County News

March 21, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members who intend to participate in the market sheep and meat goat divisions for 2016 are reminded of the weigh-in date to qualify their projects.  The weigh-in will be Saturday, April 30 from 9-11:30 a.m. at the Clayton County Fairgrounds in National. 

March 15, 2016

The Clayton County 4-H Brunch & Silent Auction was held March 13 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 8, 2016

Become an Iowa Master Gardener by completing the core training course this fall through an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach County office. Gardeners will learn best practices for choosing plants, designing gardens and managing pests. Classes start at all locations in September 2016.

March 4, 2016

Luther College Center for Sustainable Communities, in partnership with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative (FFI), announced today plans to host community leaders from throughout the Midwest with an interactive three-day workshop, “Leadership for Community Health Improvement.” The goal of the program is to share best practices in community health innovation to bring about improvement initiatives to improve the health and wellness of local communities.

February 22, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted their annual Clover Kid Day Retreat for K-3rd graders on Saturday, February 20 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  This year’s theme was “It’s A County Fair!” The day featured sessions based on county fair activities.

Goat Health Workshop
February 12, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach held an informational meeting on factors affecting Goat Health for goat and small ruminant producers on January 26, 2016 at the Edgewood Locker Events Center. The meeting was well attended despite poor weather conditions. Over 40 goat, sheep, and deer producers from across northeast Iowa and Wisconsin attended.

February 1, 2016

ISU Extension and Outreach Clayton County hosted a new 4-H member night on Sunday, January 31 at the Freedom Bank Community Room in Elkader.  17 youth and their parents explored the 4-H town of “Cloverville”.  The event was planned and organized by Extension staff, volunteers and the county 4-H Council.

January 26, 2016

A delegation of thirty-two 4-H members and eighteen adults will be traveling to Washington DC soon. In preparing for safe travel and fiscal responsibility, the regional 4-H citizenship group met on Sunday, January 24, to hear directly from a 4-H Alumni who has experienced 4-H travels personally.  Susie Anderson, Business Banking Administrator, with First Citizen’s Bank in New Hampton reviewed the 7 Tips for Keeping Safe While Traveling, explained travel money options, shared examples of personal money holders and provided information to secure financial processes in case of an emergency.

January 4, 2016

The Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program is looking for FIVE ambitious hungry for impact, aspiring, or current youth development professionals to join the Iowa State University 4-H Team to grow the next generation of youth leadership in Iowa through innovative and creative youth development programming leadership!

December 7, 2015

4-H provides youth opportunities to impact their personal lives, community, country and world which is also spoken through the 4-H Pledge. The regional 4-H citizenship group met on Sunday, November 22 to hear directly from a 4-H Alumni who has impacted a multitude of people through his work in the analytical division of intelligence to assist operations through the United States Defense Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, CIA.

December 3, 2015

Gardens are wonderful places to explore and relax. But how many other creatures are enjoying the garden’s beauty and produce? Each month, the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s 2016 Garden Calendar captivates with images of visiting guests of the garden.

November 20, 2015

Over 260 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader on Sunday, November 15.   The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club members and adult volunteers.

November 6, 2015

The Citizenship group from Chickasaw, Clayton and Fayette Counties met October 25 in West Union. The group welcomed Keegan Birkicht, Program Coordinator for Retrieving Freedom, Inc.; located in Waverly, IA. Retrieving Freedom Inc. (RFI) trains service dogs.

crop scouting team
September 15, 2015

A team of Ted Hilgerson, Tom Shirbroun, Kennie Orr and Luke Orr won the 2015 annual crop scouting competition.  The contest was created to increase high school students’ awareness of Iowa agriculture using hands-on learning and teamwork. Topics at this year’s event included crop diseases, insects and disorders, weed identification, estimating corn yield, crop growth stages, soil sampling, deciphering aerial imagery and using a tablet-based scouting app.

September 9, 2015

Over 80 4-H youth and adults participated in the regional retreat on August 30 in Allamakee County at the Postville YMCA.  Participating counties included Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek.  The retreat goal was to help County 4-H Council members think critically about their personal leadership strength while reflecting on the purpose of leadership in their lives, 4-H Clubs, and communities.

September 4, 2015

Vernon and Joyce Cherneof Guttenbergwere inducted into the 2015 Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the 4-H Exhibits Building at the Iowa State Fair on Sunday, August 23. Ninety-two Iowa counties participated this year and selected 126 inductees 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 President, Bob Butcher, and State 4-H Program Leader, John-Paul Chaisson-Cárdenas, as they were introduced on stage.

auction 2015
August 21, 2015

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members sold a total of $262,776.95 worth of livestock at the county fair auction on Monday, August 10, 2015.  The sale was under the direction of auctioneers, Jerry Maker, Strawberry Point; Jim Funk, Guttenberg, and Mike Monroe, Postville. The average price of 74 head of market beeves was $2.09 per pound.  There were 112 head of swine sold for an average price of $1.71 per pound.  8 head of lambs sold with an average price of $3.50 per pound and 14 head of meat goats with an average price of $3.61 per pound.

July 7, 2015

Madi Boehm, Elgin; Twyla Pufahl, McGregor; Emma Ehlers, Edgewood and Emily Moses, Monona attended the 2015 Iowa 4-H Youth Leadership Conference in Ames on June 30- July 2. Madi and Twyla attended CSI: Crops, Emily attended Dairy Animal Science Round-Up and Emma was a delegate to the annual conference. This annual conference is a great opportunity for 4-H’ers and youth to meet others from across the state as they discover their own interests.

May 5, 2015

Avian influenza is caused by an influenza virus that can infect poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks and geese, and is carried by migratory birds such as ducks, geese and shorebirds.  It does not impact the foods that consumers eat.   ISU Extension and Outreach has resources to help producers and consumers.

March 6, 2015

Expanding knowledge of state government and policy makers in Des Moines were the focus of the March 4 visit to the Iowa State Capitol by thirty-six 4-H’ers and eight adults.4-H’ers, staff and volunteers represented Chickasaw, Clayton and Fayette Counties. Youth and adults took a sixty minute tour of the century-old capitol building. Youth and adults also engaged in exclusive conversations with Senator Michael Breitbach and Senator Mary Jo Wilhelm in the senate.

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