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Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
Cedar County
As your front door to Iowa State University we are your access to information and services to improve the quality of life in your community.  We provide research based information and education on public issues, food and nutrition, health, financial management, youth development, and family relationships. 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday -- 8:00 am - Noon & 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Clover Kid Saturday 

All kids in grades K-3 and their parents/guardians are invited to come explore this hands-on open house. There will be stations with activities and information ranging from Photography, Crafts, Livestock, Commodities, ATV Safety, and STEM. You’ll be encouraged to explore at your own pace. Everyone will go home with some goodies—and have the opportunity to be entered for a chance to win prizes!  

When:   Saturday - October 3, 2015
Where:  4-H Building at the Fairgrounds
Time:     1:00 - 3:00 pm


Russ Cook has been involved in 4-H helping youth most of his life.  He volunteers with all aspects of the Cedar County 4-H program for years including:

--Serving as one of the beef superintendents for the fair for many years,
--helping with market beef weigh-in,
--serving as a ring man for the 4-H beef shows,
--one of the organizers for the Team Fitting Contest and --helps with the Market Beef Auction.  

As a member of the Cedar County Cattlemen Russ:

-- served many years on the Cedar County Cattlemen Board and now serves as president of the group.
--works with the “Pit Beef Cooking” group during the year to  help provide college scholarships for Cedar County youth,
--cook beef burgers for the fair 4-H Food Stand and the free beef burgers for a promotional fair event. 
--is working with a fund raising group for a new cattle barn to provide better housing facilities for 4-H exhibiting and open shows held on the fairgrounds and
--provides awards for youth recognition.

As a farmer and Cattle Producer:

--Used knowledge gained through his 4-H experience showing heifers to build his cow/calf herd of 225 cows.  All born and raised on this farm over the past 38 years.

--Was selected as the 2014 Iowa Outstanding Commercial Cattle Producer by the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Breeds Council. 

As a cattle producer raises quality show animals for youth to purchase.
Community Service:

--Served as an elected member of the Cedar County Extension Council, --Board member of the Beef Promotions of Iowa, which manages the Beef Quarters at the Iowa State Fair and --Active in local community events. 

Russ Cook is a man to be admired for his interest in all youth, not just the 4-H youth.  He willingly takes opportunity to help youth understand what is involved in raising good cattle and what it takes to put a good product into the food chain.  Russ is known for his ability to take time to assist anyone in need of help. This involves a stranger, a friend, family members and most of all 4-H Youth.  

We have personally seen how Russ treats youth with respect and always keeps a positive attitude in front of the youth.  As a beef superintendent Russ has been involved in helping resolve some difficult issues during weigh-in or during fair and he is always looking out for the youth but also taking the opportunity to instill in them that rules are made to follow for a reason.  He is showing youth what real life is all about and encouraging them as they learn along the way.  He is promoting 4-H for the future generations and continues to put youth first and foremost.

Most of all – Russ’s smile tells everyone he is a friend, and his heart is in the youth of Cedar County! 


Remember that record keeping is due to the Cedar County Extension Office by 4:00 pm on September 4th if you would like to have your books considered for county awards.
The absolute last day for record keeping to the Cedar County Extension Office is 4:00 pm on September 25 at 4:00 pm.
Forms for your record keeping may be found at:  Record Keeping Forms
If you are interested in applying for awards they may be found at:  Award Forms
Clay County Fair - Spencer, Iowa - September 12 - 20, 2015
Are you interested in exhibiting animals at the Clay County Fair?  If you are interested in viewing their
fair book and entry information go to:  www.extension.iastate.edu/clay

Eastern Iowa Crop Information
Farm lease forms available
Farm Lease Information
Weed Control Information
Farm Land and Building Rental Information
Pesticide Testing Sessions
4-H Information
Cedar County Endowment Fund
Poultry Workshop Information
County Council
Youth Committee
ServSafe Information

Fair Dates:

County News

March 19, 2015

Iowa State University Extension believes that resources are needed for consumers, foodservice operators, students and educators to access research-based, unbiased information on food safety and quality. The goal of the Food Safety Project is to develop educational materials that give the public the tools they need to minimize their risk of foodborne illness.

October 3, 2014

The Cedar County Extension Council is now accepting requests by 4-H members, clubs, and county groups for grants from the Cedar County 4-H Endowment fund.

Featured "At Work for Iowa" article

Extension council members are elected officials and are responsible for being good stewards of taxpayer dollars. They manage the county extension budget, hire county staff and help select educational programming from ISU Extension and Outreach.

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October 2, 2015 12:33 PM

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