"Windbreaks for Protection, Value & Wildlife" will be held Thursday, September 8 at the Doug Kiel Farm, 18297 Lincoln Road (Hwy 150), Fayette, from 2-3:30 p.m. A successfully designed and managed windbreak can protect your buildings, reduce energy costs, trap snow, encourage wildlife, plus add value and appearance to your property. Free and open to the public.
Are you prepared for implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive on January 1, 2017? Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, Iowa Farm Bureau, and the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association are partnering to offer an educational series about the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD). Iowa veterinarians, livestock producers, and feed industry personnel are invited to participate.
As August arrives, families begin to think about “back to school” routines. Cindy Thompson, an Iowa State University Extension and Outreach human sciences specialist, suggests making family meetings a routine all year long.
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.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach for Fayette County will be sponsoring the daily events at the Fayette County Fair on Thursday, July 28.
In conjunction with that, they will be having a “Day at the Fair” from 3-6 pm where you can participate in a scavenger hunt while meeting the specialists from Region 4. They will be sharing information about beef, dairy, food systems, 4-H and youth, citizenship, nutrition and wellness, family finance, beginning farmers, Master Gardeners, PROSPER and the upcoming #ISU99 scavenger hunt.
New this year, the Commodity Carnival, is an interactive, hands-on game that shows the behind–the-scenes components and challenges of animal production. This year, participants will raise an imaginary hog-balancing the costs of feed, health and nutrition, production and energy resources. When the hog is ready for market, it is weighed and the participant drops a disc down a Plinko-styled board, with pegs representing elements beyond the participant’s control hopefully providing a better understanding of the commodities markets.
Be sure to join us at the Fayette County Fairgrounds, in the shelter behind the old school house, to learn more about your local Extension and Outreach. For more information or to learn more about local programming call 563-425-3331.
Fayette County 4-H County Council members Sally Hamlett, Ashley Baumler and Nathan Arthur worked together with adult mentor Misty Mann in hosting a livestock fitting clinic for 4-H members as part of their County Council leadership project.
The fitting clinic was held on July 6 at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in West Union for youth and adults who were seeking more information on how to fit and show a rabbit, beef and dairy animal. Clinicians were Nathan Arthur and Ashley Baumler - Dairy, Tiffany Faust - Rabbit, Misty, Mann, Tessa Mann and Lacy Pagel - Beef.
Photo -Alexis Gage gets pointers from rabbit clinician Tiffany Faust
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.