State Junior Fairboard Applications – Due March 1

The process for selecting individuals to represent Ohio 4-H Youth Development on the state junior fair board has changed for 2023. All applications will be submitted to the Ohio State Fair JFB Coordinator using this link:  ohiostatefair.com/jfb and submit applications through the portal.  The deadline is March 1. Once the application deadline has passed, 4-H will be given the opportunity to review the applications that are submitted.

Learn more about the responsibilities of serving on the Ohio State JFB by contacting our 2022 representatives – Melina Matics (4-H) or Josie Burke (FFA)

Information: jfb recruitment

Washington Co Fair Dinner Fundraiser – Feb 25

Washington County Fair Annual Fundraiser Dinner!
Saturday, February 25, 2023
Pulled Pork or Chicken, Baked Beans, Coleslaw, Cheese Potato, Dessert, Drink
Kids Option: Hotdog, Chips, Applesauce, Dessert, Drink
Adult $15
Kid $5 (5 and under free)
Doors open/Dinner Served at 5:30pm
Takeout Meals Available 4:30-5:30pm
Gun Raffle, Silent/Live Auction, Side Raffles, Kids Activities, 50/50

ExploreAg Camps

“ExploreAg is more than just a camp, it’s awesome to get to see how broad agriculture is while having fun and making new friends. You end up learning a lot without it ever feeling like work. It’s an awesome opportunity to have fun, gain new friends, make valuable connections and maybe even find your lifelong career.” Zach Z.

2023 Information

Three weeklong camps are being planned for 2023, and four mini camps.  The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation is excited to be offering its signature ag literacy and workforce development program, ExploreAg, again in 2023.

Weeklong camps:

  • OSU Columbus Campus, June 11-16
  • OSU Wooster Campus, June 18-23
  • University of Findlay, July 9-14

Mini Camps:

  • Wilmington College June 4-7
  • COLT Electric Lineman Training, June 9
  • Rio Grande, June 30
  • Hocking College, July 31 – Aug. 2
New in 2023: Parent Information Sessions

Parent Q&A Zoom sessions will take place Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. and March 8 at 6 p.m. Register, and the Zoom link will be sent to participants via email.

Safe Use of Heat Lamps and Barn Monitoring System

Jason Hartschuh, Dairy Management and Precision Livestock, Field Specialist

During the winter lambing and kidding seasons, ensuring that lambs and kids get up and dry as fast as possible is critical for survivability and thus operation success. As producers, we can assist with this process by providing a warm area by offering supplemental heat and reducing barn draft while the young are still wet. For many operations, a heating system is part of their lamb and kid survival strategy with the lower critical temperature for lambs and kids being 50°F. Below this temperature lambs and kids are chilled and either need additional energy or supplemental heat. Unfortunately, heating systems add risk to our livestock barns. Any system has at least a minimal increase in fire risk. Especially the most common way of adding heat with heat lamps over deep bedded straw.

When using heat lamps there are some best management practices to keep in mind. Read more of this article by clicking on the link: https://u.osu.edu/sheep/2023/01/31/safe-use-of-heat-lamps-and-barn-monitoring-system/

Ohio 4-H Conference – Teen Incentive

Hey Teens!  When you recruit a friend to attend the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference on Saturday, March 11, the conference planning committee wants to THANK YOU!  All you have to do is stop by the “Teen Recruit” sign when you check in at the conference to get your Ohio 4-H Conference Swag!  We can’t wait to see you and your friends at the 2023 Ohio 4-H Conference!  Find registration info at https://go.osu.edu/o4hc

4-H Endowment Committee Searching for Committee Members

The Washington County 4-H Endowment Committee is searching for new members to join the team!  The committee would like to extend an invitation to teens and adults who are energetic, dedicated, and share a passion for planning events.  The Endowment Dinner and Auction is scheduled for April 1, 2023.  The committee meets monthly from November to April to organize and plan this event each year.  The dinner and auction is one of the biggest fundraisers the 4-H committee hosts and funds raised help to send local youth to camps, trips and provides scholarships for Washington County 4-H Youth.  Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the Washington County Extension Office located at 1115 Gilman Ave Marietta.  Please call our office at 740-376-7431 for more details or reach out to an Endowment Committee Member.

Ohio 4-H Animal Science Virtual Judging Contest

Introducing… The second annual Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Contest.
How would you like to participate in a judging contest and gain judging experience from your phone?
The contest begins this Thursday via Facebook. Each week a class will be posted on Facebook with a link to fill out your information and placing selections. It is open to participants of all ages and states. The species will include cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.
The rules are simple:
  • -It is 100% FREE
  • -Participate each week before results are posted
  • -The contest is open to all ages
  • -Results will be posted at the beginning of each week
  • -The contest will run for 6 weeks
Division champions will be selected and are divided as follows:
  • -Novice (0-7)
  • -Junior (8-11)
  • -Intermediate (12-14)
  • -Senior (15-18)
  • -Advanced (19+)
Check out judgingpro.com for additional species and resources.
Participate every week for a chance to be named the Ohio 4-H Animal Sciences Virtual Judging Champion!

East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference

The eighth annual East Ohio Women in Agriculture Conference will be March 24th at the Shisler Event Center in Wooster.  Over the years hundreds of women from across Ohio have attended.  This year’s program will feature 15 break-out sessions in 4 tracks presented by OSU Extension educators, farmers, and partner agencies including: Business & Finance, Plants & Animals, Home & Family and Special Interest. Farm and Dairy editor-in-chief, Rebecca Miller will deliver this year’s keynote presentation, Clinging to context in a noisy world: don’t lose sight of your “why.”

New this year is a Youth Symposium opportunity for high school and college students to present their research, SEA, capstone, thesis, or other study projects. Attached is a flyer for the Youth Symposium and a letter to instructors/advisors to accompany the flyer. Thank you all for helping to spread the word.

Registration information can be found at: go.osu.edu/eowia2023.  (Link will be live soon!)

2023 EOWIA Youth Symposium

2023 EO Women in Ag Conference Flyer

County Fair Fundraiser

The Washington County Fairboard would like to invite everyone to attend their upcoming Pulled Pork & Chicken Fundraiser Dinner on Saturday, February 25. The evening will include a gun raffle, silent & live auction, side raffles, and kids activities. Meal tickets do not need to be purchased in advance, but encouraged. These can be purchased at the office or from any board member.

4-H Club Participation:

They would like to ask the 4-H clubs for a donation for the silent or live auction.

These donations can be dropped off at the Civitan Building on Friday 2/17/23 from 6-7pm or they can call Candy (740-336-2145) to arrange dropping them off at another time. There is also a contest for the donation that raises the most money. They will receive a pizza party.

If they would like to donate dessert(s) they can drop them off any time after 12 noon on Saturday the 26th or contact Robyn 740-350-6390 for other arrangements.

Jr. Fair Exhibitor Involvement:

They would like to invite the Jr Fair Kids to help volunteer for the event. They are looking for help with clearing tables, trash, kids games, etc.

These kids that volunteer will sign in at the ticket table when they get there, be assigned a job, and receive a free dinner. They would like them to arrive by 4:15pm-4:30. We expect to conclude around 8:00pm.

Flyer for sharing and posting: Flyer 2023- Dinner