County News

November 28, 2016

 Start to Farm: New Farmer Learning Networks are for beginning and early-career farmers looking for an edge in managing and growing their farm business.  The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Dairy Team will provide an opportunity this fall and early spring to address ways to improve business practices and production techniques, tour successful farm operations, and to form a community to share new ideas and profitable farming methods.

November 28, 2016

The Iowa Court of Appeals had the opportunity to interpret Iowa Code §562.5A, which, in the absence of a writing to the contrary, grants tenants the right to harvest corn stalks until the lease terminates.

November 28, 2016

One of the challenges of surviving an Iowa winter is keeping the water you use from freezing. A little bit of science and a healthy dose of trial and error have yielded ideas for avoiding the hassles of unwanted ice. Let's look at some advice regarding winter protection for water pipes.

November 28, 2016

The holiday season is almost here, and with it comes Christmas tree season. Having a fresh-cut Christmas tree is a popular tradition, but it can come with some issues regarding proper selection and care. Matching the right tree to the right home environment is crucial. 

November 28, 2016

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 2017. These workshops are offered in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

November 23, 2016

Although the holidays can be a season of giving, sometimes the focus shifts to a season of getting, or so it may seem from a child’s perspective, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

November 14, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the availability of a streamlined version of USDA guaranteed loans, which are tailored for smaller scale farms and urban producers. The program, called EZ Guarantee Loans, uses a simplified application process to help beginning, small, underserved and family farmers and ranchers apply for loans of up to $100,000 from USDA-approved lenders to purchase farmland or finance agricultural operations.

November 10, 2016

A visit from family and friends during the holidays can make life better for older adults in care facilities. Plan ahead to make the most of these visits. Iowa State University Extension human sciences specialists offer some tips for safe and healthy visits with older friends and relatives.

November 3, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a $1.1 million grant to Iowa State University in an effort to help Iowa fruit and vegetable growers and processors comply with new federal regulations.

November 3, 2016

With nearly 2.5 million cattle in four Midwest states, university extension services in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin are teaming together to offer the Driftless Region Beef Conference. The fifth annual event will be held Jan. 26-27, 2017, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa.

November 3, 2016

Helping children make healthier food choices is the goal of farm to school programming nationwide. According to the National Farm to School Network, more than 23.6 million students in 42,500 US schools currently participate in farm to school programming, which includes the creation of school gardens, classroom education on agriculture, food, and nutrition and procurement of fresh local foods from area farmers to serve in the school cafeteria.

November 3, 2016

Chronic wasting disease, or CWD, is a neurological disease infecting wild white-tailed deer in Iowa and other members of the Cervidae family in North America including mule deer, elk, moose, and caribou. This page provides information on the current status of the disease in Iowa, references to learn more about the disease, and some simple recommendations everyone can follow to reduce the spread of the disease and ensure safe consumption of venison harvested in Iowa.

October 12, 2016

Volunteers who are club, project, or Clover Kid leaders, SESS leaders or assistant leaders are required to attend an annual training that strengthens their positive youth development knowledge and skills. Clayton County will offer this training on Monday, November 7 at 7 pm at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.

October 7, 2016

Register before October 12 for fall commercial pesticide applicator training recertification.  Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Clayton County office will host an Aquatic, Forest and Right-of-Way Continuing Instruction Course (CIC) for commercial pesticide applicators on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. The program can be seen at office locations across Iowa through the ISU Extension and Outreach Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) team.

October 6, 2016

Livestock producers can find cyclical commodity markets frustrating, particularly if they only have a few head to market each year. Marketing your meat directly to consumers can often be a profitable solution. Direct marketing eliminates the middleman and in theory, returns additional profit to the farmer.

October 5, 2016

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will be offering an 8 hour certification course on food safety for food service managers. ServSafe is a national certification program made available through the National Restaurant Association. ServSafe is one of the industry’s strongest educational programs. Certification is good for five years. Brochure

September 30, 2016

As the days grow short, temperatures cool and plants in the landscape senesce, many insects and arthropods move to find overwintering habitat. Sometimes these animals seek out shelter in cracks and crevices of human structures such as houses and storage buildings.

September 26, 2016

In an effort to protect human and animal health from the rise of antibiotic resistance, the Food and Drug Administration has issued new guidelines that will regulate medically important antibiotic use in animal feed.

September 21, 2016

K-3rd grades in the MFL Mar Mac district are invited to a day camp on Monday, Oct 10 from 9-3.  Students will learn to code Minecraft Games, make homemade ice cream and bring their favorite online games to life.  Registration is online only: https://goo.gl/forms/PDFCuNtfn288OwDb2

September 20, 2016

Clayton County 4-H won the Regional Crop Scouting Competition on August 31 in Boone, Iowa.  They competed against youth from Iowa, Nebraska and Indiana.  Team members are Max Gibson, Ted Hilgerson, Andrey Shirbroun, Cole Deitchler and Matt Whittle.  Coaches are Joe and Suzanne Shirbroun.

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