4-H Day – March 6th –  Drive thru Event at Fairgrounds

The 4-H Staff in Fairfield County will be putting a new twist on the always popular 4-H Day.  To adhere with social distancing requirements   4-H Day will be a Drive Thru event for only NEW families interested in 4-H. Stop by the Fairfield County Fairgrounds between 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. to get more information and we’ll help you find a 4-H club! Families will remain in their vehicles.  For more information contact 4-H Educators, Leslie Cooksey (Cooksey.25@osu.edu) or  Aubry Fowler Shaw (Fowler.443@osu.edu)

4-H Project Open House Events will take place on Zoom

Wanting to learn more about 4-H project options, chat with 4-H Advisors and find the the best fit for all of your 4-H needs check into go.osu.edu/virtual4hday. Two days and two times available for your convenience. It is free and open to all those interested in 4-H project work.  Call OSU Extension in Fairfield County, 740-653-5419 to register today !!

Monday, March 8th from 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 10th from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

For more details listen in to this interview with 4-H Educator Leslie Cooksey on the 88.9FM WLRY Saturday Morning Farm Page


ARC/PLC meeting scheduled via ZOOM – February 25 at 9 am

ARC/PLC sign-up for crop year 2021 continues at the Farm Service Agency thru March 15. Next week on February 25 we will be hosting a free ZOOM session on making the ARC/PLC decision that will also include the latest grain market outlook. This session begins at 9 a.m. on the Thursday, the 25th and you can find registration at:  go.osu.edu/arcplc2021.  Contact FSA at 740-653-4012 to discuss submitting your enrollment choices. Deadline to make new elections this year is March 15 . . . best advice is enrolling sooner rather than later is best this year.

PRIVATE PESTICIDE REcertification..February 23 at 5 pm ONLINE

One more casualty of the pandemic is Private Pesticide REcertification, at least as we’ve known it in the past. With face-to-face meetings hosted by OSU Extension presently on hold, at this time it’s impossible to speculate when a traditional Private Pesticide REcertification session may even be scheduled. However, there has been a recent change in the deadline for REcertification, and also several ‘virtual’ opportunities are in the planning stages for 2021. Tuesday, February  23rd beginning at 5 p.m. we will be hosting a free Private Pesticide REcertification session on-line.   For more information, contact OSU Extension in Fairfield County at 740-653-5419 or see this NEWS post from December: https://u.osu.edu/thenews/2020/12/29/private-pesticide-recertification-will-be-different-this-year/ .

Also remember that  Governor DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 404 extending both the Commercial and Private Pesticide REcertification and Fertilizer REcertification deadline until July 1, 2021. This means Private and Fertilizer Applicators who expire in March 2020 or March 2021 now have until July 1, 2021 to renew and recertify.

Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, & DNA Sample Collection Procedure

Fairfield County Market Beef Weigh-In Date Set

For youth entering the market beef show at the 2021 Fairfield County Fair weighing of those animals will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Fairfield  Cattle Company located at 3443 Cincinnati Zanesville Rd SW Lancaster, OH 43130.  Please note the deadline for ownership and possession of a market beef project in Fairfield County remains March 1, 2021. 

Fairfield County Market Beef Tagging, Weighing, and DNA Sample Collection Procedure for 2021 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to change the way we do many things in life that had become seemingly routine. Fortunately, in most cases the advances in technology have allowed many of these changes to take place almost seamlessly. The annual Junior market beef weigh-in and tagging in Fairfield County is an example.  As we continue to be surrounded by the virus, in order to tag market beef as safely as possible, yet ensure the integrity of our show, this year we will be employing a tagging process similar to that utilized by the Ohio State Fair market beef show in recent years.

Youth will be required to tag their market beef animals with a visual and EID tag (unless their calf already has an EID tag, in this case they will apply only a visual tag) and must submit a hair follicle DNA sample prior to weigh-in on March 13, 2021. In advance, families with market beef projects will also be required to reserve a weigh-in time for the March 13 event, and only those directly involved in transporting and weighing-in calves should plan to attend . . . please, no spectators! The goal is to reduce congregation at weigh-in and minimize the transfer of paperwork.  For more details, check out the County News at https://fairfield.osu.edu/ or contact Jr. Fair Coordinator, Chuck Miller at keywest100@att.net

Fairfield County Cattlemen Offer Scholarships

Each year  the Fairfield County Cattlemen’s Association awards at least one college scholarship to a local high school senior and/or current college or technical school student. The application deadline is  March  1, 2021.

To find a copy of the application check out the Fairfield County OSU Extension web page at  https://fairfield.osu.edu/ and click on the Ag and Natural Resources tab.

If you have questions, contact the FCCA scholarship chairwoman Amy Moore at amoore@bloom-carroll.k12.oh.us