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4-H Yard Signs- Purchase a Yard Sign for $5.50 at the OSU Extension Office.


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Southern Ohio Farm Show Expanding Viewership To More Counties

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County

November 12, 2020

Ohio State University Extension offices of Brown, Clermont, and Highland Counties created the Southern Ohio Farm Show, a weekly television-style program that has aired for the past 27 weeks. Each episode features several topics related to agriculture, family and consumer sciences, community development, 4-H youth development, and local community events. The Southern Ohio Farm Show will expand its viewership territory by partnering with Extension Offices in Clinton, Fayette, Pickaway, Pike, and Ross Counties.

Each new episode of the Southern Ohio Farm Show is released weekly on Wednesdays. The program is broadcasted via a live Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and is available on the local access channels. To register for the weekly Zoom, visit:

Previous episodes are available on the OSU Highland County YouTube channel.

To date, the program has had a combined viewership of over 45,000 people. The majority of viewers have tuned in from Ohio, but the program has had viewership as far away as Australia. The program is created through a collaborative effort of Extension personnel and community members. Dr. Brooke Beam, OSU Extension Educator in Highland County, edits and produces the weekly program. If you are interested in participating in the Southern Ohio Farm Show, contact your county’s Extension Office.

For November, each episode will feature a different recipe or cooking technique to help get your Thanksgiving meal ready for the table. The November 18, 2020, episode will discuss meat science techniques for turkeys. Previous episodes have included topics including beekeeping, livestock production, soil science, agronomic crops, and meat science.

All community members, rural or urban, will have an opportunity to participate in the Southern Ohio Farm Show through a contest will that will be announced next week.

For more information about the Southern Ohio Farm Show or other OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.

Southern Ohio Farm Show Programming for November

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Educator

OSU Extension, Highland County


During the month of November, the Southern Ohio Farm Show will be highlighting various food science topics and recipes to help make your Thanksgiving meal a success. Each episode will feature a different dish related to the holiday meal. Additionally, the show will cover topics related to drought stressed forages, beekeeping, and tree identification.

This week’s episode features Thanksgiving Salad, which is my mother’s favorite holiday dish. The recipe comes from The Presidents’ Own White House Cookbook, compiled by Robert Jones and published in 1968. It is a unique dish that can work as a side dish or a dessert, but it is very sweet.

Over the next few weeks, there will be several opportunities for community members to participate in the Southern Ohio Farm Show. Keep an eye out for a holiday themed contest to be announced soon for our December episodes. Participation opportunities will be posted through the newspaper column and on Facebook.

The Southern Ohio Farm Show is broadcasted weekly through Zoom, Facebook, YouTube, and the local access channels in Adams, Brown, Clermont, and Highland Counties. To watch the show on demand, visit the OSU Extension Highland County Facebook and YouTube channels.

It’s Soup Time!

Leeanna McKamey, SNAP-Ed Program Assistant

OSU Extension/Highland County


Preparing soup for dinner can help provide a healthy diet and it can also make your meals easy to prepare.  Whether slow cooking in a crock pot or over the stove, soup is a great choice on a cool day.  Soup is something that the whole family can get involved in.  Everyone can add their favorite vegetable to a vegetable soup or add spices that your family loves. There is no wrong way.

Soup saves time, can be frozen for later meals, can use up leftovers, stretches meat which is costly, can be prepared in quantity for later meals, very warming on a cold day, fits everyone’s schedule and can be very nutritious!

Vegetable Cheese Soup

4 servings

Swiss cheese, vegetables, and curry powder make this thick and creamy soup a filling meal on a cold night this winter. Serve with whole wheat toast on the side.


2 cups water

3 cups mixed vegetables, canned, frozen or fresh (chopped, no salt or fat added)

1/4 cup onion (chopped)

1 teaspoon salt

curry powder (1/2 teaspoon, optional)

1 cup dry milk, non-fat

1 cup water

1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

1/2 cup Swiss cheese (cut into small pieces)



Bring 2 cups water to a boil. Add vegetables, onions, salt and curry powder. Cook, covered, until almost tender.

Mix dry milk, 1 cup water and cornstarch together. Add to partially cooked vegetables.

Cook over medium heat, stirring often, until thickened.

Add cheese and stir until melted. Add more water if too thick.

Notes:  Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.


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Teen Opportunities

Jr. Fair Board  Applications – Due November 9, 2020

Encourage your teens to apply for this leadership opportunity, to be eligible for Junior Fair Board, teens must be 15 as of January 1, 2021 or a sophomore in high school. 4-H and At-Large Junior Fair Board applications are available at the Extension Office and online at:

Applications are due by Monday, November 9, 2020 by 4:00 p.m. to the Extension Office.


Highland County Junior Leadership

Junior Leaders is open to any youth 13 and in the 8th grade.  Come join this leadership opportunity. Please contact Kathy Bruynis or email


4-H Camp Counselor Applications – Due January 7, 2021

The 4-H Camp Counselors are a group of 4-H teens selected to assist in being responsible for campers during 4-H camp. As a result of participation, counselors will develop knowledge, skills, attitudes and aspirations needed for adult success, and the Highland County 4-H program will be strengthened and expanded.

Applications are available  in the Extension office or online at:

The deadline to apply for 2021 is before January 7, 2021 by 4:00 p.m. in the Extension Office.


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.