#TakeOverTuesday: Margo Long, Ohio State University Extension, Marion County

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Today’s editor is Margo Long, a 4-H educator with Ohio State University Extension in Marion County.

Good morning! I’m Margo Long, a 4-H educator with Ohio State University Extension in Marion County and a member of the Marion County Farm Bureau. My husband Nathan farms with Jim Case in Delaware and also is a soil consultant with Long On Quality, LLC and our children, Liam and Mason are future farmers themselves.
With being new to my position, I try to meet with as many Marion County 4-H Clubs as I possibly can. Here I had the opportunity to meet with the members of the Barnyard Guys 4-H Club.
It’s important to provide youth the opportunity to share their 4-H experiences with community leaders. Several 4-H members participated in the 4-H week proclamation with the Marion County Commissioners.
Spring is a busy time of a year—not just for farmers, but for 4-H educators, too! I’ve visited over 1,000 Marion County youth at local elementary schools to talk about all the great opportunities available in the 4-H program.
Like OFBF, 4-H is a family-oriented organization! My son Liam was my assistant during one of our Cloverbud Saturdays, where we give youth in kindergarten to second grade an opportunity for hands-on learning, in hopes to encourage them to think about science in a totally different way.
Springtime is when 4-H and FFA youth are starting to select their projects to exhibit at the Marion County fair. They learn responsibility while caring for their animals—just like livestock farmers do.
Working with youth and tomorrow’s leaders within the agriculture industry and beyond is probably the BEST part of my job!
My husband and I think it’s important that everyone knows where their food comes from and experience agriculture in some way. There’s not a planting or harvest season that our boys aren’t out helping take soil samples or “driving” the tractor and combine.

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