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

Project Highlight of the Week: Tractors

The series of Tractor projects are very practical and interesting to 4-H members because they cover more than just safety. Each of these links will take you to Ohio 4-H Project Central where you can explore more about each project.

Starting Up: Getting to Know Your Tractor, Level A Beginner
Tractor Operations: Gearing Up for Safety, Level B Intermediate
Moving Out: Learning About Your Tractor and Farm Machinery, Level C Intermediate
Learning More: Learning About Agricultural Tractors & Equipment, Level D Advanced

All About Sheep & Goats – Zoom Webinars

Thursday, February 2nd: Sheep/Goat Nutrition
Nutrition best practices, how nutrition impacts meat quality

Wednesday, February 8th: Sheep/Goat Health
Protecting animal health at home and at the fair, common disease ID, and more!

Thursday, February 23rd:Sheep/Goat Handling and Welfare
Animal handling and welfare at home and at the fair, impact of handling and stress on meat quality

Flyer with complete details: Youth Small Ruminant Project Webinar 2023

Club Candy Bar Sale

Advisors will place club orders by JANUARY 26

  • We will continue selling Anthony Thomas Chocolates for 2023.
  • 4-H Clubs must pre-order the number of CASES (each case contains 180 bars) you plan to sell.
  • There will be ONE choice for 2023 – Each case of 180 bars will contain six bags of 30 bars including 10 peanut butter, 10 caramel and 10 almonds.
  • No late orders will be accepted after order is placed with the candy company.
  • No returns allowed.
  • All cases pre-ordered by your 4-H Club must be paid for by the March 31 deadline.
  • Advisors must email Sally Shaw with orders 524@osu.edu or phone (740-376-7431) in their order by Jan. 26.

Congratulations Melina Matics!

Congratulations Melina Matics! Melina will be inducted into the Ohio 4-H Teen Hall of Fame at the Ohio 4-H Conference to held in March.

The Teen Hall of Fame is a very high honor for youth who are selected. It is meant to honor those who have dedicated it all to make the best better in their club, community, country, and world. Nominee must be between the ages of 15 and 18 as of January 1