1. Be a Real Money, Real World Volunteer!

    Oct. 16, 2015

    We are gearing up for several Real Money, Real World (RMRW) simulations at Butler County Schools. Our first event is only 2 weeks away! RMRW is a wonderful opportunity to share your “real world” knowledge with high school students.

    Students obtain an occupation, family and salary equivalent to the average monthly salary of a selected occupation. Classroom teachers explain the process of opening a checking and savings account, calculating net pay, paying bills, setting aside money for savings, writing checks and balancing a checkbook in four classroom lessons.

  2. Fertilizer Applicator Certification Training Program

    Oct. 16, 2015

    Who needs to be certified under the new Agricultural Nutrient Law?  Fertilizer certification is required by September 30, 2017 if you apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of agricultural production grown primarily for sale.  Under this law, fertilizers are materials that contain one or more recognized plant nutrients and have a guaranteed analysis.  Limestone, manure and other residual farm products are excluded unless they are mixed with fertilizer materials.  A certificate is not required if you only use start-up fertilizer through the planter, or if a certified...

  3. Is Your Farm Lease Enforceable?

    Oct. 14, 2015

    We commonly get questions about farm leases in the Extension office.  It is important to understand what standard items need to go into the farm lease in case there are questions or issues that come up later on down the road.  Conforming to Ohio’s legal requirements is important so that the agreement remains a valuable transaction.  Peggy Kirk-Hall, Agriculture and Natural Resources Law, Assistant Professor for The Ohio State University, offers several pieces of advice to landowners and farm operators who want to make sure that their farm lease is legally enforceable.

  4. 4-H CARTEENS Earn Community Service Hours for School

    Oct. 02, 2015

    Summer is officially over now that all the kids are back in school; Friday night high school football games are taking place all across Ohio; and, fall harvest is just around the corner.  Summer has truly come and gone for 2015.  This also means more teens are on our roadways during the school week.  More teens are settling in to the new school year with homework, extracurricular activities, and going to work.  This week I would like to focus my article on teen drivers.  How many of you know what the 4-H CARTEENS program is all about?  The 4-H CARTEENS primary purpose is to decrease the...

  5. Choosing a milkweed species for your garden

    Sep. 29, 2015

    You have no doubt seen or heard about the declining monarch butterfly population. Home gardeners are encouraged to plant milkweed to provide the host plant for the monarch caterpillars. There are 13 varieties of milkweed native to Ohio, but three of these are the most commonly available in seed packets. These three species are very different in their appearance and their growth characteristics. Knowing the difference will allow you to select the species that will fit best into your home garden beds. 

  6. Important Tips to Make Next Year’s Garden a Success

    Sep. 18, 2015

    Have you begun the process of planning your 2016 vegetable garden?  I can hear the chuckling, if not outright laughter, at the thought of doing so now while 2015 gardens are still in full swing.  Although December and January are when seed catalogs arrive and you have hours to plan your upcoming garden, it is NOT a time when you can walk out to the garden and critically inspect it, weighing its merits and its problems.  Thus a critical review of this year’s garden now is the key to improving your next year's garden's overall performance.

  7. Harvest FUN 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast

    Sep. 02, 2015

    Proceeds will benefit camp programs and youth agriculture education.  Hosted by the Butler County 4-H and Extension Advisory Committees.  For more information, please click on the links below:


    Harvest FUN 5K Run/Walk and Pancake Breakfast Flyer

    Craft Show Information



  8. Citizenship Washington Focus

    Jul. 13, 2015

    During the week of the 4th of July, eight Butler County 4-H members had the opportunity to attend Citizenship Washington Focus at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center, just one mile from Washington, DC.  The 4-H members included Sam Krabacher (Nibbles & Needles 4-H Club), Eric Eden (Wayne Sizzlin’ Scissors & Livestock 4-H Club), Hannah Gentry (Union Busy Fingers 4-H Club), Robert Richter (Middletown Sportsman’s 4-H Club), David Winter (Wayne Wild Things 4-H Club), Adam Cheney (Union Busy Fingers 4-H Club), Hannah Messer (Union Busy Fingers 4-H Club), and Alan Hingsber

  9. Welcome Summer Festivities with Geraniums

    Jul. 07, 2015

    What could welcome the Fourth of July more than pots of red geraniums and a flag or two on your porch? 

    First, to avoid confusing you, let me note that there is a perennial geranium that returns each spring and blooms profusely in early summer. Known commonly as cranesbill, it does best when planted directly into the garden. It’s a great plant, but my favorite geranium is an annual.

  10. The Butler County Fair is Almost Here

    Jun. 25, 2015

    The 165th Butler County Fair is scheduled for July 26 – August 1, 2015.  A lot of parents and advisors are busy encouraging our 4-H youth as they put their final touches on their 2015 4-H projects over the next couple of weeks.  Our dedicated parents and advisors are working hard at their jobs in order to take vacation during the fair.  Families have invested a lot in our youth over the years in guiding them with their 4-H projects.  Times have changed a lot, but our families have stayed determined to instill values that their kids will be forever grateful.