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2021 Skillathon Study Guides are Now Available

We are excited to announce that the Skillathon Study Guides for 2021 are now available.  The study guides are behind a password-protected page here on our blog site.  In order to receive the password, you must register to use the study guides.  To do this, visit: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVW0X3bmpjtc2O and complete the extremely easy 4 question survey.  An e-mail will then be sent with the password to the page.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Michael by e-mail at schweinsberg.5@osu.edu or phone at 419-399-8225.

4-H Black and White Photography Challenge

Minnesota 4-H Photography is excited to offer a photo challenge open to Midwest youth (including Ohio) in grades K-13!

Explore the world in TONES with a black and white photography challenge! We encourage you to play with shadows, look at texture, and layer dark and light tones to create stunning black and white photographs.

Submit up to three (3) jpg or jpeg images to fourhphoto@umn.edu by 11:59 p.m. on March 15, 2021.

For more information, to register, or see the rules for the challenge click here.

Questions? Email fourhphoto@umn.edu.

National 4-H Celebrate Teens in your Community Contest

CELEBRATE TEENS IN YOUR COMMUNITY WITH $5K

We’re proud to join the Invisalign® brand in their search for 100 deserving teens dedicated to making a difference in their communities to be recognized as Invisalign® ChangeMakers!

We’re proud to join the Invisalign® brand in their search for 100 deserving teens dedicated to making a difference in their communities to be recognized as Invisalign® ChangeMakers!Each of these teens will be celebrated at a virtual event and awarded $5,000 cash to fund their service projects or help support their educational or personal goals. Help us celebrate those making a difference by sharing with the teens and parents in your life!

All teens ages 13 – 19 can apply now through March 31, 2021 by sharing how they’re creating positive change in their communities, schools and world.

APPLY NOW

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Contest begins at 9:00 AM PT on 1/25/21 and ends at 11:59:59 PM PT on 3/31/21. Open only to legal residents of 50 US/DC, 13 -19 years of age. Click Here for Official Rules, including how to enter, odds, prize details and restrictions. Void where prohibited. Msg&data rates may apply. Sponsor: Align Technology, Inc., 2820 Orchard Parkway, San Jose, CA 95134.

Market Chicken Order Form Now Available

It is time to order your market chickens for the 2021 Paulding County Junior Fair.    We are asking that, if multiple youth from the same family are completing the market chicken project, EACH YOUTH complete a separate order form.  This will ensure that all youth have the required NPIP paperwork.  Orders must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Friday, February 26th.  Please note that all market pens of chickens must consist of 3 birds of the same sex.

It is recommended that you order a few extra chickens than what is needed to create your market pens.  It is never known if you will lose some of your chicks during the first few weeks.  A larger selection also ensures you have more to choose from while choosing the birds you will be exhibiting at the fair.

Again this year, we will be placing our order through Milan Center Feed and Grain and will be ordering the Cornish Cross breed.  The price per chick is as follows:

Straight Run (not sexed before delivery): $1.80

Pullet (female): $1.75

Cockeral (male): $1.85

The pick-up date for the market chickens will be on Wednesday, April 28th from 3:00 to 4:30 pm at the Extension Office.  Payment for your order will be due when you pick up your chicks.  Invoices will be e-mailed for convenience in knowing what your payment should be.

If you have questions about ordering, your project, or any other 4-H related area, please feel free to give me a call at 419-399-8225 or send an e-mail to schweinsberg.5@osu.edu.

2021 Paulding County Junior Fair Market Chicken Order Form

4-H App? We Have That

Have you downloaded our new app?  If not, why?  This is a great resource that has everything you will need in one place.  Please take a minute now and download this new resource to keep updated on all things 4-H and Paulding County Extension related.  Click on the link below to download the app today!  While you are thinking about it, share this info with everyone you know.  Our app has something for everyone.

To download for Apple products: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1527286535 or search for Paulding County 4-H in iTunes.

To download for Android products: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.paulding.county4h or search for Paulding County 4-H in Google Play.

2021 4-H Project Completion and Fair Guidelines Now Available

The 2021 4-H Project Completion and Fair Guidelines document is now available.  This document lists all the requirements of Ohio and Paulding County 4-H for project completion as well as what is needed for the Paulding County Fair.  When you visit the link below, you will be taken to the document.  On the Table of Contents page, you will see that I linked each topic area to where it can be found in the document to make it easier and quicker to use.  Simply click on the topic area in the table of contents and you will jump right to what you are looking for.  If you have questions about this document or what is required for you to complete your project, please contact Michael.

2021 4-H Project Completion and Fair Guidelines

2021 National Beekeeping Essay

The Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees is once again sponsoring the 2021 National 4-H Beekeeping Essay Competition.  The essay competition is open to active 4-H Club members only.

2021 Essay Topic: Immunity: Threats to Bee Colonies and Methods to Defend Against the Threats

Deadline for submission to the Ohio 4-H state office is March 29, 2021.  Submit essays to Lisa Jinks, jinks.2@osu.edu by midnight.  Each submitted essay will be reviewed by a panel of writing professionals and the top essay selected will be submitted for national competition.  Be sure to see important requirements and guidelines on the Foundation’s website.  Click here for rules and overview.

Quality Assurance Trainings Begin Monday, January 25th – Registration Required

With the concerns of COVID-19, the Paulding County Agricultural Society as well as the Paulding County OSU Extension Office, have determined that it is in the best interest of Paulding County to conduct our annual required Quality Assurance training virtually in 2021.  The dates and times that are available are listed below.  We are able to have 25 families on each training, therefore, this will be a first-come, first-serve sign-up.  To visit the registration page please visit: 2021 Paulding County Quality Assurance Registration.

It is a requirement of the State of Ohio that all youth who exhibit livestock at a county fair complete a yearly Quality Assurance training.  If you are completing a project in one of these species areas you must register using the link above: Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Swine, Horse, Poultry, and/or Rabbit.

If everyone in the same household will be signing up for the same Quality Assurance training date, only 1 registration will need to be completed with all members listed on the registration.  The registration must also contain the name of the parent who is also completing the training.

During these trainings, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has requested that we are able to see everyone who is participating.  Therefore, you will need to keep your camera on during the training.  If you have internet connection concerns, please contact Michael to discuss as soon as possible.

Paulding County Quality Assurance Schedule:

Session 1:  January 25th at 6:30 pm

Session 2:  February 1st at 6:30 pm

Session 3:  February 6th at 1:00 pm

Session 4:  February 20th at 1:00 pm

Session 5:  March 1st at 6:30 pm

Session 6:  March 6th at 1:00 pm

Session 7:  March 11th at 6:30 pm

Session 8:  March 16th at 6:30 pm

Session 9:  March 20th at 6:30 pm

Session 10:  March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Session 11:  March 27th at 9:30 am

Ohio 4-H Conference Registration Information

The 2021 Virtual Ohio 4-H Conference will bring together 4-H volunteers and teens (age 13 and older) from across Ohio. You can participate in a variety of educational sessions that offer something for everyone! Join us as we learn from one another to make the best better for Ohio 4-H programs.

Virtual sessions will start at 9:00 am on February 20 and 7:00 pm on February 23 & 25.  To find more information about what is being offered during this conference and to register for this virtual event please use the following links:

Ohio 4-H Virtual Conference Session Descriptions

Ohio 4-H Virtual Conference Registration Site

 

Paulding County 4-H Enrollment Deadline is January 8, 2021

Friday, January 8th is the enrollment deadline for 4-H in Paulding County.  For those of you who are now scrambling around trying to find the link to register, you are in luck.  The link is below.  Please remember that you must also have your projects selected when registering.  For questions, contact Michael at 419-399-8225 or schweinsberg.5@osu.edu.

4-H Online

2021 Paulding County Quality Assurance Registration Now Available

With the concerns of COVID-19, the Paulding County Agricultural Society as well as the Paulding County OSU Extension Office, have determined that it is in the best interest of Paulding County to conduct our annual required Quality Assurance training virtually in 2021.  The dates and times that are available are listed below.  We are able to have 25 families on each training, therefore, this will be a first-come, first-serve sign-up.  To visit the registration page please visit: 2021 Paulding County Quality Assurance Registration.

It is a requirement of the State of Ohio that all youth who exhibit livestock at a county fair complete a yearly Quality Assurance training.  Further, it is a requirement of the Paulding County Agricultural Society that at least one parent/legal guardian be in attendance for the training.  If you are completing a project in one of these species areas you must register using the link above: Cattle, Goats, Sheep, Swine, Horse, Poultry, and/or Rabbit.

If everyone in the same household will be signing up for the same Quality Assurance training date, only 1 registration will need to be completed with all members listed on the registration.  The registration must also contain the name of the parent who is also completing the training.

During these trainings, the Ohio Department of Agriculture has requested that we are able to see everyone who is participating.  Therefore, you will need to keep your camera on during the training.  If you have internet connection concerns, please contact Michael to discuss as soon as possible.

Paulding County Quality Assurance Schedule:

Session 1:  January 25th at 6:30 pm

Session 2:  February 1st at 6:30 pm

Session 3:  February 6th at 1:00 pm

Session 4:  February 20th at 1:00 pm

Session 5:  March 1st at 6:30 pm

Session 6:  March 6th at 1:00 pm

Session 7:  March 11th at 6:30 pm

Session 8:  March 16th at 6:30 pm

Session 9:  March 20th at 6:30 pm

Session 10:  March 23rd at 6:30 pm

Session 11:  March 27th at 9:30 am

Paulding County and Ohio 4-H Calendar of Events Now Available

The Paulding County and Ohio 4-H Calendar of Events is now available.  The link below will take you to the printable version of the calendar.  Please note that, due to ongoing COVID-19 health considerations and limitations to group gatherings, all events are subject to change. Events may be canceled or held virtually at any time based on the current state, county, or university guidelines.  Changes to how or where events will be held will be announced as decisions are made. Thank you for your understanding.

This calendar can be found in our amazingly easy to use app.  After opening the app, you can click on the 4-H Calendar button which will open the calendar in month view format.

2020 -2021 Paulding County 4-H Calendar

Market Steer Tagging Tomorrow – December 5th

This is a final reminder that the Paulding County Junior Fairboard will be holding their Market Steer Tagging tomorrow, December 5, from 9 to 11 am in the Show Arena at the Paulding County Fairgrounds.  Youth who are planning on completing a market steer project and showing it at the Paulding County Junior Fair MUST have their steer tagged at this event.

2021 Paulding County Market Turkey Order Form Now Available

Are you interested in completing a market turkey project this year?  If so, the market turkey order form can be found by clicking the link below.  The first 5 turkeys that you purchase for the 2021 Paulding County Fair will be donated to you by Cooper Farms.  Their support of 4-H and FFA youth in Paulding County is tremendous and we thank them for encouraging youth to participate in our market turkey project.

Turkey Orders are due by 11:59 pm on December 23, 2020

 

2021 Paulding County Market Turkey Order Form

 

2021 Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications Now Available

The 2020 Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselor Applications are now available.  Youth who are current Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors, recent graduates still eligible for 4-H, or past counselors who aged out of 4-H last year but were not able to camp in 2020 may apply.  Applications are due online no later than 11:59 pm on December 18th.  Applicants must complete the application in its entirety to be considered.  Parent/legal guardian signatures are required as part of the application process.  Applications can be found by clicking the link below.  Interviews for potential camp counselors will take place via ZOOM during Christmas break.  Applicants will be contacted after the deadline to schedule an interview time.

2021 Paulding County 4-H Camp Counselor Application

4-H Online 2.0 Is Now Open And Ready For You

The time has finally come where we are able to enroll in Paulding County 4-H.  You will find that the process is much easier than it has been in the past.  To begin registering today, visit oh.4honline.com.  The registration period in Paulding County will close on January 8th for all members wishing to participate at the Paulding County Junior Fair.

We recommend that you register early so you do not miss out on any news or events!!!

If you are looking for some help with registering, click on the link below which will open a Family Enrollment Guide.

4HOnline.v2.Family.Enrollment.Guide

As always, if you have questions about registering or need assistance, contact us at 419-399-8225 or e-mail schweinsberg.5@osu.edu.

Perfect Stay at Home Projects

Ohio 4-H has released a number of “Perfect Stay at Home Projects” for the 2020-2021 4-H year.  These books can be downloaded and printed at home for FREE from Ohio 4-H by visiting ohio4h.org/stayathomeprojects.  The list of projects available include:

  • Horseless Horse
  • Sew Fun
  • Get Started in Art
  • Let’s Start Cooking
  • Yeast Breads on the Rise
  • Your Thoughts Matter
  • The Laundry Project
  • Leadership Road Trip: Where Are You Going?
  • Explore the Outdoors
  • Ohio Birds
  • Science Fun with Kitchen Chemistry
  • Science Fun with Physics

4-H Project Book Ordering for the 2021 4-H Year

Most all of you have heard that we are ordering books differently this year.  Families are being asked to order their books directly from The Ohio State University Extension Publications Unit this year.  The great news is that families will be able to order online, pay by credit or debit card, and have the books shipped directly to their house.

In order to receive the best possible price for your books, please utilize the free shipping option.  This option is obtained by placing a book order of $20 or more and using the coupon code FREE2021 at checkout.  For families that will not have $20 in book orders, consider ordering with another family in your club or contact Michael.

It was announced to all 4-H advisors recently that we do have a change in our livestock record books beginning this year.  All livestock project participants are required to order and use the Ohio 4-H livestock project record book.  This means we are no longer able to use the county livestock record books that we have used in past years.  These books are species as well as breeding or market specific.  When ordering, be sure you are ordering the right book(s) for your project(s).  If you are not sure of the books that are needed for your project(s), please contact Michael for assistance.

For Horse project participants: The Uniform Rules for Horse Projects Book has been revised for the 2021-2024 show seasons.  If you are completing and showing a horse at the county fair, this book will need to be purchased.  You will only need 1 book per family.  The copy you may currently have should be discarded.

The publications unit also informed that they will NOT be acccepting returns on book orders this year.  This means that you must carefully select the project books you need for this year before placing your order.

Books can be ordered now and your project work can begin as soon as you receive your order.  Currently, the publications unit does not have a lot of orders they are processing which means your books will be shipped quickly.  The longer you wait to order your books, the slower it will be for you to receive them as other counties will begin their 4-H year.

To visit The Ohio State University Extension Publications website, visit: extensionpubs.osu.edu.  Do not forget to use coupon code FREE2021 to receive your free shipping on orders over $20.

If you have questions about project books, the ordering process, or are not able to meet the $20 minimum order, contact Michael for assistance.