County News

February 3, 2017

Attention High School 4-H Members!  Do you like the outdoors?  Are you up for adventures with junior 4-H members? Then being a 4-H camp counselor may be for you.  We are looking for 4-H youth counselors to provide leadership in partnership with 4-H Staff at the Regional Pine Bluff 4-H Camps.  Both junior camps are 2 days and one night. Junior camps will be June 13-14 and June 20-21.  Sign up for one camp or both.

February 3, 2017

DISCOVER DUBUQUE --Join us for a brand new 4-H experience specifically designed for Intermediate 4-H members (grades 7 & 8) in 2017.  This two-day overnight adventure will discover Dubuque and the surrounding area. Youth will be staying at the Days Inn Hotel in Dubuque. The adventure includes Mississippi River Museum, Fenelon Place Elevator ride, University of Dubuque Aviation & Airport Tour, Ropes Course, Mississippi River Cruise and much more!  Registration deadline is April 17.

February 3, 2017

4-H members…Come join us for tons of fun, adventures galore, and lifelong friendships from northeast Iowa. Summer 4-H Camps will be held at Pine Bluff 4-H Camp located near Decorah.  Junior 4-H members (grades 4th -6th) will have two camps to choose from with the dates being June 13-14 or June 20-21. Camp registration deadline is April 17.

January 26, 2017

The Clayton County 4-H Lock-In will be held at YMCA in Postville on Friday, March 24, 2017 starting at 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning, March 25. This event is for youth in grades 6, 7 & 8.  4-H members are encouraged to invite a friend from 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Pre-registration is required and due to the Extension Office by March 15.

November 10, 2016

Do you love hosting guests in your garden? The 2017 Garden Calendar features gardening tips, phases of the moon and a new guest of the garden each month. Track your garden's progress and record your invited or uninvited garden guests too. It makes a great gift!  The calendar is available for purchase on line or in our office for $7.00.

March 23, 2017

Although snow is on the ground in much of Iowa, spring is upon us. It’s time to think about planting gardens, but before that happens, proper care must be taken to ensure the soil is ready for growth. That means fertilizing soil, testing it and, perhaps, applying materials like lime.

March 6, 2017

he Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium today released a statewide strategy to support monarch butterfly recovery in Iowa and North America. 

March 3, 2017

How children deal with stress determines how it affects their overall health. Are they overwhelmed or do they bounce back?

March 2, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted their annual Clover Kid Day Retreat for Kindergarten thru 3rd graders on Saturday, February 25 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  This year’s theme was “Pajama Jam!”  90 youth lounged in their pj’s and enjoyed hands-on educational activities.

February 24, 2017

February has brought unusually warm temperatures across Iowa, with record highs topping the 70-degree mark. However, it won’t last forever. Winter temperatures will return, but that could confuse trees, shrubs and plants which flower earlier than normal. Will this cause problems?

February 20, 2017

The Northeast Iowa Beginning Local Food Farmer Network will be hosting an exciting workshop designed to help local food and direct-marketing farm businesses achieve financial health. Paul Dietmann and Craig Chase will lead the sessions and teach producers how to analyze their business profitability, to compare the costs and returns from different enterprises, and to make decisions about renting or buying land, building infrastructure and capital investment.

February 16, 2017

Ethanol plants need to be especially cautious of moldy corn this spring due to a humid fall and excessive amounts of corn stored in outdoor piles. According to Charles Hurburgh, grain quality and handling specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, mid-February will bring reports of moldy corn, hot spots and blue eye mold – a fungus turning the germ a bluish color, especially if temperatures do not decrease.

February 16, 2017

Join us for a brand new 4-H experience specifically designed for Intermediate 4-H members in 2017.

February 16, 2017

Youth looking for a fun summer 4-H camp to attend need look no further than Pine Bluff 4-H Camp along the Upper Iowa River during June.  Camp is for Junior's (grades 4-6) enrolled in 4-H.  They are also looking for camp counselors in 9-12 grades. 

February 10, 2017

When a couple has a healthy relationship, their family is more likely to be stable and their children have agreater opportunity to flourish, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 3, 2017

There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.

February 1, 2017

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, January 29 at the Extension Office in Elkader.  Youth and their parents explored the 4-H town of “Cloverville”.  An overview of the 4-H & youth program was shared along with how to stay informed on what’s going on in the county program.  Youth were given project hot sheets for the 4-H project areas they are enrolled in. Sessions included livestock, communications, goal setting and 4-H online. The evening closed with a question and answer session.  

January 27, 2017

Beef producers who are interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out the Iowa Beef Center’s newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and now reflects the updated guidelines in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."

January 25, 2017

Expanding knowledge of local government and how tax dollars are utilized are the focus of the 2016-17 Citizenship 4-H project group.   On January 22 the group toured the Clayton County Jail.  They toured the facility, learned how prisoners were booked, found out how dispatch operates and discovered the many career opportunities in law enforcement.

January 5, 2017

Ninety-three Clayton County 4-H & FFA members have weighed and identified 223 head of market beef as projects this year.  This is up 7 youth and 18 head from last year.  Identified for 2017 were 163 Market Steers, 38 Dairy Steers and 22 Market Heifers. The Market Steers averaged 665.5 lbs., the Dairy Steers averaged 666.8 lbs. and the Market Heifers averaged 550.9 lbs.  Retinal imagining was also done to qualify state fair animals. This year Clayton County 4-H’ers verified 27 head of cattle for state fair 4-H show.  The Clayton County beef show will be Friday, August 4.

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