County News

February 20, 2015

While significant opportunity exists to build on the demand for local products in local markets, many farmers are hesitant or unprepared to meet the transactional requirements required by institutional, wholesale and restaurant buyers to manage food safety, insurance, product quality and traceability risks.  Iowa MarketReady, a new program from ISU Extension, addresses these issues and seeks to educate food suppliers to succeed in today's markets.

February 19, 2015

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, February 15 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  New 4-H members and their parents explored the 4-H town of “Cloverville”.  Everyone was invited to visit the shops in Cloverville.  The Toy Store showcased special interest clubs, the Travel Agency explored goal setting, at the General Store the secrets of 4-H record books were revealed and livestock projects were discussed at the Vet Clinic.

February 18, 2015

Families throughout Northeast Iowa are invited to attend the Northeast Iowa Family STEM Festival on Thursday, April 30, from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Northeast Iowa Community College Wilder Business Center, 1625 Highway 150 South, Calmar, Iowa. The festival is free and open to the public.

February 16, 2015

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Ag Economist Mike Duffy will speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) at the ISU Northeast Research Farm near Nashua on Wednesday, March 18.

February 13, 2015

Are you interested in saving money, contributing to the vibrancy of your community and reducing carbon emissions? Are you interested in installing SOLAR or renewable energy? Then it's time to think about a Farm Energy Plan.

February 10, 2015

No matter how close or far Iowans are from retirement, the new “Retirement: Secure Your Future” Web page from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help them prepare, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life.

January 27, 2015

What can a baby see right after birth? How much should a 1-year-old eat? Should a 3-year-old have a hearing test? These and many more questions keep parents awake at night wondering how they can be a better parent to their children, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

January 23, 2015

The 2015 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 14 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 21st year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

December 11, 2014

Iowa dairy producers have the opportunity to learn about emerging dairy industry issues at the 2015 ISU Extension Dairy Days hosted by Iowa State University Extension specialists. The program is scheduled at seven eastern Iowa locations between Jan. 20 and Feb. 6.

December 8, 2014

A new report points to strong economic impacts of local food in Iowa – more than $22 million in sales at the farm gate and at least 171 new jobs over the past two years – and explains how local food coordinators are contributing to this growth in their communities.

December 4, 2014

Central students have been transforming Lego kits into robots that they’ve programmed to complete specific tasks. Their efforts are part of the FIRST Lego League competition, an event that uses STEM concepts to address real-world problems in a creative, innovative and fun way.  Central's program is co-sponsored by ISU Extension and Clayton County 4-H. 

November 18, 2014

Over 255 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader on Sunday, November 16.   The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club members and adult volunteers.

September 9, 2014

Women with an interest in grain and livestock marketing are invited to join the 2014-2015 Women Agricutlure Marketing Club which will meet in monthly in Cresco.  Meetings will cover calculating cost of production, crop insurance, 2014 Farm Bill crop commodity programs, and marketing tools.

August 29, 2014

Clayton County 4-H Crop Scouting teams took first and second place honors in the fourth annual Crop Scouting Competition conducted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach on August 5. First place team members included Sam Hilgerson, Ted Hilgerson and Luke Orr from Elkader, Tom Shirbroun, Farmersburg and Kennie Orr of Elgin. Second place team members were Melanie Lane and Matt Whittle of Elkader, Cole Deitchler, Volga and Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg. The groups were coached by Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun of Farmersburg.

August 21, 2014

Sandy Ruckhaber of Luana was inducted into the 2014 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, Aug. 17. Eighty-two counties participated this year and 110 inductees were recognized for their outstanding service and dedication to 4-H. Inductees or their surviving family members were presented a certificate by the Iowa 4-H Foundation as they were introduced on stage and honored at a reception that followed the ceremony.

August 20, 2014

Recognition for an Outstanding Agriculture and Natural Resources Exhibit at the Iowa State Fair has been given to a Clayton County 4-H member.  Charlie Ehlers, Edgewood received the Judges’ Choice Award and the Iowa State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences “Future Discovery Award”. The award includes a $500 Scholarship to be awarded upon enrollment at Iowa State University in a Liberal Arts and Sciences College Major. The award is judged on exemplifying the innovation, curiosity, and scholarship foundational to a liberal arts and science education.  Charlie’s display was research and a poster on Polydactyl Cats. The project was exhibited in the 4-H Exhibit Building at the Iowa State Fair along with over 300 other entries.

August 20, 2014

Medals have been awarded to Clayton County 4-H members Rachel Anderegg, Guttenberg and Matt Eiben, Colesburg.  These outstanding 4-H photography project awards are sponsored by The Professional Photographers of Iowa.  The projects were exhibited in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair.  Rachel is a member of the Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club and has been enrolled in the photography project for six years. Matt is a member of the Mallory Minks 4-H club and has been enrolled in photography project for 3 years.

August 20, 2014

Andrey Shirbroun, Farmersburg, received special recognition at the Iowa State Fair with his citizenship exhibit on Norman Borlaug.  His exhibit “An Iowa Farm Boy Who Became a Citizen of the World” was inspired by a recent 4-H Citizenship trip to Washington DC where Borlaug was recently honored.

August 20, 2014

Fourteen Clayton County 4-H members partipcapted in showmanship contests at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Kaitlyn Olson, a member of the Monona Jr. Feeders 4-H Club received a purple ribbon for her outstanding ability in the sheep show ring.  Others from Clayton County all received blue ribbons.

August 20, 2014

23 Clayton County 4-H youth showed livestock during the Iowa State Fair. "Youth gain so many positive skills by exhibiting livestock," Mike Anderson, 4-H agriculture superintendent said. "The dedication, responsibility, decision-making and leadership they develop can prepare them for careers that use these skills."

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