County News

beef weigh in
January 26, 2013

Ninety-four Clayton County 4-H & FFA members have weighed and identified 253 head of market beef as projects this year.  This is up 9 youth and 7 head from 2012.  Identified for 2013 were 181 Market Steers, 48 Dairy Steers and 24 Market Heifers. The Market Steers averaged 628.6 lbs., the Dairy Steers averaged 568.4 lbs. and the Market Heifers averaged 583.7 lbs.

December 17, 2012

Gardeners, both novice and experienced, will be inspired to preserve their garden bounty with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach’s 2013 garden calendar. The full-color, 12-month calendar is filled with stunning photography and information. It will make the perfect gift for the gardener in your family as the calendar provides new gardeners with information that helps them improve their gardening practices, while helping experienced gardeners find new and different things to try. The garden calendar  is available for $6 at your local extension office.

spaghetti supper 2012
November 28, 2012

Over 360 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night on Sunday, November 18 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader.  The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club members and adult volunteers.

November 21, 2012

With its 2013 Healthy & Homemade calendar, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is working alongside Governor Branstad’s new Healthiest State Initiative to help Iowans live healthier.
Each month features an easy-to-prepare recipe plus menu ideas and an activity tip. The calendar supports MyPlate messages from USDA about balancing calories and avoiding oversized portions and also includes preparation and storage tips. Each month, an illustration shows a complete menu and gives the MyPlate breakdown of proportions.
“The recipes in the calendar feature vegetables and fruits, whole grains or legumes and dairy products – all very important factors of a healthy and whole diet,” says Cindy Baumgartner, ISU Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist in northeast Iowa. “We know activity is important for total health, which is why it is emphasized so greatly in the calendar along with healthy meals.”
The calendar has many other key features, including space for goals, daily activity tracking and appointments, as well as menu photos.
Each menu also includes a nutrition analysis that looks just like a package label. The back pages of the calendar provide tips for increasing family meals and conversation starters for children of different ages.
The Northeast Iowa Food & Fitness Initiative (FFI) is proud to be a sponsor of the 2013 Nutrition Calendar in Allamakee, Clayton, Chickasaw, Howard, Fayette and Winneshiek counties. Contact the county Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office in those counties for your free copy.
The FFI is working to create community environments that support access to locally

Clayton Ridge FFI
October 25, 2012

The Northeast Iowa 4-H FFI Regional Leadership Team met in West Union on October 18 with their FFI 4-H Coaches and County Youth Coordinators. Fifteen schools were represented and youth participated in a local food tour to Rolling Hills Greenhouse, prepared a youth FEEST, learned more about the national changes to school lunch menus and were given a communication challenge.

October 5, 2012

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 4-H staff and volunteers participated in a GEAR TECH 21 training. GEAR TECH 21 is a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) robotics curriculum that teaches students ages 9-14 about building, programming, testing and using global positioning systems to operate robots.

August 23, 2012

Delores Schultz of McGregor was honored at the 2012 Iowa State Fair as Clayton County 4-H Hall of Fame winner.  She has been active in 4-H for nearly 70 years.   Delores was a 4-H leader for 27 years and still is very supportive of the program.

August 17, 2012

Molly Andersen, a member of the Jefferson Go Hawks 4-H Club  received one of the 42 photography medals for an outstanding 4-H photography exhibit sponsored by The Professional Photographers of Iowa. Molly’s photograph of Mount Rushmore was exhibited in the 4-H Exhibits Building at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.

August 15, 2012

Melissa Heims of Edgewood earned the Iowa State Fair’s Top 10 Percent Award in Fashion Revueduring the 2012 State Fair 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event.  Also participating from Clayton County were Rachel Moser, Colesburg, Haley Bergan, Edgewood and Ryan Moser Colesburg. The 4-H Awardrobe Clothing Event consists of three categories: Clothing Selection,  Fashion Revue,  and The $15 Challenge.

County 4-H Council
July 13, 2012

The Clayton County Extension Youth & 4-H Committee is pleased to announce the new members for the 2012-13 4-H County Council. 4-H members selected were Jordyn Bolinger, Edgewood; Brianna Achenbach, Garnavillo; Patrick Palmersheim, Strawberry Point; Dalton Bergan, Edgewood; Chelsea Curran, St. Olaf; Paul Olinger, Strawberry Point; Autumn Miene, Monona; Melissa Heims, Edgewood; and Renee Gibney, Elkader.

PTO Safety
May 17, 2012

The Clayton County Extension Service hosted a safety day on May 11 at the Clayton County Fairground in National. 156 fourth grade students from Elkader Central, MFL MarMac, Ed-Co, and Postville schools attended the day long event.  The Clayton County Extension Service has been involved with Safety Day since 1992. The objective of the event is to increase public awareness and to prevent and educate youth about household and farm health hazards and injuries. 

May 7, 2012

Dead spots in the lawn, shrubs to prune, insects on garden vegetables, unidentified blooming flowers – these are all things that prompt Iowans to call their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office for consumer horticulture questions.

weigh in 2012
May 7, 2012

Clayton County 4-H and FFA members enrolled a total of 74 lambs and 40 meat goats at the weigh-in held May 5 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 3, 2012.  

April 12, 2012

Thirty-four youth, eighteen adults and three Extension Staff members from Chickasaw, Clayton, and Fayette Counties departed Northeast Iowa participating in the 2012 4-H Citizenship trip which was held March 31-April 6. Attending the trip from Clayton Coun

April 9, 2012

35 Clayton County 4-H and FFA members weighed in 207 head for the 2012 swine derby show at the Clayton County Fair. This is up 3 youth and 21 head from last year. This county fair competition uses the rate-of-gain and lean-gain-per-day along with visual a

March 28, 2012

Don & Teresa Thole of Arlington have been selected as winners in America's Farmers Grow Communities, which gives farmers the opportunity to win $2500 for their favorite local non-profit organization. The donations are available through the Monsanto F

March 15, 2012

The annual Clayton County 4-H Omelet Brunch & Silent Auction rasied over $6000 for the county 4-H & youth program. 785 people were served omelets made personally by members of the 4-H County Council.

November 22, 2011

Nearly 400 people attended the annual 4-H Pizzazz Night on Sunday, November 20 at Johnson’s Reception Hall in Elkader. The evening started off with the annual spaghetti supper followed by the awards program. The year-end celebration honored both 4-H club

September 26, 2011

The Clayton County Pork Producers held their annual banquet on September 24 at Johnson's Reception Hall in Elkader. After the pork chop dinner various awards were presented and Jessica Kramer was crowned the 2011-12 Pork Queen.

May 25, 2010

The discovery of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) along the Mississippi River in Iowa. Current news release, how to identify, frequently asked questions and protecting ash trees. Plus you can follow web site links for webcasts and submission forms.

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