Paulding Extension First Quarter Highlights 2014
THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION – PAULDING COUNTY Quarterly County Highlights-January to March 2014 Bruce Clevenger, Sarah Noggle, Staci Hiler
Agriculture and Natural Resources: Sarah Noggle, Extension Educator
Recertified over 35 Paulding County Farmers, applying pesticides on over 17,000 acres of cropland. Producers were updated on practices of good recording keeping, safety, and the relationship of pesticides and target sites of plants with the number one topic delivered as updates to the pesticide labels. Local extension offices paired and assisted with Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, Defiance and Fulton recertification days.
Introduced 120 farmer/producers to the Ohio Sensitive Crop Registry to develop awareness of apiaries, sensitive crops, organic fruit, vegetable and crop production, aquaculture and aquaponic practices to help keep Paulding County a safe and viable community. Paulding County has 86 registered bee hives.
Secured a cover crops grant cooperating with Michigan State University Extension with $7500 being given to Paulding County for research and education on cover crops as part of the Midwest Cover Crops Council. Two farms were compared as part of a nationwide project as to why farmers do or do not use of cover crops, with SARE and the Midwest Cover Crops council.
Secured a grant for educational opportunities with OSU Extension Master Gardener Volunteers via the Paulding Putnam Round-Up Grant in the amount of $1500 for educational collaboration opportunities with the NOCAC and Headstart of Paulding County, local preschools and the Paulding County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Taught 19 Master Gardeners Volunteers about Vegetable Crop Production in Northwest Ohio to help create sustainable food production for those not necessarily currently involved in commercial food production. Paulding County currently has 12 MGVs that meet monthly and plan community service.
Started the conversation with 27 farmers of “Am I ready and planning for the next generation to take over my farm?” via the Paulding County Agronomy Day.
Secured 25 sponsors for the Paulding County Agronomy Day on January 30, 2014. Surveyed approximately 100 farmers and agribusiness professionals who attended the Paulding County Agronomy Day on the need for On-Farm Research needed in Paulding County.
Created a Paulding postal mailing list with over 600 producers, businesses, farm managers and agricultural supporters to stay informed on Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource and Extension topics and issues.
Send a monthly email newsletter to over 400 Paulding agricultural producers and agribusiness partners on opportunities in Agriculture.
Phone Calls and emails fielded on cash rental rates, farm land leases, and succession planning and pesticide recertification.
Created an Ohio State University Extension Facebook page and an Ohio State University Twitter news feed for opportunities and news from the Extension standpoint as well as agricultural educational topics and issues for the county, state and national levels.
4-H Youth Development: Staci Hiler, Program Assistant
The Paulding County 4-H has seen a record number of 352 members enrolled in 4-H for 2014. Of the 352 members, 96 are new members. Our membership promotions began in December
2013 with 4-H school visits in all six elementary schools in the county. The 4-H promotion teams
were made up of members from the Jr. Leaders, Jr. Fairboard and 4-H Camp Counselors. They visited the schools to educate the youth about the highlights of 4-H, including the educational and fun experiences that last a lifetime. The 4-H program strives “To Make the Best, Better” through teaching our youth to learn by doing.
Teaching Youth to Be Leaders during 4-H Officer Training
The Paulding County 4-H Program held its annual 4-H Officer Training on January 13th. 30 members present for this training. Members took part in a variety of activities to learn about their club office. Members broke into sessions to learn about their duties as a 4-H Club Officer. The
training concluded with a candle lighting installation ceremony.
Preparing Teen Youth for Success
Paulding County has 32 teen youth that will be camp counselors for the Paulding County 4-H
2014 Camp to be held July 9-13 at 4-H Camp Palmer. Camp Counselors receive 24 hours of training prior to the camp. Their training includes basic first aid, behavior management, as well as
Regional Advisor Training
The Maumee Valley EERA holds an annual 4-H Regional Advisor Training. To provide education about the 4-H Youth Development Program and areas that challenge 4-H club advisors. Laura Rohlf, 4-H Coordinator, Henry County and Staci Hiler, 4-H Program Assistant, Paulding
County team taught advisors through a presentation titled “Parents, Passion and the Program.” This session addressed how to incorporate parents in the traditional club setting to make their 4-H
club even stronger, through parent involvement in specific areas such as project helpers, resource people and future 4-H volunteers.
Educating Youth about Livestock Production through Quality Assurance Program
Over 200 youth attended the Paulding County Quality Assurance Program. Each year, Jr. Fair
exhibitors are required to attend this training to exhibit at the county fair. This year’s program areas will focus on the use of an appropriate Veterinarian/Client/Patient Relationship (VCPR) as the basis for medication decision-making, using antibiotics responsibly and establishing effective animal identification, medication records and withdrawal times. Educating youth about livestock production will enable them to make appropriate animal management decisions and ethical decisions regarding their animal’s wellbeing.
Chick Quest Program
Over 120 3rd graders at Paulding County School recently participated in the 4-H school enrichment program called Chick Quest, a classroom journey through the life cycle of chickens.
Starting at the beginning of the life cycle monitoring fertilized eggs to observing fluffy chicks, the
students enjoy watching and learning through this program. This 4-H school enrichment program challenges elementary students to use science, technology and engineering to investigate the life cycle of an embryonic egg.