Scholarship Opportunities

Highland County 4-H members are eligible for several county and state 4-H scholarships and opportunities. The individual requirements are different. Handwritten forms will not be accepted.

Visit the website for scholarship eligibility requirements and applications:



Many applications are coming due, please check the websites for complete information.

2020 Junior Fair Board

An extension of the Jr Fair Board Application Deadline has been made to December 2, 2019 at 4:00pm. More spots have been added to the board and would like to fill those if possible. If you have any questions please contact Jana (Jr. Fair Coordinator) or Danielle (4-H Extension Educator). We will be conducting interviews on December 9th and 10th. Thanks!!!

Achievement Form Workshop

November 24, 2019
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

Location: Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center
2201 Fred Taylor Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43210
Cost: FREE
What to bring: already started/previously completed form, pencil, notebook
Details: This is an in depth session geared toward individuals that have already completed the form
in past years (or have made significant progress on a new form). Work stations and 1 on 1
coaching will be available to help attendees with an already started or previously
completed achievement form.

Upcoming Fertilizer and Pesticide Recertification Trainings

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County


November 13, 2019


It is beginning to look a lot like the annual fertilizer and pesticide applicator license recertification season. Held annually, fertilizer and pesticide applicator license recertification trainings are offered to farmers and applicators through the OSU Extension offices. Licenses are valid for a period of three years, at which time the license holder must attend a recertification training.

The Highland County OSU Extension fertilizer and pesticide applicator license recertification training will be held on January 15, 2020, from noon until 4 PM, in the Large Meeting Room in the Highland County Administration Building. Attendees must register in advance through the Highland County OSU Extension office or online. The cost for the recertification training is $40 for both fertilizer and pesticide, $15 for fertilizer only, and $35 for pesticide only.

There are approximately 50 Highland County residents who need to attend the training, as their licenses are set to expire in 2020. The Ohio Department of Agriculture will send all individuals a letter to notify them that they need to renew. If you are not sure when you need to recertify, you can also call the Highland County OSU Extension office at 937-393-1918.

In addition to the training fee, there is a state license fee that is paid separately to the Ohio Department of Agriculture. Instructions for this process will also be included in the notification letters sent by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. If the date of January 15, 2020 does not fit into your schedule, additional dates will be offered in other counties.

If you have questions about the fertilizer and pesticide applicator license training programs or any upcoming OSU Extension programming contact the OSU Extension office in Highland County at 937-393-1918.

Holiday Events

It’s that time of year again! We the “New Vienna Community Center” are in the process of putting together the Second Annual New Vienna Christmas parade. We would like to invite you to join us, by entering the parade! Please find attached three files. They contain the parade details. We will be judging the entries and the winners will receive a delicious Christmas ham! Our theme again this year is “Christmas” until we get a little more established in these first few years. Please contact me (Sarah Ford) with any questions you may have. I am certainly willing to hand deliver a paper copy of these attached files.

Entry Form Final2019-1

Happy Holidays Letter2019-2

PARADE RULES Final2019-1


Thank You,

Sarah Ford

New Vienna Community Center

Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium

The Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium takes place at the Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, including the youth program, on Dec. 13 and 14. A celebration of the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association’s 70th Anniversary also will take place. A youth discount is being offered (youth ages 12 and under are free, youth ages 13 – 22 are $25.00), these prices reflect the 2 day registration. This is a great opportunity for any sheep enthusiast or shepherds in your county.


Friday speakers at the event will include Sandi Brock, Commercial sheep producer and face of “Sheepishly Me- Adventures in Sheep Farming” on social media and YouTube, of Shepherd Creek Farms in Ontario, Canada; Cameron Lauwers — a first generation sheep producer and fourth generation farmer from Capac, Michigan who runs 600 ewes in a mostly housed accelerated lambing system; and Dr. Luciana da Costa, DVM of the OSU Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicines, who will be sharing her expertise on mammary health and mastitis. On Saturday additional speakers including John Foltz, Ohio State Animal Sciences chair and Lee Fitzsimmons, from Wayne Savings Community Bank.

Online registration link for BSS

Garden Ideas for November

Submitted by Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer

As I walked around our 5 acres this weekend, I realized that I was already making my “wish list” for next spring. My goal is to have a spark of fall color in a few more places. Trees, shrubs, perennials can all provide fall interest in your landscape. I am trying stay positive about the weeds that appeared during my surgery and recovery time. Isn’t that one of the best traits of a gardener? Ever being the optimist? “Next year I will win the battle of the weeds and mulch earlier” will be my mantra next spring.

Ornamental grasses offer fall and winter color and movement in the landscape. I leave the seed heads for the birds to enjoy through the winter and cut all grasses back in early spring. Japanese Blood grass is an easy way to add a splash of red to your wind garden. It is not aggressive (at least where I have it planted) and only reaches 12 to 14 inches in height. Pampas grass is a stretch for my zone, but mine seems to be thriving in its protected location. A suggested alternative for Pampas grass is Karl Foerster.  Don’t forget about our native grasses! I am slowly replacing the Miscanthus (considered invasive) with Big and Little Bluestem, Indian Grass, Prairie Dropseed and Switch grass.

Autumn sedum and Joe Pye Weed are also beautiful in the fall and winter. The snow-covered seed heads also provide winter treats for the birds.

The Ginkgo trees have put on a spectacular show of color this year! Did you know that the Ginkgo tree is the sole surviving species from an ancient family of trees that flourished millions of years ago?

I have discovered a few books that will help me with my plans for more fall color in my landscape. 8 Months of Color written by Janet Macunovich provides the reader with an easy way to choose plants by week of peak bloom, color and height.  The plants listed are for USDA hardiness zones 4, 5, 6 and 7. Tracy Disabato-Aust has written a “must have” for all busy gardeners. Her book, 50 High-Impact, Low-Care GardenPlants proves that low-maintenance doesn’t mean low-interest.

Pam Bennett, co-author of Garden-Pedia: An A-To-Z Guide to Gardening Terms, and contributing writer for the magazine, Ohio Gardener, suggests some gardening tasks for November that include: 1) Clean and sharpen tools and lawn mower 2) Plant amaryllis and paperwhites for holiday bloom 3) Cut fresh greens from your evergreens to be used for holiday decorations and 4) Consider purchasing a balled and burlapped living Christmas tree. If you do this, dig the hole for the tree before the ground freezes.

The Bald Cypress tree we planted close to the “deer path” has been surrounded with snow fence to keep rubbing bucks at bay. We have 3 Norway spruce that seem to be the victims each year as the deer travel through our property. Thankfully they haven’t started on any new trees…..yet!

We hope you will join us at our garden seminar on Thursday, November 21. 2019 at the Mt. Orab. James Morris, OSUE Brown County Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator, will talk about the use of Herbicides in your landscape, reading labels and following label directions. Remember that all seminars are free and open to the public and are held in Room 208 from7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Have you started making your list for next year? Look around and see what spots need more color!

Leadership Highland Agriculture Day

Leadership Highland participants at the World Equestrian Center on October 30, 2019. Left to right: Brooke Beam, Kathy Bruins, Mel McKenzie, Amanda Hall, Courtney Gallimore, Blaine Williams, Amatha Farrens, Bill Davis, Jacob Alexander, and Scott Lewis.

Brooke Beam, PhD

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

November 4, 2019

On Wednesday, October 30, the 2019-2020 class of Leadership Highland met to learn about agriculture in the region. Leadership Highland class members toured the Highland County Extension Office, Brown Farms, Premier Grain, Bright Farms, and the World Equestrian Center.

The first stop on the Leadership Highland agriculture day was at the Highland County Extension Office. Brooke Beam and Kathy Bruynis provided an overview of the variety of Extension programming offered in the county, which includes 4-H, agriculture and natural resources, community development, family and consumer sciences, and SNAP Education. Dr. Beam provided an overview of the fertilizer and pesticide recertification courses offered for farmers annually, as well as the daily operations in the Extension Office.

The second tour of the day was to Brown Farms, where the group met with Nathan Brown. Mr. Brown, a first-generation farmer, learned by working with another local farmer to become established in the industry. Mr. Brown discussed the challenges facing the agriculture industry, cover crops, and mental health in the farming community. Brown Farms raises grain crops and beef cattle near New Vienna.

The third visit of the Leadership Highland agriculture day was to Premier Grain in Leesburg, where the group met with John Surber. Mr. Surber is the owner of Premier Grain, which operates several gain mills in the region. On this particular day, Premier Grain in Leesburg was filling shipping containers with grain for overseas markets. Mr. Surber discussed the logistics of transporting Highland County grain to Asia and the different uses of grain locally.

Due to the inclement weather, the afternoon of the Leadership Highland agriculture day was spent at indoor facilities. The first stop of the afternoon was to Bright Farms in Wilmington, Ohio. Bright Farms is a hydroponic greenhouse that raises multiple varieties of leafy greens. The greens are mature in 12 to 14 days after planting depending on the variety. Once harvested, the lettuce is delivered fresh to regional grocery stores and restaurants, which include WalMart, Jungle Jim’s, Damon’s in Wilmington, and the Escape Bar and Grill in Wilmington.

The final stop of the day was to the World Equestrian Center outside of Wilmington. The World Equestrian Center hosts 28 USEF rated hunter/jumper horse shows annually. The winter season of shows will begin in November. The tour of the facility included the show rings, stables, shops, and the Paddock Restaurant.

The next meeting of Leadership Highland is scheduled for the end of November, highlighting health and public safety. For more information about Leadership Highland or other Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

Steer Tagging

Steer Tagging

The 2020 Highland County Jr. Fair Steer Tag in will be Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at Union Stockyards on State Route 138 east of Hillsboro. Tune in to Buckeye Country 105.5 for cancellations due to weather.