4-HOnline Enrollment – Steps to Enroll/Re-Enroll

The Marion County Extension Office is excited to announce that we will transition all  4-H enrollments to the 4HOnline enrollment system beginning November 28. Beginning this year, please log on to ohio.4honline.com to enroll in 4-H. All families will need to review their members’ information and re-enroll for 2018 via 4-HOnline. For steps to re-enroll, please read below:

Members/Families who are re-enrolling and are new to this process: Click here for instructions.

 

 

4HOnline for Club Advisors Guides to Enrollment: Click here for instructions.

 

If your family is looking to enroll in 4-H for the very first time, please read below:

New Members/Families:

  1. Choose a club which meets in your area, a club your child’s friends are in, or contact the Extension Office for more information.
  2. Contact the club advisor, whose name and phone number is listed in this brochure. Youth may join 4-H at any time; however, to participate in the Marion County Fair, they must be enrolled by February 15.
  3. Complete an online enrollment form at oh.4honline.com and select “I need to setup a profile.” OR contact the Extension Office for additional enrollment information.

Will you be one of the 4O youth chosen to attend Capital Challenge?

Exceptional community citizenship is one of the values that makes FFA, 4-H and Farm Bureau such successful organizations. These groups are partnering to bring the Ohio Youth Capital Challenge to you. Here is your chance to get involved and have a hands-on experience that will enable you to make your community a better place.

Delegates must be in at least the ninth grade and between the ages of 14 and 18 during the 2017-2018 school year. Delegates are expected to have concern for local community issues and a desire to be more involved. Cost to youth is $30 upon selection.

Up to 40 youth will be selected for the challenge. Participants will need to be ready to travel to Columbus for Phase One of the challenge. They will work in their assigned team during the following months developing a policy and presentation. Teams then will come together in Columbus to present. The winning teams will compete at the Ohio State Fair for cash prizes.

Learn more: 2018 Ohio Youth Capital Challenge Information

2018 Beef Weigh-in/Tag-in Information Now Available

The Marion County Jr. Fair Market Steer & Heifer Weigh-In will be held Saturday, December 2 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon in Horse Barn #7 on the fairgrounds. The snow date is scheduled for December 16.

1. Complete one registration form for each steer and heifer to be registered and weighed.
2. 2018 Marion County Market Beef Fair Entry Form: This enclosed form MUST be completed and turned in on December 2. This will be your fair entry form for market animals only. Breeding beef and feeder calf entry forms will be separate and due May 15.
3. Enclosed are rules, requirements and application for the 2018 Bred, Born and Raised Class sponsored by the Cattlemen’s Association. Please read these carefully if you wish to participate in this class. These forms must also be completed and turned in at weigh-in/tagging registration on Saturday, December 2.
4. All market steer and heifer projects must be in the exhibitor’s possession and be weighed-in on December 3rd to be eligible to show at the 2018 Marion County Fair.
5. All market beef will be weighed and tagged.
6. This letter is only going to last year’s 4-H Market Beef and Feeder Calf exhibitors and Ag. Education Instructors. So pass this information on to any potential new exhibitors you may know. 4-H organizational advisors will receive a postcard.
7. You MUST have a halter on each animal! Please work with these animals and tame them to help prevent injuries to the animals and people.
8. RALGRO or SYNOVEX implants will be available at Steer and Heifer Weigh-In.
9. Dairy Feeder Calf Exhibitors must attend weigh-in and tag day to be determined at a later date. Beef Feeder Calf Exhibitors must have a broadside picture of their project animal and entry form turned in to the Extension office by May 15, 2018.
10. The Ohio State Fair Beef Department is again using new protocols for identifying market beef animals. These protocols include the use of an electronic, identification (EID) ear tag that has a unique 15-digit number and a DNA sample that will be submitted for all market beef animals that exhibitors plan to enter in the 2018 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Beef Show.

The DNA collection will be in the form of a hair sample that will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair by January 15, 2018 to meet the ownership deadlines for market beef animals. Along with the DNA hair submission, each market animal’s 15-digit EID tag must also be included on the DNA packet. DNA packets may be picked up at any Ohio Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) BEST sanctioned show prior to the January 15 deadline or ordered from the Ohio State Fair.

All market beef and market heifers that you plan to exhibit at the Ohio State Fair MUST have an EID tag and hair sample submitted by January 15 to the Ohio State Fair. There are two ways to get the packet of materials needed:

  • If you are showing that animal at a BEST show prior to the January 15, 2018 deadline, the EID eartag you use for the BEST shows will also be the EID tag for state fair. You will also get the envelope and directions for submitting a hair sample.
  • If you are not showing that animals in a BEST show, you must contact the Ohio State Fair and have a tag and packet sent to you. Because most of our state fair exhibitors also show at BEST shows, the Marion County Extension office will NOT be ordering packets. The EID tags are expensive and we do not want to order tags that will not be needed.
  • You will place the tag into the animal’s ear and collect the hair samples. Once this step is completed, you will need to bring the envelope which is closed, seal in place correctly and signed by the exhibitor to the Extension office or Ag Instructor. If the tag was in place when the animal comes to the Marion County Weigh-In on December 2 (the EID number will be written on the weigh-in slip), then you will bring the form to the Extension office if you are a 4-H member or to your Ag teacher if you are a FFA member. The 4-H Educator or FFA Advisor will sign to verify you are a member in good standing at the time. The exhibitor is then responsible to mail or deliver the envelope to the Ohio State Fair by January 15. If the eartag is not in place at the December 2 weigh-in, you will also need to provide a clear picture that shows the EID eartag in place and the numbers can be read.
  • To obtain a packet if you are not showing in a BEST show, contact:

The Ohio Expo Center and State Fair
c/o Stacey French
717 E 17th Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43211
Phone: 514/544-4049
E-mail: s.french@expo.state.oh.us

 

 

Click here for registration information.

Get Involved beyond Marion County 4-H

The 4-H Older Youth Opportunities Chart is a fantastic resource that provides a description of each of the following opportunities, as well as what 4-H youth need to do to apply. I encourage all families to review it annually to see what their member is eligible for. If you do indeed decide to apply for an opportunity, please let me know.
TRIPS/CONFERENCES
Ohio Fair Managers Convention: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on January 6, 2018. All Marion County Junior Fair Board members will be invited and are encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Conference: Day-long conference in Columbus, Ohio on March 10, 2018. All active 4-H teens are eligible to attend.
Ohio Capital Youth Challenge: 40 youth who are exceptional leaders and citizens in their community are selected to serve as delegates for the OCYC. Phase I is held March 26 and 27 and Phase II is held May 19. If interested, please notify Margo by November 15 so that she can put together a nomination packet.
Buckeye Leadership Workshop: Become a better leader! Will be held April 4-8, 2018 in Ashley, Ohio. Youth ages 15 OR freshman in high school and older can apply here.
Citizen and Leadership Washington Focus: Held annually in June and July. Youth in grades 7-12 explore, develop and refine their civic engagement skills in Washington D.C. If interested, please notify Cassie by January 30, 2018.
National 4-H Dairy Conference: Held annually in September/October. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
International Programs & Exchanges: 4-H has established a strong exchange program with Japan and is always looking for families who would like to host a Japanese youth in the summer. In addition, outbound travel opportunities vary annually. Click here for more information.
STATE-LEVEL BOARDS & COUNCILS
Ohio 4-H Health Heroes: Board of teens who promote healthy living. Applicants must be in grades 8-12 as of the current school year. Terms begin annually in October.
Ohio 4-H Fashion Board: Board of teens who promote 4-H clothing and textile projects. Eligible youth must be nominated by their county. Term begins annually at the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio 4-H Teen Leadership Council: Statewide group of teens and young 4-H alumni who advise the planning, implementation and evaluation of the Ohio 4-H program. Eligible youth must be 14 to 18 years old as of January 1 of their application year. Applications are due Friday following the Ohio State Fair.
Ohio State Junior Fair Board: Comprised of outstanding individuals who spend the entire 12 days of the Ohio State Fair planning and coordinating State Fair activities. To apply, youth should complete the Ohio 4-H Achievement Record Application and submit it to Margo by December 31 for her review.
STATE-LEVEL CAMPS & WORKSHOPS
Making Extreme Counselors Camp Counselor Training Workshop: Two day long workshop in Columbus, Ohio on February 17 & 18, 2018. All Marion County 4-H Camp Counselors will be invited and encouraged to attend.
Ohio 4-H Shooting Education Camp: Scheduled for June 29-July 1 and July 13-18, 2018. Youth ages 9-12 and 12-18 are eligible. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
Ohio Military Kids Camp Counselor: This amazing camp is held at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie in August. Applications to be a counselor are due annually in March.
Sea Camp: Scheduled for July 7-11, 2018 at Kelley’s Island on Lake Erie. Eligible youth must be ages 13 to 18 years old. Registration to be a camper is due June 1. Older teens and alumni may also apply to be counselors at the camp.
2018 State 4-H Leadership Camp will be held June 2 to 6. This camp is open to teenagers ages 15 to 18 years old. The focus of the five-day leadership experience is the development of concrete peer leadership skills that will enable participants to have an immediate impact in their home 4-H club, county, community, or school. Bonus: The county may be able to cover some or all of the cost! Email Margo for more information.

JOANN Fabrics Bringing more Hands-on 4-H Programs to Youth

Want to get a head start on those holiday craft projects? JOANN Fabrics has partnered with the National 4-H Council to bring more hands-on 4-H programs to youth. Current members, parents and volunteers can sign-up for the JOANN 4-H Rewards Card and receive 15% off total in-store and online purchases. JOANN will give a minimum of 2.5% of every eligible transaction to support 4-H programs. Find the details at http://www.joann.com/4-h/

New Opportunity for Teens – 4-H Event Youth Assistant

The Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA) is a statewide group of 4-H teens that assist with Ohio State Fair events. In this process, members have an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program. They develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.

What: 4-H Event Youth Assistant (4HEYA)

  • Who: Individuals age 13-18 (as of January 1 of the year of application) and have at least 1 year prior 4-H experience.
  • Timeframe: Apply by May 15, selection, training, service to Ohio State Fair, and evaluation.  Complete responsibilities by August 31, 2018.
  • Requirements (in addition to application/selection process):
    • Training-Must attend one of the options for training (July 10 or July 19)
    •  Events-Must work a minimum of 3 events at the Ohio State Fair; may work more if desired
  • Program Fee: $25/person for first year members; $10 for 2nd or more year members
  • Teens Receive:
    • 4HEYA Polo & Nametag
    • State Fair admission, parking ticket, and meal ticket(s)
    • Optional State Fair housing in the Rhodes Center (if desired)
    • Experience of working events at the Ohio State Fair
    • Opportunity to enhance leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program

Ohio Soybean Council Foundation Scholarship Applications due 1/12/2018

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is pleased to offer $44,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Students for the 2018-2019 academic year. Scholarships are available to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing studies related to the soybean industry and the field of agriculture. The deadline to apply is January 12, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Undergraduate and graduate student scholarships are available. For additional details, please click here.

Click here for a undergraduate application

Graduate scholarships: Three scholarships of up to $5,000 each are available to students who are enrolled as full-time graduate students at an Ohio college or university. Applicants must be conducting research in bioproducts, biotechnology, biobased materials, bioengineering, biopolymers or a related field, and must be focused on advancing the soybean industry. Applicants must have proof of legal residency in the U.S.

Click here for a graduate application

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that supports scientific research and educational opportunities to the benefit of the soybean industry. We appreciate your assistance. Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.

QUESTIONS? Please contact Katie Bauer, Communications and Project Coordinator at kbauer@soyohio.org

Gallop for the Gravy 5K/10K for Marion County 4-H

The 6th annual Gallop for the Gravy 5K & 10K Run/Walk is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 a.m. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Marion County 4-H program and its members.

For more information, visit the Gallop for the Gravy 5K/10K Facebook page.

Interested in being a sponsor this year? Click here to learn more.

Carving New Ideas Camp

Missing 4-H Camp Ohio? Here’s a great opportunity for this fall!

Open to 8th-12th grade 4-H members, Carving New Ideas is a camping opportunity for older youth, concentrating on the principles of critical thinking and program facilitation. Campers will go for the gold during their time at Camp Ohio. The focus of the camp will be healthy living, striving to make winning strides in each of the health focuses of the camp. Sessions and speakers, along with other fun, will focus on making us all healthier, one gold medal at a time.

Contact Margo at the Extension Office at long.1632@osu.edu or 740-223-4040.

NEW! 2018 Ohio 4-H Family Guide

Family Guide CoverHave you ever wondered what projects are available through the Marion County 4-H program? Or, do you know a 4-H member looking to try something new? We’ve got something for everyone!

Each project book contains information and activities for members to explore as an organized group project or at home under the guidance of a parent or interested adult. When choosing a project, consider your interests, background, what is necessary to start the project, and the resources available to help you complete it.

To download your own copy, visit https://ohio4h.org/familyguide for more information. Paper copies will be available at request at the Marion County Extension Office beginning Oct. 30.