September 3, 2020 - 10:43am --

OSU EXTENSION MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN OUR COMMUNITY The Ohio State University Extension office has been busy during these uncertain times continuing to reach and support individuals within our community. We have attached for you an infographic that highlights some of our accomplishments over the past couple of months. You will be able to see that we have been far reaching and always looking for ways to help in our community. If you have questions about OSU Extension in Columbiana County and the program/services that we offer, contact us at 330-424-7291 or 330-870-1167. PDF OF NEWSLETTER TO SHARE: OSU EXTENSION NEWSLETTER 

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You may submit a question here to be answered by members of our Ohio State University Extension faculty/staff or our Master Gardener Volunteers. VISIT:

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Please note – if you have a county-specific question, you can contact your local Ohio State University Extension office directly.  Call OSU - Columbiana County at 330-424-7291. We are here to assist you .

OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences Healthy Financial educators are sensitive to the economic challenges may families and their communities face. Our county based FCS Educators are offering FREE financial education tools to assist families in improving both present and future economic well being.  VISIT: with your questions today and Extension educator will respond within 5 business days.



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THANK YOU TO MID-AMERICA FARM CREDIT SERVICES : Mid-America Farm Credit Services made a donation to support the First 4-H Livestock/NonLIvestock Animal Project Completion.

THANK YOU TO CONSUMERS NATIONAL BANK; Consumers National Bank donated the t-shirts to all 4-H members. The shirts were distributed the week of the Columbiana County Junior Fair. Izzy Blazer, 4-H Member of Just Rite 4-H Club, designed the t-shirt that was distributed this year.


VIRTUAL 4-H  RECOGNITION AWARDS: On September 17th at 6:00 p.m. a Virtual Zoom Awards will be held for ALL 4-H members and 4-H Volunteers. There has been many individuals and clubs that have come together to push through these unprecedented times. We will be showing our appreciation to everyone's dedication to keep the 4-H program in Columbiana County going strong. A zoom link will be sent out to all 4-H families and volunteers.


SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAMMING: OSU Extension offers many school enrichment programming within the community. If you would like more information about programs listed below, call Audrey Dimmerling at 870-1165.


Real Money Real World – Financial Literacy

STEM Kits Available

HEALTH ROCKS- Inspired to Be substance Free

JOIN 4-H: 4-H is America’s largest youth development organization empowering nearly 6 million young people with the skills to lead for a lifetime.  We believe in the power of young people. We see that every child has valuable strengths and real influence to improve the world around us. We offer hands-on learning experiences to grow the youth of today to be leaders of tomorrow.  To learn more about the 4-H Program or about the 4-H Clubs in Columbiana County. Call Audrey Dimmerling at




Keep an eye out for information regarding Private Pesticide Recertification and Fertilizer Applicator Recertification.  We are planning outdoor field day events for those whose licenses and certificates expire March of 2021.


Beef Quality Assurance:

For those who initially gained Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Certification in 2018, stay tuned for updates regarding 2021 recertification – information will be coming soon.  For those who do not currently have a BQA certificate and are interested in completing the training, feel free to visit  The online certification is available to anyone, and can be started/stopped as you please.  If you have any questions about the online option or the learning modules, please give me a call at 330-967-7249 or email at .

POLLINATOR GARDEN: The OSU Extension Master Gardner Volunteers have been partnering with the Salem Park District to plan and implement the Pollinator Garden in Waterworth Park. Many community members have been visiting the garden during this time. We would like to thank Allison Aubele, resident of Salem, OH, for sending us pictures from her families visit at the Pollinator Garden. See them below.  The Salem Park District and the OSU Extension MGVs will hold a ribbon cutting in the spring 2021. Dates will be set for upcoming Master Gardener Classes to be held at the garden in 2021. Article in morning journal:   We hope the residents  in the community will continue to enjoy the garden and the classes to be held.  

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SOIL TESTING: Soil Tesing is available at the OSU Extension office. Cost is $20 per sample. Make an appointment today by calling 330-424-7291 or 330-870-1167 to schedule a time to bring in your sample.


COMMERCIAL FARM ACCOUNT BOOKS: As you are starting to wrap up the end of the year, you may be in need of a new account log book for your farm financials, we have the commercial farm account books and inserts available for purchase at our office.



       FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES                                                                                                                                            

Level 2- ServSafe Training: The OSU Extension offers the TAP online Level 2 Food Safety Training. You can complete the online course at your own speed and at a time that works for you. Once training is completed, you will take a proctored certification exam at OSU Extension in Columbiana County.  Cost: $150 per person. For Questions? Call Angie Keshock at 330-870-1167.

RESTART Ohio: Back to Healthy Recordings: Here is the link


Canning season has started if you have questions about food preservation call the OSU Extension office. We also have posted on our webpage frequently asked questions. Here is the link:

Tips for Teens

We, at Ohio State University Extension (OSUE), know COVID-19 has had an impact on all of us, especially our teens. To help, educators at OSUE Family and Consumer Sciences have created a “how to” video series, Tips for Teens. Each video offers information about life skills from basic car maintenance, doing laundry, cleaning a bathroom, folding a fitted bed sheet to making healthy snacks  and shakes. The new weekly series, Tips for Teens, is designed to help teens develop some awareness, knowledge, skills, and aspirations about life readiness.

Tips for Teens is a great way to learn how to do a task, and each video takes less than five minutes. The videos get teens focused on what matters: Gaining confidence!

Both the EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition Program and SNAP-ED Programs have been working on virtual educational classes that they will be able to offer to clients.  Find out more by calling or email Erika Kraus for SNAP-Ed programing and Renee Eichler for EFNEP programming.
EFNEP (Expanded Food and Nutrition) Check out our NEW Facebook Page OSU EFNEP Educational Resources HERE:
SNAP-ED:  The SNAP-Ed program assistances will be launching soon their promotional videos to K-12 schools. 
Check out the OSU Extension Facebook page to see their newsletters.
 If you would like more information about any of the program areas, please contact us at 330-424-7291.







Contact Us


Angie Keshock

Office Associate


Audrey Dimmerling

4-H Educator


Renee Eichler

Program Assistant, EFNEP


Erika Kraus

Program Assistant, SNAP-ED


Corinna Gromley

Program Assistant, SNAP-ED


Eric Barrett

Area Leader