Ohio Teen Leadership Council (TLC) Applications for the 2021-2022 Year Are Now Available DUE August 13, 2021

Individuals must be 14-18 as of January 1 of the year of application to apply for council member, committee member, committee chair, and officer positions.  Junior Advisor applicants must be 18-20 years old (as of January 1) when they apply.

For more information, click the link below:

https://www.ohio4h.org/families/just-teens/teen-leadership-council

Back this year for an in-person show: Farm Science Review 2021

LONDON, Ohio—Ever want to climb into the cockpit of a plane and glide over a field?

At this year’s Farm Science Review Sept. 21–23, visitors will have that chance without leaving the grassy ground under them.

The upcoming, annual farm trade show will offer a series of virtual reality experiences such as operating a crop duster, high-tech planters, combines, and other equipment.

Sitting in a mini IMAX-type theater, visitors to FSR can watch videos projected on a domed screen around them. They’ll get an expansive view—a bit wider than peripheral vision—so they can feel as if they’re flying a plane. Or riding a high-tech planter. Or peering into a beehive.

To film the videos, Ohio State University Extension educators mounted cameras to various spots on planters, tractors, combines, and other vehicles, so viewers can get a perspective they wouldn’t normally get.

“It’s a little bit like having a bug’s eye view of all of these places,” said Brooke Beam, Extension educator in Highland County. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), which hosts FSR.

One of the videos was taken by drones that flew over fields throughout the state to highlight the variety in Ohio agriculture: different crops, diverse soil types, and an assortment of terrain.

“Young people will find the technology really enthralling,” said Nick Zachrich, FSR manager. “But also, experienced farmers or producers will get a view they don’t normally get—a view of what someone else is doing. Then, they can see if it might be something useful for their own operations.”

Having an immersive theater experience is one of the new offerings at the upcoming, three-day FSR. Last year, the show was exclusively virtual as a result of the pandemic. This year’s show will be in person, but some talks and demonstrations will be livestreamed from the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London, Ohio. And many of the talks will also be recorded so people can watch them online as well from their phones, tablets, or laptops.

A new marketplace pavilion will offer visitors a chance to try products that smaller businesses in food and agriculture are promoting, such as a dairy that might be starting a type of ice cream or a specialty cheese.

In its third year, FSR’s Career Exploration Fair will be both in person and online. On Sept. 22, the in-person career fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. During the same time frame on Sept. 24, people can go to fsr.osu.edu for a virtual opportunity to learn about careers in agriculture.

“Being able to be there on-site and part of a crowd will be very inviting to people,” Zachrich said of this year’s show. “It’s a good opportunity to get away from the farm for the day.”

FSR hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 21–22 and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Tickets for the event are $7 online and at OSU Extension county offices and participating agribusinesses, or $10 at the gate. Children ages 5 and under are free. For tickets and more information about FSR, visit fsr.osu.edu.

Earth Friendly Summer Tips – Live More Sustainably

Earth Friendly Summer Tips is part of the SAVE (Sustainable Action through Video Engagement) video series. This video series focuses on helping people live more sustainably within their homes and communities and promote simple everyday actions people can take to conserve energy, reduce waste, and save money.

Watch the video below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npghMQ-i0yc

Grade Day Schedule for Food and Nutrition on 7/17/21

The schedule for the Food & Nutrition grade day on Saturday, July 17, 2021 has been sent via email to the club advisors of those projects.

If you are enrolled in a food and nutrition project, please check with your club advisor to see when your time slot is for judging.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Food and Nutrition grade day, please contact Fran Pruchenski.