbud Camp Registration due for June 11th camp (health forms due May 28)

22: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

25: Extension Office Closed – Memorial Day

June 1: Madison County Jr. Fair entries due

June 4-8: 4-H Camp

June 11: Cloverbud Day Camp


Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger unhealthy behaviors. Next time you feel stressed, try one of these healthy habits instead:

  1. Get moving! Talk a walk, get weights, or do some yoga
  2. Reach Out! Talk with those who can provide support
  3. Stop and Breath! Focused breathing can help you calm down and think clearly
  4. Care for yourself! Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water

For more coping skills, visit mhrb.org.


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Jr. Fair Royalty and Ambassador Applications

Apply now to be Fair Royalty or Specie Ambassador! Applications are due June 15, with a required meeting for all contestants June 15 at 6:00pm in the Della Selsor Building.

For more information and applications, visit www.madison.osu.edu/fairroyalty 

 

 

 


Fair Schedule and Rule Book

Visit the Madison County Fair website for the schedule and fair book for specific fair information. Fair week is July 10-17!

There are several changes to the show schedules, so be sure to double check when your species show are!

 


Outstanding Exhibitor and Scholarship Applications Due June 15

Applications for outstanding specie exhibitors and various scholarship are due June 15. See below for the opportunities and applications:

 


Dog Vaccine and Licensure info 

Dog Vaccine and Licensure Forms: All 4-H dog projects must be in possession by April 1. Dog ID and Vaccine Form and Copy of Dog License (from County) are due by May 1 to the OSU Extension Office or Jenny will be available at the fairgrounds May 1 to drop them off. Contact Jenny Sweet, Dog Key Leader, with any questions at 740-506-3357.

Dog Clinics: Watch for more information to be sent soon for a few dates for dog clinics to practice for show.  Additional Dog Resources are available at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/dog/dog-resources

 

 


Poultry – Broiler Orders & Pollorum Testing

Market Broiler Orders: If you ordered broilers,  pick up will be Thursday, May 20 from 2-6pm at the fairgrounds. Watch your emails for more information

Pullorum Testing – COMING SOON: Pullorum testing is required for poultry that do not have the NPIP paperwork from the hatchery (market chickens are not tested). Check with the hatchery where you get your birds to see if they already have this done. More info for the May testing date will be sent out soon to poultry members. Individuals can also set up their own testing with a certified individual.


New Opportunity for Jr. Fair Sale

Beginning 2021, the Madison County Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors will have the option to take their market livestock projects home versus sending the animal to the packer at the fair and still be allowed to be a part of the premium sale.  All project requirements must be met, such as showmanship, quality assurance, skill-a-thon, etc. as in previous years to sell in premium sale.

However, per state mandate, all Grand and Reserve Champion market animals MUST still go on to slaughter and cannot be taken home.  Furthermore, exhibitors that plan to take their animal/project home, must declare during entry at the June 1 deadline to allow the Madison County Fair Sale Committee time to supply the packer with shipping numbers.  Those exhibitors taking their projects home must also wait to be released before doing leaving with those animals.

Click here for more information: New Jr. Fair Sale Rule

Contact the Madison County Sales Committee at madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com with any questions. 


Livestock & Small Animal Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep

STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Cloverbot Challenge

In honor of the Mars Rover, this year Cloverbuds will be going to space with the challenge happening on Mars. Cloverbuds will design a place to live on the Red Planet and create a model featuring their method of transportation. The Challenge will take place virtually on Monday, July 12 or Thursday, July 22 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. We will be utilizing breakout rooms in ZOOM so that teams will have the opportunity to share their projects. With help from the Ohio 4-H Foundation, teams can order a kit to get them started. Information is posted on the Ohio 4-H website https://ohio4h.org/families/cloverbuds/cloverbot-challenge and via Facebook.


Send Smore Kids to Camp Opportunity

The Ohio 4-H Foundation is beginning a 4-H camp fundraising campaign to raise funds for our Ohio 4-H camping facilities. For this promotion, Send S’more Kids to 4-H Camp, we are holding a contest to choose the artwork that will be on the various incentives. Any 4-H member may submit a design for the Send S’more Kids to Camp Campaign. There will be two divisions, Junior (4-H age 8-13) and Senior (4-H age 14-18). All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 12. Winners will be notified by May 17.

Submission: Please submit a scan; the winning entry will be asked to submit original for publication.

  • For submissions for the Junior division, visit go.osu.edu/4hartjr.
  • For submissions for the Senior division, visit go.osu.edu/4hartsr.

All entries must be submitted no later than Wednesday, May 12. If you have any questions, please email ohio4hfoundation@osu.edu.


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

Pizza Kits for 4-H Camp!

It’s pizza time! Starting today and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Pizza Kits to raise money so we can help campers raise money for their 4-H camper registration fees! To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help. It’s super easy to join the fun! Our fundraiser closes on May 19!

Sellers: To get started follow this link https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/login/join-fundraiser/46ba13e9-1d4b-496b-a0d1-1a6529d63ca0 to create your very own Seller page (click “create a new account”). You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit, which goes directly to the seller’s camp registration fee! Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!

Buyers: If you are not a seller, and wish to purchase a kit, contact our office to either get hooked up with a seller, or purchase through out county page here: https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/fundraisers/support/e5143877-142c-415e-ac94-f27f966609c6 

If you have any questions about how to participate this year, please contact the Extension office at 740-852-0975 or foos.61@osu.edu

April 4-H News

Greetings 4-H Families!

Welcome to SPRING! 4-H Season is in full swing! Now more than ever, it is important to read through this entire newsletter and check your emails for updates from our county office, club advisors, etc. as deadlines and events are coming up quick! Best of luck as you work through your projects, and as always, reach out if you need help!

In this issue:

  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Camp Update & Survey request
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • 4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser
  • Project Guidelines Information
  • Livestock Skillathons
  • Extension Office Hours Update
  • 4-H Project Books
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • Livestock Tag In and Forms reminders
  • Broiler Orders and Pollorum Testing
  • Other Jr. Fair related reminders

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


2021 4-H Calendar Available

Mark your calendar and save the dates now for important county events and deadlines! Updates will be added to the website and this calendar as we receive them, as well as emailed to all 4-H families.

Please note: dates, times, and locations, and format are subject to change based on OSU and county health and safety guidelines. We will keep you informed as time progresses.

A printable calendar can be found here.


4-H Camp Update

At this time Ohio State University has given us permission to hold  4-H IN-PERSON DAY CAMPING (woohoo, better than just virtual). We are hoping that as things change we will be able to quickly change plans and end up being able to offer 4-H overnight camping at 4-H Camp Clifton following current health guidelines. More information will come mid-April.
 
Current Camp Dates:
4-H Camp: June 4-8 (for 3-Day Adventure Day Camp – June 4-6 or 5-7)
Cloverbud Day Camp TENTATIVE: June 11 or 12 & August 6 or 7 – Location Tentatively Gwynne Conservation Area in London
No matter the circumstance, our counselors and staff hope to provide a great adventure for our youth to learn and experience new things, make new friends, and reap the many benefits of attending camp! We also know that it will look different in order to follow current health guidelines at the time of camp (mask wearing most of the time, smaller group activities, modified schedules and registration process, etc.)
Give this situation, we wanted to get our 4-H community’s feedback as we move forward with planning. Please complete this survey ASAP as accurately as possible for what your family would be willing to sign your children up for camping in 2021: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1KMWsTXPic5jFtA 
*Tentative Costs:
  • 3-Day Adventure Day Camp at 4-H Camp Clifton ~$150 total/camper
  • Overnight 5 day, 4 night camp at 4-H Camp Clifton ~230/camper
  • Cloverbud 1 day Day Camp at the Gwynne Conservation Area ~ $30/camper
*Pizza Kit Fundraiser will be coming in the next couple of weeks. Watch for an update to help raise money toward your camper fee! $6 profit/kit sold!
*Donations of Time and Money: If you would like to donate money to help send a camper to camp and to help us offset costs for campers give the need for increased supplies, please contact our office! We would also welcome additional volunteer to assist with potential cleaning runners, etc.

Livestock Quality Assurance – Register Now!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Rabbits (Pen of 3), Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Mkt. Turkeys and Market Ducks)

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am
  • *New Members Only: April 19, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Poultry Specific: April 21, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

*NEW: 1st-3rd Year 4-H Members Only! New Member Quality Assurance – Thursday, April 19th, 7:00-8:30pm – Covers an overview of what Quality Assurance is and activities are geared toward younger members! Perfect for newer members or those just getting started with livestock projects!

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


4-H Yard Sign Fundraiser to benefit Madison County Equine Committee

The Equine Committee is selling 4-H Yard Signs personalized to your species or project and your child’s name! Signs are $20 plus $5 for name personalization. Questions? Contact Casie Phipps at casphi12@yahoo.com or 614-579-1287. All proceeds benefit the Madison County Equine Committee

 

 

 

 


Project Guidelines & Other Information

All members should have received emails this past week with additional details for their livestock and special interest projects. Please check those for specific information!

  • Need Help? – Use the Project Helper Contact Info for contact information for your species contact, Jr. Fair and Sales committee contacts, etc.!
  • Project Guidelines – This document provides general information for each 4-H project on what you need to do to complete the project: 4-H Project General Guidelines
  • Project Books – Purchase the 4-H Project Record Book for your species/project and the Resource Handbook if applicable (available in our office for purchase or online at www.extensionpubs.osu.edu) (Livestock projects must purchase the 4-H project book for their first year)
    • 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE
  • Fair Entries – Due June 1. Required if you want to exhibit your project at the fair. Watch for the link to be live around the first week of May here: FairEntry Link
  • Other Resources – Find additional videos and resources from current 4-H members at www.go.osu.edu/mc4hspark 

Livestock Skillathon

Skillathon takes place on June 19th, 2021. Families will receive assigned times for youth needing to complete skillathon. Livestock Skillathons are required for the following projects in order to exhibit at the county fair: Beef, Dairy, Alpaca, Dog, Equine, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Rabbit, and Swine Projects.

Visit this link for information such study guides, skillathon format, practice skillathons, etc.: Skillathon Resources  

 


2021 4-H Projects Books

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projects posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

Change for livestock books: 2nd year livestock and beyond: (not equine, alpaca, dogs, or small animals) – utilize project book AND add record via the printable Livestock Project Record Book (will be checked for skillathon). You can print at home or pick up from our office for FREE. First year members must still purchase the 4-H project and record book and complete activities in there, but you do not need to purchase a new one every year.


OSU Extension Office Hours & Updates

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only. We are generally staffed Monday-Wednesday, 9:00am-4:00pm in the physical office, but are available virtually Monday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm via phone or email!

Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

As a reminder, Arlene, our office associate, has retired. We have a temporarily Office Associate, Marianne, part time from another county office until the replacement is hired! Marianne will be helping to cover the office, answer phone calls, and assist you with other needs temporarily!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Madison County 4-H Scholarship – Due April 30
    •  The Madison County 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors two -$500.00 and four-  $250.00 scholarships.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Madison County 4-H program and must be high school seniors or college freshman.
    • This scholarship application is due April 30th to the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu
    • Click here for a Fillable PDF  or  Word file of the application.
  • Green Range 4-H Club Livestock Scholarship – Due July 1

In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

 

 

 


Upcoming Events -April

1: Dog Projects owned and in possession of owner

6: Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

14: Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

15: Poultry Orders Due – Market Broiler projects (Submit orders online here)

17: Livestock Quality Assurance – 10:00-11:30am – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

17: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

19: **NEW MEMBERS (1st-3rd year) Livestock Quality Assurance – 7:00-8:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

20: Poultry Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

24: Sewing Clinic – 9:00-4:00pm, Hope Church, 9899 US 42 Plain City (RSVP via text to Daphne: 614-353-0406)

25: Livestock Quality Assurance – 4:00-5:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

29: Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

30: 4-H Committee Scholarship Applications due

May 1:

  • Sheep & Goat tag-in and weigh in;
  • Sheep & goat breeding forms due;
  • Swine ear notch forms due;
  • Dog Vaccine and Licensure forms due
  • All horse, alpaca, and dairy projects owned and leased and in possession of 4-H & FFA members with lease agreements submitted to the Extension office.
  • All market project animals owned and/or in possession of 4-H & FFA members

Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger unhealthy behaviors. Next time you feel stressed, try one of these healthy habits instead:

  1. Get moving! Talk a walk, get weights, or do some yoga
  2. Reach Out! Talk with those who can provide support
  3. Stop and Breath! Focused breathing can help you calm down and think clearly
  4. Care for yourself! Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water

For more coping skills, visit mhrb.org.


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


Sheep & Goats – Tag In/Weigh In – May 1 

Date: May 1- 9am to 12pm

In order to have a safe event and create social distancing we are asking those who are attending this event to choose and sign up for a time slot. Please choose 1 per family not animal or exhibitor.

Please sign up for time slot here: https://www.signupgenius.com/…/10C0D45A5A82EA4F8C34…

More spots will be added if needed.
*Masks required to be worn by all attending
Any questions please email: madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com

Swine Ear Notch & Photos Due May 1 PLUS Fair Change!

All swine exhibitors must submit ear notches and headshot photo by May 1 to the Extension Office or to fairgrounds on May 1 between 9am-12pm to Eby Arena.

Ear Notch forms and additional info can be found here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/swine-projects.

NEW: You may tag up to six hogs, but you can only exhibit FOUR hogs at the 2021 Madison County Fair


Dog Vaccine and Licensure info due May 1

Dog Vaccine and Licensure Forms: All 4-H dog projects must be in possession by April 1. Dog ID and Vaccine Form and Copy of Dog License (from County) are due by May 1 to the OSU Extension Office or Jenny will be available at the fairgrounds May 1 to drop them off. Contact Jenny Sweet, Dog Key Leader, with any questions at 740-506-3357.

Dog Clinics: Watch for more information to be sent soon for a few dates for dog clinics to practice for show.  Additional Dog Resources are available at https://ohio4h.org/statewide-programs/animal-sciences/dog/dog-resources

 

 


Poultry – Broiler Orders & Pollorum Testing

Market Broiler Orders: All Market Chickens must be purchased from our county order. Orders and payment are due April 15. Order your birds here: Broiler Order Form. Birds are $1.75/bird. You should order at least 6 for your project. Payment can be made via check or cash to OSU Extension and dropped off or mailed to our office. Pick up will be Thursday, May 20 from 2-6pm at the fairgrounds.

Pullorum Testing – May 1: Pullorum testing is required for poultry that do not have the NPIP paperwork from the hatchery (market chickens are not tested). Check with the hatchery where you get your birds to see if they already have this done. More info for the May 1 testing date will be sent out closer to. Individuals can also set up their own testing with a certified individual.


Fair Schedule and Rule Book

Coming soon! Watch the Madison County Fair website for the schedule and fair book for specific fair information. Fair week is July 10-17!

 

 


New Opportunity for Jr. Fair Sale

Beginning 2021, the Madison County Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors will have the option to take their market livestock projects home versus sending the animal to the packer at the fair and still be allowed to be a part of the premium sale.  All project requirements must be met, such as showmanship, quality assurance, skill-a-thon, etc. as in previous years to sell in premium sale.

However, per state mandate, all Grand and Reserve Champion market animals MUST still go on to slaughter and cannot be taken home.  Furthermore, exhibitors that plan to take their animal/project home, must declare during entry at the June 1 deadline to allow the Madison County Fair Sale Committee time to supply the packer with shipping numbers.  Those exhibitors taking their projects home must also wait to be released before doing leaving with those animals.

Click here for more information: New Jr. Fair Sale Rule

Contact the Madison County Sales Committee at madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com with any questions. 


Livestock & Small Animal Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep

STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Stay Connected! – ohio4h.org/stayconnected

Now more than ever it’s time for 4-H’ers to make the best better! While youth are at home and staying safe, we still want you to stay connected. Below are links to activities for youth and resources for volunteers. Check back frequently for additional links and program updates!

If It Weren’t for 4-H…Stories from 4-H Alumni!

Anyone that has participated in 4-H can attribute some skill back to something they learned in 4-H. Whether it is public speaking, finding their love for a certain career topic, organization, running a meeting, or more. Check out these stories from recent 4-H alumni as they share how they got their start in 4-H!

Marina Sweet, Madison County 4-H Alumni and DVM Candidate

If you met me today, you probably would never guess I grew up in a Detroit suburb. My family moved to London, Ohio when I was ten years old and being an animal loving child, joined 4-H in Madison County as soon as I could. My 8-year 4-H career began with six Buff Orpington hens that had individual names and would eat out of my hand. By the end of my time in 4-H, I had raised chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, dairy heifers, and a hog in addition to several special interest projects. I was a camp counselor and served on Junior Fairboard, among other volunteer opportunities.

To say 4-H changed my life would be an understatement! When I first joined, I was terrified of speaking in front of others and knew very little about farm animals. 4-H brought me some of my most cherished friendships, reinforced my work ethic, showed me that I love public speaking, and perhaps most importantly of all, founded my passion for livestock and agriculture. Because of my years in the program, and one particular year raising a market wether that required veterinary attention at Ohio State, I realized my life’s calling in food animal veterinary medicine.

Thanks to 4-H, I received several scholarships to attend The Ohio State University for undergrad where I majored in Animal Sciences and furthered my passions, particularly with dairy cattle. Today, I am a third year veterinary student at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and begin clinical rotations in just a few months. I truly owe almost everything to the 4-H program and agricultural community for building me into the person I am today while giving my life a greater purpose in providing veterinary care to help farmers and hobbyists raise healthy livestock and thus a safe food supply.

 

 

 

 

Haylee Henry, 4-H Alumni & Student at South Dakota State University

Growing up, I was always looking for what my purpose was going to be in life. It wasn’t until I found myself in my first official 4-H meeting in Speedy Spurs Livestock 4-H club that I felt like I belonged somewhere. I can remember that feeling of acceptance that I had sitting around a table full of my friends that had similar interests to my own. Through my years in 4-H I found myself getting more and more involved in things outside of my own 4-H club and interacting at the state and national level. 4-H taught me many life lessons throughout the years. 4-H taught me how to be a Leader, how to Communicate with others and how to be Kind. I will cherish the time I had growing up in 4H and finding the courage I needed to branch out of my comfort zone.

Fast forward to now I am currently a sophomore at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. I am studying Agricultural Communications and Agricultural Leadership; I hope to use my degree to help develop youth programs in the Agricultural industry and offer opportunities to youth today, to prepare them for their future. Growing up in the a very supportive community inspired me to leave what I have always known and branch out to another part of the country and gain a new perspective on what the world looks like. I hope to gain the skills I need to help develop and shape the future leaders of our industry. And always remember, Communicate, Lead and Be Kind.

 

Rachel Garrison, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Program Coordinator at American Farm Bureau Federation

“I started my 4-H career at the young age of 6 as a Cloverbud. My project was cattle, and my first heifers name was Star, she was sweet yet feisty. I continued showing cattle until my last year in 2015. I took various other projects throughout the years like gardening and creative writing as well as joining the Junior Fairboard. I loved taking these projects and cherish the time I spent on the farm. I love that 4-H has so many aspects and found that I especially enjoyed working with my club members to give back to our community, creating lifelong friendships, preparing for skill-a-thon and club demonstrations just as much as being in a show-ring. The community of friends and mentors I found through Madison County 4-H is something I continue to use and value more every year.

My years in Madison County 4-H sparked my interest in agriculture and lead me to my career as a Project Coordinator for American Farm Bureau Federation. I get to work every day at an organization that supports and values America’s farmers and ranchers. The move from Ohio to Washington D.C. was big for me but I’ve found that my 4-H experiences have set me up to run headfirst with a helping hand and smile into anything. Madison County 4-H opened up my world to all aspects of agriculture and the world beyond. I consider my time in the program one of my most valuable assets in life.”

Being a 4-H Volunteer

Interested in becoming a 4-H Volunteer? Check out these testimonials from just 2 of our 130+ amazing volunteers! Contact the Madison County Extension Office to learn more about the volunteer selection process and opportunities available!

Savannah Brock, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Volunteer 

I fell in love with 4-H in 1991 when I moved to Madison County. I was from the city but my dad grew up on a small family farm and he wanted us to have the same experience that he did. I sure am glad I moved out here and joined 4-H. I took many projects over my years in 4-H some I liked more than others but working with my animals and fair were the highlights of the summer every year. I have also had many roles as a volunteer, I can’t say which one I liked the best as I have loved them all. I loved being a volunteer with 4-H camp and with junior fair board. It was always so awesome to see the youth plan from the ground up for camp and fair and make it a huge success. I have learned so much from 4-H. I have learned about all of the projects, how to care for animals, how to show animals, but most importantly it taught me valuable life skills. Some of the life skills, I am most thankful for are responsibility, hard work, and people skills. I have also made some pretty amazing friends along the way. It is hard to believe that this is my 30th year! Time flies when you are having fun! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for my kids, my club, and myself. If you are on the fence about joining or volunteering, I say go for it. Try it out! I promise you will not regret it. 4-H has something for everyone!

Valerie Peart, Madison County 4-H Alumni and Volunteer

When asked to write about being a 4-H volunteer my fist thoughts were of my time as a 4-Her.  Some of my best friends and memories are around 4-H, camp, junior fair board, and fair.  When my oldest daughter was five I heard about clover buds and signed up, the club we joined said sure, but we need an advisor.  That was 16 years ago and the next year we started our own club, the Prairie Raiders.  In 2006 we were all clover buds, this year, my son will graduate high school, it’s been a wonderful experience.

Volunteering with your kids and their friends with a program that I believe in so deeply has been just as rewarding to me as to the 4-Hers and their families.  There are so many programs available and as an advisor it is great to experience projects with the youth.  In our club we have had cooking, sewing, hogs, ducks, bees, woodworking, muskrat trapping and all things in between. It seems the ideas for a project are limited only by your imagination.

As a volunteer it has also been great to meet and work with other volunteers on the 4-H committee or in the extension office.  Each of us are committed to making the best better and let’s be honest, continuing to be a 4-Her is one of the best benefits to volunteering.

March 2021 4-H Newsletter

Greetings 4-H Families!

March is here! Snow is melting, weather is getting (sorta) warmer, and 4-H season is in full swing! Enrollments are starting to roll in, clubs are beginning to meet and make plans for the year, and new members are excited to join! Help us out by sharing about 4-H to all your friends and neighbors – invite someone to a club meeting, send them to our recruitment site: go.osu.edu/mc4hspark so that they can find their spark in 4-H. Don’t forget to re-enroll your own family by March 15!

In this issue:

  • 4-H Enrollment Information and Recruitment
  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Week Happenings
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • 4-H Magic Show!
  • County Wide Club Meetings
  • 4-H Club T-Shirt for Sale
  • 2021 Project Book Information
  • Extension Office Hours and 4-H Office Hours
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • New Jr. Fair Livestock Sale Update
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Volunteer Reminders

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


2021 Enrollment – Due MARCH 15!

Don’t delay! Visit oh.4honline.com and log in your same email and password that you used before. If you forgot your password/email, contact our office – DO NOT create a new account unless you are a NEW family to 4-H!

The system will look different from previous years, but hopefully more user friendly! Click here for instructions and a help sheet with screenshots to help you enroll. If you have any issues, do not hesitate to call our office or email Frances at foos.61@osu.edu.

If you need additional help or assistance in our office and want to set up an appointment, call our office or contact Frances directly to view 4-H office hours for the next few weeks.


4-H Week: March 7-13

Watch our social media pages (Facebook: Madison County OSU Extension; Instagram: @MadCo4HOhio) for challenges to win prizes such as free project books, camp registration, gift cards, and other 4-H goodies!

This year’s theme is Find Your Spark!

Clubs interested in the window decoration contest can click here.

 

 


2021 4-H Calendar Available

Mark your calendar and save the dates now for important county events and deadlines! Updates will be added to the website and this calendar as we receive them, as well as emailed to all 4-H families.

Please note: dates, times, and locations, and format are subject to change based on OSU and county health and safety guidelines. We will keep you informed as time progresses.

A printable calendar can be found here.


Livestock Quality Assurance – Register Now!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Rabbits (Pen of 3), Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Mkt. Turkeys and Market Ducks)

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Monday, March 22, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Rabbit Specific: March 25, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am
  • *New Members Only: April 19, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Poultry Specific: April 21, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

*NEW: 1st-3rd Year 4-H Members Only! New Member Quality Assurance – Thursday, April 19th, 7:00-8:30pm – Covers an overview of what Quality Assurance is and activities are geared toward younger members! Perfect for newer members or those just getting started with livestock projects!

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


4-H Virtual Magic Show –  March 23rd at 7pm

Virtual Family Magic Show
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 7 PM.

Join Madison County 4-H for a virtual night out. Bring your entire family together to experience a magic show presented by 4-H alumni & professional family entertainer Conrad Cologne. During the show, you’ll get a front-row seat to the show and get to see and have fun with your 4-H friends.

FREE TO ATTEND but registration is required, so claim your family’s spot now.
https://tinyurl.com/MadisonOHVMS

 

 


Find Your Spark with 4-H!

While we cannot have our in-person 4-H Rally Night this year, we hosted a series of virtual activies for current members and new/anticipated 4-H members to participate in to learn more about 4-H projects available and win prizes, like 4-H camp registrations, free project books, 4-H goodies, and more!

Starting NOW, you can visit go.osu.edu/mc4hspark where you will find videos from key leaders, livestock committee members, and other volunteers describing various project areas, what you need, what you learn, etc. There will also be videos from our own 4-H members that have done really well in certain project areas sharing their insight!

Additionally, there will be some live zoom Q&A sessions for newer and potential 4-H members (and current members too!) Below are the dates and topics. Registration is now live at go.osu.edu/mc4hspark

March 9 @ 7pm: Welcome to 4-H 101 – How to enroll, where to find projects, and more! Opportunities to meet with clubs that are open to new members.


County Wide Club Meetings

Since we are all “stuck”, we want to make it easier for you to host engaging club meetings this Winter/Spring! This is completely optional, but we hope it can help in your planning!

We are hosting a series of virtual club meetings starting January 10-March 28 on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 2pm. Each meeting will include county updates, Q&A time, and an engaging guest speaker for a total of 45 minutes, then advisors can select the option to lead a breakout room with your club officers to host your business meeting!

Advisors can also request the 4-H educator to “pop in” to their meeting for an additional activity, clarify something, etc.

*These are also be recorded and can be made available to advisors and families upon request!

CLUB REGISTRATION: In order to have these count as a club meeting, advisors MUST register in advance for a breakout room HERE: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UkEjx3PVzdDdbv

FAMILY REGISTRATION: Families can attend on their own, but it will only count as a club meeting if they attend their individual club meeting in the breakout session after the guest speaker with their club advisors/officers. Families will register for each session HEREhttps://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Tv182ymIwT0NYV

Dates and Topics are listed below. All are Sundays from 2-4pm. The guest speaker and county updates will be 45 minutes-1 hour, and then clubs can have time in their breakout rooms for however long they need!

  • March 14 – Maple Syrup Making
  • March 28 – Chocolate Science

4-H Club T-Shirt – Orders due March 15!

Back by popular demand! You can purchase a 4-H Club T-Shirt and view the design at go.osu.edu/madco4hshirt

Shirts cost $20, which includes direct shipping to your home after orders close on March 15th, as well as a small donation to the Madison County 4-H Committee

The more shirts sold, the higher profit per shirt goes back to the 4-H program!

Special thanks to Madison Estep from Helping Hands Happy Hearts for designing this shirt in 2020 & to Pounce Signs and Printwear for printing the t-shirts!

Questions? Contact the Extension Office or foos.61@osu.edu.


2021 4-H Projects and Family Guides

The 2021 Family Guide is now available for download at ohio4h.org/familyguide! If you need a hard copy, there are some available in the office. Each 2020 4-H family/volunteer should have had one mailed to them.

You can view sample pages of project books, see comments from families that have enrolled in the project, etc. at projectcentral.ohio4h.org!

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projects posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

OSU Extension and 4-H Enrollment Office Hours

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm. Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

4-H Office Hours: To assist with 4-H Enrollment, project book purchasing, etc., Frances is holding special 4-H office hours throughout February and March. You will still need to call ahead in advance as doors will be locked. Below are some dates to schedule ahead. If you need to make other arrangements, please let us know. We can also assist with enrollment virtually or you can purchase books at extensionpubs.osu.edu.

  • February 3rd – 1:00-5:00pm
  • February 10th – 10:00am-3:00pm
  • February 17th – 10:00am-1:00pm
  • February 24th – 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • March 3 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • March 10 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • March 15 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

Remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

 

 


County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship
    • The Madison County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships to the children of Madison County Farm Bureau members. While all students are encouraged to apply, preference is given to applicants majoring in an agriculturally-related field
    • To view and download the application, click here 
    • The completed application is due March 31, 2021 to Madison County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 368, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 OR emailed as a PDF to madison@ofbf.org
    • Questions can be directed to Reilly Wright at rwright@ofbf.org
  • Madison County 4-H Scholarship
    •  The Madison County 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors two -$500.00 and four-  $250.00 scholarships.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Madison County 4-H program and must be high school seniors or college freshman.
    • This scholarship application is due April 30th to the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu
    • Click here for a Fillable PDF  or  Word file of the application.
  • 4-H Trip Scholarships
    • There are many opportunities available to youth outside of our county programs! The Madison County 4-H Committee sponsors trips for our youth to help them gain leadership skills and represent our county! Trips include: State Leadership Camp, Shooting Sports camps, Citizenship Washington Focus (trip to D.C.), and many more
    • Applications ASAP for early registrations (CWF, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, etc.) or 6 weeks in advance of registration for event.
    • Download the application here! Opportunities are available for 4-H youth of all ages!

Upcoming Events -March

1: 4-H Committee Meeting – 6:30pm

7-13: Madison County 4-H Week & Ohio 4-H Week

4: 4-H Volunteer Training, 10am OR 7pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)’

9: Welcome to 4-H 101 Open House, 7:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

14: Virtual County Wide Club Meeting: Maple Syrup Making, 2:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

15: Madison County 4-H Enrollment Deadline (Members and Volunteers) – Enroll at oh.4honline.com

22: Livestock Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

25: Rabbit Quality Assurance – 6:00-7:30pm – Virtual – RSVP at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa

28: Virtual County Wide Club Meeting: Chocolate Science, 2:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)


Self Care Isn’t Selfish!

Stress and anxiety can sometimes trigger unhealthy behaviors. Next time you feel stressed, try one of these healthy habits instead:

  1. Get moving! Talk a walk, get weights, or do some yoga
  2. Reach Out! Talk with those who can provide support
  3. Stop and Breath! Focused breathing can help you calm down and think clearly
  4. Care for yourself! Get enough sleep and drink plenty of water

For more coping skills, visit mhrb.org.


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES


New Opportunity to for Jr. Fair Sale

Beginning 2021, the Madison County Jr. Fair Livestock exhibitors will have the option to take their market livestock projects home versus sending the animal to the packer at the fair and still be allowed to be a part of the premium sale.  All project requirements must be met, such as showmanship, quality assurance, skill-a-thon, etc. as in previous years to sell in premium sale.

However, per state mandate, all Grand and Reserve Champion market animals MUST still go on to slaughter and cannot be taken home.  Furthermore, exhibitors that plan to take their animal/project home, must declare during entry at the June 1 deadline to allow the Madison County Fair Sale Committee time to supply the packer with shipping numbers.  Those exhibitors taking their projects home must also wait to be released before doing leaving with those animals.

Click here for more information: New Jr. Fair Sale Rule

Contact the Madison County Sales Committee at madisoncountysalescommittee@gmail.com with any questions. 


Livestock & Small Animal Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The next meeting for LARGE LIVESTOCK is March 10th at 6pm. The next meeting for SMALL ANIMALS is March 3 at 6pm.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep!

Responsibilities of these committees will include:

  • Species specific rule recommendations to JFB (timely and accurate oversight and revisions)
  • Judge recommendations
  • Develop and maintain volunteers
  • Fundraising/Budget
  • Fair format/show bill/arena and facility set up, recs
  • Assist extension office with skillathons

Next GEN Agriculture Feed Scholarship for First Year Exhibitor

Next GEN Agriculture, a non-profit organization that supports kids in agriculture, is sponsoring a feed scholarship for a first year livestock exhibitor in Madison County for $300 in credit to a local feed store. The application is due by April 1st.

More information on the application requirements can be found here: Next GEN Ag Scholarship Information.


CLUB/VOLUNTEER UPDATES 

Volunteer Trainings:  Visit go.osu.edu/virtualvolunteertraining to RSVP for a volunteer training session. If you would like to complete an in-person training, contact Frances directly at foos.61@osu.edu or call the Extension Office to set up alternative arrangements.

County Wide Club Meetings: Visit go.osu.edu/mc4hmeetings for all the information! Since we are all “stuck”, we want to make it easier for you to host engaging club meetings this Winter/Spring! This is completely optional, but we hope it can help in your planning! We are hosting a series of virtual club meetings starting January 10-March 28 on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 2pm. Each meeting will include county updates, Q&A time, and an engaging guest speaker for a total of 45 minutes, then advisors can select the option to lead a breakout room with your club officers to host your business meeting. Advisors can also request the 4-H educator to “pop in” to their meeting for an additional activity, clarify something, etc. In order to have these count as a club meeting, advisors MUST register in advance for a breakout room HERE: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UkEjx3PVzdDdbv. You may also choose to request the recording to play as an activity during your club meeting!

Officer Training Resources: Visit https://ohio4h.org/officerresources for some brand new officer training resources! We were excited to add these new resources under the “Officer Resources” tab. These resources are quick guides that offer information on the importance of campaigning for club offices, officer position descriptions, and tips for holding elections

Club Achievement Packets: Make sure you are picking up your club achievement packets at the extension office! If you plan to meet with your club, be sure to follow the Ohio 4-H Guidelines. Contact Frances with any questions. This goes for any meetings, fundraisers, community service, and other get-togethers!

Background Checks: If you are up for a background check this year, you have received an email from Arlene in December and will receive a follow up in the mail again soon. Please get this done ASAP! These are due February 28th. Be sure to re-enroll in 4-H Online BEFORE you get your check completed. Contact the Extension Office with questions.

4-H Online Update: Enrollment is now open on our NEW system! Visit oh.4honline.com, same link as usual, and log in with your same informationand submit your enrollment. Contact our office with any questions. If you forgot your password, contact us to reset it. DO NOT create a new account for you or any of your families!


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


 

February 2021 4-H News

Greetings 4-H Families!

February has quickly come upon us and we are moving into 4-H recruitment season! Let’s make 2021 our year! Enrollments are starting to roll in, clubs are beginning to meet and make plans for the year, and new members are excited to join! Help us out by sharing about 4-H to all your friends and neighbors – invite someone to a club meeting, send them to our recruitment site: go.osu.edu/mc4hspark so that they can find their spark in 4-H.

This month 4-H focuses on equity, with resources for families and volunteers  that help ensure our programs and activities are open and welcoming to all. The True Leaders in Equity team developed weekly activities and conversation prompts, an online challenge to discover Ohio sites that explores the diversity in our state, social media posts, reading lists for youth of all ages and more. Each week features a different theme; we invite you to join us this month to learn something new, share an experience, and explore equity to make the best better for Ohio 4-H. Visit go.osu.edu/4hequity to learn more!

In this issue:

  • 2021 Calendar of Events
  • 4-H Enrollment Information
  • 4-H Recruitment and Virtual Open House
  • County Wide Club Meetings
  • Pizza Kit Fundraiser for Camp
  • 4-H Club T-Shirt for Sale
  • 2021 Project Book Information
  • Extension Office Hours and 4-H Office Hours
  • Ohio 4-H Guidelines Reminder
  • Scholarship Opportunities
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Information
  • Volunteer Reminders
  • State 4-H Updates (Ohio 4-H Conference, Virtual Swine Day, etc.)

COUNTY 4-H UPDATES


2021 4-H Calendar Available

Mark your calendar and save the dates now for important county events and deadlines! Updates will be added to the website and this calendar as we receive them, as well as emailed to all 4-H families.

Please note: dates, times, and locations, and format are subject to change based on OSU and county health and safety guidelines. We will keep you informed as time progresses.

A printable calendar can be found here.


2021 Enrollment Available NOW!

You are now available to enroll your family for 2021! Visit oh.4honline.com and log in your same email and password that you used before. If you forgot your password/email, contact our office – DO NOT create a new account unless you are a NEW family to 4-H!

The system will look different from previous years, but hopefully more user friendly! Click here for instructions and a help sheet with screenshots to help you enroll. If you have any issues, do not hesitate to call our office or email Frances at foos.61@osu.edu.

If you need additional help or assistance in our office and want to set up an appointment, call our office or contact Frances directly to view 4-H office hours for the next few weeks.


Find Your Spark with 4-H!

While we cannot have our in-person 4-H Rally Night this year, we are hosting a series of virtual activies for current members and new/anticipated 4-H members to participate in to learn more about 4-H projects available and win prizes, like 4-H camp registrations, free project books, 4-H goodies, and more!

Starting NOW, you can visit go.osu.edu/mc4hspark where you will find videos from key leaders, livestock committee members, and other volunteers describing various project areas, what you need, what you learn, etc. There will also be videos from our own 4-H members that have done really well in certain project areas sharing their insight!

Additionally, there will be some live zoom Q&A sessions for newer and potential 4-H members (and current members too!) Below are the dates and topics. Registration is now live at go.osu.edu/mc4hspark

February 10 & March 9 @ 7pm: Welcome to 4-H 101 – How to enroll, where to find projects, and more! Opportunities to meet with clubs that are open to new members.

February 15 @ 7pm: Small and Large Animal Information Night: Meet with livestock committee members and project experts to ask more specific questions about what you need for projects

February 22 @ 7pm: Special Interest/Cloverbud Information Night: Meeting with project key leaders and advisors to learn more about specific project areas such as nutrition, sewing, STEM, art, and more!

*Additional project specific times may be added throughout February and March. Enrollment is due March 15!


County Wide Club Meetings

Since we are all “stuck”, we want to make it easier for you to host engaging club meetings this Winter/Spring! This is completely optional, but we hope it can help in your planning!

We are hosting a series of virtual club meetings starting January 10-March 28 on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 2pm. Each meeting will include county updates, Q&A time, and an engaging guest speaker for a total of 45 minutes, then advisors can select the option to lead a breakout room with your club officers to host your business meeting!

Advisors can also request the 4-H educator to “pop in” to their meeting for an additional activity, clarify something, etc.

CLUB REGISTRATION: In order to have these count as a club meeting, advisors MUST register in advance for a breakout room HERE: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UkEjx3PVzdDdbv

FAMILY REGISTRATION: Families can attend on their own, but it will only count as a club meeting if they attend their individual club meeting in the breakout session after the guest speaker with their club advisors/officers. Families will register for each session HEREhttps://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4Tv182ymIwT0NYV

Dates and Topics are listed below. All are Sundays from 2-4pm. The guest speaker and county updates will be 45 minutes-1 hour, and then clubs can have time in their breakout rooms for however long they need!

  • February 14 – Paleontology
  • February 28 -Solar Energy Fun
  • March 14 – Maple Syrup Making
  • March 28 – Chocolate Science

Pizza Kit Fundraising for Camp

It’s pizza time! Starting today (January 15) and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Pizza Kits to raise money for 4-H camper registration fees! To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help. It’s super easy to join the fun! Our fundraiser closes on February 14th.

Sellers: To get started follow this link https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/login/join-fundraiser/dbe548ff-662e-47d3-a156-477e2ce63dcc to create your very own Seller page (click “create a new account”). You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit, which goes directly to the seller’s camp registration fee! Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!

Buyers: If you are not a seller, and wish to purchase a kit, contact our office to either get hooked up with a seller, or purchase through out county page here: https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/fundraisers/support/dbe9a7a6-2af4-4803-a8ba-175fc4834b2e.

 

If you have any questions about how to participate this year, please contact the Extension office at 740-852-0975 or foos.61@osu.edu


4-H Club T-Shirt

Back by popular demand! You can purchase a 4-H Club T-Shirt and view the design at go.osu.edu/madco4hshirt

Shirts cost $20, which includes direct shipping to your home after orders close on March 15th, as well as a small donation to the Madison County 4-H Committee

The more shirts sold, the higher profit per shirt goes back to the 4-H program!

Special thanks to Madison Estep from Helping Hands Happy Hearts for designing this shirt in 2020 & to Pounce Signs and Printwear for printing the t-shirts!

Questions? Contact the Extension Office or foos.61@osu.edu.


2021 4-H Projects and Family Guides

The 2021 Family Guide is now available for download at ohio4h.org/familyguide! If you need a hard copy, there are some available in the office. Each 2020 4-H family/volunteer should have had one mailed to them.

You can view sample pages of project books, see comments from families that have enrolled in the project, etc. at projectcentral.ohio4h.org!

This year, there are a couple ways to purchase your project books:

*Before ordering, check the Perfect Stay at Home projects page to see if the project your child is interested in is posted as a PDF version for free (there are 12 projcets posted currently). We are happy to print these in the office for you if needed. You can also choose to buy the book still if it is easier to work in.

  1. Order Online: You can skip a trip to the office and have them ordered and shipped directly to your door! Visit extensionpubs.osu.edu to browse project and resource books. Use this coupon to get free shipping on orders of $20 or more (FREE2021)
  2. Purchase at our office: Schedule an appointment to come during 4-H office hours, or call ahead for a different time, to purchase your books in the county office.

OSU Extension and 4-H Enrollment Office Hours

General Office Hours: As a reminder, our office is open by appointment only, Monday-Friday, 7:30am-4:00pm. Please continue to call ahead at least 24 hours before coming into the office to schedule an appointment, wear your mask when inside, and stay home if you are sick.

4-H Office Hours: To assist with 4-H Enrollment, project book purchasing, etc., Frances is holding special 4-H office hours throughout February and March. You will still need to call ahead in advance as doors will be locked. Below are some dates to schedule ahead. If you need to make other arrangements, please let us know. We can also assist with enrollment virtually or you can purchase books at extensionpubs.osu.edu.

  • February 3rd – 1:00-5:00pm
  • February 10th – 10:00am-3:00pm
  • February 17th – 10:00am-1:00pm
  • February 24th – 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • March 3 – 1:00pm-5:00pm
  • March 10 – 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • March 15 – 9:00am – 4:00pm

In-Person 4-H Meetings and Events Update 

As we head into winter months and flu season, in addition to COVID-19, remember to follow our meeting guidelines for any in-person 4-H meetings and events that you may be attending: That information, along with any new updates, is at https://ohio4h.org/families/stay-connected.

Given the rise of COVID-19 in Ohio and 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. After the 15th, all meetings and events can resume under the previous approved exemption and guidelines (masks required, less than 50 attendees, etc.) Contact the extension office with questions.

As part of an academic institution, we follow science and model what the CDCOhio Department of Health and other experts stress is important in addressing this virus. All 4-H volunteers are expected to follow these guidelines regarding 4-H meetings and events. Volunteers who are not in compliance 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.

Currently, all OSU Extension offices are closed through January 3rd. We will be open based on the current Ohio Public Health Advisory 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.


County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship
    • The Madison County Farm Bureau is offering scholarships to the children of Madison County Farm Bureau members. While all students are encouraged to apply, preference is given to applicants majoring in an agriculturally-related field
    • To view and download the application, click here 
    • The completed application is due March 31, 2021 to Madison County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 368, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 OR emailed as a PDF to madison@ofbf.org
    • Questions can be directed to Reilly Wright at rwright@ofbf.org
  • Madison County 4-H Scholarship
    •  The Madison County 4-H Advisory Committee sponsors two -$500.00 and four-  $250.00 scholarships.  Applicants must be currently enrolled in the Madison County 4-H program and must be high school seniors or college freshman.
    • This scholarship application is due April 30th to the Extension Office or emailed to foos.61@osu.edu
    • Click here for a Fillable PDF  or  Word file of the application.
  • 4-H Trip Scholarships
    • There are many opportunities available to youth outside of our county programs! The Madison County 4-H Committee sponsors trips for our youth to help them gain leadership skills and represent our county! Trips include: State Leadership Camp, Shooting Sports camps, Citizenship Washington Focus (trip to D.C.), and many more
    • Applications ASAP for early registrations (CWF, Buckeye Leadership Workshop, etc.) or 6 weeks in advance of registration for event.
    • Download the application here! Opportunities are available for 4-H youth of all ages!

Upcoming Events – February

6: Madison County Equine Committee Tack Sale

8: New 4-H Volunteer Orientation, 7:00pm (Virtual)

10: Welcome to 4-H 101 Open House, 7:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

11: Cloverbud Volunteer Training, 7:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

14: Virtual County Wide Club Meeting: Paleontology, 2:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

15: Livestock and Small Animal Project Open House, 7:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)

16: 4-H Volunteer Training: Creating Positive Club Culture, 10am OR 7pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)’

20: Ohio 4-H Conference Day 1 (Virtual, RSVP Required by 2/12)

20: Ohio State Jr. Swine Day (Virtual, RSVP Required by 2/16)

22: Special Interest and Cloverbud Open House (Virtual, RSVP Required)

23: Ohio 4-H Conference Day 2 (Virtual, RSVP Required by 2/12)

24: New Volunteer Orientation, 7:00pm (Virtual)

25: Ohio 4-H Conference Day 3 (Virtual, RSVP Required by 2/12)

28: Virtual County Wide Club Meeting: Solar Fun, 2:00pm (Virtual, RSVP Required)


COUNTY JR. FAIR UPDATES

Livestock Committee Members Needed!

2021 is bringing some fresh changes to our Jr. Fair structure! In lieu of Livestock Key Leaders, the Jr. Fair Livestock program is moving to a committee structure to help encourage sustainability and limit the amount of work for the one person, creating a team effort!

If interested in being a part of this committee, contact madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to learn more.

The 3 Committees will now consist of:

  • Equine Committee (has been in place for several years, If interested, contact Colleen Martin at stephighatlfs@aol.com for information on meetings times, dates, etc.)
  • Small Animal/Specialty: includes rabbit, poultry, dog, alpaca, and small animal
  • Large Animal Committee: Includes beef, dairy, swine, goat, and sheep!

Responsibilities of these committees will include:

  • Species specific rule recommendations to JFB (timely and accurate oversight and revisions)
  • Judge recommendations
  • Develop and maintain volunteers
  • Fundraising/Budget
  • Fair format/show bill/arena and facility set up, recs
  • Assist extension office with skillathons

Equine Committee Tack Sale – February 6

Save the date for the Horse Tack Sale, hosted by the Madison County Equine Committee on February 6, 2021, from 8am-2pm at the Champion Center (4122 Laybourne Road, Springfield, OH).

Vendors are also needed! Contact Colleen Martin at 614-374-6149 for more information on vendor space. For chance auction donations, contact Barb Tracy at 614-619-0992. For general questions, contact Sam Seidenstricker at 937-561-8500.

 

 

 

 

 


Livestock Quality Assurance Dates Announced!

To be eligible for participation in the Madison County Junior Fair, potential youth exhibitors must participate in one of the following Quality Assurance Education Programs. The deadline to complete QA Education for the Madison County Fair is May 15, 2021.

Register at go.osu.edu/madcovirtualqa.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market Rabbits (Pen of 3), Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, Market Poultry (Pen of 4 Broilers, Mkt. Turkeys and Market Ducks)

This year, all the sessions will be held VIRTUALLY via zoom, just like last year. If you need an accomodation, please contact the Madison County Extension Office to make alternative arrangements.

Please save the dates for the below sessions. Youth must attend one session. Additional sessions may be added as needed. Sessions will be limited to 40 participants:

  • Monday, March 22, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Rabbit Specific: March 25, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Tuesday, April 6, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Wednesday, April 14, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Saturday, April 17, 10:00-11:30am
  • *New Members Only: April 19, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Poultry Specific: April 21, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Sunday, April 25, 4:00-5:30pm
  • Thursday, April 29, 6:00-7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 12, 6:00-7:30pm

*NEW: 1st-3rd Year 4-H Members Only! New Member Quality Assurance – Thursday, April 19th, 7:00-8:30pm – Covers an overview of what Quality Assurance is and activities are geared toward younger members! Perfect for newer members or those just getting started with livestock projects!

You may also choose to complete QA through the online YQCA certification on your own time. There is about a $12 cost with this program. Contact the extension office for more information.


Next GEN Agriculture Feed Scholarship for First Year Exhibitor

Next GEN Agriculture, a non-profit organization that supports kids in agriculture, is sponsoring a feed scholarship for a first year livestock exhibitor in Madison County for $300 in credit to a local feed store. The application is due by April 1st.

More information on the application requirements can be found here: Next GEN Ag Scholarship Information.


CLUB/VOLUNTEER UPDATES 

Volunteer Trainings:  Visit go.osu.edu/virtualvolunteertraining to RSVP for a volunteer training session. If you would like to complete an in-person training, contact Frances directly at foos.61@osu.edu or call the Extension Office to set up alternative arrangements.

4-H Club Update Recording: The 4-H Club Update on January 20th was recorded. If you want to watch the recording for training credit, or just review it, check your email for a link for the email or contact Frances directly to receive the link. This covered all updates for 4-H for the year (calendars, policies, new events, fair updates, etc.)

County Wide Club Meetings: Visit go.osu.edu/mc4hmeetings for all the information! Since we are all “stuck”, we want to make it easier for you to host engaging club meetings this Winter/Spring! This is completely optional, but we hope it can help in your planning! We are hosting a series of virtual club meetings starting January 10-March 28 on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at 2pm. Each meeting will include county updates, Q&A time, and an engaging guest speaker for a total of 45 minutes, then advisors can select the option to lead a breakout room with your club officers to host your business meeting. Advisors can also request the 4-H educator to “pop in” to their meeting for an additional activity, clarify something, etc. In order to have these count as a club meeting, advisors MUST register in advance for a breakout room HERE: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0UkEjx3PVzdDdbv

Officer Training Resources: Visit https://ohio4h.org/officerresources for some brand new officer training resources! We were excited to add these new resources under the “Officer Resources” tab. These resources are quick guides that offer information on the importance of campaigning for club offices, officer position descriptions, and tips for holding elections

Club Achievement Packets: Make sure you are picking up your club achievement packets at the extension office! If you plan to meet with your club, be sure to follow the Ohio 4-H Guidelines. Contact Frances with any questions. This goes for any meetings, fundraisers, community service, and other get-togethers!

Background Checks: If you are up for a background check this year, you have received an email from Arlene in December and will receive a follow up in the mail again soon. Please get this done ASAP! These are due February 28th. Be sure to re-enroll in 4-H Online BEFORE you get your check completed. Contact the Extension Office with questions.

4-H Online Update: Enrollment is now open on our NEW system! Visit oh.4honline.com, same link as usual, and log in with your same informationand submit your enrollment. Contact our office with any questions. If you forgot your password, contact us to reset it. DO NOT create a new account for you or any of your families!

New Volunteers: All new volunteer applications are due February 1. If you have additional volunteers to add, let me know, but time is running out to complete all the requirements in time by March 15.


STATE 4-H OPPORTUNITIES

Be sure to check Ohio4H.org for the most recent state 4-H information and follow the “Ohio State – 4-H Youth Development” Facebook page!


Ohio 4-H Conference – Virtual & FREE!

It’s time to register for the 2021 Ohio 4-H (Virtual) Conference! This year’s event for 4-H volunteers and teens features virtual sessions on Feb. 20, 23, and 25. Read through the conference booklet for a complete description of sessions, then register online at www.go.osu.edu/2021O4HC. There’s no cost to participate – don’t miss it!

Volunteers that attend can count this as a volunteer training session!

 

 


OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day – February 20, 2021

2021 OSU Virtual Junior Swine Day is Saturday, February 20, 2021, 9:00am-12:00pm

Sessions include: Evaluting and Selecting your pig project, Nutrition and Feed Management, Meat Science, When Science and Pig Shows Collide, Vaccinations/Pig Health, Showmanship, and more!

After you fill out the registration form below you will receive an email confirming your registration. An additional email will be sent to you 48 hours prior to the event which will contain the Zoom Link and password that are needed to view the Virtual Jr. Swine Day. Please register once per household.

Jr. Swine Day is free of charge! Registration Deadline is Wednesday, February 16, 2021. Register at go.osu.edu/jsd2021

Virtual Jr. Swine Day will not fulfill your requirement for QA. You must complete QA in your county.

For more information, contact Dale Ricker (ricker.37@osu.edu)


4-H Winter Stay at Home Activities

Looking for something fun to do at home? Check out these easy “at-home” winter themed activities to do as a family here.

Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraiser for Camp!

It’s pizza time! Starting today (January 15) and for the next 4 weeks, we’re selling Pizza Kits to raise money for 4-H camper registration fees! To reach our goal and be successful, we need everyone’s help. It’s super easy to join the fun! Our fundraiser closes on February 14th.

Sellers: To get started follow this link https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/login/join-fundraiser/dbe548ff-662e-47d3-a156-477e2ce63dcc to create your very own Seller page (click “create a new account”). You can customize your page, upload a video, create an avatar, and watch how many pizza kits you’ve sold. You’ll get your own special link to send to your friends and family so they can buy delicious pizza kits and support our fundraiser. Pizza Kits will be delivered directly to their home by FedEx, so send the link to your out of state family and friends, too. You can even post your Seller link on your social media pages.

Every kit we sell earns $6 profit, which goes directly to the seller’s camp registration fee! Don’t forget to buy some for yourself!

Buyers: If you are not a seller, and wish to purchase a kit, contact our office to either get hooked up with a seller, or purchase through out county page here: https://fundraising.littlecaesars.com/fundraisers/support/dbe9a7a6-2af4-4803-a8ba-175fc4834b2e.

If you have any questions about how to participate this year, please contact the Extension office at 740-852-0975 or foos.61@osu.edu