County News

May 24, 2017

It's that time of year again to recruit new County Council members for 2017-18. If you will be in grades 11 or 12 in the fall of 2017, you can apply for County Council. Council members are active role models in Clayton County 4-H, and they gain valuable leadership and team-building life skills.  Applications are due June 23.  Interviews will be July 6.

17 safety day
May 22, 2017

The Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach held their annual Safety Day Field Trip for 4th graders on May 11, 2017 at the Clayton County Fairgrounds.  Around 215 youth from Postville, MFL Mar Mac, Clayton Ridge, and Ed-Co attended the event.  There were eleven stations that the kids rotated throughout the day.

May 18, 2017

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 74 lambs and 38 meat goats at the weigh-in held April 29 at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair on August 4, 2017.  There were 17 yiouth who tagged market lambs and 20 youth identified meat goats tis year.

June 20, 2017

High diversity seed mix provides habitat that blooms throughout the growing season

June 16, 2017

Swarming is a natural process in the life of a honey bee colony. Swarming occurs when a large group of honey bees leaves an established colony and flies off to establish a new colony, essentially creating two from one.

June 7, 2017

One of the many challenges faced by people in caregiving situations is dealing with changes that occur in those relationships. Spouses who enjoyed traveling together over a lifetime now may be home-bound.

June 7, 2017

As many of you know, June is Dairy Month!  Iowa's Dairy industry continues to expand it's role in taking a lead in promoting dairy products and educating consumers about modern agricultural practices.

June 7, 2017

Five field days offered as part of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Nitrogen and Water Week. 

May 16, 2017

882 farmers generated over $48 million in sales, $32 million value-added activity in 2015

May 12, 2017

Livestock producers with an interest in strengthening or transitioning grazing practices can sharpen their skills by attending Grassroots Grazing workshops offered by Iowa State University Extension and regional Natural Resources Conservation Service.

May 12, 2017

Making the decision on when to leave a child home alone can be challenging. Parents should consider their child’s maturity level as well as the neighborhood environment and their own flexibility, says Cindy Thompson a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

May 12, 2017

Beef cow producers frequently look for ways to maintain or increase pasture productivity. Some of the most practical ways to accomplish this are fertilization, overseeding and improved grazing management.

May 9, 2017

As a declining number of Monarch butterflies migrate through the central United States each year, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering a new incentive for farmers to help increase their breeding habitat.

May 4, 2017

Spring has arrived and as we start enjoying our favorite outdoor activities, don’t let your fun be ruined by ticks. Although it is difficult to make predictions on the severity of ticks in a given season, the University of Minnesota predicts that because of our mild winter, we may experience a year of above average tick numbers.

April 28, 2017

Spring is a time for renewal and growth, and it’s also an excellent time for new beginnings. Planting a new tree (or trees) is a great way to create a legacy that can last for generations on a landscape.

April 10, 2017

38 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 222 head for the 2017 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair.  The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation. There is also a non-derby division in which 4-H and FFA members can participate in Clayton County. Those pigs are not weighed in April, but do need to be identified with official ear tags by May 15. The tags are available at the Extension Office in Elkader. The 2017 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Saturday, August 5.

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 4, 2017


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach conducted a fruit tree pruning and pollinator workshop on March 29 at the Erling and Mary Bilden Orchard. Despite the rainy weather, 22 attendees from all over northeastern Iowa enjoyed a light meal and then started the workshop.

Beef Workshop
March 30, 2017

Over 90 youth and adults attended a hands-on 4-H beef project workshop on March 18 at the Joe & Suzanne Shirbroun Farm, Farmersburg.  The workshop featured a tour of the MonoSlope Building at Jared Walz’s farm near Farmersburg.   Guest speakers included Denise Schwab, ISU Beef Program Specialist; Dr. Ryan Royer of the Elkader Veterinary Clinic and Dr. Larry Moore of the Postville Veterinary Clinic.  

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.

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