County News

Spencer Community Gardens Logo
March 31, 2017

Time to think gardening! SCG is now taking applications for the 2017 garden season.  Sign up before April 20th so we can get your plot reserved!

Roger Clarke, our 2016 4-H Hall of Fame inductee with his cake
March 17, 2017

The Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame honors 4-H volunteers, supporters and pioneers who have made a significant contribution to the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program.  Nominations must be received by May 15, 2017 in the form of a letter or email to the Clay County Extension Office, 110 West 4th Street, Suite 100, Spencer.

3 members of the Rabbit Ranglers 4-H Club
March 15, 2017

Bring your rabbit and see all the interesting and fun things that the rabbit project area has to offer. What if you don’t have a rabbit…join us any way we can help you get started.  Join us on Saturday, April 29th from 9:30am-12:00pm at the Southpark Mall in Spencer.

Barn Quilt Example
March 10, 2017

The Clay County 4-H Club, the Lincoln Lions, presents a new Barn Quilt Club Challenge for all Clay County 4-H Clubs.   The Clay County Fair is observing it’s Centennial this year so let’s join them in that celebration!  The extension office will have 12 barn quilt designs to choose from as well as a list of the possible buildings in which the 4’ x 4’ barn quilts can be hung.

2017 Plunge Flyer
March 7, 2017

Middle school youth in grades 6 through 8 are invited to attend 'PLUNGE INTO 4-H' camp on Friday-Saturday, April 28-29 at Camp Foster-YMCA near Spirit Lake. The event will feature team building activities, campfires, horseback riding, wall climbing, archery, service projects and more. Register now to guarantee your spot!

ServSafe Logo
March 1, 2017

The 2017 Spring ServSafe schedule for Northwest Iowa.  ***Note:  Online registrations only, up to three weeks prior to class date.

February 13, 2017

Are you looking for educational fun for club meetings or a club project?  Then look no further, the fun and exciting Block-Out Club Challenge is here for 2017.

2017 4-H SpIn Book Cover
February 9, 2017

SpIn Events are Special Interest Events for Youth in grades Kindergarten to 12th.

January 31, 2017

Clay County 4-H Seniors

Are you planning to continue educational opportunities following high school graduation?  We encourage you to apply for scholarships sponsored by the Clay County 4-H Youth Council and the Clay County Bankers Association.

January 6, 2017

The Iowa Space Grant Consortium has announced its partner schools for the 2017 ISGC Academy. The Consortium will work with ten Iowa educators for two days during a NASA workshop at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL.

December 9, 2016

Changes are coming from the Food and Drug Administration that will impact all livestock producers. Livestock producers usually work with a veterinarian to use the medication appropriate to treat sickness in their animals. This will not change. However, beginning Jan. 1, 2017, livestock producers will need to have a written document, called a Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD), from their veterinarian before they are legally allowed to feed many of the medicated feeds.

November 7, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Clay County is offering a hands-on training on seeking and writing successful grants for non-profits, local government and schools from 5:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, November 30th, at the Clay County Extension Office.  The registration fee is $25, and will include a light meal at the start of the program.  Please register by Monday, November 28th by calling 712-262-2264.

October 21, 2016

The 4-H Diamond Clover Awards Program is designed to encourage 4-H youth to engage in a variety of projects and activities that will enable members to acquire the life skills necessary to lead successful lives as competent, caring, and contributing citizens.  The program’s overall goal is to provide 4-H members a rich and diverse learning experience.

October 19, 2016

As harvest comes to a close, producers, ag lenders and suppliers are planning ahead for next year.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach offers valuable and updated information key to best-outcome 2017 operating decisions.  The three-hour forum topics will include:  grain price outlook and global factors to watch; livestock prices and margins; and farmland operation margins, outlook and trends.  On Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 8:30am at the Spencer School Administration Building.  Call 712-262-2264 to pre-register, cost is $20/person, or $25/person at the door.

October 19, 2016

Clay County 4-H Awards information and forms for The Diamond Clover Program, Recordkeeping Awards, Project Area Awards, and Special Recognition Essays.

October 6, 2016

New Volunteer Training is required for new 4-H volunteers within 1 year of approval. The local training will be held Saturday, October 22 at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in Spencer from 9 am – 12 pm. Registration is required for this event.

Please register by visiting

http://www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/page/training-registration-new-volunteers .

October 3, 2016

On Thursday, November 10th Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will offer a free workshop in Spencer. Smart Choice: Health Insurance is designed to help you understand your options and make the best decisions for your situation.   The workshop will be held from 6-7 p.m. at the Spencer Public Library, 213 3rd Street; Spencer, IA.

September 27, 2016

The purpose of the Scramble Calf project is to provide an educational beef production experience for beef project members and to also provide a mentoring opportunity.

July 25, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association want to help you prepare for the new VFD requirements.  Livestock producers, veterinarians and feed industry representatives are invited to attend any of the upcoming meetings:  Emmetsburg-Aug. 22, Orange City-Aug. 23, and Storm Lake-Aug. 23.  Meetings are free of charge, please see flyer for RSVP.

July 7, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and the Clay County Farm Service Agency will hold an informational meeting on July 22 in Spencer.  The meeting will be held from 10:00 to 11:00 AM at the Clay County Extension office in Spencer.  The address is 110 West Fourth Street in Spencer, Iowa.

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