County News

January 14, 2015

Solar panels have been cropping up all across the Iowa landscape, causing farmers to glance over the fence and wonder if they, too, should be farming the sun. For those curious about installing solar for their farm, home, or business, the Going Solar Workshop will cover tax incentives, payback times, and installation options.

January 5, 2015

Confinement site manure applicators and anyone interested in learning about manure issues should plan to attend a two-hour workshop offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in January or February 2015.

December 12, 2014

One of the goals of Women Managing Dairy Cattle, an Annie's Project course, is to provide networking opportunities.  That goal was definitely achieved as dairy women learned and shared their stories with others during the three-week pilot course, developed by Kristen Schulte, an Iowa State University Extension farm business management specialist. 

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 conservation plan is the first step in managing natural resources in the landscape. With advice from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a landowner or land manager selects the best combination of conservation practices to meet both natural resource needs and his or her individual land management goals.

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.

November 14, 2014

Each month, the 2015 Healthy & Homemade calendar from ISU Extension and Outreach features an easy-to-prepare recipe plus menu ideas and an activity tip. Beautiful illustrations show a complete menu and gives the MyPlate breakdown of proportions. Stop at your County ISU Extension office to get your free copy today!

November 6, 2014

A two-year grant from the Leopold Center’s Marketing and Food Systems Initiative helped owners of several Iowa small meat processing facilities learn how to improve profitability, primarily by building on their competitive advantages over larger operations. They worked with Nick McCann from Iowa State University Extension.

November 5, 2014

Practical Farmers of Iowa announces its winter lineup of interactive online webinars, called “farminars.”  They will occur each Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. CST, starting Nov. 11 through Dec. 23, and are open to everyone.

October 24, 2014

The Northeast Iowa partners will provide businesses with an array of consulting services and workshops aimed at improving small businesses and the local economy. The grant funding will also support ongoing successful programs with local agriculture-based companies in collaboration with the Food & Fitness Initiative, NICC and the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

October 18, 2014

Iowa State University boasts one of AmeriCorps’ most wide-ranging, unique programs. The Iowa AmeriCorps 4-H Outreach Program serves communities and programs across the state.

October 15, 2014

Dairy producers interested in utilized robotic milking systems on their farm are encouraged to attend this year’s Midwest Dairy School on Maximizing Robotic Milking Systems on November 13. This year the Midwest Dairy School will provide you with more in-depth information on robotic milking systems specifically with research and nutrition.

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.

September 4, 2014

The 28th Annual Tri-State Agriculture Lender’s Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 29 in Dubuque, Iowa.  This year’s focus is on market outlooks for livestock, grains and dairy in addition along with the issues of crop budgeting, crop insurance and the farm bill.  

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.

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