To honor 4-H week Brown County Commissioners Barry Woodruff and Daryll Gray signed a proclamation declaring March 2-8 Brown County 4-H week.
The OSU Extension office had a breakfast planned last Monday that was canceled due to weather but 11 teens attended their kickoff program for the 4-H junior leaders program, which is a service learning group. Last Friday, the Brown County Extension office also sent 16 people to the state-wide Ohio 4-H conference in Columbus.
Clary said that she’s already heard from a number of new members who would like to join clubs for the upcoming year. Last year the 4-H program in Brown County had 837 members.
“Our enrollment deadline is April 1 so (new members) need to join a club prior to that and there’s paperwork they’ll fill out within their club,” said Clary. “If they know of a club in their area that they would like to join they can contact the club directly, or they can contact the OSU Extension office and we can put them in contact with clubs in their area.”
There are 36 separate 4-H clubs throughout the county and many of them have been displaying signs in local businesses and stores to promote their club and 4-H week. The clubs and Brown County program rely on more than 250 adult volunteers to help run their events.
The 36 Brown County clubs are: Ag Leaders of Tomorrow, Barn Busters, Beef’s Up, Brown County Calves & Critters, Brown County K-9 Renegades, Brown County Kountry Kickers, Brown County Rangers, Buckeye Blazers, Champion Drive 4-H Club, Decatur Duty Doers, Fayetteville 4-H, Forty-Seven Clover Club, Georgetown Happy Hustlers, Georgetown Hooves & Halters, Hamersville Livestock, Huntington Hotshots, Jackson Jr. Farmers, Kaleidoscope Kids, Kickin Up Dust, Lights, Camera, Imagine, Mt. Orab Live Wires, Mt. Orab Renegades, Mt. Orab Silver Spurs, New Creations, New Hope 4-H Club, Northern Brown Co Large Animal, Red Oak Ranchers, Ripley Day Hill Dirt Kickers, Ripley Ridge Runners, Rising Stars, Russellville Firecrackers, Russellville Ringleaders, Sardinia Buckeyes, Trail Blazers, Truth Seekers, and Washington Five Point Stars.
As the snow melts and spring arrives, the Brown County 4-H program will be organizing more events, starting with officer training and quality assurance training.
“We have officer training on April 8, which is where all the club officers can come for various training,” Clary said. “We will also start doing our quality assurance training for anybody who exhibits an animal who will enter the food chain. The training is mandated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture and it’s teaching the youth how to properly care for and maintain their animals.”
This year is also the 100th year of Extension across the country, and 4-H plans to celebrate. Extension through Ohio State University is through the land-grant mission, and is part of Ohio’s outreach to communities throughout the state. There is an Extension office in all 88 Ohio counties.