Do you have pesticides sitting in storage that you do not intend to use? The Ohio Department of Agriculture will be sponsoring a Pesticide Clean Sweep Day for farmers wishing to dispose of unwanted pesticides on Tuesday, August 15 in Ottawa. The pesticide collection and disposal service is free of charge, but only farm chemicals will be accepted. Paint, antifreeze, solvents, and household or non-farm pesticides will not be accepted.

The disposals are limited to farmers only. Commercial entities are not supposed to bring product. Pesticides not have to be in original containers or identifiable for disposal. The largest container that can be accepted is a 55 gallon drum as long as it has a good sealed bung. There is no limit to the amount of pesticides that a farmer can bring, although ODA would like to know if someone is bringing anything larger than a pickup load.

The pesticide collection will happen from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Putnam County Extension Office parking lot (the old Weather Seal Factory west of the Fairgrounds) to allow for local and surrounding county farmers to dispose of these chemicals.

Ohio Pesticide Clean Sweep collections are sponsored by the Ohio Department of Agriculture in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To pre-register, or for more information, contact the ODA at 614-728-6987.

  1. 2019 Jr. Fair Board Applications Due NOVEMBER 2

    Oct. 04, 2018


    Must be a Van Wert County Jr. Fair member in GOOD standing. Must be at least 15 years old or a Freshman in High School. Must be able to get transportation to meetings and events as needed. Must sign Code of Conduct or Other Contract as directed by Jr. Fair Board.


  2. 2018 4-H Holiday Craft & Vendor Show

    Oct. 02, 2018

    Now accepting new vendors! 

  3. Pre-Fair Parent Checklist

    Jul. 24, 2018


    Week Of


  4. Jr. Fair Entries Open- Due Aug 4

    Jul. 24, 2018

    2018 Jr. Fair Online Entries

    In order to recieve your premium money ALL projects (still & livestock) must be entered. Cloverbuds also have an entry. 

    Deadline to submit entries is Friday, August 3rd, 2018

    All projects must be registered including still 4-H and FFA projects exhibited in the Jr. Fair Building.

  5. 2018 Ohio State Fair 4-H Selections

    Jul. 20, 2018

    Below is the list of Ohio State Fair Delegates as selected for 2018. Please note that the packets will be availble for pickup starting on Monday, July 23, 2018 at the Extension Office. If you are an alternate you will be notified as soon as possible if the delegate will not be attending. Please note that State Fair Qualifier Plaques (both delegate and alternate) will be handed out at the 4-H Awards Ceremony on Celebration Sunday, August 26th, 2018 starting at 5:00pm. 


  6. ODA Announces: 2018 Clean Sweep Pesticide Disposal

    Jul. 05, 2018

    Agricultural Pesticides Only

    August 16, 2018 Lake County 9 am-3 pm
    Perry Feed and Coal - 4204 Main Street- Perry, OH  44081
    August 28, 2018 Licking County 9am- 3pm
    Licking County Garage- 775 E. Main St,- Newark, OH  43055
    September 6, 2018 Wood County 9 am - 3 pm
    Wood County Fairgrounds ( Champion Barn) - 13800 W. Poe Rd - Bowling Green, OH  43402


  7. 4-H Livestock Judging Info

    Jun. 19, 2018

    Livestock Judging: Interview and Project Book judging will be held July 30th  from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on the Fairgrounds in the Jr. Fair Building. Skillathons will also be conducted at this time. Make Up Livestock Judging and Skillathons will be held on Sunday, August 5th  in the late afternoon and Monday, August 6th  from 3:00pm-7:00pm. If neither of these days meet your availability, please call the Extension office at 419-238-1214 to make other arrangements.
  8. Master Gardener Summer Children's Programs at The Children's Garden

    May. 14, 2018

    Smiley Park Children's Garden " through the eyes of a child"! Outdoor Educational Programs at the Children's Garden Summer 2018

  9. 2018 Livestock Quality Assurance. May 31st -last one for 2018

    May. 03, 2018

    Quality Assurance is a state required training program for any 4-H or FFA member who is exhibiting livestock at the Van Wert County Junior Fair; rabbits included. The Van Wert Ohio State University Extension is hosting the 2nd  QA in 2018 at the Van Wert County Fairgrounds on Thursday May 31st starting at 7:00 pm until approximately 8:30 pm members eligible for test out it will be offered starting one hour prior to the beginning at the Extension office.

  10. Private Pesticide Applicator Prep class March 29th

    Mar. 08, 2018

    OSU Extension- Van Wert County Office will offer a workshop on March 29th from 9:00am -12:00pm to help participants prepare for the private pesticide applicator examination in the Extension Meeting Room on the  fairgrounds.
    The workshop will cover topics specifically to prepare for the core and field crops sections of the pesticide exam. Anyone that uses restricted-use pesticides on his/her own land or rented land and produces an agrcultural commodity should be licensed.