County News

March 23, 2017

Cook This! is modeled after the competition at the Iowa State Fair. Teams of three will work together to compete in three challenges demonstrating their ability in food preparation, testing their knowledge in matter related to food, nutrition, and wellness, as well as their communication skills as they deliver a presentation on a related topic. The challenge is designed to test participants’ skills in equipment and food product identification, knife skills, meal completion, creativity, communication, and teamwork.

March 13, 2017

The Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction was held March 12 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.

March 13, 2017

Expanding knowledge of state government and policy makers in Des Moines were the focus of the March 8 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by twenty-two 4-H’ers and four adults.  4-H’ers, staff and volunteers represented Chickasaw, Clayton, and Fayette Counties.

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.

April 27, 2017

“Although bullying is a common part of childhood, it isn’t ‘normal.’ It’s a serious problem that can limit the ability of children, both those who bully and their victims, to progress academically, socially and emotionally…”

April 17, 2017

Cracks on the trunks of trees may be caused by environmental factors such wind, harsh winter conditions and mechanical injuries among others.  Cracks become the entrance point for decay fungi.

April 13, 2017

The 2017 Four-State Dairy Nutrition and Management Conference will be held on June 14 and 15 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. This premier conference will focus on nutrition and management topics to improve cow performance, and foot and cow health.

April 7, 2017

Gather your friends and create a team!  At least one person needs to be a 4-H member.

April 5, 2017

Iowa’s economy has relied on agriculture for most of its history. As demand for local food rises statewide, an increasing number of Iowans are engaged in building and expanding the food systems that can meet that demand. They are participating along the entire food-chain spectrum, from beginning farmers, to established commodity farmers diversifying their production, to the distributors and aggregators helping farmers get their products to the ever-growing number of institutional buyers like grocery stores, restaurants, hospitals, and schools.

April 5, 2017

Beef cattle production can be a viable option for small farms.  Livestock enterprises can diversify farming operations and complement many other farm enterprises.

April 3, 2017

The Big Four Fairbook is now available online. The Big Four Fair will be held at the Big 4 Fairgrounds, Postville Iowa, June 16-18, 2017.  Continue on for more Big Four Fair information and for all of the great shows!

March 29, 2017

Performing custom work can be an additional source of income for farm operators around the state. For others, custom work is a full-time career. When labor is available, and another party has equipment, renting equipment for a short term is also a common practice.

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 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. 

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