February 2022 4-H News

In this issue:

  • 4-H Online Re-Enrollment
  • Ohio 4-H Conference
  • Livestock Quality Assurance Dates and RSVP
  • 2022 4-H Calendar
  • 4-H Family Guide 2022/Projects
  • County Scholarships Available
  • Equine Committee Tack Sale
  • Upcoming dates
  • Volunteer Reminders and Training
  • Fair Reminders – Livestock Committee
  • State Opportunities


4-H Online Enrollment – March 15

You are now available to enroll your family for 2022! 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!

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.

Looking for a new/fresh project for this year? You can view sample pages of project books, see comments from families that have enrolled in the project, etc. at www.projectcentral.ohio4h.org! You can 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!

Ohio 4-H Conference – Great opportunity for Volunteers and Teens! – March 12, 2022

Ohio 4-H Conference is a full day conference at the Columbus Convention Center on Saturday, March 12 that offer sessions that directly relate to bettering your 4-H club experience leadership skills, etc..

Open to 4-H members and volunteers age 13 and up.

Session information and registration form are available here: here: https://ohio4h.org/events/ohio-4-h-conference

Registrations are due to our office by February 9! We have 8 adult and 4 teen spots sponsored by the 4-H Endowment fund!




Livestock Quality Assurance

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, 2022. Parent participation is required for exhibitors under 16 or first year exhibitors.

4-H & FFA Members in these projects must attend Quality Assurance Education:  All Dairy Cattle, Market & Dairy Goats, Breeding Goats, Market & Breeding Rabbits, Beef (Mkt. Steers, Beef Feeders, Breeding Beef), Dairy Feeder Calves, Market and Breeding Swine, Breeding and Market Sheep, all Market and Fancy poultry. Horses, Dogs, Alpacas, Cats, Cavies, and Pet Rabbits do not need to complete QA training.

Session options are listed below. Mark your calendar to attend ONE! Sign ups are available NOW at www.go.osu.edu/MadCoQA

  • March 21, 6:30-8:30 – Della Selsor Building
  • March 31st, 6:00-8:00pm – Tolles Tech (Hosted by ASE Feeds – RSVP through their website)
  • *April 18, 6:00-8:00pm – Becks Hybrids (Rabbit Project Specific)
  • *April 20th, 6:30-8:30pm – Becks Hybrids (For NEW MEMBERS ONLY – 1st-3rd year members just getting started on their projects!)
  • April 28th, 7:00-8:30pm – Virtually via Zoom
  • May 5th, 7:00-8:30pm – Virtually via Zoom
  • May 12th, 6:30-8:30pm – Coughlin Building

If you cannot attend the above dates, there are options for an online QA through YQCA. Contact the extension office for details. It does cost roughly $12 to complete. You can also reach out to surrounding counties to complete this.

2022 4-H Calendar Available NOW!

The 2022 4-H calendar is available here: https://madison.osu.edu/program-areas/4-h-youth-development/4-h-calendar

Please mark down important dates with your families NOW! (Rally Night, Judging days, SKILLATHON, etc.)

    • March 15 – 4-H Enrollment deadline
    • May 1 – Animal Ownership deadline
    • June 1 – Jr. Fair Entries due
    • June 4-8 – 4-H Camp
    • June 21 and 29 – Livestock Skillathons (REQUIRED TO ATTEND ONE, NO EXCEPTIONS!)
    • July 9-16 – Madison County Fair

We provide this calendar so that you can plan ahead. RARELY are big dates changed so that you can plan around family vacations, sporting events, etc. Please make these a priority as a lot of planning and volunteer time goes into these events. Make up options and extensions are few and far between for required things when we sent the schedule out several months in advance 🙂

*Note that these dates are subject to change, and some may be added. Check back regularly for updates.

2022 Family Guide Available NOW!

The 2022 Family Guide is now available for download at ohio4h.org/familyguide! All families and volunteer enrolled last year will be receiving a paper copy via mail. We will have some available in the office as well, first come first serve.

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

Now is the PERFECT time to browse the 4-H projects available for next year! Contact our office with any questions about projects, purchasing books, etc.!

You can 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!

Shooting Sports Information Meeting

Join shooting sports instructors on February 17th at 6:30pm at the Extension Office to learn about all of the shooting sports projects, what is required, benefits of it, and more!

No RSVP required – just come by between 6:30-8:00pm to get your questions answered!


County Level Scholarship Opportunities

  • Madison County Farm Bureau Scholarship-March31
    • 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, 2022 to Madison County Farm Bureau, P.O. Box 368, Hilliard, Ohio 43026 OR emailed as a PDF to madison@ofbf.org
  • Madison County 4-H Scholarship – April 30th
    •  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!

Equine Committee Tack Sale to Benefit 4-H Equine Programs

Plan to attend the Tack Sale hosted February 12-13, 2022 from 9am-5pm at the Champion Center in Springfield (4122 Laybourne Road)! See flyer for details.







Upcoming Events: View the full calendar here

*2022 Calendar Available at the link above!

February 7 – New Volunteer Training, 7pm, In Person

February 10 – Camp Counselor Meeting, 6:00-8:30pm

February 12-13 – Equine Committee 4-H Tack Sale, Champion Center (Springfield) 9-5

February 15 – Cloverbud Volunteer Training, 7pm, In-Person

February 17 – Shooting Sports Information Meeting, 6:30pm, In-Person

February 21 – Camp Counselor Meeting, 10am-4pm, In-Person

February 24 – New Volunteer Training, 7pm, Zoom

March 1 – Volunteer Training, 10am and 7pm, Zoom


Volunteer Trainings: All club volunteers need to complete 2 trainings for 2021 4-H year. Attend 1 mandatory 4-H Volunteer training, plus the Club Update or opportunity at the county, district, or state level or a non-4-H training that relates to your work as a volunteer. This is a new requirement from the state level. Watch your emails for more information on topics, registration, etc. You can find information and register for a session at go.osu.edu/madcovolunteertraining

*Policy 1.50 Child Abuse and Awareness training will be offered online on a “do at your own pace” course

Dates remaining:

  • February 15, 7:00pm (In-Person) – Cloverbud Volunteers
  • March 1, 10-11:30am, 7-8:30pm (Virtual)
  • New Volunteers Specific (Policy 1.50 + other):
    • February 7, 7:00pm (In-Person)
    • February 24: 7:00pm (Virtual)

4-H Club Update Event – January 31 If you did not attend live, see the recording link in your email to watch the recording!

Background ChecksIf you are up for a background check this year, you will receive notice in the next couple of weeks or so via mail and/or email. Please get that done sooner rather than later!

4-H Online: Feel free to re-enroll yourself and your families starting anytime at oh.4honline.com, using the same log in and password as last year (do NOT create a new account!)


Livestock Committee Members Needed!

We want YOU to consider joining the Small Animal or Large animal committees, or Horse Committee!  This is a great opportunity to get involved to help make the Jr. Fair programs great!

Contact the Jr. Fair Coordinator at madisoncountyjfb@gmail.com to get on the mailing list for meeting dates.

The 3 Committees are:

  • 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
  • Assist extension office with skillathons


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!