Bird Flu or Avian Influenza

Here is a fact sheet recently updated by OSU Extension so you can become more aware and educated about Avian Influenza. It answers questions like:

Q: How will I know if my birds get infected with this virus?

Q: Can this disease affect my backyard/show flock or 4-H project?

STEM Scholarships for Juniors & Seniors

Do you know an Ohio High School 11th or 12th grader that has participated in some sort of STEM research (Science Day, Believe in Ohio, FFA, 4-H, ODNR Student Symposium, Scouts, Career Tech, etc.)? Don’t let them miss out on this opportunity!

There will be one scholarship awarded per Ohio legislative district.

Backyard Poultry Biosecurity – April 5

With concerns are around HPAI and poultry rising, especially as we approach fair season, good biosecurity practices are very important! Learn about health risk and biosecurity practices specific to poultry projects with Dr. Tim McDermott!

Youth and adults are welcome to join us on April 5th from 5:30-7:00pm on Zoom (Zoom link and details below).

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 975 1045 5262

Password: 730686

Livestock Housing Agreements – Due April 15

This form applies to all livestock projects (market or breeding) in which the animal(s) is housed away from the exhibitor’s home.

Housing away from home is defined as ‘any amount of time where an animal(s) is taken care of away from the exhibitor’s home location with the exception of shows/exhibitions.

If the animal is shown in another exhibition, the exhibitor must not show a breeding project as a market project or visa versa.

Cooperator is defined as ‘the owner/operator of the facility where the animal(s) will be housed.’

Any exhibitor found to be housing their animal away from home without a completed form will loose the right to show and sell any project at the Waterford, Washington County, and Barlow Fairs for the duration of the project year.

Form is due to the Extension Office, 1115 Gilman Ave., Marietta, no later than 4:00pm on April 15th of the project year.  One form each year per project.

Click here for form: Livestock Housing Agreement

Quality Assurance Session #2 – April 5 at Frontier High School Cafeteria

April 5 from 7-9 pm at Frontier High School Cafeteria is the second QA session. Members planning to take market livestock and lactating dairy cattle/goats projects and a parent/guardian must attend a Livestock Quality Assurance training in order to participate in Jr Fair events, shows and sales at the fairs. Members may attend a QA session in any Ohio county, the member must still be accompanied by an adult.

Test-out Option – Youth ages 12-14 and 15-18 may participate.  The test will be offered after each QA session. Pre-registration is requested by calling the Extension Office at 740-376-7431

Volunteers Needed for Endowment Dinner – April 2

Click this link to sign-up!

The committee is working to finalize plans, gather silent auction and live auction items and prepare for a wonderful meal on Saturday, April 2

Please review the available slots and visit the link below to sign up. You are welcome to sign up for as many slots as you wish – just make sure the times don’t conflict. If you plan to eat at the dinner you will need to purchase a ticket $15 for youth and $25 for adults. When you complete this survey, you will need to indicate if you plan to eat early at 3:30 pm prior to the event. Thank you!