County News

June 22, 2016

Seven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 20 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with Extension and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.   A “show” was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

August 24, 2016

This time of year, our focus is on getting kids ready to go back to school. We give a lot of thought to buying just the right school supplies, reestablishing our school day routine, and packing a safe school lunches. We should also be teaching or reminding kids of tips for staying safe while traveling to and from school.

August 24, 2016

The resources on this page provide information Iowans can use to plan before a flood situation, recover and clean up from flood water damage, and conserve water.

August 23, 2016

The Youth Classic Dairy Show will be held on Sunday, September 11 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union.  Entry deadline August 29.

August 16, 2016

Palmer amaranth is an invasive weed that is native to the southwestern United States. Over the last three years, however, the weed has made its way into Iowa and has been identified in at least nine counties, most recently in Madison, Clayton, Washington and Crawford counties.

August 8, 2016

Are you prepared for implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to offer an educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers, and feed industry personnel are invited to participate.

August 8, 2016

As August arrives, families begin to think about “back to school” routines. Cindy Thompson, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, suggests making family meetings a routine all year long.

July 19, 2016

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is honored to host world renowned soil ecologist Dr. Jill Clapperton for a day-long soil health workshop at the Norman Borlaug boyhood farm near Cresco on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00-2:30. 

July 8, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3302 exhibits for the county fair competition.  Entries are up in the Breeding Beef, Swine, Sheep, Horse, Meat Goat, Dog, Rabbit, and Clover Kids divisions. The 162nd annual Clayton County Fair is scheduled for August 3-8, 2016 at the fairgrounds located at the village of National.

May 31, 2016

Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes start at all locations in September 2016.

May 4, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held April at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair.  There were 15 4-H’ers and FFA members who tagged market lambs this year.  This is up 4 youth and up 23 lambs from last year.  20 youth participated in the goat weigh-in, which is down 1 youth, but up 3 goats from last year.

April 15, 2016

On April 9 43 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 253 head for the 2016 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair. This is up 13 youth and 69 head from last year. The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation. The 2016 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Saturday, August 6.

April 7, 2016

15 Clayton County 4-H members and 5 adult chaperones took part in a seven-day trip to Springfield, IL, Gettysburg, PA and Washington, D.C. They traveled with 4-H delegates from Chickasaw  and Fayette counties to visit national landmarks, to enrich their culture experinces and to deliver  summer safety packets for the needy. 

March 15, 2016

The Clayton County 4-H Brunch & Silent Auction was held March 13 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. This annual event is sponsored by the 4-H County Council & Extension 4-H & Youth Development Committee.  This event is a one of the ways 4-H members showcase their program and the youth & volunteers who make it happen.

February 22, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted their annual Clover Kid Day Retreat for K-3rd graders on Saturday, February 20 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  This year’s theme was “It’s A County Fair!” The day featured sessions based on county fair activities.

Goat Health Workshop
February 12, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach held an informational meeting on factors affecting Goat Health for goat and small ruminant producers on January 26, 2016 at the Edgewood Locker Events Center. The meeting was well attended despite poor weather conditions. Over 40 goat, sheep, and deer producers from across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin attended.

February 1, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, January 31 at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.  17 youth and their parents explored the 4-H town of “Cloverville”.  The event was planned and organized by Extension staff, volunteers and the county 4-H Council.

January 26, 2016

A delegation of thirty-two 4-H members and eighteen adults will be traveling to Washington DC soon. In preparing for safe travel and fiscal responsibility, the regional 4-H citizenship group met on Sunday, January 24, to hear directly from a 4-H Alumni who has experienced 4-H travels personally.  Susie Anderson, Business Banking Administrator, with First Citizen’s Bank in New Hampton reviewed the 7 Tips for Keeping Safe While Traveling, explained travel money options, shared examples of personal money holders and provided information to secure financial processes in case of an emergency.

December 7, 2015

4-H provides youth opportunities to impact their personal lives, community, country and world which is also spoken through the 4-H Pledge. The regional 4-H citizenship group met on Sunday, November 22 to hear directly from a 4-H Alumni who has impacted a multitude of people through his work in the analytical division of intelligence to assist operations through the United States Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.

December 3, 2015

Gardens are wonderful places to explore and relax. But how many other creatures are enjoying the garden’s beauty and produce? Each month, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s 2016 Garden Calendar captivates with images of visiting guests of the garden.

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