Keep Cool This Summer

Brooke Beam, PhD

Agriculture and Natural Resources/Community Development Extension Educator

Ohio State University Extension, Highland County


July 15, 2020


The past few weeks have provided very hot weather in Highland County. Scattered showers have helped crops, but certain areas in the county could use additional rain. While the weather is warm, it has provided good weather to work on equipment, cleaning barns, and other outside work. No matter if you are working on the farm, garden, or your yard, it is important to keep cool in the high heat.

Heat Related IllnessesThere are several heat-related illnesses that can impact you during weather like we are experiencing. These illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, sunburn, and heat rash. According to the CDC, symptoms of heat strokes include high body temperatures; hot, red, dry or damp skin; fast, strong pulse; headaches; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and a loss of consciousness.

Remember to wear sunscreen while outdoors and hats to protect yourself. If possible, try to work in the mornings when it the temperature is cooler.

Your animals and pets are also susceptible to heat related illnesses. Keep animals in areas where they have access to shade and water.

Remember, you are irreplaceable, work outside can wait until a cooler day.

For more information about OSU Extension programming, contact the Highland County Extension Office at 937-393-1918.















Southern Ohio Farm Show for July 15, 2020

Join James Morris for wheat scouting, Kyah and Jayah Chaney with dog showmanship, Ryan Mau with his horse, Dave Apsley for another tree identification, and Ken Ford with an update on the upcoming Southern Ohio Corn Growers field day.

Tune-in live via Zoom on Wednesday at 10 AM by registering at…

Last Chance virtual Quality Assurance

Last Chance Quality Assurance
July 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Highland County 4-H and FFA members will have one more free opportunity to attend a virtual Quality Assurance on July 28 at 1:00. You must register by July 27 at noon. contact Kathy Bruynis if you have any questions, Register at:



Upcoming 4-H Dates

Upcoming 4-H Dates

  • Skillathon OR a Project Interview is a requirement for ALL animal projects to be shown at the Highland County Fair-this is for project completion only.  Exhibitors must bring a 2020 up-to-date project book. 
    • 3 options for competition :
      • 1)Project Interviews for 4-H will on Entry Day on July 17 from 12 (noon) – 6p.m.
        • a)Members will check-in first come, first serve for interviews
      • 2)Skillathon with OME eligibility and 4-H will be August 22 from 10a.m – 5p.m.
      • 3)Last Chance Skillathon for 4-H is August 29 from 10a.m. – 2p.m.
  • Make-Up judging August 14th and 15th Virtually
    • Must contact the Extension office to schedule an interview
  • Summer Judging and Pre-Fair Judging- August 22 @ Highland County Fairgrounds
    • Judging Schedules will come out closer to judging (notifications will be sent out)
    • Clothing and Nutrition Skillathons will also be held on August 22 at the Highland County Fairgrounds.
    • Uncomfortable about being in-person?  Contact Danielle about a virtual option.
  • July 9th Summer Awards and Style Review-Cancelled
    • Awards will be announced virtually once judging is completed
  • Scholarships award receipts will be recognized during award ceremony at the fair
  • Scholarship Deadlines
  • Market Rabbit Tattooing August 3, 2020 5-9 p.m. @ Highland County Fairgrounds Poultry and Rabbit Barn
    • All market rabbits that will be shown at the 2020 Highland County Jr. Fair must get tattooed at this time.

Southern Ohio Farm Show for July 8, 2020

Join Highland County 4-H members Brooklyn Baldwin, Aubrey Hamilton, Sydney Hamilton, Sam Hamilton, Keaton Smith, Aston Bain, and Sophie Young as they discuss their 4-H livestock projects. Additionally, there is a weather outlook from Aaron Wilson, video production tips with Brooke Beam, and how to identify a Buckeye tree with Dave Apsley. Tune in live next Wednesday via Zoom at 10 A.M. by registering at…


Leeanna McKamey

Program Assistant, SNAP-Ed

OSU Extension, Highland County


With rising temperatures, we need to be careful with food safety.  Here are a few tips.

  1. Keep food cold until grill is hot. Do not let meat sit out for long periods of time.
  2. Have one cooler for food, and another for beverages and extra ice.
  3. Cook thoroughly and make sure meat juices do not touch other food.
  4. In hot weather (85 degrees and above) food should never sit out for more than 1 hour.
  5. Put perishables back into the cooler immediately after eating.

When in doubt…Throw it out!  Never eat food unless you are sure it’s safe. You can always rely on peanut butter sandwiches, crackers, salami, hard cheese and other nonperishables when you picnic.

Fruit Pizza

Ingredients for the crust

Cooking Spray

1 egg white, large

1/4 cup oil, vegetable or canola

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup quick cooking oats


For the topping

1/4 cup fat-free cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt

Fruit for topping pizza examples: 1 cup

strawberries, 1 cup blueberries, 2 kiwi


Instructions for the crust

  1. Before you begin was your hands, surfaces, utensils and fruit.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, use a whisk or fork to beat egg white until foamy, approximately 1-2 minutes. Add oil and sugar. Beat until smooth.
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in quick cooking oats.
  5. Add sugar mixture to oat mixture in medium bowl.
  6. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Using your hands, spread the dough in a 9 inch circle. Or make small circles for everyone to make their own.

Bake about 12 minutes or until the crust begins to puff. Remove from oven and let cool, about 20 minutes.


For the topping

  1. While the crust is baking, stir together the cream cheese and yogurt in a small bowl until smooth.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

  1. Dry off cleaned fruit and cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. Transfer the crust to a serving plate. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the crust. Arrange fruit on top.
  3. Cut into 8 wedges and serve or refrigerate up to 2 hours, covered and uncut.

Agricultural Pesticide Disposal Dates Set

Agricultural pesticide disposal dates have been set through Ohio Department of Agriculture. Click here for more information on these dates and disposal process.

Agricultural Pesticides Only

August 18: Fayette County 9 am – 3 pm
Fayette County Airport
2770 Old Rt 38 NE.
Washington Courthouse, Ohio 43160

August 19: Hancock County 9 am – 3 pm
Hancock County Fairgrounds
1017 E. Sandusky Street
Findlay, Ohio 45840

August 25: Lake County 9 am – 3 pm
Perry Coal and Feed
4204 Main Street
Perry, Ohio 44081

ODA Partners with OSU Extension to Provide Online Pesticide Recertification Opportunities

Author: Jennifer Andon

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA), is partnering with the Ohio State University Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) to temporarily offer online recertification for pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders whose licenses expired or are due to expire this year, and were unable recertify as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The online recertification for private pesticide applicators and fertilizer certificate holders will be available starting Monday, July 6.  Commercial pesticide applicators will be able to recertify online beginning August 10.

For more information or to register for the online recertification, click on this hotlink:

Training videos for recertification will include category specific, up-to-date information provided by ODA, Ohio State University Specialists, Field Specialists, and Extension Educators. The cost for online training is $35 for private applicators and $10 for fertilizer recertification. The price per credit hour for commercial applicators is $15.  Your license number or applicator ID will be required to complete the recertification process.  If you don’t know your license number, please contact ODA at 614-728-6987, choose option 1.

Applicators are still required to meet their recertification requirements to renew licenses and certifications.  As a result of HB 197, applicators have until 90 days after the emergency is over or December 1, whichever comes first, to complete their requirements.  Recertification status can be checked online here. Applicators must also submit a completed renewal application and pay an additional fee to the ODA for licensure.

For additional information regarding online recertification, please contact the Ohio Department of Agriculture at 614-728-6987, and press 1 for licensing recertification,  or the OSU Pesticide Safety Education Program at 614-292-4070.