County News

February 13, 2015

Are you interested in saving money, contributing to the vibrancy of your community and reducing carbon emissions? Are you interested in installing SOLAR or renewable energy? Then it's time to think about a Farm Energy Plan.

February 10, 2015

No matter how close or far Iowans are from retirement, the new “Retirement: Secure Your Future” Web page from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach will help them prepare, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life.

February 5, 2015

A "Pajama Pancake Party" will be held for new Fayette County 4-H members and their parents on Saturday, March 21 from 8:30 to 11 am.  All junior members in grades 4-6 are encouraged to attend to enhance their 4-H knowledge. 

Several topics will be covered.  Please bring any questions you have and get them answered.  Pancakes will be served and participants are encouraged to wear their pajamas.  Reservations are required to ensure enough materials and food.  Please RSVP by March 12 by emailing or calling the Extension Office at 563-425-3331.

February 5, 2015

The Fayette County 4-H Omelet Brunch will be held Sunday, March 15 from 9 am - 1 pm at the Dance Pavilion located on the Fayette County Fairgrounds. 

Menu will consist of: made-to-order omelet, pancakes, applesauce, milk and coffee.  Meal cost is $8.00. Pre-schoolers are free.  Carryouts are available.

A silent auction will also be held during this time with proceeds from the brunch and auction helping pay 4-H members' annual program development fees and fund educational workshops.  Mark your calendar today and plan to join us on March 15 to support the Fayette County 4-H program.

February 4, 2015

Members of the Fayette County citizenship group recently toured the Fayette County Jail and Dispatch Center where they learned how the dispatchers handle emergency calls and how the jail system works. 

A tri-county citizenship meeting will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 2-4 pm at the Bethel Presbyterian Church in West Union.  At this meeting, youth will meet others from neighboring counties and learn more about the trip to the Iowa State Capitol in March.

February 4, 2015

Fayette County 4-H will hold its annual lock-in beginning at 9 pm on Friday, February 27 and ending at 7 am on Saturday, February 28 at the Upper Iowa Rec Center in Fayette. 

The lock-in is sponsored by County 4-H Council members and is open to 7th-12th grade 4-H members and their guests.  Pre-registration is required by February 16.  Cost is $10 per person.  Participants are encouraged to bring snacks to share.  This event may be cancelled due to low number of registrations.

Registration Form

February 4, 2015

The Fayette County Fair 4-H & FFA Swine Weigh-in will be held Saturday, April 11 from 8-10 am in the parking lot of CGB in Fayette. More information will be sent directly to club leaders, FFA advisors and 4-H and FFA members enrolled in the swine project.

February 4, 2015

Fayette County 4-H will hold its annual Clover Kids Day on Saturday, March 28 from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm at the Community Hall in Maynard.  This year's theme is "Beach Party".  Scheduled sessions will include games, crafts and educational materials.  This event is open to all Kindergarten-3rd graders.  Cost is $10 per person and includes lunch and materials.  Pre-registration is required by March 10.

February 4, 2015

The Fayette County Fair will be August 5-9, 2015.  Click here for Fair Schedule

January 30, 2015

Fayette County Extension and Outreach seeks a 4-H & Youth Summer Program Assistant resonsible for assisting and promoting the 4-H and Youth program for 8-10 weeks during the summer.  General responsibilites will include: organizing and conducting day camps in several communities, assisting with fair activities and other related duties.

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 Application.  Send completed application, resume and references to Kathy Steege at or to P. O. Box 700, Fayette IA 52142.  Application deadline is March 23.

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


January 27, 2015

What can a baby see right after birth? How much should a 1-year-old eat? Should a 3-year-old have a hearing test? These and many more questions keep parents awake at night wondering how they can be a better parent to their children, said Cindy Thompson, a human sciences specialist in family life with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. Fortunately, a free and easily accessible resource is available just in time to provide some answers.

December 30, 2014

 111 head of market steers and market heifers were weighed in for the 2015 Fayette County Fair by 51 4-H/FFA exhibitors.  The 2015 Fayette County Fair will be held August 5 - 9.

December 4, 2014

A great day was had by those who participated in the annual fall project workshop.  Each participant completed seven projects which included a Countdown to Christmas snowman, Making 3 homemade seasonings…chili powder, taco seasoning, and ranch dip, cut out turkey pieces, clay sculpting, record clock, rabbit center piece, and string art.  Members of the county council did a wonderful job serving as station leaders and helping wherever needed.   Photo Page

October 20, 2014

Members of the Fayette County 4-H Citizenship group enjoyed hosting an afternoon of fun for Fayette County Clover Kid members at a Halloween Party held in the Extension Office meeting room.  Activities in which the children enjoyed were a cupcake walk, pinning the nose on a witch, throwing spiders into a web, getting tattoos, coloring sheets and feeler boxes along with being finger printed by the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department staff.   Photos

April 2, 2014

The annual Clover Kids day was held for youth kindergarten through 3rd grade.   Youth in attendance participated in pirate themed activities, played games, completed crafts and learned more about being a pirate.  A big thank you to members of the County 4-H council,  Youth committee members and Clover Kid leaders for their assistance.  Photo Pages

March 21, 2014

March 16th was an “egg”cellent day in the Dance Pavilion located on the Fayette County Fairgrounds, as the Fayette County Omelet/Pancake brunch was served. 

March 3, 2014

The 2014 Fayette County 4-H Lock in was held at the Upper Iowa Rec Center February 28-March 1.  The evening started off with members of the County 4-H Council leading get acquainted games to the 35 youth in attendance, followed by games of basketball, board games and chatting.   Over 400 Domestic Abuse Safety Packets were assembled for Helping Services of Northeast Iowa as a community service project.  Pizza, ice cream and munchies were enjoyed by all in attendance throughout the evening.  Photo page

February 6, 2014

Mr. Al Miller became the Fayette County Engineer this past September.  He recently visited the citizenship group and shared about his job. Along with what type of schooling is needed to become a county engineer, what his duties consist of and different departments he oversees.  Mr. Miller also shared photos of recent jobs that were completed within in the county.  The youth and adults in attendance asked questions which mostly focused around the blizzard  and snow accumulation in Fayette County. 

January 24, 2014

Teresa Dehning, Volunteer Program Coordinator with Helping Services for Northeast Iowa spoke with the County Council members on Teen Dating Violence and Domestic Abuse.  As a community service project the members helped build 208 Safety Kit booklets that are used by the local law enforcement agencies when they are called out to a domestic abuse investigation.   

January 17, 2014

The number of cover crop acres has increased dramatically over the past five years in Iowa — from less than 10,000 acres in 2009 to about 300,000 acres this fall.  One Iowa farmer who is helping to increase that number is Joe Kriegel who farms and grows cover crops on more than 2,000 acres in Poweshiek County with his three sons, Patrick, Nicholas, and Jared.  Read how he is seeing more benefits than just erosion control.

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