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Franklin County 4-H News - May 1, 2020

Project Changes or Additions

4-H Members who need to make changes or additions to their 2020 project selections may request changes until May 15. To request a project change, members must fill out the 2020 4-H Project Change Request Form. Requests will be reviewed on a rolling basis until May 15, 2020. If you submit a form, we will be in contact with you individually regarding changes or questions.

2020 Franklin County 4-H Project Change Request Form

Please contact Rachel at if you have any questions!


Just because Beth and Rachel are working from home doesn't mean you can't come hang out with us! Do you have questions about 4-H or need some help figuring out your club meeting options? We're here for you! Pop in anytime during our virtual office hours to chat about 4-H.

TUESDAYS - 2:00pm -4:00pm

THURSDAYS - 10:00am - 12:00 noon

Click this link to join virtual office hours:

Project Book Information

Still need to get your project books? We have two options for you while the Extension Office is closed.

Option 1: Members can explore some free project book options here:

Option 2: You can order your books and have them shipped directly to you from Extension Publications: There is a price difference so two coupons have been made available for this year. Use code: FREE2020 for free shipping or 20IN2020 for 20% off your entire order. You can only use one coupon per order.

2020 Ohio 4-H Conference Sessions Now Available

While you are staying home and staying safe, you can now view sessions from the 2020 Ohio 4-H Conference! Our conference was cancelled, but a number of presenters recorded their sessions and more than 30 videos are now available here!


You can find resources to help lead your club here:

Make Your Fair Entries Starting June 1

Families may begin making their online Franklin County Junior Fair Entries on June 1. Please use the instructions below to help guide you through the process. If you have any questions along the way, please reach out to Beth or Rachel at the Extension Office.

  • Every family must log in using the family email address that was used to enroll in 4-H this year and make their fair entries for the entire family. Club advisors are unable to make the entries for the members.

  • LIVESTOCK PROJECTS - Other options that you may want to make an entry for include showmanship and Outstanding Market Exhibitor.


Franklin County 4-H Schedule Changes

This information is subject to change based on updates the 4-H program is receiving daily.

  • Club Meetings - All 4-H events and club meetings must be held virtually until July 6.
  • Camp Counselor Meeting, May 1 - CANCELED
  • Horse Committee Meeting, May 4 - VIRTUAL
  • Rabbit Clinic, May 7 - VIRTUAL
  • Horse Safety & Ethics, May 11 - MOVED TO ONLINE COURSE
  • Dog Clinic, May 13 - VIRTUAL
  • Franklin County 4-H Council Meeting, May 20 - VIRTUAL
  • Livestock Quality Assurance, May 26 - VIRTUAL
  • Horse Committee Meeting, June 1 - VIRTUAL
  • PAS Horse Show, June 6 - CANCELED
  • Franklin County 4-H Council Meeting, June 10 - VIRTUAL
  • Livestock Quality Assurance, June 15 - VIRTUAL
  • Franklin County 4-H Camp, June 17-21- CANCELED
  • Franklin County 4-H Dog Show- June 26-27 - POSTPONED - Date TBD
  • PAS Horse Show, June 26 - CANCELED
  • Horse Pre-Fair Grading, June 27 - CANCELED - Other Options Coming
  • Horse Committee Meeting , July 6 - VIRTUAL


Emails were sent to each Franklin County 4-H Advisor on April 17 explaining the process for completing their annual training on Protecting Minors from Abuse. If you are a 4-H advisor and did not receive this notice, contact Rachel immediately at

4-H Project Requirement Guide

Are you investigating projects for this year? Do you know what you need to do in order to complete your project? Make sure you check out the Franklin County 4-H Project Requirement Guide HERE.


All 4-H members taking a horse project (this does not include horseless horse) for the first time this year are REQUIRED to participate in a Horse Safety & Ethics session prior to participating in any 4-H activities with a horse.

This year only, we are making the Horse Safety and Ethics session into an online course. If you are a 4-H member taking a horse project for the first time, please contact Rachel Stoneburner so that she can enroll you into the online course.

Send an email requesting an invite to the Horse Safety & Ethics course to

Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show Entry Process

Due to the cancellation of all 4-H horse Performance Against Standards (PAS) shows this year, there will be no qualification requirement to participate in the Ohio State Fair Junior Horse Show. HOWEVER, there are still several things members must do to enter:

  1. Complete this survey so the State Fair knows how many youth plan to make a fair entry. The survey has nothing to do with the entry process for the Junior Horse Show and answering the survey does not confirm or guarantee an entry. It is only so the state fair can plan for how many entries to expect.

  2. In order to be eligible to make an Ohio State Fair Junior Horse entry, 4-H members must:
    a. be a 4-H member in good standing with current enrollment in a 4-H horse project
    b. have submitted a Horse I.D. form to Franklin County 4-H (for the state fair horse) by May 1

  3. Complete the new Franklin County ONLINE PAS ENROLLMENT FORM by May 15.

  4. Either upload negative Coggins test results into the Online PAS Enrollment form or email them to by June 30.

  5. Make an online entry on the Ohio State Fair website when entries open on June 1.


This year's 4-H Cloverbot Challenge will be virtual and individual Cloverbuds are encouraged to participate instead of working in groups/clubs.

Here's how it will work:

  • All Cloverbuds are welcome to participate.
  • No registration is required.
  • The theme remains the same: On the Move. Read the Challenge details at the link below for more information. No poster is required.
  • Create your model out of interlocking bricks (e.g., Mega Bloks, LEGOs) and take a photo.
  • Send your photo to with your NAME, COUNTY and one sentence describing your model. Only the Cloverbud's first name will be displayed.
  • Photos will be uploaded weekly to an online gallery on
  • Cloverbuds will receive a certificate of participation via email.
  • Deadline is June 13.

More Information:
Deadline for submissions: June 13, 2020

Livestock Possession Deadline Changes

All 4-H members taking livestock projects to the Franklin County Fair should download the LIVESTOCK REQUIRMENT SUMMARY which has information regarding deadlines for possession and other requirements.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some livestock possession deadlines are being extended to May 15. The date extension applies to the following species:

  • Beef Feeder Calves - Possession Deadline Now 5/15/20
  • Market Goats - Possession Deadline Now 5/15/20
  • Market Lambs - Possession Deadline Now 5/15/20
  • Market Swine - Possession Deadline Now 5/15/20

Poultry Project Update

Due to an antigen shortage this year, there will not be a requirement for Pullorum testing for poultry this year as there has been previously.


Taking any of these projects to the Franklin County Fair?

  • Lactating Dairy Cows
  • Market Rabbits
  • Market Poultry
  • Market Lambs
  • Market Goats
  • Lactating Dairy Goats
  • Market Beef (including beef & dairy feeders)
  • Market Swine

If you answered yes to the question above, YOU MUST participate in a livestock quality assurance session before the fair. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Virtual Quality Assurance Information

Below there are two options for you to complete the Livestock Quality Assurance requirement. Members must attend the entire quality assurance presentation in order to receive completion credit. Attendance will be taken and monitored throughout the session. This will be an interactive presentation and members will be asked to answer poll questions.

May 26, 6:30pm - REGISTER HERE

June 15, 6:30pm - REGISTER HERE

New Virtual SPIN Club - Upcycle It!!

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Franklin County 4-H Rabbit Clinic

All 4-H rabbit project members are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include:

  • basics of taking care of your rabbit
  • rabbit diseases
  • medicine and nutrition

The clinic will be taught by Franklin County Agricultural Extension Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

Clinic Details

This clinic will be held virtually.

Date: May 7, 2020

Time: 6:30pm

Connection Information:

Join Zoom Meeting:

One tap mobile: +16468769923,,702520635#

Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 702 520 635

Join by SIP:

Dog Clinic

All 4-H Dog project members are encouraged to attend. Topics to be covered include:

  • basics of taking care of your dog
  • dog diseases
  • medicine and nutrition

The clinic will be taught by Franklin County Agricultural Extension Educator, Tim McDermott, DVM.

Clinic Details

This clinic will be held virtually.

Date: May 13, 2020

Time: 6:00 - 7:00pm

Connection Information:

Join Zoom Meeting:

One tap mobile: +16468769923,,702520635#

Dial by your location: +1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 702 520 635

Join by SIP:

***Dog members are also encouraged to check out this website that was put together by the K9 Wonder Dogs 4-H Club. It has great resources for agility, rally, obedience, showmanship, and more!***



Ractopamine is sometimes fed to beef cattle, swine, and turkeys to improve growth rate. Product trade names include: Paylean®, Optaflexx®, Engain®, Actogain®, and other generic derivatives. It is also sometimes used inappropriately in other species.

FOR 2020, NO ANIMALS ARE PERMITTED TO HAVE BEEN FED RACTOPAMINE. This ban includes ALL species such as beef, swine, turkeys, goats, sheep, rabbits, other poultry, and horses.

Six things you should do to make sure your animal is Ractopamine Free in 2020:

  1. Understand the status of any animal you purchase or raise on your own farm and comply by not feeding or exposing your animal to ractopamine.

  2. Work directly with your feed supplier to assure that the feed you use is free of ractopamine.

  3. Feeders and containers should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water and dried prior to adding new feed. This will prevent cross-contamination if you fed ractopamine last year.

  4. Pens, bedding, fans, etc. should be thoroughly cleaned with soap and water as they have a risk of containing ractopamine if you have fed it in the past.

  5. Do a complete wash and dry of trailers and vehicles between loads of animals.

  6. Don’t offer ractopamine as it is not acceptable for the fair or exhibition.

Signed affidavits will be required prior to exhibiting your animal stating that you have not fed your animal ractopamine. Random testing will occur during the fair.

Ohio State Fair 4-H Event Youth Assistants

The Ohio 4-H Event Youth Assistants (4HEYA) are a statewide group of 4-H teens that assist with Ohio State Fair events. In this process, members have an opportunity to enhance their leadership skills and be involved in the State 4-H program. They develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations needed for future success.

Here’s a link where you can view the application Youth who are 13-18 are eligible to apply. Applications are due May 15.

Survey Takers Needed!

Young people ages 8-18 have your voice heard! Take our survey to share how you play and stay active. Our short survey will ask about different types of sports and activities and your responses are completely anonymous.

The State of Play Central Ohio Project, an effort facilitated by The Aspen Institute and focused on improving the quality and quantity of youth sport. The local work is supported by The Columbus Foundation in partnership with others including LiFEsports, the City of Columbus, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, etc. Learn more about the State of Play Central Ohio at

OSU Etension, Franklin County Class Recordings

Dr. Tim McDermott, Extension Educator for Agriculture & Natural Resources at OSU Extension, Franklin County, recently held a virtual class for Spring Garden Planning and Backyard Poultry. You can watch the sessions on his Growing Franklin Blog.

OSU Extension, Franklin

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