1. Come to the Butler County Farm Day for Family Fun!

    Apr. 28, 2015

    The Butler County Farm Day is scheduled for May 2, 2015.  This is an opportunity for Butler County residents to see how a farm operates!  This event will run from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and will be held at the Double J Farm, 3070 Wehr Rd., Hamilton, OH.

  2. The Benefits of 4-H Summer Camp

    Apr. 20, 2015

    Our kids are all back in school from spring break now and farmers are getting ready to plant their 2015 crops.  The major league baseball season is here and that means our kids will soon be out of school for the summer.  Some parents might have made plans for their kids already for the summer.  But for parents in general looking for a great summer activity that has a long and rich history, look no further than 4-H summer camp to keep your kids engaged in experimental learning activities that will allow their minds to absorb more information, have fun and make their summer one they won’t...

  3. 10 Myths about Bedbugs that are Just Crawling with Foolishness

    Apr. 14, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio  -  Bedbug infestations are on the rise across the United States, and Ohio continues to be one of the states most affected by these detestable insects.

    But bedbugs are not the only thing that’s becoming abundant:  myths and misconceptions about this pest, both old and new, are also multiplying like so many undesirable tiny crawly creatures hiding in your bedding or furniture.

  4. Container gardening using Strawberry Jars

    Apr. 13, 2015

    Of all of the plant containers in my collection, one of my favorites is the strawberry jar.  This unique pot is perfect for growing a lot of plants in a small area. The pot's many cupped openings can accommodate a lot of strawberry plants as they cascade down the sides of the pot. Aside from growing strawberries, the pot seems to be more widely used to grow herbs and a plant called hens and chicks.

  5. Welcome to our New 4-H Families!

    Mar. 23, 2015

    As spring arrives many families are looking forward to enjoying spring break with their kids, doing some spring cleaning, and looking at some new home improvement projects.  This is also the time for some much needed rest and relaxation for all to enjoy.  After spring break comes Easter celebrations with lots of egg hunts.  I hope that all 4-H families have completed the 4-H enrollment applications.  The deadline for 4-H advisors to have their 4-H enrollment forms into the Extension Office is April 1, 2015.  For new families that have attended a few 4-H clubs meeting and their kids are all...

  6. Time to Think about Planting Peas

    Mar. 16, 2015

    Peas are one of the easiest vegetables to grow in a garden or even in containers, ­ ­if you remember to plant them early.  They do not like our hot summers, but don’t mind light frosts, so they should be planted in March or early April so they can grow, bloom and be harvested before the heat of late June and July.  A second crop can be started in mid to late August but results will depend upon our unpredictable late fall weather. 

  7. Tuned In, or Tuned Out: How is Technology Affecting Your Family?

    Mar. 09, 2015

    Laptops, iPads, iPods, smart phones and other technological gadgets seem to be taking over our pockets and purses with no end in sight.  Technology is everywhere!  According to a 2005 survey, most Americans, including children, spend at least nine hours a day watching TV, surfing the web, or talking on their cell phones.  This new technology can be a powerful tool altering our families and affecting the way we interact with each other in both positive and negative ways.

  8. Managing "Pollen Drift" to Minimize Contamination of Non-GMO Corn

    Mar. 03, 2015

    Author:  Peter Thomison

    Summarized by:  Cindy Meyer

    In the last C.O.R.N newsletter (, Edition 4) Peter Thomison addresses the concerns of cross-pollination of non-genetically modified organism (GMO) corn with nearby GMO corn.  This is of great concern with growers who would like to access the premiums that non-GMO corn is receiving in the market today. 

  9. Public Speaking and 4-H

    Feb. 23, 2015

    It is no secret that most people have a great fear of public speaking.  Most people would say verbal communication skills are an important part of our daily lives.  I use public speaking skills each day at work when I am on the phone with a donor, talking to a 4-H parent, addressing a concern at a meeting, promoting 4-H at a community event, giving a presentation at a conference or teaching programs to 4-H advisors.  With technology and gadgets today, our teens are losing the value of good public speaking skills.  The next time you go to church or dinner with your family take note of how...

  10. Hellebore – Soon the first flowers of the hellebore will Welcome Spring

    Feb. 13, 2015

    Hellebores also known as Christmas or Lenten Roses are wonderful additions to a shade garden.  In this area, their green leaves show through the snow all winter and in very early spring they bloom with flowers in many colors from whites to deep purple and many shades in between.  They are perfect for the busy gardener as once they are established they require little care and will live for many years.