County News

July 8, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members have entered 3302 exhibits for the county fair competition.  Entries are up in the Breeding Beef, Swine, Sheep, Horse, Meat Goat, Dog, Rabbit, and Clover Kids divisions. The 162nd annual Clayton County Fair is scheduled for August 3-8, 2016 at the fairgrounds located at the village of National.

June 23, 2016

This year Clayton County Extension teamed up with two assisted living facilities to create “Camp Lend-a-Hand”.  27 K-3rd graders spent a day at a senior assisted living center playing, crafting and gifting their time to others.

June 22, 2016

Seven 4-H & FFA members participated in the annual Advanced Cattle Feeder Class on Monday, June 20 at the Edgewood Livestock Commission in Edgewood.  Animals were weighed and ultrasound scanned, and the youth worked with Extension and feed industry representatives to calculate their total cost of production.  The youth were then interviewed by a judge while the carcass results of their calves were calculated.   A “show” was then held to exhibit their animals for the audience with the participants explaining the performance and costs for their project, and the judge sharing his comments and thoughts.

May 19, 2016

Youth entering 6th-8th grades are encourages to sign up for Regional STEM Camp in Calmar.  The day long camp features bottle rockets and egg-o-nauts, as well as cooking science– cookie flops and exploding marshmallows.  Registration is still open for the camp which will be held August 10 from 9-3 pm.  Space is limited to the first 40 youth. To register download this form.  Registration is not complete without Health forms.

July 19, 2016

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation is honored to host world renowned soil ecologist Dr. Jill Clapperton for a day-long soil health workshop at the Norman Borlaug boyhood farm near Cresco on Saturday, August 13 from 10:00-2:30. 

July 18, 2016

Country Heritage Community will once again be offering the Maize Maze in Elgin Iowa. This year the theme will be “The Amazing Iowa Barns”.

July 15, 2016

Iowans can learn how to “Preserve the Taste of Summer” during online lessons and a hands-on workshop from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach in Winneshiek County. A Hot Water bath canning and salsa workshop is planned for Wednesday August 3 at the Decorah Lutheran Church.

June 29, 2016

Helping keep teenagers healthy can be a challenge! One of the most important areas of health that is often overlooked is sleep. Not enough sleep impacts teenagers school performance and ability to make good choices.

June 21, 2016

Biswa Dasm an Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor at Iowa State University spoke to over 20 city clerks and administrators on June 16 at the Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission (UERPC). UERPC assists the Northeast Iowa Clerk’s Association with hosting training sessions quarterly for the group.

May 31, 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.

May 4, 2016

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 76 lambs and 54 meat goats at the weigh-in held April at the fairgrounds in National.  These lambs and meat goats are now eligible to compete in the market show at the Clayton County Fair.  There were 15 4-H’ers and FFA members who tagged market lambs this year.  This is up 4 youth and up 23 lambs from last year.  20 youth participated in the goat weigh-in, which is down 1 youth, but up 3 goats from last year.

April 15, 2016

On April 9 43 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 253 head for the 2016 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair. This is up 13 youth and 69 head from last year. The Derby competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual appraisal by the judge for evaluation. The 2016 Clayton County Fair Swine Show will be Saturday, August 6.

April 7, 2016

15 Clayton County 4-H members and 5 adult chaperones took part in a seven-day trip to Springfield, IL, Gettysburg, PA and Washington, D.C. They traveled with 4-H delegates from Chickasaw  and Fayette counties to visit national landmarks, to enrich their culture experinces and to deliver  summer safety packets for the needy. 

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.

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.

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.

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