Market Steer Announcements for 2019

Market Steers Only for 2019

The 4-H Livestock Committee and Washington County Sr Fairboard have approved the following rule change for 2019. Only Market Steers will be shown and sold at the Washington Co Fair. The market heifer project has been discontinued. Exhibitors will now be permitted to tag-in up to three market steers and sell up to two market steers at the 2019 Washington County Fair.

Market Steer Tag-in for the Washington County Fair will be Saturday, February 2 from 8 – 9:30 at the NFO Building on SR 339, Waterford


Ohio State Fair Market Beef Tags

If you are planning to exhibit market beef projects at the 2019 Ohio State Fair, you will be required to have individual DNA samples taken from each animal that may potentially be entered. The calves must also have an EID tag. These DNA samples must be in the possession of the Ohio State Fair by January 15th, 2019.

If you need more information, or need to request a DNA kit, please contact the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

Email Wellness Challenge – Join by Nov 19

Join the “Calm Down for the Holidays”

Wellness Challenge Now!

Challenge Dates: November 19 – January 2, 2019

Two weekly e-mails will be sent directly to you from your local OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Professional.

Participants will learn tips & strategies to help you:

  • Find Your Quiet Place
  • Simplify your Holiday
  • Feather your Nest
  • Enjoy Healthy Comfort Foods
  • Practice Mindful Eating
  • Improve Sleep Habits
  • Move More
  • Reduce Stress
  • Embrace Gratitude
  • Reflect on Wellness
  • Practice Mindfulness Techniques
  • Overcome Setbacks

What does it cost? Nothing – it is free!

Who can participate? Any adult with an email account.

How do I sign up? Go to

Or contact Amanda Bohlen, .

Registration will close on November 19, 2018.

Sponsored by Ohio State University Extension.

Cloverbud Resources for Ohio 4-H Volunteers

The Ohio 4-H Program has a variety of resources that can benefit 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers as you work with this younger audience in your clubs. Learn how  these resources can help you increase your impact with Cloverbuds.

4-H Cloverbud Blog

The 4-H Cloverbud Connection Blog allows readers to subscribe to the site and receive an email when new posts are added. The site is searchable by key words and topic to help readers find content. New posts are added twice a month rather than quarterly in the previous format. The new format continues to provide a unique blend of education, activities, and fun to build and challenge 4-H Cloverbud Volunteers teaching kindergarten through second grade youth.

4-H Cloverbud Volunteer Guidebook

Updated for 2019! This concise reference piece is for current, new, and prospective 4-H Cloverbud helpers. The guidebook explores the goals and strategies for successfully implementing the 4-H Cloverbud program. It also suggests methods for guiding the healthy development and life-skills enhancement of our youngest 4-H members. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

My 4-H Cloverbud Year

This fun book is a great way for Cloverbuds to learn the basics of 4-H and keep track of their activities and events. Completion of this book is optional, and can be done with or without the help of an adult leader. It can be repeated each year a child is a Cloverbud member, and is especially appropriate for older Cloverbud members as they prepare to transition to regular membership. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

The Big Book of 4-H Cloverbud Activities

This revised classic includes updated versions of hundreds of activities for 4-H Cloverbuds in these topic areas: science and technology, communications/expressive arts, healthy lifestyle, environmental/earth science, personal development, citizenship/civic education, consumerism and family science, and plants and animals. Redesigned in an easier-to-manage, spiral-bound book. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

Clover Cubes

Clover Cubes combine creativity, cooperation, interaction and fun into a great 4-H Cloverbud activity. Each Clover Cube has six discussion prompts that help children explore a particular topic and share answers with friends. Twelve cubes are included: All About Me, Animal Awareness, Art Adventures, Engineering Excellence, Fitness Fun, Food Favorites, 4-H FUN-damentals, Make Your Own, Math Mania, Technology Talk and Words That Start With. Cubes are easily assembled from brightly colored, punch-out shapes on heavy duty card stock. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications

Choose and Tell Cards

Intended for 4-H’s youngest participants, this educational piece is a colorful deck of 4” x 6” cards that introduce Cloverbuds to public speaking and communication skills. Forty-nine engaging activities are divided into four levels—from easy to difficult—of short, uncomplicated topics for demonstration speeches. Cards are color coded so that selecting and sorting cards is easy. (Additional supplies/materials are required.) Objectives are for participants to: 1) develop public speaking and communication skills, 2) gain confidence, and 3) foster important leadership skills. Purchase from your County Extension Office or OSU Extension Publications. Temporarily out of stock, but expected to be available soon.

Endowment Committee – Wish List

Can you or your club help? The 4-H Endowment Committee is in need of:

  • (6) Roaster Ovens (about $40 each)
  • (2) 5 gallon Igloo drink coolers (about $20 each)
  • (2) Large ice chest coolers (about $50-75 each)

These items are used for the annual Endowment Dinner & Auction. Contact Bruce at the Extension Office if you or your club would like provide an item.

Jr Fairboard Applications Due – Nov 30

Applications for the Washington County Junior Fairboard and Barlow Junior Fairboard are now open to youth ages 13 and up. Membership is open to youth that are currently a member of 4-H, FFA, FCCLA, Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Applications are available from the Ohio State University Extension office located at 202 Davis Avenue, Marietta or the website:

The Junior Fairboard provides youth an opportunity to plan and conduct local fairs with other youth from the county. Junior Fairboard members are responsible for a wide variety of events, activities, and shows as well as to work closely with local Senior Fairboard members. Youth interested in becoming Junior Fairboard members may also attend the Ohio Junior Fair Conference in Columbus during January. The conference allows youth to gain knowledge of the Junior Fair program and responsibilities of the Junior Fairboard. All applications must be received in the OSU Extension Office by Friday, November 30th. Interviews will be held Monday, December 10 between 5:30 – 8 pm.


Tickets Available for Hervida Dinner Fundraiser

The annual Hervida Building Fund Dinner & Fundraiser will be Saturday, November 10 at 6:00 pm at the Churchtown K of C Hall. The evening is lots of fun and includes a reverse raffle drawing and silent auction. Tickets are $35 each and ticket holders need not be present to win!!  Contact a camp board member (Tim Glover, Jim Schneider, Thea Cochran, Cory Sampson, Jane Lennox, Purdence Burgardt, Ellen Biehl, Debbie Knost, Chris Cavalier, Tom Webster, Judy Spahr, Dion Prunty, Bonnie Weber, Levi Holbert, Brian Baker, Shawna Burke) or Bruce Zimmer at the Extension Office for tickets.

4-H Awards Celebration & Ice Cream Social

Youth Pin Awards, Trip Scholarships, Cloverbud Graduation, Club Awards, 4-H Volunteer Recognition, and Special Community Awards will all be presented on Thursday, November 15 at the Washington County Career Center. Ice Sundae bar at 6:30 and Awards presentation at 7:00 pm


2018 Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium Programming

The annual Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium, organized by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association (OSIA), is fast approaching as it will be held on November 30 and December 1 at the OARDC Shisler Conference Center in Wooster, Ohio. This event not only serves as the OSIA annual meeting, but also gives producers an opportunity to interact with one another and participate in educational programming that is designed to assist producers by increasing production efficiencies. 

As always, the weekend event will start with the Shepherd’s College held on Friday, November 30 from 2:00 – 5:00pm. The primary theme for this event will be improving profitability of the sheep operation through grazing and forage production principles. The speaker for this years Shepherd’s College is Dr. Woody Lane of Lane Pasture Services from Roseburg, Oregon. Dr. Woody Lane is a nationally-known livestock nutritionist and forage specialist who is commonly featured in each issue of The Shepherd magazine. Dr. Woody Lane will be sure to teach each of us a thing or two when it comes to sustainable livestock production. Some topics that Dr. Woody Lane will cover on Friday includes Management Intensive Grazing, Using graziers tools, and investigating ways to increase productivity and profits on your operation.

In addition to the Shepherd’s College, programming will continue into the evening as the second annual Young Shepherd’s Assembly Program will be held from 6:00 – 8:30pm at Jakes Stakehouse in Wooster. This event is open to shepherds that are ages 18-40. The purpose of this program is to allow young shepherds the opportunity to interact with one another as a means to learn from each others experiences. As requested by last years participants, this years program will feature topics focusing on how to attain funding for beginning farmers and how to achieve the foal of owning and operating a farming business that is profitable. For more information on how to register and participate, please do so by following the link. And did I mention that registration is free if you sign up by November 16th?

Per usual, the symposium will continue on Saturday, December 1 from 8:00am – 4:00pm at the the Shisler Conference Center. Again, Dr. Woody Lane will be joining our shepherds as he will be speaking on several topics throughout the day including basic nutrition, dealing with orphan, new industry technology, and much more. In addition to Dr. Woody Lane, the symposium will be also offering sessions on OSU sheep research, nutrient and manure management, and well as wool marketing. As always, a delicious lamb lunch will be provided during Saturday’s festivities.

For a full schedule of events, please be on the look out on our events tab. For those interested in viewing the event flyer, please follow this link. For those not eligible for the Young Shepherds Program or are interested in only attending the Symposium events, please fill out and submit the Adult Registration form. On behalf of the Buckeye Shepherd’s Symposium planning committee and the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association, we are excited for the sessions we have prepared this year and we look forward to seeing you at this years events! As always, happy shepherding and Go Bucks!

Ohio 4-H International Travel Scholarships

Ohio 4-H International Program Update

(Donors, staff, volunteers and all those involved with hosting or traveling)

Ohio 4-H is pleased to announce $1,800 scholarships which will be automatically awarded to any youth selected to travel overseas through Ohio 4-H International Programs in 2019! Also, those who have hosted with our program before will receive an additional $100 off per exchangee hosted!

To earn a scholarship:

  • Apply to travel by November 30 (there is not a separate application for the scholarship)
  • Attend Selection Interviews in Columbus on December 8 (afternoon)

The 2019 countries, dates and post-scholarship approximate prices are:

 Japan 1-Month: $3,625

(July 10 – Aug. 8, 2019)

 Japan 2-Months: $5,175

(June 12 – Aug. 8, 2019)

 Costa Rica: $1,375

(June 20 – July 19, 2019)

 Finland: $2,500

(June 26 – July 27, 2019)

Application Deadline: November 30, 2018

Read about the overseas experiences here:

Japan 2019 (1 Month or 2 Months)

Costa Rica 2019

Finland 2019

Read these instructions BEFORE applying: Instructions for the 2019 Youth Traveler Application

Find the application at 2019 Youth Traveler Application

More information is available at “At-A-Glance” and Ohio 4-H International

We hope you can travel abroad with us soon! Note that scholarships are only available to those who have been involved with Ohio 4-H programs in the past.

Information about 2019 Hosting will be available on our website in December and will be emailed to you in January. Consider applying and opening your world!