County News

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 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.

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 6, 2017

According to Iowa Code, a certified private applicator uses or supervises the use of any pesticide which is classified for restricted use on property owned or rented by the applicator or the applicator's employer or, if applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities, on the property of another person.  To become certified initially, applicators must take the exam offered by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Applicators may renew their certification by attending a private applicators’ continuing instruction course (CIC) each of the three years during their renewal cycle.  The Private Pesticide Applicator CICs for Clayton County will be offered on January 26, February 21 and Thursday, March 16.

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.

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 16, 2017

The Iowa Nut Growers Association (INGA) will be hosting the 2017 Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference in beautiful Decorah IA March 3rd and 4th.  This annual conference is attended by growers from throughout the Midwest.

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 10, 2017

Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist and D. Allen Pattillo, Aquaculture/Aquaponics/Fisheries Specialistwill speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) at the ISU Northeast Research Farm near Nashua.

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 3, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center.

January 27, 2017

Throughout 2016, nearly 2,000 dedicated volunteers worked to help beautify and grow the state of Iowa. These volunteers come from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and combined to spend nearly 120,000 hours volunteering during the last year.

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 27, 2017

The 2017 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 11 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 23rd year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

January 20, 2017

Likely you have noticed that food offerings, recipes, restaurant menus, and grocery products have changed a lot in the last ten years.  Health issues, dietary needs, convenience, consumer awareness, and waste reduction initiatives are just some of the factors that have driven changes in the culinary market. Marlene Geiger at the ISU Extension Answerline recently wrote about some ‘expert’ predictions of what we will likely see more of in 2017.

January 17, 2017

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants. Are there precautions to take to avoid damage?

January 10, 2017

With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations. 

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