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County Council & Intermediate Council

All 10th through 12th graders—don’t forget to turn in your County Council applications by June 30th!! All 7th-9th graders—don’t forget to turn in your Intermediate Council applications by June 30th!!
Both of these groups have lots of fun! What a great way to meet new friends, while learning citizenship and leadership skills! You don’t want to miss out! (Applications were emailed—or pick one up at Extension Office)

Emmet County 4-H Cooking Club

Emmet County will again be starting up their 4-H project group focused on cooking food! This group will practice experimenting using different types of ingredients to make their own food concoctions! They will also learn food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group (dates and locations will be sent to those who have signed up). A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served, so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!


FSQAis a statewide program that all livestock exhibitors (except dog, horse, cat, or pet) are required to be certified in. Trainings teach good production practices and ethics. Remember that FSQA is now aligned with grades as we do in 4-H. So all 4th, 5th, & 6th graders are required to come to a training7th-9th graders can test out at the intermediate level or train10th-12th graders can test out at the senior level or trainWhen members test out it certifies them until they reach the next level. If you have already tested out you are good now until you reach the next grade level. Those that can test out are encouraged to do so. You DO need to call ahead and reserve a seat so enough materials and refreshments can be on hand.  The FSQA trainings and testing dates for the entire state are listed on the Iowa Pork Industry Center website:
On June 2nd in Estherville at the First Presbyterian Church from 7:00-9:00PM.  The test day for Emmet County will be June 18th from 8:30AM-4:00PM at the Extension Office.

4-H Animal ID Process--Online only again this year-must be done by May 15th

All 4-H livestock will be ID’d online through your account at:
Please log on to your account and enter in any animals that you might possibly bring to the Emmet County Fair, State Fair, or Clay County Fair. Animals that need to be ID’d are:
*Breeding Beef
*Feeder Calves (Clay County Fair) *Bucket/Bottle Calves
*Cow/Calf Pairs *Dairy Cattle *Dogs
*Dairy Goats *Meat Goats *Horses *Pets *Poultry
*Rabbits *Sheep—Breeding & Clay County Fair
*Swine—Breeding & SF or CCF
You can complete this process and make any changes by May 15th, so go ahead and work on that now!
Find help on how to do this at:

Iowa 4-H Youth Conference...Register NOW!!

Registration materials are now available online at:
Choose to participate in: State Conference, Animal Science Roundup, or CSI: Crops,
Iowa 4-H Youth Conference 2015
When: June 30—July 2 Where: Iowa State University Campus, Ames, IA Who: All youth (not just 4-H’ers) who have finished 8th-12th grade Theme: Dare To Discover Registrations due by: May 31 Cost: $175.00, which includes a t-shirt (the Emmet County 4-H Foundation will reimburse you $87.50 if you are a 4-H member in good standing) There is financial aid available from the State 4-H Office—applications are due by April 25th.

Regional Livestock Workshops

Bunny Basic Training
This will be held at The Stables on the Clay County Fairgrounds on June 23rd from 6-8PM and is FREE for 4-H’ers. Bring your jr/sr rabbits to learn about grooming, feeding, showing, & caring for your bun-nies. Also rabbit hopping and agility demonstrations. RSVP to Clay County Extension at (712) 262-2264.

4-H College Scholarships

High School Seniors: Don’t miss your opportunity to apply for the 4-H State Scholarships. Most applications are due by March 1, 2015, but some are due even sooner! Check out the website:
Scholarships are available for incoming freshmen for ISU students and other colleges, and current college students.
All applications can be loaded from the website and need to be submitted directly to the State 4-H Office.

FSA Youth Loans

FSA makes loans to individual youths to establish and operate income-producing projects of modest size in connection with their participation in 4-H clubs, FFA and similar organizations.  Each project must be part of an organized and supervised program of work designed to provide practical business and educational experience.  The project must be planned and operated with the help of the organization adviser and produce sufficient income to repay the loan. 
A Youth loan is available to young persons between the ages 10 and 20 years.  The maximum loan amount is $5,000.  Loan funds may be used to: 
·         Buy livestock, seed, equipment and supplies
·         Buy, rent or repair needed tools and equipment
·         Pay operating expenses for the project
We encourage you to contact your local office or USDA Service Center to learn more about our programs and the information you will need for a complete application.  To locate your local FSA office, click here or find a listing in the telephone directory in the section set aside for governmental/public organizations under the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Service Agency.  Our local FSA offices will be happy to provide you with further information and a loan application.   

Project Groups offered in addition to club membership:

  • 4-H Dog Obedience - Chelsey Guse & Derek Smith (362-2856) Shelby Guse  **Will begin in April-Sign up at Emmet County Extension Office**
  • 4-H Food - Cooking & Baking - Carol Solberg (866-0737) Kevin Krull (867-4103)
    Emmet County started up a new 4-H project group focused on cooking food last year. This group experiments using different types of ingredients different types of food! They also are learning food safety and the proper way to use kitchen utensils, gadgets, and appliances. The goal for 2015 will be to get a trio or two of 4-H’ers from the group to compete in the “Cook This!” 4-H Culinary Challenge at the state level next August. More information about this can be found at: statefair/cookthis. Volunteer leaders are Kevin Krull and Carol Solberg. Sign up to be part of this group in 2015 by January 5th. A limited number of members will be accepted—first come, first served—so sign up today—(712) 362-3434!

County 4-H News

September 30, 2015

Women who are involved in agricultre and want to learn more about grain marketing are invited to attend the November 17 Rural Women of North Iowa event. 

September 29, 2015

Is it the flu or a food borne illness? How does food become unsafe? Find answers while learning the basics of preventing food borne illnesses at this childcare provider training. 

September 2, 2015

The Iowa 4-H Foundation sponsors the annual Iowa 4-H Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Iowa State Fair. Counties nominate volunteers, community leaders, and Extension staff members who have exemplified outstanding service and dedication to the 4-H youth program in their county. Only one individual or couple per county can be nominated each year. Inductees can be recognized posthumously.

August 19, 2015

The Estherville PROSPER Team is preparing to deliver what the World Health Organization names as its “number 1” most effective program for decreasing the onset of drugs and alcohol problems in youth. The program will run every Sunday evening from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the ELC Middle School starting October 4- November 15. 

August 5, 2015
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