County News

February 16, 2017

The Iowa Nut Growers Association (INGA) will be hosting the 2017 Upper Midwest Hazelnut Growers Conference in beautiful Decorah IA March 3rd and 4th.  This annual conference is attended by growers from throughout the Midwest.

February 15, 2017

Taking applications thru March 1, 2017
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Fayette County is seeking outgoing individuals with great organizational skills to assist with community day camps, county fair activities and other summer programs. 

High school graduate with at least one year of college preferred. Salary is $7.25 per hour or more, depending on experience.

Click HERE for Job Description and HERE for Application. Send completed application, resume and references to Deb Kahler at dkahler@iastate.edu or to P. O. Box 700, Fayette IA 52142. Application deadline is March 1.

Fayette County Extension & Outreach is an AA/EEO (Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity) employer.
 

February 10, 2017

When a couple has a healthy relationship, their family is more likely to be stable and their children have agreater opportunity to flourish, says Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

February 10, 2017

Steve Johnson, Farm Management Specialist and D. Allen Pattillo, Aquaculture/Aquaponics/Fisheries Specialistwill speak at the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Agricultural Experimental Association (NEIAEA) at the ISU Northeast Research Farm near Nashua.

February 9, 2017

The broiler project is an opportunity for 4-H/FFA members to gain valuable experience in raising chicks to broiler-weight through partnership with a local sponsor.

Sponsor is responsible for purchasing the chicks for $30.00 and the 4-H member raises the 25 chicks and presents the best five of the processed birds to the sponsor as payment for the opportunity. 4-H/FFA member is responsible for whatever is necessary to raise the chicks to healthy broiler weight and processing. The project participant is required and responsible for processing and delivering the best five birds to the sponsor within two weeks following the Fayette County Fair.  Register here

February 7, 2017

New 4-H members and their families are encouraged to attend the Pajama Pancake Party on Saturday, February 25. Come dressed in your pajamas and enjoy pancakes served from 8:30-9:15 am, followed by new member/family orientation. Come explore the wonderful world of 4-H as you learn more about 4-H in Fayette County. Reservations are required by contacting the Extension Office, 563-425-3331 or emailing kellymd@iastate.edu.

February 7, 2017

4-H members from Fayette, Clayton and Chickasaw will be meeting Sunday, February 26 to make future plans for their citizenship trip to the state capitol.

The meeting will be held at the Fayette County fairgrounds Dance Pavilion from 2-4 pm. 4-H members will meet with the legislators while visiting the capitol on Wednesday, March 8.

February 7, 2017

“Soar into the 4-H Adventure” at the 2017 Clover Kids Fun Day on March 25 from 9 am-3 pm at the Fayette Opera House. The fun filled day will offer hands on educational activities for youth kindergarten through 3rd grade as they discover the amazing 4-H world around them and what it has to offer.

Clover Kids Fun Day is open to all enrolled Fayette County Clover Kid members and their friends. Print the registration form here or pick up a registration form at the Fayette County Extension Ofifce at 218 South Main Street in Fayette.

The registration form along with $10 payment is due to the Extension Office by March 20. Youth are encouraged to bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes.
 

February 6, 2017

Fayette County 4-H and Fayette County Conservation are offering a Bluebird House Building Workshop for 4-H members.

February 6, 2017

Come to the Oelwein Library on Wednesday, February 15, to learn some ideas for enjoying winter outdoor activities including bird feeding. The program runs from 6:30-7:30 pm and is free and open to the public. Please bring a food donation for the area food pantry.

February 3, 2017

There are several ways to propagate a tree or plant on a new landscape. While planting trees, shrubs or vines directly is one option, another is using hardwood stem cuttings to promote new growth with help from the previous growing season.

February 3, 2017

Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, will host a cover crop workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 12:30-2:30 p.m. at the Borlaug Learning Center.

January 27, 2017

Throughout 2016, nearly 2,000 dedicated volunteers worked to help beautify and grow the state of Iowa. These volunteers come from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Master Gardener program and combined to spend nearly 120,000 hours volunteering during the last year.

January 27, 2017

Beef producers who are interested in software to help with balancing rations will want to check out the Iowa Beef Center’s newly updated Beef Ration and Nutrition Decision Software (BRaNDS) ration balancing software. Association scientist Garland Dahlke recently completed this update and said the new version is more user friendly and now reflects the updated guidelines in the recently released "Nutrient Requirements of Beef Cattle."

January 27, 2017

The 2017 Tri-State Forest Stewardship Conference is Saturday, March 11 at Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wis. This is the 23rd year for the conference, which annually draws 500 woodland landowners from Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa.

January 20, 2017

Likely you have noticed that food offerings, recipes, restaurant menus, and grocery products have changed a lot in the last ten years.  Health issues, dietary needs, convenience, consumer awareness, and waste reduction initiatives are just some of the factors that have driven changes in the culinary market. Marlene Geiger at the ISU Extension Answerline recently wrote about some ‘expert’ predictions of what we will likely see more of in 2017.

January 17, 2017

Winter is here, and with it comes inclement, icy, snowy weather. Many Iowans use deicing salts to rid their properties of snow and ice, and deicing trucks and snowplows also spread chemicals on roads and streets. But these chemicals can have a negative effect on landscape plants. Are there precautions to take to avoid damage?

January 10, 2017

With continued low commodity prices, many farmers are looking to trim costs.  For fertilizer, don’t simply trim overall costs but rather selectively maximize economic returns to fertilizer expense.  ISU Extension is conducting small-group workshops for those wanting to understand soil tests and fertilizer recommendations. 

December 15, 2016

Cow-calf producers who want to learn more about improving returns from their enterprise are invited to attend any in a series of strategy-focused workshops in early 2017 hosted by the Iowa Beef Center and Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

December 14, 2016

Average Iowa farmland value has shown a decline for the third year in a row — the first time this has happened since the 1980s farm crisis — and is now estimated to be $7,183 per acre. The statewide per acre value declined $449, or 5.9 percent, since November 2015. Land values were determined by the 2016 Iowa State University Land Value Survey.

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