2020 Ohio 4-H Conference Award Presentation – Dec 1

Since the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were not able to present our award winners and tenured volunteers with their awards.  Instead of waiting for the 2021 Conference to make the presentations, we have chosen to host a virtual award presentation on December 1.  See the attachment for further details.

Please join the presentation as we honor Washington County’s own – John Smith as the winner of the 2020 Ohio 4-H Innovator Award.


Ohio 4-H Celebration of Youth

Join the Ohio 4-H Foundation for this year’s Celebration of Youth event on Thursday, November 5 at 7:00. This year, for the first time, the virtual event is open to everyone free of charge.  Participants will enjoy a program featuring many Ohio 4-H members and an online auction. Funds raised from Celebration of Youth support Ohio 4-H programming and operations to help engage youth across Ohio’s 88 counties. Please visit go.osu.edu/COY for event details, sponsorship information, and registration for the event.

Ohio 4-H Teen Survey – please provide your feedback!

Hello 4-H teens!

Ohio 4-H is seeking input from you to help us design virtual programming that would be specific to ages 13-19. We know that during a time of distance learning and modified 4-H programs, that there are many new opportunities to explore! With your feedback to a short survey, Ohio 4-H intends to use your thoughts and ideas in offering more teen-specific programs that can be accessed virtually!

Please visit www.go.osu.edu/ohio4hteeninterest and respond to the survey questions by October 16 to have your feedback shared! If you received this survey from another source, you are only asked to complete it once. Thank you in advance for taking a few moments to complete this survey!

Farm Science Review – STEM Learning ONLINE

Here’s How To Participate and Plan Your Virtual FSR Ohio 4-H STEM in AG Experience:
1. Go to https://fsr.osu.edu/
2. Then click on the 4-H/Youth box
3. Then click on the Ohio 4-H STEM in Ag Tent box
4. Then click on Create Your My Show Account
5. Type in First Name, Last Name, E-Mail Address, Set Your Password and Confirm Password.
6. Log-In Using Your E-mail and Password
7. Click on Ohio 4-H STEM in Ag Tent Box and you will be able to view all sessions offered and
the supporting resources to participate. We encourage you to view the PDF for any hands-on activity
sessions, so you may gather your supplies to participate on the day and time of the live session.
8. Select the session you want to attend by clicking on the circle with the +, once you click
it, a check mark will appear in the circle.
9. After all selections are made, you can save to your profile and add to your calendar if you
10. All sessions will be recorded, so if you are unable to attend a session, please check back in
the My Show Planner for the link to the recording after the Virtual Farm Science Review.

Exploring Agriculture Program

The Exploring program offers students aged 14-20 the chance to learn life and career skills through immersive career experiences and mentorship, facilitated through Ohio State University Extension. The Exploring Agriculture Post, based in Seneca County, but accepting all interested students, is designed to introduce youth to careers in agriculture throughout our region. Students can expect to “explore” agricultural careers via a series of monthly virtual meetings from September 2020- April 2021. Each meeting will include visiting an area business or representative that serves the agricultural community and allows students to learn not only about what they do, but also about the jobs needed for that business to thrive.

This year students can expect to explore businesses like Hord’s Family Farm, Heritage Cooperative and Mennel Milling, as well as presentations about career paths in agriculture.

For more information and how to register, please see Exploring Agriculture Flyer

Barlow Junior Fair Plans

Thank you for being patient as the Barlow Fairboard has worked out a plan with the Washington County Health Department to conduct a Jr Fair. Excitement is beginning to swell as we get closer to the event. All Livestock Exhibitors will be receiving the following letter in the mail outlining a detailed plan, expectations and revised fair schedule. Read this information carefully as everyone will be effected by the changes as well as the mask and social distancing requirements.

Exhibitor Letter – Barlow Fair – 2020

2020 Barlow Fair Schedule

Ohio National Poultry Show Goes Virtual in 2020

This year’s Ohio National Poultry Show, the largest poultry show in the nation, has gone virtual! This gives open and junior exhibitors a new way to compete and still be a part of the Ohio National. Information, including the catalog, can be found on their website at www.ohionational.org and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheOhioNational.

The entry deadline is Saturday, October 17, with Class Champions announced Saturday, November 14 and the Show Champion announced Sunday, November 15. Show awards will be mailed the week after announcing the champions.  There is no cost to enter.

For Open Show questions contact Tim Johnson at tejpoultry@gmail.com or Newt Long at wnewtlong@gmail.com. For Junior Show questions contact Tim &  Mary Neviska at blackstumpfarm@aol.com or Clell Agler at cagler@columbus.rr.com.

Farm Science Review will be virtual for the first time, and free

CFAES’ Farm Science Review trade show is being held entirely online this year because of the coronavirus pandemic, reaching people not in person but on their laptops and smartphones. From Sept. 22–24, virtual visitors from across Ohio, the Midwest, and the world will learn tips for increasing farm profits and for growing crops from soybeans to hemp. Sign-up is free starting Sept. 8 at fsr.osu.edu. Watching all the sessions is free. Video recordings of the sessions will be available on the Review’s website after the event.

“It will be even easier this year to benefit from the show’s valuable advice that can help farmers improve their businesses,” said Review manager Nick Zachrich.

“Whether farm operators have questions on finances, insurance protection, or which new tool fits their needs, resources will be available through Farm Science Review online.”