Statement by State 4-H Leader Tom Archer Regarding Cancellation of Fair Bird Exhibits by ODA

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Department of Agriculture announced today it will cancel all live bird exhibitions at county and independent fairs in 2015 to protect Ohio’s $2.3 billion poultry industry from the current avian flu outbreak affecting the United States.

“4-H is about fun, but underneath it all, it’s about learning and education. Our members who have chosen poultry projects this year have a fantastic learning opportunity in front of them,” said Tom Archer, State 4-H leader for Ohio State University Extension. “Yes, they won’t be showing a live animal, but they will be learning about how a disease can affect an animal and an industry. We will provide other creative ways for our members to show what they have learned about poultry at our county and state fairs.”

Ohio 4-H programs are run by Ohio State University Extension, the outreach arm of the college.