About Pickaway County

Pickaway County was created by an act of the Ohio Legislature in 1810, and Circleville was designated the County Seat in 1811. The name "Pickaway" comes from the Native American word "piqua" meaning "man risen from the ashes." Pickaway County's land area is 502 square miles, and it remains a primarily rural farming area with approximately 80% of the land used in agriculture production. The 2010 Census reported the population of Pickaway County as 55,698.

OSU Extension, Pickaway County is one of the 88 county field offices of The Ohio State University bringing the knowledge of the university to your door. We fulfill the land-grant mission of Ohio State University by interpreting knowledge and research developed by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, Ohio State and other land-grant universities, so that Ohioans can use the scientifically based information to better their lives, businesses and communities.

OSU Extension serves the residents of Pickaway County by sharing research based information in the following program areas:

  • 4-H Youth Development
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources
  • Family & Consumer Sciences


2013 Pickaway County Highlights 


The Pickaway County OSU Extension office is grateful for the continued support of the

Harold Henson, Brian Stewart and Jay Wippel.




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Junior Fair Steer Weigh-In
The date for this year’s steer weigh-in is Saturday, December 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon. 4-H and FFA members/parents must bring the steer calves to the weigh-in to be eligible to show the steer(s) at the Pickaway County Fair in 2015. The weigh-in is MANDATORY, if members miss it, they will not be able to show a steer in 2015. For Emergencies on day of weigh-in, please call 740-412-3333. Click "read more" for all the details...
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Join Pickaway County 4-H
Discover yourself in Pickaway County 4-H! Discover new friends, fun, career and lifelong hobby interests, leadership and citizenship skills, and so much more!
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Ohio 4-H Project Central - Now is the Season for Rating!
Project Central allows 4 H’ers to search, learn about, and rate projects. While projects are fresh on their minds, please encourage your 4 H members and volunteers to visit projectcentral.ohio4h.org to share their experiences, good and bad. Just 40% of projects have been rated so far. Can we reach 80%? 100%? The higher we go, the more future 4-H’ers get to learn from their peers’ experiences!
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Zero Weight Gain Challenge
Want to maintain your current weight, or even lower it a little, during the holidays? The Zero Weight Gain Challenge can help! Join us for our six-week wellness challenge as we give tips for a healthier lifestyle and better balance during the holidays? Want to join us? Click "read more" to sign up!
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County News
Teens Awards Kick-off Night
Teens are encouraged to apply for great awards, events, and scholarships. You must be 14 or older as of January 1, 2015 to apply. Opportunities include: Camp Counselor, Scholarships, Ohio 4-H Ambassador and more! Need some help? Come to the Teen Awards Kick-Off Night on Monday December 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Extension Office Meeting Room. RSVP by December 3rd.
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Pickaway To Garden - October 2014
Change By Paul J. Hang An old philosopher once said that the only permanent thing is change. Actually the old philosopher was Heraclitus and I don’t know how old he was when he said that. He did say it over 2,000 years ago so I guess it is at least an old saying rather than an old philosopher. At any rate I believe he probably uttered that in the month of October. Is there another month that sees so much change?
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State News
Farm Custom Rates are Updated
Ohio farmers were surveyed recently
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Find recent "Grazing School" presentations on-line here!
The "Pastures for Profit" grazing school is a comprehensive course in Management Intensive Grazing
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