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Ohio State University Extension Office a big player in the Belmont County community

Each department addressed Belmont County commissioners on Wednesday, beginning with 4-H Youth Development.

The Ohio State University Extension Office’s goal is to better the lives of those in the community.

How does it do it?

Each department addressed Belmont County commissioners on Wednesday, beginning with 4-H Youth Development.

"Since 2015, our numbers of 4-H participants have doubled,” coordinator Jane Keyser said. “We went from just a little over 600 kids in the total program in the county to over 1,253 kids."

4-H members participate in the state and county fairs -- even raising livestock -- and their hard work pays off.

“We have about 120 volunteers, and if you figure that they give about 76 hours a year of volunteer time at $23 an hour that we're receiving $142,000 it was, of matched money the volunteers are providing for the program."

There's also an agriculture and natural resources program. A class is being taught now on beef quality assurance, learning where your food comes from and what's in it.

“Things like vaccination, antibiotic usage, good rates, animal welfare, so certain buyers that want that premium, that standard of beef quality, our people will have that from start to finish," director Dan Lima said.

Next is a family and consumer science program. Its current goal is to provide mental health first aid training so more people can recognize and help those affected with a mental illness.

"I'm partnering with the library to do trainings through a grant,” director Lorrissa Dunfee said. “There are schools that want this program but funding is a little bit of an issue."

OSU extension is always looking for volunteers for any of the programs, click here to find out how you can help.


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